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[Flag of Licking County, Ohio] by located by Phil Nelson, 9 November 2003

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Description of the flag

A 1:3 white-green vertical bicolor flag with three yellow, red and blue wavy stripes across the bottom. An octagonal, vertically divided red-yellow emblem with a blue cogwheel bearing a white rectangle, and a pair of branches below.
Phil Nelson, 9 November 2003


Licking County unveils flag
Design infuses industry, agriculture with area's historical significance By DAVID GILLIGAN Advocate Reporter

NEWARK -- While millions of Americans have discovered a newly found respect for the American flag since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Licking Countians now have another banner of pride to fly next to the old stars and stripes. The Licking County Board of Commissioners recently unveiled the county's new flag, which will fly on the Statehouse lawn in Columbus with flags from Ohio's other 87 counties next year. It's all to help celebrate the state's bicentennial. Licking County's flag was designed to highlight certain qualities specific to the county's character, Commissioner Marcia Phelps said. "We felt our flag should depict some of the unique qualities of Licking County and the history of Licking County," Phelps said.

Inside a design of the Octagon Earthworks rest two grains of wheat beneath the shape of an industrial cog, showcasing the importance of industry and agriculture to the Licking County economy. Most of the flag is green to represent the county's open space. Inside the cog lies the county's outline, while the words "Licking County" rest on wavy yellow, red and blue lines that flutter across the bottom of the flag. "We put the name of our county on the flag so people who see it at the Statehouse who might not be familiar with Licking County can identify what makes this county so great," Phelps said.

Commissioners decided on the flag's design from a series of about six choices offered to them from Newark-based A & D Advertising and Design. Although the decision was ultimately up to the commissioners, they solicited opinions from others. "We asked the opinion of many different people who came through the commissioners' office during the past several months," Phelps said. "Some of the other elected officials also gave their opinions, but this was the one the majority of people liked best." Commissioners also got a bit of encouragement from schoolchildren throughout the county who visited their office on April 11 for the county's Youth in Government Day. "They were allowed to view some of the choices, so they had their voice heard as well," Phelps said.

Dov Gutterman, 26 December 2002