Austinburg Township trustees schedule public hearing on proposed medical marijuana zoning change

by Gabriel McVey

AUSTINBURG TOWNSHIP – The Austinburg Township Board of Trustees scheduled a public hearing at the Austinburg Township offices for Monday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. to give local residents the opportunity to make suggestions and provide feedback on a proposed change to the township’s zoning code that will allow the cultivation, processing and dispensation of medical marijuana.

Family Drug Court receives initial certification, aims to reunite parents and children

by Gabriel McVey

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP – A planned special-docket court at the Ashtabula County Juvenile Court known as Family Drug Court has received its initial certification from the Ohio Supreme Court and will begin seeing cases Aug. 18 in which parents with a substance abuse problem have either lost or are at risk of losing custody of their minor children – something the court will seek to help parents remedy.

New progressive organization seeks to create a more equitable Ashtabula County

by Gabriel McVey

ASHTABULA COUNTY – A new progressive organization known as Indivisible Ashtabula County, Moving Forward Together, has been working toward finding ways to create an umbrella for normally distinct groups within the county into a more cohesive movement for what organizer Jessica Leveto terms as grassroots, positive change.

Local organizations, leaders partner for college-mentoring event at KSUA

by Gabriel McVey

ASHTABULA – A mentoring event for college-bound students scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 1, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Kent State University at Ashtabula and put on by the Ashtabula County Young Democrats will bring local community leaders together for a “speed mentoring” aimed at providing young people headed off to college or university with advice and answers to questions many first-generation college students may not know to ask.

Community celebrates opening of UH Ashtabula Health Center

by Stefanie Wessell

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP – Community members, local and county government officials and University Hospitals employees gathered to celebrate the opening of the University Hospitals Ashtabula Health Center on Saturday, July 15.

Toro Carryout Restaurant: Gyro heroes come to Ashtabula

by Gabriel McVey

ASHTABULA – Ashtabula residents driving down U.S. Route 20 have probably noticed the sign on the storefront at the intersection with Woodman Avenue and now the wait is over – Toro Carryout Restaurant is open for business and bringing some long-awaited variety to the food scene in the city, with a bevy of Mediterranean and American favorites on offer.

The Arts on Bridge Street will bring regional artists together for two-day event

by Gabriel McVey

ASHTABULA HARBOR – The Arts on Bridge Street, or TABS as it’s more popularly known, will return to Bridge Street on Aug. 26 and 27 with live demonstrations of painting and other art, live music, artworks for sale from local and regional creators as well as many other events and presentations still in the works, according to TABS Chair Chris Raab.

APD police boat projects a law-enforcement presence onto Lake Erie

by Gabriel McVey

ASHTABULA HARBOR – Local residents taking a stroll in the Harbor or plying Lake Erie’s waters may have seen something they didn’t expect, or knew existed – a gray, twin engine, 32-foot Boston Whaler simply marked “Police” on its side making patrols across Ashtabula County’s coastline.