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Guardians USA Vets local chapter dedicated to helping veterans

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ANDOVER - You might think that Tami Barnard, secretary of the Guardians USA Vets Blue & White Inc. chapter in south county, may feel outnumbered as one of several women members among all those guys in the non-profit organization dedicated to helping U.S. veterans.  She does not and got involved in the local county chapter because of being related to a veteran.

County must sell stock

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JEFFERSON - Ashtabula County officials recently learned that they own 132 shares of DTE Energy Company stock that they must sell.

Ashtabula County receives Auditor of State Award

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JEFFERSON - Ashtabula County has been recognized by the Auditor of State for its clean and accurate record-keeping.

Dale Sunderlin joins newspaper as outdoors columnist

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JEFFERSON - A new columnist is coming to Gazette Newspapers.


Beginning next week, Dale Sunderlin will be bringing his outdoors page to the Our Community section of Gazette Newspapers, section C, which runs in both Ashtabula and Lake counties. The page will include Sunderlin’s hunting tips, news about changes in Ohio’s hunting rules and regulations, a listing of upcoming events for outdoor clubs and organizations and more.

Geneva has third bank robbery in six month

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GENEVA – After over a decade without a bank robbery, the city had its third this year on Monday, September 8.
At approximately 11:40 a.m., a black male wearing dark clothing, including gloves, a dark hat with an Indians Baseball Logo and mask entered the Lakeview Federal Credit Union at 583 S. Broadway.
The man demanded money from the teller and fled with an undisclosed amount of money from the bank.
It is believed that the suspect may have entered a silver vehicle on E. Tibbetts Street. Witness reports indicate the vehicle may have traveled from E. Tibbetts to Sherman Street before eventually travelling southbound on Route 543.
The Geneva Police Department is requesting anyone with information to please call the department at 440-466-1111.

Loss of grape harvest makes for difficult 2014, but wine industry remains strong

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GENEVA – Local wine growers will suffer a huge economic impact this year because of last winter’s brutal weather. However, wine customers are not likely to feel much impact and the industry as a whole should recover.
Nick Ferrante of Ferrante Winery said last winter was a crippling one.

Thunder on the Strip delivers end-of-summer impact

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GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE – Summer is officially over in Geneva-on-the-Lake. The Eighth Annual Thunder on the Strip provided local businesses with one last big weekend as bikers and motorcycle lovers from across the country flooded the village.
For four days, the Strip was packed with bikes and businesses were jammed pack with customers.

Geneva settles lawsuit with former police officer

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GENEVA – Council approved a settlement agreement between the city and former Geneva Police Officer Douglas Zetlaw.
Zetlaw filed a lawsuit against the city in Ohio Northern District Court on May 30 with presiding Judge Donald C. Nugent. The nature of the suit was the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The city agreed to pay Zetlaw $22,500 in the form of two checks for $7,220.87 minus applicable holdings to Zetlaw for allegations of unpaid wages and two checks for $4,029.13 to Zetlaw’s law firm Cohen Rosenthal & Kramer for attorney fees and costs.

Don’t recycle pizza boxes or plastic bags as part of city program

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GENEVA – At the Sept. 8th city council meeting, Vince Crawford from Waste Management gave a brief update on the city’s recycling program.
“The set-out rate is plus 80, closer to 85 percent,” Crawford said. “The program is working.”
Crawford wanted to remind residents that pizza boxes should not be recycled.
“It is contaminated and no longer a recyclable,” Crawford said. “It should be placed in the trash.”
Another item that should not be placed in the recycle bins is plastic bags. The bags get tangled up in the 85-percent automated system, often shutting it down.
“They can be recycled at Wal-Mart,” Crawford said.

McCormack case heads to grand jury

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JEFFERSON – Former Jefferson Area High School softball and basketball coach Don McCormack waived his rights to a preliminary court hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The case will now be sent directly to a grand jury for review.

Former Kingsville Elementary PTO President Charged With Theft

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JEFFERSON -  Former Kingsville Elementary School Parent/Teacher Organization President Crystal Riffe was arraigned on two felony counts of theft Aug. 27 by Judge Robert Wynn in Ashtabula County Eastern County Court.