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ACCVB gives out tourism awards

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GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE – The Ashtabula County Convention and Visitors Bureau held its annual membership meeting on Oct. 22 at The Lodge.
ACCVB Executive Director Mark Winchell shared with the membership that tourism is big business in Ashtabula County. He shared slides showing that total sales in Ashtabula County has increased $37 million and 9.7 percent from 2011 to 2014, wages increased $4 million or 6.5 percent and taxes increased $6 million or 13.6 percent.

Geneva exploring adding community-access television channel

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GENEVA – Council invited Great Wave Communications General Manager Ken Johnson to the Oct. 27th council meeting.
Great Wave Communications is the new rebranded name of Conneaut Telephone. Council is exploring what it would take to televise council meetings.

Ashtabula officer had OVI charges reduced to misdemeanor

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ASHTABULA – Ashtabula Police officer Wayne S. Howell, Jr. made headlines earlier this summer when an embarrassing video of his OVI arrest was broadcast on Cleveland television stations. Howell has admitted that the woman in the video was Courtney Hall, who was a recent inmate in the Ashtabula City Jail, and that Howell and Hall had an ongoing relationship.

LEADERship program showcases Ashtabula County’s highlights

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ASHTABULA COUNTY – What do kames, miscanthus, cheese, pump organs, Normandy Beach and Naso Rosso have in common?
The answer is apparently Ashtabula County or, more specifically, the Discover the Highlights of Ashtabula County program that took place on Oct. 24.

Victorian Perambulator Museum owners ask commissioners for help

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JEFFERSON - Victorian Perambulator Museum owners Janet Pallo and Judy Kaminski sought the support of the Ashtabula County commissioners during their meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

Orwell Tax Review Board chairman resigns over procedural differences

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ORWELL-Village Councilman Dwight Johnson tendered his resignation as Tax Review Board chairperson at the Oct. 21 council session citing lack of communication from village attorney David McCombs and Village Manager Jack Nettis as to setting up procedures for the board startup. Johnson and McCombs got into a verbal squabble over how the board should handle a meeting to take place on Wednesday morning.

Commissioners approve updated transportation plan

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JEFFERSON - The Ashtabula County commissioners passed a handful of resolutions during their meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

Movie Filming Wraps Up at UH-CMC

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CONNEAUT – A first-time visitor to Conneaut, movie producer Joseph Battaglia had nothing but good things to say about the hospitality offered his crew during last week’s shooting of the full-length feature film, “Mutual Assured Destruction” in UH-Conneaut Medical Center’s Ohio Bone and Joint Institute (OBJI).

City Receives $76,000 BWC Refund

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CONNEAUT – Conneaut Finance Director John Williams had good news for Conneaut City Council at its Oct. 14 meeting.

“We’re Ready For Ebola,” Says UH-CMC

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CONNEAUT - UH-Conneaut Medical Center is ready for Ebola.

City Manager Search Is On

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CONNEAUT -  Conneaut’s last mayor, Lew Shiley, has been asked to lead the search for the next city manager.