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Interstate 90 eastbound temporarily closed at State Route 7 after 75-car pileup

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CONNEAUT – Ohio Highway Patrol temporarily closed Interstate 90's eastbound lanes after receiving word from Pennsylvania State Police to divert traffic after a 75-car pileup shut down traffic the afternoon of Dec. 8.

Greater Ashtabula Chamber moves ahead with ‘Uncork'd WineFest’

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ASHTABULA – The Greater Ashtabula Chamber Foundation will be holding the summer wine festival at Lakeshore Park that formerly went by the Ashtabula Wine and Walleye Festival under a new name – Uncork'd WineFest – after Ashtabula City Council voted to disallow their continued use of the Wine and Walleye name on Nov. 21.

Kathryn Whittington sworn in as county commissioner

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JEFFERSON – The commissioners' meeting room at Jefferson's Old Courthouse was packed Nov. 30 for Ashtabula County Commissioner-elect Kathryn Whittington's swearing-in ceremony at 6 p.m. as she was introduced by one of her best friends, Plymouth United Methodist Church Pastor Samara Jenkins, and sworn in by another, Ashtabula Municipal Court Judge Laura DiGiacomo – for whom Whittington had also acted as campaign manager.

Lakeside High library opens to students, creating ‘a Mecca of learning’

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SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP – The Lakeside High School library opened to students Dec. 1 in partnership with the Ashtabula County District Library (ACDL) after being shuttered for years, owing to budget and resultant staffing cutbacks, and helping create for students what Secondary Campus Curriculum Principal Rocco Adduci called a “Mecca for learning.”

Ashtabula City Council votes down proposed marijuana regulations

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ASHTABULA – Ashtabula City Council met Nov. 21 and voted down proposed regulations that would have barred medical marijuana dispensaries as well as cultivation and processing facilities within city limits.

Need for more foster parents is urgent

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LAKE COUNTY – While November, which was National Adoption Awareness Month in Lake County, is over, there is still a great need for more adoptive and foster parents in Lake County.
A resolution passed by the Lake County Board of Commissioners Oct. 27 stated, “… every child has the inherent right to grow up in a safe, permanent, loving family, and this experience lays the foundation

Thorne’s Jefferson Bilo has empty shelves, no answers

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JEFFERSON – The Thorne’s Jefferson Bilo on South Chestnut Street had empty shelves and no answers to customers' questions about the reason why beginning during the Thanksgiving season and ongoing since.

Geneva Business Association ushers in a ‘Gingerbread Village’ Christmas

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GENEVA – The Geneva Business Association (GBA) has a slew of Christmas fun and family-friendly activities and contests scheduled for the month running up to Christmas this year in and around downtown Geneva, according to GBA representative Shirley Lehmann.
“We developed a theme this year called 'a Gingerbread Village.’ We have some contests, we have the parade, we have a wreath raffle and we have breakfast with Santa,” Lehmann said.

Geneva schools receive regional awards for student improvement

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GENEVA – All three Geneva elementary schools were recognized for superior achievement in student improvement by the Eastern Ohio Education Partnership (EOEP) at the sixth annual Excellence in Education Awards held Nov. 10 at Leo's Ristorante in Warren, Ohio.

Preliminary hearing continued in Doyle Road murder case

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JEFFERSON – A preliminary hearing in the alleged murder of a Jefferson Township man was continued Nov. 28, according to Ashtabula County Coroner's Office Investigator Tom Despenes, leaving the accused – Michael Harrison II (33) of 1080 Doyle Rd. – held on $500,000 bond at Ashtabula County Jail.

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