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County officials go through budget hearings

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JEFFERSON - The budget process has begun in the county, and last week, the Ashtabula County commissioners and County Administrator Janet Discher began meeting with various department heads to review their budget requests for 2015.

City Says 'No' to Beet Juice, Yes to Manufactured Brine

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CONNEAUT – After researching using  beet juice on city roads as an alternative to salt,  Conneaut Public Works Director Randy Luce concluded that there are more cons than pros.

Council Will Revisit P&Z Assistant’s Position

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CONNEAUT – Conneaut City Council President Nic Church was so impressed with the three-month report submitted by part-time Housing/Zoning Inspector Melanie Shubitowski that he would like to hire her permanently on a twelve-month part-time basis.

Western Reserve Farm Cooperative consolidating the O&P Oil & Gas Inc. bulk plant

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ANDOVER - Western Reserve Farm Cooperative CEO Michael Eastlake confirmed on Nov. 21 of a consolidation deal to acquire O&P Oil & Gas, Inc. bulk plant on Center St. in Andover Village. Rumors surfaced early a week ago after WRFC management officials held meetings with employees.

Andover Village utility rate hike ordinance gets second reading

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ANDOVER-Resident and commercial users of Andover Village water and sewer services will have one more opportunity to give their input before the rate hikes go into effect Jan. 1, 2015. Council at a short meeting on Nov. 13 put the rate hike ordinances on second reading. The meeting date was changed from the regular Tuesday session for November.

Orwell Village Council extends village manager’s contract through 2015

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  ORWELL- The Orwell Village Council at its Tuesday night meeting this week extended contract through 2015 for Village Manager Jack Nettis. The resolution was passed unanimously and Nettis’ salary of $60,000 a year was not changed.

Jefferson BOE passes personnel items; BOE also looks at bus-driver shortage

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JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Area Local Schools Board of Education passed a number of personnel items during its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Geneva moving forward in city manager selection process

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GENEVA - Twenty-seven applications were filed for the City of Geneva's city manager position this past month in preparation for the retirement of current City Manager James Pearson.

Geneva, GOTL Police departments receive AAA awards for traffic safety awareness

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GENEVA/GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE - The Geneva City Police department received the AAA Gold Community Traffic Safety Award for traffic safety education and public awareness, the second highest award given by AAA. The Geneva-on-the-Lake Police Department received a commendation.

Andover Twp. man faces felonious assault charge in beating incident

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JEFFERSON - A preliminary hearing on Nov. 10 for Casey Bowser of 5647 Chestnut St., Andover Township in Eastern County Court has been continued. Bowser is charged with felonious assault, a second degree felony, in the beating of Harry McWilliams, 74, of Monroeville, Pa. Court Judge Robert Wynn continued the proceedings to allow Bowser to hire a private defense attorney, a court spokesman said.

Andover FD rejuvenates its safety inspection program

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ANDOVER - After an absence of several years, the Andover Volunteer Fire Department now has a certified fire safety inspector, Charles Vickery. The department restarted doing inspections in not only Andover Village and township of churches, PV District school buildings but many commercial establishments, said Vickery.