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County leaders share progress at Economic-Development Breakfast

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GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE - The Ashtabula County Board of Commissioners hosted an Economic-Development Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 25, at the Lodge and Conference Center at Geneva State Park.

Geneva Councilman John Wilt resigns

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GENEVA - A complication with the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System led to Geneva City Councilor John Wilt resigning from his position last week.

Outdoor columnist wins Outdoor Writer of the Year Award

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WALDO, Ohio - Dale Sunderlin, who writes the Inside the Outdoors column for Gazette Newspapers, has been honored by the National Wild Turkey Foundation as the 2015 Outdoor Writer of the Year.

Body found on Tuckaho Drive

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ANDOVER TOWNSHIP - Ashtabula County Sheriff William Johnson confirmed Friday afternoon that a body has been found on Tuckaho Drive in Andover Township.

Retired Judge Mackey charged with five misdemeanor counts

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JEFFERSON - Ashtabula County Court records show that retired Ashtabula County Judge Alfred Mackey has been charged with five misdemeanor counts from criminal complaints.

Orwell Volunteer Fire Department receives new chief

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ORWELL– Colebrook resident Shane Gregory has been smiling a lot lately.

GOTL receives Nature Works grant

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GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE - Geneva-on-the-Lake Village Council dealt with the acceptance of a Nature Works grant during its meeting last week.

Real-Estate tax bills have been maile

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JEFFERSON - Ashtabula County Treasurer Dawn M. Cragon announces that the 2015 Real Estate Tax bills are on their way.

Deer culling still in preliminary stages

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JEFFERSON - Potential deer culling in a specific area in the Village of Jefferson is still in the preliminary stages, according to Village Administrator Terry Finger.

Gazette Newspapers to hold second annual Special Section Cover Photo Contest

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JEFFERSON - Pleased with the response to last year’s contest, Gazette Newspapers is holding its second annual Special Section Cover Photo Contest.

Last year, the Gazette received dozens of photo entries in the contest, as readers submitted their photos for a chance for them to be on the cover of a special section published by the newspaper.

Gazette Newspapers Publisher/President Bill Creed is inviting readers again to share their best shots of the county.

“We are looking for photographs that depict the beauty and splendor of our communities, events or the Ashtabula County countryside,” Creed said. “Help us promote Ashtabula County through your camera lens.”

Creed said that the county has many talented photographers in the county, but not often do they have a chance to be published. This contest will give them the chance to have their photograph seen by thousands of readers.

In 2016, the newspaper will publish the following special sections and is looking for photographs for each one.

—Community Guides - Seven photographs to be selected, one for each community listed: Lake County, Geneva, Ashtabula, Conneaut, Jefferson, Andover and Orwell
The Community Guides are a complete guide to your local community and county. The guide includes information on schools, government, groups, clubs and organizations. Photographs for these guides typically should be of a spring or summer seasonal scene or feature something iconic and memorable from each community. Vertical photographs are preferred.

—Escape to the Outdoors – One photograph to be selected
This special section provides ideas on family-fun opportunities around the county. Everything a family likes to do on the Memorial Day holiday is featured, from fishing and camping, to swimming and golf, to grilling out with the family. This section is published in mid May, so photographs should typically be of scenes during the spring and summer.

—Northcoast Outdoor Recreation Magazine – Four photographs to be selected
The Northcoast magazine is a guide to recreational and family fun along the Lake Erie Coast from Mentor to Conneaut. This section is published monthly in May, June, July and August. Vertical photographs are preferred.

—What’s Happening Outdoor Recreation Guide - Five photographs to be selected
What’s Happening is a guide to recreational opportunities around the Pymatuning and Conneaut Lake areas. It is published monthly in May, June, July, August and September. Vertical photographs are preferred.

—Ashtabula County Fair – One photograph to be selected
This large section is a complete guide to the fair, activities and 4-H projects. It is published at the end of July. The winning photo should feature an aspect of the fair.

—Lake County Fair – One photograph to be selected
This section is a complete guide to the fair, activities and 4-H projects. It is published in early August. The winning photo should feature an aspect of the fair.

—Geneva Grape JAMboree - One photograph to be selected
This section is a complete program for the festival, including a guide to activities and special interest articles. It is published in mid September.

—Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival – One photograph to be selected
This section is the official program for the festival, including the complete schedule of events, driving tour map and special interest articles.

—Winter Watch – Two photographs to be selected, one of Ashtabula County and one of Lake County
This popular special section includes the annual “Total Snow Contest,” winter weather facts, recreation and winter preparedness plus much more.

—Ashtabula County Country Christmas - One photograph to be selected
This section is a guide to countywide holiday events, festivals, shopping, school and church activities and more. It is published in mid November. A winter photo is preferred.

As thanks for the photograph, the winning photographers will have their photo published on the cover of the special section, plus their name listed in the publisher’s box recognizing them as the photographer. In December 2016, winning photographers also will receive a framed, 8½ x 11 copy of the special section cover.

“It will be something they can hang up on their wall and be proud of,” Creed said.

Entry rules for the contest are:

1. The photographer must be 18 years of age, or the photograph must be submitted with parent/guardian approval.

2. The entry preferably should be of a landscape scene showcasing the beauty of our county, community or event and appropriate to the theme of the special section category. (The exceptions are the covers for fair or festival sections, which may have people enjoying the activities at these events.)

3. The photographer, if selected, must be able to provide the winning submission as an actual printed photo or in JPEG format on CD or jump drive.

4. A conditional-use release must be signed by the photographer or parent/guardian for all winning entries.

5. Vertical photos are preferred for many of the sections because of their layout.

6. Photographs submitted for consideration will not be returned, so please do not send your original.

7. Entries must be received by Feb. 12, 2016.

8. Winners will be notified by phone in February.

9. No purchase necessary to enter.

10. The contest is open to all amateur and professional photographers.

11. The winning entry will be determined by Gazette Newspapers based on subject matter, color, clarity, theme representation and those best suited for the paper’s cover design.

All entries may be submitted for consideration through the following means:

—Mail or drop off to: Photo Contest, c/o Gazette Newspapers, 46 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, Ohio 44047. Include a printed copy or duplicate of the original photograph.

—Email a JPEG copy to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Entries must include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, photo location and the approximate date the photo was taken.

Pymatuning Valley Primary art teacher’s panoramic mural mesmerizes visitors to Andover Public Librar

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ANDOVER - Although it was created a decade ago, the colorful mural that is the work of Pymatuning Valley Primary School Art Teacher Dawn Marr continues to mesmerize Andover Public Library visitors, young and old.