Conneaut man arrested, charged with four counts of child rape

by Gabriel McVey

JEFFERSON – A Conneaut man was arrested on Thursday, July 6, in connection with the ongoing alleged rape of a nine-year-old girl after he allegedly made repeated harassing telephone calls to Ashtabula County Children Services when he learned he’d lost visitation rights with the girl.

Ashtabula businessman Chris DiGiacomo carries on a tradition of service at Framed on Main

by Gabriel McVey

ASHTABULA – Framed on Main doesn’t appear at first glance to be the sort of business that’s the inheritor of a multigenerational legacy – it only opened on Friday, June 30 – but the custom picture-framing firm stands at a confluence of several disparate elements that interweave and all have deep roots in Ashtabula: the building, the business model, the clientele and owner Chris DiGiacomo himself.

Local author pens history of Ashtabula Harbor

by Gabriel McVey

ASHTABULA HARBOR – A local author has recently published an unflinching look at the history of Ashtabula Harbor’s role as the world’s leading iron ore receiving port, from its beginnings during the opening decades of the 19th Century to its eventual closure in the closing decades of the 20th Century and including the hope and cultural developments as well as the danger and tragedy that occurred as the port grew, prospered and petered out.

Results in for Ashtabula hotel study, which calls for a 50-plus-room facility in the city

by Gabriel McVey

ASHTABULA – The results for a hotel feasibility study commissioned in February by Ashtabula City Council were announced by Ashtabula City Manager James Timonere prior to a July 3rd council meeting.
The study calls for a 50-room facility at one of four sites within the City of Ashtabula and amenities including a restaurant and 240-seat conference center.

Jefferson BOE honors adult volunteers

by Stefanie Wessell

JEFFERSON – With all of the many programs, clubs and teams underway at Jefferson Area Local Schools, a lot of community members get involved to help things run more smoothly.

Rock Creek to update zoning laws


ROCK CREEK – Village of Rock Creek Council members unanimously approved a motion to advertise for a July 24th public hearing at 6 p.m. to review the general dimensional requirements and permitted uses. A work session will follow the meeting.

New pianos to create music at Jefferson schools

by Stefanie Wessell

JEFFERSON – Music from two new pianos will fill the air at Jefferson Area Local Schools, thanks to a purchase partly funded through donations from generous community members, including a large donation from an anonymous donor.