Graduation ceremony sees 12 successfully complete Drug Court

by Gabriel McVey

JEFFERSON – A dozen Ashtabula County residents received recognition March 30 at the Jefferson Area High School auditorium from friends and staff at the Ashtabula County Drug Court for their successful completion of the program, marking their return to society and celebrating their recovery efforts.

Commissioners pass $22.6 million, ‘fiscally conservative’ budget for 2017

by Gabriel McVey

JEFFERSON – The Ashtabula County Board of Commissioners passed its final $22.6 million budget for the 2017 fiscal year on March 24 during a special session meeting and following requests to county elected department heads for trimmed-down requests to offset flat revenues and decreased state aid.

One Step hosts drug-awareness event highlighting hope in recovery

by Gabriel McVey

CONNEAUT – One Step, Heart 2 Heart and Elevation partnered to put on a drug-awareness event called Hope for Hearts, aimed at Conneaut-area children on March 26, with near-to-peer speakers highlighting the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse among high school-age youth.

Big Brothers Big Sisters holds bowling fundraiser

by Gabriel McVey

ASHTABULA - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Ohio held its 36th annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake on March 26 at Lakeshore Lanes on Lake Avenue in Ashtabula Harbor in an effort to raise funds for the local chapter of the child-mentoring nonprofit.