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Commissioner Column: Budget hearings underway in Ashtabula County

Hello, Ashtabula County! This week I wanted to take a moment to speak about some important work that is well underway at the Commissioner’s Office. Over the past three weeks, the Board of Commissioners have hosted numerous budget work sessions with county officials and departments, including the Sheriff’s Department, Clerk of Courts, County Prosecutor, Common Pleas Court, Environmental Services and the Auditor, to name just a few.

Beth Cheney named Citizen of the Year

GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE - Beth Cheney was awarded with a new title on Wednesday, Dec. 7, during the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards dinner at the Lodge and Conference Center.

Falcons fall to Braves

The Jefferson Falcons boys basketball team fell behind the visiting Badger Braves and were never able to recover.

Lakeside opens up with a win

ASHTABULA – The Lakeside Dragons hosted the University Preppers in a recent non-conference basketball game to kick-off the regular season.

Public hearing set for rezoning request

MADISON TOWNSHIP – The fate of a zoning request to change property from B-1 to R-1 will be determined after a public hearing set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Lake County EMA getting new director

LAKE COUNTY – When an agency head retires, it is always important to find the right person to replace him or her. With the upcoming retirement of Larry Greene, director of Lake County Emergency Management Agency, the Board of Commissioners approved the appointment of Joseph Busher to the position, effective Dec. 10, 2018, at the Nov. 29 commissioners meeting.

November students of the month honored at PV’s monthly BOE meeting

 ANDOVER – First grade student Nathan Donaldson, sixth student Joelle Scribben and high school student Josie Miller were all recognized as November students of the month on Monday, Dec. 10 during Pymatuning Valley’s monthly board of education meeting at the high school.(From Dec. 14 edition).

Coyotes increasing in Mentor and Lake County

MENTOR – Even though they were once rare in Mentor and most of Lake County, an increasing number of coyotes have been spotted in the city and county accompanied and increasing number residential complaints.

ERC launches Women’s Leadership Institute

Highland Heights – ERC, the human resource organization that provides training, consulting, research, and HR support services, has launched the ERC Women’s Leadership Institute.

Christmas Basket Program is in full gear

MADISON – Next weekend preparations for the 2018 Christmas Basket program, sponsored by the Madison Christian Ministers Association, will go into high gear.

Lakeland Foundation names new director

KIRTLAND - The Lakeland Foundation has named Gregory L. Sanders '92 of Hudson as its executive director effective Jan. 2, 2019. In this role, he will also serve on the president's cabinet as vice president for institutional advancement to collaborate with senior leadership and align fundraising with the college's strategic priorities.

Village misses officer who passed away

MADISON VILLAGE – Police Chief Troy McIntosh asked for a recognition of service at the Nov. 19 council meeting for Patrol Officer Michael A. Huffman who passed away from natural causes during his patrol shift early Nov. 14.

Legislation approves settlement agreement

PAINESVILLE – Due to the urgency for passage, Council suspended the rules and passed an ordinance approving a settlement agreement, without Planning Commission approval, at the Nov. 19 meeting. According to the agreement, Council had to approve the legislation by Nov. 19.