We Shouldn’t Need a Holiday to Remember Those Who Still Bear Injuries from Defending Our Freedom; Thousands of our nation’s heroes struggle with traumatic brain injuries suffered in combat

by By Christopher Brown, MD

The year 2019, although barely half over, has already given Americans a number of special occasions to celebrate our patriotism.  Memorial Day, the 4th of July, the 75th anniversary of D-Day have all been times to give thanks for the blessings we share in a free and independent land, but particularly to honor the men and women who sacrificed so much in defense of those freedoms.  To my mind, however, those special days aren’t really sufficient.  Our attention and concern for America’s veterans should be a 24/7 obligation.

New EMD protocols allow dispatchers to better assist 911 callers

by Stefanie Wessell

JEFFERSON - Callers to 911 are being asked more questions by the dispatchers because of a change in procedure, but 911 Coordinator Janet Boland and others involved with the Ashtabula County Emergency Management Agency stress that the questions will not cause a delay in response and are to better assist the callers before help can arrive.
“This is not delaying emergency response to them in any way,” Boland said.

Governor DeWine signs SB 57, which decriminalizes hemp

by staff

COLUMBUS, Ohio — On Tuesday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 57, which directs the Ohio Department of Agriculture to draft rules to regulate the licensing and processing of hemp, and which, consistent with the 2018 federal Farm Bill, removes hemp from the controlled substances list.

Rare plant disease Sudden Oak Death detected in Ohio

by Richard Slusher

JEFFERSON - The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), in coordination with United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS), has detected Sudden Oak Death caused by Phytophthora ramorum on rhododendron plants shipped to Walmart and Rural King stores throughout the State of Ohio.

Cleveland Dental begins operations out of newly renovated suite

by Stefanie Wessell

ASHTABULA - The Cleveland Dental Institute has moved into its permanent home. To celebrate, the Greater Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of Cleveland Dental Institute on Monday, July 22, at CDI’s newly renovated suite in the ACMC Health & Wellness Plaza.
Now located at 2203 Lake Ave. in the City of Ashtabula, CDI has been operating out of a temporary office within the ACMC Clinic since mid-November.

Fifty-five residents evacuate their homes following flooding in Kinsman over the weekend

by Lauren Locke

KINSMAN – Fifty-five residents and their pets were evacuated from their homes as a result of heavy flooding that occurred on Saturday, July 20, much of which came about following the collapse of Lakeview Drive over Kinsman Lake Causeway in Kinsman that morning, among other areas of Kinsman throughout the weekend.(From July 26 edition).