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Columnist Bruce Stambaugh discusses the change of seasons from summer to fall.

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Columnist Bruce Glick discusses a sooty tern located near Dover.

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Columnist Bob Hanna discusses his return trip from the hunt in Maine.

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Columnist Scott Daniels discusses the routine changing of pies during fall banquets.

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Alex Agha-Khan will present the seminar, "Understanding Islam and the Biblical Response," at The Chestnut Barn in Winesburg.

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Agriculture News & Events

There are benefits to cover cropping

One of the big goals right now at the Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District is to educate farmers about the benefits of cover cropping and maybe help them get started with a cost-sharing program through the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.

Ohio grape and wine industry contributes $1.3 billion to state's economy

The Ohio Grape Industries Committee released its 2016 Economic Impact Report, which finds Ohio's grape and wine industry has a significant impact of $1.3 billion on the state's economy and provides 8,067 full-time jobs.

Sheep Improvement Association to meet

The Ohio Heartland Sheep Improvement Association will hold its next meeting at the farm of Ivan and Duane Raber.

Food and habitat are the most important factors in helping bees

Honeybees and rusty patched bumblebees are on a decline, a problem that affects not only the environment, but also the agricultural economy as well.

SWCD collecting milkweed to promote growth of monarch butterflies

The Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative is calling on Ohioans for a second year of milkweed pod collections.

SWCD cover crop plane ready to fly low over Holmes County

Watch the signature yellow airplanes of Fisher Ag Service zoom across fields at a farm near you as the annual Holmes Soil & Water Conservation District aerial crop cover program kicks into high gear.

Local workshop connects seed savers and plant breeders

To address the need for learning and to foster community among seed savers and plant breeders, a series of "Seed to Sustainability" workshops will be offered throughout the state with the first workshop in Wooster.

Message in a bottle: Lou McFadden's rare dairy collection to hit auction block in September

More than 400 of Lou McFadden's milk bottles and other assorted memorabilia will go up for auction. The McFadden milk bottle collection has grown to grand popularity and will have items for auction in the Kaufman Auction Center in Sugarcreek.

No-till farming works for family operation

Grain farming is a major part of the Holmes County agricultural economy, and Goodwill Farm produces corn and soybean primarily with a no-till farming practice.

Feikert and Freeman stand supreme at Holmes County Fair Carcass Show

The annual Holmes County Fair Carcass Show produced some new faces in the winner's circle.

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Business News & Events

Ohio Hardwood Furniture Market is finally home at Harvest Ridge

The Fall 2017 Ohio Hardwood Furniture Market was the first major nonfair event to take place at Harvest Ridge. After bouncing around from venue to venue, the show now has a permanent place to call home.

Ohio grape and wine industry contributes $1.3 billion to state's economy

The Ohio Grape Industries Committee released its 2016 Economic Impact Report, which finds Ohio's grape and wine industry has a significant impact of $1.3 billion on the state's economy and provides 8,067 full-time jobs.

Savory and spicy treats highlight 2017 Berlin Harvest Fest Rib Cook-off

Meat fans didn't have to look far during the annual Berlin Harvest Fest Rib Cook-off, where 15 entrants battled for the title of top ribs for 2017.

The Ohio Floor Company experiences 'Net' gains through work on NBA's Barclays Center floor

Expecting perfection from themselves is why The Ohio Floor Company has continued to make huge strides in the industry. The company recently brought in a slice of New Jersey, refinishing the flooring and artwork for the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center.

Furniture market hosts preview night

For the first time ever, the Hardwood Furniture Guild will host a fall Ohio Hardwood Furniture Market. While the market itself is open only to wholesale buyers, the public is invited to the preview night.

Pomerene recognized as great place to work

Pomerene Hospital was recognized by the Employer's Resource Council as one of Northeast Ohio's 99 best places to work.

All the right moves: Mike Morehouse's right-angle combination square a step toward quicker, more precise measuring

Mike Morehouse of Holmesville has created the right-angle combination square, a newly designed hand tool that cuts measuring time down significantly while allowing for more accurate measurements.

Food bank event crowns new People's Choice chef and scores donations for hunger relief

The Akron Canton Regional Food Bank marked a major milestone in hosting the 10th annual Taste of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

Career Center's manufacturing technology creates opportunity

Studies show manufacturing is experiencing a comeback and has become the second-largest private-sector employer in Northeast Ohio, second only to health care, and Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center offers training to work in manufacturing.

No-till farming works for family operation

Grain farming is a major part of the Holmes County agricultural economy, and Goodwill Farm produces corn and soybean primarily with a no-till farming practice.

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Church News & Events

Seminar focus is on understanding Islam

Alex Agha-Khan will present the seminar, "Understanding Islam and the Biblical Response," at The Chestnut Barn in Winesburg.

Sowing the seeds of peace in Latin America

Semilla Latin American Anabaptist Seminary will present the premiere release of a new documentary titled “Semillas de Paz (Seeds of Peace) at Central Christian High School and at The Star at Dutch Valley in Sugarcreek.

Auction and Harvest Fest is Sept. 23

Longenecker Mennonite Church will host its annual Auction and Harvest Festival.

St. John's Church of Millersburg awards educational scholarships

St. John's Church of Millersburg announced the awarding of its educational scholarships for the fall of 2017.

Ohio Haiti Benefit Auction spans a great distance to help others become self-sufficient

Each year the people of Haiti are blessed by the ongoing effort of the people of Wayne and Holmes counties, who go to great lengths to put forth the annual Ohio Haiti Benefit Auction.

Berlin Mennonite will include community as it celebrates a centennial of faithfulness

The Berlin Mennonite Church will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year and is inviting the public to join in the anniversary festivities.

Organist to be honored at Sugarcreek

The Shanesville Lutheran Church will have a public celebration to thank Mary Sue Schlegel for her 60 years of service as their church organist and also for her many years of service to the community as a music educator.

Jason Maust ready to spread his wings to serve the world

Jason Maust is a mechanic with MMS Aviation in Coshocton, serving the many missionary outreach programs that serve third-world countries around the globe by flying missionary aid into lands that would be difficult to reach without an airplane. Soon he'll take to the sky himself after his training...

Church hosted second annual Hat Sunday

The Shanesville Lutheran Church of Sugarcreek celebrated its second annual Hat Sunday on July 30.

Race to benefit Operation Christmas Child

The Ohio East Area Team of Operation Christmas Child is sponsoring a Family Fun Trail 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk at the Norma Johnson Center.

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Community News & Events

Ohio Hardwood Furniture Market is finally home at Harvest Ridge

The Fall 2017 Ohio Hardwood Furniture Market was the first major nonfair event to take place at Harvest Ridge. After bouncing around from venue to venue, the show now has a permanent place to call home.

Ohio Swiss Festival celebrates rich culture

Since 1953 the village of Sugarcreek has hosted the Ohio Swiss Festival on the fourth weekend after Labor Day each autumn. This year's festival is approaching.

Friends of Wolf Creek Grist Mill host Oktoberfest

The Friends of Wolf Creek Grist Mill will host its largest fundraising event of the year when Oktoberfest returns to Mohican.

There are benefits to cover cropping

One of the big goals right now at the Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District is to educate farmers about the benefits of cover cropping and maybe help them get started with a cost-sharing program through the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.

Shelties invade Berlin Harvest Fest to add to the celebration

The Berlin Harvest Fest had numerous activities, but one attraction that was not on the slate of activities quickly became quite the sensation.

Memoir details surviving childhood leukemia

Matt Tullis, an Apple Creek native and leukemia survivor, wrote a memoir. He will launch it in Wayne County with a reading and book signing after the Akron Marathon.

Open burns a hot topic for rural Ohioans

There is a burn ban in October and November from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and whenever residents are burning outside, extreme caution needs to be the order of the day.

Savory and spicy treats highlight 2017 Berlin Harvest Fest Rib Cook-off

Meat fans didn't have to look far during the annual Berlin Harvest Fest Rib Cook-off, where 15 entrants battled for the title of top ribs for 2017.

The Ohio Floor Company experiences 'Net' gains through work on NBA's Barclays Center floor

Expecting perfection from themselves is why The Ohio Floor Company has continued to make huge strides in the industry. The company recently brought in a slice of New Jersey, refinishing the flooring and artwork for the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center.

Furniture market hosts preview night

For the first time ever, the Hardwood Furniture Guild will host a fall Ohio Hardwood Furniture Market. While the market itself is open only to wholesale buyers, the public is invited to the preview night.

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Cooking News & Events

Not knowing how the sausage is made misses the mark

Columnist Scott Daniels says you only realize how many times you have to bend, twist and lift things in the kitchen once you can't do so very easily.

You're making everything taste like bottled Italian dressing

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses marinades and his belief that Italian dressing is not the way to go unless making a salad.

Cleanliness matters in a proper kitchen

Just as it is second nature to think constantly about other drivers, traffic laws, safety measures and road conditions while you're driving, so you should be thinking about what you are doing while you cook and be mindful of how sloppy food preparation can easily make people very, very sick.

This smoke is your life until Halloween at least

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses how he will be grilling on his kettle grill until Halloween at least.

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Education News & Events

Animal and veterinary science program gets renovated lab

A newly renovated lab has greeted juniors in Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center's new animal and veterinary science program this fall.

Career Center's manufacturing technology creates opportunity

Studies show manufacturing is experiencing a comeback and has become the second-largest private-sector employer in Northeast Ohio, second only to health care, and Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center offers training to work in manufacturing.

St. John's Church of Millersburg awards educational scholarships

St. John's Church of Millersburg announced the awarding of its educational scholarships for the fall of 2017.

Ohio Deptartment of Health reminds parents about vaccines

The Ohio Department of Health wants to remind parents to make sure their kids are up to date on their vaccines against serious diseases.

Last chance to get certified without a test

OSU Extensions of Wayne and Holmes counties have scheduled a last-chance fertilizer applicator certification program at Fisher Auditorium on the OARDC campus in Wooster.

Buckeye to host two events for new and returning students

Buckeye Career Center will start classes soon and will offer Buckeye Palooza for new students as well as its annual Orientation Fair for all high school students.

Eagles proudly provide $10,000 worth of scholarships to 4 area college students

The Millersburg Eagles Aerie 2418 awarded $10,000 in scholarship funds to four area young adults.

Buckeye Career Center's adult education department currently enrolling

Buckeye Career Center continues to accept applications from potential students interested in high school and adult education courses.

BCC East Holmes campus to host open house

Buckeye Career Center's East Holmes campus will open its doors to the public for an open house.

ACWHCC adult education offers two new programs

Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center will offer two new adult education programs this fall.

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Family News & Announcements

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Health News & Events

Medicare Check-Up Day event in Millersburg

The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program, a division of the Ohio Department of Insurance, will visit Holmes County to hold a Medicare Check-Up Day event at Darb Snyder Senior Center.

New rules address overprescribing of opioid medications

New rules by the Medical, Dental and Nursing Boards have gone into effect for prescribers using opioids to treat acute pain.

Farm Bureau to offer free water tests for members

Farm Bureau members throughout Ohio can get free nitrate testing of their well water.

Pomerene and Aultman bring more heart services to Holmes County

Pomerene Hospital and the Aultman Heart Center have announced the two entities will work together to bring more heart services to Holmes County.

EHD confirmed in white-tailed deer and cattle in Ohio

The first confirmed case of epizootic hemorrhagic disease was recently confirmed in both white-tailed deer and cattle in Ohio.

Ohio reports first human West Nile virus case in 2017

Ohio's first human West Nile virus case in 2017 is being reported by the Ohio Department of Health.

Illness is not one of the things we want to pass on to our loved ones

The Holmes County Health Department discusses reasons to get vaccines.

Locals and visitors become certified to teach tai chi

A grant from the Centers for Disease Control and the Ohio Department of Health funded a project to certify local teachers in the Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance program.

Ohio Deptartment of Health reminds parents about vaccines

The Ohio Department of Health wants to remind parents to make sure their kids are up to date on their vaccines against serious diseases.

Race to benefit Operation Christmas Child

The Ohio East Area Team of Operation Christmas Child is sponsoring a Family Fun Trail 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk at the Norma Johnson Center.

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Obituaries

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Opinion News

Say goodbye to summer and hello to fall

Columnist Bruce Stambaugh discusses the change of seasons from summer to fall.

Hurricane Irma brings a sooty tern to our area

Columnist Bruce Glick discusses a sooty tern located near Dover.

Driving the interstate highways is not a good way to see the country

Columnist Bob Hanna discusses his return trip from the hunt in Maine.

Another reason to not be late

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses the routine changing of pies during fall banquets.

Top new cars for older drivers

Savvy Senior columnist Jim Miller discusses cars for older drivers.

Annual rant: I'll do it on my time

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses the transition of seasons and her stance on decorating.

That summer I was part of something entirely different

Columnist Mike Dewey discusses a summer job he had that taught him some things.

Don't believe someone else is going to do the work for you

Columnist Kyle Snyder discusses "The Simpsons" and Homer's lazy attitude in comparison to society.

We are free from the law of sin and death

Columnist Amber Miller believes we are free from sin through Christ and also free from the law that stirred up sin.

Lessons learned from an outing with an 11-year-old

Columnist Bruce Stambaugh discusses a hike with his grandson in Shenandoah National Park.

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Political News & Events

Voter registration deadline looms

Tuesday, Oct. 10 is the deadline to register to vote or change one's name or address for the Nov. 7 general election.

Local Dems to host Hoedown at Harvest Ridge

The Holmes County Democratic Party has coordinated a family-friendly event at the Holmes County Fairgrounds at Harvest Ridge to benefit Friends of Sherrod Brown.

Gibbs received Freedom Fighter Award

In recognition of his 92-percent rating from FreedomWorks, a grassroots advocacy group that promotes free markets and individual liberty, Congressman Bob Gibbs received the Freedom Fighter Award.

NAM awards Gibbs for supporting manufacturing

The National Association of Manufacturers and Ike Tripp of Etna Products presented Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-OH-07, the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence at an event hosted in the congressman's office on Capitol Hill during the NAM's Manufacturing Summit.

Congressional candidate Ken Harbaugh off to a strong start

Ken Harbaugh, running to represent Ohio's 7th Congressional District, announced strong early fundraising results for the second quarter of 2017.

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