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Columnist Bruce Stambaugh discusses settling in to his new home in Virginia.

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Columnist Chad Curry discusses his 6-year-old daughter's free spirit and her desire to dance anytime she hears music.

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Columnist Kyle Snyder discusses questions concerning the meaning of life.

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Columnist Bob Hanna discusses a recent decision to acquire chickens and all that comes along with them.

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Columnist Amber Miller encourages believers to use words to build others up.

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Agriculture News & Events

Apple Creek couple starts aquaponic business

Apple Creek couple Lori Klintworth and her partner Mark Zody started growing produce in their greenhouse using aquaponics. They started a business to help others in this method called Local Sprouts Aquaponics.

Senators discussing ways to stabilize taxes on farm land

Over the last few years farmers have seen drastic increases to agricultural land taxes. That's why representatives from around Ohio are sponsoring a new bill: SB 36.

Let the morel mushroom hunt begin

Morel mushrooms are generally in season during the final week of March and two to three weeks in April in this part of Ohio.

ODA seeks to recognize farm families leading in conservation

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is accepting nominations to honor Ohio farm families who are leaders in conservation for the 2017 Conservation Farm Family Awards.

4-H enrollment now under way in Holmes County

Enrollment for youth in the Holmes County 4-H program for 2017 has begun.

Agricultural trend: Local farmers meet demand for lamb and wool

Over the past few years livestock trends within Holmes County have shifted. Today you'll see a lot more sheep in pastures all over Holmes County than ever before, particularly on Amish homesteads where dairy cattle were once the animal of choice.

Harold Neuenschwander named president of Ohio Federation of SWCD

Harold Neuenschwander assumed the role of president for the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation District.

East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference registration open

Ohio State University Extension will host the fourth annual East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference at R.G. Drage Career Technical Center.

Shoup hired as Farm Bureau organization director

Lindsay Shoup of Orrville is the new Ohio Farm Bureau Federation organization director for Ashland, Holmes, Medina and Wayne counties.

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Business News & Events

Apple Creek couple starts aquaponic business

Apple Creek couple Lori Klintworth and her partner Mark Zody started growing produce in their greenhouse using aquaponics. They started a business to help others in this method called Local Sprouts Aquaponics.

Larry's named Top 100 Dealer

Larry's Music Center in Wooster, Wadsworth and Millersburg has been named as a Top 100 Dealer by the National Association of Music Merchants.

Ace Hardware now open in Millersburg

E&H Ace Hardware, locally operated and owned by the Buehler family of Wooster, announced the opening of their 21st Ace Hardware store.

ProVia wins Sustained Excellence Award

ProVia has been named a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award winner for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy-efficiency achievements.

Vinyl gets its groove back on Record Store Day

Lucky Records in downtown Wooster will participate in Record Store Day with an all-day celebration.

Spring Sale in Mt. Eaton supports the local economy

The Mt. Eaton Business Association welcomes residents and visitors to their ninth annual Mt. Eaton Spring Sale.

SUPERB challenges Ohio to invest $891 million in technical training

SUPERB President John Miller testified at the statehouse before the Ohio House of Representatives Agriculture and Rural Development subcommittee on the importance of technical training.

Bihler and SUPERB unite to deliver more value to global customers

Bihler of America Inc. of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, and SUPERB Industries Inc. of Sugarcreek have announced the formation of a strategic alliance between the two companies.

Holmes County: Home to a treehouse getaway in Glenmont

The treehouses at The Mohicans in Glenmont have become a top destination, not only among brides looking for new and unusual wedding venues, but also among locals in Holmes and surrounding counties.

Voluntary recall due to mislabeled baked goods

Vanilla Castle Bakery in Baltic is voluntarily recalling its snickerdoodle cookies, snickerdoodle whoopie pies and snickerdoodle cookie packs due to an undeclared soy and wheat allergen.

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Church News & Events

Timothy's Gift Prison Ministry brings national tour to Holmes County May 7

Timothy's Gift Prison Ministry, a prison ministry that was the brainchild of former Holmes County resident Ron Miller, has transformed the lives of thousands of prisoners. The team from Timothy's Gift will perform a free concert at Martins Creek Mennonite Church.

Chili Crossroads final AWANA is April 26

Chili Crossroads Bible Church's final night of AWANA for the year is approaching.

Berlin Christian Fellowship to present Easter play

Jay Torrence will present his brand new work, "The Parable of the Birds," as an Easter play at Berlin Christian Fellowship. Torrence also will perform in the show on Easter morning during Berlin Christian Fellowship's morning service.

Daddy Daughter Dance is open to girls in K-8

Living Water Church in Dalton will host a semiformal Daddy Daughter Dance for girls in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Easter ‘Passion Play’ to take place at Harvest Ridge April 14-15

A number of area churches have united to create the telling of "The Passion Play" at Harvest Ridge at the Holmes County Fairgrounds in the livestock barn.

Area pastors meet with Gibbs in D.C.

Area pastors met with Congressman Bob Gibbs in Washington, D.C. about health care.

Dayspring United Church’s ‘Passion Play’ brings the story of Christ’s journey to life

With a cast of close to 100 people creating the Easter story that is so well known, the congregation at Dayspring United Church in Berlin will present its "Easter Passion Play" through seven vignettes as visitors venture through a wonderfully crafted biblical experience.

Toby Mac concert tickets serve as fundraiser for Mongolia

A chance to see Toby Mac in concert is possibly just a small donation away for one blessed winner. Anyone making a donation to Mongolia Mission Partnership will be eligible to win the tickets and will receive one chance in the drawing for every dollar they donate.

Ribbon Festival includes nearly 100 students

Area piano, vocal and string students performed when members of the Tuscarawas County Chapter of the Ohio Music Teachers Association held its 13th annual Ribbon Festival at the Dover Alliance Church.

Wild Game Dinner raised funds for camp

The Chili Crossroads Bible Church raised funds for camp at the Wild Game Dinner on Feb. 26.

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Community News & Events

American Legion to host Memorial Day services

Memorial Day services, sponsored by Homer Weiss Post 494 of the American Legion of Sugarcreek, have been scheduled.

Apple Creek couple starts aquaponic business

Apple Creek couple Lori Klintworth and her partner Mark Zody started growing produce in their greenhouse using aquaponics. They started a business to help others in this method called Local Sprouts Aquaponics.

Petros to speak about wrongful death at book signing

The Catholic Commission-Wayne, Ashland, Medina, Wooster Interfaith Justice Group and Behind Bars and Beyond invite the public to “A Conservative Journey against the Death Penalty: The Reality of Wrongful Convictions in Ohio.”

Emmy and Grammy winners headline 2017-18 PAC season

The 2017-18 season schedule was revealed at a special event for Performing Arts Center members. The upcoming season was tailored using feedback received from a survey of ticket purchasers.

Salvation Army to host Hot Joe and Fried Dough

The Orrville Salvation Army will partner with Lerch’s Donuts for the 100th anniversary of National Doughnut Day and host its Hot Joe and Fried Dough event.

Classic Cruisers Car Show is one more reason to enjoy Millersburg Antiques in the Alley

Millersburg Antiques in the Alley celebration throughout Historic Downtown Millersburg will take place along with the inaugural Classic Cruisers of Holmes County Car Show, which will be in the parking lot behind the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce building.

One of the true giants of fundraising to present roundtable in Orrville

The public is invited to attend a seminar from one of the giants of fundraising, Henry B. Freeman, Ph.D., as he shares his experience from over 35 years in advancement.

A former foster care child connects with Holmes County

During the annual Holmes County Job & Family Services Child Abuse Prevention Breakfast at Carlisle Inn in Walnut Creek, JFS honored several local families for their commitment to foster care, and keynote speaker Arlene Samuel-Jones spoke about the need to connect.

Volunteers recognized at Community Hospice breakfast

Community Hospice hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Saturday, April 22. Around 150 volunteers from all counties made the trip to the Carlisle Inn in Walnut Creek to participate in a breakfast buffet and short program of events.

Keep your distance: New law benefits bicyclists

In late March the Ohio Legislature passed a new bill to help out cyclists on busy roads called HB 154.

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Cooking News & Events

Let the morel mushroom hunt begin

Morel mushrooms are generally in season during the final week of March and two to three weeks in April in this part of Ohio.

Registration open for Cooking with Kate series

Cooking with Kate is divided into three sessions: Better with Time (make-ahead dishes), Pasta Pleasers and Seasonal Selections. Each session features four dishes.

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Education News & Events

Local teen builds his own marimba

The upcoming Wayne County Mini Maker Faire, which will be the first for Wayne County, is an opportunity for people like Jon Michel, who made his own marimba with the help of his dad.

Depot Museum to hold summer intern program

High school and college students can join the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum as summer interns.

Spring is much more than warmer weather

Columnist Herb Broda discusses ways to enjoy spring with all of one's senses.

Home-schooled students can visit Zoar and Fort Laurens

Home-schooled students can discover the secrets of old-fashioned springtime duties at Historic Zoar Village and Fort Laurens. Combo and single-event tickets are available.

Garden of Hope is a few seeds, a little dirt and a big dream

The Garden of Hope at Millersburg Elementary School is the brainchild of Lynda Park, a speech language pathologist for the West Holmes School District. Everything grown in the garden goes back to the community.

Free lecture to feature noted professor of biology

P. Dee Boersma will present a lecture at the 13th biannual Pelican Lecture at the College of Wooster's Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center.

Scholarships available to Holmes County students

The Pomerene Health Foundation LLC announced the availability of applications for its 2017 high school Healthcare Scholarship Program, which will award a $1,000 scholarship to four senior high school students who are planning to enter the health care field.

Girls State approaching with 2 local girls attending

Reagan Welsh and Madison Ziegler, West Holmes seniors-to-be, will participate in the 71st annual session of Buckeye Girls State at the University of Mount Union.

Dalton School benefit with Ernest Byner to speak

Earnest Byner, former Cleveland Browns player, will give a speech at Dalton Elementary School.

Hunter Yoder signs to run cross country at MVNU

Hunter Yoder signed his letter of intent to continue his education and cross country career at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University.

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Family News & Announcements

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Health News & Events

Apple Creek couple starts aquaponic business

Apple Creek couple Lori Klintworth and her partner Mark Zody started growing produce in their greenhouse using aquaponics. They started a business to help others in this method called Local Sprouts Aquaponics.

Wooster resident a state and national advocate for health care coverage for all

Wooster resident Paula Chenevey shares her story and expresses her support of the Affordable Care Act.

Tick-bite prevention is essential to slow the spread of Lyme disease

Tick season is already in full force in the region, and Lyme disease is transmitted to humans and animals through the bite of infected ticks.

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day: One world, one breath

Millersburg will host a celebration of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day at Millersburg Square.

Pomerene welcomes new physician

Pomerene Hospital announced its Pomerene Internal Medicine, a new physician practice, to be led by Loren M. Kirchner, a board-certified internal medicine specialist.

Health Talk to focus on general surgery

Pomerene Hospital's upcoming Health Talk will take place at Keim Lumber in Charm with Pomerene Hospital general surgeon Michael T. Schell to present.

Voluntary recall due to mislabeled baked goods

Vanilla Castle Bakery in Baltic is voluntarily recalling its snickerdoodle cookies, snickerdoodle whoopie pies and snickerdoodle cookie packs due to an undeclared soy and wheat allergen.

Cystic fibrosis banquet focuses on helping CF families live better one day at a time

The upcoming CF Great Strides Walk will take place at the Hipp Station in Millersburg, where the public can help raise funds and find out where CF research is gaining ground.

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Obituaries

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Opinion News

Settling into our new home settles our spirits

Columnist Bruce Stambaugh discusses settling in to his new home in Virginia.

Turn your music up, open the windows and boogie

Columnist Chad Curry discusses his 6-year-old daughter's free spirit and her desire to dance anytime she hears music.

Grace in the madness of mothering

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses cycles of life and looks back upon the days of early motherhood.

Questions men have been grasping at since the dawn of time

Columnist Kyle Snyder discusses questions concerning the meaning of life.

We might have extra eggs

Columnist Bob Hanna discusses a recent decision to acquire chickens and all that comes along with them.

The seasons are determined for me more by my closet than by the calendar

Columnist Herb Broda discusses summer activities to do outside.

I want to encourage you to be an encourager

Columnist Amber Miller encourages believers to use words to build others up.

We allow that little guilt monster to deprive us of so many good things to eat

Columnist Scott Daniels encourages readers to enjoy life and food.

Magee Marsh and the biggest week of birding

Columnist Bruce Glick discusses birding at two locations and an increase in new birders of all ages.

Grateful for a creative mother who shared life’s beauty

Columnist Bruce Stambaugh remembers his creative mother.

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Political News & Events

Salt Creek precinct polling location has changed

The Saltcreek Township precinct polling location has been moved to the new Saltcreek Township building.

Holmes County Republican Party to hold candidate forum

The Holmes County Republican Party invites the public to attend a candidate forum for the County Municipal Court judge race to be voted at the Spring Primary.

Senators discussing ways to stabilize taxes on farm land

Over the last few years farmers have seen drastic increases to agricultural land taxes. That's why representatives from around Ohio are sponsoring a new bill: SB 36.

Absentee voting under way in Holmes County

Absentee voting is under way for the May 2, 2017 Primary Election for the Republican nomination for judge of the Municipal Court along with some other local issues.

Girls State approaching with 2 local girls attending

Reagan Welsh and Madison Ziegler, West Holmes seniors-to-be, will participate in the 71st annual session of Buckeye Girls State at the University of Mount Union.

Dems fundraiser exceeds organizers’ expectations

A recent chili supper held by the Holmes County Democratic Party raised $1,700. Ken Harbaugh, a candidate for the United States House of Representatives for Ohio's 7th District, was guest speaker at the event.

Gibbs issues statement on Trump’s coal executive order

After President Trump signed the executive order rescinding the Clean Power Plan, Congressman Bob Gibbs expressed his support.

Area pastors meet with Gibbs in D.C.

Area pastors met with Congressman Bob Gibbs in Washington, D.C. about health care.

SUPERB challenges Ohio to invest $891 million in technical training

SUPERB President John Miller testified at the statehouse before the Ohio House of Representatives Agriculture and Rural Development subcommittee on the importance of technical training.

$7.8 billion investment in Ohio’s job-sustaining highway system

The Ohio Senate passed legislation investing $7.8 billion to fund the construction and maintenance of the state's transportation system. The bill also enhances safety, promotes commerce and puts tens of thousands of Ohioans to work.

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