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Columnist Bruce Stambaugh discusses the bird population at his home in Virginia.

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Columnist Bruce Glick discusses the many bird sightings he's made in spite of the cold weather.

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Columnist Bob Hanna discusses the weather and turkey season.

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Malone vocal performance majors Jessica Crowell ('17) and Desirée Hargrave ('18) of Millersburg, performing under the auspices of the Malone Opera Theater, have been named national semi-finalists for the American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music in the College/University...

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Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses the petrochemical industry looking at the Ohio River Valley as a new location.

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Agriculture News & Events

ODA opens creative expression contest for students

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has opened 2018's “Agriculture is Cool!” creative expression contest.

ODA accepting grant proposals

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is now accepting proposals for the 2018 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which will provide funding for projects to enhance the competitiveness of crops such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and nursery crops.

Farmers encouraged to attend informational meeting

The Ohio Department of Agriculture will have representatives at a free, short meeting to help farmers learn the basics of the rules, risks and fines associated with manure application. Participants also will be able to ask questions and learn how to prevent manure from ending up in water or what to...

Local women graduate from Ohio Farm Bureau leadership program

Megan Lezzer of Wooster and Candace Lease of Apple Creek recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau's AgriPOWER Institute Class IX.

East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference is open to women of all ages

Ohio State University Extension will host the fifth annual East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference at the RG Drage Career Technical Center.

ExploreAg camp exposes students to career opportunities

High school freshman and sophomores in the 2018-19 school year who are considering careers is science, technology or engineering are invited to apply for the integrated science camp, ExploreAg.

Workshop targets those new to beekeeping

Aaron Weaver, a Wayne County beekeeper, has been keeping bees for eight years, a sort of tradition among his family, and those who are interested in learning more about beekeeping will enjoy the workshop hosted by Lehman's in Kidron.

FDA rules cause for concern among area maple producers

Maple syrup production is a simple process in which producers cook sap until it thickens and turns a rich mahogany shade. Navigating the FDA's rules, on the other hand, is a bit more complicated.

Good agricultural practices class at Local Roots

Anyone interested in the best practices for growing produce locally is invited to sign up for an upcoming Ohio State University class to be held in downtown Wooster at Local Roots Market and Cafe.

Doughty Valley Steam Days celebrates its humble beginnings

The Doughty Valley Show, which will take place this year July 26-28, is a real throwback to the days when steam was the king of power.

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Business News & Events

A scavenger hunt for the whole family in Berlin

The Berlin Barnstorm is back and in its 12th consecutive year.

Save big while you support local businesses

The Mt. Eaton Business Association welcomes residents and visitors to its 10th annual Mt. Eaton Spring Sale in the southwestern Wayne County village.

Charm Engine expansion nearing completion as anniversary sale nears

Charm Engine began adding to its ever-expanding store in October of 2017, and things are progressing smoothly toward meeting the deadline for Charm Engine to be fully functional before they host an anniversary sale.

A career waiting to happen: Mast offers free truck driving training program

The trucking industry is expected to see a shortage of around 300,000 drivers over the next five years. This presents a huge opportunity for new drivers, and Mast Trucking takes pride in developing skilled drivers who are trustworthy, respectful, committed and teachable.

Built to last

JMR Concrete Finishing added poured concrete walls to its offerings because of the many advantages they provide to a strong foundation, and last year JMR expanded further with the acquisition of Grove Construction Quality Concrete of Burbank.

Wooster Community Hospital named one of nation's 100 Top Hospitals

Wooster Community Hospital Health System was named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health.

Girls' Night for Good: A benefit for Harbor House

A grand evening for ladies is planned at Fine Arts Skin and Laser in Dover. The inaugural Girls' Night for Good will offer a sampling of numerous self-spoiling treatments and opportunities for spa-like pampering.

Pizza palace on wheels

Bahler Street is a pizza palace on wheels featuring inventive pizzas named after Rocky and Courtney Shanower's literary favorites.

Warm up at Millersburg's Girls' Night Out

The obvious answer to the winter doldrums is Historic Downtown Millersburg's Girls' Night Out. The event is a huge draw for women from all around Holmes and Wayne counties and beyond.

GHS Job Fair presents a golden opportunity for those seeking employment locally

The upcoming Garaway High School Job Fair at Dutch Valley Restaurant is open to anyone who is ready and willing to make a commitment to hard work and doing a good job.

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Church News & Events

Ultimate Girls Day Out on tap to raise money for women in Kenya

The Ladies Ministry at Millersburg Church of God will host Ultimate Girls Day Out, a fundraiser for orphaned girls in Kenya.

Advancing Bible translation in areas of persecution

The Walnut Creek community is invited to a Wycliffe Associates banquet, where banquet guests will learn about Bible translation in areas of persecution.

Rosedale Chorale to perform locally

The Rosedale Chorale will be in concert at Pleasant View Mennonite Church in Berlin.

Handel's 'Messiah­' comes to Holmes County­: 50 singers and a live orchestra

Holmes Center for the Arts will present Handel's "Messiah" at West Holmes High School and Berlin Mennonite Church.

Church announces winners of turkey-calling contest

Adult winners of the second annual Amateur Turkey Calling Contest at the Chili Crossroads Bible Church were announced.

The stars come out during Tim Tebow's Night to Shine

Night to Shine, a prom night designed to give people with special needs their night of glamour and joy, took place in Amish Country on Feb. 9, and more than 300 guests poured into NewPointe Church in Millersburg for the event.

Night of comedy benefits CCHO

Christian Children's Home of Ohio will host its Heart for the Home Celebration at First Christian Church in Canton, featuring comedian Michael Jr.

Turkey Calling Contest open to all

Admission is free to watch the second annual Turkey Calling Contest at the Chili Crossroads Bible Church.

Dr. Guy and Ilke Peh coming to Gateway

Gateway Fellowship will host the ministry of Dr. Guy and Ilke Peh of Dallas, Texas.

Wild Game Dinner marks 8th year

The eighth annual Tri-County Wild Game Dinner and Atomic Wing Challenge will be at the Chili Crossroads Bible Church.

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Community News & Events

A scavenger hunt for the whole family in Berlin

The Berlin Barnstorm is back and in its 12th consecutive year.

Millersburg women qualify for award

Malone vocal performance majors Jessica Crowell ('17) and Desirée Hargrave ('18) of Millersburg, performing under the auspices of the Malone Opera Theater, have been named national semi-finalists for the American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music in the...

Golf event to benefit scholarships

Kent State University at Tuscarawas is sponsoring the 17th annual Scholarship Golf Outing.

Torrential floods at old fairgrounds reiterates the blessing of Harvest Ridge

Flooding at the old fairgrounds came during the same week of the 2018 Hardwood Furniture Guild Ohio Hardwood Furniture Market, which took place at Harvest Ridge expo center. The contrast between the two sites only reiterated the importance of the development of the new fairgrounds.

Production postponed at Little Theatre

“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” will be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. The new dates have yet to be determined.

Troop 358 readies for annual ox roast April 28

Boy Scouts of America Troop 358 will host its annual ox roast at Millersburg United Methodist Church.

Sherman headed to Girls State

The delegate for this year at Buckeye Girls State is Gabriella Sherman. The West Holmes junior will be among the nearly 900 young ladies participating in the 72 annual session of Buckeye Girls State at the University of Mount Union.

Hiland students are welcomed back to school with a message of hope and love

A concerted effort to present life in a positive way was recently created at Hiland High School, where a morning of celebration greeted students who returned from spring break. A huge welcome back party took place Monday, April 9 with community members creating a gauntlet of glad tidings as...

Gypsy Flamenco Swing band to perform at Sonnenberg Village

The next music program in the Sonnenberg Village Welcome Center will feature the award-winning group Ameranouche.

Free clean-up day scheduled in Millersburg

The Village of Millersburg will hold a spring clean-up day.

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Cooking News & Events

Cooking with Kate helps simplify meals at home

Join Kate Shumaker, OSU Extension educator and registered dietitian, at Cooking with Kate in the Love Center's community room in Millersburg.

Students participate in culinary competition

Students in the culinary careers management program at the Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center recently competed in the Culinary Affair with Pork contest sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Pork Council Women.

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Education News & Events

Golf event to benefit scholarships

Kent State University at Tuscarawas is sponsoring the 17th annual Scholarship Golf Outing.

Hiland students are welcomed back to school with a message of hope and love

A concerted effort to present life in a positive way was recently created at Hiland High School, where a morning of celebration greeted students who returned from spring break. A huge welcome back party took place Monday, April 9 with community members creating a gauntlet of glad tidings as...

Public welcome to career center open house

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

A 'Marvel'ous week of reading for Lakeville students

Lakeville Elementary's Right to Read Week was “Marvel”ous Readers, and the superhero theme's true heroism came courtesy of a class fundraiser for Pennies for Patients, a national fundraising effort for the Leukemia Lymphoma Foundation.

Living life at 528 hertz: Christopher Milo promotes healing and self-esteem through the gift of music

Through his music, his inspirational message and his desire to bring out the best in today's youth, Milo has motivated, encouraged and inspired countless youth. Recently he spoke at Lakeville Elementary during an assembly.

The goal is to grow the fund and award more grants

The Employment Resource Fund is designed to benefit hard-working adults who are in training or seeking a job or a better job.

Healthcare Scholarship Program open to students in Holmes County

The Pomerene Health Foundation LLC announced the availability of applications for its 2018 high school Healthcare Scholarship Program.

2 scholarships to be awarded

Each year Leadership Holmes County assesses the needs of the community and sponsors a service project that will positively impact the area. This year's 2017-18 class is fundraising in order to provide two $1,000 college scholarships.

Tea 4 Teachers creates a unique bond

Berlin Christian Fellowship has been presenting Tea 4 Teachers throughout this school year at Berlin and Millersburg elementary schools. Tea 4 Teachers is a monthly program in which volunteers at BCF bring in pastries, fresh fruit, coffee, tea and hot chocolate for the staffs.

BCC sending a number of students to BPA nationals

Buckeye Career Center is sending a number of students to Business Professionals of America nationals.

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Family News & Announcements

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Health News & Events

Health talk will address allergy and sinus symptoms

Kurt Garren, MD, will present a health talk at Keim Lumber in Charm.

Properly disposing unused prescription drugs is ideal for fighting drug abuse

With the theft, selling and abuse of prescription drugs rising, taking the time to make sure unused or unwanted drugs don't fall into the hands of others who desire to abuse them is as easy as a trip to your local police department or sheriff's office.

Holmes County Great Strides event continues assault on curing CF forever

The Holmes County Great Strides walk will take place at the Hipp Station Millersburg Depot. Each year Great Strides of Holmes County has close to 10 teams whose members canvas the area to garner donations for cystic fibrosis through the walk.

Advocate of healthy living encourages a family garden

Stephen Wegendt is an Orrville resident who is passionate about the advantages of living an active lifestyle. He has taken it upon himself to research a healthier lifestyle and is enthusiastic about sharing his findings.

Wooster Community Hospital named one of nation's 100 Top Hospitals

Wooster Community Hospital Health System was named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health.

Health Talk in Charm approaching

Pomerene Hospital's upcoming Health Talk will take place at Keim Lumber in Charm.

Prescriptions for opioids down

Opioids prescribed to Ohio patients declined for the fifth consecutive year in 2017.

Pomerene welcomes new midwife

Pomerene Women's Health Services welcomes Crystal Uptain, certified nurse midwife, to its team of care professionals.

Holmes County Training Center is the recipient of a fountain of blessings

The staff and students at the Holmes County Training Center were fortunate to receive a huge gift recently, and they are taking the concept of drinking water to a whole new level.

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Obituaries

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Opinion News

Happiness comes in enjoying what you already have

Columnist Bruce Stambaugh discusses the bird population at his home in Virginia.

It may be cold, but the birds are coming

Columnist Bruce Glick discusses the many bird sightings he's made in spite of the cold weather.

April showers bring ...

Columnist Bob Hanna discusses the weather and turkey season.

The proposed Appalachian storage hub and why you need to be worried

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses the petrochemical industry looking at the Ohio River Valley as a new location.

Reader opposes bobcat hunting

In this letter to the editor, Marie Stepic of Dalton expresses opposition to a previous letter to the editor by Keith Daniels.

Income tax filing requirements for retirees

Savvy Senior columnist Jim Miller discusses income tax filing for retirees.

Don't fall for scammers' health screenings

Better Business Bureau columnist Kim Thompson discusses health-screening scams.

Job shadow to shed light on likes and dislikes

Holmes County Education Foundation columnist Darla Stitzlein discusses the benefits of job shadowing.

New York City through new eyes

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses time spent in New York City with a small group of people from the International Volunteer Exchange Program.

I have to trust my recollections

Columnist Mike Dewey discusses his memory and numerous memories from his past.

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Political News & Events

Gibbs endorsed by local leaders

In a demonstration of grassroots support among local leaders in Ohio's Seventh Congressional District, the Gibbs for Congress campaign released its first round of endorsements from elected officials in all 10 counties.

Petitions accepted for independent candidates

Petitions are now available for persons interested in becoming independent candidates for county commissioner or county auditor.

Absentee voting begins April 10

Absentee voting will soon begin for the May 8 primary election.

Deadline to register to vote looms

Monday, April 9 is the deadline to register to vote or change your name or address for the May 8 primary election.

Commissioners endorse Ress

Greg Ress, a Republican candidate for state representative in the 98th District, has received endorsements from Holmes County Commissioners Joe Miller and Rob Ault.

Community members express support for Harbaugh's Town Hall

Ken Harbaugh, candidate for the OH-7, held a Country Over Party Town Hall at the Walnut Creek Community Center.

Candidate for OH-7 to host Town Hall

Ken Harbaugh, candidate for the OH-7, will host a “Country Over Party” Town Hall at the Walnut Creek Community Center.

Ress to run for 98th District

New Philadelphia resident Greg Ress has announced his intention to run for the open 98th District Ohio House of Representatives seat currently held by Al Landis.

Poll workers needed for May primary

In Ohio it takes more than 35,000 workers to staff polling places across the state for election day, and all 88 county boards of elections are in need of people willing to serve.

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