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Columnist Bob Hanna continues his story about Taryn's cow elk hunt and tells of a trophy she found.

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Columnist Bruce Stambaugh discusses his frustration with men who won't change the roll of toilet paper when it is finished.

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Savvy Senior columnist Jim Miller discusses medical alert systems with a panic button for seniors.

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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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A North Canton company has been hired to do building renovation work for the new animal veterinary science program that will start in the fall at the Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center.

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Agriculture News & Events

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.

CAUV: How it works and why taxes went up for farmers

CAUV, the Current Agricultural Use Value program, is a state program that was added to the Ohio Constitution in 1972, and it offers tax breaks on agricultural land.

Ohio Proud launches Ohio Days: My Plate, My State lunch initiative

Ohio Proud, the Ohio Department of Agriculture marketing program, is assisting Columbus City Schools as the district implements its Ohio Days: My Plate, My State lunch initiative.

Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District will hold soil health meeting

Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District and several surrounding conservation districts are hosting a soil health meeting about erosion and cover crop systems on farms.

USDA seeks comments on proposal to establish a new, organic research and promotion program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking comments on a proposal for a new, industry-funded research and promotion program.

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Business News & Events

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.

Never too early to teach kids about finance

The Killbuck Savings Bank offers examples of teachable moments to help parents get started with financial lessons for their children.

Guggisberg takes first place in national cheese contest

Guggisberg Cheese has claimed the top spot in the Swiss category at the United States Champion Cheese Contest for the fourth consecutive year.

Holmes County sales tax to increase April 1

Holmes County voters approved a countywide sales tax increase to support improvements to the local infrastructure. The new 0.25 percent sales tax for the roads will start to be collected on April 1.

Itís maple syrup season in Holmes County

Individuals looking to get in on the tail end of maple season may run into challenges presented by the unusually warm weather.

Homegrown magician returns for show in Millersburg

Area residents will have the opportunity to see Ed Ellis perform at the Millersburg Brewing Company. Ellis is based in Ohio and available for any kind of performance from large venues to holiday parties.

A whirlwind weekend culminates in one of joy for Rodhe family

Kurt Rodhe was honored with a national award and celebrated becoming a grandparent for the first time.

Walnut Hills honors employees

Walnut Hills Retirement Community recently honored 22 longtime staff members with service awards.

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Church News & Events

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.

Ryan & Friends highlights HopeQuest Ministries fundraiser March 18

Ryan & Friends will highlight the second annual HopeQuest Ministries fundraising event at Fairlawn Mennonite Church near Apple Creek.

Mongolia Mission Partnership Breakfast brings nations together

The annual Mongolia Mission Partnership Breakfast will take place at Der Dutchman Restaurant with six area Mennonite church pastors and other volunteers serving as waiters and waitresses. All of the proceeds from the breakfast go into the Mongolia Mission Partnership.

Jacobs Brothers to perform in Walnut Creek

The Jacobs Brothers will perform at Walnut Creek Mennonite Church.

Youth Rally open to all at Roscoe UMC

Roscoe United Methodist Church youth will host a Youth Rally in the sanctuary.

New Beginnings: A band with heart

New Beginnings will perform a free community concert at the Apple Creek United Methodist Church and later will play at the Shreve American Legion, Post 67. The band also is available to play at fundraising events at no charge.

Eat with a purpose at Love INCís upcoming fundraiser at Der Dutchman

The annual Love INC Der Dutchman fundraiser will take place at Der Dutchman Restaurant in Walnut Creek. As always 15 percent of dinner and bakery sales as well as 100 percent of all tips go to fund the ministry and its many local outreaches.

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Community News & Events

The 7,000th record: An analog guy in a digital world

Tom Green, a Wooster native, recently purchased his 7,000th record and has no plans to stop collecting.

$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.

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.

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.

Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center working on animal vet science program

A North Canton company has been hired to do building renovation work for the new animal veterinary science program that will start in the fall at the Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center.

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.

Comedy Night benefits bookmobile fund

The Killbuck Valley Writers' Guild will present its eighth consecutive Comedy Night at the Hotel Millersburg. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Holmes Country District Public Library's Bookmobile fund.

Taxes due in Millersburg

Resident/business tax returns for 2016 are due April 18.

Colorful 5K awaits participants ready to make a difference for others

The Holmes County Friends & Neighbors of OneEighty 5K Color Run will help generate funds that will support victims of domestic violence in the Wayne and Holmes county areas.

A run of 21 as Bucks celebrate a Training Center win along with the community

The Holmes County All-Stars again were denied victory as the Holmes County Training Center Bucks soared to a huge early lead and made it stand in a 91-70 victory.

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Cooking News & Events

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.

Culinary students from ACWHCC place second in competition

Culinary careers management students Gabrielle Frazee and Makayla Keene collected prize money of $250 along with a $5,000 Sullivan University scholarship.

Traditional Indian food will soon be available in Wooster

Dr. Madhavi Vaidya, will begin making healthy Indian cuisine in Local Roots Market and Cafť.

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Education News & Events

Buckeye Career Center students qualify for national competitions

The state Business Professionals of America contests were held with students from Buckeye, the Berlin Business Academy at the East Holmes Satellite Campus and Garaway's business program taking top honors.

Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center working on animal vet science program

A North Canton company has been hired to do building renovation work for the new animal veterinary science program that will start in the fall at the Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center.

Scholarship winners announced

Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative Inc. announced the winners of its annual college scholarship competition.

Students recognized for their perfect attendance

Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center announced its students who achieved perfect attendance for the third 9-week grading period of the 2016-17 school year.

Hiland Varsity Singers are a picture of perfection at districts

Hiland's Varsity Singers performed very well at the Ohio Music Education Association District 10 contest. The choir now moves on to the state competition held at Jackson High School, where it will perform in one of John Harris's final chapters of what has been a memorable career.

Summer STEM camp open to students entering grade 7 and 8

Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center will offer a STEM day camp for students going into 7th and 8th grade.

Wayne College will host Milkshakes & Majors career-counseling event

The University of Akron Wayne College invites the community to attend Milkshakes & Majors, a free career-counseling event.

Expanding Your Horizons Conference motivates girls

The 2017 Expanding Your Horizons Conference will offer fifth- and sixth-grade girls 22 possible hands-on workshops to learn in. Each girl will attend three workshops in small groups of about 10 students.

Scholarship to be presented at 21st Annette Kay Harstine Memorial Scholarship Recital

The 21st annual Annette Kay Harstine Memorial Scholarship Recital will be at the Shanesville Lutheran Church in Sugarcreek.

John R. Lea vendor fair set for March 18

John R. Lea Middle School will present its vendor fair with more than 50 vendors in attendance. Admission to the event is a donated school supply.

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Family News & Announcements

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Health News & Events

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.

Garaway Senior Center offers free exercise classes

The Garaway Senior Center, a satellite of the Tuscarawas County Senior Center, offers weekly exercise classes to help retain or gain back flexibility, strength and range of motion.

New Leaf Center focuses on special needs children

New Leaf Center caters specifically to children with rare genetic disorders and special needs.

Pomerene Hospital’s February Health Talk to focus on heart health

Pomerene Hospital's upcoming Health Talk will take place at Keim Lumber in Charm and be presented by Marcia Bitner.

Pomerene and Holmes Health Department to conduct community health assessment

Pomerene Hospital and the Holmes County Health Department will be conducting a community health assessment this February.

Immunization matters: Protect yourself from hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by a virus. The best way to protect yourself against hepatitis A is through immunization.

Healthy U Lay Leaders desire to facilitate programs in AAA-9 service area

The Area Agency on Aging, Region 9, is looking for caring, committed leaders with the desire to make a difference in their community by leading an evidence-based workshop.

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Obituaries

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Opinion News

Does a hunterís story ever really end?

Columnist Bob Hanna continues his story about Taryn's cow elk hunt and tells of a trophy she found.

Why canít men change the empty toilet paper roll?

Columnist Bruce Stambaugh discusses his frustration with men who won't change the roll of toilet paper when it is finished.

How to pick a medical alert system

Savvy Senior columnist Jim Miller discusses medical alert systems with a panic button for seniors.

Fingerprints wonít last forever

Columnist Chad Curry discusses a lesson he learned from an illustration a friend gave him.

Even short doses of outdoor time can provide benefits

Columnist Herb Broda shares his view on drive-thrus and getting outside for exercise.

Reader questions leaders’ moral compass

In this letter to the editor Graciela Estill expresses her disagreement with the decisions of America's current leaders.

Itís possible to go anywhere through our imagination

Columnist Kyle Snyder continues his discussion on the value of imagination.

Before you pay your taxes, organize the spice cabinet

Columnist Mike Dewey discusses his recent drive to get things done around the house.

Rest in what Jesus has done for you

Columnist Amber Miller discusses her belief in resting in the finished work of Jesus.

Letting out the whirling dervish of potential we so often abandon

Columnist Missy Herrera discusses her changing perspective in life and how it affects her writing.

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Political News & Events

$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.

Chili supper fundraiser to benefit Sen. Sherrod Brown for re-election

A community meal and silent auction are being planned by the Holmes County Democratic Party as a way to support Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown at the Darb Snyder Senior Center in Millersburg.

Voter registration deadline nears

Monday, April 3 is the deadline to register to vote or change your name or address for the May 2 Primary Election.

State of the State ticket lottery open until March 24

Gov. John R. Kasich invites Ohioans interested in attending the 2017 State of the State address to submit their names online.

Peaceful rally draws crowd in downtown Millersburg

Well over 100 people from all walks of life and political backgrounds gathered in downtown Millersburg to show their growing concern over current political issues. The primary organizers of the event were three local women: Graciela Estill, Denice Hazlett and Greta Monter.

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