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Christmas tree farms reported a fast start to the shopping season with northeastern Ohio residents hoping for something positive during a year of sacrifice and change.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Friday it is pulling most U.S. troops out of Somalia on President Donald Trump's orders, continuing a post-election push by Trump to shrink U.S. involvement in counterterrorism missions abroad.

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COLUMBUS — Emergency medical responders, along with health care workers and others caring for COVID-19 patients, will be first in line for Ohio's initial doses of the coronavirus vaccine, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said Friday as he announced details about the vaccine distribution.

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WASHINGTON  — After numerous fits and starts and months of inaction, optimism is finally building in Washington for a COVID-19 aid bill that would offer relief for businesses, the unemployed, schools, and health care providers, among others struggling as caseloads are spiking.

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California certified its presidential election Friday and appointed 55 electors pledged to vote for Democrat Joe Biden, officially handing him the Electoral College majority needed to win the White House.

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Asa Cox wanted to start helping people once her real estate business got off the ground, and the resulting program has helped numerous children in northeast Ohio in the past 14 years.

• A disturbance was reported in the 500 block of Madison Street at 3:06 a.m. on Dec. 2.

Uncertainty remains in Andover over the fate of the village’s University Hospitals emergency department, which was closed earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Suspicious activity was reported at East Main Road near the state line at 2:19 a.m. on Nov. 30.

Members of Conneaut Council and the city’s administrators discussed the coming year’s budget at a pair of meetings on Monday night.

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ORWELL — The village has a new administrator after village council voted to hire Kevin Grippi on Tuesday afternoon by a vote of 3-2.

Former Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Deputy James Truckey has filed a petition in federal court related to his conviction on assault and dereliction of duty charges, according to court records.

Unemployment numbers in Ashtabula County increased in the most recent report from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The first significant storm of the winter season could bring several inches of snow to Ashtabula County over the next two days, forecasters said.

Rainy weather made the first day of deer gun season a little bit uncomfortable for many hunters seeking to bag a deer.

ANDOVER TOWNSHIP — The Pymatuning Valley Area Local School Board discussed possible responses to Andover village’s threat to turn off water and sewer to the schools next week during a Monday evening executive session at the middle school.

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The Christmas tree business is booming in Ashtabula County as people from all over northeastern Ohio are finding their to specialty tree farms for a unique holiday experience.

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WINDSOR TOWNSHIP — Firefighters from three counties and at least 15 fire departments battled a blaze in the 6000 block of Route 534 several miles south of the Route 6 intersection on Saturday afternoon, said Windsor Fire Chief Dave Turk.

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Strong sales were reported at small businesses throughout Ashtabula County during Small Business Saturday.

ASHTABULA — The Ohio State Highway Patrol, along with Ashtabula County Sheriff, North Kingsville, Orwell and Conneaut police departments collected more than 4,000 pounds of food, hygiene products, paper, cleaning products, toys, clothing, diapers and household items for the families of Beati…

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Residents in rural areas of Ashtabula County will likely be hearing loud noises Monday morning as the deer gun hunting season begins.

• Justin R Furmage, formerly of 6063 Mill Street, Kingsville, was sentenced to 115 years to life, plus 40 years, in court on Nov. 9. Furmage was convicted of eight counts of rape and eight counts of gross sexual imposition.

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