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COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio doesn't plan to mandate masks in schools this fall, but health officials strongly recommend students and staff wear face coverings if they aren't vaccinated against COVID-19, the state Department of Health's chief medical officer said Monday.

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JEFFERSON — With an increased demand for workers in the local job market, more adults are seeking to maximize their skills through the Ashtabula County Technical and Career Center’s Adult Workforce Development programs.

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JEFFERSON — At a meeting earlier this week, the Ashtabula County Commissioners and Lieutenant Jim Kemmerle of the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office gave additional details on the proposed jail project, including a deep dive into how the price of the project was reduced and gave a more specif…

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CLEVELAND (AP) — While riding his bike over a bridge across the Cuyahoga River near Progressive Field, Indians owner Paul Dolan rarely paid much attention to the eight giant stone figures that seem to guard the city.

• A suspicious person was reported at Furnace and Bailey roads at 5:22 a.m. on July 22.

GENEVA — The district discussed a number of items at Wednesday night’s meeting, including food service and the students going to other types of schools.

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — The Ashtabula Area City Schools Board of Education approved the purchase of 600 Chromebook tablets for students at Wednesday night’s meeting.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be making $15 million available for fisheries on the Great Lakes that experienced economic loss from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a statement from Congressman Dave Joyce’s office.

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — Buckeye Local School Board members approved a contract with the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department to employ Deputy Michael W. Rose III as the district’s resource officer for the coming school year.

CONNEAUT — The Conneaut Area City Schools BOE discussed plans for the start of the 2021 school year at a meeting on Wednesday morning.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Smoke and ash from massive wildfires in the American West clouded the sky and led to air quality alerts Wednesday on parts of the East Coast as the effects of the blazes were felt 2,500 miles (4,023 kilometers) away.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected two Republicans tapped by House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy to sit on a committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, a decision the Republican denounced as “an egregious abuse of power.”

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania's high court on Wednesday dealt a blow to victims of child sexual abuse, throwing out a lawsuit by a woman whose lower court legal victory had given hope to others with similarly outdated claims who'd sued in the wake of a landmark report that documented decade…

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VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — Jeff Bezos blasted into space Tuesday on his rocket company’s first flight with people on board, becoming the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft.

GENEVA — City leaders are working with the Cleveland office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation after an online breach of the city computer system, said Geneva City Manager Joseph Varckette.

ORWELL — The Grand Valley Area Local School District agreed to a two-year tentative contract agreement with the teacher’s union on Monday evening, said Superintendent William Nye.

Representatives of the Ashtabula County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Convention Facilities Authority met with the Ashtabula County Board of Commissioners on Monday to discuss the future of the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake.

JEFFERSON — After a year of uncertainty, one of the county’s biggest events, the Ashtabula County Fair, is coming back this year with several improvements to the grounds.

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CONNEAUT — Officials from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and a pair of companies were on hand at Lake Erie Correctional Institution on Tuesday morning to celebrate the launch of a pilot program. The program will see participating inmates receive nationally recognized credentials when …

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said his infrastructure and families agenda must be passed to sustain the economic momentum of his first six months in office, aiming to set the tone for a crucial week of congressional negotiations on the two bills.

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP — A California man was arrested on Friday afternoon along Interstate 90 after a pursuit from Mentor, according to information released by the Mentor Police Department.

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ASHTABULA — The Dragon Back to School Bash will celebrate the start of a new school year for students in the Ashtabula Area City Schools District.

ASHTABULA — City Council supported a resolution Monday night adopting the city’s tax budget for the fiscal year beginning Jan. 1, 2022, and submitting the budget to Ashtabula County and Ohio Budget Commission.

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