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WASHINGTON — The Senate on Monday approved President Joe Biden's nomination of Janet Yellen to be the nation's 78th treasury secretary, making her the first woman to hold the job in the department's 232-year history.

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WILMINGTON, Del. — Acknowledging that the nation is in a "dark" place, President-elect Joe Biden on Monday said his administration would strengthen the country's vulnerable economy despite the exploding pandemic as he pushed forward with the business of preparing to assume the presidency.

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COLUMBUS — Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine should be impeached over his handling of the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic, a conservative GOP House lawmaker said Monday.

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WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling the House back into session over the crisis at the U.S. Postal Service, setting up a political showdown amid growing concerns that the Trump White House is trying to undermine the agency ahead of the election.

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JEFFERSON — The Ashtabula County Junior Fair Market Animal sale had a bit of a different feel on Saturday as the event moved to the grandstand because of social distancing needs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment dropped below 1 million last week for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak took hold in the U.S. five months ago, but layoffs are still running extraordinarily high.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared Thursday that he opposes additional funding for the U.S. Postal Service, acknowledging that his position would starve the agency of money Democrats say it needs to process an anticipated surge in mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.

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WILMINGTON, Del.— Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party's presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role Black voters will play in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump.

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President Donald Trump on Monday joined a U.S. senator and a number of coaches calling to save the college football season from a pandemic-forced shutdown as supporters pushed the premise that the players are safer because of their sport.

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WASHINGTON — Washington talks on vital COVID-19 rescue money are teetering on the brink of collapse after a marathon meeting in the Capitol generated lots of recriminations but little progress on the top issues confronting negotiators.

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WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell warned Wednesday of the threat of a prolonged recession resulting from the viral outbreak and urged Congress and the White House to act further to prevent long-lasting economic damage.

ASHTABULA — The director of the Ashtabula Maritime and Surface Transportation Museum is doing his best to revive interest in a Lake Erie ferry service that would link northeast Ohio and Canada.

ASHTABULA — Ashtabula County Medical Center and Molina Healthcare of Ohio recently celebrated the opening of ACMC’s new Baby Closet, providing new mothers with supplies they may need when they leave the hospital.


GENEVA — As President Donald Trump's trade war with China continues, area winemakers are keeping a close eye on how tariffs could affect the local market.

ASHTABULA — Bruce Haytcher spent decades in area factories performing a variety of tasks, but when a massive layoff at the Erie General Electric plant hit in 2016 he chose a different pathway.

In light of a skilled workforce shortage seen not only in Ashtabula County but elsewhere in the region, employers and state legislators are plumbing the well for fresh ways to attract or keep employees.

ASHTABULA — A local business will have to remove its curtains following a debate at a public hearing prior to City Council’s regular meeting Monday.


Despite rising gas prices, experts say this Memorial Day weekend will be one of the most traveled in the last decade.

JEFFERSON — The village of Jefferson is looking to fix several zoning issues that have left a business and a transitional home unable to move forward with planned expansions.


GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE — Rainy weather didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of dozens of people lining “The Strip” holding umbrellas while waiting for the village’s parade to go by their chosen viewing spot.

ASHTABULA — Following a public hearing before Ashtabula City Council’s Monday meeting, members approved an ordinance allowing townhouse-style residential units as a conditional use within the Harbor Historical District.


GENEVA — Catherine’s Christmas, at 910 East Main St. (Route 20), is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month.


JEFFERSON — Tears streamed down the face of Kathy Konzel after her key started a 2018 Toyota Corolla on Saturday morning winning the 6th annual Donate to Win sponsored by Nassief Auto Group.

GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE — Village officials have managed to make a little money from cutting down some ash trees — in fact, enough to buy some equipment for the golf course.

GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE — Lake Erie Canopy Tours is launching its first full season Friday, with plenty of zipline adventures for every age group.

COLUMBUS — A newly introduced state House bill would make maple syrup-producing lands tax exempt across the state, something county producers say is just the boost they need in what’s become an oversaturated market.

ASHTABULA — A local artist created the framework but area gymnasts personalized a mural and made it their own on Saturday afternoon at the Chalk Box.

CONNEAUT — Dr. Abirammy Sundaramoorthy, MD., chief medical officer of University Hospitals Conneaut Medical Center, will receive a Women of Professional Excellence Award today from the YWCA of Greater Cleveland.

ASHTABULA — Lake Erie Ship Repair and Tank Fabrication, a family-owned and operated business in Jefferson and Ashtabula, closed late last year and its assets will be auctioned off next month. 

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — The Ashtabula JCPenney, located in the Ashtabula Towne Square, has received the company’s highest honor, the Founder’s Award. 

ROME TOWNSHIP — Two new horizontal shale production wells along Rome-Rock Creek Road are causing concern for some nearby residents who said they’ve been unable to learn much about the project.


ASHTABULA — The new Circle K at the northeast corner of Main Avenue and West 58th Street opened Thursday, bringing 20 new jobs with it.

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