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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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Obituaries

DAYTON [ndash] Marikay Grace Cable passed away June 12, 2019. Beloved daughter to Geneva (Lynn) Orr and Marvin Lee Orr Sr. of Kettering, OH. Donations may be made in Marikay's name to the Humane Society of Dayton.

Lawrence "Larry" Chapman, Jr., age 93 , of Geneva, passed away on June 14, 2019 at Geneva Village. Born on October 23, 1925 in Painesville, the son of Lawrence G. & Marvel (Young) Chapman. A salesman at Amerigas, in Ashtabula. A member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Geneva. Larry enjoy…