ASHTABULA — In an ongoing effort to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, a network across Ohio is studying samples of wastewater to look for the presence of fragments from the virus that causes the disease.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday endorsed booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans, opening a major new phase in the U.S vaccination drive against COVID-19.

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COLUMBUS — Ohioans ages 12-25 who receive the coronavirus vaccine can enter a new lottery making them eligible for five $100,000 college scholarships and 50 $10,000 scholarships, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday in his latest effort to boost number of people vaccinated against COVID-19.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One desperate California school district is sending flyers home in students' lunchboxes, telling parents it's “now hiring." Elsewhere, principals are filling in as crossing guards, teachers are being offered signing bonuses and schools are moving back to online learning.

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ASHTABULA — With a substantial spread of the delta variant of COVID-19 across the country, Kent State University is returning to previous practices for face coverings.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday morning that it has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people 16 years and older, according to a press release from the administration.

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WASHINGTON — When the pace of vaccinations in the U.S. first began to slow, President Joe Biden backed incentives like million-dollar cash lotteries if that's what it took to get shots in arms. But as new coronavirus infections soar, he's testing a tougher approach.

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If you've put off renewing your driver's license, identification card or vehicle registration during the COVID-19 pandemic, time is running out to renew them.

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Ashtabula County has dropped out of the top five counties in the state in new COVID-19 cases per capita, according to information released by Gov. Mike DeWine on social media on Thursday.

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GENEVA — Geneva City Manager Joseph Varckette and other administrators are reviewing ways to spend the $1.16 million scheduled to come their way from the latest federal coronavirus pandemic relief efforts.

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Nearly one third of Ashtabula County’s population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

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Unemployment levels in the county have fallen below 1,000 for the first time since mid-March.

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Holy Week started with the Palm Sunday celebration of Jesus’ triumphant arrival to Jerusalem, continued through the observance of The Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, the bleak crosswalks that reminded Christians of the death of Jesus and finally the celebration of the Resurrection on Sunday.

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ASHTABULA — Short blasts from car horns cut through the early morning air as Christians, who celebrate Easter because of their belief Jesus rose from the dead more than 2,000 years ago, from numerous churches gathered to celebrate the Easter morning miracle.

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PAINESVILLE — Many track and field athletes who were robbed of a full season due to the coronavirus pandemic spent time Saturday trying to make up for lost time.

HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP — The 2021 of the Grand River Valley Ice Wine Trail is underway providing entertainment for wine lovers with an attempt to be as socially conscious as possible.

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The steadily expanding ability to receive a COVID-19 vaccination took another step forward in Ashtabula County on Tuesday as two open clinics provided the opportunity for protections without making an appointment.

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ANDOVER — A Vietnam-era veteran, who had a three-month bout with COVID-19, recently received a new way to get into his home.

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GENEVA — The Geneva area is dealing with a changing business community as COVID-19 has caused some businesses to close, others to move and some new ventures taking shape, said Sue Ellen Foote, executive director of the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce.

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Countries across Europe resumed vaccinations with the AstraZeneca shot on Friday, as leaders sought to reassure their populations it is safe following brief suspensions that cast doubt on a vaccine that is critical to ending the coronavirus pandemic.

A variety of fire department fund-raisers went by the wayside during 2020 as COVID-19 reared its ugly head, making gatherings less than ideal. 

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Families struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic can apply for help from a program coordinated by Ashtabula County Community Action Agency, said the agency’s Community Development Coordinator Alissa Holdson.

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ASHTABULA — People seeking to donate non-perishable food to those in need were greeted by two people waving signs on Saturday afternoon during a food drive sponsored by the Ashtabula County NAACP and Country Neighbor.

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HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP — Myriad big athletic events are coming to Spire Institute during the next several months.

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GENEVA — The city has stepped forward in a time of crisis and supported those less fortunate, said Valerie Leitch, director of the Geneva Food Pantry.

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COLUMBUS — Ohio's Health Department is restructuring its infectious disease division following the discovery of as many as 4,000 unreported COVID-19 deaths and will investigate how the error happened, the state health director said Thursday.

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ANDOVER — Village Council approved an ordinance giving Mayor Jerry Dibell authorization to begin discussions with the University Hospitals for the purpose of buying the emergency room facility that closed last spring when COVID-19 hit the area.

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The season of Lent is a time of penitence and contemplation before Easter lasting 40 days. Meatless days during Lent are traditionally part of the old Roman Catholic religious calendar.

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ANDOVER TOWNSHIP — The Pymatuning Valley Local School Board has scheduled a 10 a.m. meeting Thursday to discuss potential design options for the district’s storage building, planned for construction northwest of the middle school.

COLUMBUS — Dr. Amy Acton, the former state health director who became the face of Ohio's early pandemic response, has stepped down from her nonprofit position to "carefully explore" running as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate, she said Thursday.

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Some residents of Ashtabula Towers in Ashtabula and The Maples in North Kingsville will need to be vaccinated again after being given doses of the COVID-19 vaccine that had not been kept at proper temperatures, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said during his Tuesday briefing.

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Some residents of Ashtabula Towers in Ashtabula and The Maples in North Kingsville will need to be vaccinated again, after being given doses of the COVID-19 vaccine that had not been kept at proper temperatures, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said during his Tuesday briefing.

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ASHTABULA — Competitors in each event may have been more than 50 miles away, but that didn’t matter to the Ashtabula Stingrays swimmers who gathered Sunday for a virtual meet to try and qualify for “league” championships.

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will act Thursday to get more people health insurance in the middle of the raging coronavirus pandemic, a down payment on his pledge to push the U.S. toward coverage for all.

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