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COVID-19  forced the cancellations of many events designed to honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr. this year, but many are still reflecting on his life and impact on American society.

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GENEVA — Customers looking for Pizza Hut will have to drive several miles north on Route 534 as the business has moved from a sit-down restaurant near the Interstate 90 intersection to a take-out facility in a plaza near Giant Eagle.

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WILMINGTON, Del. — President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion coronavirus plan Thursday to end "a crisis of deep human suffering" by speeding up vaccines and pumping out financial help to those struggling with the pandemic's prolonged economic fallout.

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ORWELL — Village leaders are discussing challenges in the water department. Aging equipment and reduced use are creating the need for more revenue.

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JEFFERSON — The murder trial of an Ashtabula man is the latest case to be delayed by the coronavirus, according to Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court records.

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ORWELL — Grand Valley Local School District students are back in the classroom after “in-person school” was shut down late in 2020 due to the climbing rate of coronavirus cases in the county.

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ROCK CREEK — Village hall has a whole new look after renovations spurred by the coronavirus pandemic were recently completed.

KINGSVILLE TOWNSHIP — The Ashtabula County APL has plans in place for 2021 after working through issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

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GENEVA — All that is left of the 2021 Winterfest will be a snowman decorating contest due to the coronavirus pandemic, said Geneva Special Events Coordinator Margie Netzel and Geneva Business Association President James Santiago. 

ORWELL — Village council approved a first-quarter budget on Monday during an organizational meeting at village hall.

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CLEVELAND — Amid a masked, muted celebration in the locker room after the Browns ended the NFL's longest playoff drought, coach Kevin Stefanski asked for a game ball and then told Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio to step forward.

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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns will play their first playoff game since 2002 without first-year coach Kevin Stefanski, who tested positive for COVID-19 just two days after leading the team back to the postseason.

There is no set date for the COVID-19 vaccine to be available to people over 65, said Christine Kettunen, Director of Public Health Nursing at the Ashtabula County Health Department.

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ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — Leaders of the Community Counseling Center are hoping families with children in potential need of psychiatric services will reach out as the coronavirus pandemic rages on into 2021, said CCC Executive Director Paul Bolino.

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GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE — A remarkable summer and fall comeback from months of inactivity will allow the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake to end the year without taking a loss, said Ashtabula County Commissioner Casey Kozolowski.

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Car dealers are happy 2020 is nearing an end, but are thankful the year ended better than expected with the coronavirus pandemic raging.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Terry Beth Hadler was so eager to get a lifesaving COVID-19 vaccination that the 69-year-old piano teacher stood in line overnight in a parking lot with hundreds of other senior citizens.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dawn Wells, who played the wholesome Mary Ann among a misfit band of shipwrecked castaways on the 1960s sitcom “Gilligan's Island,” died Wednesday of causes related to COVID-19, her publicist said. She was 82.

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ASHTABULA — It has been 144 years and one day since the Ashtabula train disaster that left 92 people dead when a bridge collapsed over the Ashtabula River on Dec. 29, 1876.

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Winery owners are making individual decisions regarding when to harvest grapes for ice wines in Ashtabula County during the relatively mild early winter.

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WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday blocked Democrats' push to immediately bring President Donald Trump's demand for bigger $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks up for a vote, saying the chamber would "begin a process" to address the issue.

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GENEVA — A transition of leadership was a key part of 2020  as long time Geneva City Manager Doug Starkey resigned his position for a county job and Orwell village administrator Joseph Varckette took his place.

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Fitness experts are working to help people enter 2021 with a solid path to improve their overall fitness.

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WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly Monday to increase COVID-19 relief checks to $2,000, meeting President Donald Trump's demand for bigger payments and sending the bill to the GOP-controlled Senate, where the outcome is highly uncertain.

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Many people deal with less than happy feelings during the holiday season. That can be magnified during a pandemic while many people are treading on new emotional territory as the virus affects their lives in ways they have never experienced, said local mental health professionals.

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ASHTABULA — Volunteers spent time away from family and friends on Friday afternoon to make Christmas just a little brighter for an estimated 200 people.

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ASHTABULA — Joyce Humphrey and her fellow owners at Hil-Mak's Seafoods Fish Market had the best sources for advice available as their first Christmas Eve as owners approached.

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ASHTABULA — The holiday shopping season included a wide variety of experiences for area merchants and their customers.

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ORWELL — The Grand Valley Local Schools continue to interact with the community regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and hope to return to in-school learning in January depending on what direction cases are trending, said GVLS Superintendent William Nye.

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JEFFERSON — Village council amended the 2020 budget to allow expenditures received through the third phase of the CARES Act money, provided by the federal government during the coronavirus pandemic, to be spent this year, said Jefferson Clerk/Treasurer Patricia Fisher of action taken Monday …

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GENEVA — An already efficient process kicked up an extra notch on Monday afternoon as dozens of safety forces workers and volunteers put together boxes of food, hygiene items and gifts for 48 families.

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NEWARK, Del. — President-elect Joe Biden on Monday received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on live television as part of a growing effort to convince the American public the inoculations are safe.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of Washington gridlock, Congress is set to vote on a $900 billion pandemic relief package, finally delivering long-sought cash to businesses and individuals as well as resources to vaccinate a nation confronting a frightening surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

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Most winter tourism is on hold right now, but the Ashtabula County Visitors Bureau is looking for ways to increase interest during a challenging time for area business, said ACVB Executive Director Stephanie Siegel.

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KINGSVILLE TOWNSHIP — The young, and the young at heart, traveled to see Santa Claus and his friends on Saturday afternoon at Kingsville Public Library.

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WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence became the highest ranking U.S. official to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday in a live-television event aimed at reassuring Americans the shot is safe. He celebrated the milestone as "a medical miracle" that could eventually cont…

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. stood on the verge of adding a second COVID-19 vaccine to its arsenal Friday as the outbreak descended deeper into its most lethal phase yet, with the nation regularly recording over 3,000 deaths per day.

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ASHTABULA — Carmella Wilson expressed her thanks to workers at the Holiday Angels Helping Others drive-through distribution operation on Thursday morning after they placed gifts and food in her vehicle.

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WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators closed in Wednesday on a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package that would deliver additional "paycheck protection" subsidies to businesses, $300 per week jobless checks, and $600 or so stimulus payments to most Americans.

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