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I kept an open mind in considering Issue 1. I understand that the jail is in need of serious renovations, and I believe that a safe and secure county jail is a necessity in any community. However, after listening to the arguments of the Board of Commissioners, I have decided that I cannot su…

I am the great-aunt of the 1-year-old baby, Sereniti, who was murdered in Conneaut, Ohio on Oct. 7, 2017. Sereniti was found in her home, dead with her skull caved in. Sereniti’s mother’s boyfriend, Joshua Gurto, fled the city, fled the state and was ultimately taken into custody by authorit…

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Ward 4 residents of Ashtabula, I feel the need as a responsible voter to point out early voting began Oct. 5. Many of you may just vote along party lines, but I encourage your support for Stephen Kellat Ward 4 council because he cares about everyone, not just party affiliation.

We are living in a world of international, prophetic “globalism.” You ask, what does that mean? If you have a Bible, you can follow where this all stated and where it is leading today.

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There have been rumors that Just Dave, the congressman, has been spotted recently. We sent the hunting dogs out, but they just came back with an empty suit. Some say he is MIA, or hiding, or afraid of the “woke” crowd.

Thank you Senator McConnell for his refusal to bring Merrick Garland’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court to the Senate floor for a vote. Mr. Garland’s ending the FBI and the U.S. Attorneys to intimidate parents who are exercising their First Amendment rights is inexcusable.

I’m voting NO on Issue 1 because there are no checks and balances in our current form of county government. In normal circumstances, the county auditor would oversee expenses and report any type of waste. Not in Ashtabula County, because the relationship between the commissioners’ office and…

Ward 4 residents of Ashtabula, I feel the need as a responsible voter to point out early voting began Oct. 5. Many of you may just vote along party lines, but I encourage your support for Stephen Kellat Ward 4 council because he cares about everyone, not just party affiliation.

There have been rumors that Just Dave, the congressman, has been spotted recently. We sent the hunting dogs out, but they just came back with an empty suit. Some say he is MIA, or hiding, or afraid of the “woke” crowd.

I am endorsing the need for the new community corrections facility as the most imminent cost effective way to keep our Community safe and to maintain law and order within our County.

Two summers ago, watching the available footage of the riots and destruction in cities around the nation staged by BLM and the falsely labeled “Antifa,” which were encouraged, idolized, and yet simultaneously minimized by government and media fascists as they occurred, my wife and I noticed …

My third major objection to the Ashtabula County Commissioners’ jail project is that 300 beds is way too many. The

My second major objection to the Ashtabula County Commissioners’ new jail is its location — 1½ miles from the county courthouse complex.

I must express my concerns regarding Issue 1, the 20- year sales tax increase intended to fund a new “Community Corrections and Rehabilitation Center.” 

Friends of Children Services would like to say to everyone that helped us make this year’s golf outing a success, THANK YOU! Coming off of a year of shut down and uncertainty in 2020 in which we had to cancel our annual golf outing, this year’s golf outing was the most successful we’ve ever …

I was sick after reading the 9/22/21 Star Beacon article depicting a cozy relationship between Jefferson Village Administrator Pasquale Martuccio, the county commissioners, and the contract to purchase 35 acres from Vincenzina Martuccio. The article reports that Village Administrator Martucc…

“I would rather be governed by the first thousand people in the phone book than by these teutonic twits.” — William F. Buckley, Jr.

I took some time to look at the long-range forecast from the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center. They’re expecting “precipitation”, which could be either rain or snow at this time of year, to have above average chances of happening in October and November. When it comes to …

Ashtabula County teams and Madison look to bounce back this weekend after a rough time in Week 5.

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In a procedure I only imagined ever undergoing if I’m abducted by aliens, a nurse stuck a giant cotton swab up my nose Wednesday morning.

What could we expect from the Republicans in the redistricting committee but to continue their gerrymandering ways? They submitted their party’s redistricting map and proclaimed they were being fair to Ohio voters. In fact, they were trying to get more seats. One Republican committeeman proc…

The Ohio Redistricting Commission adopted new district maps for the state legislature this week. This impacts Sarah Fowler Arthur and Sandy O’Brien, as the areas they represent will be changing somewhat. There were calls on Facebook for people to “like” and “share” posts to grab Gov. Mike De…

The Star Beacon disappointed in its editorial support of the 20 year sales tax for the construction of a new county jail. The piece blindly accepted the premise of a new facility without questioning the necessity of nearly 300 beds, the location of 1 ½ miles away from the county courthouse, …

On behalf of Childs-Williams-Ducro Funeral Home in Pierpont, we would like to thank the many attendees and participants at our Celebrate Pierpont Event. A special thank you to:

I’m tired of watching TV and am not ready to start my evening exercises. For some reason, Jimmy Carter the peanut farmer ran through my mind and I pulled up his bio to give it a read.

Public health means just that and we have many rules that support our community’s health. It is a tragedy that the lack of civility in our nation and lack of concern for our neighbor has created this year’s pandemic. Businesses, schools, hospitals would be in a better position with higher va…

Hard to believe we’re at the halfway point of the high school football season.

Welcome to the “no” administration. No leadership, no accountability, no apology, no energy independence, no regulated southern border, no vaccine no work, no mask no admission, no questions asked, no truthful answers, no Facebook or Instagram if you exercise your First Amendment protections…

First a little background.  In February 2020, President Trump concluded an agreement with the Taliban that called for the complete withdrawal of American troops including all civilian contractors by May 1, 2021. These contractors were important because, among other things, they serviced the …

In the early 1930s, a young lumberyard worker moved by 2 Timothy 2:2: “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” This man began teaching high school students to disciple one another. Then in 1933 he began thi…

I find myself dismayed by the vitriolic attacks on persons who are hesitating to be vaccinated against COVID-19. I am not an “anti-vaxxer” myself, having received my shots in the spring.  I probably will go along with the program if the recommendation is that we get boosters. But I get why p…

We found about 60 times or more the various forms for “turn” or “turning” in the New Testament from our Greek lexicons. I Thess. 1:9 is good a place as any about “turning” to God. Paul wrote the Thessalonians in the first century, “How ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true…

I live in the Ashtabula’s downtown ward, Ward 4. The Democratic Party candidate in November is Jodi Mills. The Republican Party candidate is Stephen Kellat, who also happens to be my son.

Believe it or not, selecting the site of the proposed new Ashtabula County Jail was the easy part for commissioners J.P. Ducro IV, Casey Kozlowski and Kathryn Whittington.

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