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State Farm Hosts Fire Station Fundraiser

SHELBY- State Farm will be hosting a fundraiser to assist with funds to furnish the new fire department this weekend.

On Saturday, September 15, State Farm Agent Amanda Mobley explained the business will welcome community members to join in some fun for the entire family, while offering a few goodies.

Mobley explained why State Farm decided to host the fundraiser for the fire department...Read More

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Water Treatment Plant Dealing With Financial Strains


SHELBY- Financial strains on the Water Treatment Plant (WTP) were brought forward during the Utilities and Streets Committee meeting on Thursday afternoon.

Utilities Director John Ensman explained the treatment plant had been dealing with reservoir algae, extra production, and chemical quality issues which were creating havoc on finances.

“There are four funds that are dealing with economic challenges and those are chemicals, lab testing, electric, and wages,” Ensman stated.

Ensman went over the budgets for each of the funds dating back to 2015......Read More

City Salt Bins Full, Ready For Winter

With temperatures in the 90s, the City of Willard has its eyes on the upcoming winter. City manager Jim Ludban told members of council the salt bins are full.

“We have contracted for this season’s salt supply,” he said, “with an increase of approximately $13 a ton over last year. (It is) well below the $100 a ton we paid several years ago.”

Ludban told council the concrete work has been completed on Spring Street. Sealing is also done. The final coat of asphalt should be put down this week.

“That essentially completes that project,” he pointed out. “I am aware that there have been social media postings critical of the progress and extent of the Spring Street project

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NLBOE Hears iReady Report

Amanda Accavallo, a principal and curriculum director in the New London Local School District gave a report on iReady to members of the board of education during Monday night’s meeting.

She told the board the iReady program charts the academic growth of elementary and middle grade students.

“This is the third year the district has used iReady,” she stated. She told the board previously iReady used the typical growth model where every student in every grade level had the typical growth for that particular grade level and it was pretty standardized. If you were in fourth grade you were expected to have the typical growth. The growth was set by looking at students across the nation using iReady. What they are doing this year is they are not only setting typical growth they are setting a second growth model of where that student could potentially be....Read More

Ohio Ag Experimental Station In The Firelands

Located in Celeryville, on approximately 15 acres is the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center-Muck Crops Agricultural Research Station. Bob Filbrun works at the station as the manager for Ohio State University.

The research center is the oldest among Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station’s (now OARDC) outlying research sites and is the main muck crop research center.

It was established in 1948 by a group of area producers, called the Golden Rule Association. This association purchased and donated 15.5 acres of prime muck soil to OARDC for use as an experimental farm. In 2009, new facilities were built, including offices, a workshop, storage areas, a laboratory with digital microscopes, and a new greenhouse....Read More

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