Help for homeowners to battle ash borer
The WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc. is accepting applications until Nov. 24 for grants to assist with the removal of ash trees from residential property.
The removal program, which the commission is administering for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, is designed to assist homeowners in the fight to limit damage caused by the Emerald Ash Borer.
The program provides funds for removing one ash tree per property with additional removals allowed through matching grants. The program provides for 65 percent of the removal costs for households at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines or half of the cost for households above the level.
WSOS has distributed application information to area local governments.
Wood County awarded
The Wood County Department of Job and Family Services received the first place award for Excellence in Strategic Workforce Planning by the Ohio Economic Development Association.
Wood County Job Solutions was recognized for its efforts to improve the economic well being of the community.
The Ohio Highway Patrol has started a two-week initiative to reduce vehicular crashes, arrest impaired drivers, and apprehend felons.
Patrol troopers will be working with local law enforcement agencies to spot violations such as failure to yield, improper lane changes, speeding, and following too close.
According to highway patrol figures, there were 2,998 crashes last year in Ohio last year during the four-day Thanksgiving reporting period. Ten of 18 fatal crashes involved an impaired driver.