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Meetings to update producers and landowners in Sandusky County on the provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill have been scheduled for November and December,

Todd Warner, executive director of the county’s Farm Service Agency office, said the sessions will focus on major reforms in the bill.

“Essentially the farm bill was completely revamped,” Warner said. “The 2008 Farm Bill provided direct payments, which were guaranteed payments for producers no matter what the market price for corn, soybeans and wheat. Those have been eliminated.”

Meetings will be held at the Vanguard Career and Technology Center’s Carr Lecture Lab, 1306 Cedar Street, Fremont, on Nov. 3, 5, 25 and Dec. 1 and 4. Sessions will be held from 9-11 a.m., 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. each day.

Two Saturday sessions are scheduled for Nov. 22 and Dec. 6 from 9-11 a.m. at the Sandusky County Agriculture Service Center in the large conference room, 2000 Countryside Dr., Fremont.

A Willard, O. man is close to becoming the next fiscal officer in the Village of Oak Harbor.

Village council recently gave Mayor Bill Eberle the authority to negotiate a contract with Henry Jarrett, Jr., who currently is employed part-time as the Village of Shiloh’s fiscal clerk. Shiloh is located in Richland County near Mansfield. According to his resume, Jarrett has served as clerk of the town of about 650 people since 2011. Prior to that, he worked in various accounting jobs, including his own agency.

The contract is expected to be up for review when council meets in regular session Nov. 3 at the village hall.

Jarrett is the prime candidate gleaned from a pool of 21 applicants. Council held a special meeting Oct. 14 to conduct interviews with five of those candidates.

Not all of the news about Lake Erie is bad – algal blooms aside.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is reporting survey results from this year show an average walleye hatch and good perch hatch.

The bottom trawl survey of Ohio’s waters of the lake’s western basin indicates this year’s walleye hatch is similar to the average hatches of 2001, 2007 and 2010. The trawls caught about 20 walleye per hectare (about 2.5 acres) this year, compared to the long-term average of 26 walleye per hectare, and the best since 2007.

“Based upon the results from the August trawl survey, it appears that the 2014 hatch was near average and should contribute to the fishery in future years,” the department’s division of wildlife says in a press release.

Results of the yellow perch survey were even brighter.

The Ottawa County commissioners are seeking financial assistance from the State of Ohio for the planned renovation of the county’s highway garage building on State Route 163.

The commissioners Tuesday approved resolutions seeking assistance from the Local Government Innovation Fund administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency.

David Brunkhorst, county engineer, said five applications will be filed – three in December and two in March 2015 – in increments of $500,000.

The fund program, he said, emphasizes cooperation between local governments to streamline services and make operations more efficient.

“We’ve discovered in talking with other county engineers who have taken advantage of it that as we demonstrate cooperative efforts with townships and villages and agencies in our county service area we can apply for loan funding,” Brunkhost said.

Northwood is looking at passing an anti-panhandling law.

People holding up signs by the road asking for money have been a common occurrence in Northwest Ohio since the recession in 2007, though motorists have seen them around since the 1980s. Their recent appearance at traffic lights and intersections with heavy traffic is becoming a nuisance, according to Northwood City Administrator Bob Anderson.

“There’s a whole group of people who are in the area who are soliciting money. It’s getting bad. I don’t like the looks of it,” said Anderson, who believes many are simply scamming the public for a free handout.

“We all want to be charitable. But there’s help for those folks. There’s plenty of help available. They don’t need to be on street corners begging for food and money. They make more money panhandling, I think,” he said.

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