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The Ohio Farmers Union is advising its members to brace for a sizeable increase in the taxable value of their land.

Ted Finnarn, a Darke County attorney who represents the OFU on an advisory committee for the Ohio Department of Taxation, said the Current Agricultural Use Valuations will “increase substantially” for tax year 2014, effective for taxes to be paid in 2015.

For property tax purposes, farmland devoted to commercial agriculture may be valued according to its current use rather than its “highest and best” potential use. By permitting values to be set below market values, the CAUV normally results in a lower tax bill for working farmers.

The formula to calculate CAUVs uses a five-year average of crop prices and production costs and factors in soil types and interest rates. The result gives a valuation per acre for different soil types.

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The 150th anniversary remembrance of the Battle of Utoy Creek was held last week just west of Atlanta, Georgia.

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Elliot Wyman

The battle, which was fought August 4-6, resulted in a Confederate victory. A Genoa man was among the estimated 1,850 Union casualties. Elliot Wyman was killed on August 6, 150 years ago.

Wyman is remembered in Genoa as The Grand Army of the Republic Post 39 bears his name. The now vacant building is located at the Genoa Quarry, next to the ice cream store. A local group of the Sons of Union Veterans and others attempted, started in 2004, to renovate the building and open it to the public. This effort called “The Genoa Project” has been on hold the last few years.

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American West tragedy rooted in Ohio's Black Swamp

During the long journey of my news career, I traveled a portion of life's road in the colorful American West where I found myself easily seduced by the legends, the lore and the history of this much romanticized landscape. Be they gunslingers, gamblers, soldiers, ranchers, farmers, doctors, merchants, or fortune seekers, they shared a common heart and braved the crucible of the broad plains to discover new and promising lives, or in some cases, tragic and cruel deaths. Such was the case of Elmore native Clara Blinn.

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The Black Swamp Conservancy is seeking input on its programs and operations.

A 10-question, online survey has been emailed to the land trust’s supporters, asking them how they learned about the conservancy that was founded in 1993 by residents concerned by the rate of development in rural Northwest Ohio.

The questionnaire also asks respondents to prioritize the types of landscapes the conservancy should preserve: open spaces and parks for recreation, farmland and land and waterways for hunting and fishing as well as what programs they’d like to be offered, ranging from nature walks and birding tours to geocaching, concerts and working farm events and nature photography.

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Oregon City Council on Monday approved an agreement with Norfolk Southern Railway for preliminary engineering services for interconnection with railroad grade crossing warning devices for the Otter Creek Road advance railroad crossing notification system.

Plans call for blue warning lights to be installed on Otter Creek Road at Millard Avenue and Corduroy Road that will notify motorists that lights and gates are activated at the existing at-grade railroad crossing on Otter Creek Road, located just south of York Street. The notification system will provide Corduroy Road traffic the opportunity to select an alternate route before reaching the frequently blocked railroad crossing.

The system, which requires an interconnection with the existing railroad grade crossing warning device circuitry, will be similar to the blue light system that was installed at the intersections of Pickle Road/Wheeling Street and Pickle Road/Woodville Road in 2002 that notifies motorists of the blocked CSX crossing on Pickle Road.

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Ebola outbreak

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