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2008-10-10 21:00:29

By CHRIS KICK By CHRIS KICK Staff Writer WOOSTER -- Wayne County residents who want to get a flu shot have another option to help make the process go a bit smoother. For the first year, the county is offering a drive-through flu shot service, to be held Oct. 25 at the Wooster Service Center, 1151 Mechanicsburg Road, next to the Wayne County Humane Society. While customers will not escape the needle and syringe, they are expected to enjoy the drive-through nature of the program,...

2008-09-24 21:00:26

By CHRIS KICK By CHRIS KICK Staff Writer WOOSTER -- Alternative energy and conservation were among top issues debated Tuesday night at Trinity United Church of Christ where four candidates -- two for state house representative and two for state senate -- participated in a candidate speak event sponsored by Ecumenical Communities for a Compassionate Ohio. "It is incumbent upon all of us, whether we're in an elected office or whether we're in private entities to look at how we can more...

2008-09-16 21:00:17

By Chris Kick It is difficult to grab a newspaper or magazine today -- and totally impossible to listen to a TV reporter -- without seeing some doom and gloom article concerning the economy. I have had the distinct pleasure to personally witness the complete opposite during the last couple of weeks. In the rural areas of my three counties -- Ashland, Medina and Wayne -- entrepreneurial optimism abounds. Farm families are expanding their operations in order to accommodate younger family...

2008-09-12 21:00:24

By CHRIS KICK By CHRIS KICK Staff Writer WOOSTER -- "I learn more by coming to a fair like Wayne County in a day than I learn in Columbus in a week," the state's director of agriculture told fair board members and volunteers during a special visit Thursday morning, the final day of the fair. While he might have been exaggerating, Director Robert Boggs made his point about the importance of Ohio's county fairs and what they do for agriculture. "We have a great story to tell in...

2008-09-02 09:00:26

By CHRIS KICK By CHRIS KICK Staff Writer WOOSTER -- The county's airport authority reviewed more than a half-dozen proposals in August related to its new master plan, which will provide for growth and Federal Aviation Administration compliance during the next 20 years. The biggest decision so far is to move part of the runway. The board and commissioners are considering lengthening the west side of the runway by about 200 feet and reducing the length on the east side. The change is...

2008-07-30 21:00:28

By CHRIS KICK By CHRIS KICK Staff Writer WOOSTER -- The county's newest airplane terminal has been open and in use for about a year, but the vacated building it replaces still stands and needs to be taken down, according to safety regulations by the Federal Aviation Administration. The Wayne County Airport Authority and the Wayne County commissioners are pursuing an Ohio Department of Transportation grant to cover 80 percent of the projected cost to demolish and remove the structure...

2008-07-25 21:00:27

By CHRIS KICK By CHRIS KICK Staff Writer WOOSTER -- The county's airport board continued its discussion Tuesday into the construction of new T-hangars and improvements to hangars and their use. With buzz of planes launching on the runway, the board, Wayne County Commissioner Cheryl Noah and County Planning Director Betsy Sparr reviewed from inside an aircraft hangar options for a project that includes construction of up to 10 hangars. They are called T- hangars because of the T-shaped...

2008-07-22 21:00:29

By CHRIS KICK By CHRIS KICK Staff Writer WOOSTER -- Most of the area's wheat crop appears to be harvested, and some area farmers have already baled straw from the remaining stubble and planted a follow-up crop, such as soybeans or alfalfa. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported that 99 percent of Ohio's winter wheat crop was ripe, identical to last year. Forty-three percent of the winter wheat was harvested last week, compared to 94 percent this time last year. But...

2008-07-01 21:00:14

By CHRIS KICK By CHRIS KICK Staff Writer WOOSTER -- Our agricultural scene is in revolution. The past year, fuel prices, compounded with fuel production from crops and a growing world population have changed nearly all aspects of crop and livestock production in ways never before seen. The sale price for cereal crops, including wheat, corn and oats has doubled and in some cases tripled, setting off a domino effect across the agricultural scene and into the consumer market. A...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'