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Area advances in contest

On Wednesday morning, it was announced that Portsmouth has advanced to the top 15 communities in the America’s Best Communities Competition.

The Southern Ohio Port Authority, Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Portsmouth teamed up for this competition.

When the competition was first announced there were roughly 400 communities throughout the United States involved. That pool of communities was narrowed to 50 and Wednesday that pool was narrowed to 15 communities.

“Great communities don’t happen, they are a result of people coming together moving towards identifying a shared vision and goal,” said Dave George, General Manager Southern Ohio Frontier Communications. “Frontier Communications, Dish Network, The Weather Channel and CoBank believe in great communities. We believe that great communities that can come together to put together a strong effort to make their community better.”

Jason Kester, Executive Director of the Southern Ohio Port Authority was pleased with the announcement.

“This is an extremely positive…

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Price It Right

For many specialty food producers, pricing your products can be a challenge. To help specialty food makers set the ideal price for their products, the Specialty Food Association is hosting a 1.5-hour education session at the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show.

The educational session, called Price It Right: Using Costs to Create Real-World Price Sheets, will be held on Sunday, Jan.17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. It will be led by Jonathan Milo Leal of Milo’s Whole World Gourmet, and will include the following topics:

1. How to start from your cost of goods to establish various pricing levels for wholesale, distributor, private label, and export.

2. Understanding how freight affects your final cost.

3. Setting the margin structure for your company, as well as the distributors and retailers with whom you’ll be working.

4. Avoiding common pricing pitfalls.

5. Identifying steps to take to be sure you’re protecting your profit…

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Snowville Creamery founder says ‘God didn’t make milk wrong’

Warren Taylor Snowville Creamery

Image Credit: Dairy Foods

Warren Taylor picked me up at Port Columbus International Airport in Ohio and right away I knew this wasn’t going to be the typical visit with the owner of a dairy company. I had barely settled into his Subaru SUV when he asked: “How many teenage ADD boys does it take to change a light bulb?” Then he blurted the punchline: “Let’s go outside and ride bikes.”

Next he pulled out a glass jar of homemade kefir and poured half into a clean yogurt cup for me. He said he drinks a jar of this every morning after he practices tai chi. The ancient Chinese exercise clears his mind, he said, and the protein-packed, probiotic-rich kefir keeps him going until lunchtime. Then we hit the road.

Taylor is the owner of Snowville Creamery located…

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Shale Advocate: Watch Belmont County in 2016

CANFIELD, Ohio — This past year has been amazing for the Utica Shale in Ohio, as production of oil and gas in the state has more than doubled. At the end of 2014, Energy in Depth reported that the counties to watch in 2015 included Monroe, Belmont, and Noble counties – and we were right.

Production results for the first three quarters of 2015 showed Utica Shale development trended south to these counties, and the best producing wells, particularly natural gas wells, have been located in these counties. But as we look ahead to 2016, one of these counties, Belmont, is where the real story of promise will lie.

Why does Belmont County stand out among similar counties with high production? Well, it’s because Belmont County is by far the most diversified story in the Utica with a combination of surging production results, new permits to drill, proximity to roads, rail, and barges, and most importantly, a new multi-billion…

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