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Drilling declines in Carroll County, but economic development continues

A single rig, drilling on a snow-crusted hill. That’s what $30 oil and $2 natural gas look like in Carroll County, the most-drilled part of eastern Ohio’s Utica Shale region.

A single rig, drilling on a snow-crusted hill.

That’s what $30 oil and $2 natural gas look like in Carroll County, the most-drilled part of eastern Ohio’s Utica Shale region.

Since shale exploration and fracking began in late 2010, no county has been drilled more than Carroll. Oil and natural gas flow from 392 wells, accounting for one-third of the producing Utica wells in the state.

A couple of years ago, you could have stood on a ridge in one of Carroll’s southern townships and counted the rigs like giant pins in a map.

An industry database says there are two rigs in the county. But last week, a Nomac rig on a Chesapeake well near Leesville appeared to be the only one actively drilling….

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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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