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Boehner on Candle-lite: ‘Only in America’

Candle-lite CEO Calvin Johnston is pictured speaking on Saturday.

Candle-lite CEO Calvin Johnston is pictured speaking on Saturday.

Among the several speakers lauding the Candle-lite Company’s 175 years during Saturday’s celebration in Leesburg was U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, who said that the company is “another reason to say ‘only in America.’”

Boehner was introduced by Jerry Vanden Eynden, Candle-lite Company president. As a part of a slide show presentation, Vanden Eynden shared a picture. In it, Boehner could be seen working at his desk, on which was placed a lamp, a globe … and a Candle-lite candle.

“He supports us,” Vanden Eynden said, adding that he was “humbled and honored” to introduce Boehner.

Boehner began his speech by describing the world 175 years ago. At that time, he said, the tallest building was 500 feet tall. Also, Boehner said, there were…

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SOACDF funds available for job creation in Jackson County

JACKSON– The Jackson County Economic Development Board (JCEDB) announced that up to $200,000 in competitive grant funds are available through the Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation (SOACDF) for projects in SOACDF’s nine county service region. The mission of the grant is for SOACDF to sponsor strategic investments in communities that have been adversely affected by the reduction in the demand for tobacco.

Private sector business/industry with job creation/retention projects, political subdivisions and public nonprofits may apply. Colleges and universities may apply for projects that are private sector driven.

The criteria for grant availability are extensive, but the main points are:

• Funds may be used for capital improvements, fixed assets or land acquisition where the end purpose is for manufacturing, logistics/distribution, warehousing, agribusiness/food processing or healthcare.

• There must be a job creation/retention component. Job creation is defined as a year round fulltime job working a minimum of 32 hours per week.

•…

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Making the Grade: Lumber grading course held at OSU South Centers

OSU South Centers recently offered a Lumber Grading workshop for those employed in timber and related industries. Photo Courtesy of News Watchman

OSU South Centers recently offered a Lumber Grading workshop for those employed in timber and related industries. Photo Courtesy of News Watchman

Over a dozen loggers from Ohio and abroad gathered at OSU South Centers last week to participate in a course designed to give them a better understanding and develop their skills in the timber industry. The five-day Lumber Grading Short Course/Flex Day Course was instructed by National Hardwood Lumber Association National Inspector Barry Kibbey, who has instructed lumber grading workshops across the country for the past 41 years, in addition to working in various aspects of the timber industry.

“Timber and related industries are important to Southeast Ohio. This course gives local residents employed in the industry…

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Eating local takes on new meaning in Athens County

Beets for sale from Homecoming Farms during the Athens Farmers Market.

Beets for sale from Homecoming Farms during the Athens Farmers Market.

To better understand how food connects people, you can visit Athens County — where a project known as the 30 Mile Meal has helped to unite the stakeholders in the local food economy.

Or ask Luar Romero, general manager of Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery in uptown Athens.

When he rattles off the places from which he buys ingredients for the restaurant’s kitchen, Romero names farms, not wholesalers — most of them within 30 miles of Athens.

Feta cheese for the craft brewery’s signature feta-cheese salad dressing comes from Integration Acres in Albany.

So do papaws, which are used to produce its Pawpaw Wheat imperial ale.

“And its black walnuts,” kitchen manager Tom Potter said.

Laurel Valley Creamery in Gallipolis, Potter said, supplies the cheese…

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