Zane Trace FFA Student Represents Ohio In Global Youth Institute Event

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Zane Trace Junior Sarah McGraw has been selected to represent Ohio in the Global Youth Institute of the World Food Prize. 

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The event will be held virtually during the week of October 16th—21st and will feature guest speakers, workshops, and opportunities for students from over 50 countries to share their ideas on solutions for food inequality. McGraw was chosen for this opportunity from over 100 participants who presented their research papers during the Ohio World Food Prize Youth Conference at The Ohio State University in April. 

Sarah’s research focused on food access in the country of Tajikistan, a small central Asian nation that has faced years of conflict and political instability.

New Hocking County Judge Appointed

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(Logan)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced the appointment of Jason M. Despetorich to the Hocking County Court of Common Pleas, General and Domestic Relations Division.

Despetorich, of Logan, will assume office on August 1, 2022 and will be taking the seat formerly held by Judge John T. Wallace, who retired. Despetorich must run for election in November 2022 in order to complete the unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2024.

Despetorich has run his private practice, Despetorich Law Offices, LLC, for the last 15 years. In that time, he has devoted his law practice to criminal law and domestic relations. Despetorich has primarily practiced in the courts of Hocking, Fairfield, and Franklin counties. 

Ohio State Fair Selects Junior Fair Board

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COLUMBUS – The 2022 Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board has been announced. The Junior Fair Board (JFB) is comprised of brilliant young leaders from across the state who contribute to the success of the Ohio State Fair. Each member is selected to represent their respective organizations, including 4-H, FFA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts of America, Farm Bureau, and Tech Ed. The individuals from these organizations represent thousands of involved youth throughout Ohio.

An addition made in 2019 that will continue for years to come is the integration of members at large. Members at large are selected regardless of organization. This position affords all youth involved in the previously mentioned organizations an equal opportunity to be represented on the Ohio State Fair JFB.

The JFB’s contribution to the success of each Ohio State Fair is irreplaceable.

Virgil Strickler, general manager of the Ohio State Fair, recognizes the impact of these ambitious youth, saying, “The Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board is comprised of eager young leaders who have demonstrated their dedication to the state of Ohio through their respective organizations. This opportunity will help these youth expand upon their leadership skills and contribute to the success of this year’s Ohio State Fair.”

Throughout the 12 days of the Fair, July 27 – Aug. 7, 2022, the 19 JFB members can be spotted throughout the grounds in their blue polo shirts welcoming officials to livestock shows, performances, the daily parade presented by AAA Ohio Auto Club, and other exhibits. JFB members can also be found throughout the Fair helping with the Monster Mural, assisting with the Little Farmers exhibit, and selling Fair memorabilia. In addition to these tasks, the JFB adds an instrumental level of helpful customer service, friendly faces, enthusiastic personalities, and a fresh perspective to each day of the Fair.

This year’s Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board is comprised of 19 highly accomplished individuals ages 16 – 20 from across the state, including a handful of second-year members (listed alphabetically):

Whitney Bauman, Vice Pres. (FFA); 2nd Year; Otway (Scioto County)

Sia Bavish, Public Relations Officer (At-Large); 2nd Year; Westlake (Cuyahoga County)

Riley Bronnert, (Tech Ed); 2nd Year; Hamilton (Butler County)

Josie Burke, (FFA); Waterford (Washington County)

Grant Dunn, (Tech Ed); 2nd Year; Hamilton (Butler County)

Elizabeth Fannin, (4-H); Jackson; (Jackson County)

Carter Freeman, (Boy Scouts); Grove City (Franklin County)

Haven Hileman, President, (4-H); 2nd Year; Stout (Scioto County)

Marissa Johnston, (Girl Scouts); Lewis Center (Delaware County)

Julia Joos, (Tech Ed); Dublin (Franklin County)

Melina Matics, (4-H); Marietta (Washington County)

Adrianna Meyer, (Farm Bureau); Swanton (Fulton/Lucas County)

Sara Newsome, (4-H); Hillsboro (Highland County)

Erica Patterson (At-Large); Findlay (Hancock County)

Zach Romero, (4-H); McComb (Hancock County)

Emily Scaff, (At-Large); McDermott (Scioto County)

Landon Shelpman, (FFA); Springfield (Clark County)

Matthew Swearingen, Secretary, (At-Large); 2nd Year; West Union (Adams County)

Zachary Zweibel, (Farm Bureau), 2nd Year; Lima (Allen County)

Ohio Sales Tax Holiday

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Ohio will have its annual sales tax holiday between 12am Friday, August 5th and 11:59pm Sunday, August 7th.

During the holiday, the following items ate exempt from sales and use tax:

  • An item of clothing prices at $75 or less;
  • An item of school supplies priced at $20 or less;
  • An item of school instructional material priced at $20 or less.

    Items used in a trade or business are not exempt under the sales tax holiday.