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8 townships become solar farm dead zones
By Michael Williamson, Marysville J-T reporter
Union County Commissioners approved a blanket request to stop solar farms coming into eight townships in the county.
At their weekly meeting last Wednesday, June 15, commissioners voted 2-1 to approve a resolution accepting the requests from Allen, Claibourne, Darby, Jackson, Leesburg, Liberty, Taylor and Washington townships to oppose future solar projects. The passage of the measure would ensure an automatic “no” for any future solar companies looking to bring in a site generating over 50 megawatts of power into those townships.

NUCFD increases part-time rates
By Ally Lanasa, Richwood Gazette
The Northern Union County Fire and EMS District Board voted to increase part-time rates for medics and basics beginning July 3 during its meeting on Thursday.
Currently, medics earn $16.06 an hour and basics earn $13.76.

Baird’s report addresses improvements made district wide for student success
By Ally Lanasa, Richwood Gazette
Superintendent Richard Baird recently informed the North Union Board of Education about improvements being made within the district to address shortcomings in student achievement.
During his superintendent report on Monday, Baird focused on the areas of programming, wellness and community engagement.

Local fire depts. plan to merge
By Ally Lanasa, Richwood Gazette
The Leesburg Township Fire Department intends to merge with the Northwestern Joint Fire District. Leesburg Township Trustees Bill Lowe and Jeff Robinson informed the Northern Union County Fire and EMS District (NUCFD) Board about the plan at its meeting on Thursday evening.

Milk bank a resource for local mothers
By Kayleen Petrovia, Marysville J-T reporter
While a nationwide infant formula shortage has left some families scrambling, a number of Union County moms are working to ensure babies have the milk they need.
The Union County WIC office, within the local health department, recently became a drop-off location in partnership with the OhioHealth Mothers’ Milk Bank, which provides breast milk for babies in need.

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