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Animal advocate indicted for cruelty
By Mac Cordell, Marysville JT reporter
The former chief humane agent for the Union County Humane Society could now be facing more than eight decades in prison for allegedly killing dogs and stealing from their owners.
The Union County Grand Jury has indicted Steffen Evan Baldwin, also known as Steffen Finkelstein, 39, of 32035 Mountain Shadow Road, Acton, CA. Baldwin is charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, bribery, 15 counts of telecommunications fraud, 13 cases of cruelty to animals, six counts of tampering with records, two counts of grand theft, two counts of falsification, and one count each of grand theft of a firearm and impersonation of a peace officer.

Heifer festival comes to a close
From Richwood Gazette Staff reports
What began in 2005 as a small church event, The Richwood Heifer Festival, had grown into a large community festival that many looked forward to each year. But 2020 has brought an end to the festival.

Announcements made regarding 2020 All Ohio Balloon Fest
From Marysville JT Staff reports
After months of scrambling to make adjustments, organizers of the All Ohio Balloon Fest have rescheduled this year’s event to Aug. 12-14, 2021. Officials said they moved away from holding the event this year fearing the potential impact on the health of the community would outweigh its entertainment value.

N. Union district seeking parental decisions on start of new year
By Sherryl Sheets, Richwood Gazette
The North Union Local School District has a “Reset and Restart” survey for parents and guardians to fill out as district officials are now moving forward with learning options for the 2020-2021 school year.  You are asked to please watch a presentation and read the information about our two learning options on the district’s website,

School board approves coaching contracts
By Sherryl Sheets, Richwood Gazette
The North Union Board of Education approved contracts for several positions for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. During the July 20, 2020 meeting, the following one-year limited expiring supplemental contracts were approved.

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