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Farm Bureau announces meeting

SMITHFIELD –The Jefferson County Farm Bureau annual meeting will have a different look this year due to COVID-19.

The meeting will be held Sept. 3 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Attendees should plan to arrive between 6:15 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7 p.m. Members will remain in their cars with their radio tuned to an FM station during the coronavirus-friendly meeting.

Trustees will be elected and policies will be voted on. Bottled water will be served and door prizes will be distributed. There is no charge to attend, but reservations are necessary. Reservations can be made to jefferson@ofbf.org or by calling (740) 266-6603 by Aug. 24. No dues will be accepted at annual meeting.

Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.

Satellite veterans office to open

STEUBENVILLE — The satellite office of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday at the Dillonvale City Building, 135 School St., Dillonvale, to assist veterans, dependents of veterans and/or veteran’s widows with VA pensions, compensations, burials, schooling, medical assistance and other veteran’s benefits.

For information or assistance, call the Veterans Service Office at (740) 283-8571 or visit their office at 500 Market St., Suite 310, Steubenville. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday. The service office is closed the second Wednesday of every month at noon.

Airport receives grant money

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Airpark is receiving a $26,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration to help provide economic relief for revenue lost because of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

The grant was part of an additional $363,719 in grant funding awarded to airports, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said.

“A functioning and effective aviation industry is critical to our U.S. economy. During this ongoing coronavirus pandemic, travel has significantly changed, thus leaving the aviation industry in a tough economic position,” Portman said, pointing out the C.A.R.E.S. Act rescue money will help the industry ” so these airports can continue to serve Ohio.”

Fourth Street business will get sign

STEUBENVILLE — Prodigal Daughter Treasurers and Trinkets, 164 N. Fourth St., is getting its sign.

The application was approved Thursday because of the inaction by the Board of Zoning Appeals, Urban Projects Director Chris Petrossi said.

The commission met virtually Thursday but, because there was no quorum no action could be taken. Petrossi said when the commission is unable to make a decision, the application is automatically approved.

Because the storefront is in the downtown historical district, exterior alterations have to go before the commission.

Petrossi said Harry and Patty Sturch, 653 Arden Avenue, Steubenville, were granted a variance for a fence, while the board signed off on a redesigned version of a driveway variance requested by Thomas C. Reister, 165 Hiddenwood Drive.

From staff reports

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