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Cadet program announced by Allen County Sheriff's Office

The Allen County Sheriff’s Office has announced a new pilot program which will allow the Sheriff’s Office to send future deputies to Rhodes State College Basic Police Officer Academy.

The ACSO Cadet program will provide the costs of tuition and equipment for up to five (5) cadets. Additionally, these cadets will receive full-time medical benefits and pay while enrolled in the academy. Upon successfully completing Rhodes State College Basic Police Officer Academy and obtaining OPOTA certification, these individuals will be hired as fulltime Allen County Sheriff’s Office deputies.


Ricker named VP of Public Relations at Northwest Physical Therapy

OTTAWA–Northwest Physical Therapy (NWPT) has announced the hiring of Sarah Ricker as Vice President of Public Relations for the privately owned therapy provider. Since opening in 1993, the company has grown to include locations in Ottawa, Lima, Delphos and Bluffton.


Ohio farmers encouraged to complete 2022 Ag Census

The United States Department of Agriculture is urging farmers to complete the 2022 Census of Agriculture by the February 6 deadline.

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has sent the 2022 Census of Agriculture to nearly 3 million ag producers across the country. Survey codes for responding securely online were mailed in November and paper questionnaires in December. “Through the ag census, producers can show the nation the value of Ohio agriculture and influence decisions that will shape the future of the industry,” said Marlo D. Johnson, Director of the Great Lakes Regional Office. “Data from the census works for producers by improving decision- and policy making regarding jobs, transportation, production practices, new technologies, marketing opportunities, farm services and programs, and local, state and federal policy. The Census of Agriculture is the producer’s voice in the future of American agriculture.”


January field reports from the Ohio Division of Wildlife

The following field reports from Ohio Division of Wildlife Officers were released on January 24:

Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District Two

State Wildlife Officer Jason Porinchok, assigned to Putnam County, received a picture from a local resident of an invertebrate found in a private pond. After some consultation and research, the invertebrate was found to be a freshwater jellyfish. Originating from China, these animals have found their way to Ohio via fish stockings, aquatic plants, and waterfowl. They are not known to cause harm to humans or the environment and are not considered an invasive species.


Darrell Buroker named to CNB board of directors

Citizens National Bank (CNB) has named Darrell Buroker, EVP Lending, to its Board of Directors. Buroker replaces retiring member Steve McFadden who was a key member of the bank’s Senior Loan Committee.

Buroker began his banking career with Citizens National Bank in 1986 as a loan officer. Since that time, he has developed a deep understanding of retail and commercial lending, with a focus on bank profitability and sales leadership. He was promoted to VP Lima City Executive and opened a new branch office in Lima in 1993, was named VP and Director of Commercial Loans in 2001 and was eventually elevated to the Executive VP/Chief Lending Officer role in 2006.

Eric Faulkner, CNB President, states “I’m thrilled to welcome Darrell as our newest Board Member. I appreciate his willingness to step up his role here at CNB and to ensure we will be lead by a strong group of Directors for years to come.”


44th OEFFA sustainable food and farm conference

Cultivating a diverse regenerative agricultural movement and shaping a more current and equitable farm bill will be the respective focal points of keynote addresses by Mohawk seedkeeper Rowen White and agronomist Ricardo Salvador at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 44th annual conference, Germinate, Regenerate, Agitate.

OEFFA’s 44th annual conference features more than 50 educational workshops, an exhibit hall, full-day Food and Farm School classes, locally-sourced meals, and much more.