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Students head to conference

When awards are given at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference in Orlando this spring, many of the names called will be students from Batavia High School. The students are part of the Great Oaks Legal Office Management program and members of the local BPA chapter. Four are attending because they qualified [ Read More ]

Milford High School-Great Oaks DECA students headed to nationals

Ten Milford High School/Great Oaks students will advance to compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California after being among the top four in their events in Ohio. Another seven students finished in the top ten statewide. The students are enrolled in the Great Oaks Marketing Management and Research program at Milford [ Read More ]

Survey: Two-thirds of seniors have been scammed online

Financial and online fraud against aging adults are now considered the “crimes of the century” by the National Council on Aging. Scammers often target seniors because of perceived accumulated wealth, and feel that seniors are less likely to report crimes due to fear of embarrassment. In fact, a new survey[i] by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor [ Read More ]

A career technical education is one path forward

Guest editorial Harry Snyder President/CEO Great Oaks Career Campuses We’re always interested in what people are saying about career-technical education in general and about Great Oaks in particular. At our open houses recently we heard that people are discovering that career-technical education—or vocational education, if you prefer the 1970s term—may be the right path for [ Read More ]

USDA is now accepting more farmland for wildlife habitat

Farm Service Agency reminds producers about a wildlife habitat restoration initiative, known as State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE). SAFE is part of the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), a federally-funded voluntary program that for 30 years has assisted agricultural producers with the cost of restoring, enhancing and protecting certain grasses, shrubs and trees to [ Read More ]

Beck performs in ‘Pippin’

Mackenzie Back of Amelia was in the cast of “Pippin.” “Pippin’ is a musical theatre performance at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. The performance ran Thursday, March 30 through Sunday, April 2 in the Sandra Wolfe Thompson Theatre. “Pippin” is a coming-of-age extravaganza. A gang of young mischief-makers escort a young man through his [ Read More ]

Spring sampler workshops

The Appalachian Artisans Guild has lined up a set of classes for April 22 that can be attended by those of all ages. We have leather crafting, beginner knitting, making a Jacob’s ladder toy, and flannel board fun for youngsters. For teens and adults we have a wire-wrapped crystal pendent, rock art, a stained glass [ Read More ]

Clermont County gets funds for failing septic systems

Ohio EPA has approved a $150,000 principal forgiveness loan to Clermont County to help qualifying homeowners address failing septic systems. This funding is offered through Ohio EPA’s Home Sewage Treatment Systems (HSTS) Repair/Replacement Program for 2017. This state initiative, which is part of Ohio’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF), will improve the quality of [ Read More ]

Increase farm income by creating habitat for the native pollinators

Did you know that production agriculture is dependent upon pollinators such as bees, insects, birds, and other animals? Approximately 30 percent of the food and fiber crops grown throughout the world depend upon insect pollination. Recent significant declines in pollinator populations pose a potentially serious economic threat to production agriculture. To help enhance and restore [ Read More ]

2017 Ohio Beef Expo Youth Judging contest winners

The Ohio Beef Expo’s Judging Contest was held on March 17 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio. Over 400 youth participated in the contest, hosted by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) and the Ohio State University Extension. Participants evaluated live cattle classes and were required to answer questions regarding those classes. Participants were [ Read More ]


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