New Ohio Wildlife Officer assigned to Fairfield County

Columbus — Ohio Wildlife Officer Jade Heizer of Miamisburg has a new assignment in Fairfield County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Wildlife Refuge. A 2020 graduate of the Wildlife Personnel Academy, Officer Heiser previously served as a senior officer in Central Ohio and in Washington County.

Officer Heizer, 27, graduated from Miamisburg High School and then Ohio State University in 2017 with a degree in forestry, fisheries, and wildlife. She replaces Ohio Wildlife Officer Tony Zirkley, who was recently promoted to Wildlife Officer.

As a wildlife administrator, Heizer has statewide authority to enforce wildlife regulations and protect state lands, waterways, and property. It also contributes to public safety in Central Ohio (Wildlife District One) and in the open spaces of the vast Ohio. Each year, Ohio wildlife officials talk to hundreds of clubs and groups about conservation and wildlife programs; conducting fish and wildlife surveys; and provide technical advice and instructions about hunting, fishing and other recreational activities related abroad.

To contact Officer Heizer directly, call (614) 902-4210. To report suspicious activity involving wildlife, call (800) POACHER (762-2437). Reports can remain anonymous.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency awards $873,800 for recycling and garbage prevention in Central Ohio

Columbus – Ohio The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency gave more than $873,800 this year in grants to 14 local governments, corporations, and nonprofits across Central Ohio to implement recycling, garbage prevention, market development, and scrap tire recycling programs. Statewide, the agency issues more than $5 million in grants to fund 89 recipients, with $3.2 million specifically for community litter prevention programs.

Local governments and other entities use these grants for garbage collection, education programs, and scrap tire disposal through amnesty collection events. All local cleanup efforts involve volunteer work and take place on public properties. Some of these grants are related to the statewide Garbage Campaign, A Little Litter a Big Problem, which Governor Mike DeWine announced last year to prioritize and promote conversation about trash in Ohio.

Projects approved for funding include (approximate to the nearest dollar): Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Agency (Fairfield County) – $15,000

Low-income household water assistance program

The Ohio Department of Development and the Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Agency assist income-eligible Ohio residents with water and sanitation assistance. The Low-Income Home Water Assistance Program provides eligible Ohioans with assistance to pay their water and sewer bills. The program runs until September 30, 2022.

To apply for the program, clients are required to contact the Lancaster Fairfield Community Action Agency.

Clients need to bring copies of the following documents to their appointment:

  • Copies of the latest water/sewage bills;
  • Subscription to sewage fees and fines for sewage fees
  • A list of all family members and proof of income for the last 30 days or 12 months for each member;
  • Proof of US citizenship or legal residency for all family members;
  • Proof of disability (if any)

For more information about the Low Income Home Water Assistance Program, call the agency at 740-653-4146. For contact information for your local energy assistance provider, call (800) 282-0880 (hearing impaired customers may call 711 for assistance), or visit


Members of the Carroll Village Finance Committee will meet at 7 p.m. August 2 to discuss the police budget and any other work brought before the committee. The meeting will be held at City Hall 68 Center Street.

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