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JOINS HUNTINGTON: Stephen Bohach has joined Huntington Bank as vice president, senior relationship manager with the Huntington Private Bank.

The Weirton native will provide a wide range of financial services to high net-worth clients through a fully integrated, team-based experience, including investment management, personal trust and estate planning, financial planning and business succession planning, as well as private banking services that include a full array of traditional bank loan and deposit products.

“Steve’s proven track record and deep expertise across 35 years in the industry provide Huntington the opportunity to further grow our business in the area,” said Mark McKeen, community president for Huntington Bank’s Ohio Valley Region. “He has a solid understanding of the marketplace, which positions him exceptionally well to serve our clients and our communities.”

Bohach graduated from Madonna High School and West Liberty State College. He lives in Bellaire with his wife, Jennifer (Pyle) Bohach.

His office is located at 154 W. Main St. in St. Clairsville. He can be reached at (740) 338-3607 and steve.bohach@huntington.com.

TIME TO VOTE: Voting for three trustees is under way in three districts of the Carroll Electric Cooperative.

Members who live in Districts 3, 5 and 6 can vote for one candidate. Candidates are: District 3 — Harold Barber, Fox Township, Carroll County, and Daniel L. “Dan” Devitt, Lee Township, Carroll County; District 5 — Kevin Tullis, Perry Township, Carroll County; and District 6 — Robert McCort, Union Township, Carroll County, and Mark E. Brannon, Monroe Township, Carroll County

Members can vote online at cecpower.coop, or through the SmartHub app on their mobile device. In addition, members can call (855) 340-1786 to cast their vote by telephone or to request a paper ballot be mailed to their address on file with the cooperative. In-person voting will take place at the annual meeting of members slated for Aug. 24 at the Carroll County Fairgrounds. Only one ballot can be cast per membership. Members can vote for one trustee in each district.

Carroll Electric’s service territory is divided into nine geographic districts, including portions of six counties including Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Jefferson, Stark and Tuscarawas.

HEMP SUMMIT: Circleville has been announced as the location for the 2019 Ohio Hemp Farm Summit in September.

The Sept. 28 event is being organized by the Ohio Hemp Farmers Cooperative that was formed in December after the federal farm bill passed in late 2018 that legitimized hemp and erased its illegal classification that was on the books for years. It will set up shop in the Pickaway County Agriculture Events Center.

This will be the second such hemp summit, designed to introduce and keep participants up to date about the industry.

Julie Doran, the cooperative’s founder, said last year’s annual summit attracted 250. She expects this year’s attendance might exceed that figure.

The state bill decriminalizes hemp and could act as a stimulus for development of a new hemp industry in the state. The Ohio Department of Agriculture will administer the newly-created hemp program.

Exactly how much revenue Ohio farmers might see is undetermined. There are projections that the entire U.S. hemp industry could reach into the billions.

SENTENCED: The former owner of a Tennessee meatpacking plant where a federal immigration raid took nearly 100 people into custody has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

News outlets report 62-year-old James Brantley, who had owned the slaughterhouse in Bean Station, also was sentenced Tuesday to serve three years of probation upon his release.

Brantley pleaded guilty in April to tax evasion, wire fraud and employing undocumented immigrants.

From staff and wire reports

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