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BUSINESS NEWS: MCC Connections celebrates 20 years

DGKN staff report KIDRON  MCC Connections and the Ohio MCC Activity Center is celebrating their 20th anniversary this May. On May 12, 2001, a committed group of people opened a small thrift shop in rural Kidron, according to a news release. Their mission statement and purpose was to support the work of Mennonite Central Committee…

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DGKN owners mark 5 years

DALTON  This month, The Dalton Gazette & Kidron News marks five years of printing under its latest ownership. Since Kurt and Heather Immler took the reins in 2016, they have given The Dalton Gazette & Kidron News an updated look, and a website with an e-edition – and they have done much more behind the…

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Short-term rentals in high demand locally

Esther’s Amish Country Apartment is among a growing number of short-term rentals in the Kidron area that stay busy through vacation rental websites. By JACQUI HERSHBERGER DGKN correspondent Short-term rentals can offer more flair than a hotel room and more privacy than a bed-and-breakfast. Come summertime, many short-term rentals in the Kidron area will be…

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The J. M. Smucker Co. to lay off employees

DGKN staff report ORRVILLE  Changes in consumer behavior increased further by the COVID-19 pandemic has caused The J. M. Smucker Co. to accelerate plans to better position the company for the future, which includes laying off employees and reshaping the brand portfolio. Ray Hancart, director of communications and media relations at The J.M. Smucker Company,…

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The Storybook Inn set to open in Kidron

From left, Heath, Anabelle, Sienna, Liliana, Jonah and Toni Studer are beginning an exciting chapter of their lives with the opening of The Storybook Inn in the heart of Kidron. The inn is set to open in March. PHOTO BY CHRISTINA McCUNE | DGKN PHOTOS OF INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PROVIDED KIDRON  The Studers are embarking…

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Local dining spots brave winter months

Luis Arriaga, left, and Juan Arriaga, brothers who manage Los Tios in Dalton with their sister, Jacki, and mother, Angelica, who also owns the restaurant, are grateful to loyal customers who helped to keep the restaurant open during the pandemic. (PHOTO BY CHRISTINA McCUNE |DGKN) How does a piece of bumbleberry pie sound? Or comfort…

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Armstrong increases data allowance plans to assist virtual learning

ORRVILLE  As many school districts are forced to adjust from in-person and hybrid learning plans to full virtual learning, Armstrong expects to see data consumption rise much like the trends seen in March and April of this year. Effective Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, all residential levels of Armstrong’s Zoom Internet will now have an additional…

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Pete Kiko Jr. becomes 4th generation auctioneer

Pete Kiko Jr., a licensed realtor, has now become a fourth generation auctioneer with KIKO Realtors, Auctioneers & Advisors. Pete started with KIKO as the Marketing Manager in 2015. He transitioned to real estate sales full-time in 2018. He then went on to become an Apprentice Auctioneer before passing the Ohio Auctioneers exam and successfully…

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Local legacy turns 40

PHOTO BY CHRISTINA McCUNE | DGKN Top, from left, Cameryn is the third generation to help out at Kidron Kars. In 2005, her dad, Blaine Amstutz, took over from his parents, Lorene and Gordon Amstutz. PHOTO PROVIDED Kidron Kars’ original location 40 years ago on the square in Kidron. PHOTO PROVIDED Lorene and Gordon Amstutz…

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Mt. Hope Hardware changes ownership, remains a community cornerstone

DGKN staff report MT. HOPE  Mt. Hope Hardware, in the heart of the Mt. Hope community, is changing ownership from Lehman’s Hardware in Kidron to Keim, a fourth-generation family-owned business in Charm, Ohio. Months ago, longtime friends and business leaders, Galen Lehman, CEO of Lehman’s, and Jim Smucker, president of Keim, met for lunch, according…

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