EC FFA in State Soils competition

Two East Clinton FFA soils teams recently competed in Perrysville, Ohio at the State Soils contest that they previously qualified for at the District competition. The rural team of Hannah Pickering, Tabby Vance, Gracie McCarren and Shelby Williams placed 12th overall in the State. Hannah Pickering was high individual on the team finishing 22nd.

The Urban Team of Peyton Vest, Samantha Louk, Ashley Kinner and Dakota Slone placed 25th. Samantha Louk was high individual on the team. The team thanks all the farmers and individuals that allowed its teams to study soils on their land and also helped dig the soil pits. Special thanks to Kevin Beam, Rose Excavating, Bill Burns, Mike Mcfadden and family, Warren McCarren and Wilmington College for all the help with the competition.

Stock up on goodies from WHS FFA

The Wilmington FFA will have a booth at Friday night’s WHS-Clinton Massie football game promoting their annual fruit sales. Products available this year are a variety of citrus fruits, sweet potatoes and five varieties of Ohio apples in both 5-pound and 10-pound bags. Also, 6.5-inch potted poinsettias from Stocklagers’ Garden Center in New Lebanon, Ohio will be available to order in pink, red, white, and marble. These are especially beautiful and full plants. Pine wreaths in 24-inch and 40-inch, a decorated door spray, as well as 75 feet roping are offered from Ohio Yuletide Wreaths.

Also, as always, the popular Meat Sticks from Country Meats will be sold for only $1 per stick. The newest addition this year is the Yummers BBQ Sauce made in Washington Court House. The chapter will sell Sweet and Tangy, Sweet and Smokey, and Mildly Spicy Kick, and are offering a special “mix or match” four-pack in a carry case for $18, as well as individual bottle and case orders.

The members appreciate payment at the time of ordering and all orders will be available for pick up or delivery during the first week of December.

Trunk or treat set for Sunday

Trunk or Treat will be held Sunday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wilmington Church of Christ back parking lot at 909 W. Locust St.

You are welcome to come and decorate your trunk, park it in a reserved parking spot and hand out treats. To reserve a parking spot, or any questions contact Cheryl@wcconline.org.

All children come dressed in a costume (no scary costumes, please) and enjoy going from trunk to trunk to collect treats.

IRS seeks volunteers for free tax help

The Internal Revenue Service seeks local volunteers to assist low-income families and individuals as well as seniors to file their 2016 tax returns and claim qualifying, valuable tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free preparation of federal income tax returns to taxpayers with annual incomes up to $53,000. The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax preparation and filing services with a focus on seniors age 65 and older. AARP’s Tax-Aide program is the IRS’s major partner for its TCE program, both locally and nationwide.

Most volunteer tax preparation sites will operate from mid-January through mid-April 2016. Some sites will remain open beyond the April 18, 2016 tax return filing deadline.

Volunteers join a program that has helped millions of people file tax returns at no charge for more than 40 years. No experience is required. Volunteers receive training on income tax preparation from IRS-certified instructors or via online courses. Volunteers are certified upon successful completion of the required training.

“VITA and TCE volunteers are friends and neighbors helping friends and neighbors in Clinton County and across the state and nation,” said Jennifer Jenkins, IRS spokesperson for Ohio. “We’re fortunate to have dedicated volunteers with partner organizations who come back year after year to support the VITA and TCE programs. Each year, though, we lose some volunteers to relocation, medical or other reasons. Sustaining 2015 volunteer levels would be great, but it would be even better if in 2016 the volunteer levels and number of taxpayers helped could grow.”

To become a VITA or TCE volunteer or to find out more, visit IRS.gov and type “tax volunteer” in the search box. Prospective VITA volunteers must submit their volunteer interest information on IRS.gov at IRS Tax Volunteers. Those seeking to assist with AARP’s Tax-Aide program can get more information on the AARP website at http://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/info-2006/volunteer_aarp_tax_aide.html. Volunteers can connect with the VITA coordinator for Clinton County, Verletta Jackson, at verletta.jackson@daytonohio.gov.