2023 Board of Supervisors Election Notice and Annual Meeting Information

For the last 81 years Noble Soil and Water Conservation District has been having their annual meeting and dinner. That’s right -81 years! Each year there has been an annual meeting with a dinner or a family event. This year the annual meeting/dinner, along with the election of two supervisors will be held on October 19th, at the Noble County Community Center. The evening will feature the election of two supervisors from 5:30pm until 6:30pm. Followed by a catered beef brisket and chicken dinner by Hog Hollow BBQ, from Caldwell at 6:30pm. We will present the Noble SWCD “Cooperator of the Year” award and “Friend of Conservation” award.

There are three ways an eligible voter can cast a ballot: (1) at the SWCD annual meeting/election event, which will take place on October 19,2023 at 5:sopm until 6:30pm at the Noble County Community Center; (2) At the Noble SWCD office, 46049 Marietta Rd. Suite 5, Caldwell, OH 43724, from 9/20/2023 until noon on 10/19/2023 during normal business hours 8am until 4:30 pm; or (3) vote absentee by calling 740-732-4318 and requesting the proper absentee request forms from the Noble SWCD office at the 46049 Marietta Rd. Suite 5, Caldwell, OH 43724. All Absentee ballots must be postmarked and requested by October 13, 2023, to be eligible for election. An eligible voter is a resident or landowner ,firm, and corporation that owns or occupies land in Noble County Ohio. The voter must be 18 years of age or older to vote for a supervisor. A non-resident landowner, firm or corporation must provide an affidavit of eligibility, which includes designation of a voting representative, prior to casting a ballot.

The nominees that are running for supervisor positions for a 3-year term that begins January 1, 2024, and ending December 31, 2026 are:

Donald w. Archer (Incumbent) – Don lives in Marion Township near Summerfield on 130 acres, with his wife, Micki, of 45 years. Don and Micki have two sons, Josh, and Justin, Josh and his wife, Erica, have a son named Thacher. Justin and his wife, Constance, have three children named Parker, Penny, and Sylas. Both Josh and Justin served in the US Military. Josh served in the US Marine Corps, and Justin served in the US Air Force.

Don and his brother, Tom, have been farming together for over 47 years where they raise beef cattle and hay. Their farm has been in the family since before the Civil War. Don and his brother Tom along with their sons have been doing rotational grazing and working to do more intensive grazing by developing springs on the farm.

Don is a retired Ag teacher and FFA Advisor from Caldwell High School. Don is a member of the Caldwell United Methodist Church where he serves as Treasurer and is a member of the Noble County Farm Bureau. Don also serves on the Noble County Honor Guard for the VFW Post 4721 in Caldwell. Don enjoys traveling with his wife, Micki, turkey hunting and wood working.

Don’s conservation concerns are intensive grazing and using our soil resources with little soil erosion. Don also expressed concerns about invasive species such as spotted knapweed, and autumn olive needing addressed and controlled.

Randy DePuy – Randy and his wife, Marissa, have lived in Noble Township for over 30 years. They are the owners and operators of Hilltop Cattle Company for the past 22 years located in Noble and Sharon Townships and have three children Hanna, Katey, and Easton. Randy and his family run a cow calf operation on 135 acres in Noble Township and manage timber and wildlife on 160 acres in Sharon Township. The DePuy family has installed numerous conservation practices on their farm including spring developments, fencing, heavy use pad instillation, and rotational grazing practices. All this work was done to make the farm more productive, along with the goal of conserving the natural resources for themselves and future generations in Noble County.

Randy graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Economics and Accounting, and now works for Basic Systems in Cambridge, Ohio. Randy enjoys farming, beekeeping, hunting, and fishing. Along with these interests, Randy cares greatly about having a clean water supply for all residents of Noble County, using the area’s natural resources properly and proper disposal of wastes.

This event is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. Ticket cost is $10.00 for 13 years of age and older, and children 12 years and under are free. For tickets, contact the Noble SWCD office at 740-732-4318, or stop by the office located at 46049 Marietta Rd. in Caldwell. You can also contact any of the current SWCD board members, Richard Gessel, Don Archer, Sam Schneeberger, Levi Fogle, or Skyler King for tickets. Ticket sales will end Friday, October 13, 2023, at 4:30pm.