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1/9/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Probate Court requiring background checks for guardianship applications

SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County Probate Court Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer has announced that beginning Jan. 1, a background check must be submitted at the time a guardianship application is filed with Probate Court.

The change is made in response to concerns about some guardians and in concert with anticipated recommendations from the Ohio Supreme Court Guardianship task force, according to court officials. In 2013, the Probate Court removed 10 guardians for malfeasance or inattention. Hearings on approximately six more cases are scheduled in January.

Background checks may be obtained at the Summit County Clerk of Courts Office, 205 S. High St., located in the building next to the Courthouse. The nonrefundable fee is $32. Applicants should inform the clerk that the check is part of a guardianship application. If the applicant has previously lived out of state, he or she must obtain an additional FBI check.

Guardianship applications will not be processed until a background check is received by the chief deputy clerk of the Probate Court.

For more information, call the Probate Court at 330-643-2350.


Area governments, school districts cancel meetings due to cold

GREATER AKRON — Several area government offices and school districts canceled meetings scheduled for Jan. 6 and 7. Here’s a rundown of what was canceled in the West Side Leader coverage area:

  • The Akron City Council meeting scheduled for Jan. 6 was canceled. Council will resume regularly scheduled meetings next Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers on the third floor of the Municipal Building, 166 S. High St., in Downtown Akron.
  • The Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education organizational meeting scheduled for Jan. 7 was canceled and rescheduled for Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. at Copley High School, 3807 Ridgewood Road.
  • Norton City Council’s committee work session meeting scheduled for Jan. 6 was rescheduled for today, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Safety-Administration Building, 4060 Columbia Woods Drive.
  • The Revere Local Schools Board of Education meeting scheduled for Jan. 7 was rescheduled for Jan. 8 at the Administration Building, 3496 Everett Road.
  • The Richfield Village Council meeting scheduled for Jan. 7 was canceled. There was no word at presstime on whether it will be rescheduled. Also, the Richfield Village Administrative Offices closed at noon Jan. 6 and remained closed until Jan. 8 at 8 a.m.
  • Akron Municipal Court closed Jan. 7. Court officials announced they will reschedule all hearings originally scheduled for that day.


Former Florida Chamber of Commerce CEO to give 2014 MLK Lecture

Bill Diggs
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Business executive Bill Diggs will deliver the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Akron-Summit County Main Library, 60 S. High St.

According to library officials, Diggs is the president of The Mourning Family Foundation, a conglomerate of nonprofits and for-profit companies owned by Alonzo and Tracy Mourning. He is responsible for three business ventures and is charged with creating a national brand for the foundation. The Mournings aim to create a global company capable of assisting children in need across the world, according to library officials.

At the lecture, which is presented by the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Eta Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Inc., Diggs’ topic will be “Dr. King’s Economic Agenda: Is It Still Relevant Today?” He will discuss how entertainment and sports figures are becoming entrepreneurs and using their wealth to further economic progress.

“Today’s athletes and entertainers have broken the mold in developing businesses of scale,” said Diggs, who earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Clark Atlanta University. “Black entrepreneurs are creating their own brand.”

According to library officials, Diggs served as the CEO for the Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce from 2005 until August 2013. Diggs is also a board member of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Black Hospitality Initiative, South Florida Workforce, The Children’s Trust and the national board of the Alliance for Digital Equality, according to library officials. He is past president and a founding member of the 100 Black Men of South Florida Inc. and founded The Young Professionals Network of Miami.

Visit www.akronlibary.org or call 330-643-9090 for more information.


Summit SWCD sets board meeting dates for 2014

CUYAHOGA FALLS — The 2014 regular monthly board meetings of the Summit Soil and Water Conservation (SWCD) District will take place at the District office, located at 2525 State Road, on the following days and times: 3 p.m. on Jan. 21 and Feb. 18; 4 p.m. on March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15 and Oct. 20; and 10 a.m. Dec. 15. On Nov. 18, the meeting will take place at 10 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park’s Coventry Oaks Pavilion in conjunction with the Annual and Program Planning Meeting.   

Summit SWCD board meetings are open to the public. To be informed of special meetings throughout the year or to attend the regular meeting, call the office at 330-929-2871. District office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.


Akron/Summit CVB announces recipients of grants

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Akron/Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has announced the recipients of its inaugural “Partnerships in Motion — Destination Development Grant Program.”

The program is designed to assist qualifying tourism entities with efforts to enhance and increase tourism in Summit County, including projects that increase the tourism market share and grow the tourism industry. The goals of the program include: increase overnight stays in Akron/Summit County; promote a positive image and increase visibility of Akron/Summit County attractions; increase expenditures by visitors to Akron/Summit County; and provide programs and activities beneficial to attracting additional tourists.

Grantees include: Actors’ Summit, $1,500; Akron Art Museum, $5,000; Akron Civic Theatre, $4,950; Akron Film+Pixel, $3,500; Akron Marathon, $2,500; FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby, $2,500; Downtown Akron Partnership, $2,500; Destination Hudson, $2,500; Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, $3,287; Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition, $1,000; Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, $5,000; Bridgestone Invitational, $4,275; Stonehedge Entertainment, $1,500; Summit County Historical Society, $4,950; Weathervane Community Playhouse, $2,350; and Hale Farm and Village, $2,000.

Questions regarding the program can be directed to Crystal Sabol at 330-374-8934 or csabol@visitakron-summit.org.


Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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