Economic development tops new trustee’s to-do list

COPLEY — Following his official swearing in Jan. 2, newly elected Copley Trustee Jim Schulte said his reasons for running for office were ultimately very simple. “I’d thought about [running] before in previous election cycles,” said Schulte, an Iowa native who grew up in North Canton and has lived in Copley for 28 years. “[This cycle] there were particular things […]

Congested Bath intersection getting upgrade

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Long awaited improvements to the North Cleveland-Massillon and Ghent roads intersection in Bath will begin this spring. During the Jan. 13 meeting, Summit County Council members moved a resolution awarding a $722,556 contract to Tri Mor Corp., of Twinsburg, for the road work to the agenda for approval at the next meeting. According to Heidi Swindell, of […]

Norton Council hears concerns about rezoning request

Norton residents had a chance to voice their concerns about a rezoning request during the Jan. 13 Norton City Council meeting. Hisham Aboukila, the owner of a property located at 5026 Wooster Road, filed a request to rezone his property from R1 (Residential) to B2 (real estate that doubles as residential and commercial property). Linda and Allen Rider, who own […]

Cleveland Clinic Akron General receives autism-friendly designation

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Cleveland Clinic Akron General (CCAG) celebrated its designation as an “Autism Friendly Hospital” Dec. 10. Hospital officials stated CCAG is the first hospital in Akron and among the first adult hospitals in the nation to earn the designation. Hospital officials stated more than 650 employees have been trained to identify a person with autism spectrum disorder, and […]

Council OKs mayor’s picks for commissions, boards

A Charter Review Commission is coming together in Cuyahoga Falls to review the municipal charter and recommend to Council any amendments, which may be submitted to voters in the Nov. 3 General Election. The charter, originally established in 1959, last was reviewed by a commission in 2015. At the Jan. 13 meeting, Cuyahoga Falls City Council unanimously approved Mayor Don […]

Akron OKs contract to use Falls police training center

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron City Council approved a two-year contract with the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department Jan. 13 to use that city’s training center and range located at 3497 Wyoga Lake Road. The contract will cost Akron $15,000 each year. Previously, Akron used the Summit County Sheriff’s Office’s facility in Green for training, which cost the city $850 for eight […]

Richfield Council appoints new member

RICHFIELD — Richfield Village Council members made clear their intentions in regards to filling the empty Council seat at the Jan. 7 meeting. With Michael Wheeler winning the mayor’s race in November’s General Election, he vacated his Council seat last month. While the mayor’s race was on the ballot, several seats on Richfield Village Council also were up for election. […]

APS board honors outgoing president

An audience which included state and local elected officials, judges, former school board members, principals, teachers, families and friends overflowed the Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education’s meeting room Jan. 13 as the board welcomed four new members and bid goodbye to its outgoing president. Akron Municipal Court Judge David Hamilton administered the oath of office to new board […]

Highland board approves appointments for new year

The Highland Local Schools Board of Education elected a new vice president at the board’s organizational meeting Jan. 13. Board member Mike Houska nominated Dr. Norman Christopher to continue his tenure as president of the board. Following the closing of that nomination, former vice president Robert Kelly nominated Diane Thomas as vice president of the board. After the board approved […]

St. Sebastian teachers earn awards

WEST AKRON — Four teachers from St. Sebastian Parish School earned awards from the James E. and Yvonne Dietrich Family Endowment, held by the St. Sebastian Parish Foundation and established in 2014 to provide funds for teacher enrichment at the school. The endowment provides cash reimbursements for teacher-focused enrichment expenses such as continuing education courses and professional development programs. This […]

Newly elected APS members take seats

AKRON — Three new members joined Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education Jan. 2. Six candidates, including incumbents Tim Miller and Morgan Lasher, ran for three open seats on the board during the November General Election. The Rev. Curtis Walker did not file for re-election. Valerie McKitrick won with 19.8 percent of the vote, N.J. Akbar took 19.1 percent […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch

WEST AKRON: Police investigated the following burglary reports: Jan. 7 in the 100 block of North Portage Path and the 200 block of Grand Avenue; Jan. 8 in the 400 block of Madison Avenue and the 500 block of Noble Avenue; Jan. 9 in the 1-100 block of Hall Street and the 1300 block of Bellevue Avenue; Jan. 11 in […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch

COVENTRY: A delivery driver for a South Main Street business reported Jan. 2 she attempted to deliver a pizza to an address on Wilbeth Road and knocked several times. When no one answered, she called the business and a manager told her to return with the food. A woman from the address followed her back to the business, threatened the […]

PLCC’s student-run restaurant opening next month

GREEN — Something new is cooking in the culinary arts department of the Portage Lakes Career Center (PLCC), which provides training to high school students in the Coventry, Green, Manchester and Springfield school districts. The vocational and technical school soon will open its own modern eatery — further allowing students to experience all aspects of the food service industry. The […]

Green joins NOPEC gas aggregation program

Plus, Council adopts 2020 capital improvements budget GREEN — Like hundreds of other entities in Ohio, the City of Green is joining the Northeast Ohio Public Energy (NOPEC) gas aggregation program. At the Jan. 14 regular meeting, Council approved pieces of legislation necessary to allow NOPEC — the largest not-for-profit energy supplier in Ohio — to negotiate the best priced […]

Springfield seeking fiscal officer

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Board of Trustees is looking to fill the position of fiscal officer starting April 1. Officials made the announcement at the Jan. 9 meeting, stating they are reviewing the process and will release more details about the position soon on the township’s website at www.springfieldtownship.us. After the meeting, Trustee Joe DiLauro, who ran unopposed for fiscal […]

Manchester board appoints new member

NEW FRANKLIN — Manchester Local Schools Board of Education chose a replacement Jan. 8 for the vacancy on the board. Board members agreed to appoint Steve Rector to the seat left empty by the abrupt resignation last month of board member Mark Tallman. Board President Richard Sponseller said Tallman resigned due to “personal reasons.” Tallman was re-elected to his seat […]

Green district working on strategic plan

Green Local Schools officials are working to merge aspects of its Ohio Improvement Process (OIP) plan with a new strategic plan under development. During the Jan. 13 Board of Education meeting, Assistant Superintendent Alana Niemiec and Curriculum and Instruction Director Carrie Marochino presented an update on the district’s five-year-old OIP plan. According to a special message posted by Superintendent Jeff […]


Summit County death notices

Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of Dec. 29, 2019, through Jan. 4, 2020: Helen Abicht, Akron, 93, died Dec. 28, 2019 William J. Adams, Mogadore, 95, died Dec. 28, 2019 Robert Gleen Anderson, Stow, 83, died Dec. 30, 2019 Clanton D. Ashmore, Tallmadge, 86, died Dec. 29, 2019 Amanda Nicole Austin, Akron, 25, […]

Buchtel wins close game against Firestone

WEST AKRON — Buchtel Community Learning Center’s (CLC) boys basketball team narrowly edged out City Series rival Firestone CLC Jan. 10 with a 56-53 win at Firestone. Shown above right, at center, is Buchtel’s Vernon Smith (No. 13) hauling down a defensive rebound. Buchtel’s Ronnell Perie II (No. 4) is shown below right as he scores on a fast break. […]

UA, art museum hosting MLK events

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The University of Akron (UA) will present a Martin Luther King Jr. Activities Fair Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union Ballroom. This celebration event, sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Equity, will offer a variety of activities for all ages that encourage nonviolence, civic responsibility, respect for […]

Presper Financial Architects helps clients plan for future

AKRON/JACKSON — Presper Financial Architects LLC offers financial planning services for clients of all ages and stages in life. These services include financial investments, planning for retirement, estate planning, long-term care and life insurance annuities, and more. Company owner Thomas Presper stated the business became a registered investment adviser agency in September 2018. “This designation allows us to be fee […]



Student loans and working through college

Guest Editorial This morning a friend contacted me to help give advice to her nephew. His parents were in a dither. What should be his major in college? Frankly, he has double questions. First, don’t worry about the major. I changed my major four times my freshman year. I graduated on time and got a job and grew a career. […]

Experienced Highland girls basketball team aiming for postseason success

GRANGER — Defense has been the priority for this year’s Highland High School girls basketball team, and head coach James Madison said the results have been evident. “I’m really happy with our progress, especially on the defensive end,” the second-year coach said. “We struggled at times last year defensively and this year we’ve taken it up a notch, especially in […]

Granger residents voice concerns about proposed development

The Granger Board of Trustees heard from several residents Jan. 9 who expressed their opinions on the proposed construction of a Menards in Granger. Some of these concerns stemmed from a zoning meeting held in December. The Granger Zoning Commission meeting Dec. 10 included Menards Inc.’s revised plan for the development of a large parcel of land at the northwest […]

Interfaith group to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

WEST AKRON — The third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day program, sponsored by a collaboration of faith communities that includes Faith Lutheran Church, New Hope Baptist Church, St. Hilary Parish and Temple Israel, will offer praise, creative expression, music and community togetherness to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 19 from 5 to 6 p.m. […]

Peninsula Council selects new member

A returning member was sworn in to Peninsula Village Council at the Jan. 13 meeting, and a new member was selected as well. All of the races in Peninsula Village — mayor and two Village Council seats — were uncontested in November’s General Election. Dan Schneider Jr. ran unopposed for mayor and Councilman Richard Fisher Jr. ran unopposed as a […]

‘Family culture’ key to success for Highland boys swim team

GRANGER — Highland High School boys swim team head coach Tyler Thompson said his swimmers have lofty goals this season and are working hard to reach them. “I would say our biggest strength this year for the team is realizing their potential, as many of our swimmers have already swam lifetime best times. It is all about pushing themselves day […]

Mary Collins

Mary Collins, 86, was reunited with the love of her life — her late husband, John Collins — Jan. 1, 2020. A West Akron resident since 1970, she was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was one of four children and the daughter of Sicilian immigrants. She met her soulmate, John, when she was 18 at a church dance in […]

Tina seeking companion

GREATER AKRON — “My name is Tina and I am a 14-week-old female tortoise kitten that has been spayed and has all my shots. Now I do love to play and I enjoy all my toys. I have been around other cats and am OK with dogs. I would be a great companion for anyone.” For adoption information, visit www.havenforpets.org […]

Sweet Whitney ready for new home

GREATER AKRON — “I’m Whitney, a very sweet young lady who has raised my family and am ready for my forever home. I’m a lovely gray and brown tabby with four white paws and white on my chest and belly. I’m really still a kitten at about 1 year old. I’m on the smaller side and am a little shy […]

OTS student earns record awards at modeling contest

BATH — Old Trail School (OTS) sixth-grader Julian Farian broke a world record for most awards given at the International Plastic Modelers’ Society (IPMS) competition in Kirtland in November. According to school officials, 12-year-old Julian’s 6-foot-long diorama depicting the invasion of Normandy won Judge’s Choice Best of Show, People’s Choice, Best of Show, Best of Show Juniors Division and two […]

West Side News & Notes

City of Akron appoints new city engineer AKRON — Mark Moore has been appointed city engineer for the City of Akron. The city engineer plans and directs the design and construction of all municipal infrastructure, including streets, sewers, bridges, public buildings, parks, sidewalks and other city projects, according to city officials. The city’s Engineering Bureau includes the Traffic, Design, Environmental, […]

Bath architect turns Medina barn into home

BATH — Franklin & Associates Design/Build was voted second in the world as part of the top Houzz TV episodes of 2019 for its work on a converted barn in Medina that has become home for Crystal Madrilejos, Andrew Towne and their two children. Houzz TV travels around the world to feature home renovation projects. The 3,200-square-foot home, with the […]

James Ross McCune

James Ross McCune, 47 of Butler passed away on Thursday, November 28th, 2019. Born in Alliance, Ohio in 1971, James was a United States Army veteran who served his country in the late 80s and early 90s. Father of Trevor James McCune and Thomas Ross McCune. Cremation services were entrusted to the Spencer D. Geibel Funeral Home & Cremation Services […]

Boston trustees approve organizational resolution

The Boston Board of Trustees began the year by approving the township’s annual organizational resolution at the Jan. 8 meeting. Trustees Amy Anderson and Randy Bergdorf retained their positions as chairperson and vice chair, respectively, for the 15th consecutive year. Bergdorf was reappointed again as liaison to the zoning boards and the Boston Township Hall Committee, Anderson was reappointed as […]

Goldens available for adoption

GREATER AKRON — Hi, we are Rudy and Sunrise. We’re a nice couple who were pulled from a puppy mill. I, Rudy, am the handsome red one and Sunrise is the pretty one. We are both 5 years old. As is typical with mill dogs, we’re pretty shy right now, but give us a week or so and we’ll start […]

Blue waiting for new family

TWINSBURG — “Hi there. My name is Blue! I’m in search of a new family to call my own. I’m a Great Dane/pit bull terrier mix, and I weigh about 85 pounds. There’s no doubt that I’m a big guy, and there’s lots of me to love. I think that I’m a great catch. I’m handsome, snuggly and friendly. I’ve […]

New Destination Akron pieces promoting city exploration

GREATER AKRON — The City of Akron’s youngest residents vocalized a desire to have a memorable marker added to their neighborhood to boost community pride — ultimately gaining an “A” for their input. Mac Love, founder and chief catalyst of Art x Love, a fine arts branding company in Akron, recalls one child asking to have “something cool close to […]

Siblings seeking home together

SHARON — “Hi, my name is Crosby and I am a 5-month-old boy. My half-brother, Monroe, and I came from a location in Medina with many cats. I love belly rubs and purring loudly to let you know how happy I am! Monroe is 4 months old and a little more cautious. He likes to be petted, but it just […]

Torchbearers to honor award recipients

GREATER AKRON — Torchbearers officials announced Daniel Rice, president and CEO of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, and Patrick Bravo, executive director of the Summit County Land Bank, will be honored at its 17th annual Anniversary Celebration Feb. 20 at The Tangier. Rice will be presented with the Read Family Friend of Young Leaders Award, which recognizes his significant […]

Bath-Copley Stony Hill Fire Station costs discussed

Also, Sunset Drive selected for new safety service building location Copley trustees began a discussion at the Jan. 13 meeting to look into potential changes at the Bath-Copley Stony Hill Fire Station to save on operating costs. The shared station is currently staffed with three Copley employees and two Bath employees and has two fire engines and two ambulances — […]

Transportation depot progressing

SPRINGFIELD — Construction of the new transportation depot for Springfield Local Schools is beginning to move forward. At the Jan. 14 meeting, the Board of Education heard an update from district Business Manager Dustin Boswell regarding the project. He said the weather has allowed for good progress to be made as the foundation is in, part of the concrete floor […]

Coventry BOE welcomes new members, organizes for 2020

With two newly elected members in place, the Coventry Local Schools Board of Education gathered to prepare for the year ahead. The board held a brief organizational and regular meeting Jan. 8, swearing in new members Kathy Finefrock and Dan Fouser, both elected to the board in the Nov. 5 General Election. They were the top two vote-getters in the […]

Chemistry key for Coventry boys basketball team

COVENTRY — Coventry High School boys basketball head coach Devon McAfee said the team’s motto this year is “we greater than me.” “That’s the concept we’ve been stressing all year,” he said. “It’s about more than one player. It’s about us as a family, and that’s actually helped our chemistry. We’re young and the culture has changed. Our driving force […]

New coach has Springfield girls bowling team ‘focusing on the moment’

LAKEMORE — First-year head coach Frank Testa said taking over the Springfield High School girls bowling program is the fulfillment of a long-time desire. “I’ve been doing one-on-one coaching for probably 10 years now, and I’ve been involved in bowling since I was 4 years old, which is over 30 years,” he said. “I still bowl competitively around the country […]

Coventry Fire applying for grants

“We have been successful with grants recently,” said Coventry Fire Chief John Dolensky. Due to this success, Coventry is going after several more possibilities for grant funding to obtain items to benefit the work of the department in 2020. During the past few years, with the help of Gatchell Grant Resources, of Canton, the fire department has secured about $1 […]

South Side News & Notes

New Franklin planning to bring water to city NEW FRANKLIN — New Franklin Mayor Paul Adamson announced a water agreement with Aqua Ohio Inc. (AQUA) could bring water service to parts of the 25-square mile city. Adamson stated the city has agreed to cooperate with AQUA on infrastructure costs to extend AQUA lines currently at the border between Green and […]