March 24, 2020, closures/event cancellations/updates

Copley-Fairlawn Kiwanis Club cancels annual Mother’s Day flower sale COPLEY — The annual Mother’s Day flower sale sponsored by the Copley-Fairlawn Kiwanis Club has been canceled for the first time in its 41-year history. “We made the decision to cancel this year’s sale in order to protect our members and our loyal customers from community spread of the COVID-19 virus,” […]

March 23, 2020, cancellations/closures/changes

Medina County Park District announces changes in park availability MEDINA COUNTY — Select Number of Parks to Remain Open The health and safety of park visitors and Medina County Park District staff is the top priority during the current health crisis. In an effort to promote social distancing and to reduce exposure to COVID-19, all Medina County Park District locations […]

March 25, 2020, closures, cancellations and updates

Bath Volunteers for Service cancels Tour of Distinctive Homes this year BATH — Bath Volunteers for Service President, Miekeleen Hart has announced “We’ve been monitoring the evolving impact of the coronavirus on the community and on community organizations across the country.  BVS supports the strategy of reducing community spread of the virus by limiting non-essential gatherings – especially of more than the […]

March 20, 2020, cancellations/closings

Summit County Children Services updates COVID-19 status SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County Children Services’ (SCCS) remains committed to our mission critical services to protect children in Summit County. We are prioritizing our work and response in our efforts to minimize the exposure of COVID-19 for the children and families we serve, our employees and our community. Our child 24-hour hotline […]

Ohio Department of Health director’s stay-at-home order

Click the link below to see Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton’s stay-at-home order guidelines: Ohio Stay at Home Guidelines

COVID-19 pandemic impacting daily lives

GREATER AKRON — COVID-19 is here and making an impact on the lives of area residents. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials, COVID-19, which stands for coronavirus disease 2019, is a respiratory disease caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2. Symptoms of COVID-19 can include a sore throat, fever, cough and breathing difficulties. Most people develop only […]

Bernie in pursuit of forever home

GREATER AKRON — “Hi, I’m Bernie. I am a mix of hound, beagle and who knows what! I’m a stunning boy with milk chocolate brown fur with caramel colored accents. I am about 7 years old and weigh 55 pounds. I am a sweet guy that chases my tail! I am a pretty laid-back guy most of the time, but […]

Publisher’s note

Dear readers, We are committed to giving you the latest news and information on cancellations, closings and other changes made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Gov. Mike DeWine’s associated declaration of a state of emergency. Please visit www.akron.com for daily postings on these changes and other information to be aware of the latest news. With social distancing in […]

Early voters cast ballots

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Before Gov. Mike DeWine and state officials moved the March 17 Primary Election to June 2, area residents got a jump on voting by taking part in early voting to avoid large crowds and for safety concerns related to COVID-19. Shown at right, from left, are Pam Foster, Promys Brice and Shannon Jackson after voting March 14 […]

Kane looking for exercise buddy

GREATER AKRON — “I’m Kane, a 4-year-old, neutered male, white German Shepherd who is housetrained and crate trained. I’m very food motivated and smart. I’m a big boy at 91 pounds and while I’m social with people, I’m not a cuddly dog and would not be a good match in a home with younger children, cats or small dogs. I’m […]

Norton district joining fight over tax revenue from pipeline

The Norton City Schools Board of Education agreed to join the Ohio School Pipeline Coalition at the board’s March 9 meeting. According to the resolution, Norton, like several other school boards in the state, has been adversely impacted by the reduction in real property tax revenue resulting from natural gas transmission lines throughout Ohio. Treasurer Stephanie Hagenbush said the district […]

Summit County death notices

Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of March 1-7, 2020: Judith D. Adams, Akron, 74, died Feb. 28, 2020 Dale Lee Akins, Barberton, 76, died March 1, 2020 Anne H. Alexander, Akron, 87, died Feb. 28, 2020 Donna K. Bahry, Akron, 73, died Feb. 28, 2020 Kristina Beckett, Akron, 49, died March 1, 2020 […]

County preparing for workforce modifications

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County officials are planning for the spread of COVID-19 by assessing personnel and policy procedures. At the March 16 Summit County Council meeting, Brian Nelsen, chief of staff for the County Executive’s Office, explained the need for first reading passage of legislation that would give officials the “flexibility” to respond quickly to rapidly changing conditions. Nelsen […]

Sharon Fire discusses taking steps to fight COVID-19

Assistant Fire Chief Michael Stanec talked with the Sharon Board of Trustees about keeping local firefighters and paramedics safe from sickness at the board’s regular meeting March 10. He explained he wants to purchase a Portable Surface Bio-Decon, a portable machine that dispenses sanitizing liquid, in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the Sharon Fire Department. Stanec […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch

WEST AKRON: Police investigated the following burglary reports: March 10 in the 200 block of Grove Street; March 13 in the 600 block of Mineola Avenue and the 2200 block of West Market Street; and March 15 at two residences in the 400 block of West Market Street. Following an investigation March 1, police determined a shooting had occurred during […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch

COVENTRY: On March 9, Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a disturbance at a Cormany Road home. They found a man outside talking to a woman, who stated she had an argument with her husband over social media accounts. They stated it was a verbal argument only, and deputies advised them of the laws regarding domestic violence. Deputies investigated […]



Hibernians explain parade decision

To the editor: After great thought and in adherence to Governor [Mike] DeWine’s order banning large gatherings, it is with a heavy heart that the decision has been made to postpone our events [for] March 14th and on Saint Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17th. This choice was made after discussions with the Mark Heffernan Executive Board and the Margaret Judge […]

Akron taking steps to prevent COVID-19 spread

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron City Council held a meeting March 16 with no public or media present in the audience, as the city is taking steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Only seven of the 13 Council members were present at the meeting and they practiced social distancing by spreading out in Council chambers. Council Clerk Robert Keith […]

Fairlawn mayor issues state of emergency

During the March 16 Fairlawn City Council meeting, Mayor William Roth issued a “declaration of state of emergency” due to issues related to COVID-19. “By the virtue of the power vested in me by the charter of the City of Fairlawn, the Constitution and laws of the State of Ohio … I hereby direct that all city buildings be closed […]

Woodridge boys basketball coach proud of team’s resilience

CUYAHOGA FALLS — According to head coach Ric Blevins, the Woodridge High School boys basketball team was “a bit of a victim of inexperience” this season. “We played a lot of guys who were seeing a varsity floor for the first time,” he said. “We started out fast, winning our first three games, and that was a surprise to me. […]

APS District deals with sudden closure

Akron Public Schools (APS) officials updated the Board of Education on what they were doing to prepare for COVID-19 at the March 12 meeting. The meeting occurred hours after Gov. Mike DeWine ordered the closure of all schools in Ohio effective after school March 16 through April 3. APS students were scheduled to go to school March 13 and March […]

West Side News & Notes

METRO RTA offering free rides GREATER AKRON — METRO Regional Transit Authority, the public transportation provider in Summit County, is offering free rides for all services, including line-service, SCAT, Call-A-Bus and Northcoast Express, until further notice. “These are challenging times for everyone,” said METRO Executive Director Dawn Distler. “By offering free fares we hope to alleviate the financial burden so […]

Ohio Primary Election postponed to June 2

GREATER AKRON — The Ohio Primary Election has been postponed until June 2 following concerns of spreading COVID-19. The election, which was expected to take place March 17, was moved following a last-minute state order to close polling locations from Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton. “I make this order to avoid the imminent threat with a high […]

Boston trustees approve lease extension

The Boston Township Board of Trustees approved March 11 a three-month contract with Peninsula Village for use of the township’s garage. The extension, from April 1 to June 30, allows the village to use the township’s road garage at a cost of $500 a month. Peninsula has used the garage since a fire destroyed the village’s garage in January 2019. […]

Coventry trustees updated on schools’ closure

COVENTRY — Coventry Local Schools, along with districts across the state, began a three-week closure March 16 in response to the state and federal government’s efforts to contain COVID-19. In his report to the Coventry Board of Trustees March 12, school board Vice President Christopher Davis said at this early juncture, instructions from the Governor’s Office about how to conduct […]

DAR members prepare dinner at Ronald McDonald House

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Five members from the Catherine Richards Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) prepared dinner for over 50 residents at the Ronald McDonald House in Akron Feb. 29, thanks to an Allstate Helping Hands Grant. The Allstate Foundation works to create prosperous communities where people are inspired and empowered to imagine and achieve better for […]

South Side News & Notes

New Franklin mayor declares State of Emergency NEW FRANKLIN — Mayor Paul Adamson, after consulting with local and state leaders and senior staff members, has declared a state of emergency for the City of New Franklin. Adamson stated this declaration will facilitate coordination of services among New Franklin, Summit County, the state and federal resources. The declaration mandates that: • […]

Meals being distributed during school closures

Lakemore site providing food for Springfield district students LAKEMORE — While Ohio-mandated regulations and closures remain in place amid COVID-19 concerns, the Lakemore community is united in keeping village students and families fed and safe as the global health crisis continues to impact daily living. During the state shutdown of all schools — as part of social distancing efforts in […]

Ohio Primary Election postponed

GREATER AKRON — The Ohio Primary Election has been postponed until June 2 following concerns of spreading COVID-19. The election, which was expected to take place March 17, was moved following a last-minute state order to close polling locations from Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton. “I make this order to avoid the imminent threat with a high […]

Green Schools preparing for remote learning

With four of the five members present and seating spaced out to practice social distancing, the Green Local Schools Board of Education received the latest update on COVID-19 related impacts on the district at the March 16 meeting. Treasurer Eydie Snowberger, speaking on behalf of Superintendent Jeff Miller, who participated via telephone, as did board member Sally Fanelly, told board […]