Hanging up badge: Sheriff Barry reflects on 40 years of service

SUMMIT COUNTY — At the age of 6, one City of Akron boy began talking about becoming a police officer, never wavering in his childhood ambition while becoming a young man. Going on to fulfill that deep desire to work in law enforcement, Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry — now preparing to enter retirement — has spent his entire professional […]

West Side News & Notes

Kawanza celebrated through Jan. 1 GREATER AKRON — A number of cities in Ohio, including Akron, are celebrating Kwanza virtually Dec. 26 through Jan. 1 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Kwanza celebrates the African-American heritage of family, community and culture. The celebration will include “Creating a Legacy from our Culture and Heritage,” a collaborative presentation of the African American […]

Couple’s winning gingerbread diorama celebrates beauty of U.S.

SHARON — When organizing needed supplies to assemble a gingerbread house, most do not head to the garage to grab power tools, but Bill and Cheryl Filion do, and their intentional and meticulous artistry continues to serve up sweet success. The Filions, of Sharon Township, recently placed first at a national event — the 19th annual Savannah Harbor Foundation Gingerbread […]



Boston trustees discuss charitable efforts

The Boston Township Board of Trustees discussed the township’s annual Share-A-Christmas program at the Dec. 23 meeting. Trustee Amy Anderson said 52 families were helped with deliveries that were made courtesy of members of the police and fire departments. According to Anderson, the program received a high amount of food donations from a Fill the Squad event by the Valley […]

Summit DD unveils renovation plans

GREATER AKRON — The Summit County Developmental Disabilities (DD) Board approved the final agreement needed to vacate its Tallmadge campus, which housed the former Weaver School and Workshop, and renovate and relocate offices to former workshop spaces in Cuyahoga Falls and Barberton. According to Summit DD officials, the agreement divides the 29-acre Tallmadge campus into four parcels, with the county […]

Council approves mayoral appointments

Ahead of the new year, new board and commission members for Cuyahoga Falls are set to remain in place or begin new roles to serve their community, with one appointee filling a new opening. At the Dec. 28 meeting, Cuyahoga Falls City Council unanimously approved Mayor Don Walter’s reappointments and appointments to the Board of Zoning Appeals, Zoning Commission and […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch

WEST AKRON: Police investigated burglary reports Dec. 22 in the 1100 block of Delia Avenue; Dec. 24 in the 900 block of Copley Road, the 1300 blocks of Weathervane Lane and Cordova Avenue and the 1600 block of Merriman Road; Dec. 25 in the 800 block of Packard Drive; Dec. 26 in the 1100 block of Hartford Avenue; Dec. 27 […]

CVCA girls basketball team has unfinished business in playoffs

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Head coach Andy O’Keefe said the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (CVCA) girls basketball team finished last season with a 22-3 record and made it to the district finals, where the team fell to Laurel School. “There was disappointment at the end of last year. Not that we lost to Laurel, because that’s a very good team, but […]

Sutton ready to assume seat on appeals court

COPLEY — Former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, of Copley, is looking ahead to her approaching term as judge on the 9th District Court of Appeals — a position she said will allow her to continue to “proudly” represent the people of Northeast Ohio and apply her extensive knowledge of the law. At an early age, Sutton, 57, devoted herself to […]

Bath trustees approve COVID-19 hazard payments

BATH — At the virtual Bath Board of Trustees meeting Dec. 21, trustees approved COVID-19 hazard payments to be distributed to township employees for their service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The trustees approved motions introduced by Administrator Vito Sinopoli that will provide $1,200 one-time lump-sum payments to employees in the police, fire and service departments, as well as full-time administrative […]

Copley organization thanks community for donations

To the editor: To the communities of Copley and Fairlawn: As we pause and reflect the year 2020 and on what we are most thankful for, here at The Copley Outreach Center it is easy for us to know what we’re most thankful for — you. Your generosity and commitment to our community are what makes Copley Township a great […]

Bath Community Fund reaches $100,000 grant milestone

BATH — On Dec. 4, Bath Community Fund (BCF) of Akron Community Foundation awarded $22,100 in grants to 12 local nonprofit organizations, bringing the fund’s cumulative grant-making total to more than $100,000 in five grant cycles. The milestone comes six years after the fund was established by a group of Bath residents who wanted to preserve Bath’s historical and environmental […]

West Side Business News & Notes

Goodwill Receives Largest Grant Award AKRON — Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties received $5 million from MacKenzie Scott to expand its mission to help individuals prepare for, find and retain employment. “We are deeply honored and appreciative of the generous and immeasurably impactful grant made by philanthropist MacKenzie Scott,” said Nancy Ellis McClenaghan, president and […]

Missing dog home for holidays

TWINSBURG — After being lost for eight years, including 2-1/2 on-and-off years at the Humane Society of Summit County (HSSC), Junior was back with his family in time for Christmas. According to HSSC officials, Junior, a pit bull terrier mix, was taken from his Barberton home in 2012 during a home invasion. Owner Julia Nemeth raised Junior from a puppy […]

Virginia Kendall Lake across time

Exploring CVNP CVNP — When you admire a spot in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP), especially one with natural beauty, it is easy to imagine that it has always looked the same. It is also easy to think that nature alone shaped the scenery. However, neither is the case. Change is the only constant in the landscape, and people are […]

Summit County death notices

Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of Dec. 6-12, 2020 (continued from last week): Beverly Hulgin, Akron, 86, died Dec. 6, 2020 Ronald Loyal Husk, Akron, 73, died Dec. 3, 2020 Phyllis M. Ickes, New Franklin, 93, died Dec. 5, 2020 Milton Leeman Jackson, Akron, 90, died Dec. 3, 2020 Dennis J. Jacobs, Sagamore […]

Falls man says Woodridge would lose revenue from abatement

To the editor: The City of Akron proposes construction of 197 homes at the former Riverwood Golf Course and 110 homes on Theiss Road*. The builder’s incentive to construct these two developments is a 15-year real estate [residential] tax abatement. Woodridge [Local Schools] will be forced to accept the students living in these 307 homes on Akron property with minimal […]

South Side News & Notes

Findings issued in Springfield audit SPRINGFIELD — State Auditor Keith Faber’s Office’s 2018-19 financial audit of Springfield shows multiple findings, including one for recovery of $13,378 for an unapproved pay raise and hours worked. According to Auditor’s Office officials, former Fiscal Officer Sharon Harms approved a series of improper payments to her assistant. On May 12, 2016, the Board of […]

Trustees approve temporary appropriations

SPRINGFIELD — During a special Dec. 29 meeting, the Springfield Board of Trustees approved temporary appropriations of almost $8.4 million for 2021. According to township officials, the appropriations include: over $2.7 million for the police department; $1.465 million for the fire department and $401,805 for ambulance and EMS; and $1.457 million for the General Fund. “These temporary appropriations are necessary […]

Coventry creates unique monument to historic flood

COVENTRY — As the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) announced plans for its Portage Lakes East Reservoir Dam project in 2017, Portage Lakes Historical Society President Carol Eubank was insistent that a historical marker commemorating one of the most dramatic floods in Summit County history be part of the project. Eubank said she was pleased to find the ODNR […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch

COVENTRY: A Culbertson Drive woman reported packages delivered to her porch Dec. 17 were stolen. On Dec. 18, Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies investigated the theft of a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee belonging to a Pennsylvania business from the parking lot of a Ley Drive site. Following a traffic stop on South Arlington Road Dec. 18, deputies arrested a Berwin […]

Dunkleosteus terrelli becomes state fossil fish

COLUMBUS — Ohio Senate Bill No. 123 was signed into law, officially designating the fossil fish species Dunkleosteus (D.) terrelli as the fossil fish of Ohio. It joins the ranks of other state symbols, such as the Ohio buckeye as the state tree and the cardinal as the state bird. D. terrelli is the second fossil animal and third geologic […]