Summit County Public Health advisory:

The latest Summit County COVID-19 weekly report is shown below.  This report includes analysis of trends of indicators related to COVID-19 and has three primary data sources:  Summit County case data from the Ohio Disease Reporting System (ODRS), the Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard, and the CDC COVID-19 data tracker. The weekly report now includes Summit County data reported […]

Ohio Department of Transportation District 4 (Summit County) weekly construction advisory:

WEEK OF AUGUST 16 AKRON, Ohio (Thursday, August 12, 2021) – The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Summit County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.      I-76/I-77 Akron Beltway project Interstate 76/77 Akron Beltway reconstruction, Akron – reconstruction of I-76/I-77 between Princeton Ave. to V. Odom Blvd., I-77 between Cole Ave. and Waterloo […]

Local event advisory: Akron Zoo’s Wild for Wine to take place on Aug. 14

AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Zoo’s annual wine tasting event, Wild for Wine, will take place this year on Aug. 14 from 6 – 9 p.m. At the event, guests can sample wine from local wineries, while enjoying the zoo after hours. The event will also feature animal art in action. At designated times, guests will be able to witness […]

Century-old steam engine on display

MASSILLON — The Massillon Museum’s 1916 Russell traction steam engine is now on view in the garden area on City Hall Street Southeast. The 12-horsepower engine weighs 3 tons. An interpretive panel about the steam engine is forthcoming and visitors can expect to see a more permanent exhibit surrounding the engine next spring. According to museum officials, Russell and Co. […]

Akron Zoo advisory: Akron Zoo welcomes Andean condor chick

AKRON, Ohio – For the first time in its history, an Andean condor chick has hatched at the Akron Zoo. The male chick hatched on Friday, July 23 and is doing well. His parents are the zoo’s two Andean condors, Grock and Carlotta. The chick is being hand-raised in the zoo’s animal hospital by the animal and vet care teams. […]

Local event advisory: ASO final Outside Voices Concert Aug. 15 in West Akron

The Akron Symphony Orchestra (ASO) concludes its summer Outside Voices Concert Series at Forest Lodge Park on August 15 at 7:30 p.m. The free concert, presented in partnership with the City of Akron, will feature the Akron Symphony Virtuosi performing works from Scott Joplin, David Amram, W.C. Handy, John Philip Sousa and more. Forest Lodge Park is located at 260 […]

Ohio Department of Transportation District 3 (Medina County) weekly construction advisory:

Week of August 16, 2021 MEDINA COUNTY (Thursday, August 12, 2021) – The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Medina County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting. I-76 culvert preservation – NEW IMPACTS – I-76, west of SR 3, will have shoulder closures for a culvert preservation project. No lanes of traffic will be impacted. […]

South Side Political News & Notes

Issues, candidates for Nov. 2 General Election ballot SUMMIT COUNTY — According to the Summit County Board of Elections, the following issues and candidates (for a term beginning Jan. 1) were filed by the Aug. 4 deadline for the Nov. 2 General Election ballot in the South Side News Leader coverage area. The list is subject to validation and withdrawal. […]

West Side Elections News & Notes

Brown, Gore to run for District 11 seat in Nov. 2 General Election NORTHEAST OHIO — The race to replace U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-District 11), who was confirmed as secretary of Housing and Urban Development in President Joe Biden’s administration, drew 13 Democratic and two Republican candidates in the Aug. 3 Special Primary Election for the District 11 seat. […]

Advisory: Akron Municipal Court closed Aug. 12, 2021, due to elevator issues

Akron — The Akron Municipal Court is without any of its three public elevators at the present time. This will impact hearings scheduled for Thursday, August 12, 2021. With the exception of Arraignment Court, those with hearings scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, August 12, 2021 will be contacted next week about rescheduling. Arraignment Court hearings will continue to be held virtually, […]

County Council reviews pending legislation

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Council committees reviewed a number of legislative items Aug. 9 that were placed on the routine list of agenda items to be approved in one motion at the next regular meeting. Those items included: • a request to the Ohio Department of Transportation to reduce the speed limit for North Revere Road between Yellow Creek […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch

WEST AKRON: A Cromwell Drive man with two prior arrests for trespassing, who was wanted on a warrant for receiving stolen property and banned from a store in the 1800 block of West Market Street, was charged with theft and criminal trespassing July 30 after reportedly concealing three bottles of liquor totaling $128 and leaving the store without paying for […]

GAHSS hosts multi-faith conference

NORTHEAST AKRON — The Greater Akron Hindu Sewa Samittee (GAHSS) multi-faith conference, held July 31 at a location on Brittain Road, included representatives from various faiths speaking about their religions and cultures. They included: Purnima Magar, a Christian pastor and a former refugee from Bhutan; Janet Naher Snowden, from the Palyul Vajrayana Buddhist Temple in Richfield; Narad Timsina, a Hindu […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch

COVENTRY: Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a dispute involving a man and woman at a Weil Avenue residence July 12, arrested the woman for domestic violence and took her to the Summit County Jail. On July 13, deputies investigated the theft of lawn equipment from a maintenance shed outside a Killian Road church. Deputies investigated the burglary of […]

APS super returns home

GREATER AKRON — For Christine Fowler-Mack, new superintendent of the Akron Public Schools (APS), her career has come full circle, and like the students, teachers and staff she will be leading, she’s looking forward to the upcoming school year. “It feels great to return to my roots,” Fowler-Mack said in a phone interview. “Very few people have an opportunity to […]

Granger officials discuss road projects

GRANGER — At the Granger Board of Trustees meeting Aug. 9, Service Director Mark Novak provided an update on various projects on township roads. Novak reported he received an estimate from the Medina County Engineer’s Office on striping various roads for a cost of $2,062. He explained this project would involve Boneta, Dunsha, Allard, Bath and Reid Hill roads. The […]

District honors APS athletes recognized nationally

DOWNTOWN AKRON — During the Aug. 9 regular meeting of the Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education, Athletic Director Joe Vassalotti recognized seven student-athletes who were honored nationally for their achievements. Chris Livingston, a senior who attends the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) STEM High School and plays basketball for Buchtel Community Learning Center (CLC), was named Ohio […]

Bath Horse Show fundraiser coming Aug. 21-22

GRANGER — The 77th consecutive Bath Horse Show, presented by the Bath Pony Club (BPC) and Bath Volunteers for Service (BVS), will take place Aug. 21-22 at the Bath Pony Club grounds in Allardale Park, located at 141 Remsen Road. The event will begin with a schooling day Aug. 21 at 9 a.m. to give competitors an opportunity to try […]



Navigating feelings about returning to school

(Family Features) Whether it’s your child’s first day of kindergarten or the start of middle school, back-to-school season can bring a range of feelings — from worry to excitement — for the entire family. This year may be more emotional as many families spent the better part of the past two school years at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

Bonkers ‘Free Guy’ goes for broke

“Free Guy,” starring Ryan Reynolds and Jodie Comer, is a bonkers mix of “Tron” and “The Truman Show.” It’s violent with an anarchist spirit, which is what you would expect from the actor who brought “Deadpool” to the big screen. Reynolds plays Guy, an ancillary character in a heavy-on-the-carnage online computer game. A bank teller with an optimistic outlook and […]

Scouts Troop 7335 brings Green butterfly garden back to life

GREEN — When members of Scouts BSA (Boy Scouts of America) Troop 7335 were contacted by the City of Green last fall to help clean up a butterfly garden at one of the walking paths behind the John Torok Senior and Community Center, Scout Master Jodie Amiot saw it as an opportunity to make a lasting impact on the community. […]

New Franklin awards road-paving contract

NEW FRANKLIN — Following a rebid of New Franklin’s 2021 extended road-paving project, New Franklin City Council awarded the $526,455 contract to Northstar Asphalt at its Aug. 4 regular meeting. The city contracted with Northstar for its 2021 road-paving project earlier this year, before adding three roads to the contract at a cost of $449,558. Concerned that the additions could […]

Summit County death notices

Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of July 4-10, 2021 (continued from last week): John Paul Hoban, Copley, 57, died June 26, 2021 Lois Jean Hopple, Akron, 82, died July 4, 2021 Barbara A. Horvath, Barberton, 80, died July 2, 2021 Michaelann Hunt, Akron, 52, died July 1, 2021 Brigitte Imreh, Akron, 87, died […]

New Coventry superintendent focused on financial stability

COVENTRY — Incoming Coventry Local Schools Superintendent George Fisk sees a “truly bright” future ahead for the district. Fisk, 47, grew up in Canton and graduated from McKinley Senior High School. He went on to attend Ohio University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, as well as Ashland University, earning a master’s in educational administration. Fisk began teaching […]

Corn Roast to benefit historic schoolhouse renovation

NORTON — This year’s Norton Historical Society (NHS) Corn Roast will be a little different than past events, NHS Curator Patsy Snyder said, with proceeds supporting ongoing efforts to restore one of the last remaining original one-room schoolhouses in Summit County. “We have held the corn roast for the last 20 years or more,” Snyder said. “But we are going […]

Green Council discusses dangerous intersection

GREEN — City of Green Engineer Paul Pickett provided an update on the intersection of South Main Street and Comet Road during the Aug. 10 Green City Council meeting. Green Mayor Gerard Neugebauer said there have been two fatalities at the intersection this year, but he is not aware of the intersection having a high crash rate. According to police […]

Horrigan reflects on challenges, future plans

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan delivered his State of the City Address Aug. 9 at the Akron Civic Theatre, highlighting the challenges of the past year and priorities for the year ahead. The event, originally scheduled at Lock 3 Park, was moved indoors because of the hot weather. During his address, Horrigan highlighted the economic and social challenges […]

Revere Tag Day set for Aug. 14

BATH/RICHFIELD — The Revere High School music program’s Tag Day, benefitting the choir and marching and concert bands, will take place Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For this event, organized by the Revere Music Parent Association (RMPA), students in band and choir will canvass households in Richfield, Bath and parts of Copley to ask for financial contributions. […]

South Side News & Notes

Manchester alumni tailgate event Aug. 20 NEW FRANKLIN — The Manchester Alumni Association will host the 19th annual pregame tailgate party and Manchester Athletic Hall of Fame reception Aug. 20 beginning at 5:30 p.m. outside James France Stadium, 6075 Manchester Road. The event will feature free sandwiches, snacks and soft drinks, as well as special cakes to help celebrate this […]

LEAD for Pollinators advocating modifications to Akron ordinances

LEAD for Pollinators is requesting support from garden centers, Master Gardeners, urban farmers, beekeepers and local advocates for ecosystem biodiversity to support the modernization of Akron’s noxious weed ordinance and devil strip planting guidelines. LEAD for Pollinators Inc. is advocating to update two ordinances pertaining to “species and height of plants,” as the ordinances are outdated, unscientific, detrimental to pollinators […]

West Side Back to School News & Notes

ODH makes back-to-school recommendations COLUMBUS — Ohio Department of Health (ODH) officials have issued a number of recommendations for students and staff in kindergarten to grade 12 schools heading back to classroom learning. The most recent guidance “strongly recommends” eligible students and staff get vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus. In addition, officials recommend unvaccinated individuals use masks and school officials […]

Annual art-A-palooza event returns to Boettler Park

GREEN — Art-A-palooza will return to Boettler Park, 5300 Massillon Road, this year after a virtual version of the event was held last year. The yearly fine arts event, organized by the Green Arts Council and the City of Green’s Parks and Recreation Division, will take place Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, along with […]

West Side News & Notes

CDC masking advisory revised OHIO — Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials are now recommending that everyone, including fully vaccinated people, wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas with high COVID-19 transmission to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant. Summit County Public Health, in collaboration with Akron Children’s Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Akron General […]

Support students’ mental, emotional wellbeing

More than a year-and-a-half since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the toll on our physical and mental health is clear and well documented, and, we’re learning, may be affecting children and teenagers disproportionately. Recent research from the Kaiser Family Fund reports that more than 25 percent of high school students experienced worsening emotional and cognitive health since March 2020, […]

Trustees approve accounting software change

RICHFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Richfield Township Board of Trustees approved a switch in the township’s financial software at the Aug. 5 meeting. Fiscal Officer Laurie Pinney said the township purchased the Ohio Township Accounting System (OhioTAS) in 2003, with the only costs since then being for program updates. She added that OhioTAS notified the township in early 2020 it was […]

Trustees to host program on Yellow Creek Watershed

BATH — At the Aug. 9 Bath Board of Trustees meeting, board members announced they will host the State of the Yellow Creek program Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in the trustees’ meeting room at the Bath Center Building, 3864 W. Bath Road. Trustee Elaina Goodrich said the Friends of Yellow Creek citizens group would provide updates on what has […]

Council debates lump sum payment to employee

RICHFIELD VILLAGE — Richfield Village Council spent a considerable amount of time at its Aug. 9 meeting debating a proposed lump sum payment to Planning and Zoning Director Brian Frantz. During a third reading on the resolution authorizing a one-time payment of $25,000 for work done as economic development director from 2012 to 2016, officials noted Frantz was given an […]

Green graduate rises in rank in U.S. Air Force

GREEN — Joshua Mitchell, 30 and a 2010 Green High School graduate, is shown at far right during a recent senior noncommissioned officer induction ceremony, where he moved up in rank to master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. Mitchell was in the Reserve Officer Training Corps in high school and was awarded the “Cadet Medal of Honor” in ninth […]

Summit County Public Health 2021 Mosquito Spray Schedule Week of Aug. 9, 2021

Monday August 9 S Akron/ W Springfield N Boston Twp NE Boston Heights/ SE Northfield Center/ NW Hudson Tuesday August 10 NW Akron/ SW Cuyahoga Falls NE Hudson Wednesday August 11 NW Akron NE Green/ S Springfield Thursday August 12 Silver Lake/ NE Cuyahoga Falls/ NW Munroe Falls/ SW Stow Central Sagamore Hills/ NW Northfield Center Spraying will begin at […]