ODOT District 3 (Medina County) weekly construction project update:

All outlined work is weather permitting. State Route 57 drainage repairs – State Route 57, at the SR 57/Spieth Road roundabout, is having a 3-day closure and one 90-day closure for drainage repairs. NEW IMPACTS Lester Road, just south of the intersection of Lester Road and SR 57, is closed for necessary repairs. Due to unforeseen issues, work isl continuing […]

Letter to the editor: Yellow Creek Foundation drops suit to form watershed

Dear Yellow Creek Foundation (YCF) friends/supporters: It is with gratitude for your steadfast support that the directors of The Yellow Creek Foundation want you to know how much you have meant to us during the past seven years. Summit County Court has ordered YCF to post a $10,000 bond by Dec. 8 in preparation for the upcoming public hearing. This […]



Event advisory: New original documentary from Akron Urban League premieres Dec. 15

Akron, OH, December 9, 2021 — The Akron Urban League is excited to announce the original documentary film, SHOP TALK. It features candid conversations from local community thought leaders and barbershop owners from Legends & Distinguished Gents Tonsorial. This film presents a real-life snapshot of local men and women as they share their views on COVID-19, vaccinations, and much more. […]

Peninsula Garden Club creates art for village

PENINSULA — Now in its eighth year, the Peninsula Home and Garden Club is known primarily for what club President Dee Holody called its “pride and joy” — the seasonal decoration of Peninsula’s Main Street Bridge, including flower boxes in the spring, Halloween jack-o-lanterns in the fall and Christmas lights and decorations in the winter. This year, the club expanded […]

Manchester plans to begin new high school next fall

NEW FRANKLIN — Manchester Local Schools officials announced during a Dec. 2 community meeting they hope to break ground on the district’s new high school next fall. During the meeting, district officials and representatives from FMD Architects and Shook Construction provided an update on the district’s facilities projects. In November 2019, voters approved a 36-year, 8.28-mill bond issue, which will […]

Springfield Schools superintendent resigns

LAKEMORE — The Springfield Local Schools Board of Education gathered for a special meeting Dec. 7 to address two critical issues. At the meeting, the board voted, after an hour-and-a-half executive session, to approve the irrevocable resignation of Superintendent Chuck Sincere, effective Dec. 31. Sincere did not attend the meeting. Additionally, the board approved a transition agreement with Sincere in […]

Ohio EPA confirms village sewer discharge into Springfield Lake

LAKEMORE — In October 2020, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received a complaint that Springfield Lake was being contaminated by sanitary sewer and storm water overflow from Lakemore Village’s sewer system. During its Dec. 7 meeting, Lakemore Village Council discussed a report compiled by the Ohio EPA confirming those allegations. The report, however, stops short of acknowledging the pollution […]

Come calendar time, I won’t shelf this tradition

On the Mark — By Craig Marks My holiday gift tip: For spouses, parents and in-laws, you can’t go wrong with a personalized calendar filled with family photos. It’s a unique gift, a calendar you won’t find in one of those mall popup stores. (Or at least you shouldn’t. If, among the superhero and baby animal calendars, you find a […]

Copley presents holiday event

COPLEY — Copley residents welcomed the holidays Dec. 5 at Copley Circle with a tree lighting ceremony, visits with Santa and Disney’s “Frozen” characters Elsa and Olaf, as well as The Grinch and live music and reindeer. Shown above are residents in the gazebo visiting with Elsa and Olaf. Two young children are pictured at right enjoying the wonders of […]

Summit County death notices

Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of Nov. 14-20, 2021 (continued from last week): Rhonald Fleet, Akron, 96, died Nov. 11, 2021 Cynthia Ann Ford, Akron, 62, died Oct. 5, 2021 Rita E. Forepaugh, Stow, 87, died Nov. 13, 2021 Suzanne Lee Fouts, Brimfield, 81, died Nov. 10, 2021 Tracey A. Franklin, Akron, 67, […]

Coventry tree lighting ceremony draws crowd

COVENTRY — Moments before the lights were turned on Dec. 5 at the annual Coventry Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Coventry Clock Tower, Trustee Ed Diebold commented on the importance of the event beyond a simple holiday gathering. “It is great that we can gather as a community like this,” he said. “Especially with the world like it is today, […]

Norton postal clerk retires

NORTON — City of Norton officials recently presented Norton U.S. Postal Services (USPS) clerk Debi Holler with a proclamation from Norton Mayor Mike Zita commending her for 25 years of service to the community, with 24 of those in the city. Holler, who also served 17 years in the U.S. Army, retired Nov. 30 and is shown above with the […]

County preparing for dispatch center work

DOWNTOWN AKRON — County officials took another step forward in the construction of a combined 911 dispatch center in Tallmadge with Summit County Council’s authorization Dec. 6 of first reading passage to advertise for bids for the project, alongside a project labor agreement. The legislation follows several in the past weeks to establish agreements for various aspects of the center. […]

South Side News & Notes

Legal Aid offering free clinics and presentations GREATER AKRON — Community Legal Aid, a nonprofit law firm serving the legal needs of low-income people in Central and Northeast Ohio, offers a variety of free programs taught by attorneys, with more details and registration available at www.communitylegalaid.org/events. The offerings include: • “Ask a Lawyer” Live Facebook events take place on Wednesdays […]

Court, Hower House hosting weddings

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron Municipal Court, in partnership with the Hower House Museum at 60 Fir Hill Drive, will offer wedding ceremonies for couples Dec. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. The museum will be decorated for the holiday season, and Judge David Hamilton will officiate the ceremonies. Appointments are first-come, first-served and must be scheduled and paid for before […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch

WEST AKRON: Police responded to a bank robbery in the 600 block of West Market Street Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. Employees reported a person entered the bank, passed a note demanding money and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. No weapon was observed. A Sheffield Drive man reported Nov. 29 a person who performed accounting services for him […]

Bath trustees focus on seasonal events

BATH — Bath officials discussed topics related to the holidays and the coming winter at the Dec. 6 Bath Township Board of Trustees meeting. Administrator Vito Sinopoli reviewed the township’s parking ban policy for snow emergencies, which occurs whenever snowfall exceeds 2 inches. He said that in the event of a declared snow emergency, the township could prohibit parking on […]

Hoban falls short in state championship

CANTON — The Archbishop Hoban High School Knights football team came up short in the Division II state championship game Dec. 2 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, with Cincinnati Winton Woods winning the game 21-10. Hoban jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Winton Woods responded with a touchdown early in […]

Medina County Park District hosting holiday events

MEDINA COUNTY — The Medina County Park District will host the following holiday events, with more information or registration, where required, available at www.medinacountyparks.com or 330-722-9364: √ Handmade Take-n-Make Gifts for the Holidays, now until supplies run out, Oenslager Nature Center, 6100 Ridge Road in Sharon Center: Gift packs are limited to one per child between the ages of 3 […]

Trustees approve park matters

RICHFIELD — In anticipation of the transfer of 45 acres in Rising Valley Park to Cleveland Metroparks, the Richfield Township Board of Trustees Dec. 2 approved several related items Dec. 2. Trustees Robert Luther and Janet Jankura voted to approve a payment of the remaining $23,386 from the Hershel Hunt Bequest Fund to Guardian Title and Guarantee Agency before approving […]

Neil Zaza’s ‘One Silent Night…’ going strong 20 years on

DOWNTOWN AKRON — According to world-renowned instrumental rock guitarist and Northeast Ohio native Neil Zaza, the impetus behind one of his most successful musical ventures — the holiday guitar opus known as “One Silent Night …” — began 20 years ago as a lark. “I used to go to craft shows with a relative and I would see these old […]

Upcoming sporting events

Bowling • Monday, Dec. 13: Streetsboro and Woodridge, 4 p.m., Clutch Lanes & Sports Center • Monday, Dec. 13: Ravenna and Springfield, 3:45 p.m., Spins Bowl Akron • Thursday, Dec. 16: Walsh Jesuit and STVM, 4 p.m., Clutch Lanes & Sports Center • Friday, Dec. 17: Hoban and North, 4 p.m., Stonehedge Entertainment • Friday, Dec. 17: GlenOak and Green, […]

Akron funding health care, social services

DOWNTOWN AKRON — During the Dec. 6 Akron City Council Health and Social Services Committee meeting, Council members heard a presentation regarding how city officials intend to spend a portion of the money received through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) on access to health care and social services. City officials stated they plan to allocate $1 million toward the […]

Fairlawn Council honors retired police lieutenant

FAIRLAWN — Fairlawn City Council approved a resolution Dec. 6 recognizing retired Fairlawn Police Department Lt. Mark Adams for serving the city for more than 36 years. According to city officials, Adams, who retired June 21, 2020, began his law enforcement career in Fairlawn as a part-time police officer in 1984 and was promoted to full-time officer in 1985, sergeant […]

New Franklin trash collection costs may increase

NEW FRANKLIN — New Franklin Mayor Paul Adamson announced Dec. 1 that costs associated with an agreed upon contract extension with Republic Services could be increasing before the agreement even begins. “When [the end of the current] contract was coming up, Republic suggested asking [the City of] Green if we could ‘piggyback’ on their contract at a cost to customers […]

Arsmiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry renovates, expands

FAIRLAWN — Arsmiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, located at 2640 W. Market St., Suite 302, recently expanded and remodeled its office space. Some of those improvements include doubling the number of treatment rooms, adding a consultation room and creating an imaging area to house new 3-D technology — the Cone Beam Computed Tomography Scanner. Business owner Dr. Sima Chegini said […]

West Side Education News & Notes

High school Hackathon winners meet lawmakers COLUMBUS — The regional winners of the 2021 TECH CORPS Hackathon, sponsored by AT&T and Nationwide Insurance, were recognized Dec. 8 at the Ohio Statehouse during Computer Science Education Week. The winning high school teams include one from Akron, as well as Columbus and Zanesville, with each developing a mobile application to solve a […]

West Side News & Notes

Virtual Merriman Valley Master Plan meeting set for Dec. 15 AKRON/CUYAHOGA FALLS — Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters will host a virtual meeting open to the public to discuss the draft Merriman Valley — Schumacher Area Master Plan Dec. 15 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Officials stated that since July, representatives from Akron and Cuyahoga […]

SCHS to host Sacred Structures Road Rally series event

AKRON — The final leg of the 2021 Road Rally series — Sacred Structures of Summit County — will take place Dec. 12 starting at 1:30 p.m. The tour will begin at Prince of Peace Baptist Church, located at 844 Garth Ave. in West Akron, where participants can view the stained glass windows in the sanctuary before picking up rally […]

South Side Education News & Notes

Coventry Local Schools BOE recognizes outgoing member COVENTRY — During a Dec. 6 Coventry Local Schools Board of Education (BOE) special meeting, which took the place of this month’s regular meeting, members wished outgoing board member Ron Reed well. Reed did not seek re-election in the Nov. 2 General Election, and Laura McGraw, who won the board seat, will take […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch

COVENTRY: On Nov. 15, a witness reported a person in a white vehicle opened mailboxes in the 700 block of Killian Road. An employee of a South Arlington Road business reported Nov. 15 someone kicked in the door and entered the business, which is closed for the season, damaged a safe in a failed attempt to open it and stole […]