ODOT District 4 (Summit County) weekly construction update

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 12 AKRON, Ohio (Thursday, September 8, 2022) – The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Summit County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.     Interstate 76/State St. reconstruction Interstate 76 widening and reconstruction, Akron & Barberton – reconfiguration of I-76/Wooster Rd./State St. interchange to improve traffic. Project also includes widening of […]

Education news & notes

AKRON/KENT — Kent State University and The University of Akron School of Law have partnered to offer a Juris Doctor degree sequential system for students to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Kent State and a Juris Doctor degree from Akron Law in a total of six years. The program offers broader educational opportunities for eligible students and allows them to […]

Lake algae control measures operational

LAKEMORE/SPRINGFIELD — The Village of Lakemore and Springfield Township are working together to address the algae problem in Springfield Lake. Lakemore Village Administrator Tracy Sayers said the village and township each purchased two Diversified Power International Sonic Transducer Systems (sonication units), which were installed approximately four weeks ago. The units are intended to control the blue green algae growth and […]

North Fork Preserve development continues

BATH — The development of Bath’s newest park, the North Fork Preserve of Bath, is progressing as township officials seek grant funding for its various project phases. The first phase of development at the park, located at 4400 Everett Road on 78.3 acres acquired in 2020, was completed in 2021 and phase two began this year with the construction of […]

Bath seeking community input

Dear Bath residents: At the beginning of this year, with two new trustees and a new fiscal officer, we determined that the Bath Township Board of Trustees should take the pulse of our community with a survey to see where we shine and where we can improve. We reviewed the survey that was taken 26 years ago and used it […]


Local sporting events Sept. 12-16

Golf • Monday, Sept. 12, 3:30 p.m.: Copley vs. STVM (girls) at Mud Run Golf Course • Tuesday, Sept. 13, 3:15 p.m.: Perry vs. Green (girls) at Turkeyfoot Golf Course • Wednesday Sept. 14, 3:40 p.m.: Firestone vs. Woodridge (boys) at Brookledge Golf Club • Thursday, Sept. 15, 3:30 p.m.: Coventry vs. Springfield (boys) at Chenoweth Golf Course • Thursday, […]

Hoban girls defeat Green in soccer matchup

GREEN — Green and Archbishop Hoban high schools girls soccer teams started the season on a strong note with Hoban undefeated at 5-0 and Green with 4-0-1. In a matchup against each other Sept. 3 at Green Memorial Stadium, Hoban came out on top, defeating Green 3-0. Shown below prior to the start of the game, Green sophomore Molly Rutherford […]

Green grad creates ‘Calm Corner’

GREEN — Green High School graduate McKayla Buck applied a $5,000 mini-grant she received in March from Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADM) Services Board to create a “Calm Corner” relaxation space in the school’s library. According to officials, she used the funds to purchase relaxation chairs, with Buck shown above in one of them, sensory items […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch

WEST AKRON: Officers responded Aug. 27 to a Noah Avenue home where shots were fired and found four holes in the siding and a bullet in the garage. A Harley-Davidson motorcycle was stolen from a Mull Avenue parking lot Aug. 27. A Madison Avenue woman reported Aug. 28 someone stole the key to her house from a key ring accidentally […]

West Side News & Notes

Community Legal Aid classes, training available GREATER AKRON — Community Legal Aid, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit law firm serving the legal needs of low-income people in Central and Northeast Ohio, will offer the following classes free and open to all and taught by attorneys, with registration, where required, and more information available at www.communitylegalaid.org/events or by calling the agency’s Helpline at […]

Tuesday Musical season begins with Soweto Gospel Choir

AKRON — Tuesday Musical Association will launch its 2022-23 concert season with South Africa’s three-time Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St. Singers, dancers and drummers will share their country’s freedom songs, as well as music by Aretha Franklin, Harry Belafonte and Mahalia Jackson, combined with traditional African gospel music and […]

Ohio gerrymandering creating ‘autocracy,’ says Akron man

It would be worth every Ohioan’s time to read Jan Mayer’s recent New Yorker article, “State Legislatures Are Torching Democracy” (Aug. 15, 2022) [www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/08/15/state-legislatures-are-torching-democracy], which largely concerns Ohio’s gerrymandering. As Mayer explains, while gerrymandering has been used by both Democrats and Republicans for decades, the Republicans’ Redmap Project in 2010 started a process whereby legislative-district maps in Ohio have now […]

J&B Auto Service brings customer service to car care

UNIONTOWN — In business since 2003, J&B Auto Service owner Jeff Wittman said his company’s honesty and fairness with customers has set it apart from the competition for nearly two decades. “We are honest with customers about their repairs,” Wittman said. “We tell them what needs done, what can be held off on and what they will need in the […]

Akron to create Citizen Oversight Board

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan recently announced a proposal to create a Citizen Oversight Board and plans to introduce legislation on the board to Akron City Council Sept. 12. According to city officials, the Citizen Oversight Board would receive, refer and monitor citizen complaints of the Akron Police Department (APD), routinely assess and make recommendations on the quality […]

VFW serves veterans

EAST AKRON — The Fairlawn Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 349 recently provided and served a dinner of salad, pasta, chicken Marsala, potatoes, vegetables, rolls and cookies to about 30 veterans at Harry Donovan Jr. Valor Home of Summit County. Shown from left at the event are members Larry Cogley, Tom Ciccolini, Bill Reuscher and Mike Soful, post commander.

Human chain marks overdose deaths

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Summit Recovery Hub, a new recovery community organization, partnered with Summit County Public Health, the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board and the Summit County Opiate & Addiction Task Force to mark Overdose Awareness Day, Aug. 31, at the All-American (Y-Bridge) by forming a “human chain” to represent the 246 individuals who lost their […]

Remember Constitution Week Sept. 17-23

An important date is approaching for our country as we celebrate the 235th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Sept. 17 to 23 is Constitution Week. The signing of the Constitution actually took place on Sept. 17, 1787 and was ratified by the ninth state in 1788. The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago […]

Lakemore Council approves personnel items

LAKEMORE — Lakemore Village Council approved a number of personnel items Sept. 6. The personnel items included a pay increase from $17.29 to $18.29 for Chris Alderman, who was hired as the wastewater collections operator, as required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since starting in the position, officials said Alderman has acquired various certifications. Village Administrator Tracy Sayers said […]

Richfield trustees approve waste hauling contract

RICHFIELD — The Richfield Township Board of Trustees approved a three-year contract for waste hauling services Sept. 1. The three-year deal with Rumpke takes effect Jan. 1, 2023, with two additional one-year options available in 2026 and 2027. Trustee Janet Jankura said the monthly charge, which is currently $14.26, would increase to $16.75 in 2023. At an earlier meeting, Administrator […]

Green man differs on student debt

In response to Mr. [Joseph] Abraham’s letter (“Green man OK with student debt relief,” Sept. 2, 2022) in which he supports student loan forgiveness, yes it absolutely is “the status of people receiving the benefit” that is most disturbing. A married couple making $250,000 a year can get $20,000 in forgiveness. If that isn’t reverse welfare then I don’t know […]

South Side News & Notes

Parker’s Challenge begins Sept. 10 GREEN — Area residents are invited to hike eight designated trails within the City of Green to complete the third annual Parker’s Trail Challenge Sept. 10 to Oct. 28. This year’s eight challenge trails will includes trails at Boettler, Southgate, Central and Ariss parks, the Knapp Recreation Area, Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park and The Chapel. […]

STVM, Buchtel football showdown coming

AKRON — Call it the battle of Maple Street, the West Akron showdown or simply a Week 4 tilt between St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (STVM) and Buchtel Community Learning Center (CLC). However you label it, it doesn’t get much closer geographically than the Fighting Irish and Griffins, who reside about two miles apart and square off Sept. 9 at […]

Good Samaritan updates logo, maintains mission

AKRON — In conjunction with its 40th anniversary, Good Samaritan Hunger Center is making a few changes to its branding. However, the organization’s mission remains the same, according to Executive Director Michele Smith. Good Samaritan Hunger Center is a nonprofit organization specializing in food distribution, with a mission to alleviate food insecurity for individuals and families in the Akron area, […]

Tips for planting trees

(Family Features) Trees provide shade and beauty, and some even bear fruit. You may be surprised to discover trees are also a critical key to the future. Tips from the book “Now is the Time for Trees” offer practical insight on the importance of trees and how to nurture one, from selection to planting and beyond. Scientists, health care professionals, […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch

COVENTRY: Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies investigated the theft of a catalytic converter from a vehicle outside a Wigeon Way residence Aug. 25. Also on Aug. 25, deputies investigated the theft of a 2005 Polaris Sportsman 500 owned by a boys’ athletic association from a shed on North Turkeyfoot Road. Someone had forced open the door to the shed to […]