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Apr 9, 2017 12:00 AM

Metro Park District needs lifeguards

Summit Metro Parks is willing to train individuals interested in working as lifeguards this summer and to pay the costs of the certification tests. The catch? Potential lifeguards must already know how to swim.

Apr 9, 2017 12:00 AM

As drug epidemic rages, more stories of addiction come to light

COLUMBUS -- Do you know somebody addicted to drugs? Or who has died as a result, either through an unintentional overdose or other destructive behavior that resulted? I'm betting you probably do. Not too long ago, we might have a conversation about those folks, using hushed terms.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Apr 4, 2017 3:11 PM

10 Things That Happened Around The Statehouse Last Week

COLUMBUS — Lawmakers prepared to head north and then back home to their districts for a couple of weeks, the governor spotlighted Ohio’s continuing fight against drug addiction, and the legislature passed a few more bills during what was a busy week on Capitol Square.

By Marc Kovac, Capital Bureau Chief
Apr 2, 2017 12:00 AM

Updated poverty report doesn't paint a pretty picture for Ohio

COLUMBUS -- More than 1.6 million Ohioans -- that's about 14.8 percent of the population in the state -- were living below the federal poverty line in 2015, according to a new report issued a couple of days ago by groups that advocate on behalf of the needy.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
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Mar 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Blood donations needed in National Volunteer Month

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April. Donating blood is a simple way to make a profound difference in the lives of patients. Nearly 2.8 million generous people donated blood through the Red Cross last year.

Mar 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Special Needs Trusts 101 workshop set for April 4-5

In honor of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, Butcher Elder Law is partnering with Summit DD to present an exclusive workshop, Special Needs Trusts 101 April 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board, 89 E. Howe Road, Tallmadge.

Mar 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Lawmakers facing uncertainty as they work on the budget

COLUMBUS -- In the next few weeks, the Ohio House will amend Gov. John Kasich's executive budget proposal, stripping out that severance tax increase and other stuff members don't like and adding stuff they do.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Mar 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Nominations sought for Russ Pry Youth Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Summit for Kids Russ Pry Youth Award. Summit for Kids will celebrate partnerships and collaboration at the Summit for Kids Breakfast Aug. 18, in conjunction with the 8th Annual Summit for Kids Expo, at the John S. Knight Center.

Mar 19, 2017 12:00 AM

Celtic group The Outside Track to play in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

On March 24, Celtic group The Outside Track will play at Happy Days Lodge in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The concert is hosted by the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the National Park Service.

Mar 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Guest Column: Be on the lookout for IRS phone scam

Criminals work hard to try and get your money. They're always thinking of new ways to convince you to give them personal information. Not even our office is immune. Summit County Prosecutor's Office employees have received calls from scammers.

By Sherri Bevan Walsh Summit County Prosecutor
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Harvest for Hunger campaign kicks off at sold-out breakfast
Mar 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Harvest for Hunger campaign kicks off at sold-out breakfast

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank's Volunteer Center was filled with the energy of more than 300 community members as the 26th annual Harvest for Hunger campaign kicked off during a sold-out breakfast on March 1.

Mar 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Capital News: Should we teach or curse cursive handwriting?

COLUMBUS -- When I was a kid, back before the Internet and computers and smart phones and driverless cars (which, really, wasn't that long ago), students at my elementary school focused part of their days on the Palmer Method.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Mar 6, 2017 1:58 PM

10 Things That Happened Around The Statehouse last week

COLUMBUS — One state lawmaker announced her plans to leave the Ohio House, one statewide officeholder met with the president and a couple of legislators launched their 2018 campaigns.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Mar 5, 2017 12:00 AM

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Events

March 5 Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad National Park Scenic Day Pass -- View wildlife and scenery in the comfort of climate-controlled train cars. Get on and off at any station. Spend a whole day exploring or just a few hours. Advance ticket purchase recommended.

Mar 5, 2017 12:00 AM

Last day for hiking shields is March 31

Last day for hiking shields is March 31 Hikers who completed at least eight trails during the 2016 Fall Hiking Spree have until March 31 to claim their rewards.

Mar 5, 2017 12:00 AM

Capital News: Failing to yield on nonpartisan slippery slope of unintended consequences

COLUMBUS -- Hang around the Statehouse long enough and you'll hear certain phrases repeated over and over again. Like "slippery slope.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Feb 26, 2017 12:00 AM

A final look at new state laws taking effect

Editor's note: This is the final installment of a five-part series reviewing new state laws taking effect this year.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau
Feb 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Events

CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK MARCH SCHEDULED EVENTS March 1 Solo at Sarah's Vineyard: Dolinar Sphaija -- Enjoy the sounds of local musicians in the 1840s post-and-beam tasting room while listening to local musicians perform. Free. Sarah's Vineyard, 7 to 10 p.m.

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Feb 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Value of urban forests topic of GAINS meeting

Learning from regional best practice models of Urban Forestry will be the topic of the "second Wednesday" GAINS (Greater Akron Innovation Network for Sustainability) meeting March 8 at the Bit Factory on the 5th Floor in the Akron Accelerator, 526 S. Main St. Akron. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Feb 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Mary Taylor files paperwork to run for governor in 2018

COLUMBUS -- Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor formally filed paperwork Feb. 23 to run for governor, the first of a handful of Republicans expected to jump into that race. Taylor announced that formation of a new committee, "Mary Taylor for Governor," and the designation of a treasurer.

By Marc Kovaccapital Bureau