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Akron Police and the Summit County Medical Examiner are still investigating a double-homicide that left two people dead, one of them a teenage girl.  According to the report, the 13-year-old girl and 24-year-old male victim were both shot some time before 11 p.m. Thursday in the 90 block of Brighton…
Wednesday, 27 May 2020 04:27

All American Soap Box Derby Canceled

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For the first time since World War II, the All American Soap Box Derby is canceled. Organization leaders made the call Tuesday, citing concerns associated with the pandemic. President and CEO Mark Gerberich also says a lot of local races that qualify kids to make the trip to Akron have…
Cleveland Clinic Akron General is opening a COVID-19 testing center downtown in mid-June, according to a press release (See below). In addition to assistance from the Akron Summit County COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund and the United Way of Summit County, Akron-based GOJO Industries is donating $25-thousand to the site. It will…
(University of Akron The University of Akron (UA) announced today that it will discontinue three intercollegiate athletics programs at the end of the 2019-20 academic year as part of its plan to reduce the University’s financial support to the Athletics Department by approximately 23 percent ($4.4 million). The action is being taken as…
The annual Stewart's Caring Place Hope Walk is this Saturday, May 9th. In past walks, hundreds gathered together for a walk outside but because of new social distancing guidelines, it's going to be held differently than in the past. I've included a link at the end of this blog to…
Friday, 08 May 2020 04:58

Ohio Restaurants Reopening May 15th, 21st

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, today announced the next phase of the Responsible RestartOhio plan as it relates to restaurants, bars, and personal care services. As part of today's announcement, Governor DeWine reminded Ohioans that COVID-19 is still incredibly dangerous…
(Akron Zoo) Akron Zoo volunteers and staff have stepped up to sew masks from kits developed by the zoo’s veterinary team. Using a medical mask pattern from the University of Florida, volunteers are making masks with up to N99 level filtration using Halyard H600 surgical sterilization wrap material. These masks…
(City of Akron) As the City of Akron moves forward into the next phase of the response to the COVID-19 crisis and prepares for recovery, the City will be transitioning toward modified business operations and services within our community.  On Monday, April 27, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine’s administration issued the…
(Akron Marathon) Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and consistent with the City of Akron’s restriction of City-sponsored events of more than 250 people through Sept. 7, the first two races of the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series, the National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile on June 27, 2020, and…
Wednesday, 22 April 2020 12:48

City Officially Cancels Lock 3 Concert, Event Season

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Today, Mayor Dan Horrigan and the City’s Office of Integrated Development, which oversees Lock 3 and City Recreation, are announcing changes to the City’s event schedule for the 2020 Spring and Summer seasons.  Most large events, including all Lock 3 concerts and festivals, are being postponed to 2021. Smaller events are…
Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:18

Akron Rite Aid COVID-19 Testing Site

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Rite Aid is opening a coronavirus testing location at 4053 South Main Street in Akron this week. You must pre-register and qualify for the test at RiteAid.com and be 18-years-old or older. The self-swab nasal tests will be administered in the store parking lot to patients in their cars and…
After tuning in to Governor Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton's daily press conferences, local animator Dave Stofka of Stow decided to have a little fun, creating the "DeWine and Amy" theme, a parody of the TV series "Laverne and Shirley":   See more from Stofka at his YouTube page here. …
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 12:12

Sheriff's Office Looking For Missing Teens

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The Summit County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's help finding two missing teens, Austin Riffle (17) and Leah Sunderland (16).  The teens' parents tell the sheriff's office that Austin was last seen Friday, April 3rd and Leah on Saturday, April 4th.  The sheriff's department and the teens' parents believe…
Thursday, 02 April 2020 09:06

Guidelines for State Primary Election

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(Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro) — On March 25, 2020, the Ohio General Assembly passed H.B. 197, setting April 28, 2020 as the final day of Ohio’s primary election. Voters who have not already cast a ballot must request an absentee ballot from Summit County Board of Elections. Inperson voting…
[Summit County Public Health] – As the number of COVID-19 cases identified in Summit County increases, Summit County Health Commissioner Donna Skoda is providing additional guidance on public gatherings. Summit County Public Health is asking that, as a result of COVID-19, funeral homes and religious entities restrict and limit certain…
SUMMIT COUNTY, OHIO—On Monday, March 30, 2020, Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro introduced, and Summit County Council passed, emergency legislation authorizing the creation of a COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program. The program will be administered by the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce and grants will be available to…
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