• Nexus pipeline protesters hold rally on Medina Square

    MEDINA: Lynn Kemp remembers the day her 82-year-old mother received a letter saying companies intended to build part of the Nexus pipeline under her family’s York Township farm: Aug. 24, 2014. Her fight against the proposed pipeline to carry natural gas collected by hydraulic fracturing from Ohio’s Marcellus and Utica shale areas to Canada started then and continued Saturday on Medina Square where she held up a handmade sign reading, “Honk for clean water, clean air, safe soil
  • Affordable Care Act: Long-term future uncertain, but first round of open enrollment for 2017 insurance ends Thursday

    Kris Riley is an Obamacare evangelist.The 50-year-old Coventry Township woman spreads the word about how the president’s defining domestic achievement — Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act or the ACA — unexpectedly changed her life by providing health insurance. And now she worries she could lose it if President-elect Donald Trump makes good on a campaign promise to repeal the ACA.More than 10 million Americans like Riley now buy insurance through the governm
  • Bob Dyer: A chat with Akron’s mayor

    I’m having withdrawal.After arguing intensely with Don Plusquellic for nearly a quarter-century, I haven’t heard a single word of criticism from Akron’s mayor of nearly 12 months, Dan Horrigan.I’ve talked with Dan in the past and know he’s a pretty mellow fellow, especially in comparison to the constantly F-bombing Plusquellic. But I figured it was time for a sit-down interview so I could ask him some extremely pressing, critically important journalistic questions,
  • Regional news briefs — Dec. 11, 2016

    COPLEY TOWNSHIPAkron man killed in crashCOPLEY TWP.: A North Akron man was killed early Saturday when the vehicle he was driving struck a utility pole in Copley Township, police say.Darrelle Fischer, 32, of Pine Knolls Drive, was ejected after the 2002 Pontiac Montana he was driving veered off South Cleveland-Massillon Road just north of Sunnyfield Drive about 12:30 a.m., according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.He was pronounced dead at the scene.Fischer’s passenger, Shaquilla K. Thomas
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  • No mercy for Ronald Phillips: Execution recommended for Akron child rapist and murderer

    The Ohio Parole Board has recommended that Gov. John Kasich move forward with the execution of Ronald Phillips, an Akron man convicted of raping and murdering a 3-year-old girl.Phillips’ friends and attorneys sought mercy last week in Columbus. Phillips, 43, has been on death row since 1993. He’s scheduled to be the first man executed in Ohio since Dennis McGuire, who in 2014 suffered for 26 minutes before dying — the longest in Ohio’s history — after lethal injecti
  • Oldest church in Summit County completes renovations, but takes on a new challenge

    Christmas came a few weeks early for the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Cuyahoga Falls.At least that’s how the Rev. Kirk Bruce feels. After nearly five years of a leaky roof and wearing wood on Summit County’s oldest church, Pilgrim UCC’s steeple received an overdue face-lift in a project that finished last month. “It’s exciting. It’s almost like an early Christmas present,” Bruce said. “They finished up just in time for the new church year to
  • Area deaths — Dec. 10, 2016

    MEDINATryon, Foster E., 94, of Lodi. Died Friday. Parker.PORTAGEDionne, Jacqueline D., 78, of Kent. Died Tuesday. Bissler & Sons.Kazmierski, Joan R., 82, of Tallmadge, formerly of Kent. Died Monday. Bissler & Sons, Kent.STARKLovinsky, John, 92, of Canton. Died Wednesday. Shriver.OTHERWarner, Elizabeth A., 66, of Westlake, formerly of Lodi. Died Friday. Parker.
  • Head Start centers get grant extension

    On a recent afternoon, some Akron Head Start preschoolers made pumpkins and snowmen out of Play-Doh. At another table in the busy yet quiet classroom, children played Alphabet Bingo with flashcards to learn sounds and letters.“What letter is this?” asked teacher Stephanie Ritchey as she held up the letter C and a picture of a cat. Upon recognizing the letter the students starting singing: “C says car, C says car, C says cat.” Then they matched the letter to the BINGO card
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  • All-American Soap Box Derby hopes to steer students toward STEM careers with new curriculum

    The All-American Soap Box Derby is bringing the thrill of the hill to the classroom with a STEM curriculum it has developed and is selling to schools. The goal is to help steer more students toward careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.What started as two cars in the Gravity Racing Challenge (GRC) program at Akron’s STEM school in 2010 has grown into a five-module curriculum for elementary and middle school students. Four are for grades 5-6 and the fifth is for grades 6-8. D
  • Annual report finds overdose deaths increased threefold this year along with other county health findings

    Teenage pregnancies and child mortality rates have decreased in Summit County over the past five years, but death by suicide and opiate overdoses continues to tick up.These were some of many findings by Summit County Public Health, which joined forces with the Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Services Board this month to highlight the largest health issues facing Summit County during their second annual State of the County’s Health presentation.The conclusions are part of the 2016 Summit Cou
  • Oldest church in Summit County completes renovations, but takes on on a new challenge

    Christmas came a few weeks early for the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Cuyahoga Falls.At least that’s how the Rev. Kirk Bruce feels. After nearly five years of a leaky roof and wearing wood on Summit County’s oldest church, Pilgrim UCC’s steeple received an overdue face-lift in a project that finished last month. “It’s exciting. It’s almost like an early Christmas present,” Bruce said. “They finished up just in time for the new church year to
  • Regional news briefs — Dec. 10, 2016

    AKRONWard 1 & 7 meetingsAKRON: Donnie Kammer will be hosting coffee with a councilman on Tuesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Firestone Park Community Center, 1480 Girard St., for Akron residents in Ward 7.On Wednesday, Councilman Rich Swirsky has invited Akron Police Chief James Nice to discuss crime at Highland Square Library (807 W Market St.) at 6:30 p.m. during a regular meeting of Ward 1. The Market Path and other area businesses will provide gift discount coupons to those who attend Sw
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  • Area religious events — week of Dec. 10, 2016 and beyond

    The following is a listing of Akron-area religious events. They include:EventsAnnunciation Church/Visitation of Mary Catholic Parish — 55 Broad St., Akron. 5 p.m. Sunday. An Advent Adventure, a visual adaptation of Lessons and Carols.Arlington Nazarene Church — 1057 Triplett Blvd., Akron. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. A chess club for everyone, with lessons for those who do not play and games for those who do.Basilica of Saint John the Baptist — 627 McKinley Ave. NW, Canton. Servic
  • Buckets of customers fill lines and parking lot at new KFC restaurant in Cuyahoga Falls

    So, when it comes to munching on KFC chicken, are you an Extra Crispy or Original Recipe fan?The customers flocking to the new KFC restaurant that opened earlier this month on State Road in Cuyahoga Falls like both — but so far lean one way.“I’m going to say original,” said Meiko Ozanich, a 45-year-old Hudson resident who stood in line Friday waiting to order lunch. “I just don’t like the really crispy ones. ... It really doesn’t matter. I pick the skin,
  • Suspect identified in triple shooting at Akron barbershop

    Akron detectives have identified the man they say is responsible for a triple shooting at a barbershop last week.Detectives said the suspect is Robert Lash Rodgers, 24, whose last known address was in the 1200 block of Hardesty Boulevard. They signed three warrants for Rodgers for felonious assault and having weapons while under disability.Detectives followed up on several tips they received after the shooting on Dec. 2.According to Akron police, this is what happened:Rodgers was about to get a
  • Cops look for suspect in barbershop shooting

    Akron police are looking for the man they say is responsible for shooting three people in an Akron barbershop last week.
  • It takes a village: Akron area women help Bhutanese refugees learn sewing, sell products

    When Dhan Maya Magar first arrived in the United States in 2014, there wasn’t a whole lot of time to miss her old treadle sewing machine. America is a steep learning curve for someone raised in a Third World refugee camp. The 30-year-old Bhutanese woman had spent two decades at a Nepal site she was not allowed to leave, a primitive life that included living with five other people in a bamboo hut with a dirt floor, no electricity or running water, and daily food rations of rice and vegetab
  • Fire destroys dining lodge at Hocking Hills State Park

    LOGAN, OHIO: Investigators are looking for the cause of a fire that destroyed a dining lodge at Hocking Hills State Park in southeastern Ohio.No one was hurt in the fire that began Thursday morning before the restaurant had opened.The Hocking Hills Dining Lodge sits at the western end of the state park that draws more than 1 million people each year.The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it plans to rebuild the dining lodge. It opened in 1972.Authorities say a construction crew working on
  • UA extends contract with management/accounting firm for $200,000 per month

    By Marilyn MillerBeacon Journal staff writerThe University of Akron will continue the services of Ernst & Young, at least for another six months, at a cost of $200,000 a month in hopes that the investment will result in financial gains for the school.The management and accounting firm previously spent four months assessing the university’s finances, suggesting that if no action is taken soon the annual budget deficit “could grow significantly and create even greater challenges.&r
  • No mercy for Ronald Phillips: Execution recommended for Akron child rapist, murderer

    The Ohio Parole Board has recommended that Gov. John Kasich move forward with the execution of Ronald Phillips, an Akron man convicted of raping and murdering a 3-year-old girl.Phillips’ friends and attorneys sought mercy last week in Columbus. Phillips, 43, has been on death row since 1993. He’s set to be the first man executed in Ohio since Dennis McGuire, who is 2014 suffered for 26 minutes before dying — the longest in Ohio’s history — after lethal injection dru
  • December 9 Weather

    Friday, December 9 will get us out of the deep freeze a little.The high today will be about 36 with partly sunny skies.
  • Search for Orrville woman, 55, called off

    Authorities called off Friday the search for an Orrville woman who was reported missing on Wednesday.The Orrville Police Department was looking for Patricia Ralston, 55, of Hostetler Road, who “suffers from mental disabilities.”A police dispatcher said Friday that Ralston was found at another residence and was in good health.
  • Search is on for missing Orrville woman

    Authorities have issued a missing person alert for an adult woman who left her Orrville residence Wednesday night and has not returned.The Orrville Police Department is looking for Patricia Ralston, 55, of Hostetler Road. She was last seen at 8:30 p.m. leaving her home. She is white with brown hair and eyes, standing 5-feet-4-inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds.Authorities said Ralston “suffers from mental disabilities.”Anyone with information should call 1-866-693-9171 or 9-1-
  • Missing person alert issued for Orrville woman, 55

    Authorities have issued a missing person alert for an adult woman who left her Orrville residence Wednesday night and has not returned.The Orrville Police Department is looking for Patricia Ralston, 55, of Hostetler Road. She was last seen at 8:30 p.m. leaving her home. She is white with brown hair and eyes, standing 5-feet-4-inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds.Authorities said Ralston “suffers from mental disabilities.”Anyone with information should call 1-866-693-9171 or 911
  • ‘Skills games’ business in Coventry robbed at gunpoint

    The Summit County Sheriff’s Office said an armed man kicked open the front door of a Coventry Township business and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.At 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said a thin, white male standing 6 feet tall entered the Palms Skills Games at 2766 South Arlington Road in Coventrywearing a dark-colored hooded jacket and black gloves. Police said he used a semi-automatic handgun with a laser sight as he ordered patrons to remain seated. He then alledgedly asked
  • Cuyahoga Falls officials warn of scam targeting utility users

    The city of Cuyahoga Falls is warning its residents of a potential scam to swindle customers of private information.The Falls utility billing department has made public officials aware of “reports about scam phone calls trying to get utility customers information from them,” the city posted on its Facebook page. Officials are reminding residents that unless a phone call has been placed with the utilities department, “there should be no reason for them to call you” and tha
  • Huntington CEO to Akron Roundtable audience: bank is committed to Akron post-FirstMerit merger

    Huntington Bank understands the former FirstMerit Bank’s long history and support of the Akron community — and the merged bank will have the same commitment, its leader said in an Akron Roundtable address Thursday.“We’re very, very cognizant of the support FirstMerit has had in Akron for years. We embrace that,” Stephen Steinour, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Huntington Bank, said in his first large public appearance to the Akron community since
  • Witness says truck hit bus, causing 50-car pileup on I-90 east of Cleveland

    Authorities said an interstate east of Cleveland is open again after a pileup of about 50 vehicles in snowy conditions shut down the highway for more than 14 hours.The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said about 20 people were injured in the chain reaction crash Thursday.Highway crews reopened the roadway Friday morning after the crash that involved a Greyhound bus and over a dozen trucks on Interstate 90.Bus passenger Greg Carmichael told Fox 8 News he was heading home to Buffalo, New York. H
  • Collections taken to support Akron girl who survived fatal fire

    An Akron church will collect donations to support a 12-year-old girl who survived a house fire that claimed her family early Saturday morning.Akron Public Schools has announced that Celebration Church on Dan Street will take up donations for Shaniya Wallis. The church has set up a “Shaniya Fund” to pay for medical bills and the family’s funeral arrangements. The Tallmadge Avenue fire started shortly after midnight Friday across the street from Jennings Community Learning Center
  • Hudson releases video of shooting and name of police officer who killed motorist in struggle after crash on Ohio Turnpike

    A Hudson police officer who shot a man to death following a weekend crash was identified as Ryan C. Doran, according to city records released late Thursday afternoon.Doran, who joined the department in 2004, killed Saif Nasser Mubarak Alameri, 26, who fled after causing a crash Sunday afternoon on the Ohio Turnpike, according to police reports. Alameri, a citizen of the United Arab Emirates, was studying law at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.According to the Summit County Medical E
  • John Glenn timeline

    John Glenn went from small-town Ohio boy to outer space and national politics:1921: Born on July 18 in Cambridge, Ohio, to John Herschel Glenn Sr., a plumber, and Clara Sproat Glenn, who taught elementary school.1942: Drops out of Muskingum College and enlists in Naval Air Corps, begins pilot training in Corpus Christi, Texas.1943: Marries Anna Margaret Castor on April 6.1944-53: Flies combat missions for the Marine Corps; earns nicknames “MiG Mad Marine” and “Old Magnet Ass&rd
  • Regional news briefs — Dec. 9, 2016

    AkronRamp closure detourAKRON: From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday the ramp from U.S. Route 30 westbound to Interstate 77 southbound will be closed while the city of Canton performs pavement repairs.The detour will be Interstate 77 northbound to State Route 172/Tuscarawas St. Drug overdose suspected AKRON: Authorities found two people unresponsive and suspected of ingesting opiates Thursday morning in a vehicle parked less than 100 yards from a hospital on Forge Street.Beacon Journal news partner Ne
  • Love for Annie, hard work, gentle spirit set John Glenn apart

    COLUMBUS: John Glenn’s failure to win the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 was a rare failure in a life of achievements unmatched not just in Ohio history but probably in the history of the United States. Who else has been a decorated hero of two wars, the first American to orbit the earth and finally a statesman, the only Ohioan elected to four terms in the U.S. Senate? Through it all, however, Glenn was a work horse, not a show horse. Democrats had rejected Glenn as their pres
  • Hudson releases video of shooting and name of police officer who shot, killed motorist fleeing from crash on Ohio Turnpike

    The Hudson police officer who shot and killed a motorist fleeing from a crash over the weekend was Officer Ryan C. Doran, according to city records released late Thursday afternoon.Doran, who joined the department in 2004, killed 26-year-old Saif Nasser Mubarak Alameri, who fled after causing a crash on the Ohio Turnpike on Sunday afternoon, according to police reports. Alameri, a citizen of the United Arab Emirates, was studying law at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.According to t
  • LeBron James featured in new UA video with theme “We are Zips, We are family”

    The University of Akron has revealed its newest recruitment video starring LeBron James on what it means to be part of the Akron community and how being an Akron Zip offers a path to success. It’s theme: “We are Zips. We are Family. That’s what makes us the University of Akron.” The nearly two-minute video will be used as part of a digital campaign on the university’s website, www.uakron.edu. The video illustrates the partnership between the LeBron James Family Fou
  • Hudson releases name of police officer who shot, killed motorist fleeing from crash on Ohio Turnpike

    The Hudson police officer who shot and killed a motorist fleeing from a crash over the weekend was Officer Ryan C. Doran, according to city records released Thursday afternoon.Doran, who joined the department in 2004, killed 26-year-old Saif Nasser Mubarak Alameri, who fled after causing a serious crash on the Ohio Turnpike on Sunday afternoon, according to police reports. Alameri was a citizen of the United Arab Emirates who was studying law at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, sour
  • Woman describes scramble to survive Akron fire

    Jen Grubbs is carrying physical and emotional scars hard to imagine after she scrambled from an attic to escape a burning home, but the fire claimed the lives of her two close friends and two of their children.
  • $13,000 per year for coffee? Green council debates items in 2017 city budget

    By George W. DavisGREEN: When City Council meets Tuesday for the last time this year, members are expected to approve a $32,920,940 appropriations bill for 2017 even though a couple questions were uncovered during a budget study session this week. Under the bill, next year’s projected spending will decline $1.5 million, or 4.3 percent, from this year, Finance Director Steven Schmidt said.One question resulted in dropping $32,000 from the proposed $501,757 budget for Mayor Gerard Neugebauer
  • Godspeed John Glenn: Former astronaut, U.S. senator dies at 95

    Former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn has died at 95.Glenn was the first astronaut from the United States to orbit Earth, which he did three times. He later spent 24 years representing Ohio in the Senate. He briefly made a run for president in 1984. At 77, Glenn returned to space in 1998 aboard space shuttle Discovery.“John Glenn is, and always will be, Ohio’s ultimate hometown hero, and his passing today is an occasion for all of us to grieve,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich said i
  • Construction of Menards in Cuyahoga Falls to begin next year

    CUYAHOGA FALLS: A spokesman for Menards Inc. has told the city the company intends to break ground on its long-awaited Graham Road store in 2017.Thomas O’Neil, who represents the company’s real estate acquisitions, said construction should be completed in 2018.“We are excited that Menards has stated that they will be moving construction efforts forward next year,” Mayor Don Walters said. “We commend their continued commitment to bringing their business, creating new
  • Barberton man struck by hit-skip driver dies

    A Barberton man struck by a driver who skipped the scene has died of his injuries.Scott Hollifield, 27, a member of the Army National Guard Transportation Unit 1445, was struck just before 11 p.m., Nov. 25 on North Van Buren Avenue while walking on the side of the street with a friend.He was treated for multiple broken bones and severe head injuries at Summa Akron City Hospital and remained in a coma until his death on Tuesday.Police are still looking for a dark-colored sedan that should have pa
  • New public observatory could be in the stars for Bath Township

    BATH TWP.: The Summit County Astronomy Club has proposed building an observatory for public use on a hilltop near the Bath Community Garden in the Bath Nature Preserve.Club co-organizer John Shulan made a presentation this week to trustees. He outlined the proposal while explaining that the goal of the club is to inspire curiosity about the sciences and the arts through astronomy.The nonprofit astronomy club proposes the construction of a “user-friendly observatory” within a 16-by-24
  • Late Summit County Executive Russ Pry enshrined in Barberton

    Beacon Journal staff writerThe memory of a late and beloved executive of Summit County Summit forever will greet those who enter the Barberton location of the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board.“As time goes by, I hope that people walk into this building and they see the name Russ Pry and they’ll ask the question, ‘Who was he?’” said Randy Briggs, a Summit DD board member appointed by Pry, who was the county executive from 2007 to 2016. “The answer
  • Bob Dyer: A ray of light into his lonely night

    When you’re an old guy, and your wife dies, and the rest of your family is scattered around the country, life can be lonely.John Rose lives by himself in Suffield Township. He is 87. When his spouse, Carol, passed away a couple of years ago after 61 years of marriage, “I felt like I was here in a vacuum.”At times, the loneliness can be overwhelming. Recently, after a tougher-than-usual week, he found himself sitting in his house, looking at a picture of Carol, crying.“I c
  • Medina man, 82, with dementia located after 2 days missing

    An elderly Medina man with dementia who left home Tuesday afternoon was located Thursday.Edgar Lane, 82, has been returned home, according to police. He had been missing since 3 p.m. Tuesday. He made contact Tuesday night by phone, but had not been heard from since then.Concerned for his safety, state and local authorities issued a missing adult alert Thursday for Lane.Lane suffers from dementia and other health issues.
  • Alert issued for missing Medina man, 82

    The search continues for an elderly Medina man who left his home Tuesday afternoon and has not been seen since.Edgar Lane, 82, was last known to be at his residence on Liberty Street in Medina around 3 p.m. Tuesday. He made contact later that night by phone but hasn’t been heard from since. Concerned for his safety, state and local authorities issued a missing adult alert Thursday for Lane.Lane is 6 feet 3 inches tall, 220 pounds and suffers from dementia and other health issues. He might
  • Three-car crash in Bath could slow morning commute

    Traffic will be slow going as police in Bath respond to a three-car crash at Cleveland-Massillon and Ira roads. Police reported at 7:45 a.m. that the minor crash could impede travel as rush hour traffic heats up. No injuries were reported as officers work to sort out the crash.      
  • 2 people found hanging from vehicle near hospital; drug overdoses suspected

    Authorities found two people unresponsive and suspected of ingesting opiates Thursday morning in a vehicle parked less than 100 yards from a hospital on Forge Street. Beacon Journal news partner Newsnet5.com reported that two people appear to have suffered drug overdoses. They were discovered by Summa police hanging partially out of the Honda SUV, which was illegally parked Thursday morning on Forge Street near Summa Akron City Hospital. Akron police told Newsnet5.com that Narcan, which can rev
  • Shooting near downtown sends one to hospital

    Akron police are investigating an early morning shooting south of downtown.Television station WOIO reports that one person was shot and taken to a nearby hospital with what police say are not life threatening injuries.The incident occurred near the intersection on Bellows Street near East South Avenue, just south of Route 76. Police were still on the scene as of 6:49 a.m. Thursday.Read the full WOIO report here.
  • Hunters harvest nearly 67,000 deer during Ohio gun season

    COLUMBUS: The state says hunters harvested nearly 67,000 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s weeklong deer-gun hunting season.That total from Nov. 28 to Dec. 4 is about 6,600 fewer deer than were checked during the comparable period last year. The state has two more days of deer-gun season, on Dec. 17 and 18.Ohio’s Division of Wildlife says the goal of the state’s approach to deer management is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities and minimizes con

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