Heading Logo


Mar 1, 2017 12:00 AM

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
New Black Hawk helicopter will assist Ohio military
Feb 26, 2017 12:00 AM

New Black Hawk helicopter will assist Ohio military

COLUMBUS -- Take a peek into a circa-1986 Black Hawk helicopter and you'll see a lot of gauges and low-tech-looking buttons and levers. "We lovingly referred to them as 'steam gauges,'" said Maj. Will Chadwick, an operations officer at the Ohio National Guard based in suburban Columbus.

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

Local college graduates can apply for statehouse fellowship

COLUMBUS-- The Ohio Legislative Service Commission is accepting applications for its 13-month Legislative and Telecommunications Fellowship Program. The commission will hire 24 fellows to work with members of the Ohio General Assembly during 2018.

Feb 26, 2017 12:00 AM

2017 Saturday Gardening Series will be held March 4, 11 in Fairlawn

The Master Gardener Volunteers of Summit County cordially invites all gardeners to attend the 2017 Saturday Gardening Series.With two full days of informative gardening presentations, the Saturday Gardening Series is a sure harbinger of spring.

[More news below]
Feb 22, 2017 12:00 AM

Getting down into the details of the biennial budget

COLUMBUS -- It takes a few weeks to really get to know the proposed state budget.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Donors urgently needed to increase Red Cross blood supply
Feb 19, 2017 12:02 AM

Donors urgently needed to increase Red Cross blood supply

The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter so that patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments. Blood donations are urgently needed now and throughout the winter to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need.

Feb 19, 2017 12:00 AM

Area lawmakers named to House, Senate panels

COLUMBUS -- Area lawmakers were named late last month week to leadership posts on legislative panels in the Ohio House and Senate. Committee assignments announced Jan. 30 and 31 included: Sen.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Battered Women's Shelter receives support from Summit County
Feb 19, 2017 12:00 AM

Battered Women's Shelter receives support from Summit County

On Feb. 13 County Executive Ilene Shapiro, County Council President John N. Schmidt and Governmental Affairs Representative for FirstEnergy Corp. Renee Nied presented two checks totaling $10,000 to Terri Heckman, CEO of the Battered Women's Shelter.

Red Carpet Premiere for Youth PSA's set for Feb. 16
Feb 16, 2017 10:22 AM

Red Carpet Premiere for Youth PSA's set for Feb. 16

Summa Health System is sponsoring the February 16th event which will feature recognition of the involved youth, a screening of each of the 10 PSA’a and a participant vote for the “Viewer’s Choice” award. It will take place at the Professional Center South on the Akron campus at 55 Arch Street, Akron, Ohio from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Feb 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Akron Children's requests only healthy visitors during flu season

AKRON With seasonal respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza activity on the rise in the community, Akron Children's Hospital is reinforcing visitor restrictions at its Akron and Mahoning Valley hospital campuses for the safety of patients and to curb the spread of these illnesses.

[More news below]
Feb 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Bill would increase penalties for heroin-related crimes

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Senate has relaunched consideration of legislation that would increase penalties for the possession and sale of a powerful opioid that's being added to heroin and leading to more overdose deaths in the state. Sen.

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

Summit County Council OKs resolution opposing order limiting immigration

Summit County Council on Jan. 30 passed a resolution opposing President Donald Trump's executive order limiting immigration and refugee resettlement. The resolution was sponsored by County Executive Ilene Shapiro, Council President John Schmidt (D-2) and Council Member At-Large Liz Walters (D).

From Staff Reports
Feb 8, 2017 12:00 AM

New laws Ohioans should be aware of, Part 5

This is the fifth in a five-part series. COLUMBUS -- Lawmakers moved legislation in recent weeks aimed at improving the health of Ohio's newborns and ensuring the property of law-abiding citizens isn't confiscated without cause.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM

State auditor announces new study of cities' finances

COLUMBUS -- Republican state Auditor Dave Yost unveiled what he's calling a "fiscal physical" of local governments' financial books, with hopes that officials will use the information to make changes before they face budgetary crises.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Summit Prosecutor Walsh sworn in for historic fifth term
Jan 29, 2017 12:00 AM

Summit Prosecutor Walsh sworn in for historic fifth term

AKRON -- Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh was sworn in Jan. 19 for a history making fifth term as Summit County Prosecutor. Walsh is the first Summit County Prosecutor in the past 60 years to be elected to five consecutive terms.

Jan 29, 2017 12:00 AM

New laws Ohioans should be aware of, Part 4

This is the fourth in a five-part series. COLUMBUS -- Gov. John Kasich didn't sign everything lawmakers sent him following their lame duck session.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Summit County child support enforcement agency honored
Jan 29, 2017 12:00 AM

Summit County child support enforcement agency honored

Summit County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) was recently honored by Ohio's Office of Child Support for outstanding performance, according to a release from Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh's office.

Jan 25, 2017 12:00 AM

Statehouse Potpourri: PUCO nominees, school standards and taxes

COLUMBUS -- Eight of 24 people who submitted applications for consideration for two seats on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio will be interviewed for the posts.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
[More news below]
Jan 25, 2017 12:00 AM

Becoming the best can't be cheap or easy

Ferrari. What do you think about when you hear that name? The name conjures beautiful images to mind, right? The first few things I think of are the color red, the prancing horse, that sound, and decades of Formula One racing success. But, there's another reality, too.

By Josh Gordon
Roegner sworn in as state representative
Jan 25, 2017 12:00 AM

Roegner sworn in as state representative

COLUMBUS--State Representative Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) was sworn in recently as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 132nd General Assembly. She represents the 37th Ohio House District, which includes portions of northeastern Summit County.