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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
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
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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
Feb 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Ohio Senate OKs sales tax holiday for third straight year

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Senate made quick work of legislation extending for a third year a sales tax holiday on back-to-school purchases, passing it Feb. 22, a week after the bill's first committee hearing.

By Marc Kovaccapital Bureau
Feb 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Capital News: Getting down into the details of state's biennial budget

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

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Feb 20, 2017 11:51 AM

10 Things That Happened Around the Statehouse last week

COLUMBUS — Work on the biennial state budget continued, a couple of new members were announced for the state’s energy regulatory panel and Gov. John Kasich headed overseas to talk economic development and security.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Feb 19, 2017 12:00 AM

Historian to speak about racial, environmental issues in Cleveland

Brecksville -- Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park are teaming up to host historian David Stradling at Happy Days Lodge on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Feb 19, 2017 12:00 AM

Capital News: Public should be concerned about heroin and fentanyl

COLUMBUS -- Take a penny out of your pocket. Or borrow one from somebody. Heck, look around on the ground, and you'll probably find one. Now go get a salt shaker and carefully remove 32 grains. Yes, grains, as in the tiny specks that you sprinkle all over your french fries.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Feb 19, 2017 12:00 AM

Another look at new state laws taking effect

Editor's note: This is part four of 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
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Feb 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Proposed 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

Akron Heart Ball fundraiser benefits lifesaving research

AKRON -- The Akron Heart Ball is one of the premiere American Heart Association/American Stroke Association fundraising events both locally and across the nation. The distinguished 2017 Akron Heart Ball will be Feb. 18 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.