Summit County officials dedicated their new Department of Sanitary Sewer Services building, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, January 25th.

The 60 thousand square foot building, located on Cole Avenue at the Firestone Business Park in Akron, allows them to house all of their fleet maintenance, sewer maintenance and pump station groups, who had been working in separate locations, in one modern facility.

These employees are responsible for the operation and maintenance of over one thousand miles of sanitary sewer, twenty-two thousand manholes, and two hundred fifteen pumping stations that in combination serve fifty thousand customer accounts.

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank is expanding! As part of the organization's capital campaign, Growing for Good: The Campaign to Reach Further and Feed More, the foodbank is expanding its main campus in Akron.

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And to celebrate that expansion the Foodbank invited community leaders, hunger-relief partners, and volunteers to join them in signing a 21-foot construction beam that will be installed in the new distribution center. Some guests signed just their names while others added messages of goodwill to the beam that will help support the new building. 

CEO and President of the Foodbank Dan Flowers addressed the attendees thanking them for their support and adding that their investment in the community is what makes this project possible.

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Amy Montgomery, chair of the Foodbank's board added that “this project brought together so many networks of people across our region who focused their energy, talents and passion on making tomorrow brighter for people they may never meet”

The expansion project is scheduled to be completed this fall.

To learn more about the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and their work you can visit their website here.

Thursday, 26 January 2023 08:00

Upgrades Coming to Progressive Field

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Brian Barron, President of Business Operations for the Cleveland Guardians, joined Ray. They discussed the changes and upgrades coming to Progressive Field, the timeline, and more! 

Wednesday, 25 January 2023 08:55

Four Pillars of Athletic Performance

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Dr. Michelle Levitt from the Sports Medicine department at Akron Children's Hospital joined Ray. They talked about the four pillars of performance for young athletes. 

Wednesday, 25 January 2023 07:42

Jeff Wilhite Running for Mayor of Akron

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Council Member Jeff Wilhite announced that he is running for Mayor of Akron. He joined Ray to discuss his choice to run, his experience, priority issues, and more.

Wednesday, 25 January 2023 07:16

ZipAssist Program at the University of Akron

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The University of Akron and the Salvation Army have teamed up to help students with a unique program called ZipAssist. Pamela Hopkins, Case Manager with Salvation Army, and Alison Doehring, Director of Zip Assist Program, joined Ray to discuss the partnership. 

Carol Costello, newscaster formally with WAKR, joined Ray. They discussed a violent crime from the 80's that she covered on WAKR. She's diving in deeper via podcast, she explains to Ray why the case of Phyllis Cottles has stuck with her all these years.

Monday, 23 January 2023 11:02

Akron Schools Continue Partnership with Stark State

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Akron Public Schools are partnering once again with Stark State College. The district announced Friday that Stark State will be the sister college for Akron East High School. Stark State is currently partnered with Garfield Community Learning Center as well. 

The partnerships are designed to encourage high school students to continue into higher education with hands-on, technical training like welding, as well as traditional academic college courses.

Lada Gibson-Shreve the Provost at Stark State told the Akron Beacon that Stark is proud to deepen their partnership with Akron schools. Gibson-Shreve added that Stark wants “to be a part of helping every student that is here with your future, regardless of what that might be.”

To read more about East High School's new partnership with Stark State click here.

Monday, 23 January 2023 10:49

Officer Involved Shooting in Macedonia

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An officer involved shooting in Macedonia is being investigated by the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigators. 

The shooting occurred at the Burlington Store on East Aurora Road. Witnesses tell Channel 19 News that the shooting was the result of an escalating situation, after police approached a man suspected of shoplifting. Shoppers added that store employees rushed them into a back room to hide when the shots rang out.

Officials haven’t provided details on the circumstances of the shooting yet, but say that the suspect who was shot was taken to the hospital. The officer involved is said to be “okay but shaken up.”

Richard Fedorovich is the 2023 recipient of the H. Peter Burg Economic Development Leadership Award, presented by the Greater Akron Chamber. Rick joined Ray to discuss the honor. 

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