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Local news briefs — Aug. 22


Campaign leader

AKRON: James E. Merklin, a partner in the regional accounting firm Bober Markey Fedorovich, has been named chairman of the 2013 United Way/Red Cross campaign in Summit County.

Merklin will lead special events, recruit new and returning cabinet members, and help plan and carry out the fundraising effort.

This month, the United Way revealed an ambitious goal for its 2013 campaign: $12.3 million.

United Way aims to raise $500,000 more than last year. The 2012 goal was $11.6 million, and $11.8 million was raised.

Merklin, a Copley Township resident, joined Bober Markey Fedorovich in 1997 and was elected partner in 2003. The Summit United Way/Red Cross said he is only the second CPA to serve as campaign chair in the organization’s 95-year history.

Merklin, who is vice chair of United Way of Summit County, participates in other volunteer activities, including serving as board chair of the Northeast Ohio Medical University Foundation and chair of Akron General Health System’s Community Health Committee.


Open for holiday

AKRON: The visitors center at the Seiberling Nature Realm will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Labor Day.

The center at 1828 Smith Road generally is closed on Mondays.

For more information, call 330-865-8065.


Crash closes I-71

MONTGOMERY TWP.: Portions of Interstate 71 near U.S. 250 were closed for more than eight hours Wednesday after a tractor-trailer struck a pickup truck, scattering debris across a wide swath of road.

No serious injuries were reported.

According to a report from the State Highway Patrol, a northbound 2006 International semi, driven by a 51-year-old Arkansas man, struck a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado parked, facing southbound, in a construction zone near mile marker 187 in central Ashland County about 5:54 a.m.

The semi continued off the left side of I-71 and struck the median cable before coming to a stop. The trailer, containing plastic pellets, caught fire.

Two men near the pickup truck — a 23-year-old from Defiance and a 31-year-old from Metamora — suffered minor injuries, as did the tractor-trailer driver.

All lanes of I-71 were reopened by 2:30 p.m.

The crash remained under investigation.


Boil alert issued

CUYAHOGA FALLS: The city issued a boil alert Wednesday for residents along Silver Lake Avenue between Lillis Street and Prange Drive.

During a repair of a nearby water main, pressure dropped below acceptable levels.

Customers were advised to boil drinking water for at least two minutes.

The alert was expected to be in place until 4 p.m. today.


Meet with LaRose

State Sen. Frank LaRose, R-Copley Township, will hold office hours Saturday throughout his district.

Sessions are: 9 to 11 a.m., Stow City Hall, 3760 Darrow Road; 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Wayne County Public Library, 220 W. Liberty St., Wooster; and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Canal Fulton City Hall, 155 E. Market St.

No appointment is necessary.

LaRose represents the 27th District, which includes parts of Summit and Stark counties and all of Wayne County.


Delinquent bills fall

CANTON: Delinquencies in sewer and water bills are continuing a downward trend that started in 2010, Stark County Administrator Brant Luther said Wednesday.

Commissioners certified a list of unpaid accounts to the county auditor for placement on property tax bills.

This year’s unpaid amounts total $722,784. Recent totals were $768,129 in 2012; $802,941 in 2011; and $826,625 in 2010.

Unpaid balances rose from 1999 to 2010, Luther said.

According to county figures, the highest delinquent amount this year in a single account is $5,224 for the property at 2433 Whipple Ave. NW in Jackson Township. Rolando’s Restaurant Group LLC owns the parcel.


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