Book in works
AKRON: When former Deputy Mayor Dave Lieberth retired in December after 10 years with the city, he said he wanted to write a book about Akron.
It looks like that’s going to happen. The book has sponsors, a title, a publisher and a tentative release date.
The Greater Akron Chamber and the city are sponsoring the book, which will be called Akron: Inventive. Industrious. Inspired. It is scheduled to come out this fall and will be published by Cherbo Publishing Group, which is known for publications that highlight cities, states and organizations in North America.
Dan Colantone, the chamber’s president and CEO, said the book will be a useful tool for telling the Akron story at international trade shows that business and local political leaders attend.
The book will include profiles of businesses and organizations.
For more information on the profiles, contact Mary Hanley of Cherbo at 614-832-9699 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Road to reopen
GREEN: Service Director Randy Monteith said Tuesday that Wise Road is expected to reopen early next week after being closed to through traffic since Jan. 23.
Monteith said the closing was necessitated when a portion of a mine under the roadway collapsed. That caused the road to settle to unsafe limits about 300 feet west of Mayfair Road and 2.6 miles east of Massillon Road.
Monteith and Engineer Paul Pickett estimated the repairs will cost the city less than $15,000.
Rate hike on table
GREEN: Officials at Aqua Ohio, the city’s water supplier, will meet soon with City Council to present a proposal for increasing rates.
Mayor Dick Norton said Tuesday that an Aqua Ohio official had contacted him concerning the potential rate hike. He did not disclose any figures.
No date for a follow-up meeting has been set.
Norton said council will have two choices: accept the suggested rate hike or reject it and see what the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio decides for Aqua Ohio.
Boil alert issued
HUDSON: A water main break Wednesday on Middleton Road in Hudson prompted a boil alert for about 250 Akron water customers in Hudson and Twinsburg Township.
Customers were told their water should be boiled for two minutes before drinking it. The advisory is expected to be lifted some time today.
People who live in that area but don’t have Akron water service are not affected.
For more information, call 330-375-2420.
MEDINA: A Parma man faces two misdemeanor charges as the result of the accidental shooting that occurred Jan. 19 at a gun show.
Harry G. Magocky, 59, was charged Wednesday with discharging a firearm inside city limits and negligent assault.
Prosecutors say Magocky was handling a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun at the Medina County Community Center when it discharged, striking a 63-year-old Lorain man in the arm and leg.
Magocky was issued a summons to appear later in Medina Municipal Court.
COLUMBUS: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine wants state lawmakers to crack down on storefront gambling-style operations known as Internet cafes.
DeWine told lawmakers Wednesday he supports an Internet cafe regulation bill sponsored by state Rep. Matt Huffman, R-Lima.
DeWine says that, without regulation, Ohio’s nearly 800 Internet cafes are a rip-off with no guaranteed payoffs.
Backers of Internet cafes say state regulations could amount to a ban.
Late last year, the Ohio Senate put off a vote on House-passed Internet cafe regulations, saying there wasn’t enough time to consider it.
Customers at the cafes pay for Internet time or phone cards and use them to bet points on computers loaded with games such as poker. Operators say they sell legitimate products with a chance to win a prize.
— Associated Press