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Local news briefs — Oct. 3


Film premiere

AKRON: The Ohio premiere of the film Herb & Dorothy 50x50 will be at 7 tonight at the Akron Art Museum.

The movie is a sequel to Megumi Sasaki’s award-winning documentary, Herb and Dorothy (2008), and captures the last chapter of Herb and Dorothy Vogel’s extraordinary life.

The Manhattan couple — he a postal worker and she a reference librarian — devoted their life to collecting a world-class collection of minimal and conceptual art.

In 2008, the Vogels launched a national project with the National Gallery of Art to give a total of 2,500 art works to one museum in every state. The Akron Art Museum was selected as the recipient of Ohio’s 50 works.

Herb & Dorothy 50x50 takes audiences on a journey to 11 recipient museums, where they are introduced to the reactions of curators and visitors as well as the Vogels’ favorite works. The majority of the film’s funds were raised by crowd-sourcing in both the U.S. and Japan, which raised a combined $220,000 from nearly 2,000 supporters around the world.

Gallery admission is free.


Pedestrian killed

CANTON: A pedestrian died after being struck by a Canton school district bus that was carrying students home from school Tuesday.

Vance H. Fethers, 56, of 17th Street Southwest, was hit as the bus was making a left turn at the intersection of Navarre Road and Dueber Avenue Southwest shortly after 4 p.m., Canton police said in a news release Wednesday.

Fethers, who suffered head and abdominal injuries, died at Aultman Hospital about 6 p.m., police said.

Seven middle-school students on the bus were not hurt. A second bus called to the scene of the accident took them home.

The name of the bus driver who was operating the 2002 Bluebird school bus was withheld. The driver has not been charged in the incident pending a review of the accident by city Prosecutor Tyrone Hauritz.

Authorities planned to inspect the bus Wednesday.


Water seller sued

COLUMBUS: Lea Harper and her husband, Steve, property owners near Seneca Lake in Guernsey County, have filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to stop the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District from leasing public land and selling public water for fracking natural gas wells in eastern Ohio.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, also names the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Antero Resources Appalachian as defendants.

The Harpers are seeking a declaratory judgment from the court to determine the legitimacy of the district engaging in what they call a risky and poorly regulated industrial practice.

The suit also seeks a ruling on whether the conservancy district has violated terms of the deed that gave federal land for public stewardship, and whether the ODNR has a legal responsibility to consider environmental effects likely to be caused from fracking, or horizontal fracturing.

The Harpers and two grass-root groups have been fighting with the district for two years over district gas leases and water sales to drillers.

District officials said they had not seen the suit and declined comment.


Road closure

CUYAHOGA FALLS: The intersection of Graham Road and Oakwood Drive will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday for installation of water lines related to the project to widen Graham.

The intersection of Graham Road and Wyoga Lake Road will remain open.


Shutdown’s effect

HARTVILLE: A contractor working on the village sewage treatment plant did not receive a scheduled $700,000 payment Tuesday afternoon because of the partial shutdown of the federal government.

Fiscal Officer Scott Varney told Village Council on Tuesday evening that no representative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture attended the meeting about the $5.9 million construction project.

The federal official was expected to bring a check as partial payment to the Jack Gibson Construction Co. The USDA has promised most of the funding needed for the expansion and upgrades at the plant.

The contractor plans to keep working for now, but the payment will be due Oct. 31. Varney said he has asked Consumers National Bank about the possibility of obtaining a loan.

Additional costs would accrue if construction were halted.

Annexation step

HARTVILLE: Village Council has authorized Mayor Richard Currie to enter an annexation agreement with Lake Township for the 48.8-acre Lake High School complex.

The township trustees’ agreement to the process was the last step needed, Currie said. The board approved annexation Sept. 23.

In other action Tuesday, the council designated the Stark County Community Improvement Corp. as an agency of the village.

Solicitor Ronald Starkey said the organization can work to sell lots in the village-owned industrial park.


Library book sale

NEW FRANKLIN: Friends of the Portage Lakes Library will hold a book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the branch, 4261 Manchester Road.

All proceeds will benefit library programs.

The sale is free and open to the public and will feature hundreds of adult/juvenile fiction, nonfiction and children’s books, plus paperback romances and audio-video items.

A bag sale will be held from noon to 3 p.m.; fill a bag for only $3.

For more information, call 330-644-7050.


Sign approved

PLAIN TWP.: Township trustees approved the purchase and installation of a sign at Schneider Community Park at a special meeting Tuesday evening.

St. Clair/Pavlis Group will install the sign at a cost of $8,800. The firm also is constructing restrooms at the park that should be open by the end of October.

Following an executive session, trustees eliminated the position of township building and grounds worker, saying it no longer was needed.

Voting machines

CANTON: With the general election less than five weeks away, Stark County commissioners decided Wednesday to buy 1,400 electronic voting machines.

The total price for the touch-screen units from Dominion Voting will be $840,000, but the amount was discounted by the $225,000 already paid to rent machines for the primary election. The remaining cost of $615,000 does not cover the expense for shipping the units from Texas, expected at a few thousand dollars.

The Stark County Board of Elections requested the replacements for units damaged when a roof collapse sent torrents of water into its storage space April 10.

Reimbursement by the county’s insurance carrier is a “separate issue that we will be pursuing,” county Administrator Brant Luther said.

He expressed hope that the purchase will be covered, as the insurance company has paid for the roof replacement.

Dog wounded

CANTON: Stark County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a home invasion early Wednesday in which a dog was shot after confronting the intruders.

According to a report from Sheriff George T. Maier’s office, deputies responded to a residence in the 1400 block of 30th Street Northeast, Plain Township, about 1:50 a.m.

Two or three unidentified intruders had entered the residence by force and were pointing a firearm when the homeowner’s dog attacked. In the course of fleeing, the intruders shot the dog.

The dog was taken to a local animal hospital and is expected to survive.

No other injuries were reported.

Anyone who has information is asked to call 330-430-3800.


Rummage sale

AKRON: Summit County Children Services Women’s Auxiliary Board will hold its annual rummage sale fundraiser from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fairlawn Community Center, 3486 S. Smith Road.

Proceeds from the sale benefit children in the care of Summit County Children Services.

Anyone interested in donating items for the sale — toys, holiday items, housewares, accessories, lawn and garden items and children’s clothing — may drop off the items at Fairlawn Community Center from 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday.

For more information, call 330-923-6520.


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