Woman arrested

NORTH CANTON: Ten months after a house fire destroyed a neighborís home and damaged two others, a former resident of the home where the blaze erupted has been indicted and jailed on three counts of second-degree felony aggravated arson.

In jail without bond until arraignment March 1 before Stark County Common Pleas Judge Taryn Heath is Rose Ann Butts, 41, of Bertha Avenue, Akron.

She was indicted by a Stark grand jury after samples of debris were analyzed and arson was determined by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.

North Canton police Chief Stephan Wilder, in a written release, said his departmentís Detective Bureau investigated the fire along with the North Canton Fire Prevention Bureau, the State Fire Marshalís Office, BCII and the Stark Prosecutorís Office.

The home at 516 McKinley Ave. SE where the fire started is being rebuilt, while a home on one side was destroyed. A home on the other side of the initial blaze also was damaged, North Canton police Sgt. Frank Kemp said Saturday.


Airport meeting

KENT: The first public meeting for the Kent State University Airport Master Plan will be 6 p.m. March 4 in Council Chambers at Stow City Hall, 3760 Darrow Road.

The public will be introduced to the project and learn why university leaders are reassessing recommendations from the 2006 plan and looking at the airportís assets and needs.

It will include a presentation of the master plan process, the project schedule and how the public can provide input on the airportís existing conditions and future use.

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Pancake weekends

CHATHAM TWP: The Chatham VFW Post is hosting Sugar Bush breakfasts every weekend during March at the VFW Post at 6299 Avon Lake Road.

The event includes all-you-can-eat pancakes and two sausage links.

Hours are from noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 12 and younger and $6.50 for seniors.


Husted office hours

NORTHFIELD: Ohio Secretary of State Jon Hustedís Office will hold regional office hours across the state next week, including in Northfield.

The local hours will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Nordonia Hills library branch, 9458 Olde Eight Road.

Hustedís regional liaisons will answer questions and provide voter registration and election information. They also will distribute materials on lesser known functions of the office, such as the business services division, the Ohio Business Profile and the Military Ready-to-Vote program.


Levee meeting

ZOAR: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding a public meeting on March 7 on its newly completed Zoar Levee and Diversion Dam Safety Modification Study.

The meeting will be from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Tuscarawas Valley High School south of Zoar.

Copies of the Historic Property Report and the Community Impact Report are available for public review at the Zoar Store and Visitorís Center and at public libraries in Bolivar and New Philadelphia.

The Corps is looking at making major changes at the levee that protects Zoar from flooding from the waters behind the Dover Dam. For more information, contact Aaron Smith at 304-399-5720.


Canal event

DOVER: The Akron-based Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition will stage its ďTaste of TuscĒ fundraising event on March 8.

The event will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. with Tuscarawas County foods, desserts, wine and beer at the Warther Museum, 331 Karl Ave.

Tickets are $25 a person. They are available at the coalition offices, Buehlerís grocery stores in New Philadelphia and Jackson Township, the museum and the Tuscarawas County Convention & Visitors Bureau and online at Tickets purchased the day of the event are $35. For more information, call 330-374-5657.