Chili cook-off at UA
AKRON: The University of Akron will face off against Kent State University and local area restaurants Saturday in the first Zippy’s Great Chili Cook-Off.
The challenge will begin at 1 p.m. outside InfoCision Stadium on the UA campus, and will culminate shortly before the rivals meet on the football field.
Local restaurants will compete for the People’s Choice Award to be presented on Summa Field during the game.
Participants will include UA’s Ohio Burger Co., Crystal Room Bistro, Emporium Catering at Kent State University, Lockview, Zoup! Johnny J’s Pub and Grille, Zydeco Bistro, Rusty Nail Steak House, Brick House Tavern and Tap and Cafe Bon Appetit at Case Western Reserve University.
Tickets are $20 for the chili cook-off and football game or $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under for the cook-off only.
For more information, call 1-888-992-5766.
Open on holiday
AKRON: The Seiberling Nature Realm will be open for visitors on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The center, at 1828 Smith Road, normally is closed on Mondays.
The park district’s administrative offices will be closed that day in observance of the holiday.
For more information, call 330-865-8065 or go to www.summitmetroparks.org.
AKRON: A “Re-fashion Show” featuring models wearing items donated to the Valor Home Thrift Store will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. Main St.
Valor Home, a $1.4 million 30-bed shelter for homeless veterans, opened in July at 1121 Exeter Road, Akron. The thrift store raises money for the home.
Tickets for the show are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
For more information, go to www.valorhome.org or call 330-773-7000.
Ruling on signs
COLUMBUS: The Ohio Elections Commission found Thursday that state Rep. Zack Milkovich’s campaign committee made a false statement in yard signs, failing to make it clear that Milkovich is running for Barberton Clerk of Courts and doesn’t currently hold the office.
The commission, however, opted not to refer the matter for prosecution, noting steps the committee has taken to correct the issue, said Phil Richter, the commission’s executive director.
“The commission reserves sending to prosecution for the most egregious violations,” Richter said.
Milkovich’s signs originally read, “Zack Milkovich ... Clerk of Court,” without the word “for” between the two parts. After the commission found probable cause that the wording was a violation, the candidate’s campaign committee added the word “for” to most existing signs.
Milkovich and Ernie Tarle, who represented Milkovich’s campaign committee before the commission, could not be reached for comment.
The committee found no violation involving Milkovich individually.
Milkovich, a Democrat, is running against Diana Stevenson, a Republican who was appointed clerk last year, in Tuesday’s election.
With an eye at the sky, officials with the cities of Streetsboro and Alliance decided to postpone Thursday evening’s scheduled trick-or-treat activities.
The new time in Streetsboro will be 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
“The decision was made wholly with the safety of our children in mind,” Streetsboro Mayor Glenn M. Broska said in a news release. “The weather forecast for this evening is for heavy rain and wind. Exposing our children to the chance of severe weather and reduced visibility was not an option.”
Alliance moved its trick-or-treat time to 5 to 7 p.m. today, according to the city’s website.
STOW: U.S. Army Sgt. Craig Warfle, a native of Stow, has been named the USO Soldier of the year.
Warfle, 23, received the award at a ceremony last week in Washington, D.C.
In December, Warfle received the second highest military award, the Distinguished Service Cross, for actions in battle in Afghanistan in September 2010. At that time, fewer than 30 other people in the country had received the award since Sept. 11, 2001.
Warfle, the son of Gary and Charlena Warfle, is an Army Ranger and a member of the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Lewis, Wash. He is a 2008 graduate of Stow-Munroe Falls High School.
For more on the USO award, go to http://blog.uso.org/2013/10/24.
Branches to close
AKRON: All Akron-Summit County Public Library locations will be closed Nov. 11 for a staff development day.
Bookmobile and library delivery services also will be suspended for the day.
Fines will not be assessed, and no library items will be due that day.
District service will resume at all locations Nov. 12.
AKRON: A free foster care and adoption information meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Summit County Children Service offices, 264 S. Arlington St., Akron.
The meeting will offer the basics about foster care and adoption, including the process, costs involved with adopting and what kind of support is provided by the agency.
For more information, call 330-379-2055 or visit www.summitkids.org.
Meet with DeVitis
State Rep. Anthony DeVitis, R-Green, will hold district office hours from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Cuyahoga Falls Public Library, 2015 Third St.
DeVitis will meet constituents and hear their concerns.
The session is open to the public with no appointment necessary.
DeVitis also can be reached at 614-466-1790 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inmate to testify
COLUMBUS: A federal judge is allowing the death-row inmate who raped and killed his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter to testify by video at a hearing over the state’s plan to use a never-tried lethal drug combination on him next month.
Lawyers for death row inmate Ronald Phillips of Akron want his Nov. 14 execution postponed to give them time to prepare arguments against the new execution method.
Judge Gregory Frost on Thursday approved Phillips’ testimony by video ahead of this morning’s hearing.
Phillips, 40, is scheduled to die Nov. 14 for raping and killing Sheila Marie Evans in Akron in 1993 after a long time of frequently abusing her. Frost originally granted a request for Phillips to appear in person, then switched to a video appearance once it appeared the courtroom technology would make it possible.
The state had opposed Phillips’ personal appearance, asking Frost to consider the expense and security involved in transporting a death-row inmate to a hearing.
— Associated Press