Prosecutor to retire

AKRON: City Prosecutor Doug Powley has announced his retirement, effective Wednesday.

Stephanie York, a spokeswoman for Mayor Don Plusquellic, said Powley filed paperwork earlier month while announcing his intention to retire. On Friday, Powley told colleagues of his decision.

Powley, 62, had been the city’s top prosecutor since 1989. Powley had been an assistant city law director since 1984. He also has worked in the city’s municipal court system and in the Summit County Legal Defender’s Office.

He could not be reached for comment Friday.

Hoban is finalist

AKRON: Archbishop Hoban High School is a finalist in the annual Ohio High School Mock Trial Competition.

More than 200 students from 20 teams filled the Summit County Courthouse on Friday for the regional competition, coordinated by the Akron Bar Association, with special awards being sponsored by the Akron Bar Foundation.

In addition to Hoban, three other teams — Beaver Local, Steubenville and Manchester in Adams County — will advance to Columbus for the state competition.

“The kids really stepped up and took it to a higher level,” said Judge Alison McCarty, chair of the Akron Bar Association’s Mock Trial Competition. “The judges were very impressed. Such bright students, so much potential.”


Bank suspect held

HUDSON: A Hudson man has been arrested on charges he robbed two downtown Akron banks this month.

Christian G. Chaplin, 23, was being held in the Summit County Jail.

Authorities arrested him Friday morning inside a home in the 200 block of Bellewood Avenue in Akron.

He is accused of the Feb. 10 robbery of the PNC Bank at 153 E. Exchange St. and Wednesday’s robbery of the Charter One Bank, 333 S. Broadway, in which a robber handed a teller a note stating that he had a bomb and gun and wanted $2,000.


Kindergarten grows

BATH TWP.: The Revere school board approved plans for an all-day, tuition-based kindergarten program for the 2012-13 school year.

The all-day program will be in addition to the current half-day, no-cost program.

Tuition will be $2,950 for the full-day program, with discounts for prepayment, financial need and multiple students in one family to be available. Discounts for the latter two categories will be determined before registration.

According to the resolution, there will be a minimum of three full-day kindergarten sections and a maximum of seven; each section could accommodate up to 22 students.

Should more students apply than there are positions available, a lottery will be used. For those interested in the all-day option, a signed contract and $100 deposit, will be due during kindergarten registration, which this year is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 22 and 9 a.m. to noon March 23 at Hillcrest Elementary School, 3820 N. Revere Road.

The annual “Curious About Kindergarten” program will be at 5:30 p.m. March 22 at Hillcrest.


Candidates invited

KENT: The League of Women Voters of Kent will sponsor a Candidate Forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Pierson Hall of the United Methodist Church, 1435 E. Main St.

The event is free to all county residents. It will feature local contested races in the March 6 primary. Parking is behind the church where the hall entrance is located.


Author at luncheon

AKRON: The Summit County Children Services’ Women’s Auxiliary Board is sponsoring a luncheon on “Issues Affecting Children in Summit County.”

The event will be at noon March 15 at the Fairlawn Country Club, 200 Wheaton Road.

Local children’s book author Lynda Durrant of Bath Township, author of the House at Hurd’s Corners, will be the speaker.

Tickets are $35, and patron tickets are $50.

For ticket information, call 330-666-9698. Reservations must be made by Thurday, March 1.

Seedlings offered

CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Summit Soil & Water Conservation District is accepting orders for tree seedlings and wildflower seeds for spring planting.

Available evergreens are Colorado blue spruce, Black Hills spruce and red and white pines.

Also available are new packets of flowering tree and shrubs, native hardwoods, nut trees and shade trees, plus pawpaw and persimmons.

Each package contains about 25 seedlings. The price ranges from $10 to $22 per packet.

Two wildflower packets are available: a 1-ounce packet of Northeast annual and perennial wildflower seeds for $3 and a 1-ounce packet of showy Northeast native wildflowers and grass for $5.

Rain barrels holding up to 55 gallons are also available. The price is $80. Connecting barrels are available for $50.

The deadline for orders is March 30. Orders must be picked up from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13.

Order forms are available at the office, 2525 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223, or by calling 330-929-2871, ext. 10. Orders also can be placed online at www.summitswcd.org.


Parks seek help

PERRY TWP.: The Stark County Park District is seeking volunteers to be Trailblazers, pontoon boat captains and the costumed park district mascot, FeLeap the Frog.

A training program for Trailblazers will be 6 to 9 p.m. March 26-28 at the Exploration Gateway, 5712 12th St. NW. Volunteers must register online and contact the volunteer coordinator Cindy Zutavern at 330-409-8993 to schedule an interview. Those interviews must be completed before training begins.

There will also be an open house for pontoon boat captains from 6 to 8 p.m. March 8 at the Exploration Gateway.

In addition, there will be a mascot training school from 6 to 8 p.m. Thurday, March 1, at the Exploration Gateway.

Applications are available at www.starkparks.com. For more information, call Zutavern at 330-409-8993.


Event for Martucci

AKRON: Frank Martucci, a Democratic candidate for Summit County sheriff, is holding a campaign rally from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Akron Family Restaurant, 250 W. Market St. The event is open to the public.


New leaders at fort

BOLIVAR: The Friends of Fort Laurens Foundation have new officers.

They are: President Tom Pieper, Vice President Doug Angeloni, Secretary Claude Custer and Treasurer Martin Zawacky.

The nonprofit foundation is involved in researching Fort Laurens, Ohio’s only Revolutionary War fort.