AKRON

Church marking 100 years

AKRON: Firestone Park United Methodist Church is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

The church at 250 N. Firestone Blvd. was founded in 1918 and kicked off a yearlong series of events in January that will conclude Dec. 30 with the burial of a time capsule followed by a New Year’s Eve service the next night.

The next event is May 6, a Sunday service that will honor former ministers and others.

The history of Kenmore United Methodist Church, which merged with the Firestone congregation in 2006, will be celebrated as well.

The Rev. Randall May said the church’s focus is community service.

Among other things, the church hosts a free weekly community meal, homeless outreach and ongoing drives for food, school supplies, Christmas assistance and natural disaster relief.

“Reaching the centennial anniversary is a significant milestone for any church here in the Midwest, but for a church with such continuing vitality, it is an even more rare and treasurable occasion,” May said.

COPLEY

Buy a bicentennial mascot

COPLEY: Bicentennial mascots to mark the township’s 200th anniversary are available for purchase at the township hall.

From nose to tail, the dog mascots are 54 inches long and 38 inches tall and made of wood. They cost $70 each and are crafted at Copley High School.

The funds raised will go toward next year’s bicentennial celebration.

Safety building discussed

COPLEY: Township trustees this week discussed a plan to build a $12.5 million safety building that will house the police and the fire departments.

They scrapped plans to build a new police station off Sunset Drive, after deciding the safety building would be more practical.

A preliminary estimate by Horne & King, a Dublin-based architectural firm hired to design the police station, put the cost of the safety building at $12.5 million. The building site is expected to be next to township hall.

Future discussions are expected to cover topics from financing, whether to keep Horne & King to oversee the project and how to substantially bring down the cost of the facility.

If a decision is made to go ahead, trustee Bruce Koellner said it would be the largest project ever undertaken by the township.

The estimated cost of a new police station was pegged at $5.4 million.

STARK COUNTY

Buses to deliver donations

On Monday, a caravan of about 20 stuffed school buses will travel to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank in Akron to deliver food donations collected by students and staff in Stark County.

Public school districts and the Stark County Educational Service Center participated in the “Hunger: The Bus Stops Here” drive as part of the Harvest for Hunger campaign.

This is the second year the school districts have come together for a single fundraising initiative.

STATEWIDE

Drunken drivers keep driving

COLUMBUS: About 1,800 Ohioans have been arrested 10 or more times for drunken driving, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

More than 1.3 million state residents faced drunken driving charges and about two-thirds of those have been arrested only once, the report said.

Yet there is a group of drivers who don’t appear to be deterred by law enforcement or the courts.

George Tribune, 60, of Wilmington, and Robert Burton, 56, of Youngstown, each have been arrested 20 times for drunken driving.

Tribune is in prison on a felony drunken-driving conviction. Burton could not be reached for comment, the newspaper reported.

Their most recent drunken-driving arrests came in 2015. Tribune was arrested in Wilmington, near Dayton; and Burton was arrested in Austintown, near Youngstown.