AKRON

Kiwanis luncheon

AKRON: Beth Cardina, coordinator of the Summit County Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian Ad Litem (CASA/GAL) program, will speak at a luncheon meeting for the Kiwanis Club of Akron at noon Thursday at the Duck Club of Canal Park, 300 S. Main St.

CASA/GAL gives children someone to speak on their behalf in Summit County Juvenile Court proceedings. Cardina is a social worker with 30 years’ experience in the child welfare and juvenile court system.

Tickets are $15 at the door. Reservations can be made by emailing Sarah McBryer at smbrye@lwc.com.

STARK STATE COLLEGE

Free summer course

JACKSON TWP.: Stark State College will offer a free 10-week summer program for students interested in a career in the oil and gas industry.

The course runs from June 4 to Aug. 9 and meets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Free tuition and room and board at Malone University residence halls are made possible by ShaleNET Share scholarships funded by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and Chevron.

The program is limited to 24 students. The classes comprise 14 credit hours toward an associate degree in measurement and mechatronics offered by Stark State, Eastern Gateway Community College, Belmont College and Hocking College. Students can complete their studies at any of the partner colleges.

Students will study corrosion prevention, pipeline operations, gas measurement, process controls, supervisory control and data acquisition, wellhead production operations and gas utility installation.

For more information, visit starkstate.edu/shalenetshare or contact Jean Barbato at 330-494-6170 ext. 5194 or jbarbato@starkstate.edu.

TRAFFIC

I-76 lane restrictions

The Ohio Department of Transportation is warning highway motorists of upcoming lane restrictions on Interstate 76 through Norton, Barberton and Wadsworth.

I-76 westbound from state Route 94 to state Route 261 will have various lane restrictions between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday for pavement repairs.

The work will shift to I-76 eastbound on Wednesday.

The work is part of an ongoing $80.4 million project to reconstruct the pavement on I-76 between the Medina County line and Central Avenue, and widen the highway between state Route 21 and Central Avenue.

OHIO NEWS

ODNR licenses on sale

COLUMBUS: Ohio’s hunters and anglers will be able to purchase new licenses this week.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says 2018-2019 licenses will be available starting Thursday. The licenses can be purchased on the department’s Division of Wildlife website and from hundreds of agents throughout the state. The licenses also will be available for purchase on many mobile devices.

Ohio’s 2018-2019 licenses are valid through Feb. 28, 2019.

Deer and fall turkey permits will be available in June.

Democrats set debate

COLUMBUS: Three of four faces will be new as Democrats continue their series of debates in the Ohio governor’s primary race.

Former federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray, former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich and former Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill will debate for the first time March 7 in Toledo. State Sen. Joe Schiavoni of Boardman is the only returning candidate.

Since primary contenders last met, three Democrats have dropped out: former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton of Copley, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and former state Rep. Connie Pillich. Sutton became Cordray’s running mate.

Tickets to the 90-minute event are available by texting DEBATE to 90975.