BARBERTON

Authorities discover body in storage facility

The Barberton police and fire departments are investigating the discovery of a body at a storage facility on Sunday night.

The fire department was dispatched to 713 S. Van Buren St. at around 8:25 pm. for a mattress fire, Beacon Journal news partner News 5 Cleveland reported Sunday night.

While on the scene, authorities discovered a dead body. State Fire Marshals were called to help with the investigation.

 

AKRON

Voter education to be focus of group's Day of Action

The Akron NAACP will focus on voter education, registration and increased participation on this year's “Day of Action” on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts to reach a goal of 5,000 Akron residents in the “Defeat Hate, VOTE!” campaign, coordinated by NAACP President Judi Hill and the civil rights group's Political Action/Advocacy Committee Chair Veronica Sims.

Those volunteering to walk or drive should meet at Alpha Phi Alpha Homes, 662 Wolf Ledges Parkway, at 10 a.m.

 

CUYAHOGA FALLS

New fire chief to be sworn in Oct. 1

Mayor Don Walters will swear in new Fire Chief Fred Jackson during a public ceremony at 1 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Hopewell Room of the Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St.

Light refreshments will be served immediately following the ceremony.

Jackson, who serves as assistant chief, will replace retiring Chief Paul Moledor. He is a 32-year veteran of the Fire Department. Jackson and his wife of 31 years, Cheryl, live in Cuyahoga Falls. He is the father of three children: Ashley, Randy and Jeremy.

 

MEDINA COUNTY

Park district issues Chippewa Lake water warning

The Medina County Park District is warning people and pets to avoid coming in contact with the water at Chippewa Lake after a toxic algal bloom.

Boating activity is limited to an idle-speed, no-wake basis at the 330-acre lake.

Test results taken Tuesday show algal toxin levels of 37 parts per billion. An "elevated recreational public health advisory" is issued when toxin levels reach 20 ppb.

Warnings remain in effect until two consecutive tests taken at least one week apart show levels have dropped below the thresholds.

For updates, visit www.MedinaCountyParks.com.

 

COLUMBUS

Ohio’s largest school district selects new superintendent

Ohio’s largest school district has announced the selection of a new superintendent.

Columbus City Schools says Talisa Dixon will be offered the job to lead the district and its more than 50,000 students after a unanimous school board vote last week.

The district says Dixon could assume the post Jan. 1 after the completion of a background check and contract negotiations. The school board selected Dixon over two other finalists.