AKRON

Members are sought for women's group

The Junior League of Akron is seeking new members.

Women are invited to attend a Jan. 23 New Member Open House to learn more about membership. The event will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

For location and more information, call the League office at 330-836-4905 or email jrleagueakron@sbcglobal.net.

 

GREAT LAKES

Group says 2018 deadly year on Great Lakes

A water safety nonprofit group says 2018 has been a deadly year on the Great Lakes, with at least 110 drownings recorded, The Associated Press reported.

The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, which has tracked drowning deaths since 2010, says this is the first year that it's recorded more than 100 drownings. The Holland Sentinel reported the hot summer may have been a factor in the increase. The deaths include 39 in Lake Michigan and 35 in Lake Erie.

The deaths have prompted efforts to increase safety along Great Lakes beaches.

Among those who died was 20-year-old Brandon Schmidt, who drowned in Lake Michigan in August off of western Michigan. WOOD-TV reported his mother, Brandi Donley, noted that warning signs, safety equipment, education and training are needed.

Donley said: "It can happen to anyone."

 

PARIS TWP.

North Canton woman in crash dies at hospital

A 42-year-old North Canton woman died Sunday morning at Aultman Hospital, where she was taken after being injured in a crash Saturday morning.

The victim, Courtney Edwards, was driving a Toyota Camry south on Paris Avenue Southeast, south of Freed Street Southeast, when she drifted off the right side of the road and hit a guardrail, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol. Edwards returned to the road and went over the center line and into the northbound path of Austin Anderson, 25, of Milan, Ill., who was driving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, according to state troopers.

The two vehicles collided and sustained heavy damage. Anderson was not injured. State troopers suspect speed and road conditions were factors in the crash.

 

PENINSULA

Contract awarded for valley stream project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $425,000 contract to Ryba Marine Construction Co. for ecosystem restoration within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

A new culvert will be installed to permit Stanford Run to flow under the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, allowing the tributary to reconnect to the Cuyahoga River.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provided funds for this project through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

"This section of Stanford Run has seen a large build-up of sedimentation over many years," Army Corps project manager Russ Brandenburg said in a prepared statement. "Reconnecting this tributary to the Cuyahoga River is important because current stream conditions include stagnant flow and ponding, and this project will help to alleviate those conditions."

The project is scheduled to be completed by October 2019.

 

PIKE TWP.

Stark sheriff probes crash that killed 23-year-old

A 23-year-old man was killed over the weekend when his SUV drove off the road into a group of trees and flipped over, authorities say.

The Stark County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 10300 block of Ridge Avenue Southeast at 5:16 a.m. Sunday. The driver of the red 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer, Matthew Dieffenbaugher of Sandyville, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene, the office said in a statement.

Deputies were assisted by the Canton Metro Crash Team and the Stark County Coroner’s Office. They ask that anyone with information contact the Stark County Sheriff’s Office at 330-430-3800.

 

SUMMIT COUNTY

Council member to hold public hours

Jerry Feeman will host public office hours from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Akron-Summit County Public Library Ellet branch, 2470 E. Market St.

Feeman, the District 6 representative, will answer questions and hear concerns from constituents.

District 6 includes Tallmadge and part of East Akron, including Goodyear Heights and Ellet.

For more information, call the Summit County Council Office at 330-643-2725.