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City of Barberton receives $595,000 FEMA grant

Mayor William B. Judge announced that the city has received $595,000 in competitive grant dollars from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Ohio Emergency Management Agency for the acquisition and demolition of up to 15 residential structures on 14th Street Northwest, near Wolf Creek. The area has a long history of…

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Teacher Kaser’s virtual reality book makes impact

  Whether we think of them fondly or with some disdain, most of us remember subjects like English, math, history and chemistry from our days in the classroom. But high school teacher David Kaser’s elective, which focuses on virtual reality (VR), is a class most are not familiar with.  As VR becomes more accessible, more…

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Hodge treats vets

On Veterans Day, Hodge, with the help of Dave Incorvati and Mayor William Judge, delivers hamburgers and other lunch items to military veterans at Brookdale Barberton.

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Greer claims debunked by council members

  Councilwoman Carol Frey discussed the upcoming legislation regarding the increase of the permissive motor vehicle license tax during the council meeting. She stated she received several emails from Justin Greer, who is running for 1st Ward. Greer claims there is confusion regarding this piece of legislation. “I’m going to state the facts one more…

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School board goes to Columbus

  The school board will be taking a trip down to the capital for their upcoming retreat. The board will discuss a variety of topics including the schools tennis courts, finances related to the new turf recently installed by Maumee Bay, and the company EdChoice, an organization related to open enrollment. The meeting is scheduled…

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Officer Mullenix saves Tina Turner

The Herald was dispatched to investigate a reported kind act committed by a Barberton Police Officer. Debra Spork-Kinney is the owner of a large Chow/Shepherd mix dog, which she rescued a little over five years ago. The 100-pound dog, named Tina Turner, is now over 10 years old and suffers from arthritis and thyroid problems.…

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Council adds 2 new members

Election results are in Tayler Thompson Herald Staff Writer Residents voted Nov. 5 in the general election and the results for Barberton City Council are as follows:  • Thomas “Bebe” Heitic will take on the at-large position, beating Michael Soyars by 39 votes.  • Councilwoman Shannon Wokojance lost her 1st Ward position to newcomer Justin…

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Individuals channel the paranormal to celebrate Halloween

  For the second year in a row, the Akron Zoo hosted a paranormal ghost walk hunt for all to enjoy on Halloween night. Complete with five stations, individuals were able to take a hands-on approach and utilize innovative technology in an attempt to detect paranormal activity. Guests also had the opportunity to learn about…

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Magics beat Kent, but fall short of playoffs

Barberton’s football team defeated Kent Roosevelt 26-0, but failed to qualify for the postseason for the first time in four seasons. The team got help with wins from Norton, Revere and Avon, but Wooster’s 37-16 win at Ashland kept the Generals in the final playoff spot, just 1.25 points ahead of ninth-place Barberton. The Magics…

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City overtime to hit $1 million by year’s end

Overtime for the city of Barberton through Oct. 23 is at $848,302. The two biggest departments, Police and Fire, account for $574,000 (68% of city total). At this pace, the total will pass $1 million by the end of December. The Police Department has total overtime this year of $159,000 (19% of city total), down…

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