Area Breaking News

Jail will remain open…for now

Mayor, William B. Judge and Norton Mayor, Mike Zita have reached an agreement to keep the Barberton City Jail open on a temporary basis in an attempt to find a long-lasting solution to sustain its operation. 

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BLT celebrates new machinery 

Mike Eberhart, Jodi Lenox, Kim Okolish and Kassie Okolish welcome guests to their business.  Barberton Local Tees (BLT) had an open house to unveil their new embroidery machine Feb. 7. In addition to embroidery, they offer screen printing. BLT opened seven years ago and they can be found in Alexander Square Commons Suite 102. 

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Students recognized for artwork

Last year, artwork from six Barberton High School students was selected from the B-Arts show at the Summit Art Space on Tusc by Summa Health for an exhibit at Barberton Hospital. 

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Humorist Don Ake to meet readers in Portage Lakes

Author Don Ake will be serving up humor and books at Dusty’s Landing, 4760 Dustys Road, Portage Lakes, from 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19. The informal “Drinks with the Author” event is an opportunity to converse with the bloggist and humorist, and purchase a signed copy of his book, “Will There be Free Appetizers? Musings…

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Lady Magics win on Senior Night

Barberton’s girls basketball team honored its seniors in their final regular season game, as they defeated Medina Highland 49-37. Seniors Lanysha Prewitt (15 points, 12 rebounds, two steals), Casey Quinn (10 points, four rebounds, two steals), Aliyah Rhoden (9 points, six rebounds) and Sophie Shifferly (1 point, six assists, five rebounds) each started in the…

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Suspect arrested for two Akron bank robberies

Akron Police Detectives arrested Darrion L. Powers, 22, of Sherman Street in Akron, for a bank robbery that occurred yesterday afternoon at the PNC Bank, located at 181 Massillon Road.  He was also charged in the January 4, 2019, robbery of the Huntington Bank, located at 1411 South Arlington Street.   Around 2:30 p.m., Powers…

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Police Chief asks for more time

The Barberton City jail is set to close this Friday, Feb. 15. The closing was part of the city budget cuts announced in January.
Barberton Police Chief Vince Morber has sent a request to Mayor William Judge to postpone the closing until March 1.
In a statement, Sgt. Robert Lynn of the Barberton Police Department Detective Bureau stated, “Our chief has been diligently working to keep the jail open and devise a plan to keep the jail operational.”

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Crawl takes over Tusc

The Downtown Merchant’s Association first Cookie Crawl event was a success. The Feb. 9 event raised $228 for Barberton Area Community Ministries (BACM). BLT won the competition portion and raised $84. Each business had free cookies for participants to sample. After sampling, participants were encouraged to vote for their favorite recipe by placing a monetary…

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Norton stocks up on salt

Jim Eritano Herald Staff Writer Charlotte Whipkey, council at large, was the featured personality at the Norton City Council meeting. It just happened that 10 of the 18 ordinances read and/or adopted at the Feb. 11 meeting came out of the council’s finance committee, which Whipkey chairs. Council President Joe Kernan called on Whipkey nine…

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Survey backs up “Love me, love my dog” adage

Barberton resident Debbie Wallet Smallwood, pictured with her basset hounds Lola and Journey Girl, back up a recent study about how dog ownership can impact your love life. Karla Tipton Herald Staff Writer It’s hard to admit, but if you’re a dog owner, look deep inside your heart and ask yourself: Is it possible you…

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