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The Geauga County Maple Festival, professional sports and even the 2020 Summer Olympics, among many other major events, have stepped aside to make way for the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the globe. Blossom Time, just the same, is not immune to this wave of cancellations.

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Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 197 into law last Friday offering temporary emergency relief in response to the COVID-19 health emergency. The bill includes a wide variety of changes ranging from education to healthcare to utilities, all tools to mitigate the impact of the contagious and …

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As COVID-19, a novel coronavirus, spreads throughout the state, everyday life for many Ohioans has been turned upside down. One of the biggest changes has been Gov. Mike DeWine’s order to close all non-essential businesses, which will impact the economy for months.

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Orange City School District Superintendent Lynn Campbell announced Monday that the Orange High School locker room and front entrance renovation project is on hold due to the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 that has shut down the schools and other operations.

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When Geauga Park District Chief Naturalist John Kolar arrived at Chickagami Park in Parkman Township last week, he wasn’t there to run a usual program or prepare a special event. Armed with his camera, he went into the park and waited for nature to unveil the subject of his next interpretive…

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While the coronavirus has forced shutdowns across the state, including nonessential shops, schools and even public access to community buildings and departments, Geauga County Transit is still up and running to help maintain its users’ independence.

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Hidden gems dot the Chagrin Valley waiting to be discovered by residents venturing outside for a visual feast of nature and breath of fresh air as the statewide stay-at-home order continues due to the coronavirus.

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Although the Ohio General Assembly has temporarily allowed local governments to hold public meetings via electronic means to prevent the spread of COVID-19, some Geauga County communities lack the capabilities to electronically stream or even record meetings on video.

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Having been forced to close or halt traditional practices due to the coronavirus pandemic over the past few weeks, Chagrin Valley and Geauga County businesses have been faced with an unprecedented issue.

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After heavy rain flooded the Westwood Elementary School parking lot last Saturday, the West Geauga Local Board of Education is looking into remedying the drainage of district parking lots, but not before increasing parking capacity.

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BENTLEYVILLE –– Village Council met March 25 for their first virtual meeting; but took no action despite Attorney General Dave Yost’s letter of advice, and defaulted to a department-reports-only session.

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Cuyahoga Community College this week donated hundreds of boxes of respiratory masks, gloves and other protective equipment to health professionals working on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak, officials said.

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RUSSELL — Thanks to trustees, township EMT Jacob Ebright will be attending the Auburn Career Center Paramedic program for free this fall.

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Amid the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, Geauga County Probate Court Judge Timothy J. Grendell presided over the adoption of a 5-year-old boy this week.

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Local animal shelters are caught between a rock and a hard place as they must continue to care for their animals while following regulations to slow the spread of COVID-19, a novel coronavirus. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued a stay-at-home order that went into effect Tuesday morning and closed…

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Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is asking the 133rd General Assembly to extend the primary election, but his plan was met with opposition from voting rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio.

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Food banks large and small in Northeast Ohio are seeing increased activity due to the close of nonessential businesses and schools linked to the state’s efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus. This has prompted food banks to employ new strategies to collect donations and distribute me…

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The Geauga County Commissioners declared a countywide state of emergency on Tuesday in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. The board, however, stressed that the declaration is purely fiscal.

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Select administrators spread throughout the multi-purpose room at Timmons Elementary School as the Kenston Local Board of Education carried out its regular meeting on March 16.

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On March 18, the Russell Township Board of Trustees assembled for their meeting in a near-empty conference room. The trustees’ meeting remained open to the public during the onset of the coronavirus spread, but residents were encouraged not to come.

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As clerk of Solon City Council, Carol McConoughey performs a wide range of duties, from coordinating business for City Council and the Planning Commission to maintaining official records and interpreting and adapting guidelines and policies.

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Con artists are trying to take advantage of people who are living under the fear of the COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that is spreading throughout Ohio and the world.

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The outbreak of COVID-19 has left first responders and hospital staff on the frontlines of protecting themselves and their patients. Cases of the coronavirus in Ohio continue to rise. On Tuesday, Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health, said that there were 564 confirmed cas…

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Students and parents alike are making adjustments as they wrap their heads around distance learning under Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s March 12 order to close schools for an “extended spring break.”

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Chagrin Valley Dispatch is the “first of the first responders,” said Solon resident Nick DiCicco, who serves as director. The regional emergency call center was on level-one lockdown this week to ensure the health of its employees during the COVID-19 state of emergency in Ohio.

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Since last November, Ara and Leslie Bagdasarian have been recruiting volunteers and mapping a campaign to garner support for Issue 19, new zoning on the primary ballot that would allow housing for adults with special needs.

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WOODMERE — Village Council members have a position to fill now that Councilman Charles Smith resigned on March 17 after his recent election to the post. Mr. Smith, who served as mayor of the village from 2010-2017, said that his resignation was effective immediately.

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Giant Eagle is temporarily bringing back plastic bags at cash registers to help combat the contagious COVID-19, a novel coronavirus. The grocery store chain recently eliminated plastic bags from its Cuyahoga County locations on Jan. 1 in an effort to improve their sustainability practices.