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.
The Ohio General Assembly last week extended the March 17 primary election allowing registered voters to cast absentee ballots by mail through April 28.
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 …
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.
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.
BAINBRIDGE –– Township trustees tabled an agreement with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy at a meeting last week concerning fencing approval of the two dog parks at Centerville Mills.
When Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced that recreation centers must close to halt the spread of COVID-19, fitness instructors started thinking about alternative methods of keeping members active.
As employees of Giant Eagle and Heinen’s locations have tested positive for COVID-19, the grocery store chains have taken steps to keep workers and customers safe and maintain a clean environment.
CHAGRIN FALLS — As unlikely as it may seem, local first responders are practicing a form of “social distancing” even as they protect and serve the public.
Solon’s annual July 4 fireworks show and other summer events are in limbo due to the uncertainty surrounding containment efforts of the novel coronavirus.
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…
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.
SOLON — While the COVID-19 virus is not an issue with wastewater, there have been staffing changes at Solon’s Water Reclamation Plant on Cochran Road.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
RUSSELL — Township trustees last week agreed to join surrounding communities to auction off extra gear from the fire and police departments using GovDeals, an online government surplus auction platform.
Before the outbreak of the Coronavirus and the recommendations involving the elderly who are at greater risk, Solon senior citizen Roz Sobel was an active senior going out each day on errands, shopping and seeing her grandchildren.
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…
The outbreak of COVID-19, a novel coronavirus, is triggering changes in how local city, village and township governments across the Chagrin Valley conduct business.
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.
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…
The City of Solon continues to take precautions in light of the coronavirus pandemic, and employees are still coming to work despite the closure of most of the city buildings.
Hope for Kids Geauga has allocated $15,000 to help school districts across the county purchase Wi-Fi hot spots for students who lack home internet access.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With state mandates restricting large gatherings due to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, or even leaving the house unless necessary, local governing officials are grappling with how to maintain public meetings.
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…
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.”
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.
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.
WOODMERE — Council’s temporary suspension of credit card use in the village is preventing the police and fire chiefs from purchasing personal protective equipment needed for first responders, according to top officials.
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.
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.