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Every school in Ohio is in a bind after Gov. Mike DeWine ordered the closure of all schools from March 16 through April 3 to slow the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. He announced the mandatory closing in a press conference on March 12.

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Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday that all kindergarten through 12th grade schools will be closed through at least April 3 to slow the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Students still will attend classes on Friday and Monday. The order to close schools goes into effect at …

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U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge is being challenged by newcomers Michael Hood, Tariq K. Shabazz and James Jerome Bell in the March 17 Democratic primary. The winner of the Democratic race will face the Republican nominee in the Nov. 3 general election. Laverne Gore, Jonah Schulz and Shalira Taylor ar…

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Education will once again top the priority list for state Rep. Phil Robinson, D-Solon, who said that it has been a major topic of conversation among his constituents at recent town hall meetings. While some are looking for reforms to the Ohio Department of Education state report cards, other…

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Plans by Geauga County Commissioners to move their and other county offices out of the city of Chardon is likely to be legally challenged by the city of Chardon.

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The Russell Township Citizens Park District’s 1-mill levy, now officially dubbed Issue 3, will appear on the March 17 ballot for this year’s primary election to potentially pay for the purchase of 64 acres of property on Music Street.

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It was standing room only at the Bainbridge Board of Zoning Appeals public hearing last week. On the Dec. 19 agenda was Chagrin Valley School at Kelly’s Working Well Farm, whose owners stated that Zoning Inspector Karen Endres had erred in revoking the organization’s conditional-use permit f…

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Giant Eagle announced last week that the grocery chain plans to eliminate all single-use plastic from its operations by 2025 in an effort to improve the environment. Starting Jan. 1, the chain plans to stop using plastic bags at its Cuyahoga County stores, supportive of the county ban. The s…

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PEPPER PIKE — A board of city residents voted to affirm most of the assessments on Gates Mills Boulevard for a sanitary sewer to be installed between Lander and Cedar roads. Several residents came to the assessment equalization board meeting on Dec. 17 to object to the required conversion fr…

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Community bans on single-use plastic bags may become obsolete after the Ohio House of Representatives last week passed a bill taking away local control of that issue. With a plastic bag ban already in effect in Orange Village and a Cuyahoga County ban set to begin Jan. 1, local leaders are c…

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Meredith Bond, who lost her bid for an Orange school board seat, raised and spent significantly more money than her opponents during the Nov. 5 general election, according to campaign finance reports filed last week.

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Questions are being raised about a $3,763 requested payment to a state representative for his participation in a local continuing education conference for area attorneys hosted by Geauga County Juvenile and Probate Judge Timothy Grendell.

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Members of the Ohio Education Association (OEA) voted unanimously at their Dec. 7 meeting to recommend reforms to the state report card system to the Ohio General Assembly. The proposed reforms are based on a survey of OEA members and call for a system that provides more detailed information…

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PEPPER PIKE — More than 25 residents gathered at the South Euclid Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library last week to plan how to stop the rezoning proposal for the Beech Brook property. SOM Center Road residents Manny and Judi Naft, who started the political action committee Say No to…

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CHAGRIN FALLS — South Main Street residents stood in line after Monday’s Village Council meeting to offer their driveways as locations where police are welcome to park and watch for speeders.

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Last month, the Geauga Park District Board of Commissioners tabled their vote on the Modroo Property Improvement plan after discussions surrounding their concerns of costs associated with leased property. The plan was unanimously approved by the board on Tuesday.

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WOODMERE — After Mayor Ben Holbert vetoed two ordinances that council passed to cut his spending authority and require more oversight on council expenditures, Village Council members overturned his vetoes Monday night by a 6-1 vote. Council members explained that the village is losing money …

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A third attempt by Burton Township Trustees last week to resolve a revenue-splitting agreement with Burton Village on two township properties put a hold on the village’s plans to go it alone.

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Liberty Ford officials confirmed Monday that the pending sale of their Aurora Road site in Solon is off the table, just one month after voters approved new mixed use zoning for that area.

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A recount is pending within the Geauga County Board of Elections after the certification meeting on Nov. 22 determined that challenger Kristina Port won the seat for Russell Township trustee by one vote against incumbent Justin Madden.

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Solon Councilman Douglas A. Magill sat on the dais for his last meeting Monday, offering thank-yous and sentiments in his final comments.

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By Solon City Council’s first meeting in December, Mayor Edward H. Kraus said he will recommend a new member to the Planning Commission replacing Chairman Eugene Macke Bentley who was elected to the Ward 1 council seat during the general election.

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John Eklund announced Monday that he will run for state representative in Ohio’s 76th House District. Sen. Eklund, R- Munson Township, will challenge state Rep. Diane Grendell, R-Chester, for the Republican nomination this spring for the legislative seat that includes Geauga and Portage counties.

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Averting a near complete collapse in talks last week, Burton Village officials were able to strike a deal with Berkshire school officials for payment on an estimated $315,000 water tap-in fee.

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Ohio may very soon join the ranks of its fellow states on having a plan for battling Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias thanks to Gov. Mike DeWine’s signing Senate Bill 24 last week that establishes a task force to address the public health crisis.

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The incarceration of Haitian immigrant Ansley Damus in the Geauga County jail prompted some Chagrin area residents to lend support to the man held for two years under a U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement Agency order.

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SOUTH RUSSELL — Village residents voted during Tuesday’s general election to give Mayor Bill Koons a second, four-year term in office. He was challenged by Councilman Mike Carroll, who has served on council for five years.