City of Kent Provides Covid-19 Relief Fund for Local Businesses

Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, small businesses across the United States have been relying heavily on government assistance from the local, state, and federal level. Businesses in Kent have been no exception to that.  Federal CARES act funding as well as state and local grants have been given to multiple businesses in Kent over the previous month or two. Portage county recently provided CARES act funds to multiple businesses, and due to a program under the US Department of Housing and Urban development, which is where the CARES act money was received through, the city of Kent was eligible for additional CARES act funding. The city of Kent has used that money to create an additional, local grant

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2020 Election Day Coverage

William Childers Poll Workers are a massively important part of election day. Without people volunteering for this civic duty, it would be impossible to maintain our democracy. William Childers, a voting location manager for the portage county board of elections is one of these important individuals.  “We’ve been doing voting since 6:30 this morning when the polls opened and we’ve got a crew of 12 people working the three precincts here at the United Church of Christ,” said Childers. “We arrived at 5:30 for set up and we’ve been here ever since and will be here until the polls close at 7:30.”  Childers was able to give some insight on voter turnout today, which has

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Kent City Council in discussion about mask mandate.

Kent City Council held a zoom meeting Wednesday night that was broadcasted live on the City of Kents YouTube channel. The council had multiple matters to discuss, including the passing of a city ordinance to vacate a paper street in Kent, however much of the discussion consisted of covid-19 regulations.  The meeting opened with a statement from a local resident. In her statement, the resident explained how in her apartment complex residents mostly consist of Kent State undergrads and grad students, disabled people, and the elderly. She then when on to discuss how residents of the building, particularly student residents, have not been following mask guidelines set by the apartment complex. She explained that residents are always expected

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Kent Police Department hoping to continue dialogue with demonstrators

I spoke with Lieutenant Michael Lewis of the Kent police department to discuss the recent protests inKent in support of the black lives matter movement. I asked him a handful of questions regarding thelocal police response and role in the organized events and marches that have taken place on and offcampus.Q: When some of the incidents took place earlier in the year and the protests started nationwide,what was the Kent PD response to the events taking place around the country and what was thedepartments role in protests and marches taking place in Kent?A: We’ve been experiencing this since going back to May, that was when we started to see the

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Downtown Kent bars and restaurants hit with extra expenses due to COVID-19

 Since the COVID-19 pandemic first caused businesses to shut their doors in March, local businesses nationwide have had to do everything in their power to stay afloat. Many businesses have not been able to do enough to keep their businesses open. Now that restaurants and bars have been able to open their doors to customers, the businesses that have stayed open have to handle a new set of challenges to get through. In downtown Kent, Ohio it has been the same story as everywhere else.  In order to keep up with the setbacks caused by this global pandemic, businesses have had to stay on top of everything. The single most important thing for these local businesses

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