Kent City Engineer explains floodplain map updates

By Elizabeth Randolph and Raymond Allan Residents in the city of Kent have been concerned about the safety and value of their homes. Recent updates from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have shown an 18 percent increase in flood activity in the Forest Hills area. This was due to watersheds in Kent being expanded. FEMA notified the changes to the city of Kent as a means to be proactive. Many residents used the Nov. 18 Kent city council meeting in the floor of the Kent Fire Department to express their shock about being told about the updates of the map. Peter Paino, a resident of Kent living on Windmere Lane was

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House Bill 50 to provide more support for ‘aging out’ Ohio foster youth

By Elizabeth Randolph and Raymond Allan Maureen Centa is a mother of six; two biological, one adopted and three she and her husband adopted after having them as foster children. “We adopted our girls at 11 and 13 after their biological mother couldn’t follow through with a plan to keep them with her,” Centa said. “After adopting them, our director told us about a 14-year-old boy who needed a home, but I didn’t think we were in a place to have more children. We ended up having him over for Easter and it was his first time decorating Easter eggs at 14-years-old and he was wonderful. When he left, I

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Rock salt settlement brings money to Kent roads

By Elizabeth Randolph and Raymond Allan When Kent facilities manager and city arborist Gerald Shanley looked at the prices of rock salt to purchase last winter, he saw a significant increase in the price of salt.    “From 2013-2014, the price of salt was $27.50 a ton,” Shanley said. “We went into 2015 with a full barn of salt, but found that the price had went from $27.50 to $108 a ton.” The increase in the price of salt caused Shanley and his crew to use the existing salt they purchased in previous years. “We were able to use salt that we already had, so we didn’t have to purchase

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Kent State police training ensures safety on campus

By Elizabeth Randolph and Raymond Allan Universities across the nation are required to create annual reports as part of the Jeanne Clery Act. Reports are posted on the universities’ public safety websites and are available in the respective police departments. According to these reports, Kent State is considered one of the safest campuses in Ohio with minimal crimes happening on campus. The University of Cincinnati is considered one of the worst campuses in terms of security. This past summer, a man named Samuel Dubose was shot to death by former UC police officer Ray Tensing. The case instantly made headlines as being one of the many instances of gun violence

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Emergency phones on campus affected by changes in technology

By Elizabeth Randolph and Jonathan Huntsman When junior fashion merchandising major Shannon Green walks around campus, she rarely notices her many surroundings. “I know that I can be the type of person that just goes and focuses on the next direction,” she said. A feature on campus that Green said she’s never noticed is the abundance of emergency blue light phones on campus. The phones are scattered around campus and are lit at night for people who may find themselves in danger. Sgt. Michquel Penn is a Kent State police officer and former community resource officer. Penn said that even though there are approximately 42 phones on Kent State’s campus,

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