PUCO assures safety for natural gas pipeline in Ohio

More than three million people use natural gas in the state of Ohio. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is committed to the safety of the operations of Ohio’s natural gas pipeline system. Kent City Manager Dave Ruller said the gas pipeline industry is only regulated by the State of Ohio, not cities like Kent. Ohio is home to over 100 pipeline operators. According to PUCO’s press release, the natural gas industry is a complex network of companies that produce, transport and distribute natural gas. With the 100 pipelines, more than 56,000 miles of distribution lines are overseen by The PUCO–this provides natural gas to to individual users, as

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Candidates for Portage County Auditor

Name of Candidate: Attorney Christopher J. Mallin Name of Race: Portage County Auditor Political Party: Democrat Background: As a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Mallin has been practicing law since 1974. He moved to Portage County as an adult, by choice. He has been continuously active in the Democratic party. In Portage County, he has been a member of the Portage County Democratic Central Committee since 2005, an officer of the Portage County Democratic Party from 2007 to 2010, and was a delegate to the Ohio Democratic Party Convention from Portage County in 2006 and 2008. Why you should care:  Mallin describes the appraisal of real

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Kent City Council becomes informed on Ebola, passes ordinance to purchase properties on College Avenue

Kent City Council held a meeting Oct. 15, which took more of an informational turn as the talk of Ebola made headlines in Northeast Ohio. Kent Mayor Jerry Fiala invited Jeff Neistadt, Kent Health Commissioner, to give the council and audience an overview of information about the latest Ebola issue related to Northeast Ohio. “This is kind of putting a puzzle together with various pieces,” Neistadt said. The infected individual, Amber Vinson, arrived in Cleveland’s Hopkins Airport Friday afternoon. Her mother and stepfather picked her up from the airport and returned to Tallmadge. Her parents did attend the Kent State football game on Saturday; she did not. “At this point,

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Oktoberfest brings money to downtown, creates tradition

A giant black squirrel dressed in a lederhosen and several alpine hats gathered the brick road of Franklin Avenue as the Kent community came together through the cold weather to celebrate Oktoberfest on Saturday Oct. 4. The event was brought to the city by Main Street Kent, a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing downtown Kent. An entrance fee of $10 provided a collectible stein (to the first 500 people) and the first beer. Any beer after that was $5. “We haven’t yet determined a final amount, but everyone had a great time and we raised some resources that we can funnel back into historic preservation and the enhancement of our

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The city of Kent prepares for Halloween weekend

Every year during the Halloween weekend, the Kent Police Department and the city of Kent take precaution. It’s an eventful weekend, but also can be very dangerous. During the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, a total of 86 calls were made to the police department and 36 to the fire department. The Kent Police Department made 46 total arrests, seven of those being disorderly conduct. For the Halloween festivities, eight to 10 cars, with two officers in each, take patrol around the city of Kent. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is also increased during this time. There are approximately 40 officers from Kent Police Department, the Summit and Portage

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Kent’s trash policy leaves city streets unclear

Policies and complaints for Kent During mid-August, the streets of Kent tend to pile over with old mattresses, desks and bags of garbage when the students come back to town. For students, landlords sometimes don’t clarify regulations for the trash pickup by R&R Sanitation and it tends to pile over. Amanda Oswald, a resident of Kent, finds it difficult to know the trash regulations for her street. Oswald, a senior fashion merchandising major, said she is not pleased with how trash is picked up at her residence. “We went through a lot of ‘well this is how it happened last year,’ but our landlord was never able to give a

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