Portage County realizes importance of conservation

The current administration has sparked divisiveness among political parties when it comes to global warming and the environment in general.  Although the importance of conservation may be at all-time high, many businesses don’t offer their customers the option to recycle.  Tree City Coffee, however, makes extreme efforts in order ensure that its customers have the ability to act eco-friendly.  With two parents in the field of science, owner Evan Bailey has always been cautious about the environment.  “Like 99.9 percent of scientists realize that we have a big big big issue,” Bailey said.  “If everyone would just do their part, we’d be in a much better position.  That is what

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Portage County makes effort to decrease homelessness

There were more than 100 homeless people in Kent and Ravenna last year. On the surface, this seems like a lot, but many Portage County shelters, programs and organizations are helping to decrease the number every day. In January 2018, 63 households (100 individuals) were counted as homeless in Portage County during the annual “Point in Time” count, a total count of people experiencing homelessness, occurs across the nation. This annual “Point in Time” count provides Family and Community Services with an overview of people unsheltered and sheltered in the community’s homeless programs. This helps Family and Community Services gain state and federal funding for programs that can provide vital services

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Ohio districts respond to “Prepared for Success” grades

The Ohio school report cards are designed to give parents, educators and policymakers information about the performances of districts and schools and celebrate success.  So when most Ohio schools received poor grades in the “Prepared for Success” category, there wasn’t much to celebrate. Without a requirement from the federal government, the Ohio Department of Education has created the “Prepared for Success” category to the school report card. The 2018 report cards revealed that just nine of 608 school districts in Ohio received an A in the “Prepared for Success” section. Out of the 608 districts, 520 of them received either a D or an F, implying that Ohio students are

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