City of Kent’s plan for Halloween during COVID-19 pandemic

KENT, Ohio — The City of Kent Trick-or-Treat event and annual Halloween party are coming up, and with the COVID-19 risk level increasing in Portage County, the Kent Police Department and Health Department plan to ensure everyone taking part in the festivities this year stays safe. Every year, the city of Kent gets a little spooky for the first popular holiday of the fall season. As Halloween creeps closer, friends and families visit orchards, haunted houses and corn mazes, decorate their houses and carve pumpkins that are later set out on their front porch steps.  Although many of these activities are fun and attached to yearly traditions, due to the

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Long Road Ahead: Kent in early stages of state Route 261 improvement plan

What was once wishful thinking on the parts of local engineers of the 1960s is now the task at hand for James Bowling, Kent’s current superintendent of engineering. Minds behind state Route 261, which connects Kent to Akron and other nearby cities and townships, belonged to an era that anticipated a significant Northeast Ohio growth that never showed up.

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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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Transportation Network Services might be an ‘Uber’ issue in Kent

By Heather Inglis and Rachel Godin When the weekend approaches and the students of Kent State find themselves ready to let loose downtown, two questions always pops up: “How will we get there?” and “How will we get home?” Between far walking distances and unpredictable Ohio weather patterns, students look to taxi services to safely get where they need to go. However, getting an actual taxi can be difficult and costly—that’s where Uber comes in. Uber, and a similar app called Lyft, are taxi service apps that allow anyone to get a ride wherever they need on demand. Uber’s website says, “by seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our apps,

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Asbestos on Campus

By Julie Selby & Melinda Stephan Renovations at Kent State warrant attention to the cancer-causing mineral that may be hidden in some of these buildings: asbestos. Changes are everywhere on Kent’s campus this semester: out with the old and in with the new.  There are many older buildings being given a face lift or, in the case of Van Deusen and the Art Annex, a complete remodel.  According to KSU’s Description of Current Projects, some are being demolished, renovated or retrofitted with newer heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC) systems to meet energy goals.    What students casually walking by some of these old buildings may not realize is that many

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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 Campus Phones

  Kent State University provides emergency campus phones to keep students safe. Emergency 9-1-1 is accessible from any phone on campus, and is a single push button. Just like most city 9-1-1 systems,the call is connected with the appropriate police department and a computer displays the caller’s location. But how effective is it? The Kent State Police Department and parking services explains how sufficient they are. Emergency Campus Phones from Rachel Smeaton on Vimeo.     It is important for students to know where each phone is located in case of emergency purposes. Below is a link that shows the location of blue light and courtesy phones. Map of Kent

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Kent Police Department recovers from “Fake Patty’s Day”

By Mark Gockowski and Hannah Reed This past March the Kent City Police Department had their hands full after being blindsided by a yearly college party known as “Fake Patty’s Day.” On the morning of March 14th, Kent Police responded to numerous house parties on the streets surrounding Kent State University. Seven different officers issued 29 arrest summons throughout the day with five nuisance violations given out to residents on East College Avenue, University Street and North Lincoln Street. The previous few years, Fake Patty’s Day fell during spring break for the University, so the police department was understaffed and felt overwhelmed the morning of the daylong event. Assistant Dean

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Concealed Carry Report released, House Bill 234 passed

By Mark Gockowski and Hannah Reed The Concealed Carry Report, released by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Feb. 26, showed that 110,000 licenses to carry were issued or renewed in 2014. Ohio Democrats worry that the passing of House Bill 234 will cause this number to climb. House Bill 234 was passed on Dec. 19 of last year and loosens the rules for Ohio residents to obtain a concealed carry license. The bill requires less training from individuals looking to obtain their concealed carry license, as well as allowing some of the training to be online. The bill states that it “reduces the minimum hours requirements for a firearms

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