Bud Clydesdales visit
downtown Kent soon
The Budweiser clydesdales are coming to Kent on Aug. 11. They are scheduled to arrive at 5:30 p.m. to prepare for a parade through the downtown area.
The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. near the Hometown Bank Plaza, and will travel along West Main, Franckline Avenue, College Avenue, South Water, East Main, South Depeyster, Erie and back to South Water.
The parade will end about 8:30 p.m. Stops will be made along the route for photo opportunities and celebratory beer deliveries to many Anheuser-Busch customers in the downtown area.
Residents and visitors are invited to journey downtown to enjoy the parade and patronize the establishments who support Anheuser-Busch, a company that has brewed beer for more than 160 years.
Portage jobless rate
rises slightly to 4.8%
The unemployment rate in Portage County ticked up in June to 4.8 percent. It was the first increase after four straight months of decline, according to statistics released by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services.
Portage's rate in May was 4.4 percent, down from 4.8 percent in April and 5.6 percent in March.
The number of county residents without a job and seeking employment rose to 4,300 in June, up from 3,900 in May, according to ODJFS. The county labor force was 88,700, the same as in May, with 84,400 people
A dozen counties had unemployment rates at or below 4.0 percent in June. Ohio's statewide jobless rate, seasonally adjusted, was 5.0 percent, down from 5.1 percent in May but up slightly from a year ago when the rate was 4.8 percent.
Across the state, rates ranged from a low of 3.2 percent in Mercer County to a high of 10.2 percent in Monroe County.
June rates (not seasonally adjusted) for counties adjacent to Portage (with June rates) are: Cuyahoga 5.6 (5.3); Geauga 4.6 (4.1); Mahoning 5.9 (5.8); Stark 5.2 (5.1); Summit 4.9 (4.6); and Trumbull 6.3 (6.2).
-- Mike Sever, Record-Courier
Portage newest park
to cut ribbon Aug. 14
The Portage Park District will open its newest park -- Shaw Woods Working Lands Park -- with a ribbon cutting Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. The public is invited. The park is at 7075 Beery Road in Ravenna Township.
The 145-acre park originally was donated by Virginia Shaw in 2014 for permanent conservation and the enjoyment of all.
The property features mature woods, high-quality wetlands, headwater streams and the west branch of the Mahoning River upstream of West Branch State Park.
Just over 3 miles of trails in this Phase I development will be open for horseback riding, hiking and cross country skiing. The park district will manage the forest for select timber harvest and cultivating native fruit trees and shrubs, mushrooms and nuts.
Future educational programs will aim to encourage and inspire others to manage their lands in balance with nature to yield multiple benefits.
"We're looking forward to making continued improvements and providing stewardship and programming for public enjoyment, and to inspire further conservation," said park district director Christine Craycroft.
Sign up for leadership
Leadership Portage County is accepting applications for the Class of 2017. The program is designed to offer professional development, community insight and networking opportunities.
It is a nine-month experience designed to develop active and influential leaders with the appropriate knowledge to address important issues facing Portage County.
The program begins in September with a two-day retreat and continues through May with eight one-day sessions conducted by leaders in their field who cover topics related to the day's theme.
Class size is limited and application to the program does not guarantee acceptance. To learn more, or to download an application form, visit www.leadershipportagecounty.org
Road work set in area
Road crews for the Ohio Department of Transportation are working in Streetsboro this week.
Route 14 over Lake Rockwell between Diagonal and Price roads are reduced to one lane nightly between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. for placement of a retaining wall.
The work is the beginning of a $1.3 million project, which is scheduled to be completed by mid-November.
Also, Route 43 under the Ohio Turnpike has various daily lane restriction between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. for bridge repairs. The restrictions will remain in place through late August.
Force arrests 40,000
The U.S. Marshals Service's violent figutive task force in northern Ohio says it has made its 40,000 arrest. It was founded by U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott of Aurora in 2003.
It hit the milestone July 28. It consists of 300 deputy marshals and officers from more than 100 police departments.
The force caught James Daniel III, who is serving a 144-year prison sentence for a series of raps in Cleveland. It also arested Donnell Lindsey, who is charged with aggravated murder in the drive-by shooting death of a 3-year-old.
Marshals say the group has arrrested thousands, including more than 1,000 figutives wanted for homicide. It also has seized more than 1,500 firearms, 1,700 pounds of drugs and more than $3.6 million.
-- The Associated Press
Used vehicles cheaper here
If you’re looking to buy a car, Portage County may be one of the top places to shop in Ohio.
According to “Autolist.com,” Portage County ranks as the 10th most affordable place to buy a used vehicle in the state. On average, cars in the county sell for $397 less than the state average.
Alex Kline is the vice president of data science for Autolist.com, a new and used car meta-search platform site based in San Francisco, Calif. Kline spoke about what data went into compiling the list.
“We pulled together all of the used automotive listings from essentially every major site across the internet,” he said. “We feel and know that we have the largest data sample available for looking at the used car market at any given time. We’re pooling all of our info into a huge database.”
The database is based on 4.5 billion individual data points of used vehicle listings from the period of Nov. 28, 2012, to June 30, 2016. A total of 419,123,761 data points from April 1 to June 30, 2016 was analyzed.
“We focused on the second quarter of 2016 in this study,” Kline said. “We looked at every vehicle on the market, every day, during the second quarter and measured the difference between each vehicle’s listed price and our expected price for the vehicle based off of year, make, model, mileage and all other attributes of each vehicle.
“We’re doing this study across the entire nation. We want to increase market transparency with this information as well as helping consumers figure out what is best for them.”