City touted by auditor
The recent financial audit of the city of Aurora by the auditor of state’s office has returned a clean audit report.
In recognition of the accomplishment, Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin was recently presented with the Auditor of State Award by Jim Armeni, the Eastern Region liaison for Auditor Dave Yost’s office.
To earn the award, Aurora filed timely financial reports and had no findings of deficiencies, questioned costs, or material citations, among other items.
Aurora has received the award for the last six years.

22 thefts are reported

in city in August 2016

Police Chief Brian Byard has released his department's monthly report for August.

It shows that 24 Part I -- the most serious -- offenses occurred in August, including 22 thefts and one each assault and burglary.

Other offenses included fraud-identity theft (11 incidents), physical domestic violence and disorderly conduct (four each), dispute domestic violence (three), drug abuse (two) and vandalism, other sex offense and suicide attempt or threat (one each).

Officers filed 121 reports, including 70 for activities not listed above, handled 384 traffic-related and 220 criminal-type calls and did 1,446 service-related activities.

Officers investigated 18 traffic accidents, four of which involved injuries. There were no fatal accidents and no vehicle-deer incidents.

Forty-two adults were arrested on criminal charges and 80 were cited for traffic-related violations. Officers made 270 traffic stops.

Two juveniles were determined to be unruly and one was cited for a traffic violation, with all three cases referred to juvenile court.

Libraries, courts shut

All offices and branches of the Portage County District Library will be closed Oct. 10 in observance of Columbus Day. Service hours will resume Oct. 11.

Although branch locations will be closed, the Digital Library is always available 24/7. By using a PCDL card, patrons can enjoy free access to digital movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, eBooks, and magazines.

For more information about these services, visit

Meanwhile, the Portage County courthouses in Ravenna and Kent will be closed Columbus Day, and will reopen for business Oct. 11.

Flu shot clinic slated

Oct. 20 at firehouse

Winter is on the way, and it's bringing flu season with it.

The Aurora Fire Department will host a Portage County Health District flu shot clinic Oct. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the main fire station on West Pioneer Trail.

The Health Department will provide the quadrivalent flu vaccine this 2016-17 flu season. It contains two influenza A viruses (H1N1/H3N2) and two influenza B viruses.

However, nasal spray vaccine is not available for the 2016-17 flu season because of concerns about its effectiveness.

Other nearby clinics are as follows: Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Streetsboro Senior Center; and Nov. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Mantua Civic Center.

Adults only clinics will be offered every Tuesday from 8 to 10 a.m. in October and November by appointment only at the health district offices in Ravenna. Children only walk-in clinics will be offered every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon.

An updated flu clinic calendar, location calendar and addresses for community clinics can be found at

Teen Read Week set;

writers circle to meet

Teen Read Week from Oct. 9 to 15 will be celebrated throughout the month at Aurora Memorial Library.

Young adults who check out books can enter a prize drawing, which take place on Halloween. They also can redesign a young adult book cover using markers and art supplies available in the young adult area of the library.

Newly designed book covers will be put on display and teens can vote for their favorite. The winning designer will be awarded a Target gift card.

In addition, the library's Teen Writers' Circle will meet Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. The group, which meets monthly, provides support and encouragement for aspiring writers to explore their creativity and imagination.

Students in grades 7 to 12 are welcome to join, and should come prepared with a notebook and pen. Registration is preferred, and those interested can register in person or by calling the library at 330-562-6502.

For more information on these young adult programs or other library events, visit or call 330-562-6502.