Licenses for dogs

deadline nearing

The deadline in Portage County to buy 2017 dog licenses is Jan. 31.

Licenses are $15 per dog and $75 per kennel. Tags can be purchased online from the Portage County auditor, in person at the auditor's office on the fifth floor of the county administration building at 449 S. Meridian St. in Ravenna, or at the county dog warden's office at 8120 Infirmary Rd. in Shalersville.

Licenses also may be purchased at several outlets around the county, which charge a 75-cent processing fee per license.

Outlets are located at White's Farm Supply, 5828 Waterloo Road in Atwater; Aurora Veterinary Clinic, 46 S. Aurora Road; Brady Lake Post Office, 2231 Brady Lake Road; Garrettsville Animal Hospital, 8331 Windham Street; Kent License Bureau, 3975 Cascades Blvd., Unit 4, Brimfield; Mantua Veterinary Clinic, 4789 High Street; Western Reserve Country Store, 467 Cleveland Road; and Streetsboro License Bureau, 9515 St. Rt. 14.

Akronite charged

in murders of two

men in Ravenna

An Akron man has been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of two people at a Ravenna apartment complex on Jan. 7.

Javon M. Thomas, 26, has been charged with murder and is being held in the Portage County Jail on a $1 million bond.

Additional charges may be filed, police said.

According to Ravenna police, officers responded at about 4:35 a.m. Jan. 7 to reports of a shooting at the Woodgate North Apartments off North Freedom Street.

They say Thomas shot and killed Austin J. Tiller, 20, of Stow and Brian K. Brack, 24, of Canton during an argument in an apartment at 731 Wood-gate Blvd.

Tiller and Brack suffered gunshot wounds to their chests and were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Michael Halas, chief investigator with the Portage County coroner's office.

Destany Dixon of Ravenna, 21, also was shot, but suffered non-life threatening wounds, police said.

Man wins $47,206

in Queen drawing

SkyLane Bowling's Queen of Hearts drawing Jan. 8 dished out $47,206 to a lucky man from Cortland after card #39 revealed the queen of diamonds card. The event featured a tribute concert to Elvis Presley to celebrate the rockstar's birthday.

The cold weather didn't stop people from heading out to Garrettsville for the drawing. One woman from Garrettsville won the 50/50 drawing worth $5,296. In total, $10,592 was raised, with the other half going to Portage County Family & Community Services.

The next drawing will take place Feb. 12 at 4:30 p.m. with a jackpot starting at $346,181. Tickets for the drawing will be available during the week after 7 p.m. at the Sky Lounge, 8311 Windham St. , Garrettsville.

Kent St. campus area is on list of 'historic' places

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has announced the designation of Kent State University's May 4, 1970 site as a National Historical Landmark. The site joins more than 2,500 historic places that bear the distinction.

"As we approach the 50th anniversary of May 4, 1970, this recognition compels us to fully claim our status as a global resource and convener of the world's most critical conversations on peace and conflict resolution," said Kent State President Beverly Warren.

"We are indebted to the team whose tireless commitment resulted in a successful National Historic Landmark application, ensuring the story and lessons of May 4 are regarded and remembered in perpetuity."

On May 4, 1970, a student protest against the Vietnam War and the presence of the Ohio National Guard on campus ended in tragedy as guardsmen shot and killed four students and wounded nine.

The site covers 17.4 acres of the Kent State campus, comprising the commons, blanket hill, Prentice Hall parking lot and practice field.

The site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010 as a property associated with events that made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of U.S. history and as a property achieving exceptional significance within the last 50 years.

More than 90,000 properties are on the national register. Only 2 to 3 percent of those properties are awarded the distinction of being named a historic landmark.

Swing dance set

The band Blue Lunch will play at the Feb. 3 Swing Dance at Bainbridge Township Hall on Route 306.

Blue Lunch is a late 1940s-early 1950s band featuring a three-piece horn section, upright bass, drums, keyboards, guitar and harmonica, along with multiple singers. It has been together for nearly 30 years. Check its website at

The dance begins at 9 p.m., preceded by a one-hour swing dance lesson at 8. Experienced and non-experienced dancers of all ages are welcome.

Admission is $10 per adult, $8 per youth or $25 per family. A different live band performs the first Friday of every month. For details, contact Will Craig at 216-316-0068 or