Kleckner Elementary School in Green appears to be serving the same purpose as it once had three years ago when it closed its doors for good.
The Green Fire Department and the Summit County Sheriff's Office have been using the building as an education facility, training firefighters, paramedics and deputies.
Firefighter and paramedic Jason Brian with the Green Fire Department was involved in the four-day training session focused on how to prepare and deal with a possible building collapse.
"It's very important that we know how to safely shore up the building to protect ourselves as we're going in and trying to rescue an individual who may be trapped or injured."
The fire department isn't the one taking advantage of the vacant school building. The Summit County Sheriff's Office and local police departments in the area have also used the building for training opportunities.
It's not hard to tell that the building has remained vacant since Kleckner closed its doors in 2011. Broken windows and graffiti have hidden some of the memories students, teachers and staff created inside the building over the school's history.
"It has had a purpose, even though maybe from the outside that purpose hasn't been apparent," said Julie McMahan with Green Local Schools.
Recently, the City of Green Zoning Committee approved the parceling of the land to separate the bus garage from the school building. The school district will keep the bus garage, but sell the building.
This is a better day than yesterday in Louisville, a city hit hard with rain and flooding Wednesday morning. Despite heavy rain again this morning in some areas, City Manager Bob Ault says the water is flowing the way it was intended.
"All things are finally calming down," said Ault. "Waters are still high and everybody's got an to the sky to see what the day is going to bring, but we seem to be fairing ok, so far, this morning."
Ault says the Nimishillen Creek does occasionally flood but the unusually heavy rain in such a short period Wednesday took them by surprise.
In Green, Mayor Dick Norton says they're still dealing with some road closures. Norton says the city will have to make a significant amount of repairs to Graybill Road between Massillon and Mayfair roads after flooding damaged a portion of the roadway.
Norton says they had about 55 service requests in the city --- only a handful were related to basement flooding.
As of 9 a.m., the following roads are currently closed in Green.
-South Main Street between Caston and Nimilisa. This area is still underwater and will most likely be closed for the entire day.
- Graybill Road between Massillon and Mayfair Road is CLOSED. Flood waters have receded on Graybill, which revealed damage to the edges of the roadway where it flooded. The City engineer has deemed it unsafe for two-way traffic at this time. The City is working to set up a temporary signal to create a single lane of traffic on Graybill by early next week. The City is currently meeting with contactors to bid the emergency repair project. Specific details and the timing of the repair are unknown at this time.
- Residential street, Berna, will be closed for repairs to two pipes. Berna is expected to be closed for up to two weeks.
Other roads with storm damage:
- There is damage to the shoulders on Greensburg Road, in the 1600 Block near Nimisila. The road is open at this time, but will be reduced to one lane when repairs are made next week.
We're used to hearing about flooding issues in Barberton when heavy rain and storms hit Summit County, but it was a different story this time around.
Barberton Mayor Bill Judge says flooding wasn't a problem following this week's weather. He did note that because of the city's history with flooding issues, the city has been working with Copley and Norton to create a watershed district to alleviate flooding concerns.
It turns out that ThistleDown Racino is not coming to the Akron/Canton area.
WKYC Channel 3 reports that Rock Ohio Caesars, ThisleDown's owner, says the facility will remain at its current location in North Randall in Cuyahoga County.
The facility had a state-approved option to move to the Akron/Canton area, but won't exercise that option.
Today/Wednesday was the deadline for Rock Caesar's to say it would take such an option.
One location ThistleDown was interested in was in Green, in Summit County near the Akron/Canton Airport. Green officials blocked such a possible move.
The Giant Eagle Market District in Green shut down Tuesday morning after snow and ice caused the roof to sag.
NewsChannel 5 reports employees spotted bowing in the roof of the store on Corporate Woods Parkway, then called the sheriff and the fire department. All employees and customers were evacuated safely.
The store was recently renovated and reopened as one of Giant Eagle's upscale Market District stores. The store was closed while repairs were made, and then reopened at 1 Tuesday afterfnoon.. Giant Eagle planned on sending engineers from Pittsburgh to assess the building.
On the Web: www.newsnet5.com
Taxis that serve Akron-Canton Airport and other destinations in Green will soon have to display their fares.
Green City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday to implement the new law. Starting April 1st, the rates will have to be posted for passengers to see, rate cards will have to be available on request, and any fare changes will have to be given to the city 30 days in advance. Drivers who don't could be fined up to $2,000 and thrown in jail for up to 30 days.
Airport president Richard McQueen tells The Beacon Journal taxi service is among the biggest source of complaints from travellers. Some say they're charged different rates each time they get in the same cab.
On the Web: www.ohio.com
Authorities say speed appears to be a factor in a crash that seriously injured a 22-year-old woman Wednesday.
Summit County Sheriff's Deputies said a 22-year-old woman lost control of her Dodge Avenger and struck a tree while she was traveling on Koons Road in Green shortly before 1 a.m.
Deputies say the woman was ejected from the vehicle and was not wearing a seatbelt.
Speed appears to be a factor. It's unknown if alcohol played a role in the crash.
The condition of the victim is unknown at this time. The accident is still under investigation.
Monday night's record lows weren't enough to stop crime.
Summit County Sheriff's deputies are investigating reports of shots fired at the Briarwood Estates apartment complex in Green.
Investigators said as many as 30 shots were fired from a fully automatic rifle and a .40 caliber handgun around 11:45 p.m. One of those rounds hit a 12 year old boy's headboard as he was sleeping. Several others hit cars and other apartments.
Deputies have identified a suspect but have not released a name. That suspect suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds. One suspect is believed to have been driving a silver or gray Hyundai with damage to the front driver's side of the vehicle.
21-year-old Lexus Wilson was arrested and charged with obstructing justice after deputies said she gave false statements to investigators.
Anyone with information on the shooters is asked to call the Summit County Sheriff's Detective Bureau at 330-643-2131.
Summit County Sheriff's detectives have arrested two men for a string of car break-ins in the past two months along Arlington Road in Springfield, Coventry, and Green. 33-year-old Lee Beatty of Canal Fulton and 33-year-old Gary Beatty of Copley face numerous charges, with more pending according to Summit County Sheriff's Inspector Bill Holland.
During the investigation, Lee Beatty was identified as a suspect. During surveillance on October 20th, Lee Beatty was observed breaking into a vehicle at a restaurant in Copley. Beatty was arrested along with his cousin Gary Beatty, who was present at the time of his arrest.
Lee Beatty was charged with Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Damaging. Gary Beatty was charged with Theft and Criminal Damaging.
So far, the arrests have cleared up 19 vehicle break-ins in Green and Coventry. The investigation is ongoing and more locations may be identified by investigators.
Further charges are pending the outcome of the investigation. Both men were transported to the Summit County Jail.
(Left Photo: Artist Rendering of new Acme Fresh Market in Green. Credit: Albrecht, Incorporated)
Akron-based Albrecht, Incorporated will be breaking ground on a new Acme Fresh Market in Green next Wednesday at the Heritage Crossings of Green development.
Joe Albrecht, Vice President of Retail Properties for Albrecht, Incorporated says the new store will give shoppers in Green another choice when it comes to where they get their groceries.
"We think that the citizens of Green and our potential shoppers are going to be excited to shop the store."
The 77,500 square foot grocery store will be serving as the anchor for the Heritage Crossings development in Green. In addition, 30,000 square feet of restaurant and small shop retail space will be part of the development as well.
The store will be located on Massillon Road which is just south of the Massillon Road exit on I-77.
Albrecht says the company has had their sights set on developing in Green for quite some time.
"It takes quite a lot of effort to build a grocery-anchored shopping center," he said.
"We're excited that we've been able to move through the entitlement process and the land acquisition process in the amount of time that we have."
He says the most recent efforts on getting a grocery-anchored shopping center in Green began about four years ago, and now he and the company are proud to see ground finally being broken on the project.
Groundbreaking for the new Acme Fresh Market will take place next Wednesday, August 21 at 11 a.m.