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It's back-to-school for students this week in the Akron Public School District. Superintendent David James said they are prepared this year for any last minute changes or adjustments.
"I have a lot of [substitute teachers] on standby because the first week of school we have to make some adjustments," said James.
James said the district won't know the final number of how many students are enrolled in the district until they conduct three enrollment checks within the next three weeks.
The district should have some solid enrollment numbers by Friday, September 13.
James said he's going into this school year focusing on academics, but he is also looking at restoring some extra-curricular activities (foreign language and music courses) during after-school hours.
"There's some things that I really have to work out, but I hope to have something in place as soon as second semester, so that will be after Christmas break."
The district had to eliminate middle school sports last year due to budget cuts. They'll will have to wait on state funding to see what money could be used to restore the programs.
Case Western Reserve is one of the top-ranked schools in the nation, according to a college guide list released by Washington Monthly magazine.
The rankings are based on the school's "contribution to the public good" in three categories including social mobility, research, and service.
Case Western Reserve took the 4th spot on the list with an overall score of 93 out of 100. Ohio State University ranked 28th on the college guide list.
Kent State University ranked 206th with the University of Akron following behind at 237th. Cleveland State University was 253rd on the list.
University of California-San Diego ranked at the top of the list.
On the web: www.washingtonmonthly.com
When Avery II walks into a room wearing his blue vest, it's a clear reminder to him and everyone at the Summit County Prosecutor's Office that it's time to get to work.
Avery is a specially trained, two-year-old Labrador-Golden Retriever mix who helps victims of crime and witnesses overcome their fears and stress.
"One and half years ago, I met a prosecutor who had a facility dog," said Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh. "She told me that having a dog in the courtroom puts her victims at ease and helped them to testify more calmly and more accurately."
Avery can accompany children or adults on the witness stand or during an interview, which can create a less stressful environment for those who have a difficult time expressing their thoughts about a traumatic situation.
When on duty, Avery is trained to be calm during his visits with crime victims. Avery has learned about 40 commands during his training period and understands that once he puts on his blue vest, he is on duty to help crime victims. He is trained to bring tissues to victims and witnesses and can stay by the victim's side while they are testifying on the witness stand.
Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) trained Avery at no cost. All of his food, grooming and other supplies are being donated by Pet Supplies Plus. His veterinary care is provided free if charge by Stow Kent Animal Hospital.
If you've been waiting to get your hands on Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver's book, No Mopes Allowed, you're in luck.
Fans of Chief Oliver can now pre-order an autographed copy of the book, which is described as the "greatest hits" of all of his famous rants on the popular Facebook page of the Brimfield Police Department, according to the publisher, Gray and Company.
The proceeds from the book will go to the Chief Oliver Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that provides financial support to child survivors of sexual assault through dance, music and the visual and performing arts, according to the organization's Facebook page.
The book will debut at this year's Brimfest on September 21.
On the web: www.grayco.com/nomopes
Crews are working on the cleanup and restoration process following the removal of two dams in the city of Cuyahoga Falls. But Service Director Valerie Wax Carr says it's still a construction zone and she's asking the public to resist getting into the water between Water Works Park and Prospect Bridge.
She says there are many things in the water including rebar, glass and rocks that can cause injury to those who get in the water.
"Plus, there's just so much industrial waste. We are just amazed by some of the things we are pulling out of the water everyday," said Carr. "You really just need to be cautious down there."
Below is a two-minute time lapse video of the dam removal process released by the city of Cuyahoga Falls.
Teenagers have also been known to jump of the Doodlebug Bridge in the summer, but that activity is now dangerous because the water level is only 6 feet deep.
The first official river cleanup, with the help from the public, is scheduled for September 28.