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A hot air balloon gets ready before take-off at the Balloon A-Fair festival in Ravenna on Sept. 17, 2023.

Ravenna celebrates its 44th Balloon A-Fair festival with community

Andrew Bowie, Reporter September 19, 2023

As helicopters and hot air balloons flew high in the sky, an abundance of booths, vendors and hot rods garnered attraction on the ground at this year’s Balloon A-Fair festival.  The main attraction...

Ravenna Fire Department commemorates 9/11

Erin Sullivan, TV2 Reporter September 11, 2023

Today marks the 22nd anniversary of 9/11 - a day America will never forget. Erin Sullivan visited the Ravenna Fire Department's memorial service for the lives lost on September 11, 2001.

Locals enjoy Ravenna Balloon-Affair  at the 2022 Hot Air Balloon Glow

Ravenna Balloon A-Fair prepares for 44th annual event, adding new attractions for families

Patrick Creedon, Reporter September 11, 2023

Ravenna’s Balloon A-Fair will host its 44th annual event with new attractions for families, such as axe throwing and pony rides, from Sept. 14 to Sept. 17.    The events will be held at Sunbeau...

Kent firefighters stand outside of the burned apartment at University Inn on South Water Street after putting out the fire on May 2, 2023.

‘You didn’t have a second to think’: Residents flee fire at University Inn

Isabella Schreck and Abigail Forbes May 2, 2023

Hannah Fuller and Colin Gray ran past their neighbor’s University Inn apartment as black smoke spewed out of the front door of the seventh-floor unit. “In that situation, you're just panicked,...

Wine made by Kent State students and bottled by Jim Wade. On the left is a red wine named Sunset, and to the right is a riesling named Sunburst.

West Main St Winery & Brewery offers opportunities for Kent State wine degree students

Gianna Cicchi, Reporter August 5, 2022

West Main St Winery & Brewery’s co-owner and winemaker Jim Wade graduated from Kent State Ashtabula in December 2018 through the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) program.  “Because...

The dining area provided at The Haven. Feb. 14, 2022

Local homeless shelter expects to serve community after years of delays

Taylor Haydu Reporter February 15, 2022

After seven years of delay because of funding, The Haven of Portage County expects to open its doors soon.“It started in 2015,” said Anne Marie Noble, the executive director. “What we thought was...

Reed Memorial Library in Ravenna.

Reed Memorial Library offers ‘Food Fridays’ to the community

Izzy Stewart Reporter June 30, 2021

Local food trucks gather for weekly Food Fridays at the Reed Memorial Library in Ravenna. Food Fridays happen each Friday until the end of August from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event has different local...

Family members and guests were encouraged to stand with their graduates and congratulate them before receiving their diplomas on May 13, 2021.

Class of 2021 reflects on Kent State, COVID experiences as in-person commencement ceremonies resume

Editor's Note: The following story has been updated to include photographs of graduates Gianna DaPra and Jordan Bigelow. High fives were exchanged and excited cheers rang through Centennial Court Green...


Go with the flow: A herstory of menstrual equity advocacy at Kent State University

Brianna Camp Reporter May 11, 2021

Chapter 1: Cassie“Period poverty is not a “women’s issue,” it is a human’s issue. Because without periods there wouldn’t be people, right?” Cassandra Pegg-Kirby stands in her kitchen, cleaning...

Volunteers organizing clothing at the Community Clothing Center.

Community Clothing Center temporarily allows two visits in a month for free clothing

Anthony Elder March 25, 2021

Beginning in February, the Community Clothing Center in Ravenna increased the number of times people can visit to twice per month. The center provides free clothing and household items. Donations to the...

According to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, homelessness in Ohio has increased by 1,478 people from 2014 to 2019.

How COVID-19 has affected Kent’s homeless community

COVID-19 has changed homeless services and has caused people to pay more attention to the homeless community in Kent and Ravenna.According to there were 10,345 homeless people in Ohio...

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