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Ohio lawmakers override Gov. DeWine‘s veto on Senate Bill 22

Alexandria Manthey TV2 Reporter March 24, 2021

Throughout the pandemic, Gov. Mike DeWine has issued a stay at home orders, mask mandates, regulations on restaurants and more. Ohio legislators are now looking to take that power away. As of Wednesday,...

Crowds of people wait to enter Barflyy for Fake Paddys Day on Friday, March 13.

Undeterred students continue partying into the night for Fake Paddy’s Day

Morgan McGrath Reporter March 14, 2021

“We started drinking at 8 a.m.” A former Kent student who identified himself as John waited patiently outside of Barflyy on Saturday night in downtown Kent. Fake Paddy’s Day 2021 had begun. Long...

Water Street Tavern.

The deal with downtown Kent: How local restaurants are adjusting to COVID-19

Morgan McGrath Reporter February 11, 2021

As we approach the one year anniversary of COVID-19’s appearance in the U.S., colleges across the country are continuously making necessary implementations of social distancing and online learning in...

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga at the Grammy Awards in 2015

Tony Bennett reveals he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

Originally Published: 01 FEB 21 09:38 ET Updated: 01 FEB 21 09:47 ET By Marianne Garvey, CNN February 1, 2021

  (CNN) -- Tony Bennett and his family are opening up about the singer being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.The legendary singer, who is 94, began showing symptoms of the disease in 2015, according...

Downtown Kent on Tuesday, March 17. Gov. Mike DeWine announced at a press conference Sunday restaurants and bars in Ohio would close in light of the coronavirus.

Downtown restaurant owners react to closings

Empty sidewalks and dark storefronts lined the streets of downtown Kent this week as local businesses dealt with the effects of statewide restrictions on restaurants and bars.  Gov. Mike DeWine announced...

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine talks about extending school closures through the end of the academic year on CNNs State of the Union on March 15, 2020. 

DeWine orders all Ohio bars, restaurants to close; take-out, delivery still permitted

March 15, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — All bars and restaurants in Ohio will be closed as of 9 p.m. Sunday until further notice, said Gov. Mike DeWine, who is taking a tough stance on trying to stem the coronavirus saying...

9/22/16 Mikes Place

Dining like Mike: Mike’s Place owner builds eclectic establishment in Kent

Samantha Ickes September 21, 2016

Twenty-nine years ago, Mike Kostensky walked through the doors of what is known today as Mike’s Place.When he opened the doors for the first time, the old building smelled of must due to being left empty...

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Opinion: Undeniably authentic

Samantha Karam April 20, 2016

When I lived on-campus last year, I was accustomed to the fast-paced lifestyle of a college student. I was surrounded by kids buzzing around just as much as I was. Having moved off-campus this year, I...

Seasoned truffle fries served at Bar 145 on July 29, 2015.

So where is there to eat in Kent?

Downtown Kent has seen many changes over the last several years as it has come into its own as a college town. What was once known as a place for bars and Halloween has transformed into a hotspot for food,...

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