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The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2


Hard Day’s Night performs at the Kent Stage, locted at 1025 Risman drive, during the ninth annual Beatlefest Feb. 17.

Best place to hear local music and bands

Kyle Kuchta, Reporter April 7, 2023

FIRST: The Kent Stage The Kent Stage has featured classic rock music since 2001, according to owner Tom Simpson.  The venue’s performers also play 1970s, 1980s and folk music. The foundation of...

Matt Yunk, a bartender at Zephyr Pub, won Best Bartender.

Best bartender

Grace Davies, Staff Reporter April 7, 2023

FIRST: Matt Yunk, Zephyr Pub Matt Yunk is a Kent bartending veteran. He was hired at the late Kent landmark, the Stone Tavern, as a doorperson which quickly evolved to a full-time bartending role.  After...

Best Bar winner, Zephyr Pub, is located at 106 W. Main St.

Best bar

Jacob Shondel, Reporter April 7, 2023

FIRST: Zephyr Pub Zephyr Pub has something for everyone, according to general manager Josh Sed. The bar features a space for listening to live music, watching drag shows, playing pool or just...

Kent State players embrace during a timeout at Kent States March Madness matchup against Indiana March 17.

Fans gather at Water Street Tavern for March Madness watch party

Michael Neenan, Reporter March 18, 2023

Kent State men’s basketball fans packed Water Street Tavern Friday, ready to watch their team play in the first round of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2017. The 13th-seeded Flashes...

Waterstreet Tavern is a bar located on Water Street in downtown Kent.

Mike Beder: Kent State alumnus takes on career as downtown entrepreneur

Addison Foreman, Reporter March 4, 2023

When Mike Beder came to school at Kent State University, he was uncertain about what he wanted to do with his life. He went into college as an exploratory major, and graduated in 2000 with a degree in...

The Zydeco Kings performing in the Water Street Tavern at the Kent Blues Festival on June 16, 2022.

Threat of rain doesn’t stop music of 13th annual Kent Blues Festival

Berkeley Chadwick, Reporter July 17, 2022

Crowds gathered in downtown Kent Saturday for the city’s 13th annual Blues Festival, where more than 30 bands performed at 23 indoor and outdoor venues all over the city. The event, which ran from 1...

Water Street Tavern.

Fake IDs become easier to identify

Gavin Mitten, Reporter April 19, 2022

Students can face jail time if caught with fake identification documents, which are now easier to identify with new techniques. No person shall display, possess or lend a fake ID, according to section...

Will Matthews stands outside of the Southern Comfort Food Truck. The 2019 Kent graduate wanted to bring food to Kents campus that reflected the food he ate back home. 

Southern Comfort Kitchen: bringing New Orleans style food to Kent on wheels

Isabella Schreck Reporter February 6, 2022

Coming from New Orleans, Will Matthews, Kent State 2019 graduate, saw very little food options that mirrored the meals he was used to eating back home.So, he realized he needed to bring the south to Northeast...

Kent State football fans sat in front of Water Street Tavern’s big screen to watch the beginning of the first quarter of the 2021 MAC Championship game against Northern Illinois University on Saturday, Dec. 04, 2021. 

Water Street Tavern hosts MAC Championship watch party to celebrate football team’s success

Isabella Schreck Reporter December 5, 2021

For the second time in the last nine years, the Kent State football team won the East Mid-American Conference and advanced to the MAC Championship Game to play Northern Illinois.To celebrate the team’s...

Students pose in their costumes for a picture while waiting in line to get into Barflyy Retro Bar And Arcade, a popular bar in downtown Kent, on Sunday Oct. 31, 2021.

Kent Halloween celebration continues through rainy weather conditions

Alton Northup Reporter Morgan McGrath Reporter Sophie Young Reporter October 31, 2021

A cold, rainy night in Kent may have dampened the Halloween spirit for some party-goers. The streets of downtown Kent remained empty by 8 p.m., though for many the night had yet to begin. Hunter Alan,...

Crawford Building

Crawford Building

A rendering of Crawford Hall, what will be the new building for the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship, formerly known as the College of Business Administration. The Kent State...

Women’s golf competes at Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship Tournament

Kathryn Rajnicek Reporter September 23, 2021

Kent State’s women’s golf team finished in 11th place out of 17 teams in its second tournament of the season on Monday and Tuesday.“I’ve been here three weeks, and it's been great to watch our...

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