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Peter and Jon Finley, owners of Lucci’s Pizza and now Bar Lucci.

Lucci’s Pizza owners open Bar Lucci, expand brand on North Water Street

Gianna Cicchi, Reporter September 1, 2022

After two years of renovations and strategic planning, Jon and Peter Finley opened Bar Lucci July 8. The brothers signed the lease at 257 N. Water St. in May of 2020. Jon and Peter also own Lucci's...

Kent mother pleads guilty to killing of three-month-old daughter

Chris Ramos May 30, 2018

A Kent resident pleaded guilty to killing her three-month-old daughter Tuesday.  Samantha Knisley was charged with involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony. The charge carries a maximum penalty...

Brightly colored candies fill displays at Sugar Rush, a new candy shop in downtown Kent, on Friday, Aug.25, 2017.

Kent 2017: What to expect in the city’s growing downtown

Rachel Duthie Cameron Gorman August 27, 2017

You’re growing up so fast, Kent.Not only has the city improved significantly since the Great Recession, but it has acquired a mass amount of wealth, too.In the past five years, the university population...

Steve Sabo, of The Orange Trük, talks to Dan and Donna Lange at the International Festival in Downtown Kent on Saturday Sept. 12, 2015.

Downtown Kent celebrates culture with International Festival

Bailey Purpura September 13, 2015

Water Street became home to unique foods, shops and performers Friday for the annual International Festival in downtown Kent.Kent State graduate Genia Kollie came up with the idea four years ago.“I majored...

Members of the Kent Fire Department respond to a possible structure fire at the Star of the West Milling Co. on North Water Street on Monday, July 13 2015. A worker from the mill said the sprinkler system was activated on the fourth floor around 5:15 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Brief: Fire Dept. responds to Mill fire alarm, N. Water Street closed

Matthew Merchant July 13, 2015

The Kent Fire Department responded Monday to a possible structure fire at the Star of the West Milling Co. building on North Water Street, blocking traffic for several hours. No injuries were reported.A...

Mischief at midnight: Kent Halloween’s absurd night in costume

Mark Oprea October 26, 2014

 Around midnight Saturday, the streets of downtown Kent filled with costumed students, out-of-towners and spectating locals, gathered to celebrate Halloween with the Kent community. Thousands of revelers...

Junior exercise science major Clare Heisey shops for her weekly groceries at Marc’s in Kent during its grand opening Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014.

Marc’s grocery store opens to eager Kent shoppers

Alyssa Flynn October 1, 2014

Shoppers flooded the aisles of the new Marc’s grocery store on Water Street Wednesday morning to check out the store’s offerings at the new Kent location.“Before, I would have to go to my house and...

Kent Blues Fest 2014

Summer Stater Photographers July 21, 2014

The 6th annual Kent Blues Fest was a free live music event hosted by 23 venues in downtown Kent, Ohio hosted on Friday, July 18, 2014.A crowd gathers at Acorn Alley Plaza to listen to the Brighter Side...

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