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Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including a popular charity event canceled for health department violations, OSU's first black president and Kent State's new record-breaking spring enrollment.
KSU ENROLLMENT: Kent State's main campus enrollment is up 1.6 percent, a record for spring enrollment, although regional campus enrollment decreased by 10 percent, according to The Daily Kent Stater. The 15-day enrollment statistics release Thursday indicate that there was a spike in College of Arts and Sciences, which saw an increase of 2.4 percent, and in the School of Digital Sciences with this year's enrollment at 105 students compared to last spring's total of 119, an increase of 88.24 percent. Click here to read more at KentWired.com.
MUNROE FALLS MAYOR: Munroe Falls Mayor Frank Larson will name City Council's seventh member after the council failed to appoint one, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The Council has voted several times but keeps ending up with a 3-3 tie, a problem that would be solved after the seventh member is appointed. After the seventh member is chosen, council can finally choose a council president, a vote that has also tied four times this month. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.
PUPPY MILL: Two weeks after the Mahoning County Animal Charity Humane Society seized more than 100 dogs from an alleged puppy mill in Smith Township, the fate of the dogs is still up in the air according to The Alliance Review. Terri Wylie, the owner and operator of Fairview Kennels, was charged with animal cruelty and was expected to appear in court today, but her attorney filed a not-guilty plea and waived a speedy trial. A probable cause hearing will be held Feb. 6, and bond was set at $17,643.42 from Jan. 17 to Feb. 6 and $18,920 from Feb. 7 to March 7 for the cost of caring for the dogs. In the meantime, some of the dogs are in foster homes and some are in kennels, and one of the dogs has already given birth to five puppies. Click here to read more at The-Review.com.
OHIO STATE PRES.: The Ohio State University is naming Dr. Miachael V. Drake as its new president this afternoon, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Drake is coming to Columbus from the University of California in Irvine where he served as chancellor. Drake will be the first black president of OSU, replacing previous President E. Gordon Gee and interim President Joseph Alutto in June. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.
CLEVELAND CLINIC: As part of Cleveland Clinic's plan to trim about $330 million from its budget, more than 700 workers have accepted voluntary early retirement, according to WKYC. Cleveland Clinic, the region's largest employer, announced in a statement that they plan to backfill nearly half of those jobs and are also reassigning responsibilities for some positions and removing nonessential positions entirely. Click here to read more at WKYC.com.
CHARITY EVENT CANCELED: Summa Health System's Men Who Cook charity event has been put on hiatus this year while the hospital decides how to deal with health department regulations mandating that food sold to the public be prepared in a commercial kitchen, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Men Who Cook, which last year netted $70,000 donated to provide mammograms to uninsured and under-insured women, has been held for 13 years, but Summit County Public Health only realized after the 2012 event that food was being prepared in participants homes. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.