Weekly Roundup: March 21 to March 27, 2014

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Weekly Roundup gathers the top 5 news and 5 sports stories of the week every Friday. Here are the stories you don't want to miss:

NEWS:

Blaze destroys businesses, history in downtown Garrettsville (with gallery and video)
Downtown Garrettsville was changed forever Saturday afternoon as a massive fire leveled a block of businesses on Main Street including a 160-year-old village landmark that recently was the focus of a revitalization effort.

Thirteen businesses located in three buildings on the north side of Main Street -- spanning the entire block between High and Center streets -- were destroyed in the village of 2,000 residents, located in northern Portage County about 13 miles northeast of Ravenna.

Community reacts to Garrettsville fire
A landmark block in downtown Garrettsville was destroyed by fire this afternoon in a massive blaze that filled the area with clouds of billowing black smoke that could be seen for miles. Here's what social media had to say.

Car crashes into Dollar General in Ravenna Township
The Portage County Sheriff's Office and Ravenna Township Fire Department were called to the Dollar General store at 3508 S.R. 59 in Ravenna Township Tuesday afternoon after a Chevrolet Blazer crashed into the side of the store.

The incident occurred at about 2 p.m.

Hudson man killed by train in Portage
A Hudson man died Thursday after being struck by a train in a remote, wooded area just north of Kent.

Edward W. Dye, 43, whose last known address is on Willow Lake Drive in Hudson, was walking on the tracks when he was struck by a westbound Norfolk Southern train around 12:30 a.m. Thursday in Franklin Township, according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office.

Cause of downtown Garrettsville fire remains unknown, officials say (with gallery)
The cause of Saturday's fire that destroyed or displaced 13 businesses in downtown Garrettsville remains under investigation, officials said Sunday.

At a press conference, Village Mayor Rick Patrick and Chief Dave Friess of the Garrettsville-Freedom-Nelson Fire District discussed what little is known about the blaze so far.

SPORTS:

Dri Archer, Roosevelt Nix show their skills to NFL scouts at Kent State Pro Day
Dri Archer, Roosevelt Nix and eight other Kent State seniors took a major step toward realizing their dreams by displaying their skills and talents for scouts representing 11 different NFL teams during Pro Day on Thursday.

Archer, the Golden Flashes' scintillating speedster wide receiver/running back/returner who scored 34 touchdowns in his last two seasons at KSU, was the hottest commodity on hand after dazzling scouts at the NFL Combine last month with his near-record 4.26 time in the 40.

Windham High School brings back track after 11-year absence
For the first time in 11 years, track and field has returned to Windham High School.

The district will sponsor the sport for both boys and girls after its absence at the school since 2003.

PTC boys basketball stars shine bright at All-Star competition in Akron
The Portage Trail Conference athletes invited to Wednesday's Greater Akron Boys Basketball Coaches Association All-Star competitions represented the league well, claiming MVP selections for both teams, along with individual championships at the conclusion of the 3-point and slam dunk contests.

Anthony Workman of Garfield finished the all-star game as the high scorer of the night with 23 points. He was also named MVP of his team and winner of the slam dunk contest.

Kent State softball team suffers tough loss to national power Kentucky
Kent State junior pitcher Emma Johnson proved that her one-hit shutout of No. 10 Kentucky earlier this season was not a fluke, but a two-out error in the bottom of the fifth inning allowed the Wildcats to complete a 4-2 come-from-behind victory in Sunday's finale at the Kentucky Tournament.

The Golden Flashes (14-12) finished the event 2-3.

Kent State gymnastics team slotted for NCAA Baton Rouge Regional
The Kent State women's gymnastics team will be headed south for the NCAA Regionals.

It was announced on Monday that the Golden Flashes were slotted in the Baton Rouge Regional at Louisiana State's Maravich Center, with competition scheduled to begin on April 5.

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