Weekly Roundup: April 11 to 17, 2014

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NEWS:

19 teachers laid off in Kent
The Kent School District has cut 19 teachers from its staff as part of its ongoing efforts to balance ailing finances.

The Kent Board of Education approved the layoffs on Tuesday with "heavy hearts," said board president Rebekah Wright Kulis.

Kent icon George Condos dies
The Kent community is reflecting on the loss of one of its icons.

George Condos, known around town as "Georgie" or "wheelchair George" died Tuesday. He was 65.

S.R. 14 plaza in Streetsboro would create visibility for Honeybaked Ham
HoneyBaked Ham and Café owner Steve Schwartz is planning to build a new plaza to house his store and provide it with greater visibility.

The plaza would be a three-unit, 10,100-square-foot building next to the future home of The Happy Moose (formerly Eat 'N Park) on S.R. 14.

Kent School board member resigns, cites health issues
The Kent Board of Education announced the departure of its senior representative on Tuesday.

Janet Rusnack resigned from the board after 23 years of service in light of recent health issues and "on the advice of her physician," according to her resignation letter read at Tuesday's board meeting.

Kent schools taking bids to outsourcing busing
The Kent City School District is in the process of taking bid proposals to outsource the management of its busing services.

A formal request for proposals was published in the April 4 edition of the Record-Courier.

SPORTS:

Ravenna's Brady Starkey captures unforgettable baseball moment
Last week, the David Starkey Memorial Baseball Classic brought area teams together for the sixth consecutive year, but for the first time in the event's history, Brady Starkey could be a part of it from a player's perspective.

Brady Starkey is the 14-year-old son of David Starkey, whose name the tournament is played in honor after dying unexpectedly in 2007.

Portage alumni basketball teams play fundraiser in Windham
Boys basketball alumni teams from five Portage County schools played in a tournament held at Windham High School on Saturday, with the tourney serving as a fundraiser for Windham's Renaissance Family Center. Garfield, Rootstown, Southeast, Waterloo and Windham fielded teams consisting of alumni players from each school. All funds raised by the event will be donated to the RFC in Windham, which offers after-school programs, recreation, tutoring and other community-outreach events to help maintain and enhance the quality of life for families in Windham.

High School Roundup (April 16): Waterloo softball coach Brenda Flarida gets 200th victory
Vikings coach Brenda Flarida picked up her 200th career win thanks to the pitching and hitting of senior Haley Hurd in a PTC contest on the Rovers' field on Wednesday.

Hurd struck out 17 batters and gave up just three hits in going the distance, and helped stake Waterloo (2-4, 2-1) to an early 6-0 lead with a home run, two singles and three RBI.

Field senior Monica Pozuc develops deep passion for ice hockey
Ice hockey has become such a part of who Monica Pozuc is that even the smell of the ice gets her excited about the sport.

"I know it probably sounds strange and it is hard to explain, but the ice just has a smell to it. Fresh ice just smells so good," Pozuc said.

Kent State men's basketball team adds shooting guard Deon Edwin
Kent State's men's basketball team has reportedly addressed its glaring need for immediate help on the perimeter.

Deon Edwin, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, who starred at Laramie County Community College in Wyoming last season, has agreed to join the Golden Flashes program and will be eligible to play in 2014-15.

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