Weekly Roundup: May 2 to May 8, 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:

New school levies fail, but renewals approved

Three Portage County school districts making requests for new money saw their requests headed for defeat once again in Tuesday's election.

The Ravenna School District also lost its third consecutive request for new money by a vote of 1,927 to 1,586, according to incomplete and unofficial results from the board of elections.

Portage parks levy wins

It took six tries over nearly 20 years, but the Portage Park District passed a funding levy Tuesday.

Issue 10, a 0.5-mill, 10-year additional levy passed 12,172 to 10,289, according to complete but unofficial results from the Portage County Board of Elections.

Freeman takes issue with statements on Berger website

Thomas J. Freeman, a candidate for Portage County Probate/Juvenile Court judge in Tuesday's Democratic primary, alleged Friday that his opponent, Bob Berger "has expressly misstated applicable law in an effort to misrepresent my experience and qualifications for the position of judge" on Berger's campaign website.

In response, Berger said Portage court policy and procedure are different from Summit County, where Freeman practices.

New Ravenna park moves closer to reality

If you've driven through Ravenna lately, maybe you've noticed the vacant lot on West Main Street between Bear's Vintage Metalworks and McDonald's has been cleaned up. Or if you've driven along West Highland Avenue, maybe you've seen environmentalists on the old concrete plant's property, assessing the site.

Slowly but surely, the site of Ravenna's future park is being cleaned up, and people should notice some significant changes come this summer, said Kerry Macomber, director of economic development for the city.

Kent State's Carole Barbato dies

Carole Barbato, a woman who dedicated her life to passing down the history and context of the May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State University, died Wednesday. She was 64.

Barbato was a student in her junior year at KSU on the day four students -- Jeffrey Miller, Allison Krause, William Schroeder and Sandra Scheuer -- were fatally shot down by the Ohio National Guard, which also wounded nine other students during unrest on campus.

SPORTS:

Kent Roosevelt football coach John Nemec retires

Longtime Kent Roosevelt football head coach John Nemec announced his retirement on Monday.

Nemec steps down after spending 38 years at Kent Roosevelt and having served as the Rough Riders' head coach for 29 years. He also spent six years as an assistant coach for Kent Roosevelt and was also the school's athletic director for three years.

Kent Roosevelt lacrosse coach Brianne Dishong's quest to embarrass cancer

There were days when Brianne Dishong woke up and hated life.

The colors that once filled her world so vibrantly had been robbed of their brilliance and replaced with varying shades of whites, blacks and grays.

Family atmosphere helped ink Kent State's men's basketball recruits Edwin, Jones

Fostering a family atmosphere helped the Kent State men's basketball program make two key additions to its family.

Deon Edwin and Marvin Jones, who both signed national letters of intent to join the program in the past two weeks, each indicated that the family vibe they received while visiting campus played a major role in their decision to join the Golden Flashes.

Southeast gets past Waterloo 3-2 to remain unbeaten in PTC County softball race

Southeast swatted Waterloo's hopes of a Portage Trail Conference County Division title on Tuesday night, defeating the visiting Vikings 3-2. The Pirates (10-3, 8-0) collected their second win against the Vikings (8-6, 7-3) as they won by the same score Monday night.

Stringing together a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Southeast proved that a better on-base percentage would lead to a victory. Over the course of the day the Pirates received five walks and got on base twice because of errors

Five amazing seniors are Kent State softball team's glue

They’re the “glue” that holds the 2014 Kent State softball team together.

Not necessarily the best players, if you measure importance by numbers alone. But statistics won’t keep a group of young athletes from disintegrating when the inevitable tough times come along. That responsibility typically falls on the laps of its senior leaders, for better or worse.

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