Portage County EMS workers receive the Covid-19 vaccine. Portage County Health District photo

Portage County will start offering vaccines to people at the highest risk of developing severe Covid-19 next week, though the countywide supply is a fraction of the need, officials said in a press briefing Thursday.

The second phase of vaccine distribution, 1B, includes members of the general population who are…

Kent State volunteers pack grocery bags assistance recipients during the food distribution at Dix Stadium in December. Michael Indriolo/The Portager

Reflections on The Portager, a ‘very online’ year and lessons to carry forward

Journalists everywhere are writing year-end reflections, and I also feel compelled to write one for all the usual reasons.

Columns and “listicles” about the “biggest stories of 2020” provide a sense of closure and finality that doesn’t occur in nature, unless you’re particularly attuned to the harvest and the revolutions…

Laura Frost, Emergency Department Assistant Nurse Manager at UH Portage Medical Center, receiving the hospital’s first non-trial Covid-19 vaccination. Submitted photo/UH Portage

UH Portage frontline workers are the first to receive the vaccine, made by Moderna

The wait for a Covid-19 vaccine is over for Portage County’s frontline medical workers.

On Wednesday, University Hospitals announced it had administered the first vaccines at UH Portage, in line with the distribution priorities set by the Ohio Health Department, the CDC and other institutions.

The location along Peck Road in Shalersville where the crash took place. Google Street View

The Ravenna school district is in mourning the week before winter break, and investigators are focusing on the driver’s culpability

By Ben Wolford and Carter Eugene Adams

A single-vehicle crash in Shalersville that killed three people, including two middle schoolers, was “completely preventable,” said a state trooper investigating the incident that has left the Ravenna school community in mourning.

Around 3 p.m. Sunday, Julianne M. Shead, 41, of Ravenna, was…

Susan White


I sat down to talk with Randolph Township Trustee Susan White about taxes, fire departments and schools

Susan White is a Realtor and member of the Randolph Township Board of Trustees. I spoke with her on Sunday for last week’s podcast, but things didn’t go exactly as planned. Unfortunately the recording is unusable, but luckily we were able to pull the transcript and share it with you.

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‘Abstaining is not leading,’ wrote John Kennedy, a Democratic challenger for the county commission seat

Last week, the Democratic candidate for Portage County Commissioner, John Kennedy, published an article on his website arguing that his opponent may have abstained from a vote to declare racism a public health crisis for reasons other than the one she gave.

There’s a lot of ground to cover here…

Black Lives Matter protest organizer Sasha Gough and protester Brandon Pesicek speak to counter-protesters in downtown Garrettsville in August. (Michael Indriolo/The Portager)

‘Kids are going to grow up in this town like I did, and I want to create a community for them where they’re excited and proud to come home.’

Editor’s note: This interview was mistakenly published from the wrong author account, and Medium does not permit revisions to this once the article is published. The author of this piece is correctly identified below.

By Richie Koch

After the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Tayler earlier this summer, Black…

Community members address the Rootstown school board and superintendent at a special meeting over the resignation of football coach Troy Spiker. Michael Indriolo/The Portager

Superintendent confirms the decision was his, in consultation with a portion of the board members

By Michael Indriolo and Ben Wolford

Rootstown Superintendent Andrew Hawkins said for the first time publicly that he reversed a disciplinary action against a football player who called teammates the n-word.

The confirmation came during a special Board of Education meeting Monday night, in which the board unanimously voted to…

Ben Wolford

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