Downtown Canton

Canton City Council has voted unanimously to increase penalties and fines for littering.

The new rules will increase fines for a first offense from $100 to $150. For a second offense, fines spike from $150 to $500.

Councilman Frank Morris proposed the changes because he says Canton needs to do a better job keeping the community clean.

photo of Belle Everett, Drew Silverthorn

The past weekend saw several protests over the lack of town halls by Northeast Ohio Congressmen, including one in Canton at the office of Bob Gibbs.

About three-dozen people gathered Saturday in downtown Canton outside of Gibbs’ office, calling for him to meet with constituents in a public town hall. Karen Izzy Gallagher helped organize the rally, and says Gibbs’ request to meet with people in small groups in his office is not good enough.

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Ohio’s auditor is warning more than a dozen cities and counties that they could be on the verge of a fiscal emergency. 

The financial health indicators report breaks down Ohio’s local governments by assigning a red, green or yellow for 17 different categories. A county or city that gets too many reds or yellows is considered to be at high risk for fiscal emergency.

Pro Football Hall of Fame proposal / NFL Hall of Fame

The half-billion-dollar Pro Football Hall of Fame Village project in Canton is supposed to be done in 2019. WKSU’s Tim Rudell says that’s why Canton City Council wrapped up 2016 with tax legislation aimed at supporting the development.

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Polling places were busy during the first hours of voting today though lines were moving steadily. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports on the steady stream at one precinct in Canton.

The parking lot at the Church of the Nazarene was filled when the polls opened at 6:30, though most voters said it took them only about 20 minutes to get through the process. Just about all of them said they showed up primarily because of what they consider one of the most important presidential races of their lifetimes.

Sixty-six-year-old Gerry Grove says America is at a crossroads.