Senior benefits checkup at Area Agency office
NILES - The Area Agency on Aging 11 will have trained staff members available for free benefits checkups from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Agency's main office on the second floor of the Eastwood Mall.
Open enrollment is an annual event in which those 65 and older and the disabled who are on Medicare can change benefit plans or select a Part D prescription plan.
Agency staff members provide free, unbiased options on Medicare and prescription drug plans. Anyone interested needs to call for a time slot at 330-505-2300. Participants should bring a copy of their Medicare card and a list of prescriptions and dosage.
Ohio man dead after
30-hour police standoff
BRUNSWICK - A coroner in northeast Ohio says a man who held a 30-hour standoff with authorities died after being shot by police.
Police in Brunswick say the standoff that began Friday afternoon ended Saturday night, but they did release many details.
The coroner in Medina County tells several media outlets that the 39-year-old man was shot several times.
Police say his former girlfriend also was injured, but did not say how that happened.
Brunswick police say they got a call from the man's brother who told them the 39 year-old was going to a home to hurt his ex-girlfriend.
Ohio police officers win $1M in Powerball lottery
COLUMBUS - A group of Columbus police officers will get to share $1 million from a winning Powerball ticket.
The group just missed out on last week's big $588 million jackpot, matching five of six winning numbers.
About two dozen officers had pooled their money to buy more than 50 tickets for the drawing.
The officers will take home about $30,000 each.
Plans to restore farm created by famed author
LUCAS - Ohio has big plans for a farm created in the 1930s by a Pulitzer-prize winning author and conservationist.
The state's natural resources department will spend up to $500,000 toward restoration efforts over the next year at Malabar Farm State Park Friday in north-central Ohio's Richland County.
The plan is to make Malabar Farm a showcase for conservation agriculture. The makeover will include improvements to the trails, the main house and farm buildings.
Townships to meet
on emergency service
JOHNSTON - Johnston trustees will hold a combined work session with trustees from Kinsman, Vernon and Gustavus at 6:30 p.m. today at the Johnston VFW Hall.
Discussion will be on emergency medical service contracts and EMS support of Johnston to Kinsman, Vernon and Gustavus.
Tribune editors are headed to Howland
HOWLAND - The last stop in a yearlong series of gatherings to allow the public to meet the editors of the Tribune Chronicle is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Howland Township Administration Building.
Readers from all communities are invited to attend and ask questions and make suggestions.
Scheduled to attend are Tribune Chronicle publisher Charles Jarvis; general manager Len Blose; editor Frank Robinson; managing editor Guy Coviello; sports editor Dana Sulonen; features editor Mary Beth Wyko; humor columnist and assistant metro editor Burton Cole; entertainment writer Andy Gray; Browns beat reporter Mike McLain; chief photographer R. Michael Semple; and community news reporter Bob Coupland.
Light refreshments will be served. The monthly sessions are being coordinated as part of the Tribune Chronicle's bicentennial celebration.
Staff, wire reports