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Rick Armon
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The Canton Repository is committed to providing our readers with the most comprehensive coverage available about Stark County.

Each day, we share stories that impact our community — from breaking news to high school sports to uplifting features to investigations to entertainment and food stories.

We put a lot of effort into our journalism. And we hope that you will consider supporting our work by becoming a digital subscriber. If you already subscribe, thank you for the support.

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If you still need convincing, or want to know how to get the most out of your subscription, here are 10 reasons why a subscription is so valuable:

Marquetta Williams recounts the events surrounding the death of her husband, James Williams, 46, who had been shooting celebratory gunfire into the air to ring in 2022 when he was shot to death by a Canton police officer firing through the family's enclosed wooden security fence.

1. Enterprise and exclusive stories only available to subscribers

We mark certain stories on our website as subscriber-only. These stories often are exclusive to or are articles that our staff writers have spent time crafting. Some examples include:

McKinley's Mya Taylor fires off a rebound in the second half with pressure from Green's Nina Shaffer, left, and Jenna Slates at Green.

2. Local sports: Follow the bouncing balls

The Repository's five-member sports staff — Steve Doerschuk, Cliff Hickman, Peter Holland Jr., Mike Popovich and Josh Weir — are devoted to not only covering the high school games but also writing commentary and features about Stark County athletes, and providing statistics that you won't find anywhere else:

Jackie Godbey, executive director of Stark County Humane Society, offers a treat to a pup at the Nimishillen Township facility. The Humane Society is beginning the process to reconfigure its interior, starting with a separate building for storage.

3. No one covers the Stark community like the Repository does

The Repository has award-winning journalists such as Paige Bennett, Kelly Byer, Charita Goshay, Tim Botos, Robert Wang and Kelli Weir covering our community each day. They are digging out stories and sharing them with you:

The roasted tomato bisque was topped with a dollop of pesto and a balsamic drizzle, and the mixed greens salad featured roasted peaches, candied pecans, gorgonzola and honey basil dressing.

4. Unbeatable restaurant and food coverage

If you enjoy eating out — or just enjoy reading about food — staff writer Kelsey Davis has you covered. Her beat consists of restaurant reviews, restaurant news and food coverage in general. Her stories are often labeled as subscriber only. Here are some of her stories in case you missed them:

Jéan P the MC, whose real name is Jéan Pierre Johnson, is a Canton area-based rapper and hip-hop artist.  Jéan P released a new album last year and also hosts a podcast about music, culture and life.

5. Craving Stark County entertainment news? We have it

Staff writer Ed Balint lives and breathes entertainment news. He writes about everything from music to art and also provides unparalleled coverage of the ongoing Hall of Fame Village project in Canton. He's also got a soft spot for Bigfoot:

Jada Doane, a Fairless Middle School student,   thinks through ideas in the Power of the Pen first round of Eastern Region 7th- and 8th-grade district tournament hosted by the University of Mt. Union in Alliance.  Friday, January, 06, 2023.

6. Education is a priority

Stark County is home to 19 public schools districts, along with private and charter schools. It's also home to many colleges: Kent State University at Stark, Malone University, Stark State College, University of Mount Union and Walsh University. We know education is important to the community:

Waikem Motors breaks ground for its new Honda showroom in the 1990s. Pictured are, from left, Pat O'Neal from Harter Bank, George Waikem Sr., Doug Waikem, David Waikem and George "Chip" Waikem Jr.

7. Guest essays from Stark County residents

The Repository makes it a priority to provide space for local op-eds. A locally written guest essay appears each Sunday — with a different topic each week. You can read about a teen waiting to be adopted or even a car dealer write about selling the family business:

8. Access to everything on our app and website

Of course your subscription gets you unlimited access to our responsive website at

And we have a great app, which is found on the App Store and Google Play . There, you can sign up for news alerts, save favorite stories and more.

9. The Repository eNewspaper

All subscribers get access to the Repository eNewspaper, a digital version of our printed paper that allows you to turn pages and zoom in on stories. Designed seven days a week, it also comes with Bonus Content in the form of special sections and national news.

10. Access to other USA TODAY NETWORK products

The Repository is part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, a group of more than 200 newspapers around the U.S., plus the flagship USA TODAY and companion websites.

That means that if you're a subscriber, you can:

Rick Armon is managing editor of the Canton Repository, Massillon Independent and Dover-New Philadelphia Times-Reporter. He can be reached at 330-580-8310 or