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Businessman reopens closed Junction Tavern in Canton

The Repository logo The Repository 7/5/2022 Edd Pritchard, The Repository

CANTON – After a two-year hiatus, Junction Tavern has reopened under new ownership.

Local businessman Richie Shannon bought the business at 3013 Tuscarawas St. W on April 1 and reopened the following week.

The coronavirus pandemic and other issues forced previous owners Dennis and Carolyn Copeland to close the Junction.

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Shannon already owns two used car stores, as well as used furniture and appliance stores in Massillon and Canton. He said Copeland asked if he would be interested in buying the Junction. Shannon said he visited the tavern, took a look at the kitchen and decided to make the deal.

"I love the kitchen," he said.

Through the years, Shannon has worked at several restaurants in the area, and he's certain the Junction Tavern's kitchen will give him a chance to showcase his skills preparing food.

The regular menu features burgers, and Shannon touts the mushroom and Swiss cheese burger. There also are coneys with sharp cheddar and diced onions that Shannon said are getting rave reviews.

A mushroom and swiss burger is one of the favorite featured items on the menu at Junction Tavern in Canton. © none A mushroom and swiss burger is one of the favorite featured items on the menu at Junction Tavern in Canton.

Specials on weekends include stuffed shells, lasagna and steak dinners, Shannon said. As business picks up, he intends to expand the menu.

The business has history, Shannon said, with ties to the Copeland family going back 81 years. It's believed to be the oldest operating tavern on Tuscarawas Street W, and county records date the building to 1925. City directories list the address as the Junction back to the 1950s.

The tavern sits close to the intersection of Tuscarawas Street W and Junction Court NW. The business' name comes from the trolleys that used to junction in the 3000 block of Tuscarawas Street W, Shannon said.

He painted the exterior, and set up space for outdoor dining. He also remodeled a space that had been a pool room. Now it's a dining room and can be used as a banquet hall.

"It's a nice dinner area for families, separate from the bar," Shannon said.

A pool room has been remodeled to serve as the dining room at Junction Tavern in Canton. The space also can leased for banquets and events. © Kevin Whitlock / Massillon Independent A pool room has been remodeled to serve as the dining room at Junction Tavern in Canton. The space also can leased for banquets and events.

The Junction opens at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Local bands perform on Wednesday nights, while Thursday is Ladies Night. DJ Smokin Joe plays dance music from the 1980s and 1990s on Friday and Saturday nights.

Shannon said he plans to be open on Sunday during the football season, showing games on the tavern's televisions.

"The Junction is a place where folks can eat, drink and dance," Shannon said.

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Another group of Hoover High School students has won top honors at the Junior Achievement National Student Leadership Summit.

Brain Wave, a company formed by Hoover students, received JA's Company of the Year award at the national competition. It marked the fourth time in five years that a company from Hoover won the top honor.

The students behind the company are: Andrew Roach, Jesse Halmasy, Rachel Noebe, Jimmy Halmasy, Kelsey Hill, Robby Smart, Nick McCracken, Michael Shimek, Connor Pownell and Charlie Zerrer.

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Junior Achievement is a program designed to teach academic and economic skills. Students in the JA Company Program learn economics by creating companies and selling products.

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Brain Wave was one of 15 student-run companies that qualified for the competition at JA's national event. Two other area JA companies — InnoVistics from Hoover and Sababa from Lake High School — also participated in the national competition. All three companies are part of JA of North Central Ohio, which covers 16 counties.

Hoover High School students who formed Brain Wave, a Junior Achievement company, won company of the year honors last month at the JA 2022 National Student Leadership Summit. © none Hoover High School students who formed Brain Wave, a Junior Achievement company, won company of the year honors last month at the JA 2022 National Student Leadership Summit.

Students in Brain Wave developed a cognitive activity book with brain teasers and fun, mentally stimulating skills. The book challenges the mind by improving logical thinking skills, memory and creativity.

As JA Company of the Year, Brain Wave will represent the United States in the JA Worldwide De La Vega Global Entrepreneurship competition. Roach, Jesse Halmasy, Noebe, Jimmy Halmasy and Kelsey Hill represented Brain Wave at the national competition and received a $3,000 scholarship from the Achievement Foundation.

Winning the national competition shows the legacy of Hoover's JA program, said Lori McCleese, JA North Central Ohio president. She commended Mike Grady, the Hoover teacher who directed the school's JA program, for the string of titles over the past five years.

Grady gave credit to the students for their work.

"We all feel very fortunate to represent our community on the national stage," Grady said in a prepared statement.

Carrollton campground a KOA Holiday

Kampgrounds of America has designated its Carroll County affiliate as a KOA Holiday camping facility.

The Carrollton KOA Holiday, owned by Kris and Amy Schmid, has seen several improvements. The park has added deluxe cabins and 35 overnight sites for recreational vehicles. The Schmids also expanded the pool deck and added other amenities.

The campground at 4145 Fresno Road NW can serve as a base camp for day trips in the region, KOA officials said, noting Carrollton KOA Holiday's proximity to Atwood Lake and Leesville Lake.

KOA has three designations for its 525 campgrounds in the United States and Canada. KOA Holiday camps feature cabins with full bathrooms and RV sites with a KOA Patio. There also are KOA Journeys and KOA Resorts.

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