November 27, 2014

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Blue Heron center closes in Montville Township

Blue Heron Conference & Banquet Center and its affiliated restaurant and golf course closed two weeks ago for financial reasons. Managing member Gary Hoffman said the center still is accepting reservations, but the company no longer can provide catering. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

MONTVILLE TWP. — Karen Poliak had everything in order for her daughter’s June wedding. But now, the venue is in question. The uncertainty began Thursday, when Poliak’s florist called to tell her the voicemail at Blue Heron Banquet & Conference Center — where she planned to have her daughter’s wedding reception — said it was Read More…

Brunswick police: Thieves are targeting vehicles of Christmas shoppers

Carl DeForest

BRUNSWICK — After thieves smashed windows on three residents’ cars, police are warning Christmas shoppers to be careful about leaving gifts out in the open in their parked vehicles. “Put things in trunks where people can’t see, and don’t leave high-dollar items in your car,” Police Chief Carl DeForest said. DeForest recommends people put valuables Read More…

Census report: Household incomes drop in Medina County

steve-hambley

Take a look at the household income, poverty and home value data for all Medina County communities: CensusACS11 MEDINA — The last decade has seen household incomes drop dramatically in Medina County, its cities and most villages and townships, according to a Census Bureau report released today. The bureau’s American Community Survey found the county’s Read More…

Pro wrestler Derek Foore, of Wadsworth, becomes free agent

Wadsworth graduate Derek Foore has been released by the WWE from its Florida territory. The former Grizzly wrestler isn’t about to let that stop him from following his dream. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Derek Foore was getting good reviews for his work in World Wrestling Entertainment’s developmental system, where he was known as the ultra-confident Chad Baxter. The Wadsworth High graduate also had just made his international television debut on WWE’s NXT, beginning a program with fellow prospect Big E Langston. Things couldn’t have been going better for Read More…

Browns: Peyton Hillis joins the war of words

In friendlier times, Cleveland’s Joe Thomas, right, blocks for running back Peyton Hillis. Thomas unloaded on Hillis Wednesday and Hillis fired back on Thursday. Sunday, Hillis will be back in Cleveland as a member of the Chiefs. (AP FILE PHOTO)

BEREA — Less than 24 hours after being called “toxic” by Browns tackle Joe Thomas, Chiefs running back Peyton Hillis fired back at his former teammate on Thursday. Hillis told Kansas City reporters that five-time Pro Bowl selection Thomas was “kind of like a crazy ex-girlfriend, you know? It’s been over a year. Get over Read More…

No deals at Winter Meetings for Tribe

The Indians left the Winter Meetings without landing one of their main targets, but they did acquire a player in the Rule V Draft on Thursday, selecting first baseman Chris McGuiness from the Texas Rangers with the fifth overall pick. Cleveland also lost two players via the Rule V Draft, with right-hander Hector Rondon (Chicago Read More…

Swimming: Lizzy Gehlmann leads Blue Devils past Stow

Lizzy Gehlmann

BRUNSWICK — Junior Lizzy Gehlmann figured in four wins as the Brunswick girls swim team beat Stow 110-75 in Northeast Ohio Conference action Wednesday. Gehlmann won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.80 and the 100 free (56.01). She teamed with Hannah McCulloch, Melissa Froncek and Nicolette Crissinger to take first in the 200 free (1:45.10) and Read More…

Boys basketball notes: Schedule expansion a popular move

Joe Mackey

The verdict is in: Medina County coaches are fans of the new 22-game schedule. Based on a recommendation from the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association, the Ohio High School Athletic Association approved the expansion from 20 games. The schedule was last expanded from 18 to 20 for the 1979-80 season. The former number was Read More…

Girls basketball notes: Medina has been living downtown

Faith Constance

Believe in the three. It appeared the 3-point shooting for Medina’s girls basketball team was going to be slightly hampered on paper when Casey Midlik went down with a torn ACL. In reality, nothing has been further from the truth. Despite being without Medina County’s top returning 3-point shooter — Midlik made 33 last season Read More…

Granger 5th-graders’ rendition of ‘We Are Never Ever’ gets YouTube following

Five fifth-graders at Granger Elementary School have received some recognition on YouTube for their lip-synched version of Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Clockwise from top left, Brianna Wick, Desiree Cottrell, Alaina Scavuzzo, Ava Hixenbaugh and Brooke Wallace pose in front of the blue screen in Ava’s basement where they made the video. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

MONTVILLE TWP. — A lip-synching act that might have once been confined to an elementary school talent show is getting a much wider audience, thanks to YouTube. Five fifth-grade girls who go to Granger Elementary School have gotten some Internet fame with their rendition of one of Taylor Swift’s latest singles, “We Are Never Ever Read More…