April 20, 2014

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Jimmy Haslam back as CEO of Pilot Flying J, won’t affect role with Browns

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is returning to his “first love” as CEO of Pilot Flying J, the company announced Monday. But he insists he isn’t abandoning the Browns and won’t become an absentee owner. “We’re gonna be involved in Northeastern Ohio,” Haslam said Thursday during a speech at a Canton Chamber of Commerce dinner. “Whether Read More…

Runaway girl, 15, of Medina, expected home soon

Jessica Kollar

MEDINA — A 15-year-old girl who police say ran away with a 22-year-old man is expected back home soon. Jessica Kollar and Maxwell Leibsla are being held in Florida on misdemeanor charges accusing them of giving police false names. The couple were arrested Feb. 2 by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies. Kollar was reported missing Read More…

Brunswick council to vote on grocer’s plan

Jim Lukas

BRUNSWICK — City Council is expected to vote tonight to allow a 922-square-foot expansion of the Giant Eagle supermarket, 3440 Center Road. City Manager Jim Lukas said the grocery chain wants to enlarge its cafe area to provide outdoor seating for customers. “The cafe has been really popular, so popular they want to make it Read More…

Cloverleaf’s Maddie Brandt takes all-around gymnastics title

Cloverleaf’s Maddie Brandt competes on the balance beam. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

MEDINA — Cloverleaf junior Maddie Brandt put together a tremendous regular season, dominating the North East Gymnastics Conference from start to finish. Somehow, though, she managed to be even better Saturday at the Medina Sectional. Brandt scored a career-high 36.45 in winning her first sectional championship in the all-around by a whopping 0.9 points over Read More…

Blue Devils, Bees help each other out in tourney draws

Coach Anthony Stacey

COPLEY TWP. — For the second straight year, Brunswick’s boys basketball team received plenty of respect at the Copley Division I District tournament draw. And for the second straight year, there will be multiple intra-Medina County showdowns. The Blue Devils (10-9) had the fourth-fewest wins of the 12 teams, but received the No. 4 seed Read More…

Savanna Slone drills 3-pointer with 4 seconds left to stun Bucks

Black River's Savanna Slone drives the lane against Buckeye's Sam Daher during the third quarter. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

SULLIVAN TWP. — Dory, the ditzy blue tang fish with an always-sunny outlook from the movie “Finding Nemo,” said it best. “When life gets you down, you know wanna know what you’ve gotta do? Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.” It may as well be the battle cry for Black Read More…

Swimming: Records fall as Brunswick shines in Akron

AKRON — When it comes to this season, Brunswick’s girls swim team might as well throw the school record book out the window. The Blue Devils attack on top times continued Saturday afternoon, as they broke five school records and had 14 individuals advance to next week’s district meet with a third-place showing at the Read More…

Hot Grizzlies manhandle ranked Hawks in basketball

BERLIN — This was as impressive as it gets. The Wadsworth girls basketball team played a near-perfect first half Saturday in a 61-37 victory over Berlin Hiland. The Hawks (19-3) are ranked second in the Division IV state poll, but the Grizzlies (19-2) made 16-of-22 field goals, including 7-of-10 from 3-point range, to take a Read More…

Rams close thrilling non-league game vs. Colts on a 12-1 run

Robby Buckwald

WESTFIELD TWP. — Mansfield Madison senior Kobi Johnson will never forget his moment in the sun. The Cloverleaf boys basketball team won’t, either, for all the wrong reasons. Johnson hit a driving layup as time expired Saturday, capping an epic comeback that gave the Rams a 53-51 non-league win. The 6-foot-2 guard’s heroics higlighted a Read More…

Medina restaurant ushers in Chinese New Year

The lion paraded around the House of Hunan in Medina on Sunday evening to celebrate Chinese New Year. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

MEDINA — The lions took over House of Hunan on Sunday, bringing good luck for the new year. Each year, the Kwan Family Lion Dance team, of Cleveland, performs at the restaurant to celebrate Chinese New Year. A multicolored lion, with two people underneath it, paraded and pranced to the tune of crashing cymbals, a Read More…