October 24, 2014

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Tribe notes: Michael Bourn still on the shelf

CLEVELAND — Activation day came and went for center fielder Michael Bourn, who was eligible to leave the disabled list Tuesday but is still mending from a laceration on his right index finger. Manager Terry Francona re-emphasized that when Bourn recovers fully, he would require a brief minor-league rehab stint before returning to the Indians‘ Read More…

Softball: Bees still haven’t found a way to beat Pioneers

Medina’s Lauren Peak is tagged out at home plate by Elyria catcher Haley Looney in the bottom of the fourth. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDD SMERGLIA)

MEDINA — Not much difference remains between the Elyria and Medina softball programs, but there’s still a difference. It was apparent once again Tuesday, as the five-time Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division champion Pioneers made every play they had to in a 1-0 league win over the Bees. “That’s a great team right there,” Elyria Read More…

Baseball: Grizzlies, Knights remain on top

Riley Campbell

WADSWORTH — Even though Tallmadge’s highly regarded baseball team isn’t what it used to be, taking down the 14 players wearing blue and gold meant the world to Wadsworth. Left fielder Nate Aberle set the tone, shortstop Riley Campbell brought the wow-factor and pitcher Jeff Stover was incredibly workmanlike as the can’t-keep-them-down Grizzlies won 3-0 Read More…

Softball: Hornets take care of details, play Devils today

Kaitlin Krajcik

GRANGER TWP. — The Highland softball team made sure it didn’t dampen today’s Suburban League showdown with Tallmadge, as it blitzed Cloverleaf 13-3 in six innings Tuesday in league play. The Hornets (12-5, 7-2) played long ball against the Colts (9-11, 3-6), as Amanda Schniegenberg had a grand slam, Kaitlin Krajcik had a three-run jack Read More…

Track and field: Nick Seme breaks Wadsworth’s discus record

Nick Seme

WADSWORTH — After previously matching the school record in the discus, Wadsworth’s Nick Seme made it his own Tuesday afternoon against Highland. The senior thrower broke the program mark as the Grizzlies cruised to a 91-46 Suburban League victory over the Hornets. Seme, an Ashland football and track recruit, spun the disc 173 feet, 9 Read More…

Preschoolers’ furry classmate devotes life to service

Chili, 14 months, sits as 4- and 5-year-olds at Medina Weekday Preschool make crafts Tuesday. Teacher Staicey Scholtz takes Chili, a service dog in training, to the school twice a week to help socialize him. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

When the fire alarm went off Tuesday at Medina Weekday Preschool, only one member of the class kept his cool. That was Chili, a service dog in training, whose ability to stay calm could one day save someone’s life. Staicey Scholtz, a teacher at the school, brings Chili to class twice a week to socialize Read More…

West Smith reconstruction begins Monday

Medina will begin work on replacing pavement on West Smith Road early next year. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

The long-awaited reconstruction of West Smith Road begins Monday. The $1.9 million project is part of a multiyear upgrade of roads serving the industrial area in Medina’s southwest side. The initial project will widen and replace about a half-mile of West Smith Road from Lake Road to the double railroad crossing near 850 W. Smith Read More…

Medina interim super: ‘Happy to be here,’ takes pay cut

David Knight

MEDINA — At his first board meeting as interim superintendent of Medina Schools, David Knight asked for a pay cut. The school board had drafted a contract with an hourly rate of $37.50. At a special board meeting Tuesday, however, Knight said that was too much and asked that the rate be $30 an hour Read More…

Former fire chief takes on councilman in Wadsworth

Timothy Eberling

WADSWORTH — Councilman Timothy Eberling, 1st Ward, is challenged in Tuesday’s Republican primary by a familiar face: Ralph Copley, the city’s former fire chief. Eberling Eberling, 65, was elected to City Council in 2005 and won re-election three times. “If I was to say one thing,” Eberling said, “my goal is to continue to serve Read More…

Group talks future of Northeast Ohio

Evan Goodenow A bleak future for Northeast Ohio in 2040 is predicted if existing trends continue. Modest job and population growth is expected with about 4 million people in the region and about 1.8 million jobs, according to James Minor, principal owner of Sasaki Associates, a Watertown, Mass.-based consultant. While there will be new suburban Read More…