July 22, 2014


‘Spoonman’ performs musical shows at Brunswick, Buckeye libraries


For 39 years Jim “Spoonman” Cruise has been slapping spoons on his thigh. On Monday, he brought his talents to the Brunswick and Buckeye libraries. In traditional country music, spoons are played holding the concave sides of two spoons outward with a finger placed in between both of the handles. The spoons are struck against Read More…

Medina council moves to replace outdoor pool for about $1M

MEDINA — The city is moving forward with plans to replace its only outdoor pool. Parks Director Jansen Wehrley told City Council’s Public Properties Committee on Monday that the city will advertise for bids on the project of renovating the pool at the end of this week. The pool was closed in 2012 at Memorial Read More…

PHOTO: Racing legend Mario Andretti signs autographs in Medina Twp.

Racing legend Mario Andretti greets a fan at the grand opening of the Firestone Auto Care, 5131 Buehlers Drive, in Medina Township. The event also featured a monster truck, buffet and prize drawings. Andretti is one of the most decorated drivers in the sport. He is the only driver to win an Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500 and a Formula One World Championship. Firestone Complete Auto Care is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Williams on the Lake, residents opposed to asphalt manufacturing plant

A line of trees separates the Williams on the Lake banquet hall, left, from the site of a proposed asphalt manufacturing plant. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

The Medina Planning Commission is urging a road construction material company and a local banquet hall to settle their differences privately. The Shelly Co., of Cleveland, wants to move an asphalt manufacturing plant from 310 N. State Road about a mile to 820 W. Smith Road. The Shelly Co. needs a conditional zoning certificate from Read More…

PHOTOS: Beekeepers harvest honey from hives at A.I. Root Candle Co.


Three beekeepers tended to hives at A.I. Root Candle Co., 623 W. Liberty St., Medina on Monday. The Medina Bee Festival is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway St. Residents can watch beekeepers open a hive at 11 a.m., they can taste wild honey and learn about beekeeping. Read More…

PHOTOS: Medina’s Ward One block party draws families, fun


The second annual Ward One block party was held in Medina on Sunday.

Longtime Medina numbers man Wayne Hamilton remembered as people person

Wayne Hamilton served as 
Medina’s finance director for 28 years. He was 71. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

For nearly three decades, Wayne Hamilton’s job was to make sure the city of Medina’s books balanced. But employees and colleagues say what made him an outstanding finance director was that he didn’t just care about numbers. “He served the people first,” Romy Graves, who served as deputy finance director under Hamilton for 24 years, Read More…

Woman used grandson as accomplice, police say

Caron Simmons

MEDINA — Police have arrested a 50-year-old Lafayette Township woman who investigators say used her 4-year-old grandson to break into Eli’s Kitchen in June. Caron J. Simmons, of the 7400 block of Lake Road, was arrested Friday. She is charged with breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony. Simmons was being held at the Medina County Read More…

Residents react to LeBron’s return

When LeBron James announced his return home to Northeast Ohio and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, residents took a step back and enjoyed the moment. The On Tap Grille and Bar, on state Route 18 in Montville Township, saw a rush of customers who left work to take in the atmosphere circling James’ big decision. Read More…

Medina’s Sushi on the Roll becomes Twiisted

Staff members from Twiisted cut the ribbon for their restaurant on Friday in Medina. Previously known as Sushi on the Roll, the rebranded restaurant focuses on combining dishes from the East and the West. From left: Damon West, Andy Johnson, Lee Ruffier, Charlie Franklin and Tiffany Bounce. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — Sushi from the East has met gourmet cheeseburgers from the West at a new Medina restaurant. Twiisted, 985 Boardman Alley, previously known as Sushi on the Roll, held a grand opening Friday. General manager Damon West was brought in earlier this year to develop a fresh concept on the Medina food scene. “We Read More…