August 29, 2014

Medina
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Middle schoolers make cranes to support cancer research

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BRUNSWICK — Diagnosed with the same rare form of leukemia, 3-year-old Kyle Stewart and 5-year-old Lydia Miyashita became friends while undergoing chemotherapy treatments at Akron Children’s Hospital last year. Lydia died in February, and her family and friends are trying to increase awareness and funding for pediatric cancer research by making 1 million paper cranes Read More…

Mayor: Anti-gun group misused my name

BRUNSWICK — Mayor Dale Strasser says he is a member of the National Rifle Association and has never supported any gun control organizations. So he was surprised to discover that pro-gun control organization Mayors Against Illegal Guns said he was a member in its promotional materials. “My name should have never been on that material,” Read More…

County unemployment at 8 percent

MEDINA — The county’s unemployment rate was one of the lowest in the state for August at 8 percent, but officials say lower rates statewide do not mean the economy is improving. The county rate was 8.5 percent in July and 9.3 percent in June, according to figures released Tuesday from the Ohio Department of Read More…

Wadsworth library laying off seven people

WADSWORTH — Wadsworth Public Library decided this week to lay off seven employees after being forced to reduce its budget by nearly $400,000 due to state funding cuts. The laid-off employees worked in various departments, said Janet Griffing, community relations coordinator. Hours for other employees will be reduced and some will have to take pay Read More…

Business advisers extend county presence

BRUNSWICK — The business counseling organization SCORE will set up a series of workshops in the city after a citizens’ group concerned with economic development issues invited representatives to come to the city. Members of the recently formed IDEA Group (Improving and Developing Economic Activity) decided their first project would be to have workshops by Read More…

Brunswick woman dies in skydiving accident

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GARRETTSVILLE TWP. — A 22-year-old Brunswick woman died in a skydiving accident in Portage County after a parachute failed to fully open. Sierra Thomas, along with her instructor Daniel Mathie of Boardman, jumped in tandem from an aircraft flying at about 8,000 feet at 7:28 p.m. Saturday. While the main parachute deployed, it wasn’t clear Read More…

Beriswill Farms celebrates township bicentennial with corn maze

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LIVERPOOL TWP. — While there are sure to be many tributes and celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of Liverpool Township, it is likely the Beriswill family’s contribution will be the only one that can be appreciated from the sky. Most people, though, will only see it at eye level while trying to avoid running Read More…

Brunswick TV moving to Title Office building

BRUNSWICK — Brunswick Area Television soon will move from its studios at Laurel Square up the street to Manhattan Circle, where the Brunswick Title Office is currently located. The county-owned building will be purchased for $285,000 when Brunswick City Council formally approves the measure. County auditor’s records show the 5,500-square-foot building located just off Pearl Read More…

Brunswick considers expanding city’s CRA

BRUNSWICK — The entire city, including commercial and residential properties, could be eligible for tax abatements on new construction or renovation projects if City Council decides to expand the city’s Commercial Reinvestment Area. Currently, the city’s CRA only applies to the industrial area located off West 130th Street, city Economic Development Director Tim Smith said. Read More…

22-year-old charged with theft in string of Brunswick break-ins

BRUNSWICK — A city man was charged with theft after police caught him early Friday morning with a bag full of items he allegedly took out of vehicles in the area of Mulberry Lane. Neighbors called police at around 6:30 a.m. complaining about a suspicious man dressed in black carrying a flashlight. When police found Read More…