October 22, 2014


PHOTOS: Swingin’ in Sharon Twp. with ‘Music in the Circle’ series


Cleveland-area band Madison Crawl performed Wednesday evening in Sharon Township’s Gazebo, at state Routes 162 and 94, as part of the township’s “Music in the Circle” series. Still to come this summer are The Hit Men (classic 1960-90s rock), on July 9; MacKaren (traditional Celtic folk music), July 16; Paul Bryan and Kentucky Border (blue Read More…

No high grade on Medina County’s monthly jobs report

Medina County’s civilian labor force, the total number of residents with jobs or looking for work, was 94,300 in May, unchanged from April, but 800 fewer than reported in May 2013. Last month’s count is 2,900 less than the May record of 97,200 workers reported in 2008. The county’s jobless rate in May, unadjusted for seasonal shifts in employment, was 5.5 percent, unchanged from the revised April number but much lower than the 6.1 percent reported in May 2013. (SOURCE: Ohio Department of Job and Family Services data, compiled by The Gazette)

Medina County got a lackluster grade in the state’s monthly jobs report. The county’s unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in May — unchanged from April but higher than the state average of 5.3 percent. The jobless rate improved in 55 of the state’s 88 counties last month, according to a report released Tuesday by the Read More…

PHOTOS: Parade marks beginning of Wadsworth’s Blue Tip festival


The 42nd annual Blue Tip Festival Parade on Tuesday kicked off a five-day downtown festival, which takes its name from the iconic strike-anywhere Blue Tip matches once manufactured in Wadsworth and features amusement rides, festival foods, midway games, contests and other entertainment.

Seville rubber factory addition to double its size

The Blair Rubber Co., 5020 Panther Parkway, Seville, is expanding. Doing the honors at Monday’s groundbreaking are, from left, controller Tonjua McCullough, plant superintendent Roy Eikelberry, marketing director Nalex Cordova and quality manager Gregg Reinmann. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

SEVILLE — A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Monday for a 50,000-square-foot addition to the Blair Rubber Co. that will nearly double the size of the plant by next spring. Blair Rubber manufactures corrosion-resistant rubber linings for tanks and other containment vessels used by a variety of industries. Founded in 1981 in Copley Township, in Summit Read More…

PHOTO: Three generations attend Dad Fest in Sharon Twp. on Sunday


Country club sued over worker’s death

The family of a 33-year-old worker electrocuted at Fox Meadow Country Club last summer has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Michael Krebs, of Fairlawn, died July 10 while working on a damaged irrigation pipe near the fifth hole at Fox Meadow Country Club, 4260 Fox Meadow Drive, Montville Township. Krebs, an assistant golf course superintendent, Read More…

OSHA fines Liverpool Twp. company up to $89K for worker’s crushed hand

LIVERPOOL TWP. — The Superior Roll Forming Co. faces up to $89,500 in federal safety fines after a worker’s hand was crushed in a 150-ton press last year. The accident occurred Nov. 14 at the company’s facility, 5535 Wegman Drive. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued four serious safety violations Read More…

Medina County treasurer adds ‘Bill Me Later’ option to property taxes

Medina County residents can charge their property taxes and not have to pay off the bill for six months thanks to a new online plan offered by county Treasurer John Burke. Burke said the new payment option is similar to a credit card promotion: The tax bill is paid by PayPal, the Internet payment service, Read More…

Gazette named best newspaper in its class in Ohio

CLEVELAND — The Gazette was named best daily newspaper in Ohio among papers with up to 75,000 circulation by the Cleveland Press Club’s Excellence in Journalism competition. The Gazette’s news and sports staffs won six additional awards in competition with newspapers of all sizes. Managing editor David Knox and reporters Loren Genson and Nick Glunt Read More…

Life rolls For Lodi’s Diana West Wise

Diana West Wise, 13, and her 15-year-old partner, Jim Harmer of Mount Vernon, display their trophies after winning the junior pairs national roller skating championship in 1958. PHOTO PROVIDED

Diana West Wise’s clients knew the handwriting was on the wall when they saw “For Sale” signs go up at Wooster and Academy streets in Lodi. “Diana’s Hair Fashions and Tanning Salon” will close July 1. With the sale of the building and her family’s Elyria Street property, she and her husband are moving to Read More…