October 1, 2014


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…

PHOTOS: Ray Mellert Park splash pad opens, attracts children, families


The splash pad at Medina’s Ray Mellert Park was expected to be built in 2012, but the project was delayed because of the first two bids came in too high. Last year, the unusually wet weather delayed completion of the splash pad until October. Mayor Dennis Hanwell and Ward 1 Councilman Brian Hilberg hosted a picnic Read More…

PHOTOS: Board of elections has moved to Stonegate Drive in Medina Twp.

Medina County Elections Director Carol A. Lawler shows the voting machine storage room at the county Board of Elections’ new home at 3800 Stonegate Drive, Medina Township. County commissioners approved the board’s move to a bigger space in October. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

The new Medina County Board of Elections office at 3800 Stonegate Drive in Medina Township opened on Monday.