August 1, 2014

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PHOTO: Comic book writers host ‘Wish I Were at Comic-Con’ in Medina

NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE
Medina comic book writer Tony Isabella couldn’t make it to San Diego last weekend for the Comic-Con International convention. Instead, he hosted a “Wish I Were at Comic-Con” panel Saturday at his Damon Drive home featuring two other local writers who have achieved national recognition. 
From left, Isabella, best known for creating Black Lightning, DC Comics’ first African-American superhero to star in his own series; Mike W. Barr, of Akron, who has written stories for many comic series, including “Batman,” “Star Trek” and “Camelot 3000;” and Tom Batiuk, of Medina Township, nationally syndicated comic strip creator, writer and cartoonist of “Funky Winkerbean” and “Crankshaft.” The panelists discussed favorite comic books and characters and invited to guests to ask them questions. (NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE)

Medina comic book writer Tony Isabella couldn’t make it to San Diego last weekend for the Comic-Con International convention. Instead, he hosted a “Wish I Were at Comic-Con” panel Saturday at his Damon Drive home featuring two other local writers who have achieved national recognition.

Couples offer their secrets to maintaining a golden marriage

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The Kiwanis Club of Medina celebrated the 50th wedding anniversaries of 14 Medina County couples at a luncheon Thursday at Williams on the Lake. The annual Golden Wedding Anniversary Luncheon is a longstanding Kiwanis tradition. “We’ve been hosting the luncheon every year for as long as I can remember,” Kiwanis event chairperson Joan Rundle said. Read More…

Local cartoonist Tom Batiuk first published in Gazette’s sister paper

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Comic book men drawn in different directions Tony Isabella and Tom Batiuk have a lot in common. As children, they both remember a family member reading the comics to them. As teenagers, they both had a fascination with comic books and spent long hours creating characters and writing comic book storylines. They both published comic Read More…

Local comic book writer Tony Isabella was taught by the best at Marvel

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Comic book men drawn in different directions Tony Isabella and Tom Batiuk have a lot in common. As children, they both remember a family member reading the comics to them. As teenagers, they both had a fascination with comic books and spent long hours creating characters and writing comic book storylines. They both published comic Read More…

Medina man uses computer-assisted design to make custom guitars

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Musician Jim Lewis was frustrated. Frustrated with expensive guitars that wouldn’t stay in tune. Frustrated with high-priced, low-quality music equipment. Instead of just complaining, the Medina resident decided to do something about it. Lewis founded Strictly 7 Guitars, a production and custom guitar shop based in Orrville. “I was the bass player in a Christian Read More…

Seville merchants hope to promote village as a shopping destination

Flags and flowers line Seville’s Main Street this summer. NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE

A group of 13 retailers from the Center and Main streets area are active members of the 2-year-old Downtown Seville Business Association with the goal of drawing tourists and shoppers to historic downtown Seville. One of the group’s key members is Jane Webb, owner of Seville Flower & Gift Shop. Webb has operated the store Read More…

Lecturer, musician gives insight into the Beatles’ enduring appeal

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While the Beatles were mired in legal disputes during their protracted break-up in the late 1960s, George Harrison found a quiet spot in Eric Clapton’s garden where he wrote the uplifting song “Here Comes the Sun” for the landmark album “Abbey Road.” This is just one of several little-known Beatles facts musician and lecturer Rick Read More…

Lodi Lumber owner traces family’s lumber roots back to 1700s

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Few people can trace their family roots to pre-Revolutionary War America. Jim Rice can. The owner of the Lodi Lumber Co., Rice also can trace 10 family generations who have worked in the lumber business. Rice, along with daughter, Whitney Rice, and cousin, Brian Rice, are celebrating the 125th year of the Lodi business with Read More…

Officials say Medina school buses look too rusted to repair

Rusted holes can be seen in the floor of Bus 12 on display Monday outside the Medina school board meeting. School officials invited the public to inspect the damage to demonstrate the need for new buses. (NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — School officials parked a bus outside Medina High School before the Monday night board meeting so board members and the public could see the corrosion that has rendered many of the district’s buses irreparable. The 14-year-old bus appeared intact from the outside. But the inside of the bus told a different story, with Read More…

Harsh weather ups Medina Schools’ 22-bus request to 28

MEDINA — Medina school officials’ request for 22 new buses has been increased to 28 after a spring inspection of the district’s fleet revealed the Northern Ohio winters have been harsher on the buses than originally thought. Rob Travis, manager of the Medina City Schools Transportation Department, presented the revised proposal to the school board Read More…