March 30, 2015


Highland graduate finishes NASCAR truck series in style

Tommy Regan (35) spins out as Justin Boston (54) and Matt Tifft (25), of Hinckley Township, pass by during the NASCAR truck race at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., on Saturday. (AP PHOTO)

Before Matt Tifft was old enough to get a driver’s license, he was racing stock cars. “I was racing 150 miles-per-hour race cars at 14 years old before I could drive 25 miles per hour down my street,” he said Sunday, the day after competing in his fifth NASCAR truck series race. The 18-year-old from Read More…

Kicking skills showcased in Medina for Ohio Taekwondo championship


There was board smashing and high kicks all around the Medina Community Recreation Center on Saturday as students of all ages competed in the Ohio Taekwondo Championship. Mayor Dennis Hanwell said he was impressed by the sportsmanship, skill and camaraderie displayed by the competitors. “The traits of honesty, integrity and good citizenship are something we Read More…

Harsh winter for fish at Spencer Lake Wildlife Area

Dead fish are floating in every corner of Spencer Lake at the Spencer Lake Wildlife Area in Spencer Township. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is concerned that many, if not all of the lake’s fish, may have been killed following harsh winter conditions. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

A high number of fish at the Spencer Lake Wildlife Area are dead in what is called a “winterkill” and Ohio naturalists are worried few, if any, survived. “We’ve had another long winter, we had heavy ice cover and on top of that, we had a heavy snow cover,” said Phil Hillman, District Three fish Read More…

Westfield Twp. pilot hospitalized following Saturday night crash

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An 81-year-old pilot was hospitalized with severe injuries after his single-engine plane crashed about 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Westfield Township. The pilot, Robert Syme, of Westfield Township, tried to land his Cub Crafters CC 18-180 plane at Crazy Bob’s Airport, but the landing gear got stuck in mud, which caused the plane to roll over Read More…