April 1, 2015


Cub Scouts put on Pinewood Derby in Brunswick (PHOTOS)


Cub Scout Pack 3409 hosted a Pinewood Derby on Sunday at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge in Brunswick. Twenty Scouts participated in the derby. The first Boy Scout Pinewood Derby was in 1953, according to the Boy Scouts of America’s official Pinewood Derby website. The Scouts work with a parent or mentor to design, Read More…

Brunswick man suspected in additional bank robberies

Larry Gore Jr.

Larry Gore, the Brunswick man suspected of robbing a FirstMerit bank in Columbia Station last week, is also a suspect in three other bank robberies within the past year in Medina and Lorain counties, Medina County Sheriff Tom Miller said. “The joint bank robbery investigation was an amazing piece of collaboration,” Miller said. “There was Read More…

Entrepreneur innovates in ways to make baskets in Brunswick


Many people receive gift baskets during the Easter season, but Deborah Wasylko’s goal is to build demand for her products all year, anytime. Wasylko owns Baskets Galore in Brunswick Town Center, which offers personalized baskets for any occasion. “We want to help people get back to the basics of gift-giving, and finding a way to Read More…

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…

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…

Dance marathon attracts more than 500 students to raise $25K for charity (PHOTOS)


In these photos, DJ Sparky B provides the music for the Medina High School’s Volunteer Opportunities for Teens dance marathon during the school day Friday. The school’s gym was packed with more than 500 students for the semiannual event that raises money for area charities including the Wounded Warriors Fund and the Jessica Lynn Schaffer Read More…

New Valley Cafe opens in downtown Wadsworth (PHOTOS)

BJ Mikoda and his wife Nicole, of Akron, pose Friday morning outside their recently opened Valley Café in Downtown Wadsworth. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

A ribbon-cutting will be held at 11 a.m. today as part of a welcome to the community for the new Valley Cafe in downtown Wadsworth. The eatery at 101 High St. is owned by Nicole and BJ Mikoda, who have a second cafe in Akron. The Mikoda family includes their children Travis, 21, and Morgan, Read More…

Westfield Center man charged with Wadsworth gas station robbery

Jarrod Kallis

A Westfield Center man was arrested Thursday on a charge that he robbed a Speedway gas station in Wadsworth while armed with a rifle. Jarrod M. Kallis, 35, is charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 11 years in prison. He is being held at the Medina County Jail while he Read More…

Hinckley native ready to race at NASCAR event today

Matt Tifft, 18 (PHOTO PROVIDED)

An 18-year-old from Hinckley Township will take the next step in his motorsports dreams today on a NASCAR race track. Matt Tifft, a Highland High School graduate, will race in the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at the Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Va. Qualifying begins at 11:30 a.m. and the race will Read More…