April 26, 2015

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Brunswick engineer awarded national honor in D.C.

Patricia Bator, manager of design engineering for Babcock and Wilcox in Barberton was awarded the Women in Manufacturing STEP Award last month. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

A Brunswick engineer has received the Women in Manufacturing STEP Award for her professional accomplishments. Patricia Bator, who has worked for Babcock & Wilcox’s nuclear operations group in Barberton for 30 years, traveled to Washington, D.C., to pick up the award in March. The award was given by the Manufacturing Institute and the Society of Read More…

Medina shop owner protests felony theft conviction

John Kuhar, 63, of Medina, awaits a verdict on two charges of theft on Friday morning. Kuhar, who owns Medina Motorsports, was found guilty of charges that he took money from a client and never did the work he was hired to complete. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A Medina businessman insists he’s innocent even after a judge found him guilty Friday of taking a $1,600 payment for a product he never provided to the client. John Kuhar, 63, who owns Medina Motorsports on West Liberty Street, told The Gazette that he thought the verdict was “unfair.” “For me to be found guilty Read More…

Seville family helps Akron Children’s Hospital get better


Almost four years ago, Megan and Randy Pollock of Seville traveled to Akron General Hospital to give birth to their first child, Jordan. Twenty weeks earlier, the Pollocks had been told that Jordan’s birth would be difficult. During a routine ultrasound, it was revealed that Jordan would be born with Spina bifida and would need Read More…

Hinckley Township works to define its future

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Hinckley Township residents like the rural feel of their community and want to keep it that way. That was the gist of a draft released Wednesday by advisers hired by the township to set goals for at least the next 10 years. “When asked, 98 percent of you said you were either satisfied or extremely Read More…

Panther showcases $13M world headquarters in Sharon Twp.

Panther Logistics employee Brian Witt cleans a trailer in preparation to update the decal on the back of the vehicle. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Andrew Davis and Lawrence Pantages | The Gazette Panther Premium Logistics showcased its new, sprawling 50,000-square-foot world headquarters in Sharon Township to members of the Medina County Economic Development Corp. and invited guests Wednesday afternoon. Completed in December, the $13 million facility — which includes offices, a dispatch center and working space for drivers — Read More…

WOW! suspends cable expansion in Brunswick

A map provided by WOW! shows areas of Brunswick and Brunswick Hills Township (within the box) where its services are available. (MAP PROVIDED - CLICK MAP FOR LARGER IMAGE)

Work to expand WOW! cable service has been suspended in the city of Brunswick and surrounding Brunswick Hills Township neighborhoods. The Denver-based cable, Internet and telephone company, also known as Wide Open West, has a regional office in Berea, and began expansion in Brunswick in 2013 with the aim of providing residents an alternative to Read More…

Students saddle up for riding contest at Medina Creative Therapy Ranch

Micah Somogyi, front, followed by Brandi Villoni, who received first place in the Walk/Trot group, ride at a Special Olympics horse show hosted Sunday by the Medina Creative Therapy Ranch. The winners qualified to compete in the Special Olympics in Cincinnati in August. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

Fifteen riders had the chance to showcase their skills Sunday at the Medina Creative Therapy Ranch and compete to qualify for the Special Olympics. “To see the excitement of these kids as they progress is amazing,” said Sharon Biggins, director of the therapy ranch on Lake Road in Lafayette Township. The therapy ranch includes riders Read More…

Medina County jobless rate falls 1 percent from March a year ago

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Medina County’s unemployment rate sank a full percentage point during March compared with a year ago. The March labor force estimate released Tuesday in a report from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services estimated the county’s jobless rate was 4.8 percent last month. It was 5.8 percent in March 2014. According to the Read More…

Ex-operator of recycling center cries foul against Medina County officials

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The former operator of Medina County’s recycling facility has accused county officials of misleading the public into believing the facility processed less trash than it actually did. Envision Waste, of Cleveland, sent a “cease and desist” letter to county officials April 16 demanding the county stop using the previously reported number of 4,054 tons of Read More…

Former Medina teacher, sex offender fired as RubberDucks’ announcer

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The Akron RubberDucks minor league baseball organization has fired its newly hired game announcer after a media outlet informed the team he had a decade-old felony conviction. Scott H. Foster, who was a teacher at A.I. Root Middle School from 1997 to 2003, pleaded guilty in 2004 to sending graphic sexual messages to two 13-year-old Read More…