December 1, 2015

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Santa visits Wadsworth


The start to the 2015 holiday season in Wadsworth was a hit Saturday with Carol Benjamin. “I just moved here from Cleveland a few weeks ago and I love the friendly atmosphere,” she said during the city’s annual Jingle Bell Jaunt and Holiday Parade. “I visited the Square (in Medina) last night (Friday) during the Read More…

Wadsworth considers dropping gun ban in parks

The Wadsworth City Council is considering eliminating a law that bans firearms in city parks because of a possible contradiction with a state law allowing guns in public parks. Wadsworth Law Director Norman Brague raised the issue at Council’s Committee-of-the-Whole meeting Tuesday. “I think we’re stuck with this decision,” Council President Tom Palecek told The Read More…

Event-goers get taste of Wadsworth eating spots

Residents eat at tables on Broad Street in downtown Wadsworth Wednesday night, during the 15th annual Taste of Wadsworth. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Visitors and residents enjoyed the 15th Taste of Wadsworth Wednesday night. About 22 food vendors set up tents in the parking lot behind Valley Cafe at High and Broad streets.

Wadsworth-area winery grows from daughter’s love

Lisa Locklear, owner of the Filia Cellars winery, is shown with its products.

A new winery is bringing a little bit of California sunshine to Medina County. Wadsworth residents Lisa and Mitch Locklear opened Filia Cellars in May of this year in Guilford Township. Housed in a Gothic Victorian manor on Greenwich Road, the winery offers red wines by the glass, bottle or case made from grapes harvested Read More…

Police: Drug busts slow down flow of heroin in southern Medina County

Miles Coblentz

Law enforcement officials announced Monday the arrests of three people suspected of selling drugs in the southern part of Medina County. On Thursday, agents from the Medina County Drug Task Force and Wadsworth Police Department served a search warrant at a Terrace View Drive address in Wadsworth. During the search, agents seized heroin, prescription drugs Read More…

Daughter of slain Akron officer gets escort on first day of school

Akron Police officers and officers from area departments line the sidewalk as Charlee Winebrenner, center, walks with her mother Alyse Shanafelt, center right, and her grandparents Rob Winebrenner and Zee Shanafelt, on her first day of school at Turkeyfoot School in Coventry Township on Thursday.  (Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal via AP)

Staff and wire reports | The Gazette The daughter of a slain Akron police officer received a police escort to school on her first day of kindergarten Thursday. Officer Justin Winebrenner, who grew up in Wadsworth, was off-duty and unarmed in November when he was shot to death after helping get an unruly customer out of Read More…

Ritzman Pharmacy kicks off workshop series in Wadsworth

Christina Cyrus, director of marketing for Ritzman Pharmacy, talks about the company's new "Ritzman Restores" program during a Thursday event at The Strand in Wadsworth where demonstrations of all-natural lotion bars were shown. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

Ritzman Pharmacy held a workshop Thursday that taught customers how to make essential oil lotion bars. The workshop is part of Ritzman’s rebranding initiative called Ritzman Restores. Ritzman partnered with a boutique in Wadsworth, Salvage Style, for the event Thursday night at The Wadsworth Strand, 123 Broad St. Over the next several months, the Wadsworth-based Read More…

Speedway gas station robber sentenced to six years in prison

Jarrod Kallis

A Granger Township man will spend six years in prison for robbing a gas station in Wadsworth in March while armed with what appeared to be a rifle. The robbery was captured on surveillance footage, which was published on the Wadsworth Police Department’s Facebook page and in local media. Police credited the identification of the Read More…

Mosquitoes in Wadsworth test positive for West Nile virus

Mosquitoes from Memorial Park in Wadsworth have tested positive for the West Nile virus. Medina County Health Department is asking people to be cautious but not to panic about the discovery. “These findings are not surprising,” said Medina County Environmental Health Director Colin Johnson in a press release. “Not only have we had a rainy Read More…

Time capsule buried to celebrate Founders’ Day in Wadsworth

Woodlawn Cemetery officials helped Wadsworth leaders bury a time capsule on Saturday as part of a program of Founders' Day events. (BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE)

Please pardon Wadsworth Mayor Robin Laubaugh if she doesn’t attend the next unearthing of the city’s time capsule. “I don’t think I’ll be here in 50 years,” she joked. “I’ll be over 100 at that stage of the game. I’m hoping that my kids will be here.” Laubaugh read a proclamation Saturday on Wadsworth Time Read More…