September 18, 2014

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Wadsworth residents have a bicentennial ball

Sue Rasor-Greenhalgh, of Wadsworth, throws the first pitch to pitcher Kyle Crockett before the Cleveland Indians’ game Sunday. Rasor-Greenhalgh was one of 178 Wadsworth residents who went to the game to celebrate Wadsworth’s bicentennial. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Wadsworth resident Sue Rasor-Greenhalgh had a surprise birthday present Sunday. She got to throw the first pitch at the Cleveland Indians game. “I’m an Indians’ fan,” she said. “It was a lot of fun going out there to throw the pitch. And it just so happened, it was my birthday, too.” Rasor-Greenhalgh was at the Read More…

Summer projects add respite and recreation at Sacred Heart

This memorial pavilion was donated to Sacred Heart of Jesus School in honor of the late Joe and Lillian Buccitelli, of Wadsworth, parishioners of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Community members already are using the 0.2-mile asphalt track around the playground at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Wadsworth, even though it still needs to be striped, Principal Bill Adams said. The Wadsworth Planning Commission approved plans for the track Aug. 11. Mayor Robin Laubaugh said even though the property already is used for Read More…

Wadsworth school board: No more ‘no mow’ in front of buildings


Responding to complaints from residents, the Wadsworth school board has agreed to eliminate the “no mow” areas in front of the high school and other new school buildings. Tall shrubs, grass and wild flowers that haven’t been cut in 2½ years eventually will be replaced with a more conventional grass landscaping. “It just is not Read More…

Various levies to populate November ballot across Medina County

Two townships and two villages are asking voters for a little more money in November. Harrisville Township and Chippewa Lake Village are asking for an increase in millage on top of renewal levies for maintenance of streets, roads and bridges. Sharon Township is looking for a renewal and increase for fire and rescue services, while Read More…

Drunken driving personal for former sheriff’s deputy

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A retired sheriff’s deputy tearfully shared Thursday how losing two of his family members in a crash caused by a drunken driver changed his life. “I had 28 years in law enforcement and I thought I understood and I didn’t. I didn’t know nothing,” Tom Tomasheski, a retired Lorain County sheriff’s deputy, said of the Read More…

Safety target of night out in Wadsworth


Wearing his firefighting helmet, Aiden Meisterics inspected a fire truck. The Wadsworth resident said he’s going to be a firefighter when he’s old enough. Aiden is 5. Aiden was among the children and adults who attended the eighth annual National Night Out, a crime and safety awareness campaign sponsored by Target on Tuesday night in Read More…

School’s out but the superintendent is going in the drink

Katie Wilkinson, 10, of Wadsworth, tries to sink her school superintendent Andy Hill Friday during a picnic at the Soprema Senior Center, 617 School Drive, Wadsworth, in celebration of the bicentennial. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

WADSWORTH — It’s not an opportunity many students get, but Friday morning 10-year-old Katie Wilkinson was able to dunk her school’s superintendent in a tank of water. After a few pitches, Andy Hill, superintendent of Wadsworth City Schools, splashed into the dunk tank at a bicentennial picnic Friday at Soprema Senior Center, 617 School Drive. Read More…

Wadsworth football coach Greg Dennison could miss first game

Greg Dennison

There’s a strong chance the most recognizable figure on Wadsworth’s football team won’t be around when the Grizzlies open their season Aug. 29 at Ashland. Head coach Greg Dennison, who is entering his 20th year with Wadsworth, hasn’t stepped down or been non-renewed. The winningest coach in school history, Dennison will likely still be recuperating Read More…

Appellate court upholds woman’s conviction for making meth

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MEDINA — An appellate court on Monday affirmed the conviction of a 20-year-old Fairlawn woman who said police improperly arrested her for manufacturing methamphetamine. Sarah B. Buchanan appealed her case to the 9th District Court of Appeals after her May 2013 conviction. She had pleaded no contest to illegal assembly of methamphetamine, aggravated drug possession Read More…

Wadsworth native Kaili Mitchell wins Western Horsemanship on Tuesday

Kaili Mitchell, 18, of Wadsworth, took first place in Western Horsemanship — ponies, in the all-ages division.
Mitchell, a member of the Just Horsing Around 4-H Club competed with her mount, Snoopy, who competes under the name Award Ceremony. 
Mitchell said she was judged on the pattern of her entrance ride into the arena, her body position and her ability to maintain the same speed while at a jog and a lope. A lope is a relaxed jog used in Western riding. 
“You have to maintain the same speed while doing the lope and canter, that’s what the judges are looking for,” she said. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Kaili Mitchell, 18, of Wadsworth, took first place in Western Horsemanship — ponies, in the all-ages division.