July 4, 2015

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Stretch of highway dedicated to fallen Akron officer

Justin Winebrenner

A 5 1/2-mile stretch of U.S. Route 224 in Summit County will be dedicated in memory of an Akron police officer who grew up in Wadsworth and was fatally shot in November. Relatives of Justin Winebrenner were invited to attend a highway-naming ceremony today at the Akron City Council chambers. Kenan Ivery, 35, was charged Read More…

Medina County urged to OK recycling deal to comply with EPA regulations

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A consultant for the county’s solid waste district addressed concerns about a recycling program, scheduled to begin in the coming weeks, at the Medina County commissioners’ meeting Tuesday. Jim Skora, senior manager with GT Environmental of Stow, has advised the county for more than 20 years on how to structure solid waste programs. On Tuesday, Read More…

Recycling bins on hold until contracts with cities signed

Bins similar to the ones pictured could be available at dozens of locations across Medina County in the coming weeks if Medina and Wadsworth city councils approve a contract with the Medina County Solid Waste District at meetings Monday evening. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

It could be another month before the promised community recycling drop-off bins are available, county and city officials said. Medina Service Director Nino Piccoli told The Gazette two weeks ago that 38 single-stream recycling bins should be up and running by the end of May. But a contract for the service between the cities of Read More…

Rep. Renacci discusses taxes, highway funds with business leaders

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, speaks to members of the Greater Akron Chamber’s Small Business Council on Thursday in Cuyahoga Falls. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, told Akron business leaders Thursday he first ran for Congress in 2010 to defend the business community. Renacci, who said he’s owned more than 60 businesses, added he does not believe it is an easy time for small business owners given the current political climate. “The federal government does not Read More…

Election Commission: Jim Renacci’s campaign delayed reporting donations, fined $5,425

Jim Renacci

CLEVELAND — The re-election campaign of U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, has been ordered by the Federal Election Commission to pay a $5,425 fine for failing to promptly report several donations it received before last year’s primary and general elections. The campaign finance agency said Renacci’s campaign did not immediately tell the agency about 22 Read More…

Wadsworth sewing club unites women for patchwork of friends, advice

Quilter Carol Marona demonstrates applique. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

They sew quilts, they sew clothes, they help charities, they plan parties, they have fun. They are part of the Akron-Canton chapter of the nationwide American Sewing Group. They meet monthly, led by Laurie Schmeltzer, of Wadsworth, who says sewing is a hobby where people happily accept a plague of UFOs — that’s “unfinished objects.” Read More…

Wadsworth man deployed again after being named YMCA’s volunteer of the year

Aaron Burnham

Aaron Burnham of Wadsworth had just been honored as the 2015 Wadsworth YMCA Volunteer of the Year. But then, his country needed him — again. The recently deployed Burnham had been working with the YMCA Waves Swim Team. He went to every swim practice that his schedule allowed, also working as a timer at meets. Read More…

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, of Wadsworth, to speak in Akron

Jim Renacci

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, will be the guest speaker at a meeting of the Greater Akron Chamber’s Small Business Council. The event will be at 7 a.m. May 28 at the Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls, 1989 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls. The speech will be part of the council’s Excellence in Business Awards program. Renacci Read More…

Wadsworth mother spreads knowledge after March heart attack

Shelley Zimmerman is shown with her husband, Eric, and children, Patrick, 3, Olivia, 5, and stepson Mason Simmons, 15. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A Wadsworth mother is certain this year is going to be the best Mother’s Day. Shelley Zimmerman, 40, suffered a heart attack in March, and believes she was saved by the grace of God. “I have kids to raise and a husband that needs a wife,” she said. “I have a reason to be here.” Read More…

2015 PRIMARY: Palecek to remain Council president in Wadsworth

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Tom Palecek will serve as Wadsworth City Council president for another two years, making this his seventh term on the Council and fifth as president. He won Tuesday’s Republican primary by 310 votes, according to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections. He is unopposed in November. “I’m very grateful to the people Read More…