September 22, 2014


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.

Mother-to-be arrested by mistake, fights until charges are dismissed


Expectant mother Ashley Brown had turned into the driveway of her mother’s home in Rittman last fall when two police cruisers pulled up behind, blocking her in. As her distraught 13-year-old sister looked on, officers informed Brown she was under arrest on a felony warrant for trafficking dangerous drugs. But there was a problem: Police Read More…

‘Science of Coffee’ in Wadsworth reveals how to brew the best cup

Larry Denton, owner and operator of Berea-based Red Cedar Coffee, poses for a photo with Todd Powers, owner of Sonnets Espresso Bar & Restaurant in Wadsworth. Denton supplies specialty coffee for Powers’ business. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — Pour your water fresh off the boil directly onto coarsely ground coffee beans in a French press and then wait four minutes before serving. That’s how Larry Denton, owner of Berea-based Red Cedar Coffee, makes his cup in the morning. “That is the only way I drink my coffee at home,” Denton told Read More…

Police: Charges pending against driver who admitted to hitting worker

WADSWORTH — A 51-year-old Barberton man accused of sideswiping a highway worker last week has turned himself in to police. Wadsworth police Chief Randall Reinke said the case was forwarded to Medina County Prosecutor Dean Holman, who will decide whether to press charges against the man. “At this point, we’re not releasing the name,” Reinke Read More…

Wadsworth police seek information on hit-and-run accident

Wadsworth police on Friday said they are continuing to investigate a hit-and-run accident involving a highway worker at the Interstate 76 exit ramp to state Route 94. The construction worker was hit while repainting lines on the exit ramp Wednesday morning and was transported to an Akron hospital, police said. The worker’s status was not Read More…

PHOTOS: People of all ages enjoy Wadsworth’s new community pool

The Wadsworth community pool includes a splash area, whirlpool, swimming pool, diving board and drop slide. The pool opened a few weeks ago and is open to both residents and non-residents of the city. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

The Wadsworth community pool on School Drive opened a few weeks ago and residents are flocking there to cool off. The pool includes a splash pad area, vortex — gentle whirlpool — leisure pool with zero-depth entry, and swimming pool with a diving board and drop slide. The pool is open 11 a.m. to 7 Read More…

Events throughout Medina County to celebrate the Fourth


Fourth of July events around Medina County include: Brunswick • Brunswick Summer Festival begins at 5 p.m. and lasts through 11 p.m. See this page for more information. Chippewa Lake • Parade begins at 1 p.m. Friday at Gloria Glens Park Village Hall, 7966 Lake Road, and ends at Lions Park on Lake Road. The parade’s Read More…

This week’s road closures throughout Medina County

Road maintenance projects are in high gear across Medina County this week. The Medina County Engineer’s Office has announced three road closings: • West Smith Road, between Bryenton Road and Avon Lake Road (state Route 83), in Medina Township, will be closed Monday through Wednesday, from about 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., for bridge maintenance work. Read More…

Inpatient care to end next month at Wadsworth hospital

Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital will stop admitting patients for overnight care in mid-July — several months earlier than expected. On Friday, Summa Health System announced the hospital in Wadsworth would close as an inpatient facility on July 13 and stop admitting patients a few days before. A Summa spokesperson said the facility, renamed the Summa Health Read More…

Local nonprofits awarded $30,523 in grants for variety of projects

MEDINA — The Medina County Community Fund of Akron Community Foundation is awarding 14 grants totaling $30,523 to a wide range of local nonprofit organizations. This year, several grants will support free community arts programs and concerts, including a $1,000 grant to the Medina County Arts Council for the 2014 Arts Week Festival. The festival, Read More…