July 2, 2015

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Medina County drop-off bins for recycling in limbo

Wadsworth Mayor Robin Laubaugh reacted to City Council's decision Monday to turn down a plan on recycling by saying, "We had protections in the plan." (LAWRENCE / PANTAGES)

Loren Genson and Katie Anderson | The Gazette It’s back to the drawing board for Medina County officials in charge of recycling, since Wadsworth City Council rejected the county’s contract for the community recycling drop-off program on Monday. In May, the county accepted a three-year bid by the cities of Wadsworth and Medina to provide Read More…

Blue Tip Festival begins in Wadsworth

The setting sun is reflected in the tubas of the Wadsworth High band Tuesday evening during the 42nd annual Blue Tip Festival Parade. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Wadsworth’s 42-year tradition will continue this week. The Blue Tip Festival begins at 6 p.m. today with a parade, and events will continue each day through Saturday at Memorial Park on Park Drive. “It’s been a Wadsworth tradition for a long time,” said Bev Long, a 10-year member of the Blue Tip Festival Committee. “It’s Read More…

Rittman man pleads guilty to causing fatal wreck in Montville

Jeremy Goodrich, 27, of Rittman, pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault and drug possession. He's accused of killing a teenager girl and injuring two others in a crash in August. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A 27-year-old Rittman man pleaded guilty Monday to causing a head-on crash that killed a teenager and sent two others to a hospital with serious injuries. Jeremy Goodrich is charged with a count of aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony; two counts of aggravated vehicular assault, third-degree felonies; and three drug possession counts for methamphetamine, Read More…

Bank employee admits to stealing $84,000

Sharon Zahradnick, 41, of Doylestown, pleads guilty to theft. At a hearing on Monday afternoon, Zahradnick said she stole more than $80,000 from the Medina branch of FirstMerit Bank over the course of two years. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A 41-year-old Doylestown woman pleaded guilty Monday to stealing $84,000 from FirstMerit Bank over the course of two years. Sharon Zahradnick, who worked at the bank’s Medina branch on South Court Street, awaits a July 20 sentencing hearing on a charge of theft, a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 11/2 years in prison. She Read More…

Couple about property on NEXUS pipeline path: ‘It infuriates me’

Sandra and George Springer walk through the woods of their Gore Orphanage Road property in Lorain County on Thursday. (STEVE MANHEIM / GAZETTE)

George and Sandra Springer have called rural Lorain County home for nearly four decades, taking pride in the home they refurbished and the 10 acres of woods they tend. The retired autoworkers call their Camden Township property a sanctuary and place they find serenity, but they are adamant the NEXUS Gas Transmission Project will disturb Read More…

Medina, Wadsworth councils to vote on recycling contracts serving all Medina County

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)

Medina and Wadsworth city councils are set to vote tonight to approve contracts that would provide 54 locations for Medina County residents to drop off recyclable materials. The contracts would make drop-off bins available as soon as July 1. The “community drop-off” recycling program, which is operated by the Medina County Solid Waste District, will Read More…

Family tragedy leads to charity work for local businessman

Mark Geschke, fourth from right, poses for a photo with his team at Akron Children’s Hospital. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Seventeen years ago, businessman Mark Geschke found himself in a situation he never thought he’d face. His stepdaughter had given birth to a severely underweight baby girl, Megan, and she was placed in the neonatal intensive care unit at Akron Children’s Hospital. How to donate One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning in Medina is collecting Read More…

Kids gone fishin’ at Izaak Walton League derby event (PHOTOS)


A fishing derby at the Izaak Walton League attracted dozens of children and adults to a pond in Lafayette Township on Saturday afternoon. Event coordinators said said attendance was down from previous years and attributed the drop to Saturday’s rainy weather.

Retiring 43-year RPM employee: ‘Once you got a job, you stayed there’

RPM International Inc. plant operations manager Dan Nayder, left, CEO Frank Sullivan, facing camera, and 43-year employee Gary Clymer, seated at right, share a laugh while talking about Clymer’s time with the Brunswick Hills Township company. Clymer is retiring at the end of June. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

“I don’t change much,” says Gary Clymer. “My house is only the second house I have ever lived in.” And that steady lifestyle also has suited him well for 43 years as an employee at RPM International Inc. of Brunswick Hills Township. Clymer’s career with RPM will end June 30 and his co-workers in the Read More…

Granger Township victory in Ohio Supreme Cout avoids zoning upheaval

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The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Granger Township in a case that could have sent townships across the state into zoning chaos. “This will have statewide ramifications,” Matt DeTemple, executive director of the Blacklick-based Ohio Township Association, said Friday. “I think this is a victory for common sense because if the decision Read More…