Ohio Gov. John Kasich: ‘Plenty of time for me to decide’ on 2016 presidential run

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio Gov. John Kasich spent last week out West, pushing for balanced budgets and heightening speculation about a presidential bid. The Republican threw a few more logs on the 2016 fire Sunday. “Options are still on the table. We’ll see,” Kasich said during a “Fox News Sunday” interview with host Chris Wallace. […]

Forest City Enterprises will become a REIT, with conversion planned for January 2016

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Forest City Enterprises Inc. expects to become a real estate investment trust, in a move that will allow the company to largely avoid federal taxes by passing along most of its taxable income to shareholders. The publicly traded company, based in Cleveland, announced its conversion plans after markets closed Tuesday. The change will take effect […]

Hunter Realty chain acquired; Ruhlin celebrates 100 years: Local Business Briefs

Michigan Coldwell Banker buys Greater Cleveland’s Hunter Realty chain CLEVELAND, Ohio — Coldwell Banker Schmidt Family of Companies in Traverse City, Michigan, announced this week the acquisition of Coldwell Banker Hunter Realty and its approximately 16 Greater Cleveland offices reaching from Westlake to Akron. Michigan company officials said in a press release that this merger […]

Ohio’s 2014 home sales fall just short of 2013 levels, but December shows heightened activity

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A relatively busy December couldn’t tip Ohio’s annual home sales above 2013 levels. The Ohio Association of Realtors said Friday that sales of new and existing homes were down 1.3 percent last year. That dip wasn’t surprising, considering that 2014 got off to a slow start and, despite a peppier July-to-December corridor, never completely regained lost ground. […]

Parade the Circle has record turnout

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Sparkling weather and celebration of a milestone year helped today’s Parade the Circle set an attendance record in University Circle. The event continues to grow in popularity, and this year’s participating 90 groups had the 25th edition of the annual parade still trekking around Wade Oval two hours after it started. August Napoli […]

Cedar Point’s new thrill ride opens (slideshow)

SANDUSKY, Ohio — Cedar Point has opened to the public its newest thrill ride, a two-person speedster called SlingShot. The ride operates in much the same way as a real slingshot, but vertically, hurling the seated riders 360 feet into the air between two steel towers connected to the passenger seats by cables. The thrust […]

Sheriff’s Office to step up boat patrols for Fourth of July (photo gallery)

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio – Boaters taking to Lake Erie for the long holiday weekend can expect to catch a glimpse of a Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office patrol boat.  The boat will make it’s way from one end of the county’s 43-mile shoreline to the other during stepped-up patrols. It looks like typical fishing boat, with a […]

Vote yes for Issue 1 and Issues 2-5: Sun Messenger Letter to the Editor

I write to encourage a yes vote on Issue 1 – the Health and Human Services levy and yes on Issues 2-5, four Charter amendments that will improve County operations. The County’s Health and Human Services levy funds our social services safety net. Children and seniors at risk, those requiring critical trauma care, the homeless, […]

Plans under way for Lyndhurst residents to get safety lighting at Bolton Park

LYNDHURST, Ohio — Plans are in the works to install additional safety lighting at Bolton Park, thanks to a cooperative effort between the South Euclid-Lyndhurst City Schools and The Illuminating Company. Lyndhurst Ward 2 Councilman Joe Gambatese said Monday that he has received numerous complaints from residents regarding “late-night activities” going on in the park […]

Remember, the fifth of November: Messen’ Around

MAYFIELD, Ohio, – “Remember, remember, the fifth of November” – Easily one of the best quotes from one of the most mysterious characters in one of my all-time favorite movies. Andy Attina Based on a graphic novel from the 1980s, ‘V for Vendetta’ was brought to the silver screen in 2005. It featured a character, […]