PNC doesn’t like checks a Westlake customer used, so it returns them: Money Matters

Q: I recently mailed two checks as payments for taxes on two properties I own in Cuyahoga County. I printed the checks via a computer program called VersaCheck, which I’ve used for about 10 years when mailing a check. While that’s not too common anymore, I’ve used it for all property tax payments twice a […]

Financial Wellness Fair set; student job fair scheduled: Local Business Briefs

Financial Wellness Fair set for March 7 LAKEWOOD, Ohio — First Federal Lakewood in cooperation with Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. and Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization will host a Financial Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 7, at the Gordon Square Arcade, 6516 Detroit Ave., according to a press release from […]

3 suspected al-Qaida fighters reportedly killed by U.S. drone strike in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen — A suspected U.S. drone strike Saturday in central Yemen killed three men believed to be al-Qaida militants, security officials said. The officials said the attack took place in the town of Bihan in Yemen’s Shabwa province and that the nationalities of the men killed had not been established. They spoke on condition […]

CPAC presidential straw poll: Rand Paul edges Scott Walker

OXON HILL, Md. — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has won the Conservative Political Action Conference’s annual presidential preference straw poll. Pollsters announced Saturday afternoon that Paul won 26 percent of the votes in the annual survey, giving Paul his third consecutive win in as many years. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in second, with 21 […]

If tax cuts answered Ohio’s problems, its troubles would have ended long ago: Thomas Suddes

Southwest Ohio’s Wilmington, 50 miles north of Cincinnati, was the state’s capital last Tuesday. Republican Gov. John Kasich gave his State of the State speech to a session of the Ohio General Assembly held in Wilmington’s Roberts Centre, alongside Interstate 71. Wilmington was devastated in 2008 when the German airfreight company DHL Express pulled out. Thousands […]

Legacy Village plans expansion, with Hyatt Place hotel, 355-space parking garage

LYNDHURST, Ohio — This East Side suburb is set to gain its first hotel, as part of a $33 million proposed expansion of the Legacy Village shopping center. First Interstate Properties, Ltd., hopes to build a 135-room Hyatt Place and a garage on the north side of Legacy Village. The buildings would replace a parking […]

Metroparks strive for safe swimming at Euclid Beach — with or without lifeguards (photos)

View full sizeIllustration of the irregular lake floor at Euclid Beach caused by the breakwater.Cleveland Metroparks CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Metroparks managers say they are in full accord with local officials and anyone else who wants a safe swimming area at Euclid Beach. Cleveland councilman Mike Polensek and others are demanding that the park system […]

North Olmsted schools consider waiving physical education requirement for athletes, cheerleaders, band members

NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio – North Olmsted school officials are considering waiving physical fitness requirements for high school students who participate for at least two years in school sports teams, marching band or cheerleading. The Ohio Department of Education sets physical education requirements for school districts. However, districts can waive those requirements for students who participate in […]

Olmsted Township trustees may announce at 4 p.m. whether Fire Chief John Rice keeps his job (live coverage)

OLMSTED TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Township trustees may announce during a 4 p.m. meeting the fate of Fire Chief John Rice, who has been on paid administrative leave since Dec. 3. During a two-day disciplinary hearing earlier this month trustees heard testimony outlining seven allegations against the fire chief, ranging from Rice’s pushing a township resident […]

Olmsted Township trustees demote Fire Chief John Rice to assistant chief

OLMSTED TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Olmsted Township trustees Friday voted unanimously to demote Fire Chief John Rice to assistant fire chief after finding him guilty of six of the seven allegations brought against him. Rice, who has been on paid administrative leave since Dec. 3, will remain on administrative leave while trustees prepare a job description […]

Cleveland’s Kimpton Hotel set to open in late 2015 at East Ninth and Euclid

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland’s Kimpton Hotel will open in the second half of this year, says Brian Intihar, vice president of CRM Real Estate Services, which is developing the property at the southwest corner of East Ninth Street and Euclid Avenue. “Everything is coming together,” he said. “It’s been a labor of love for a […]

Bus stop changes on Public Square start Sunday

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The rearrangement of bus stops tied to the makeover of Public Square takes effect Sunday, with a total of 33 routes affected as they draw near the upcoming construction zone in the heart of downtown. The Group Plan Commission overseeing the $32 million transformation of Public Square is expected to announce the […]

New Le Meridien hotel in Columbus’ Short North is chic, arty — and expensive: Take a tour (photos)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Cross a hotel developer with an art collector and what do you get? A stunning place to rest your head. The new Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph, is one elegant – and expensive – overnight indulgence. The soaring, light-filled atrium is filled with provocative, eye-catching works of art, most from the personal […]

Record low temperatures set across northern Ohio, including minus 9 in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Record low temperatures were set or tied Saturday morning for at least three locations across northern Ohio, the National Weather Service reported. Among the records was a minus 9 reading at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport at 7:13 a.m., breaking the mark of zero set back in 1884. The temperature remained below zero […]

Weather not hampering Common Core testing; investment firm’s growth brings a move: Chagrin community news

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio — While temperatures plummeted and residents struggled with snow and ice, local schools and an arborist say the extreme weather is having little effect. Weather won’t push back testing schedules:  School superintendents in Chagrin Falls and Orange say the recent run of calamity days has not had an effect on their Common […]

Snow to start after midnight in Cleveland, totaling 3-4 inches by Sunday night

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Parts of Northeast Ohio have been issued a winter weather advisory ahead of a Sunday storm that will dump 3-4 inches of snow on the Cleveland area. Snow will begin to fall after midnight, with only an inch or two accumulating at first. Saturday night’s temperatures will hover around 20 degrees until […]

Brecksville gymnasts Alecia Farina and Tessa Phillips lead Bees to 12th consecutive Northeast District championship (photos, video)

CHESTERLAND, Ohio – For the 12th consecutive year, Brecksville is the Northeast District gymnastics champions after posting a team score of 145.700 at West Geauga on Saturday. The Bees were led by junior Alecia Farina, who captured her third consecutive all-around district title after winning all four events, and sophomore Tessa Phillips, who came in […]

Brunswick wrestling wins first sectional title in over a decade at Wadsworth, qualifies 10 to Cleveland State District

WADSWORTH, Ohio – Brunswick wrestling coach Mike Koshar has wondered what his Blue Devils would look like with a healthy lineup. Saturday, the veteran coach found out as Brunswick competed at full strength for the first time this season. What came out was a Wadsworth Division I sectional title and 10 district qualifiers. See box […]

Wrestling results from Division I sectional tournament at Wadsworth for Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

WADSWORTH, Ohio – Here are the championship round results and final team standings after Saturday’s Wadsworth Division I wrestling sectional. How they finished: 1. Brunswick 260 2. Wadsworth 241; 3. Copley 170; 4. Medina 113; 5. Nordonia 103; 6. North Royalton 96; 7. Strongsville 89.5; 8. Highland 74; 9. Firestone, Midview 66; 11. Cuyahoga Falls […]

Intoxicated woman parks her car on sidewalk across the street: Chagrin Falls Police Blotter

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – Drunken Driving, Olive Street: A woman, 44, was transported to the Solon jail for testing after a neighbor called 911 to report a red Jeep parked on the sidewalk 12:43 a.m. Feb. 21. Joan Rusek, Sun News  Police traced the vehicle to the owner and found her slumped on her couch. […]