February 11, 2016

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Treasurer: Website simplifies second half tax payment due Friday

Friday is the due date for payment of second half taxes. Medina County Treasurer John Burke has introduced his new automated website, www.medinacountytreasurer.com, in time to make paying taxes on deadline easier. Payments can always be made in person at the treasurer’s office, 144 N. Broadway St., Medina, but residents now have a second and Read More…

Browns: Ward knows the stakes

LYNDHURST — Browns strong safety T.J. Ward has two weeks of free time before the grind of his fourth training camp begins. He didn’t plan a vacation, and isn’t trying to squeeze in a last-minute getaway to Hawaii or the Caribbean. Ward was headed home to California following the conclusion of his youth football camp Read More…

Wadsworth stadium gets FieldTurf, more seating

Art Wright Stadium’s renovation is nearing completion. The stadium will be ready for the first football game on Aug. 30.

WADSWORTH — A community dream is on the verge of becoming reality. Phase V of the Art Wright Memorial Stadium renovation is on schedule to be completed by the Wadsworth football team’s Aug. 30 opener against Ashland. The final hurdle in a project 14 years in the making includes replacing the natural playing surface with Read More…

Tribe: Smith lets chance slip away, Jays win 5-4

Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis tags out Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Reyes, who was trying to stretch a hit into a double in the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Joe Smith has been the workhorse of the Indians’ beleaguered bullpen, but he was bound to run out of energy at some point. That point arrived on Wednesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays. Smith allowed a tiebreaking, bases-clearing single to Munenori Kawasaki with two outs in the ninth inning, giving Toronto a Read More…

Cavs: Bynum, Cleveland agree on deal

Andrew Bynum agrees to a deal with the Cavaliers. (AP PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers went from playoff pretenders to possible Eastern Conference contenders Wednesday night. Unrestricted free agent center Andrew Bynum accepted Cleveland’s two-year, $24 million contract offer, turning down more guaranteed money from the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks. The decision was first reported by Chris Broussard of ESPN. The Cavaliers and the 25-year-old Read More…

Streets, basements flooded, power lines downed in storm

A "high water"  sign deters drivers on West Smith Road near the entrance to the Medina County Fairgrounds during Wednesday afternoon's storm. KIERA MANION-FISCHER / GAZETTE

Powerful thunderstorms packing high winds and torrential rains ripped across southern Medina County on Wednesday afternoon, downing power lines and trees and overflowing storm sewers, causing widespread road and basement flooding. In Montville Township, the Medina Fire Department rescued two residents from homes in the 5400 block of River Styx Road, said Montville Police Chief Read More…

Nonprofit looks to promote downtown Brunswick


BRUNSWICK — A nonprofit group is hoping to achieve in Brunswick what Main Street Medina has done in its city: Create an exciting downtown that attracts people — and their money. Brunswick Town Center was founded by Melissa Malone, who hopes to offer more community events to support local businesses. Another goal is “to give Read More…

Health coverage nixed for elections board members

MEDINA — Taxpayers won’t be providing health insurance coverage for future members of the Medina County Board of Elections. County commissioners agreed Monday to eliminate the coverage as a cost-saving measure. Under Ohio law, the county can choose to exclude part-time and unelected officials from the county’s medical coverage. Coverage will denied only to new Read More…

Convicted arsonists must register with sheriff

Robert Buck

MEDINA — If three Medina County residents charged with felony arson last month are convicted, they’ll be among the first to register with the county Sheriff’s Office as part of a new state law that became effective July 1. Davon L. Phillips, 19, of Medina; Robert C. Buck, 55, of Chippewa Lake; and Jill Tucker, Read More…

PHOTO: Salvation Army food drive reaches 450 items

Lt. Michael Smith of the Salvation Army of Medina checks out about 450 canned goods and other food items collected since Monday in a summer food drive. Donations are accepted at any time of the day and are not limited to just during the drive, which ends Friday. People looking to benefit from the food pantry can come to the Salvation Army Center, 425 W. Liberty St., Medina, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Case worker Estella Hutchinson said that the pantry helps anywhere between 65 and 85 families a month with the numbers on the rise during the summer because of school being out. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY ANDREW DAVIS)