February 12, 2016


Breakfast highlights stories of foster care

Stephanie Walsh

Many children who grow up in foster care struggle after turning 18 and are out on their own. “The group of kids who age out of the foster system do absolutely horribly,” Medina County Job and Family Services Director Mead Wilkins said. “They struggle with everything from drug addiction to teenage pregnancy.” Stephanie Walsh, who Read More…

Best-selling author to speak at luncheon

Shelley Shepard Gray

MEDINA — A New York Times best-selling author will speak at a noon luncheon May 1 hosted by the Medina County District Library. Shelley Shepard Gray, who writes stories featuring characters who live in the Amish community, will speak during a Writers Live Luncheon at Weymouth Country Club. “I’ve gotten a lot of calls about Read More…

May I have this dance?

Kathleen Totter-Smith dances with her son, David Sheldon, at a "senior" prom at Wadsworth High School on Saturday. Totter-Smith, who lives at Elmcroft Assisted Living of Medina, made a wish to dance that was granted by the Second Wind Dreams nonprofit organization. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A woman at a Medina assisted-living residence told officials there that she wanted to dance again — so they did her one better. Kathleen Totter-Smith had her wish granted last Saturday when her son surprised her by accompanying her to a “senior” prom at Wadsworth High School put on by Soprema Senior Care Center. Dinah Read More…

PHOTOS: Checkmate

Buckeye High School sophomore Ryan Siford, 16, makes his move during a game of “Mega Chess” at the Buckeye Library on Wednesday. The oversized board game is just one activity available to Buckeye “latchkey” kids at the library after school.  (DAN POMPILI / GAZETTE)

Medina tournament At Buckeye Library

Grizzlies learn their lesson

Wadsworth's Julia Horton knocks in a run with a hit in the fourth inning against Tallmadge. (Photo by Aaron Josefczyk)

Brad Bournival The Gazette WADSWORTH — In what is likely going to be another crazy Suburban League softball race, Wadsworth learned a few things Thursday. The Grizzlies found out they can be every bit as good as they were last year, when they finished second in the league. They also discovered so can reigning champion Read More…

Abreu stays on tear as Sox pull down Indians

  The Associated Press CHICAGO — Rookie Jose Abreu connected for his second multihomer game in three days and the Chicago White Sox ended a 14-game losing streak against Cleveland, beating the Indians 7-3 Thursday night. Abreu hit tape-measure drives in the second and fifth innings and drove in three runs. The Cuban slugger hit Read More…

Browns must keep Mack

  The numbers are in. Browns free agent center Alex Mack is scheduled to sign a five-year, $42 million offer sheet today with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to multiple reports. It would make him the highest-paid center with an average of $8.4 million a year. The deal includes $18 million over the first two years, Read More…

Medina: America’s Hometown : April 10, 2014


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Grace A. Torok

Grace A. Torok, 96, of Wadsworth, went to her eternal home Tuesday, April 8, 2014. She was born in Cleveland, October 7, 1917. Grace resided in Valley City and Brunswick prior to moving to Wadsworth. Grace was a homemaker who proudly raised seven daughters. She was noted as a great cook. Grace has been a Read More…