February 11, 2016


Lodi Library will reopen next month

A worker puts finishing touches on renovations to the Lodi Library. The library has been closed since November 2011 and is expected to open May 19. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

The Lodi Library will reopen May 19 after being closed 2 1/2 years because of roof beams that were found to be structurally unsound. Library officials closed off a third of the building in November 2011, moving materials into a cramped space that wasn’t covered by the faulty roof. When construction began last year, programs Read More…

More may be giving up job search

Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent last month — down from 6.5 in February and the lowest seen in nearly six years. The state’s jobless rate in March also was lower than the U.S. rate of 6.7 percent in both February and March, according to the latest employment report, released Friday.But a closer look Read More…

Display of pride: Teamwork brings Buckeye together

Andy VanBoxel, owner of Lakota Concrete in York Township, on Friday checks out his handiwork — the logo of Buckeye High’s mascot emblazoned in the school’s new entranceway. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

YORK TWP. — Buckeye High Principal Charles Vrabel had a problem. The concrete entranceway to his school was badly deteriorated and needed to be fixed. “Our entryway has been deteriorating over the years because of all the salt brought on it,” he said. “It was pitted and dirty and needed to be refurbished.” But rather Read More…


Parishioners fill the pews at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church on Good Friday for the Liturgy of Our Lord’s Passion. On Easter Sunday, two of the parish’s Masses will be held at the Medina Performing Arts Center — at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Feral cat program in the works

Kristina Miller, of Brunswick, shows off the 5-year-old Maine Coon cat named “Ferris” she adopted from the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Friday. SPCA workers said the cat was abandoned last week in the parking lot at Buehler’s, in Wadsworth. All adult cats age 1 or older cost $20 to adopt. (DAN POMPILI / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — An anonymous animal lover’s donation could help a local agency start to solve the county’s feral cat problem. Stephanie Moore, executive director of the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said the donor gave her $500 federal income tax return toward the formation of a trap-neuter-release program to help Read More…

Walk to raise awareness for teen suicide prevention

MEDINA — Medina Schools, along with other community sponsors, is hosting an “Out of the Darkness” Campus Walk, part of a national fundraising campaign aimed at preventing teen suicides. “We’re doing this because our students are really looking for a way to support suicide prevention,” said Kris Quallich, director of education services at Medina High Read More…

Cavaliers final grades are passed out

Professor Noland has graded all tests and is not happy with this class, but here are final report cards for the 2013-14 Cavaliers: Anthony Bennett (4.2 ppg, .356 FG%, .245 3-pt%): The No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft came to camp injured and out of shape and never caught up. There’s some potential Read More…

Ohio bridge partnership discussion set for Monday

LAFAYETTE TWP. — Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and the Ohio Department of Transportation will host a bridge partnership discussion 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Medina County Highway Facility, 6100 Wedgewood Road. During the discussion, Taylor will highlight the $8.4 million in local bridge improvement projects in Medina and Lorain counties.

Giambi may not get off DL until Monday

Chris Assenheimer The Gazette CLEVELAND — The Indians were considering activating Jason Giambi from the disabled list Sunday, but have decided on Monday instead. “We’re just trying to keep our bullpen and our team in order,” manager Terry Francona said. “If we shoot for Monday, that’ll make things a little bit easier as far as Read More…

Bees win heavyweight bout

Medina's Caitlin Rhodes (17) gets congratulations from Vanessa Scoarste after scoring on an error against Brunswick during the fifth inning. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Brad Bournival The Gazette BRUNSWICK — When it comes to Medina’s softball team and playing in the rough-and-tumble Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division, Bees coach Jessica Toocheck is always pleading the fifth with her squad. The way the former high school and college standout sees it, if Medina can put up a big fifth inning, Read More…