October 25, 2014

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Heroin epidemic hitting Medina County families

Mead Wilkins, director of Job and Family Services of Medina County, updated county commissioners Tuesday on how the rise of heroin use in the county is effecting young children and families. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

Heroin use across Medina County continues to rise among families with young children. In his monthly report to the county commissioners, Job and Family Services Director Mead Wilkins said 70 percent of the families served through child welfare have a dependence on heroin or a prescription drug such as OxyContin. “That was not true two Read More…

Wadsworth school treasurer’s raise halts contract talks with teachers

Teachers in the Wadsworth school district said negotiations with school administrators  have broken down since teachers learned earlier this year that the treasurer received a salary increase. Lori Robinson, co-president of the Wadsworth Education Association, which represents about 250 teachers in the district, said teachers were upset to learn Treasurer Douglas Beeman received a salary Read More…

Sharon Township man indicted on 17 counts of rape

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A Sharon Township man accused of rape has been indicted on 17 new counts of rape involving three victims. This week, a grand jury indicted Nicholas Lane, 43, of the 7100 block of Boneta Road, with 17 counts of rape, four counts of sexual battery, and three counts of gross sexual imposition. Lane was arrested Read More…

Medina County farmers eligible for crop reimbursement

The State Department of Natural Resources has offered funds to Medina County farmers to better control nutrient runoff into Lake Erie. Medina County Soil and Water Conservation District Director Jeff Van Loon said the state will reimburse farmers who use cover crops and controlled drainage structures on their fields to reduce runoff. Van Loon said Read More…

ACT preparation classes available at Medina County Career Center

College-bound students planning to take the ACT will have two opportunities to enroll in preparation classes at the Medina County Career Center, 1101 W. Liberty St., Medina. The five-week course includes sample ACT tests to identify areas of weakness and help with setting goals and building confidence in taking the test. The classes will be Read More…

Local restaurants, food providers recognized for cleanliness

Fifteen local food service operations, including seven school cafeterias, received Excellence Awards from the Medina County Health Department as acknowledgement of their infraction-free inspection reports and service, sanitation, and safety efforts. Forty others received Compliance Awards. The annual Excellence Awards are presented to operations that are shown after routine food safety-inspections to be free of Read More…

Grand jury indicts Bronson Street occupant on charge of allowing drugs

A Bronson Street resident being sued by the city has been indicted by a grand jury on felony charges of permitting drug abuse. David Reed, 53, of 416 Bronson St., Medina, was indicted this week by a grand jury on the charge, a fifth-degree felony. Prosecutor Dean Holman said he would present the case to Read More…

Ellen “Louise” Kells

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Ellen “Louise” Kells, 79, of Brunswick, passed away Wednesday, August 27, 2014. She was born August 22, 1935 in Reynoldsville, West Virginia, to Richard and Cora B. (nee Williams) Griffith. She always loved spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed bowling and playing lottery. She will be dearly missed by her beloved husband, Edward; Read More…

Richard L. Andrews

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Richard L. Andrews, 82, of Brunswick, passed away Friday, August 29, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born March 20, 1932 in Cleveland to Louis and Mary (nee Dorko) Andrews. Richard was a United States Army Veteran and was a member of the Brunswick VFW Post #9520. He was an avid boater, Read More…

High School Football: Medina at Brunswick

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BRUNSWICK — The Brunswick defense was glad to spend most of the first half on the field Friday against rival Medina because the Blue Devils offense was scoring so quickly. Four touchdown drives that each lasted 75 seconds or less and a momentum-swinging botched trick play by the Bees changed the non-league game for good, Read More…