March 4, 2015


Peter Radke honored for his heroism after he died saving drowning girl

Peter Radke

Last June the waters off Huntington Beach Park in Bay Village became a choppy mix of heroism and tragedy. After Peter Radke, 43, of Medina Township, witnessed a young girl struggling just beyond the breakers, he jumped in to save her. The girl was pulled to safety, but Radke lost his life. Now Radke is Read More…

Pizzeria looks to bring New York style to Medina’s Public Square as family fare


Family, good vibes and the smell of a fresh-baked, New York-style pizza pie. All of these things are what Jeff Miller is planning to bring to Medina’s Public Square. Miller is renovating the old Whitey’s Army and Navy supply store, at 2 Public Square, and turning it into Courthouse Pizzeria — a pizza-by-the-slice establishment that Read More…

Medina Ice Festival sculptures standing strong two weeks later

Many of the ice sculptures from Medina’s 21st annual Ice Festival are still looking good on Friday, two weeks after the event thanks to the bitter cold. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

This week’s bitter cold may be bad for people, but it’s good for the ice sculptures that surround Medina’s Public Square. The sculptures were created during the Medina Ice Festival, Feb. 13-16 and most are holding up well weeks later. Usually the sculptures melt away within days. Some uptown businesses have seen slightly increased customer Read More…

Medina to seek grant to fix culverts on Guilford Boulevard

Yellow caution tape has stretched around a portion of sidewalk on Guilford Boulevard southwest of East Smith Road for more than two years. A grant that the city of Medina will apply for Sunday would repair the culverts underneath the sidewalk with a goal of reopening it by early next year. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

A deteriorating sidewalk on Guilford Boulevard, just southwest of East Smith Road, could receive a much needed improvement. A Municipal Bridge Program grant application to fix the sidewalk will be submitted to the state Sunday after City Council approved a resolution from City Engineer Patrick Patton with an emergency clause. “It has not failed yet Read More…

Indoor kart course on track for March opening in Medina

The quarter-mile-long track at High Voltage Indoor Karting in Medina encompasses 50,000 square feet and is the first indoor track of its kind in Northeast Ohio. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Employees of High Voltage Indoor Karting are putting the finishing touches on the track in preparation for their grand opening March 9. The quarter-mile track features tight turns and fast straights, which they say will satisfy the adrenaline demands of both beginners and advanced racers alike. “The fastest lap we have had in testing is Read More…

Medina County workers from several agencies receive raises

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Medina County commissioners have approved four new contracts for county workers. The two-year contracts for four unionized groups — Job and Family Services, Child Support Enforcement Agency, line maintenance employees and water distribution employees — included pay raises. Each of the contracts, approved during the commissioners’ meeting Tuesday, replaces two-year deals approved in 2013. County Read More…

United Way officially launches effort to help jobless Medina County residents


The United Way of Medina County on Wednesday officially rolled out Employing Medina County — the third area of its revamped funding schedule — by announcing a $150,000 grant from Westfield Insurance. Executive Director Seth Kujat said the grant, which will be disbursed over a three-year period, will fund the program until it is self Read More…

Medina vehicle customizer makes cruisin’ dreams become a reality


Rob Malenfant and his business, Rod Iron Crew Inc., make dreams come true. The Medina-based automotive and motorcycle specialist startup has been building custom bikes and restoring historic automobiles out of a West Liberty Street garage for less than a year, and business is booming. The company’s 4,800-square-foot garage is filled with stripped-down Harley-Davidsons and Read More…

Deadline looms for input on downtown Medina revitalization

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Medina residents have until Wednesday to comment on the Downtown Revitalization Grant designed to help downtown merchants beautify their storefronts. Once approved, $270,000 will be awarded to 12 businesses located on the north and west sides of Public Square and on the first half block of West Liberty Street and North Court streets. The city Read More…

Medina County Fair board votes to build new fair office

The Board of Directors of the Medina County Agricultural Society plan to build a new administration office to replace the existing office at 710 W. Smith Road. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

The Medina County Fairgrounds is getting a new administration office. The Board of Directors of the Medina County Agricultural Society voted Feb. 8 to construct a new fair office next to the existing building at 710 W. Smith Road. “Our present building is deteriorating rapidly,” society President Conrad Haneberg said. Haneberg said the fair office Read More…