January 31, 2015

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Sheriff uses drones to assist police, fire crews in two emergencies

Tom Miller

Since becoming the only law enforcement agency in Ohio authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly drones, the Medina County Sheriff’s Office has used its unmanned aircraft twice. The Sheriff’s Office received a certificate of authorization to fly drones from the FAA in February 2013 and remains the only law enforcement agency with authorization. Read More…

Medina County Commissioners raise $21,000 at charity ball

Guests begin to dance after dinner Saturday evening during the Commissioners Charity Ball at the Weymouth Country Club. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

Medina County commissioners raised $21,000 for local charities at the 16th annual Commissioners Charity Ball on Jan. 17 at Weymouth Country Club. More than 140 people attended the black-tie-optional affair, which featured music from the Gene Fiocca Band, of Akron, and professional ballroom dancers from Cuyahoga County. “It was a delightful evening, a great place Read More…

Cities want say in operation of county’s recycling center

The operation of Medina County’s recycling center will be the focus of a meeting of officials from the county’s three cities: Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth. The Jan. 28 forum will be the second time in less than three months that officials from the three cities have gathered to voice concerns about the county-run Central Processing Read More…

PHOTOS: Medina High School students share dramatic poetry readings


Eleven Medina High School students recited two poems at Tuesday’s Poetry Out Loud competition Wednesday afternoon. Students competed before a panel of three judges who decided the winner based on physical presence, voice, dramatic appropriateness, level of complexity, understanding of the poem and overall performance.

Mike’s Jerky in Medina meets a meaty demand for product


The employees of Just Mike’s Jerky Co. meticulously lay out thinly sliced raw, seasoned beef on screens before carting it off into an oven to cook down to jerky. Owner Mike Fullard said the process that creates beef jerky takes about three days. “We have the capabilities to turnout 3,000 pounds of jerky per day Read More…

Law enforcement discusses extent of human trafficking

Human trafficking expert Ken Lawson, of the Columbus Division of Police, gives a lecture on the subject during a seminar held at Pat O’Brien Chevrolet in Medina on Friday morning. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Caseworkers, law enforcement, elected officials and interested residents from across Northeast Ohio gathered Friday in Medina to discuss a widely misunderstood criminal industry: human trafficking. Mead Wilkins, director of Medina County Job and Family Services, said the seminar is a crucial way to educate caseworkers and court workers on the law and how to recognize Read More…

Medina woman celebrates a century of life

Marian Rapenchuk blows kisses to her family during her 100th birthday celebration at 
the Emeritus at  Medina senior living center Friday. Andrew Davis / Gazette

Marian Rapenchuk celebrated her 100th birthday Friday at the Emeritus at Medina senior living center surrounded by her family and friends. The lifelong Medina resident worked as a secretary for A.I. Root Candle Co. during the Great Depression. “I liked my job,” she said. “The Root Candle Company was so good to me.” Gardening also Read More…

PHOTO: Valley City Supply to expand

Amish laborers with R&R General Contracting, of St. Louisville, work on a building for Valley City Supply, 6745 School St., Liverpool Township. The addition will provide an expanded showroom and warehouse for the company. The exterior of the building will be done in less than a month. The project is expected to be completed in two months. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Leadership class takes part in mock OVI checkpoint


Leadership Medina County class members got a surprise when they showed up for their Local Government and Safety Forces Expo on Wednesday morning. As they pulled into the parking lot of the Medina County Fairgrounds in Medina, they were met with a mock sobriety checkpoint set up by the Medina County OVI Task Force. “I Read More…

Judge: Meeting on Medina Municipal Courthouse without architect is premature

A meeting to discuss the proposed Medina Municipal Court building Wednesday was postponed after Judge Dale H. Chase argued it was premature. “I’m not sure I understand the purpose of this meeting at this time without having a contract with the architect and having their team present,” Chase said in an email sent to city Read More…