March 3, 2015


Less than 8,000 brave the cold for 21st annual Medina Ice Festival

More than 100 ice sculptures line Medina’s Public Square after a weekend of ice-carving competitions. The sculptures will be on display until Wednesday. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

Officials blame frigid temperatures for the 21st annual Medina Ice Festival drawing a fraction of the anticipated crowd last weekend. “The numbers were down this year due to the weather,” said Matt Wiederhold, executive director of Main Street Medina. Wiederhold said the ice festival usually draws around 20,000 spectators to Public Square throughout the weekend. Read More…

Brutal cold weather freezes attendance at Medina Ice Festival

Michael Stoddart, of Lexington, Kentucky, details his ice sculpture during the team ice-carving competition Sunday at the Medina Ice Festival. Stoddart has been sculpting for 22 years. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Blowing snow Saturday and bitter cold Sunday meant smaller crowds for the 21st annual Medina Ice Festival. But local business owners hope slightly warmer weather today will bring residents to visit Public Square to enjoy the ice sculptures. “People can still enjoy the ice sculptures throughout the week,” Laura Parnell, owner of Cool Beans Cafe, Read More…

County expected to reduce trash fee again

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For the second time in two months, Medina County commissioners are moving to reduce the fee charged for handing trash. A resolution on Tuesday’s meeting agenda calls for lower the tipping fee charged by the county’s Central Processing Facility in Westfield Township to $45 per ton. County Sanitary Engineer Amy Lyon-Galvin requested the reduction. “After Read More…

New plan stays small for Medina city pool renovations

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Plans for the renovation of Medina’s City pool are picking up steam again. Parks Director Jansen Wehrley said City Council’s Public Properties Committee asked him to move along with requests for qualifications on a smaller, 5,000-square-foot “community” pool. “I presented another option for the pool that is the minimum to get the pool open,” Wehrley Read More…

Bear’s Harrisville Twp. owners get a 30-day extension

Two-year-old Kylee Trome, of Wooster, holds a sign Jan. 28 in protest of the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s demand that Archie the bear be removed from his Harrisville Township home. GAZETTE FILE

Debbie and Jeff Gillium have been guaranteed 30 more days to keep Archie the bear on their property in Harrisville Township. Their attorney, John Oberholtzer, said he and the Ohio Department of Agriculture have agreed to postpone a hearing over the bear after the state issued a letter to the Gilliums granting them 30 more Read More…

Seals of approval: Students’ designs to be displayed countywide

Finalists in the annual Auditor’s Seal Contest were:
Top row from left: Greg Campbell, Medina County Career Center; Britt Piorkowski, Medina County Career Center; Alyssa Parsons, Career Center; Chris Laurence, Ohio Connections Academy;
n Middle row, from left: Katie Baker, Wadsworth High School; Mark Ziebro, Black River High School; Ivy Ramey, Cloverleaf High School; Mark Lenk, Career Center; 
n Bottom row, from left: Holly Ritter, Career Center; Sydney Nardo, Wadsworth High; Dinah Sammon, Career Center; Benjamin Saplak, Career Center. PHOTO PROVIDED

Twelve Medina County High School students were honored Tuesday for designs they submitted for the annual Auditor’s Seal Contest. County Auditor Mike Kovack sponsors the contest every year to meet state-mandated requirements to place seals on every commercial measuring device in the county. “Our inspectors check and recheck these devices throughout the year to ensure Read More…

Medina Ice Festival begins tonight

Ice is carved during the 2014 Medina Ice Festival. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

There’s no chance the ice sculptures will melt this weekend during the 21st annual Medina Ice Festival. With bitter cold temperatures predicted throughout the weekend, the festival on Medina’s Public Square could become the coldest one to date. “We are excited about the chilly forecast,” said Matt Wiederhold of Main Street Medina, which sponsors the Read More…

Medina County cities change focus to tax bargaining

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Brunswick, Medina and Wadsworth officials have agreed to meet with the Central Collection Agency and the Regional Income Tax Agency to bargain for lower costs for collecting city income taxes. Officials from the three cities met Wednesday afternoon and talked about creating a consortium to collect taxes. But after discussing various proposals, the officials agreed Read More…

Medina County high school bands play at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


For more photos, check out our Facebook page. Three bands featuring high school students from Medina County competed in the 19th annual Tri-C High School Rock Off. The three groups — Never Surrender, A Thousand Paper Cranes and Covariance — made it to “The Final Exam” and performed Saturday at Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall Read More…

Reagan Parkway street sign writer gets an ‘F’ for missing an ‘A’

A street sign within Medina city limits reads correctly “West Reagan Parkway.” Less than 500 feet away, at Marks Road, a county street sign misspells the road as “Regan Parkway.” (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Early this year a replacement street sign was installed at West Reagan Parkway and Marks Road. The only problem was that both the new sign and the one it replaced misspelled Reagan as Regan. “It must be human error,” Pat Crouch of the Medina County Highway Engineers Office said. “This is the first I have Read More…