September 2, 2014

Intermittent clouds

Medina family finds solace after house fire on North Broadway Street

The backside of a South Broadway Street home after fire crews were able to subdue the flames. Fire Chief Bob Painter said that once the garage on the property was fully engulfed that flames made the just to the house easily. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Chris Klaiber paced back and forth outside of his fire-damaged Medina home Monday wondering what he and his wife were going to do next. Their garage was destroyed, and their house sustained severe smoke and water damage and needs substantial work to make it livable again. Just then, Jim Frame and Warren Benditz, of St. Read More…

Medina athletes take gold at Gay Games in Cleveland

Meghan Joyce, left, and Jessie Hall, both of Medina, display the gold medals they won in volleyball at the Gay Games 9, held this week in Cleveland. The international competition was expected to draw more than 9,000 participants from around the world. ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE

Meghan Joyce says Gay Games 9, which Cleveland hosted this week, was an opportunity for people from around the world to celebrate who they are. “It really brought the community together,” said Joyce, 24, who graduated from Buckeye High School and lives in Medina. “I am just so happy that it happened in Cleveland.” The Read More…

Traveling Sept. 11 memorial to Medina to spread ‘never forget’ message


A mobile 9/11 memorial will roll into Medina at the end of August for two days. The 53-foot-long Tunnel to Towers tractor-trailer will make a stop in the city Aug. 26 and 27. It features an 1,100-square-foot interactive memorial to the firefighters and police officers who lost their lives trying to save people inside the Read More…

Elderly man rescued from car after crash, sustains minor injuries


An elderly Chippewa Lake man escaped serious injury in a three-car crash Wednesday afternoon in Montville Township. Montville police reported that 83-year-old Lewis Lynch, of Reid Road, was eastbound on Chippewa Lake Road about 1:30 p.m. when he stopped at a stop sign at state Route 3 (Wooster Pike) but failed to yield to oncoming Read More…

Heads with new haircuts held high down school hallways

Angels for Kids founder Shanyn McCourt, right, poses with Kenny Crumpton, of Fox 8 News, stylists from Salon Rootz in Medina Township and area children who were given free back-to-school makeovers Monday to boost their confidence. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Three dozen area youngsters were pampered by stylists at Salon Rootz on Monday as part of an annual back-to-school event sponsored by the Angels for Kids Foundation. The children from around Northeast Ohio were given a haircut, new outfits for the first day of school, beauty and hygiene products and school supplies at the Medina Read More…

Son follows his dad’s winning ways at Valley City Frog Jump Festival


This year’s Valley City Frog Jump Festival competition was a true family affair. Taking home grand champion honors was 10-year-old Ashton Sroka, of Medina, and his frog, Dumber, with a jump of 17 feet. Twenty-seven years earlier, Ashton’s father, Ron McKinley, won the competition when he was 10 years old in 1987. Ashton’s sisters, Marissa Read More…

911 outage affects mobile phones

Sheriff Tom Miller

The Medina County cellphone 911 system experienced a 2½-hour outage early Friday morning. Sheriff Tom Miller said the outage was caused by a problem with Frontier Mobile “somewhere in Indiana.” Sheriff’s Capt. David Centner said the wireless phone service provider was working on equipment in Indiana that caused the blackout “across the county and into Read More…

Returning champ to defend his title at Valley City Frog Jump Festival

Residents and businesses are gearing up for Sunday’s 52nd annual Valley City Frog Jump Festival, but for 8-year-old returning champion Nicholas Hurt, the preparation is like any other year. “My grandpa has a friend who has a pond and every year they go to it and get frogs,” he said. “We bring them home and Read More…

Residents invited to stroll through history on South Court Street

The homes on the tour are:
n Fortney home, 835 S. Court St.
n Parker/Lamb home, 721 S. Court St.
n Wagner home, 701 S. Court St.
n Beck/Kurilko home, 614 S. Court St.
n Gasper home, 582 S. Court St.
n Prentice/Kauffman home, 529 S. Court St.
n Holben/McComsey home, 514 S. Broadway St. (shown above)
n Gunkleman/Dickard home, 533 S. Broadway St.

Eight historic homes on Medina’s South Court Street will be open for tours Saturday during the fifth annual Twilight Stroll Home Tour. The tours run 5 to 9 p.m. and will feature live music, actors in period costumes and classic cars. “South Court was home to many of the leading movers-and-shakers of old Medina, and Read More…

Disputed move of asphalt plant in Medina is a no-go, company says

A proposal to move an asphalt plant to West Smith Road, which faced opposition from nearby residents, is off the table. Medina Community Development Director Jonathan Mendel said the Shelly Co., which appeared before the city’s Planning Commission last month to seek a conditional zoning certificate for the plant, told him it will not pursue Read More…