October 24, 2014

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Voting machines prepped, tested for November election


Jack Johnson helps to make sure your vote counts. As an information technology administrator for the Medina County Board of Elections, Johnson is in charge of making sure the more than 700 voting machines are running properly for the Nov. 4 election. “We have teams of people (who check the machines),” Johnson said. “Every one of Read More…

Medina Councilman Lamb: Rentals haven’t been inspected in 20 years

Bill Lamb

The fourth in a series of Medina meetings discussing neighborhood renewal focused on code enforcement Thursday night. Councilman Bill Lamb, at large, said he has spent the last two weeks traveling through the city’s older neighborhoods and asking himself if he would want to move into an area where neighbors don’t maintain their homes. “The Read More…

Common Core center of race for Ohio Board of Education seat

School board 2x2

Medina business owner Chris Sawicki promises to shake things up on the state Board of Education if he is elected next month to the 5th District seat. Sawicki, 35, is challenging incumbent Brad Lamb, 40, of Westlake, who was appointed to the board in April by Gov. John Kasich. The two other candidates on the Read More…

State Rep. Hall faces veteran campaigner Riley in General Election

Riley vs. Hall
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Incumbent Republican state Rep. Dave Hall will face off against Democrat James E. Riley for the 70th District seat in the Ohio House of Representatives on Nov. 4. Hall, 53, of Millersburg, is running for his fourth and last term because of term limits in the state Legislature. He first was elected in 2008 after Read More…

OVI Task Force is awarded $125K grant to continue sobriety checkpoints

The Medina County OVI Task Force was awarded $125,778.22 in federal traffic safety funding by the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Ohio Traffic Safety Office. “Partnerships are critical to the success of any safety effort and we are committed to working with safety partners to address traffic safety concerns in Medina County,” Brunswick police Lt. Read More…

Proud to be locally made: Companies show off facilities on National Manufacturing Day

Roy Eikelberry, Blair Rubber Co.’s plant superintendent, conducts a tour of the  facility in Seville for area business executives, civic leaders and residents on National Manufacturing Day.  DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE

Three area companies opened their doors Friday to highlight a growing need in the county for qualified workers to fill high-tech manufacturing jobs. The Medina County Economic Development Corporation held the tours in an effort to get younger blood in the industry. “It is a problem trying to get younger generations in the field,” said Read More…

‘Christmas Vacation’ RV vandalized, owner ‘thankful’ damage not worse

Uncle Eddie’s RV from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” was vandalized outside of Castle Noel last week in Medina. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Medina police say Cousin Eddie’s RV from the classic movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” was vandalized. Not that you could really notice. “Even though you might look at it and go, ‘Well its whole entire concept is to be a crappy motor home,’ that doesn’t mean you want the taillights busted out and the antenna Read More…

Medina Twp. trustee Mike Todd resigned for job on South Pacific island

Mike Todd

Former Medina Township Trustee Michael Todd sat down in May with his wife, Wendy, and daughters, Eva and Giselle, and told them he was making a big move. Todd had accepted a position in the attorney general’s office for the Republic of Palau, a tiny archipelago in the South Pacific, more than 8,000 miles away Read More…

PHOTOS: Rare bird spotted at Chippewa Lake Wetlands on Thursday

A great egret stalks fish in the waters of the Chippewa Lake Wetlands on Thursday morning in Lafayette Township. The Great Egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society. The oldest known bird — 22 years and 10 months — was banded in Ohio, according to Allaboutbirds.org. In the 19th century, the website said, the great egret was hunted almost to extinction for its plumes. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Street preacher: Aspiring homeowner protests bank delay


The Rev. Clay Huffman dragged a chalkboard to the curb of North Court Street in front of U.S. Bank, sat down in his lawn chair and opened his Bible. His sign read, “U.S. Bank has made me wait 406 days for my house.” Huffman and his wife, Lacey, moved to Medina in July 2013 when Read More…