April 21, 2015


United Way of Medina County Executive Director Kujat to resign

Seth Kujat

United Way of Medina County Executive Director Seth Kujat will be stepping down, effective April 15. “I had a pretty great opportunity and it didn’t make sense for me not to take it,” he said, declining to elaborate. Kujat said the decision was made after a long talk with United Way’s Board of Directors. “There Read More…

Olympian to promote return of matchstick in Wadsworth

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In 1972, Wadsworth resident Dave Wottle stunned the world with a come-from-behind victory in the 800-meter dash at the Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany. At the annual Blue Tip Festival the next year, Wottle was handed a large ceremonial match to symbolize the Olympics and his victory. Now Wottle will be joining Wadsworth city Read More…

Archie the bear still with owners in Lodi as court case continues

Archie the bear enjoys the mild weather from his cage on Debbie and Jeff Gillium’s property in Lodi. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

No action was taken Friday by the Ohio Department of Agriculture to remove 41-year-old Archie the bear from the property of his owners, Debbie and Jeff Gillium of Lodi. Friday marked the end of a 30-day period after the Gilliums pursued a temporary restraining order in Medina Common Pleas Court. Now the state has asked Read More…

With donated shingles, nonprofit Cups Cafe can keep a dry roof over its head

Workers from Madison Construction begin to replace the roof of Cups Cafe in Medina. Owens Corning donated the materials to the nonprofit and the construction company is installing the roof at cost. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

The roof of Cups Cafe at 126 N. Court St. has been in disrepair since the nonprofit moved to its Medina location almost two years ago. But thanks to the networking of Main Street Medina and Owens Corning, Executive Director Tim Van Arsdale will be able to serve free coffee and lunches under a dry Read More…

January jobless rate edges lower in Medina County

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Medina County’s unemployment rate for January was 5.2 percent. It follows the trend from December’s numbers being the lowest mark in nine years for that month. The just released civilian labor force estimates from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services found 90,600 Medina County residents were working in January — 2,100 more than Read More…

Route 42 water main project to cost Medina $1 million more

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The city of Medina will have to invest at least $1 million more into the U.S. Route 42 improvement project for water main replacements. City Council’s Finance Committee approved city Engineer Patrick Patton informing the state that Medina is prepared to take on the additional cost. The new $1,089,421 aspect of the project will replace Read More…

Car makers show off at Cleveland Auto Show

The floor of the IX Center will be displaying the top car models from the world’s best car manufacturers at the Cleveland Auto Show starting today and running through March 17. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

The world’s car manufacturers are descending on Cleveland for the 2015 Cleveland Auto Show marking the start of the spring selling season in Northern Ohio. New 2015 models and supercars will debut for spectators — and potential buyers — during the show, which starts today and runs through March 17. “As one of the largest Read More…

Medina Steak & Seafood Co. closed indefinitely

Medina Steak and Seafood Co., 538 W. Liberty St., has "available" real estate listings posted on its windows. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

For 17 years, Medina Steak & Seafood Co. served hungry customers. Now the steakhouse will lay dormant indefinitely as owner, Ken Collins, 59, weighs his next move. A real estate sign saying the facility is “available” was posted inside the windows this week. “Times are changing and I want to change with them,” he said. Read More…

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…