November 21, 2014

Intermittent clouds

Jobless rate not as bad as it appears

The number of Medina County residents looking for work was up in June for the third month in a row. But growth in jobs failed to keep pace. As a result, the county’s unemployment rate jumped to 6.6 percent, up from 5.8 percent in May. The county’s labor force totaled 95,700 in June — 1,600 Read More…

Lodi building fire quickly contained

Firefighters work a fire at 104 Medina St. in Lodi. The fire quickly was contained Friday afternoon. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Fire struck a commercial building in downtown Lodi on Friday afternoon. The building, at 104 Medina St., houses D’Antonio’s Pizza, the Odd Fellows Club and the Good Samaritan’s Thrift Shop. Police and fire departments responded to a report of the fire at 5 p.m., Police Chief Keith Keough said. “We got a call that there Read More…

PHOTO: Lemonade stand lucrative in summer heat

Athena Love Bell, 8, has reason to smile. Ninety-plus-degree weather means she’s making a pretty penny Wednesday at her lemonade stand at West Union and North Huntington streets in Medina. This is Athena’s first lemonade stand. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY ANDREW DAVIS)

Country musician Brantley Gilbert to play the fair

Brantley Gilbert performs at the Outnumber Hunger Live! concert at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Friday, April 5, 2013. The concert launched Outnumber Hunger, a collaboration between General Mills, Big Machine Label Group and Feeding America to help fight hunger in local communities. (Photo by Al Powers/Invision for Outnumber Hunger/AP Images)

Country rock star Brantley Gilbert will headline the Medina County Fair at 8 p.m. Aug. 1. Gilbert was born outside of Athens, Ga., and credits his songwriting style to his upbringing. Although he started out as an acoustic artist, he is best known for his “rock-infused country feel,” which initially garnered him his following in Read More…

Hinckley couple announces ‘Holly’wood movie museum

Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell  speaks at the announcement of the fall opening Friday of “Holly”wood Christmas Movieland. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Snow fell and Christmas cheer filled the air Friday as Hinckley Township sculptor Mark Klaus unveiled the grand plan to put America’s largest year-round indoor Christmas movie museum inside the vacant Medina Methodist Church. “‘Holly’wood Christmas Movieland will be the most fun Christmas experience you have ever had,” Klaus said. He and his wife, Dana, Read More…

PHOTO: Salvation Army food drive reaches 450 items

Lt. Michael Smith of the Salvation Army of Medina checks out about 450 canned goods and other food items collected since Monday in a summer food drive. Donations are accepted at any time of the day and are not limited to just during the drive, which ends Friday. People looking to benefit from the food pantry can come to the Salvation Army Center, 425 W. Liberty St., Medina, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Case worker Estella Hutchinson said that the pantry helps anywhere between 65 and 85 families a month with the numbers on the rise during the summer because of school being out. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY ANDREW DAVIS)

PHOTOS: Children care for animals at 4-H judging

Madison Dickerson of Wadsworth holds he pet rabbit, Coco, on Tuesday at 4H's Cats, Guinea Pigs, Pet Rabbits and Small Animals judging at the Medina County Fairgrounds. This was Madison's first 4H competition.

United Way to target its aid


The United Way of Medina County wants to play a bigger role helping charities to identify the most important problems facing the community. United Way’s Executive Director Seth Kujat said the new approach dramatically will increase the possibility of improving lives in Medina County. “Before we were focused on agencies telling us what programs they Read More…

Welcome to Weymouth Township?

MEDINA TWP. — Township officials are exploring whether to change the township’s name to Weymouth, the onetime seat of Medina County. “We are just kicking the idea around,” Trustee Michael Todd said. Todd said most people he has talked with are opposed, but that he doesn’t believe that is a true representation of the township Read More…

Local food company backs Paula Deen

MEDINA — Locally owned Sandridge Food Corp. issued a news release Wednesday supporting celebrity chef Paula Deen after she publicly apologized on the “Today” show for admitting to the use of racial slurs and jokes in the past. “We are very pleased with Paula Deen’s interview this morning offering her heartfelt apologies,” Mark D. Sandridge, Read More…