February 10, 2016


Teen boys learn science at ‘secret’ club

Teen services librarian Sean Rapacki shows Noah Nicholson, 13, how to wire a homemade speaker during the “Dangerous Boys Club” at Wadsworth Public Library on Wednesday. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY ANDREW DAVIS)

Every month a secret group of boys called the “Dangerous Boys Club” convenes in the back halls of Wadsworth Public Library to make gadgets and crack codes. The program, designed by teen services librarian Sean Rapacki, aims to spark creative interest in subjects ranging from science and technology to engineering and art. This month, members Read More…

Robinson to leave school board with Vlcek

MEDINA — Medina school board President Karla Robinson announced that she would resign effective Jan. 1 instead of in May as she had planned. Robinson and board member Susan Vlcek, who also is resigning effective Jan. 1, shed tears during their last regular meeting as members of the board. Robinson and Vlcek announced in September Read More…

Why do gas prices differ day to day, place to place?

On Thursday, regular unleaded fuel sold for $3.48 a gallon at the Sunoco station, 6392 Lafayette Road, Lafayette Township. Five miles north, regular unleaded gas was $3.55 a gallon at Stop ’n Go, 828 W. Liberty St., Medina. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LOREN GENSON)

Bill Preisler has been a gas price watcher for two years. That’s when he began asking why service stations in the same area often have much different prices. “I bought a car that gets crappy gas mileage that became a price issue,” Preisler said. “I started off looking for the cheapest gas.” Every day for Read More…

PHOTO: 2013 Medina County Fair king and queen named

Caleb Parker and Emily Howard were named 2013’s Medina County Fair king and queen Monday night.  Parker will be a senior at Medina High School and Howard attends the University of Akron.  Six young women and two young men from around the county competed for the titles, which grant the winners a chance to compete for Ohio State Fair king and queen next January.  Each contestant was asked a random question and given a word to describe what the meaning held for him or her. Three judges decided the winners based on each contestant’s poise, personality, communication skills, activities and leadership skills among other things.

Getting ready for the county fair

Dan "Red" Sexton tries to keep a cable taut while working on "Catch 'n' Air" on Wednesday at the Medina County Fairgrounds in Medina. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Carnival rides hold a special place for fairgoers — the Medina County Fair is no exception. But somebody has to build and operate the rides. A week before the Medina fair was scheduled to open Monday, 11 men from Bates Amusement — most sporting tattoos, some shirtless and all turned a deep bronze from so Read More…

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…