February 12, 2016


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…

Charities receive financial boost

Officials from 14 area nonprofit groups accept a check for $30,000, which represents the total amount of grants announced by the Medina County Community Foundation at the “Spring into Summer” fundraiser dinner Friday evening at Weymouth Country Club.  (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

MEDINA TWP. — Donors and grant recipients donned leis, floral shirts and grass skirts for a Hawaiian-style celebration of the Medina County Community Foundation’s announcement of $30,000 in grants to 14 local charities. Almost 150 people attended the dinner Friday at the Weymouth Country Club. The “Spring into Summer” fundraiser celebrates the solstice — the Read More…

Boy attracts Duck Tape’s attention for custom wallets

PHOTO PROVIDED Dominic Drockton in the middle of recreating the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival’s logo.

Some ideas just stick. For 12-year-old Dominic Drockton, crafting one-of-a-kind Duck Tape brand duct wallets is something that stuck instantly. “I saw a video on YouTube and I thought, ‘Hey that looks cool,’ ” he said. Now, Dominic has been making wallets for more than a year. He said the first wallet he ever created Read More…

Car show gets into gear today

A street rod is displayed at last years Ohio Nationals car show at the Medina County Fairgrounds. PHOTO PROVIDED

MEDINA — Hundreds of street rods will roll thunderously through Public Square from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and Mayor Dennis Hanwell will pick his favorite, kicking off the third annual Ohio Nationals competition and car show. On Friday, the car show will be in full swing at the Medina County Fairgrounds where a Read More…

PHOTO: The six degrees of the Battle of Gettysburg

ANDREW DAVIS / THE GAZETTE Cass Kuhl, of Medina, describes the history and importance of the Battle of Gettysburg to an audience of more than 40 on Monday evening at the Medina County District Library on Monday. In his lecture, “The Six Degrees of Gettysburg,” Kuhl argues that almost anything in American history since the Civil War can be linked to the climatic battle. The 150th anniversary of the battle is July 1. Kuhl, an electrical engineer with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, has been studying Gettysburg for more than 30 years and has visited the battleground two dozen times.

County nonprofits lag in charitable giving

Members of the 13 organizations that received grants from the Medina County Community Fund in 2012 hold a $32,500 check. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

MEDINA — Medina County is the fifth wealthiest county in the state, measured by median household income. Yet its charitable institutions lag far behind other northeastern Ohio counties, both in number and size of assets. Timothy Hagerty, executive director of the Medina County Community Fund, wants to change that. Last year the fund, with only Read More…