April 20, 2014

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More may be giving up job search

Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent last month — down from 6.5 in February and the lowest seen in nearly six years. The state’s jobless rate in March also was lower than the U.S. rate of 6.7 percent in both February and March, according to the latest employment report, released Friday.But a closer look Read More…

Display of pride: Teamwork brings Buckeye together

Andy VanBoxel, owner of Lakota Concrete in York Township, on Friday checks out his handiwork — the logo of Buckeye High’s mascot emblazoned in the school’s new entranceway. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

YORK TWP. — Buckeye High Principal Charles Vrabel had a problem. The concrete entranceway to his school was badly deteriorated and needed to be fixed. “Our entryway has been deteriorating over the years because of all the salt brought on it,” he said. “It was pitted and dirty and needed to be refurbished.” But rather Read More…


Parishioners fill the pews at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church on Good Friday for the Liturgy of Our Lord’s Passion. On Easter Sunday, two of the parish’s Masses will be held at the Medina Performing Arts Center — at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

PHOTO: County’s youth chess king crowned


No more midnight runs for tax procrastinators

Jeanne Menich, of Medina, files her tax forms Monday at the Medina Post Office, 303 N. Court St. Serving her are postal workers Linda Materna, of Granger Township, and Byron Elston, of Akron. The deadline to file federal and state tax returns is midnight. But because most taxpayers now file electronically, post offices no longer stay open that late. In Ohio, only the main post office in Cleveland will have extended hours, but only until 9 p.m. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

“I just don’t trust computers,” Jeanne Menich said. That’s why she came to the Medina Post Office on Monday to file her tax returns. Menich’s allegiance to paper, envelopes and stamps makes her something of an endangered species. The Internal Revenue Service estimates that about 85 percent of the tax returns filed by today’s deadline Read More…

Veterans are $75K closer to hall fixes

The Hillier Family Foundation, of Sharon Township, has donated $75,000 to help modernize the Medina County Veterans Memorial Hall. Accepting the donation Wednesday are members of the Veterans’ Capital Campaign Oversight Committee, from left, Don Simmons, CEO of Simmons Brothers Construction; Medina Finance Director Keith Dirham; Medina County Treasurer John Burke; and Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack. Holding the check are, from left, David Taylor, chairman of the fundraising campaign, and Hillier Foundation trustees Robert Jagger, Diana Snider, Robert Wyatt and Christina Prince. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

MEDINA — The Hillier Family Foundation has donated $75,000 toward the expansion and modernization of the Medina County Veterans Memorial Hall, 620 N. Broadway St. “This is a much-appreciated donation from the Hillier Foundation, which truly wants to be a part of helping veterans throughout Medina County,” said David Taylor, a Vietnam War veteran and Read More…

Medina Council takes step toward a new courthouse

Medina City Council took the first step Tuesday toward building a new municipal courthouse by agreeing to advertise for an architect to help determine if the project is economically feasible. City officials have wrestled for more than 10 years with the lack of space at the municipal courthouse, across North Elmwood Avenue from City Hall. Read More…

PHOTO: Has spring officially sprung?


Old fridge taking up space?

Medina County residents can get rid of major appliances at no cost next week during the county’s annual Spring Appliance Roundup. The service is free and there will be no charge for removing refrigerants, according to Deborah Haumesser, facilities manager of the Medina County Recycling Center. “You get ‘em here and we’ll take care of Read More…

Medina County fastest-growing in Cleveland metro area

Since the start of the decade, Medina County grew faster in population than the other four counties — Cuyahoga, Lorain, Geauga and Lake — in the Cleveland metro area, according to the latest Census Bureau estimates. The new report, released Thursday, estimated 174,0915 people lived in Medina County as of July 1, 2013 — 2,583 Read More…