February 1, 2015


Medina County’s jobless rate hits 9-year low

Jobless chart

Medina County got a welcome Christmas gift earlier this week: another encouraging jobs report. The county posted a 4.5-percent unemployment rate last month — the lowest level for the month of November in nine years, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The report also found 90,600 county residents had jobs, an Read More…

Warm weather, low gas prices making holiday travelers eager to hit road

The sign outside the Third Federal Savings and Loan, 4018 Washington St., Medina, shows temperatures reaching the 50s Tuesday afternoon. Today’s high is expected to break 60 degrees. The unseasonably warm weather and cheaper gasoline prices are expected to mean more holiday travel. Auto club AAA predicts a record-high number of Ohioans will travel at least 50 miles from home during a 13-day holiday period that begins before Christmas and ends in the new year. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Plummeting gasoline prices and rising temperatures are motivating holiday motorists to depart sooner and travel farther, according to AAA Ohio auto club officials. “Those are huge factors,” said Janice “Jake” Yorko, manager at the Medina AAA outlet, 150 Northland Drive. “Last year people were saying gas prices were too high and they were going to Read More…

PHOTOS: Kids shop with cops as Christmas approaches


About 130 youngsters received $100 gift certificates in this year’s Shop With a Cop event, sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 204, which represents the police departments of the city of Medina, Medina Township, Montville Township, Hinckley Township, the village of Spenser and the Medina County Sheriff’s Office.

Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative to share refunds

About 19,300 former and current customers of the Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative will share more than $1.28 million in refunds from the utility’s capital fund. Cooperative President John Eaton said the refunds are possible because the customers are the member-owners of the cooperative and “provide the necessary capital for the cooperative to operate, maintain and Read More…

Lodi Police: Fight led to gunfire

A 30-year-old Lodi man is accused of firing a pistol during an argument over money that escalated into a fight, police said. Maurio Grady was arrested Thursday evening by officers responding to a 911 call reporting a shooting at his home in the 200 block of North Academy Street in Lodi. Lodi police Chief Keith Read More…

Managing editor: Apologies for delivery problems

On Monday, the Akron Beacon Journal took over the job of delivering The Gazette to homes and businesses across Medina County and part of Wayne County. Most subscribers didn’t notice the change. That’s how it’s supposed to go. To those subscribers who experienced problems — late or improper delivery — we can only apologize and Read More…

Medina County jobless rate hits eight-year low

Medina County’s unemployment rate dropped for the fourth month in a row in October to 4.4 percent — the lowest level in eight years. The labor market report, released earlier this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, showed the county’s jobless rate was below the seasonally unadjusted rates of both Ohio, Read More…

PHOTO: Bears are stuffed with cheer

Nina Bates, left, a staff member of the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities puts the finishing touches on a Karate Bear, along with Dr. Kaye Stanley-Bryson, director of children's services, as part of the Build-A-Bear program for disadvantaged children sponsored by the Medina Sunrise Rotary Club in partnership with the county Juvenile Court. About 140 bears were completed Tuesday by staff, volunteers and clients at the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities' Achievement Center, 4691 Windfall Road, Granger Township. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

PHOTO: Youth help decorate Medina’s Public Square for holidays

There were plenty of young people among the more than 50 volunteers who helped decorate Medina’s Public Square in preparation for this weekend’s 30th annual Candlelight Walk: from left, Joe Obermeier, 15, of Medina; Ian Otter, 16, of Medina Township; Loren Sefcik, 14, of Montville Township; Sydney Wagner, 15, of Medina Township; and Katie Otter, 14, of Medina Township. The Candlelight Walk begins 4:30 p.m. Friday with the lighting of luminarias lining Public Square. The Holiday Parade of Lights around the square begins 5:30 p.m. Saturday followed by a fireworks presentation. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Medina to light up for 30th Candlelight Walk starting Nov. 21

Main Street Medina is marking the 30th anniversary of the annual Candlelight Walk with more music, lights and luminarias. The three-day celebration kicks off Nov. 21 with the lighting the candles in 1,500 luminarias — about 150 more than last year — lining the streets of the nine-block historic district. “We’re increasing the number of Read More…