February 7, 2016

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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…

PHOTOS: Martial arts event raises $13K for military families, veterans


Kim’s College of Martial Arts sponsored the 35th Annual Peacemakers Charity Exhibition, held Saturday at the Medina High School gymnasium. The event raised $13,100 to benefit local military families and veterans.

PHOTOS: Today is Election Day, polling places open until 7:30 p.m.


Voters cast their ballots at electronic polling stations Tuesday at the Medina County Community Center on the Medina County Fairgrounds, 735 Lafayette Road, Medina. Poll worker Joan Groux described the turnout as “very good — it’s been very busy all day. They’re coming in bunches.” Polls at nearly five dozens locations in the county are Read More…

ELECTION 2014: Few tax increases on ballot

What’s most interesting about the tax issues on Tuesday’s ballot is what’s absent. There are no school levies. The last time that happened in a November General Election in Medina County was in 2000. In the 14 years since then, voters in the fall elections faced one or more levy requests from the seven school Read More…

PHOTOS: Hundreds of people, dogs participate in 5K SPCA event


Nearly 500 two-legged runners and several hundred four-legged companions braved a chilly morning Saturday to participate in the second annual Paws for the Cause 5K to benefit the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Both the 5K and a mile Fun Run started and finished on Medina’s Public Square. Participants — Read More…

Medina County jobless rate drops to lowest point in seven years

Medina County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.0 percent last month — the lowest in nearly seven years. The September labor market report, released last week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, found 90,700 county residents had jobs in September — an increase of 1,200 compared to September 2013. Over the same period, Read More…