September 21, 2014

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OSHA fines Liverpool Twp. company up to $89K for worker’s crushed hand

LIVERPOOL TWP. — The Superior Roll Forming Co. faces up to $89,500 in federal safety fines after a worker’s hand was crushed in a 150-ton press last year. The accident occurred Nov. 14 at the company’s facility, 5535 Wegman Drive. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued four serious safety violations Read More…

Medina County treasurer adds ‘Bill Me Later’ option to property taxes

Medina County residents can charge their property taxes and not have to pay off the bill for six months thanks to a new online plan offered by county Treasurer John Burke. Burke said the new payment option is similar to a credit card promotion: The tax bill is paid by PayPal, the Internet payment service, Read More…

Gazette named best newspaper in its class in Ohio

CLEVELAND — The Gazette was named best daily newspaper in Ohio among papers with up to 75,000 circulation by the Cleveland Press Club’s Excellence in Journalism competition. The Gazette’s news and sports staffs won six additional awards in competition with newspapers of all sizes. Managing editor David Knox and reporters Loren Genson and Nick Glunt Read More…

Life rolls For Lodi’s Diana West Wise

Diana West Wise, 13, and her 15-year-old partner, Jim Harmer of Mount Vernon, display their trophies after winning the junior pairs national roller skating championship in 1958. PHOTO PROVIDED

Diana West Wise’s clients knew the handwriting was on the wall when they saw “For Sale” signs go up at Wooster and Academy streets in Lodi. “Diana’s Hair Fashions and Tanning Salon” will close July 1. With the sale of the building and her family’s Elyria Street property, she and her husband are moving to Read More…

PHOTOS: Ray Mellert Park splash pad opens, attracts children, families


The splash pad at Medina’s Ray Mellert Park was expected to be built in 2012, but the project was delayed because of the first two bids came in too high. Last year, the unusually wet weather delayed completion of the splash pad until October. Mayor Dennis Hanwell and Ward 1 Councilman Brian Hilberg hosted a picnic Read More…

PHOTOS: Board of elections has moved to Stonegate Drive in Medina Twp.

Medina County Elections Director Carol A. Lawler shows the voting machine storage room at the county Board of Elections’ new home at 3800 Stonegate Drive, Medina Township. County commissioners approved the board’s move to a bigger space in October. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

The new Medina County Board of Elections office at 3800 Stonegate Drive in Medina Township opened on Monday.

Families of killed Brunswick students sue over 2012 crash


The families of three of the four Brunswick High School students killed in a car crash two years ago have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against CSX Corporation, Columbia and Liverpool township trustees and the commissioners and engineers in Lorain and Medina counties. Killed in the June 3, 2012, crash were Blake Bartchak, 17, Lexi Read More…

Census: Medina County townships, villages growing faster than cities (UPDATED with table)

(SOURCE: Census Bureau)

More than three-quarters of Medina County’s increase in population in the past three years came in the townships, according to the latest Census Bureau estimates. The new report, released today, estimated the county’s 17 township gained about 1,980 residents since the 2010 census — an increase of about 2.4 percent. The township gain was 77 Read More…

Dilapidated houses demolished

Two blighted houses on Chippewa Road at Lake Road, n Lafayette Township, are demolished on Friday. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

A small crowd gathers to watch the demolition Friday of the first two of three blighted houses on Chippewa Road, at Lake Road, in Lafayette Township. The third house is slated to come down Monday. Township Trustee Lynda Bowers said the houses have been a source of aggravation for residents of the township and neighboring Read More…

Workers continue to leave labor force

The latest state employment report continues to give mixed signals. Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped in April to 5.7 percent — the lowest level in more than six years, according to the report released Friday by the Department of Job and Family Services. But a portion of that drop was the result of a 14,000 decline Read More…