September 1, 2014

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A local Hearse N’ Around club attends reunion in Hell, Mich.

From left, Gayle and Terry Miller, of Medina, and George Corral and Mandy Porter, of Lodi, traveled to Hell, Mich., for the annual “Last Rides Reunion” of the Just Hearse N’ Around club. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JENNIFER PIGNOLET)

Medina residents Terry and Gayle Miller took a trip to Hell and made it back with a story to tell. The couple, who have been married nine years, made their 10th annual trip Sept. 17 to Hell, Mich., for the “Last Rides Reunion.” At the reunion, members of the Just Hearse N’ Around club, like Read More…

Medina council to vote on a traffic signals study

MEDINA — The city is one step closer to retiming traffic lights on Public Square and throughout the historic district. City Council’s Finance Committee approved a contract with a consulting firm Monday night, and the measure is headed for a Council vote Oct. 10. Law Director Greg Huber said the contract needs some minor language Read More…

Area homeowner fights to save red oak tree

A 70-to80 year-old oaj tree in the back yard of a Medina residence was damaged during sewer-line work last fall. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DANI ORR)

MEDINA — Debbie Knurek said she doesn’t call herself a “tree hugger,” but is fighting to save an old oak in her backyard at 715 S. Court St. Knurek, who lives in Atlanta, has rented the home to a family for about five years, she said. The red oak, which is 70 to 80 years Read More…

Celebrating a century of change and life

From left, Effie Roshon, Austin Booker and Vivah Walters were honored Thursday at Emeritus Senior Living, 100 High Point Drive, Medina, on National Centenarian Day. Roshon and Walters are 101, and Booker is 100. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DANI ORR)

MEDINA — They have lived through seven wars, the Depression, a recession and the introduction of electricity in their homes. They have gone from horse and buggy to automobile and from landline telephones to cell phones. Austin Booker, 100, Effie Roshon, 101, and Vivah Walters, 101, were honored Thursday as part of National Centenarian Day Read More…

Teen faces charges following Sunday chase, accident

MEDINA TWP. — An attempted traffic stop turned into a pursuit and accident early Sunday. A trooper was handling a traffic stop on Marks Road near Fenn Road at 1:57 a.m. Sunday when he saw a vehicle traveling south with its high beams on go left of center, according to Lt. Bill Haymaker of the Read More…

St. Francis named a Blue Ribbon School

Students celebrate Medina St. Francis Xavier School being named a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School during an assembly on Friday. (COURTESY PHOTO)

MEDINA — Medina’s St. Francis Xavier School is among 305 schools in the country named a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School. The honor from the U.S. Department of Education is based on St. Francis’ overall academic excellence, according to a statement. “We really are just beyond excited,” said Sister Sandra Bevec, principal of the Roman Read More…

Medina Council approves Fire Department budget for 2012

MEDINA — Fire Chief Bob Painter said he came to Monday night’s budget meeting prepared to fight tooth and nail. He didn’t have to put on the gloves. By a vote of 5-0, City Council approved a $905,957 budget for the Fire Department, $4,500 less than Painter requested for 2012. Ward 2 Councilman Dennis Simpson Read More…

Seville food pantry to close its doors

Courtney Harlan, director of the Seville Community Food Pantry, 6 Spring St., stands by a sign he fastened to the front of the pantry on Thursday announcing it will close Tuesday. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DANI ORR)

SEVILLE — A lease for the new Seville Community Food Pantry was signed a year ago Tuesday, but there won’t be any anniversary celebration. Pantry director Courtney Harlan said the pantry is being forced to close. “I’m packing up,” Harlan said Thursday. The pantry, part of an outreach program through Seville United Methodist Church, signed Read More…

Chinese martial-arts grandmasters bearing gifts in Medina

Grandmaster Jia Zhongman, left, from China, and grandmaster Wang Dayong, right, present a gift to Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell on Thursday at City Hall. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DANI ORR)

MEDINA — They came for a martial arts tournament in Akron, but visited Medina on Thursday armed with gifts. In City Hall’s rotunda, Mayor Dennis Hanwell welcomed four martial artists from China’s Hebei Province and presented each with a city pin and magazine and a proclamation. The four, who will participate in the International Warrior Read More…

Medina council inspects city parks for possible updating

From left, Ward 4 Councilman Jim Shields, Parks Director Tim Swanson, Parks Superintendent Don Lettotan, parks employee Carol Still stand in the future spot of a splash pad at Ray Mellert Park on North Huntington Street in Medina. Parks staff and Council members recently toured all the city’s parks. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DANI ORR)

MEDINA — Parks Director Tim Swanson said it’s been almost 15 years since the city last updated its recreation master plan and “it’s time to look back over what we have and need.” Toward that end, City Council members recently toured the city’s parks. “In order for us to see where we’re heading, we need Read More…