May 28, 2015

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Those killed in action remembered in Medina County

Memorial Day is observed Sunday at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.  (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

Hundreds fell silent Sunday afternoon to remember loved ones who were killed in action. People from all over Northeast Ohio gathered in front of the main flagpole at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery for a 3 p.m. ceremony to honor servicemen and women buried there. “People often think of Memorial Day as the kickoff Read More…

Medina County eyes funding options after failure of social services levy

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Medina County commissioners say they face limited options after the 0.8-mill combined social services levy was rejected in the 2015 primary election last week. During this week’s meeting, commissioners discussed whether to try a ballot issue again, try for a sales tax increase or make budget cuts. The levy, which was Issue 10 on the Read More…

Medina County sheriff pursues body cameras for deputies

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The Medina County Sheriff’s Office wants to get 47 body cameras for its officers. County commissioners Tuesday gave approval to the sheriff’s application for a state grant through the Office of Criminal Justice Services. “We began preparing the budget in August of 2014 and that’s when we decided to add them to our budget,” Sheriff Read More…

Medina businessman hits big numbers for charity

Bill Biegel, of Medina, sits behind the Raymond Biegel Memorial Tournament trophy Saturday after his softball team proved the best of 12 teams at Blakeslee Park in Medina Township. Biegel organized the tournament to raise money for Special Olympic athletes in Medina County. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Medina County residents stepped up to the plate Saturday and raised $17,000 for Special Olympic athletes in the county. “I was hoping for $5,000 or $6,000, so I think we did pretty good,” Medina resident Bill Biegel said. Biegel, who has been a softball coach for Special Olympic athletes in the county for the past Read More…

Parents get a primer on drug-testing as Medina board considers policy

Ken Zuehlke, vice president and co-owner of Integrity Verifications Inc., gives a presentation to Medina parents Wednesday about drug-testing procedures. The company could be a potential partner with Medina Schools if the Board of Education pursues a random drug-testing policy for students in extracurricular activities. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Medina Schools shared information about possible drug testing of students during a meeting with parents Wednesday that featured Ken Zuehlke, vice president and co-owner of Integrity Verifications Inc. Integrity Verifications is a drug-testing and employee-screening company in Medina. The company could be a potential partner with the district if the decision is made to move Read More…

2015 PRIMARY: Social services levy defeated

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Medina County voters on Tuesday rejected a countywide 0.8-mill levy for social services. The levy, Issue 10 on the ballot, was rejected 5,615 votes to 4,098, according to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections. “I was a little surprised,” said Mike Jenks, director of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board. Read More…

2015 PRIMARY: Palecek to remain Council president in Wadsworth

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Tom Palecek will serve as Wadsworth City Council president for another two years, making this his seventh term on the Council and fifth as president. He won Tuesday’s Republican primary by 310 votes, according to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections. He is unopposed in November. “I’m very grateful to the people Read More…

Elyria man hurt in one-car crash in Spencer Twp.

From left, Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Steven Robison and Sgt. Alan Dunbar investigate a crash Monday evening on state Route 301 in Spencer Township that sent an 18-year-old Elyria man to the hospital. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

An 18-year-old Elyria man was flown to Akron General Hospital Monday evening following a rollover crash on state Route 301 in Spencer Township. Joseph Leonard Jr. was driving south about 6:20 p.m. when his black SUV went off the right side of the road, skidded through a ditch several feet and came to a stop Read More…

Spencer native, Vietnam vet, POW now a published author

Paul Kari, a 79-year-old Vietnam Veteran and Spencer native, talks about his recently published memoir, “The Strength to Endure,” to a crowd Saturday at Medina Library. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

A 79-year-old Spencer native went from being a college student to U.S. Air Force pilot, husband, father, prisoner of war and farmer. Now, he’s an author — telling his life stories in a new book that has already sold more than 2,000 copies. Paul Kari spent Saturday afternoon at the Medina Library talking about his Read More…

$16M multiyear road project will begin this summer in Wadsworth

High Street in Wadsworth’s business district near Interstate 76 will be under construction for two years starting this summer. The $16 million project has been 10 years in the making. “The economy’s improving and everyone likes to see new jobs and business development in their community,” Wadsworth Service Director Robert Patrick said. The Ohio Department Read More…