April 1, 2015

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Silence heard at public hearing about Medina County social services levy

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There was a public hearing Tuesday night on the 0.8-mill social services levy on the May 5 ballot, but the public didn’t show. “In a perfect world, we would have gotten all of our (public hearing) flyers out by Friday but we didn’t,” said Michael Jenks, director of the Medina County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Read More…

Sheriff’s Office requests $1M radio communication system upgrade

Tom Miller

Medina County commissioners are considering a contract with Cleveland Communications Inc., of Parma, to upgrade the radio communication system at the Sheriff’s Office. The cost would depend on several variables, but could exceed $1 million. Sheriff Tom Miller and Jonelle Meredith, communication coordinator, recommended the company during Tuesday’s commissioners meeting. “The main upgrade is to Read More…

Highland graduate finishes NASCAR truck series in style

Tommy Regan (35) spins out as Justin Boston (54) and Matt Tifft (25), of Hinckley Township, pass by during the NASCAR truck race at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., on Saturday. (AP PHOTO)

Before Matt Tifft was old enough to get a driver’s license, he was racing stock cars. “I was racing 150 miles-per-hour race cars at 14 years old before I could drive 25 miles per hour down my street,” he said Sunday, the day after competing in his fifth NASCAR truck series race. The 18-year-old from Read More…

New Valley Cafe opens in downtown Wadsworth (PHOTOS)

BJ Mikoda and his wife Nicole, of Akron, pose Friday morning outside their recently opened Valley Café in Downtown Wadsworth. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

A ribbon-cutting will be held at 11 a.m. today as part of a welcome to the community for the new Valley Cafe in downtown Wadsworth. The eatery at 101 High St. is owned by Nicole and BJ Mikoda, who have a second cafe in Akron. The Mikoda family includes their children Travis, 21, and Morgan, Read More…

Elementary students join annual March Madness-inspired basketball tournament

Jake Parkhurst, a fifth-grader at Ella Canavan Elementary, takes a free throw Thursday during the championship game of the Medina Community Police Activities League’s March Madness Tournament. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

The buzzer sounded just as 11-year-old Michael Rodak sank a 3-point shot, sending the Thursday afternoon championship game of the Medina Community Police Activities League’s March Madness Tournament into overtime. “It was amazing,” Michael said after the game. “I just tried to shoot it and make it in.” Although his shot gave the team of Read More…

Family hopes to rebuild Wadsworth sandwich shop that burned

Shelli and Matt Reed pose with their children, from left, Nathan, Gabe and Kailie, in a doughnut truck they operated as a family last summer. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Shelli Reed got a call from her mother just after 11 p.m. March 16. It was bad news. The sandwich shop in downtown Wadsworth — a 35-year family enterprise — was on fire. “I got in my truck and drove uptown and when I got closer, I could tell it wasn’t a minor thing,” Reed Read More…

Raises for Medina County employees included in 2015 budget

Scott Miller

Medina County employees who are paid out of the general fund could be getting a 1.5 percent pay increase this year. County commissioners approved Tuesday the county’s 2015 budget, which included the provision for raises. The budgeted expenses and revenues are up from 2014 figures. The estimated revenue for 2015 is $36.15 million, up from Read More…

Black River Schools considering random drug testing for students

Superintendent Chris Clark

Black River High School students could be randomly tested for drugs if they want to go to their school’s homecoming event next fall, according to a new policy being considered by the district’s Board of Education. “We’d be naive to say that we don’t have a drug problem at Black River,” Superintendent Chris Clark said. Read More…

Medina County welcomes spring as Christmas wreath removed from courthouse (PHOTO)


Medina firefighters use a ladder truck Monday morning to take the Christmas wreath off the Medina County Courthouse, 93 Public Square, Medina, during the first week of spring.

Alternative route proposed for Nexus pipeline would cross two Medina County townships

The city of Green’s re-route option for the proposed Nexus gas pipeline. (MAP PROVIDED)

The city of Green in Summit County on Monday filed a re-route option with federal authorities for the proposed Nexus gas pipeline that would travel through Medina County. The city has been working with members of the Coalition to Reroute Nexus, or CORN, for months to try to come up with an alternate route for Read More…