October 24, 2014

Medina
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Commissioners: Cost to live at Medina County Home going up Dec. 1

Chris Jakab

It will cost $267 more a month to live at the Medina County Home. County commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday to increase the fee, effective Dec. 1. The fee has been $1,833 since 2009 and will rise to $2,100 in December. “We review it annually,” county Administrator Chris Jakab said. “Based on our estimated per-resident Read More…

Attorney General Mike DeWine gives fraud kits to seniors at library

Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell, left, attends a Wednesday meeting with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who spoke about a new Senior Advocate Fraud Education Toolkit, at the Medina Library. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine visited Medina Library on Wednesday afternoon to promote and distribute a fraud toolkit for seniors. DeWine’s Senior Advocate Fraud Education Toolkits, which were established through a grant obtained by the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Section, have been distributed to more than 700 Ohio libraries. The SAFE booklet and DVD slideshow Read More…

Medina Schools projects $4M loss in state funding for district

Medina Schools

Medina Schools may need to look for a new funding source to make up for nearly $4 million that could be lost from the state. School district Treasurer David Chambers presented a five-year financial forecast to the Board of Education for its review Monday night. The biggest financial loss involves the tangible personal property tax Read More…

Medina Schools dedicates Waite playground to late teacher

The Sherman family: Dan, Caleb, Loren and Alissa. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

The playground at Ralph E. Waite Elementary School will honor the memory of fifth-grade teacher Dan Sherman, who died suddenly in June. The Medina school board approved “The Dan Sherman Playground” Monday night. Sherman, 36, of Montville Township, died of cardiac arrest June 3, after collapsing during a workout at a West Liberty Street gym. Read More…

Medina County considers boost in dues for business consortium

Medina County

Medina County may increase its annual dues by $5,000 to the consortium that works to boost Northeast Ohio businesses in the global marketplace. The county has been paying $25,000 a year to the Northeast Ohio Trade and Economic Consortium since 2005, when it entered into an agreement with the 10-county regional organization and became a Read More…

Another Medina County teacher put on leave in Ebola scare

Ebola Congo

Another first-grade teacher in Medina County is on a 21-day paid leave, the incubation period for Ebola. Lori Snoke, who teaches at Valley View Elementary School, was in the same Tallmadge bridal shop at the same time as Amber Joy Vinson, the 29-year-old Dallas nurse who was in Akron earlier this month before being diagnosed Read More…

Heating aid available to Medina County residents

Medina County residents can start signing up Monday for heating assistance through the Winter Crisis Program. Community Action Wayne/ Medina will assist residents below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines and have been threatened with disconnection from utility companies. The program allows for a one-time payment that varies depending on the home’s heating system. Read More…

Political novice brings computer savvy to Seville Village Council seat

Brad Demiter, 40, of Seville, takes the oath of office as a Village Council member Sept. 22 from Mayor Gene Sulzener. He was appointed to finish out the term of Dennis Barrington, who resigned in August. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Brad Demiter has never been involved in politics. But that didn’t stop the 40-year-old website designer and computer programmer from applying to fill a vacant seat on Seville Village Council. Demiter, of Red Oak Drive, said he thought he had something to offer to the community. “I’ll give it my best effort and I hope Read More…

County hires Solon company to make $3M in repairs

A Solon company has won a $3 million contract to make Medina County’s 12 administrative buildings more energy efficient. County Administrator Chris Jakab said seven companies were interested in the contract, but the county narrowed the search to Gardiner Services of Solon. Gardiner, which specializes in energy, building, and heating and air conditioning services for Read More…

Medina Hospital prepares for possibility of Ebola patients

The Cleveland Clinic’s Medina Hospital is taking precautions after a Texas nurse who visited her family in the Akron area this month later was diagnosed with Ebola. Amber Joy Vinson, 29, was one of the nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who had treated a Liberia man who died from Ebola on Oct. 8. Vinson, Read More…