July 2, 2015

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Medina board moves drug tests for student-athletes forward

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The Medina Board of Education decided Monday to pursue developing a random drug-testing policy for student-athletes at the high school. Superintendent Dave Knight said the district at this time only is considering testing students in grades nine to 12 who participate in athletics. “We can always be in a constant state of revision,” he said. Read More…

Medina chooses school board president, OKs new position

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The Medina Board of Education elected a new president Monday night and approved a new administration position — dean of students. Superintendent Dave Knight said the dean of students position would be shared between Garfield and Eliza Northrup elementary schools with a focus on at-risk children and counseling services. “We wanted an administrative position with Read More…

SPCA seeks donations to purchase 13 acres in Guilford Twp.


The Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is looking for approximately $575,000 in donations to purchase a 13-acre property in Guilford Township. The property includes a house at 8790 Guilford Road and a 4,000-square-foot kennel, which belongs to Comfort Kennels, a family-owned boarding and training center for dogs and cats. “The Read More…

Medina celebrates U.S. Army’s 240th birthday


Bagpipes could be heard from blocks away as Akron’s Celtic Eagle Pipe Band marched Saturday up the sidewalk to Medina’s gazebo on Public Square. The band played patriotic songs throughout the morning and afternoon as part of Medina’s celebration of the U.S. Army’s 240th birthday. The birthday party started at 11 a.m., when American Legion Read More…

Teens take a Splatter Sprint at Medina County fairgrounds

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Clouds of pink, blue and yellow powder colored the Medina County fairgrounds Friday during a “Splatter Sprint” for teens. More than 80 teens from across the seven school districts ran three laps around the fairgrounds at 11:30 a.m., while being sprayed by their peers with powder paint along the way. The race was part of Read More…

Brunswick, Seville, Homer Twp. projects expected to get grants

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Medina County commissioners are expected to approve Community Development Block Grant money for projects in Brunswick, Seville and Homer Township. The county has $191,000 in CDBG funds from the federal program that’s administered through the state. Rob Henwood, director of the county’s Planning Services Department and CDBG administrator for the county, said commissioners received seven Read More…

Classmates throw surprise party for Scripps spelling bee contestant

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Owen Kovalik thought he was making a trip to school Thursday afternoon to pick up end-of-the-year awards. The sixth-grader missed Medina Christian Academy’s award ceremony the last week of school because he was in Washington, D. C., competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. “Surprise,” about 40 of his friends and teachers shouted as he Read More…

No charges filed after Lodi father, 18, accidentally burns baby with smoke bomb

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No charges are being pursued in the case of an 8-month-old Lodi child who suffered burns on his legs and stomach in a smoke bomb incident in May, authorities said. On Friday, Lodi police conducted a welfare check at a Medina Street home after the child’s great-aunt, who also lives in Lodi, called. During the Read More…

Officials can’t step in to solve Lodi cemetery’s money woes until board disbands

Several volunteers spent the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend cleaning Woodlawn Cemetery, a private cemetery in Lodi, and placing flags on graves. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

A private cemetery in Lodi, in financial trouble for four years, could be saved by either the village or Harrisville Township. But neither local government body has said it wants to take responsibility for it. Woodlawn Cemetery, at 409 Medina St., was established in 1897. For years it has been operated by the Woodlawn Cemetery Read More…

Runners, shoppers converge on Public Square in Medina (PHOTOS)

The first Farmers Market of the 2015 season was held Saturday on Public Square and attracted a variety of shoppers to the various tents. Lettuce was prominent  among the first crops of the season available and farmers interviewed said they were somewhat concerned about a lack of rain. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

Farmers, artists, shoppers and runners had Medina’s Public Square blocked off Saturday morning. Racers flocked to the starting line on North Broadway Street just before 6:45 a.m. for the third Medina Half-Marathon and 5K. Mayor Dennis Hanwell said “go,” and the 1,500 racers from 18 states and Canada took off. While the race was finishing Read More…