September 2, 2015

Medina
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Leaders target heroin in town hall meeting series

Leaders of several Medina County agencies and law enforcement gathered Friday morning at Medina Hospital to talk about heroin. The meeting is one of many “town hall” events across the state organized through Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office. The meeting aimed to raise awareness about the heroin epidemic and how it is affecting the Read More…

Federal funding up for county veterans

Medina County veterans received about $9 million more in federal funding in 2014 than the previous year — a 19 percent increase. Ed Zackery, service officer for the Medina County Veterans Service Commission, gave a report about the 2014 activity to Medina County commissioners this week. “Services are up for the VA federal benefits by Read More…

Archie the bear may not have long to live, owner says

Archie the bear enjoys the mild weather from his cage on Debbie and Jeff Gillium’s property in Lodi. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Jeff Gillium, 62, of Lodi, has a best friend like no other — a 41-year-old black bear who’s been with him 35 years and has saved his life. Archie, the bear, is one of the oldest known black bears living in captivity, but he’s nearing the end of his life and Gillium thinks he soon Read More…

Human services levy won’t be on November ballot

Medina County commissioners will not put another combined human services levy on the ballot this fall. County Administrator Scott Miller said Tuesday that commissioners were considering asking for a 0.25 percent sales tax increase in November to fund three social service agencies, but decided against it. The social services levy, which was Issue 10 on Read More…

Medina Schools busing information to go online Monday

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Parents will be able to find their children’s bus information for the 2015-16 school year on Medina Schools’ website Monday. The district added a new program called WebQuery, which allows parents, students, staff and the general public to access bus route information. School district transportation manager Robert Travis said the program, which cost the district Read More…

Medina school board member’s relative denied summer job

Tom Cahalan

The Medina Board of Education voted against hiring a relative of a board member Monday night after a discussion on how the move might have appeared to the public. Board President Tom Cahalan’s daughter, Shannon, applied for a summer job with the district. “All she wanted to do was make use of her summer before Read More…

Veterans honored on first day of Medina County Fair

From left, Jimmy Kulas, Jim Hoessle and Ron Oiler, all members of Medina County’s chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America, watch footage of the Vietnam War on VHS  tapes Monday afternoon in the pavilion at the Medina County Fair. They had a booth set up for the fair’s Veteran’s Day which was held in the pavilion from noon to 5 p.m. All veterans and military personnel had free admittance to the fair Monday. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

Jim Hoessle of Medina Township has had plenty of dentist appointments, but none more memorable than the last time he had a tooth pulled. It was 1968, and he was in Vietnam. “They flew me out of the bushes to a Navy and Marine base where they had an actual dentist,” he said Monday. “I Read More…

Medina County Fair 2015 kicks off with animal shows, demolition derby

Madison Clark, a member of the Westfield Trailblazers 4-H group, pets her horse, Dreamy, Sunday after moving him into a stall at the Medina County Fairgrounds. Madison will compete with Dreamy and her other horse, Rajah, a miniature horse, this week at the fair. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

Day one of the 2015 Medina County Fair could be off to a stormy start. The National Weather Service is calling for a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms most of the day. TODAY AT THE FAIR Opening day at the 2015 Medina County Fair today has been designated as Veterans Day, with free admission for Read More…

Therapist specializes in addiction at private practice in Medina

Jessica Seitz

A 33-year-old Montville Township woman recently opened a private counseling practice in Medina to address addiction or other mental heath issues. Jessica Seitz started her company, Hope and Wellness LLC, in February with an office at 3443 Medina Road, Suite 101B. “Opening a private practice has always been a long-term goal of mine,” Seitz said. Read More…

‘We pray for Ember’ at vigil in memory of toddler found dead in crib

Participants in a prayer vigil in memory of 20-month-old Ember Warfel release balloons Sunday night at Medina’s Uptown Park. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

They didn’t know Ember Warfel in life. But her death brought them together Sunday night for a prayer vigil in the little girl’s memory. Dozens of pink and white balloons were released into the air at Medina’s Uptown Park for 20-month-old Ember, whose body was discovered in her crib in an empty Medina apartment last Read More…