April 25, 2015


Police: Middle school student took $25K, passed out thousands to classmates

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A 13-year-old Claggett Middle School student who had taken $25,000 from his grandfather over spring break passed out thousands to classmates in $100 bills this week, police said. Medina and Medina Township police departments are investigating and trying to recover the money. “I’ve never heard of a situation like this in the 17 or so Read More…

Agencies launch online campaign for Medina County social services levy

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Medina County officials are using social media to campaign for the combined social services levy, which will be Issue 10 on the May 5 ballot. The 0.8-mill levy would generate $19 million over five years and cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $28 a year. Visitors to www.facebook.com/medinacountyissue10 can see images of a Read More…

Main Street Medina proposes neighborhood garden at East Liberty, Jefferson streets

A view of county-owned land that Main Street Medina Executive Director Matt Wiederhold proposes be turned into a neighborhood garden at East Liberty and Jefferson streets in Medina. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

Medina residents might be able to grow their own food in a neighborhood garden. Matt Wiederhold, executive director of Main Street Medina, wants to turn a county-owned vacant lot into a community garden. “Gardening in the clay in Medina is very tough,” Wiederhold said. “I thought it could be an interesting way to tie the Read More…

Medina County to provide recyling bins at five Medina schools

The Medina Board of Education conducts its April work session Monday in the media room at Eliza Northrop Elementary School, 950 E. Reagan Parkway. From left, board members Tracy Givelekian and Doug Eastwood, Treasurer David Chambers, board President Doug Adamczyk and Superintendent David Knight. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Medina Schools is expected to receive $7,500 from the Medina County Sanitary Engineer’s Office for five recycling bins on school property, said Jon Burkhart, the district’s director of business affairs. Burkhart told the Board of Education on Monday that single-stream recycling bins will be at H.G. Blake Elementary, Ella Canavan Elementary, A.I. Root Middle, Claggett Read More…

Seniors learn moves in line dancing class for older adults (PHOTOS)


Instructor Sandy Fortner, of Wadsworth, teaches dance moves to Nancy Blake, of Medina; Marcia Paladino, of Medina; Gloria Pinner, of Lafayette Township; and Joyce Campbell, of Medina, during a line dancing class for seniors at the Office for Older Adults, 246 Northland Drive, Medina. The class is held 2 to 3 p.m. every Monday at Read More…

Cancer survivor called ‘miracle,’ starts support group in Spencer


It was just before 11 p.m. on an October night in 2011 when Judy Carbone felt abdominal pain and decided to drive herself to the emergency room in her hometown of Carmel, N.Y. “I thought I just had indigestion, but a week later I found out it was cancer and that I had six months Read More…

Medina County agency receives grant to help foster children

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Medina County Job and Family Services has been awarded a $50,000 state grant to host trauma training sessions for people involved in the lives of foster children. The state of Ohio offered $6.8 million to counties on a competitive basis, Job and Family Services Director Mead Wilkins said. His office applied for the grant in Read More…

New cafe’s owners celebrate opening in Wadsworth

Owners B.J. and Nicole Mikoda, center with scissors, cut the ribbon to officially open The Valley Café’s new location in Wadsworth. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Wadsworth has a new café. The Valley Café opened last month at 101 High St. and so far business has been good. “We’re a family-owned business and we fit in here because it’s a family-oriented community,” co-owner Nicole Mikoda said. Mikoda and her husband, BJ, who also is a chef, started the Valley Café in Read More…

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

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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…