October 25, 2014

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Prescription drug turn-in program hits 5-ton mark

Medina County has reached a milestone in getting prescription drugs off the streets with five tons of drugs disposed of through the county’s drug collection program that began in October 2011. Medina County Drug Abuse Commission Director Brian Nowak said the county has been collecting prescription and over-the-counter drugs for three years in 12 boxes Read More…

Officials review bids for operating Medina County recycling center

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Five members of a 10-person bid review team spent Tuesday morning interviewing officials of the two companies interested in operating the Medina County trash recycling center. VEXOR Technology, of Medina, and Envision Waste, the company that now operates the county’s Central Processing Facility in Westfield Township, are two of three companies that submitted bids for Read More…

Elisa Kazek challenges incumbent county Commissioner Adam Friedrick

Elisa Kazek (D) vs. Adam Friedrick (R)
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In the Nov. 4 election for Medina County commissioner, incumbent Republican Adam Friedrick is being challenged by Democrat Elisa Kazek, an art teacher from Spencer Township. Elisa Kazek Kazek, who’s taught art for 23 years, works at Marion C. Seltzer Elementary School in Cleveland. She teaches kindergartners through eighth-graders. She received a master’s in education Read More…

Labor unions back NEXUS pipeline

Landowners, union workers and NEXUS representatives gather at the Medina Community Recreation Center for an open house Thursday afternoon to discuss a proposed natural gas pipeline project. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

Property owners opposed to the NEXUS natural gas pipeline were outnumbered at a public meeting Thursday by company officials and labor union workers supporting the project. More than 50 people representing the energy companies behind the pipeline and three area labor unions attended the meeting, held at the Medina County Community Recreation Center in Medina. Read More…

Salvation Army spreads Christmas Cheer with gift donation program

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MEDINA — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Medina Salvation Army, where organizers have already signed up over 100 families to receive from the Christmas Cheer program. The program provides families in need with Christmas dinners and presents for children up to 17 years old. In just five days, more than Read More…

Auditor Mike Kovack, challenger Keith Dirham campaign on experience

Mike Kovack (D) vs. Keith Dirham (R)
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In the Nov. 4 election for Medina County auditor, incumbent Mike Kovack is being challenged by Keith H. Dirham, finance director for the city of Medina. Kovack, a Democrat, has held the job for six straight terms. He was appointed in 1993 and won the last five elections — the last two unopposed. Dirham, his Read More…

County employees Chris Jakab, Pam Vereb to retire at end of year

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Two longtime Medina County employees — County Administrator Chris Jakab and Pam Vereb, the clerk for county commissioners — announce they will retire at the end of the year. Jakab, 55, said he’ll leave Dec. 31 after serving eight years in the position. “I’ve got 30 years in and through our pension system, 30 is Read More…

Sheriff to use federal money to target fatal accidents

The Medina County Sheriff’s Office was awarded more than $81,500 in two federal traffic safety grants effective through September 2015. The grants will fund the sheriff’s traffic safety activities to decrease the number of fatal and alcohol-related crashes. So far this year in the county, there have been 10 crashes resulting 11 deaths. Last year, Read More…

Deputy auditor Joan Heller retiring after 19 years

Joan Heller

Two days after her last day in the Medina County Auditor’s Office, Joan Heller will be packing her bags for a celebratory trip out West to tour national parks. After 19 years as a deputy auditor — 15 of them as chief deputy — Heller announced she’ll be retiring this year. Her last day will Read More…

Residents from four counties pool ideas to fight proposed pipeline

Property owners from four counties assembled at the Medina Library Thursday night to strategize how to fight a common opponent — the NEXUS Gas Transmission Pipeline. Medina, Lorain, Summit and Fulton counties were represented by 80 landowners who received letters from energy companies requesting permission to survey their property for the proposed 36-inch natural gas Read More…