October 21, 2014

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

Chris Jakab

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…

Eight showed interest in recycling center, but only three made bids

Executives from companies interested in operating the Medina County Central Processing Facility look over each other’s bids during the bid opening Tuesday afternoon in the auditorium of the Medina County Administration Building, 144 N. Broadway St. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Only three companies bid on the contract to operate the Medina County Central Processing Facility. Envision Waste Services, the Cleveland-based company that operates the Westfield Township facility, had the lowest bid. Its contract expires at the end of the year. Eight companies registered to bid following an Aug. 21 tour of the facility, but only Read More…

Attorney has stake in battling proposed pipeline through county

A Summit County lawyer wants to team up with Medina property owners to fight the NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline. David A. Mucklow, a 25-year veteran bankruptcy attorney, said he received a letter from Spectra Energy Co. about three weeks ago requesting permission to survey his 10 acres in Green. Mucklow, who has refused to sign Read More…

Women’s friendship is a century in the making

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Effie Roshon and her friend Vivah Walters celebrate Roshon’s 105th birthday on Friday at Emeritus at Medina, 100 High Point Drive. Walter will celebrate her 105th birthday next month. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

Effie Roshon and Vivah Walters are good friends now, but were perfect strangers for more than 100 years. They first met in 2012 when Roshon moved into the room next to Walters’ at Emeritus at Medina, 100 High Point Drive. When they started to compare stories, they discovered they had a lot in common — Read More…

Medina County continues economic recovery

Medina County’s August labor market report provides evidence of a recovering local economy. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services posted the county’s unemployment rate at 5.4 percent last month, down from 6 percent in July and 6.4 percent in August 2013. The county’s labor force — the total number of residents with jobs Read More…

Recent graduate, 18, from Middleburg Heights dies in I-71 crash

Renee Ondrejech, 18, of Middleburg Heights, died in a crash on Wednesday. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

An 18-year-old Middleburg Heights student died Wednesday when her stalled car was struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 71 in Medina Township. Renee Ondrejech was northbound when her car broke down in the right lane of the highway and was rear-ended by the semitrailer, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol. She was pronounced dead at Read More…

First responders train for the worst with hypothetical hazmat scenario

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More than a dozen Medina County emergency teams practiced Tuesday how to handle an underground explosion that released sulfuric acid into the sewer. The training was a joint effort between AT&T and the Medina County Emergency Management Agency that simulated a hazmat scenario started by a hypothetical explosion at AT&T’s underground facility at 3833 Weymouth Read More…