October 30, 2014

Medina
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Black River teacher, student attendance low day after threats

Superintendent Chris Clark

Safety concerns at Black River Schools prompted parents to pull their children out of class Wednesday, one day after the district received a series of bomb threats that closed the campus for the day. Teacher attendance also was down. After a bomb threat was received Tuesday morning at the high-school level, all buildings were closed. Read More…

Brunswick saves about $20,000 as trash hauler cuts flood cleanup bill

A bill for Brunswick’s share of storm clean-up services for residents has been negotiated down to $39,000. The invoice — to be paid to Republic Waste Services with city refuse funds — will cover the cost of emergency Saturday collections and dumpster availability after flooding on May 12. “This is a substantial compromise over what Read More…

UPDATE: Black River Local Schools campus opened following bomb threat

SULLIVAN TWP. — Black River Local Schools has re-opened their campus this afternoon and winter sports parent and team meetings will take place as scheduled at 6 p.m. The district buildings were closed this morning after district officials received a bomb threat via email. Superintendent Chris Clark said the school received the email and immediately Read More…

History lesson: Weymouth School was once the first of its kind

An Ohio Historical Marker plaque, unveiled Saturday, honors the role community members played in supporting the school as the first school for disabled students in the state.
Loren Genson / Gazette

A plaque from the state of Ohio now marks the historical importance of the Weymouth School in Medina Township which was the first county supported as the first school for disabled students in the state of Ohio. The Ohio Historical Marker plaque, which was unveiled Saturday, honors community members support of the school. Built in Read More…

Battle over lighted billboard in Brunswick may go to court

Attorneys representing a Brunswick developer said they’re considering legal action after a request to install a large lighted billboard on property facing Interstate 71 was rejected by the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals earlier this week. At a meeting Tuesday attended by several hundred residents opposed to the sign, the zoning board ruled against Twenty Read More…

Fiber Network needs loans to cover bonds

Next week Medina County will cut a half-million-dollar check to the county Fiber Network. The loan is required because the network has failed — at least up to now — to attract enough customers to be financially self-sufficient. The subsidy was triggered in June when the network’s cash reserves dropped below $1.2 million after making Read More…

‘Fiscal emergency’ nears end at Cloverleaf Schools

Cloverleaf officials expect the school district’s “fiscal emergency” status will be lifted by the end of the year because voters approved two funding issues in the spring. The Ohio Department of Education declared the district in a state of fiscal emergency in January 2012, and a five-member Fiscal Oversight Commission has been overseeing Cloverleaf’s finances Read More…

Thieves caught on security cameras breaking into vehicles in Brunswick

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Video submitted by Glenn Somodi Brunswick police are asking the public to help identify two men suspected in thefts Tuesday from vehicles in the Abington Court area. Resident Glenn Somodi, of the 3500 block of Abington Court, captured video of two men entering unlocked vehicles between 2:30 and 3 a.m. in front of his home. Read More…

November workshop for parents, teachers to focus on drug prevention

Medina County Drug Abuse Commission

Drug awareness educators next month will host a workshop for parents, teachers, counselors and social workers about how to spot the signs of drug abuse and what drugs are popular among teenagers. “Education is really the key. It’s an opportunity to be more educated and more aware of the issue,” said Brian Nowak, director of Read More…

Highland advisory committee: Elementary schools should be replaced

Highland Schools’ leaders are looking into building three elementary schools to replace the buildings in Sharon, Granger and Hinckley townships. The schools were built in 1922, 1929 and 1949 respectively. The Highland Schools Advisory Committee presented its recommendations to the school board Monday night following a four-month study of the district’s facilities. Kimberly Miller, a Read More…