April 20, 2014

Medina
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Walk to raise awareness for teen suicide prevention

MEDINA — Medina Schools, along with other community sponsors, is hosting an “Out of the Darkness” Campus Walk, part of a national fundraising campaign aimed at preventing teen suicides. “We’re doing this because our students are really looking for a way to support suicide prevention,” said Kris Quallich, director of education services at Medina High Read More…

Man describes convincing alleged shooter to give up gun

A Cleveland Heights man who convinced a shooting suspect to turn himself in Tuesday night credits his training as a safety officer in Cleveland Schools. Eric Simpkins said he met 22-year-old Gregory Prince, of Cleveland, at a McDonald’s in Brunswick where Prince gave Simpkins his weapon following a reported shooting about 7:30 p.m. at Ray Read More…

Students learn lessons about their first car

Medina senior Maddy Hartline, 18, checks in with Same Rae, a AAA travel consultant, during a safety check Thursday morning at Medina High School.  (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

More than 150 Medina High School students had their cars inspected by AAA employees Thursday morning as part of a safety initiative sponsored by the automobile association. The number of student vehicles inspected doubled the state record for the event, said Kimberly Schwind, a representative for AAA who helped organize the inspection. “It’s a free Read More…

22-year-old to serve 6 years for robbing pipe from tobacco shop

Seth Cunningham

MEDINA — A 22-year-old former student athlete has been sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to robbing a head shop at gunpoint in May. Seth Cunningham, of Medina, a senior at the University of Akron, entered the Twilight Boutique in Brunswick’s Archway Plaza just after midnight May 13. Workers at the shop Read More…

Medina city, hospital team up to put focus on health

Medina is offering a new tool to residents who want to get into shape this spring. The city has partnered with Medina Hospital to offer Medina residents the chance to enroll in an eight-week program that will track their cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and body mass index. The sessions include information on healthy living and Read More…

Montville resident wins cash for tourney picks

Jim Vojir stands in his Montville Township backyard Monday afternoon. Vojir won $2,500 for the best bracket in a tournament in 30 newspapers nationwide. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — A local retiree won big on the nationwide Bracketbucks contest sponsored by The Gazette. Jim Vojir, of Montville Township, won $2,500 for correctly guessing the Final Four teams on his March Madness bracket submitted last month. In a March Madness tournament that featured a number of stunning upsets, Vojir was one of only Read More…

Backup levy plan prepared

BRUNSWICK — Brunswick school officials are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. The school board Monday took the first step to place a 6.1-mill, eight-year renewal levy on the August special election ballot even though the same levy will be voted on in next month’s primary. Superintendent Michael Mayell stressed that if Read More…

Medina school board: Interim Superintendent David Knight is our man

Knight, David

The Medina school board is moving to drop the “interim” from David Knight’s job title. Knight, a retired Sidney Fenn Elementary School principal, was hired as interim superintendent after Superintendent Randy Stepp was placed on administrative leave April 8, 2013, pending completion of a special state audit into his spending of district funds from a Read More…

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday

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Members of St. Ambrose Catholic Church joined many Christians worldwide Sunday to celebrate Palm Sunday and start the Holy Week leading to Easter Sunday. Palm Sunday is observed by Roman Catholics as a feast day. It’s celebrated in most Christian churches as a celebration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem where he was welcomed by worshipers Read More…

Cloverleaf combines taxes to sell levy

Friday was Drive Your Tractor to School day at Cloverleaf High. The annual event celebrates the school district's rural heritage. (DAN POMPILI / GAZETTE)

WESTFIELD TWP. — Voters in the Cloverleaf school district are accustomed to seeing levies on the ballot. In all four elections held since November 2012, voters have rejected requests for new levies, ranging from 6.9 mills to 8.3 mills. But in next month’s primary, school officials are taking a new approach aimed at lessening the Read More…