September 19, 2014

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Medina City Council is considering more city signs if price is right

MEDINA — The city is considering putting “Welcome to Medina” signs at its borders as part of phase two of the wayfinding signage project. In the works since late 2009, phase two of the project would cost $33,070. It would include the installation of six “Welcome to Medina” signs at the city’s six main entrances, Read More…

County elections officials to retire

MEDINA — Medina County Board of Elections Director Jan Pilat and Deputy Director Sue Strasser will retire by the end of summer. Republican Strasser, 60, will retire Tuesday, followed by Democrat Pilat, 69, who plans to retire July 31. The director and deputy director of the board of elections are required to alternate roles depending Read More…

Medina Council’s pay is staying put for now

Paul Rose

MEDINA — Pay raises for City Council members aren’t in the immediate future. Per the city’s charter, Council salaries must be set 30 days before a November election filing deadline, which is Aug. 10 this year, so Finance Director Keith Dirham put the issue before members at a Finance Committee meeting this week. Council briefly Read More…

Cloverleaf, teachers reach a contract agreement

Kubilus

WESTFIELD TWP. — The Cloverleaf Education Association and school board have reached a contract agreement that freezes salaries and increases employee health care payments in an effort to offset a projected $2.5 million deficit at the end of the 2011-12 school year. Teachers and the board began negotiating before the union’s previous contract expired in Read More…

SPCA: 85 animals rescued from Hinckley Township farm

The Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Tuesday rescued 85 animals from a farm in Hinckley Township. On Wednesday, volunteers helped clean up some of the animals at the nonprofit’s animal care facility in Medina. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LISA HLAVINKA)

HINCKLEY TWP. — Eighty-five animals were rescued from a farm Tuesday in what appears to be another case of animal hoarding. More than 40 dogs, two horses, four sheep, three rabbits, two potbellied pigs, cats, waterfowl, chickens and roosters were rescued by the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Executive Director Read More…

About 100 homeowners visit the home assistance expo

MEDINA TWP. — Six years ago, Scott and Laurie Christner had no idea where to find food pantries in Medina County. They never had the need. Last month, the couple visited four as medical bills and reduced work hours threaten to oust them from the Lafayette Road home they built in 1995. The Christners were Read More…

‘Ghost Whisperer’ is coming to Medina County

Winkowski

Folks in Northeast Ohio will have a chance next month to speak with “The Ghost Whisperer,” who says Hinckley and Sharon townships have their share of haunted places. Mary Ann Winkowski, the inspiration for the CBS series “The Ghost Whisperer,” will give lessons in indentifying earthbound spirits and explain how she helps them cross over Read More…

Thomas takes new job

MEDINA — Medina’s lead detective, Scott Thomas, is leaving to take a job as safety-service director for the city of North Olmsted. Thomas, 50, spent nearly 30 years at the Medina Police Department, working his way up from patrol officer to lead detective, to which he was appointed in 2000, Chief Pat Berarducci said. “Scott Read More…

Aid for struggling Medina homeowners is available

Mike Kovack

MEDINA — Folks in Medina and Wayne counties struggling to keep their homes, pay bills and put food on the table can get help at the Homeowner Assistance Expo on Tuesday. The event will be noon to 6 p.m. at Western Reserve Masonic Community Center, 4931 Nettleton Road, Medina Township. The expo is a “one-stop Read More…

Medina Schools will cut 37 teachers

Randy Stepp

MEDINA — Medina Schools will lose about 50 more teaching positions in the 2011-12 school year as officials struggle to compensate for the district’s falling revenue and increasing expenditures. Superintendent Randy Stepp announced the elimination of 51.5 teaching positions at Monday night’s school board meeting. The layoffs include 28 elementary school teachers, five at the Read More…