February 9, 2016


Auditor’s website helps reunite owner, dog

Rick Stephenson and his dog, Klaus, left, meet Amy Liberty and her dog, Bella, at Medina Hardware recently. Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack, right, helped Stephenson reunite Bella with her owner.

Bella, a 1-year-old Maltipom, is back with her owner after some help from Rick Stephenson, owner of Medina Hardware. Stephenson, who lives in Medina, was playing ball with his dog, Klaus, on Jan. 6. A contractor doing work in the neighborhood asked him if he knew who owned a little white dog that had been Read More…

Friendly competition unfolds on the ice


Six friends dropped by Medina’s Twin Oaks subdivision Sunday for a pickup ice hockey game on the frozen lake. Dressed in warm gear, they brought sticks, a puck and goalie net to simulate a real game. Today’s weather forecast calls for a chance of rain and snow before noon, and a “slight chance” of rain Read More…

Right to Life rally draws crowd to Medina square


The Medina County Right to Life chapter held a rally Monday night on Medina’s Public Square to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on abortion. More than 50 people assembled in front of the Medina County Courthouse and participated in the event that lasted about 30 minutes and included a walk Read More…

Vehicle smashes into Hinckley Township bank

The entrance to FirstMerit Bank has been roped off with caution tape.

A driver crashed his vehicle into the FirstMerit Bank and post office building Saturday evening in Hinckley Township, police said. Hinckley police responded to the crash at 1296 Ridge Road in Hinckley Township shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday. Police said an elderly man, parked in front of the bank building, suffered a “diabetic issue” and Read More…

Akron Children’s Hospital to open rehab facility Monday in Medina

Akron Children’s Hospital announced it will open a rehabilitative medical office with nine employees in Medina beginning Monday in response to demand for services. The hospital said Friday that the office will be at 3443 Medina Road, Suite 110. Services will include pediatric work by physical, occupational and speech therapists and audiologists. The offices will Read More…

LIVE CHAT: Friday night high school basketball

Medina's Ben Geschke drives on Mentor's Max Barich during the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Live Blog Gazette Friday night high school basketball  

Sears Hardware shuts its doors


The Sears Appliance & Hardware Store at 1180 N. Court St. closed on Wednesday. The store was considered an anchor of the CenterPointe Plaza. “This is a travesty,” Dave’s Cosmic Subs owner Adam Loyd said. “They acted like a regular hardware store. They were real customer-oriented.” Mike Donohoe, who independently owned and operated the Sears Read More…

Medina Council to host recycling meeting Feb. 1

Medina will host a discussion of recycling options Monday, Feb. 1. Council will meet with officials from Wadsworth and Brunswick, as well as township and village officials from across the county. The meeting will include a presentation from The Optiva Group. The Cleveland-based company is proposing to take over the Medina County Central Processing Facility Read More…

Brunswick, Valley City chambers of commerce to merge

The Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce and the Valley City Chamber of Commerce will merge April 1. The new creation will be known as the Northern Medina County Chamber Alliance. Melissa Krebs, president and chief executive officer of the Brunswick Area Chamber, will assume the same role with the new alliance. “We’re better serving our Read More…

Conference set for Feb. 24 in dead-toddler case

A status conference has been scheduled in the criminal case of a Medina man accused of leaving his 20-month-old daughter’s body in a crib for more than a month. Attorneys in the case of Eric Warfel, along with the county prosecutor and Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier will meet at 1 p.m. Read More…