April 1, 2015

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Officials blame extreme cold for plague of fires across Medina County

Five fire departments battled a blaze on Brook Road in Wadsworth on Jan. 6. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

Nick Glunt and Andrew Davis | The Gazette Fire chiefs across Medina County say frigid weather is to blame for a rash of structure fires that has plagued many parts of the county in recent weeks. Eleven of the county’s 17 townships and three of nine municipalities have experienced serious fires since Jan. 1, causing Read More…

Semi rollover closes I-71 south of Route 18 in Montville Twp.

A semi rollover crash on Interstate 71 has closed the road south of state Route 18. (PHOTO COURTESY OF MONTVILLE TWP. POLICE)

The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Medina post is working a semi rollover crash that has crushed the front-end of another vehicle and closed Interstate 71 south of state Route 18 in Montville Township. A dispatcher for the Medina post said the crash happened at about 7:20 a.m. He said it’s unclear whether there are any Read More…

Medina High putting on “Grease” this weekend

The cast of Medina High School’s production of “Grease” poses after a number during a dress rehearsal Thursday evening. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Medina High School is presenting the musical “Grease” today and Sunday at the Performing Arts Center, 851 Weymouth Road. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Medina High School student Collin Husbands will play Danny Zuko and Megan Hascher will be Sandy Dumbrowski. The production is directed by Tina Callari. Read More…

Medina Schools finance official sued over $48,000 personal loan default

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A bank has sued a Medina Schools finance official for defaulting on a loan. Business Manager Jon Burkhart said the lawsuit was filed as the result of an ongoing divorce, and he assured district residents it was a personal matter that does not affect his work. “It’s not related to my job,” said Burkhart, whose Read More…

Signs of spring are showing in Medina County

Spring has sprung all over the front yard of Barb Pasek's property on Wilbur Road in Granger Township. Her yard is covered in snow crocuses and honey bees already are taking advantage of them. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

The calendar may say spring begins today, but an 80 percent chance of snow in the early morning hours and a forecasted low of 35 degrees tonight, it feels more like winter. According to the National Weather Service, the temperature will warm up to 53 degrees Saturday with a chance of rain before dropping to Read More…

Olympian helps unveil recovered match torch

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Andrew Davis and Lawrence Pantages | The Gazette Many communities host a distance running event once a year. But how many can brag that an Olympic Games gold medal winner was once the grand marshal of a festival parade that accompanied the race? Well, Wadsworth can. The city hosted a news conference Thursday to promote Read More…

New 4-H director to focus on leadership and life skills

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Korinne Caniglia | Special to The Gazette Morgan Domokos just added 1,300 youths to her family. Domokos recently joined Ohio State University Extension as the new educator of 4-H youth development in Medina County. She replaces Bill Harris, who retired after 35 years with Extension. The position is more than helping 4-H members develop projects, Read More…

President Barack Obama slams GOP budget in Cleveland

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Justin Sink | Bloomberg News President Barack Obama criticized the House Republican budget proposal during a visit to Cleveland on Wednesday, mocking their fiscal plans as “a path to prosperity for those who have already prospered.” Obama said the U.S. recovery from the depths of a recession when he first took office demonstrated that his Read More…

Facebook confusion: ‘American Pickers’ comes to Brunswick … Georgia

This Facebook photograph of Mike Wolf, left, and Frank Fritz, right, of “American Pickers,” with police Sgt. Donald Babbin, of Brunswick, Ga., received almost 
1,000 shares this week on social media. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Yes, the cast of a TV show came to Brunswick, all right — but it was Brunswick, Ga. “American Pickers” visited the Georgia city on Monday, but people in Ohio and in Brunswick, Md., too, were buzzing Wednesday about what they thought was local news. Some thought the stars, Mike Wolf and Frank Fritz, were Read More…

Medina pubs join forces to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

From left, Karleen Curry, Ida Amos, Kim Dunlap, Wilson Dunlap and Scott Amos, all of Medina, enjoy a few pints on Tuesday afternoon at Sully’s Irish Pub in Medina. The group said they typically get together for a few drinks at Sully’s on St. Patrick’s Day. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Six Medina restaurants and pubs joined together for fun on St. Patrick’s Day with a Tour O’ Medina. Main Street Cafe, Cin Dee’s Place Bar and Grill, Johnny Malloy’s, Sully’s Irish Pub, JoJo’s Sports Bar and Grill and P.J. Marley’s Restaurant and Pub joined in the Tuesday tour. It included bus shuttle service to all Read More…