September 21, 2014

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Cpl. Clarence ‘Bud’ H. Huff Jr. returns 60 years after killed in action

U.S. Marine Sgt. Smith, second from right, stands with siblings of Marine Cpl. Clarence “Bud” H. Huff Jr., after informing them that Huff’s remains were identified in a cemetery in Hawaii. From left are Barb Buehner of North Carolina, Robert Huff of Strongsville, Rita Tanner of Elyria, Sgt. Smith and Richard Huff of Hinckley. (COURTESY PHOTO)

More than 60 years after dying in battle in North Korea, a Hinckley Township Marine is coming home to be buried. “In 60-some years, we thought about him being in North Korea,” Richard Huff said. “This is a big thing — him coming home.” Huff’s brother, Cpl. Clarence H. Huff Jr. — better known as Read More…

Medina County Fair ends on a high note, cleanup begins

Randi Breese, of Lodi, throws a toy for her 6-year-old border collie Crazy Parker during a Dock Dog event Sunday at the Medina County Fair. Crazy Parker jumped 21 feet, 5 inches. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY MICHELLE SPREHE)

MEDINA — Steamy weather and some rain showers weren’t enough to stave off county fair-goers. In fact, attendance looks up compared with last year, fair board members said. “I think our attendance was excellent this year, despite the hot weather,” fair board president Chuck Stiver said. “We kind of judge by midway crowds. “Overall, it Read More…

Grandkids start recycling program at county fair

From left, Alexis Manoa, 16, Morgan Manoa, 15, both of Strongsville, and their cousin, Caleb Wisehart, 13, of Brunswick, started a recycling program this year at the Medina County Fair. (MICHELLE SPREHE / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — When county Fair Board Director Bob Toth took his grandchildren to the county fairgrounds to prepare for fair week, they started talking trash — of the recyclable kind. “Most of the vending machines have plastic bottles, and people just throw them away or on the ground,” said Morgan Manoa, Toth’s 15-year-old granddaughter from Read More…

Swiss company enticed by offer to expand in Sharon Twp.

MEDINA — A Swiss metal parts manufacturer is mulling whether to expand its business in Sharon Township or to build in another state. Medina County commissioners are hoping to sway the decision by offering not to collect half of the property taxes that would result from the estimated $9.5 million project for 14 years. The Read More…

Car stolen was recovered with dog still inside

Charlie, a beagle-spaniel mix, hangs out of the window of the vehicle of his owner, Medina resident Shirley Walker, during a stop Tuesday on their trip to Lincoln, Neb. (COURTESY PHOTO)

If having her car stolen wasn’t enough to send Shirley Walker into panic mode, knowing that her dog was inside did the trick. Walker, a Medina resident, was on a trip to Lincoln, Neb., when her sport utility vehicle was stolen Tuesday afternoon. “I can’t believe I walked out, and my car was really gone Read More…

Medina SPCA makes trip to save lives

Jenna Svoboda, 13, and her half-brother, Brendan Purcell, 5, both of Brunswick, pet their family’s new puppy after adopting it Wednesday from the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY MICHELLE SPREHE)

MEDINA — Animal rescue groups took 29 dogs on a car ride from Tennessee to Medina on Tuesday that could save their lives. Members of the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals went to West Virginia to pick up the dogs, which had been brought there by the Newport Animal Shelter Read More…

Hundreds of dead fish fill Lafayette Twp. pond

Hundreds of dead fish line the banks of the lake in Buckeye Woods Park in Lafayette Township on Saturday. (COURTESY PHOTO)

LAFAYETTE TWP. — The summer heat claimed more animal life over the weekend. Hundreds of fish in a pond at Buckeye Woods Park are the latest victims. Ed Brownfield, of Montville Township, went to the park Sunday with his family. He said he could smell dead fish as he approached the lake. “There were fish Read More…

New program gives youth valuable job experience

Patricia Andrews, 18, of Harrisville Township, left, supervises children at Lodi Family Center. Andrews found employment at the center by participating in a countywide youth employment program. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY MICHELLE SPREHE)

MEDINA — If it weren’t for a new county youth employment program, 18-year-old Patricia Andrews said, “I don’t think I would have a job this summer.” She’s not alone. About 100 young people, ages 16 to 21, have jobs as a part of the eight-week program — a partnership of Medina County Job and Family Read More…

Court trustee: Builder is ineligible for reorganization

Reorganization isn’t an option for a Medina County homebuilder who has filed for bankruptcy, according to a federal court trustee. Wadsworth resident Stephen Kovack filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June for his business, 7972 Ridge Road LLC, which owns a building that houses his homebuilding firm, Unmistakably Premier Homes LLC. In order to qualify for Read More…

Woman honored by police for rescue of driver

Members of the Medina post of the Ohio Highway Patrol and members of the Ohio House of Representatives honor Debra Stitt, of Westfield Township, for her life-saving actions.  From left, Lt. Bill Haymaker, Trooper Dan Kumor, Stitt, House Speaker William Batchelder, R-Medina, and state Rep. David Hall, R-Millersburg. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY MICHELLE SPREHE)

MEDINA TWP. — Driving along Seville Road on a Sunday morning in March, Debra Stitt was on her way to the grocery store when she saw a sight she described as “surreal” — a compact car had crashed into a boulder nearly the size of the vehicle, trapping the driver inside as the car began Read More…