February 1, 2015

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As ‘Wheels of Fortune’ contestant wins, library gets cash back home

A “Wheel of Fortune” contestant from Medina helped raise money for the Friends of Medina County District Library. Valerie Pavlik, 47, and her friends, family and neighbors raised $200 while watching her on “Wheel of Fortune” on Thursday night at Buffalo Wild Wings, 5050 Eastpointe Drive, Medina. Pavlik’s neighbor Nicholson suggested making the party a Read More…

Analysis: Casino revenue is no jackpot for schools

A video projected on the building’s side marks the opening of the Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland in 2012. (AP FILE)

Ohio casinos have so far only brought in about a fifth of what state officials initially promised, and Medina County officials have received less than two-thirds of what was predicted. In 2009, Ohio voters approved an amendment to the state Constitution to construct casinos in Cincinnati, Toledo, Columbus and Cleveland. The casinos would be taxed Read More…

After 77-year-old is grazed, ‘birdshot’ pellet becomes a blessing in disguise

Steve Ross, son of Boyd and Charlene Ross, holds a “birdshot” shotgun pellet like the one that struck his mother’s neck.  The 12-gauge shotgun accidentally went off in a closet when Ross’ father was preparing to use it to scare away Canada geese from a pond at the family’s home, in York Township. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Steve Ross says what happened to his 75-year-old mother could have been a tragedy. Instead, it may be a blessing. After Charlene Ross was taken to the hospital Sunday from being struck in the neck with a “birdshot” pellet from a shotgun fired accidentally by her 77-year-old husband, Boyd, doctors found she had a previously Read More…

Wadsworth man held on $100K bond in case of missing woman found dead

A Wadsworth man who was arrested after leading police to the body of Lorrie Pratt on Wednesday is being held on a $100,000 bond at the Cuyahoga County Jail. Kevin Fisher, 34, of the 500 block of Jessica Lane, who was charged with dumping the Pratt’s body in a field near East 131st Street and Read More…

Medina Council OKs bids for easements for West Smith Road

City Council’s Finance Committee authorized Mayor Dennis Hanwell to sign two fair market value estimates for easements involved with the second phase of the reconstruction of West Smith Road. With Hanwell’s signature, the city will be able to authorize consultant Smith & Nejedlik Inc., of Independence, to proceed with the easement acquisition process. The consultant Read More…

Organizations unite to support the developmentally disabled

Melanie Kasten-Krause, executive director for the Society for Handicapped Citizens of Medina County, signs the Employment First Interagency Agreement for Transition of Students with Disabilities into the Workforce Agreement on Friday morning at the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities Achievement Center. From left, MCBDD Superintendent Annette Davis-Kramp, Helen Brophy, from the School Improvement and Transition Consultant State Support Team Region 8, and Kelly Bush from Goodwill. PHOTO PROVIDED

Twenty school districts, businesses, nonprofits and public agencies across Medina County signed an agreement Friday morning, committing to help youths with disabilities get good jobs. The agreement, Medina County Employment First Interagency Agreement for Transition of Students with Disabilities into the Workforce, was signed by every school district in the county during a ceremony Friday Read More…

Browns rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert signs contract

Rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert’s quest to overtake Buster Skrine and win a starting job will begin on time. Gilbert, Cleveland’s first pick in the draft, signed a four-year contract Wednesday. Spotrac.com reported the deal’s worth $12.83 million, including a $7.65 million signing bonus. Browns rookies reported to training camp Wednesday, and full-squad practice opens Saturday. Read More…

Teens learn the allure of government service

BOWLING GREEN— Ameri­can Legion posts in Medina County are turning 25 area high school seniors into poten­tial politicians this week at the American Legion Buckeye Boys State. During Boys State at Bowling Green State University, 1,185 high school boys will assume roles in local, county and state government for nine days, which began Saturday and Read More…

Fire station woes a shock to city coffers

MEDINA — A misunder­standing led to what a member of City Council called “sticker shock” after hearing the city likely will need a new fire sta­tion parking lot and perhaps a new fire engine as well. Fire Chief Robert Painter reported to the finance com­mittee that Fire Department’s Station 1 parking lot is quickly deteriorating Read More…

Training program saved for people with developmental disabilities

WADSWORTH — A work force training program for peo­ple with developmental dis­abilities was saved at the last minute thanks to Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital sponsoring workers from the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities. “It’s a really neat example of how two community agencies can come together during a fis­cal crisis,” board spokes­woman Lynee Bixler said. Read More…