May 25, 2015

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Two Medina County leadership groups visit Columbus on historic anniversary

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The Leadership Medina County Class of 2015 visited Columbus on Wednesday to learn about state government. It also was a historically significant day. The visit by members of both the Junior Leadership group and Leadership Medina County coincided with the 150th anniversary of the arrival of President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train in Columbus. “We didn’t Read More…

Parents get a primer on drug-testing as Medina board considers policy

Ken Zuehlke, vice president and co-owner of Integrity Verifications Inc., gives a presentation to Medina parents Wednesday about drug-testing procedures. The company could be a potential partner with Medina Schools if the Board of Education pursues a random drug-testing policy for students in extracurricular activities. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Medina Schools shared information about possible drug testing of students during a meeting with parents Wednesday that featured Ken Zuehlke, vice president and co-owner of Integrity Verifications Inc. Integrity Verifications is a drug-testing and employee-screening company in Medina. The company could be a potential partner with the district if the decision is made to move Read More…

Nurses Week: Chief nursing officer at Medina Hospital always ‘wanted to help’

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Even when she was a child, Mary Kennedy felt a calling to be a nurse. Now 63, Kennedy, a Brunswick resident, serves as the chief nursing officer at Medina Hospital. She was the first in her family to follow a professional career path. At age 5, Kennedy immigrated with her parents, aunts, uncles and cousins Read More…

Team NEO touts growth, importance of manufacturing

Northeast Ohio’s gross regional product for the manufacturing sector of the economy grew 17 percent over the last 25 years, according to a report from Team NEO. Team NEO is a nonprofit business attraction group that works with local chambers and other entities on development issues. Projections from the group say manufacturing activity is expected Read More…

Primary election is today

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Medina County’s most significant issue on the 2015 primary election ballot today is Issue 10, a countywide, 0.8-mill social services levy. The combined services levy would generate $19 million over five years and cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $28 a year. Revenue would benefit the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board; Read More…

Metal stamping company faces fine over injury

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A Liverpool Township metal stamping company is facing $49,000 in proposed penalties from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after an employee of a Lorain County plant lost three fingers in a press. The investigation into Shiloh Industries’ Wellington Stamping Division determined the employee’s injury could have been prevented and found Read More…

Walk in Medina helps raise funds to feed hungry

About 40 people participate in a walk on Sunday in Medina to raise funds to alleviate hunger. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

A “hunger walk” in Medina on Sunday attracted about 40 participants and raised more than $900 for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, which serves Medina County. Contributions also included four banana boxes of nonperishable items, spokesperson Michelle LaMar said. LaMar said the walk was coordinated through the Akron Interfaith Council and will become a yearly event Read More…

Spencer native, Vietnam vet, POW now a published author

Paul Kari, a 79-year-old Vietnam Veteran and Spencer native, talks about his recently published memoir, “The Strength to Endure,” to a crowd Saturday at Medina Library. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

A 79-year-old Spencer native went from being a college student to U.S. Air Force pilot, husband, father, prisoner of war and farmer. Now, he’s an author — telling his life stories in a new book that has already sold more than 2,000 copies. Paul Kari spent Saturday afternoon at the Medina Library talking about his Read More…

Gazette wins nine awards in Associated Press contest

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The Gazette captured four first-place newspaper awards and a third-place finish in the General Excellence category of the 2015 Associated Press Managing Editors competition. The Gazette had nine honors overall in Division II, made up of newspapers in Ohio with a daily circulation 8,000 to 12,999. The winners were announced Sunday at an awards banquet Read More…

FERC hears residents’ comments on NEXUS project

Paul Gierosky, a member of the Coalition to Re-route NEXUS speaks in favor of an alternative route for the gas pipeline during a scoping meeting hosted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday at Wadsworth High School. LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE

More than 45 people spoke out about a proposed natural gas pipeline during a three-hour meeting Wednesday night at Wadsworth High School. They voiced both personal and regional economic concerns about the NEXUS project as their comments were put into a record being compiled by federal licensing agents. In a public “scoping meeting” hosted by Read More…