October 31, 2014

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Gas prices drop below $3 per gallon in Medina County, across state

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The price of a gallon of regular gas has dipped below the $3 mark in Medina County and most other areas of Ohio. According to GasBuddy.com, a gas price aggregator, the lowest per gallon regular gas prices reported Monday evening among nine services stations in the Wadsworth area was $2.96. The lowest prices among 18 Read More…

Should white mom be paid by sperm bank for brown baby mistake?

What is the price of being forced to raise a brown baby? It’s an unusual question, arising from an unusual lawsuit prompted by an insemination gone wrong. And it has set off an extraordinary discussion touching on sensitive issues of race, motherhood, sexuality and justice, though the debate begins with one basic premise: You should Read More…

Kasich takes ride on ‘Christmas Story’ slide at Medina’s Castle Noel

Mark Klaus, owner of Castle Noel and his wife, Dana, help Gov. John Kasich down the slide from the movie “A Christmas Story” on Saturday afternoon during Kasich’s visit to Medina. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Gov. John Kasich stopped by Castle Noel in Medina on Saturday and visited with owner Mike Klaus and his wife, Dana. Kasich, a huge fan of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” purchased a replica of the Moose Mug belonging to Clark Griswold in the film. Kasich said the movie is one of his favorites and during his Read More…

Labor unions back NEXUS pipeline

Landowners, union workers and NEXUS representatives gather at the Medina Community Recreation Center for an open house Thursday afternoon to discuss a proposed natural gas pipeline project. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

Property owners opposed to the NEXUS natural gas pipeline were outnumbered at a public meeting Thursday by company officials and labor union workers supporting the project. More than 50 people representing the energy companies behind the pipeline and three area labor unions attended the meeting, held at the Medina County Community Recreation Center in Medina. Read More…

Salvation Army spreads Christmas Cheer with gift donation program

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MEDINA — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Medina Salvation Army, where organizers have already signed up over 100 families to receive from the Christmas Cheer program. The program provides families in need with Christmas dinners and presents for children up to 17 years old. In just five days, more than Read More…

Two guilty of charges related to Medina cigar store tax fraud

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An East Cleveland police officer and a Medina man were convicted Monday of avoiding taxes on their Medina cigar store in 2009 and 2010. Detective Scott Gardner, 40, who lives in Ravenna, and Philip Labondano, 50, of Continental Drive, Medina, were placed on probation. Each also was ordered to pay $2,965.91 in unpaid taxes. Gardner Read More…

Richman Farms features dairy operation on Fall Foliage Tour

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Medina County’s rural heritage is on display along with the beautiful colors of autumn during this weekend’s Fall Foliage Tour at the Indoe family’s Richman Farms, a 700-acre dairy and grain farm near Lodi. The self-guided tour is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This year’s tour winds through the southwestern quadrant of the Read More…

Farm tax bills expected to grow

Staff and wire reports Many Ohio farmers will see their property taxes take a big jump next year because of imperfections in a formula used to determine farm taxes. For some, those tax bills will double or go up even more. Medina County farmers are no exception. “Our taxes have gone steadily up,” Brian Guccion, 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…

Proud to be locally made: Companies show off facilities on National Manufacturing Day

Roy Eikelberry, Blair Rubber Co.’s plant superintendent, conducts a tour of the facility in Seville for area business executives, civic leaders and residents on National Manufacturing Day. DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE

Three area companies opened their doors Friday to highlight a growing need in the county for qualified workers to fill high-tech manufacturing jobs. The Medina County Economic Development Corporation held the tours in an effort to get younger blood in the industry. “It is a problem trying to get younger generations in the field,” said Read More…