February 6, 2016

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Monument would pay tribute to veterans’ sacrifices

The Gold Star is a symbol of honor within the United States Armed Forces that recognizes and honors the families of service members killed in combat. The memory of the fallen warrior is often honored by wearing a Gold Star on a lapel or displaying a Gold Star Service Flag in a home window. The Read More…

A galaxy of ‘Star Wars’ merchandise in a store near you

TOP:  “Star Wars” display on Friday at the Target store on North Court Street in Medina draws consumers to an aisle filled with newly unveiled toys promoting the Dec. 18 release of “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.” The display, featuring the robot character BB-8, beeped and moved as customers walked past.  (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

The release of the new “Star Wars” movie may still be months off, but Disney is unleashing its full marketing “Force” behind the launch of hundreds of toys and other items related to the film. The massive marketing blitz, which Disney has named “Force Friday,” spans all kinds of media and included an 18-hour global Read More…

Groups protest Jon Husted’s rejection of charter issues

Debra Beckstett, of Medina County, protests Wednesday outside the Athletic Club, 136 E. Broad Street, Columbus, where Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted gave a keynote address during the Metropolitan Club Luncheon. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

Dozens of people from across Ohio protested for hours Wednesday outside the Athletic Club, Columbus, where Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted gave a keynote address during the Metropolitan Club Luncheon. A group called the Ohio Community Rights Network, OHCRN, sponsored the protest, which was directed at Husted’s recent decision to remove multiple county charters from Read More…

Vehicle crashes into Medina store, no injuries reported

The storefront of Vicarious Vapors at 
435 W. Liberty St. in Medina was damaged Tuesday when a Honda Civic crashed into it. (NIKKI RHOADES / GAZETTE)

A driver lost control of her 2006 Honda Civic on Tuesday morning and crashed through the front window of a Medina business, according to police reports. The woman, 75, was attempting to park outside Vicarious Vapors, an electronic cigarette store in a plaza at 435 W. Liberty St., at about 11:15 a.m. when she pressed Read More…

Event-goers get taste of Wadsworth eating spots

Residents eat at tables on Broad Street in downtown Wadsworth Wednesday night, during the 15th annual Taste of Wadsworth. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Visitors and residents enjoyed the 15th Taste of Wadsworth Wednesday night. About 22 food vendors set up tents in the parking lot behind Valley Cafe at High and Broad streets.

Lorain County couple sues NEXUS pipeline project to protect property

A Lorain County couple filed a lawsuit against NEXUS Gas Transmission on Wednesday in an attempt to protect their property from what they’ve described as a rude and deceptive company. The lawsuit, filed in county Lorain County Common Pleas Court by George and Sandra Springer, seeks $300,000 in damages and a jury trial to determine Read More…

Mayor’s State of the City address: Medina embraces businesses

About 125 people attend Tuesday’s State of the City address by Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell to the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce. (BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE)

To some people, ribbon-cuttings at new business openings might be a ho-hum affair. Don’t include Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell in that conversation, however. He reiterated how important they are during his State of the City address before about 125 people at the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday at Williams on the Lake. “I Read More…

Brunswick Hills Twp. woman admits in court to stealing $190,000

Julie Beeching listens as her former employer, Ron Bammerlin, tells a judge how his Montville Township business was affected after Beeching stole from him over a six-year period. At left is Beeching’s attorney, Ron Spears. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A Medina County judge ordered a Brunswick Hills Township woman on Monday to pay back more than $190,000 she admitted to stealing from her former employer. Julie Beeching, 48, of the 4700 block of Grafton Road, pleaded guilty in July to a charge of theft, a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in Read More…

Medina Plating to bypass its sewer fee by building own waste water system

Shawn Ritchie

Medina business owner Shawn Ritchie has decided to build his own waste water treatment system to avoid having to pay county sewer fees. Ritchie, CEO of Medina Plating, has been protesting the county’s “capacity fee” for more than a year. “This has been a thorn in my side for two years,” he told Medina County Read More…

Medina County’s ADAMH Board director retiring after 29 years

Mike Jenks

Medina County’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board has begun a search for a new executive director. Michael Jenks, 62, has been its director for the last 29 years. He said he will step down sometime in December. The search committee for the ADAMH Board will conduct a special meeting at 8 tonight to Read More…