October 24, 2014

Medina
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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…

Kids ready to ride with police after donation of 30 bikes, helmets

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The Medina Communities Police Activities League, an after-school program that brings police and kids together in an active environment, received a boost Thursday with the donation of 30 bicycles and helmets. “This is a great investment in our kids,” Officer Joel Eckstine of the Montville Police Department said. “This is another way to break down Read More…

‘Christmas Vacation’ RV vandalized, owner ‘thankful’ damage not worse

Uncle Eddie’s RV from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” was vandalized outside of Castle Noel last week in Medina. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Medina police say Cousin Eddie’s RV from the classic movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” was vandalized. Not that you could really notice. “Even though you might look at it and go, ‘Well its whole entire concept is to be a crappy motor home,’ that doesn’t mean you want the taillights busted out and the antenna Read More…

Residents from four counties pool ideas to fight proposed pipeline

Property owners from four counties assembled at the Medina Library Thursday night to strategize how to fight a common opponent — the NEXUS Gas Transmission Pipeline. Medina, Lorain, Summit and Fulton counties were represented by 80 landowners who received letters from energy companies requesting permission to survey their property for the proposed 36-inch natural gas Read More…

Wadsworth hospital group sues Summa Health System

The former owners of a Wadsworth hospital sued Summa Health System on Wednesday in an effort to return inpatient services to the Wadsworth community. The Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital had been operated by Summa since 2008, when it entered into a lease agreement with the Wadsworth-Rittman Area Joint Township Hospital District, a quasi-governmental entity formed in 1965 Read More…

Street preacher: Aspiring homeowner protests bank delay

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The Rev. Clay Huffman dragged a chalkboard to the curb of North Court Street in front of U.S. Bank, sat down in his lawn chair and opened his Bible. His sign read, “U.S. Bank has made me wait 406 days for my house.” Huffman and his wife, Lacey, moved to Medina in July 2013 when Read More…

Outgoing director is celebrated for building Feeding Medina County

Feeding Medina County Executive Director Sandy Calvert, middle, stands in front of the organization’s new refrigerator truck with Gretchen Long, of Westfield Insurance, and Seth Kujat, executive director of the United Way of Medina County. Calvert is retiring to spend time with her family. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

More than 80 people packed A.I. Root Co.’s banquet hall in Medina to bid farewell to Feeding Medina County’s Executive Director Sandy Calvert, who is retiring after three years with the organization. Calvert was the founding director of Feeding Medina County and served on the task force that was instrumental in forming the organization, which Read More…

Campaign advertorial in weekly newspaper misrepresents judge candidate

Yard signs for Medina County Juvenile and Probate Judge Kevin W. Dunn correctly use the words “elect” and “retain” because he was appointed to replace retiring Judge John J. Lohn last year and this is Dunn’s first election. However, a campaign ad in the Brunswick Sun weekly newspaper stated he was seeking “re-election.” Dunn said the newspaper made the error and he has asked for a correction. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

BRUNSWICK — The Northeast Ohio Media Group has taken responsibility for a misleading campaign ad in a weekly newspaper urging voters to “re-elect” Medina County Judge Kevin W. Dunn. According to Ohio law, candidates may not use the word “re-elect” in their campaign materials if they were appointed to their positions. Dunn was named to Read More…