November 29, 2015

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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…

Catherine Owen named Medina County Veteran of the Year

Caroline Owen

Catherine Owen said she’s not a big proponent of getting awards. She’d rather work behind the scenes helping veterans. Owen, 60, of Brunswick, is being honored by the Joint Veterans Coalition of Medina County as the 2015 Medina County Veteran of the Year. She’ll receive the award at the third all-veterans banquet Oct. 3 at Read More…

Wadsworth-area winery grows from daughter’s love

Lisa Locklear, owner of the Filia Cellars winery, is shown with its products.

A new winery is bringing a little bit of California sunshine to Medina County. Wadsworth residents Lisa and Mitch Locklear opened Filia Cellars in May of this year in Guilford Township. Housed in a Gothic Victorian manor on Greenwich Road, the winery offers red wines by the glass, bottle or case made from grapes harvested Read More…

Project: LEARN of Medina County seeks tutors in Lodi

Karla Robinson

Project: LEARN of Medina County is looking for volunteer tutors in Lodi for a program to help residents prepare and study for a GED certificate. The nonprofit will have an informational meeting 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at Lodi Library, 635 Wooster St. Project: LEARN received a $7,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Read More…

Vietnam veterans get Quilts of Valor from Sharon Twp. woman

Connie Lurtz stands with the 12 Vietnam war veterans who received quilts that she made as part of the national nonprofit Quilt of Valor Foundation. From left, front row: Scott Kopfstein, post commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5137 in Medina Township; Paul Kari; Dennis Brown; Henry Silverhorn; Thomas Corbett; and Robert Reimer. From left, second row: Thomas Minich, Donald Brown, Patrick Pinkerton, Jack Forster, Henry Stroud and Rodney Rush. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

Bob Finnan and Lawrence Pantages | The Gazette A Sharon Township woman just wanted to give back. Connie Lurtz, 65, presented 12 quilts on Sunday to Vietnam veterans at a ceremony at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5137, 3916 Pearl Road, Medina Township. She started making the quilts last January and estimated it took Read More…

Two Medina County schools rank in Newsweek’s top 500

Wadsworth and Highland high schools were listed in the top 500 high schools in the nation by Newsweek’s 2015 rankings. Newsweek ranks the schools based on data that concludes which schools best prepares their students for college. Wadsworth and Highland made the list along with 28 other Ohio high schools including Avon Lake, which was Read More…

Interim director of Chamber of Commerce hopes to stay on

Jaclyn Ringstmeier

The chairman of the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce is hoping to name a new executive director in the near future. And the best candidate could already be on the payroll. Former director Heather Taylor left the position at the end of July to take a job withSummit Mall in Fairlawn. Jaclyn Ringstmeier, 36, has Read More…