August 1, 2015

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Conservative youth group visits Ohio to urge Republicans to accept gay marriage

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CINCINNATI — Activists who don’t want the Republican Party’s 2016 platform to oppose same-sex marriage will promote their effort in a swing through Ohio. The Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry will have representatives in Cincinnati on Tuesday, followed by Columbus and Cleveland later this week. They’re talking about their “Reform the Platform” campaign Read More…

Deputy director resigns from Medina County Board of Elections

Carol Gurney

The Medina County Board of Elections is looking for a new deputy director after Carol Gurney’s resignation was accepted last week. “We wish her well and we’re really going to miss her,” said Pamela Miller, chair of the county Board of Elections. Advertisements for the position will be posted this week, and the Medina County Read More…

Brunswick Schools pulls levy because Ohio to award more funding

Mike Mayell

The Brunswick Board of Education on Monday voted to remove a nine-year, 5.9-mill emergency levy from the May ballot. The move comes after preliminary estimates from Gov. John Kasich’s office show the district is slated to get $5.1 million more funding over the next two years. “We will not be on the ballot this May,” Read More…

Ohio’s marijuana legalization ballot proposal revised to include home grow

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Ohioans would be able to grow up to four marijuana plants for personal use under a revised constitutional amendment proposed by ResponsibleOhio. The initial draft ballot language for the marijuana legalization amendment, released last week, hadn’t allowed people to grow their own plants, a restriction that drew criticism from other pro-marijuana advocates. “After extensive conversations Read More…

Survey asks county for input on services ahead of May 5 primary

Medina County has launched an online poll to gather residents’ opinions on human services provided by the county. County officials are seeking feedback on what services are most important to the community before the May 5 primary. Medina County commissioners voted in December to put a 0.8-mill levy on the May ballot that would generate Read More…

Two commissioners vs. auditor: Email fuels Medina County feud

Mike Kovack

Loren Genson and Nick Glunt | The Gazette Another shot has been fired in the growing feud between Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack and two of the county commissioners. Commissioners Pat Geissman and Adam Friedrick on Tuesday sent a 14-page email to news media and more than 160 people on the commissioners’ mailing list, protesting a Read More…

Lawyers Joe Salzgeber, Nick Hanek vie for seats on Brunswick City Council

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Two lawyers are running for Brunswick City Council seats this year: Joe Salzgeber and Nick Hanek. Hanek, son of at-large Councilwoman Pat Hanek, has filed to run for the Ward 2 seat to succeed Vince Carl, who is not running for re-election. Hanek, who is unopposed in the city’s nonpartisan May 5 primary, has a Read More…

Three seats contested in Wadsworth City Council races

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Three incumbent Wadsworth City Council members — all Republicans — face opponents in the May primary. Susan C. Hanlon, an assistant dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Akron, is challenging Council President Thomas E. Palecek. Hanlon served as an at-large Council member from 2008 to 2013. Beth Workman, who previously Read More…

Nine money issues on May primary ballot

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Medina County’s first combined social services levy and levies for the Brunswick and Cloverleaf school districts are among more than a dozen issues to be decided in the May 5 primary. County commissioners agreed in December to place the 0.8-mill social services levy on the ballot. The levy would generate $19 million over five years Read More…

Auditor Mike Kovack entered into diversion program for misusing public funds

Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack, second from right, enters a no contest plea to misusing public funds in Medina Municipal Court. Instead of being found guilty, Kovack was admitted to a diversion program and his charges will be dismissed if he completes it. Also pictured, from right, are Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter, who served as special prosecutor; and Kovack's attorneys Steve Bailey and Ken Staiduhar. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack was admitted into a diversion program Friday after pleading no contest to misusing public funds in Medina Municipal Court. Kovack, 53, of Medina, was charged with two counts, both first-degree misdemeanors, alleging he used the auditor’s office copy machine for personal printing and had business and political documents on a Read More…