September 1, 2015

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Girls soccer: Highland’s Rachel Huttner snaps Hornets’ scoreless streak

Highland goalie Madison Less, right, makes a play on a corner kick as Cloverleaf’s Alli Gray tries to make a play on the ball in the first half. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WESTFIELD TWP. — Some goals mean just a bit more than others. On Monday, Rachel Huttner’s meant everything to the Highland girls soccer team in a 1-0 non-conference win over Cloverleaf. The Hornets had been shut out in two straight games and had gone 84:24 without scoring. So when the junior midfielder beat Cloverleaf keeper Read More…

Lawmakers react to Barack Obama renaming Mt. McKinley to Denali

A woman gazes at Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska on Aug. 3. On Sunday, the White House said President Barack Obama will change the name of North America’s highest peak to Denali, restoring a native Alaskan name with deep cultural significance. (ANDY NEWMAN / HOLLAND AMERICA LINE VIA AP)

Staff and wire reports The renaming of Mount McKinley was criticized Monday by Republicans representing Medina County and the state. The White House announced Sunday the name of North America’s tallest peak would be renamed Denali, the traditional name used by native Alaskans. U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, of Wadsworth, slammed President Barack Obama for snubbing Read More…

Organizations seek volunteers at library event

The Potak family of Medina walked into the Medina Library to look for books Saturday. To their surprise, Anna and Ryan Potak were greeted by Werner, a Guiding Eyes service dog. When the family got past the tail-wagging welcomer, a dog in training with Ronald Reust, they found 29 organizations that had come to the 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…

Eric Warfel’s attorney: What was grand jury told by prosecutors?

Eric Warfel listens to proceedings in Medina County Common Pleas Court on Monday. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A defense attorney Monday asked a Medina County judge Monday to examine confidential grand jury transcripts to determine whether prosecutors used “mistaken” information to indict Eric Warfel. Warfel, 34, of Medina, is accused of hiding his toddler’s death from doctors, family and police. His failure to report the death of Ember, 20 months, resulted in 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…

Police: Drug busts slow down flow of heroin in southern Medina County

Miles Coblentz

Law enforcement officials announced Monday the arrests of three people suspected of selling drugs in the southern part of Medina County. On Thursday, agents from the Medina County Drug Task Force and Wadsworth Police Department served a search warrant at a Terrace View Drive address in Wadsworth. During the search, agents seized heroin, prescription drugs 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…

Service, baptisms held in downtown Medina

A choir from First Baptist Church, state Route 18, Medina, lead a crowd in worship songs Sunday morning in Medina’s Public Square for the church’s eighth annual Service in the Square, which was followed by a baptism. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

Hundreds of people crowded under tents and umbrellas Sunday morning at Medina’s Uptown Park for a Christian service and baptisms. First Baptist Church, state Route 18, Medina Township, and Second Baptist Church, Bronson Street, Medina, combined their Sunday services for the eighth annual Service on the Square that lasted from 10 a.m. to noon. “We’re Read More…

Brunswick Hills Fire Department welcomes 2 new trucks and expansion

The Brunswick Hills Township Fire Department placed Engine 21-1 and Engine 21-2 into service after a Housing Ceremony on Saturday.

The Brunswick Hills Township Fire Department hosted a groundbreaking and “housing” ceremony Saturday to celebrate upcoming renovations to the 35-year-old Fire Station No. 2 at 4875 Grafton Road and to place two new engines into service. Chief Anthony Strazzo said the No. 2 station was constructed in 1980. At the time, Brunswick Hills had a Read More…