March 31, 2015


Harsh winter for fish at Spencer Lake Wildlife Area

Dead fish are floating in every corner of Spencer Lake at the Spencer Lake Wildlife Area in Spencer Township. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is concerned that many, if not all of the lake’s fish, may have been killed following harsh winter conditions. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

A high number of fish at the Spencer Lake Wildlife Area are dead in what is called a “winterkill” and Ohio naturalists are worried few, if any, survived. “We’ve had another long winter, we had heavy ice cover and on top of that, we had a heavy snow cover,” said Phil Hillman, District Three fish Read More…

State to deny Archie the bear request

Archie the bear enjoys the mild weather from his cage on Debbie and Jeff Gillium’s property in Lodi. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

State officials plan to deny a permit application for a Lodi couple to keep their pet black bear, according to a letter sent to the family this week. Debbie and Jeff Gillium have until April 22 to request a hearing to contest the decision. After that, Archie the bear could be taken from their property, Read More…

Parks contest asks visitors to share their perspective

Medina County Park District launches its Instagram contest with ‘signs of spring’ in April. (GRAPHIC PROVIDED)

Beginning in April, visitors who share their Medina County parks photos on Instagram will have the opportunity to win a prize from the county Park District. The contest kicks off with the April theme “signs of spring.” “The Instagram photo contest is being offered as a means to highlight the beauty and diversity of Medina Read More…

Medina County population continues to rise, according to census data

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Medina County is one of the fastest-growing counties in the region and state, according to data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Estimates for 2014 put the county’s population at 176,029, a rise of 2.1 percent since 2010 figures. Change since 2010 Census How counties have grown over the last four years: 2010 census Read More…

Medina County Public Transit altering routes

Michael Salamone

Changes to Medina County’s public transportation routes should go unnoticed because they weren’t being used much anyway, an official said Tuesday. Chief among the changes is the elimination of the route between Medina and Brunswick, which county Public Transit Director Mike Salamone said attracted fewer than 110 people per month last year. “The main reason Read More…

Raises for Medina County employees included in 2015 budget

Scott Miller

Medina County employees who are paid out of the general fund could be getting a 1.5 percent pay increase this year. County commissioners approved Tuesday the county’s 2015 budget, which included the provision for raises. The budgeted expenses and revenues are up from 2014 figures. The estimated revenue for 2015 is $36.15 million, up from Read More…

Medina County’s 17 townships to receive funds from state

State Sen. Larry Obhof

Townships across Ohio will share $10 million from the state, thanks to a law approved by state lawmakers during a lame-duck session at the end of 2014. Townships in Medina County will receive a combined $124,084, with most of the county’s 17 townships receiving between $6,000 and $9,000. DISTRIBUTION Ohio townships will share $10 million this Read More…

4-H Youth Development hosts Awareness Day at library (PHOTOS)

Youngsters and their parents gathered around to view exhibits and do crafts at the 4-H Youth Development Program at the Medina Library. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

The Medina County 4-H Youth Development Program hosted an Awareness Day on Saturday at the Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway St.

FEMA grant to help raze house in Montville Twp. flood plain

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A FEMA grant will allow Medina County to demolish a house in a flood plain on River Styx Road in Montville Township. The Medina County Emergency Management Agency said Monday the county was one of two communities in Northeast Ohio awarded a Flood Mitigation Assistance grant. The county will receive $224,670 to purchase private property Read More…

Medina County welcomes spring as Christmas wreath removed from courthouse (PHOTO)


Medina firefighters use a ladder truck Monday morning to take the Christmas wreath off the Medina County Courthouse, 93 Public Square, Medina, during the first week of spring.