April 28, 2015

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Rural Lorain Water Authority retirement program may make comeback

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The Rural Lorain County Water Authority is considering bringing back a discontinued retirement incentive program in which the organization buys additional years of service for employees to speed up their access to retirement benefits and increases the value of their pensions. The program paid out nearly $1.9 million on behalf of 15 Rural Water workers Read More…

‘Doctor Who’ TARDIS featured in Medina County social media campaign

This replica of TARDIS, based on the unusual spaceship from the British “Doctor Who” television show, is part of a new initiative by the Medina County Park District. The TARDIS was spotted at Buffalo Creek Retreat in Guilford Township on April 18. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Medina County park-goers may catch an unfamiliar sight in the coming months: a big blue box straight out of British science fiction. The TARDIS — a blue police box prominently featured on the long-running “Doctor Who” television series — has landed, but not to worry! Unlike on the British sci-fi show, the TARDIS’ presence will Read More…

Photographer of the Parks spots wildflowers in full bloom (PHOTOS)

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The Photographers of the Parks Club recently visited Hubbard Valley Park in search of wildflowers, which come to full bloom in the spring but do not last long. The species include trillium, bloodroot, trout lilies, skunk cabbage, spring beauties and mayapples among the walking trails. Annette Miller, who submitted these photos to The Gazette, said Read More…

Hinckley Township works to define its future

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Hinckley Township residents like the rural feel of their community and want to keep it that way. That was the gist of a draft released Wednesday by advisers hired by the township to set goals for at least the next 10 years. “When asked, 98 percent of you said you were either satisfied or extremely Read More…

Medina County donates Hinckley Twp. property for parks

Overgrown baseball fields on Boston Road, just east of Ridge Road in Hinckley Township, are part of a 2.9-acre parcel that Medina County commissioners donated to Hinckley. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Medina County commissioners hit a home run Tuesday with Hinckley Township when they donated a 2.9-acre parcel of county-owed property to be part of Hinckley’s parks program. The parcel, on Boston Road just east of Ridge Road, includes two overgrown baseball fields that the Recreational Association of Highland wants to put to use. “RAH contacted Read More…

Medina County jobless rate falls 1 percent from March a year ago

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Medina County’s unemployment rate sank a full percentage point during March compared with a year ago. The March labor force estimate released Tuesday in a report from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services estimated the county’s jobless rate was 4.8 percent last month. It was 5.8 percent in March 2014. According to the Read More…

Ex-operator of recycling center cries foul against Medina County officials

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The former operator of Medina County’s recycling facility has accused county officials of misleading the public into believing the facility processed less trash than it actually did. Envision Waste, of Cleveland, sent a “cease and desist” letter to county officials April 16 demanding the county stop using the previously reported number of 4,054 tons of Read More…

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost slams former Medina Superintendent Randy Stepp


State Auditor Dave Yost said on Tuesday it was “blatant abuse” of taxpayer funds for the Medina City School District to pay off $172,000 in student loan debt for former Superintendent Randy Stepp. The loans, which were paid using district dollars in 2012, included up to 15 years’ worth of Stepp’s student loans, according to Read More…

U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs seeks input on transportation issues


At a roundtable with transportation officials, trucking industry experts and local contractors, U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville looked for input Monday morning about what Ohioans would like to see in a transportation bill. “I’m here to get feedback from you, find out how it’s going,” Gibbs said, before opening the discussion at the Medina County Read More…

Earth Day celebration at Buffalo Creek draws nature lovers (PHOTOS)

Emily Wilson, 6, of Medina, casts a line at the Earth Day celebration at Buffalo Creek Retreat on Hubbard Valley Road in Guilford Township on Saturday. The event, hosted by the Medina County Park District, featured a children’s fishing derby, crafts and vendors. Earth Day will be celebrated nationwide on Wednesday. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

The Medina County Park District hosted an Earth Day event on Saturday at Buffalo Creek Retreat, featuring a children’s fishing derby, crafts and vendors. Earth Day will be celebrated nationwide on Wednesday.