October 24, 2014

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Commissioners: Cost to live at Medina County Home going up Dec. 1

Chris Jakab

It will cost $267 more a month to live at the Medina County Home. County commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday to increase the fee, effective Dec. 1. The fee has been $1,833 since 2009 and will rise to $2,100 in December. “We review it annually,” county Administrator Chris Jakab said. “Based on our estimated per-resident Read More…

Attorney General Mike DeWine gives fraud kits to seniors at library

Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell, left, attends a Wednesday meeting with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who spoke about a new Senior Advocate Fraud Education Toolkit, at the Medina Library. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine visited Medina Library on Wednesday afternoon to promote and distribute a fraud toolkit for seniors. DeWine’s Senior Advocate Fraud Education Toolkits, which were established through a grant obtained by the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Section, have been distributed to more than 700 Ohio libraries. The SAFE booklet and DVD slideshow Read More…

Medina County considers boost in dues for business consortium

Medina County

Medina County may increase its annual dues by $5,000 to the consortium that works to boost Northeast Ohio businesses in the global marketplace. The county has been paying $25,000 a year to the Northeast Ohio Trade and Economic Consortium since 2005, when it entered into an agreement with the 10-county regional organization and became a Read More…

November workshop for parents, teachers to focus on drug prevention

Medina County Drug Abuse Commission

Drug awareness educators next month will host a workshop for parents, teachers, counselors and social workers about how to spot the signs of drug abuse and what drugs are popular among teenagers. “Education is really the key. It’s an opportunity to be more educated and more aware of the issue,” said Brian Nowak, director of Read More…

Public restrooms on Medina Public Square to open for Candlelight Walk

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Work on the public restrooms on Medina’s Public Square should be complete in time for the city’s Candlelight Walk next month, city officials said. Service Director Nino Piccoli said the unexpected repairs to the water main in the 200 block of South Court Street did not slow down the work on the restrooms. “The restrooms Read More…

Heating aid available to Medina County residents

Medina County residents can start signing up Monday for heating assistance through the Winter Crisis Program. Community Action Wayne/ Medina will assist residents below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines and have been threatened with disconnection from utility companies. The program allows for a one-time payment that varies depending on the home’s heating system. Read More…

Political novice brings computer savvy to Seville Village Council seat

Brad Demiter, 40, of Seville, takes the oath of office as a Village Council member Sept. 22 from Mayor Gene Sulzener. He was appointed to finish out the term of Dennis Barrington, who resigned in August. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Brad Demiter has never been involved in politics. But that didn’t stop the 40-year-old website designer and computer programmer from applying to fill a vacant seat on Seville Village Council. Demiter, of Red Oak Drive, said he thought he had something to offer to the community. “I’ll give it my best effort and I hope Read More…

Former trustee Bill Ostmann to fill open seat in Medina Township

Bill Ostmann

Medina Township trustees named Bill Ostmann as the new trustee at a special meeting Thursday. Ostmann, 58, will succeed Michael Todd, who resigned in July to take a position in the attorney general’s office in the Republic of Palau in the South Pacific. Ostmann is a former Medina Township trustee and has served in many Read More…

County hires Solon company to make $3M in repairs

A Solon company has won a $3 million contract to make Medina County’s 12 administrative buildings more energy efficient. County Administrator Chris Jakab said seven companies were interested in the contract, but the county narrowed the search to Gardiner Services of Solon. Gardiner, which specializes in energy, building, and heating and air conditioning services for Read More…

US steps up domestic response to Ebola crisis

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is ramping up its response to the Ebola crisis after a second Dallas nurse became ill and it was disclosed that she had been cleared to fly a day before her diagnosis. While Ebola patients are not considered contagious until they have symptoms and only two persons have been Read More…