September 4, 2015

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Groups protest Jon Husted’s rejection of charter issues

Debra Beckstett, of Medina County, protests Wednesday outside the Athletic Club, 136 E. Broad Street, Columbus, where Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted gave a keynote address during the Metropolitan Club Luncheon. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

Dozens of people from across Ohio protested for hours Wednesday outside the Athletic Club, Columbus, where Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted gave a keynote address during the Metropolitan Club Luncheon. A group called the Ohio Community Rights Network, OHCRN, sponsored the protest, which was directed at Husted’s recent decision to remove multiple county charters from Read More…

Wadsworth considers dropping gun ban in parks

The Wadsworth City Council is considering eliminating a law that bans firearms in city parks because of a possible contradiction with a state law allowing guns in public parks. Wadsworth Law Director Norman Brague raised the issue at Council’s Committee-of-the-Whole meeting Tuesday. “I think we’re stuck with this decision,” Council President Tom Palecek told The Read More…

Medina County Home getting fixed up before Fall Foliage Tour

Renovations are underway at the Medina County Home on Wedgewood Road in Lafayette Township and should be complete for this year’s Fall Foliage Tour in October. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Renovations are under way at the Medina County Home to improve the building for the 46 residents and to get it groomed for this year’s Fall Foliage Tour next month. The $22,240 in renovations, included in this year’s annual budget, include the porches, steps, dining room and some resident rooms The county home, at 6144 Read More…

Psychiatrist: Lodi man competent to stand trial in arson

Matthew Harris

A psychiatrist has determined a 48-year-old Lodi man charged with burning his mother’s home down earlier this year is competent to stand trial, according to court records. Dr. Michael Biscaro, a psychiatrist for Akron Psycho-Diagnostic Clinic, filed an opinion with Medina County Common Pleas Court last week. Biscaro said Matthew Harris was competent to stand Read More…

Medina reminds residents not feed deer as animals rattle city

A deer looks up from nibbling on grass at Spring Grove Cemetery in Medina. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

The Ward 1 and 2 Medina City Council meeting Tuesday at Claggett Middle School was intended to give residents a summary of their capital projects and park improvements and to discuss their future plans. However, it turned into a discussion about deer overpopulation in the city — and it got quite heated, Ward 2 Councilman Read More…

Groups argue Jon Husted shouldn’t have invalidated anti-fracking ballot issue

Jon Husted

State and wire reports Residents in three Ohio counties, including Medina, where Secretary of State Jon Husted invalidated anti-fracking ballot issues this fall argued in a court filing Tuesday that voters, not the elections chief, should decide the substance of such issues. Residents in Medina County along with Fulton and Athens counties said in their Read More…

Mayor’s State of the City address: Medina embraces businesses

About 125 people attend Tuesday’s State of the City address by Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell to the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce. (BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE)

To some people, ribbon-cuttings at new business openings might be a ho-hum affair. Don’t include Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell in that conversation, however. He reiterated how important they are during his State of the City address before about 125 people at the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday at Williams on the Lake. “I Read More…

Medina Plating to bypass its sewer fee by building own waste water system

Shawn Ritchie

Medina business owner Shawn Ritchie has decided to build his own waste water treatment system to avoid having to pay county sewer fees. Ritchie, CEO of Medina Plating, has been protesting the county’s “capacity fee” for more than a year. “This has been a thorn in my side for two years,” he told Medina County Read More…

Medina County’s ADAMH Board director retiring after 29 years

Mike Jenks

Medina County’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board has begun a search for a new executive director. Michael Jenks, 62, has been its director for the last 29 years. He said he will step down sometime in December. The search committee for the ADAMH Board will conduct a special meeting at 8 tonight to 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…