February 8, 2016

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Resident says commissioners censoring public

Nick Glunt and Katie Anderson | The Gazette An environmental activist is threatening to sue the Medina County commissioners over censorship concerns. The commissioners announced earlier this month they would require residents to obtain prior approval before allowing them to comment at meetings, which are held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Medina County Administration Read More…

Mother shares addiction story: ‘More concerned about finding the next high’

Charissa Whitman, of Medina, holds her son, Matthew, while speaking at an addiction awareness rally on Medina’s Public Square last month. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

When Charissa Whitman and a friend stopped to get high in a McDonald’s parking lot in Akron in October last year, she didn’t know she was about to hit rock bottom. With two of her three children asleep in the back seat, her friend prepared some heroin for use. For the 27-year-old drug addict, it Read More…

Attorney: Amish girl who fled country to avoid chemo is cancer-free

Sarah Hershberger, second from right, is pictured at her family's roadside stand in Homer Township on Sept. 24. Also pictured are her father and three of her siblings. (PHOTO PROVIDED BY 1851 CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL LAW)

A Columbus attorney has announced that a 12-year-old Amish girl is cancer-free, despite courtroom testimony last year from doctors that she would be dead in six months without chemotherapy treatments. Maurice Thompson, the executive director for the libertarian nonprofit 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, said the girl, Sarah Hershberger, shows no signs of cancer and Read More…

Ohio commissioners oppose marijuana ballot issue

Medina County commissioners are among their counterparts statewide who are opposed to legalizing marijuana. The County Commissioners Association of Ohio’s board of directors voted earlier this month to oppose the legalization of the growth and sale of recreational and medical marijuana in Ohio, Issue 3 on the November ballot. “The passing of this ballot issue Read More…

Medina courthouse could break ground in spring

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If everything proceeds as planned, builders could break ground on the new $7.5 million Medina Municipal Courthouse in the spring of 2016. It would be the largest individual project in the history of the city of Medina, City Engineer Patrick Patton said. However, there are a plethora of obstacles to overcome before the first shovel Read More…

Group aims to set Ohio term limits

A citizens group is working on a proposal to limit Ohio elected officials to only eight years in one chamber and 12 lifetime years in the Ohio House of Representatives and Senate combined. The group called Eight is Enough Ohio turned in more than 1,700 signatures Aug. 28 to begin a petition that would impose Read More…

ACLU investigates Wadsworth council’s prayer planning

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio expressed “serious constitutional concerns” to Wadsworth City Council on Monday about an event scheduled this week to promote prayer in the community. City Council President Tom Palecek announced the event with a press release on Sept. 3. In the notice, Palecek said the meeting was intended “to develop Read More…

Cloverleaf high, middle school students learn about dangers of Internet

David Frattare, director of state investigations of internet crimes against children, speaks to all Cloverleaf High School students Wednesday morning about the dangers of the internet, social media and cellphones. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Cloverleaf high school and middle school students got a lesson Wednesday morning about the dangers of the Internet, social media and cellphones. David Frattare, director of state investigations for Internet crimes against children, spoke at both schools about online safety and defenses against child predators. “The Internet is not bad,” Frattare told high school students. Read More…

Medina, Highland students honor those fallen in Sept. 11 attacks

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Highland High School members of the Young Americans for Freedom club plant flags Wednesday to commemorate the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

Two thousand nine hundred seventy-seven people died in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The Young Americans for Freedom want to remember each and every one of them. Two clubs held flag ceremonies Wednesday afternoon at Medina and Highland high schools, both of which were part of the national 9/11 Never Forget project. The Read More…

Treasurer’s Office: Do you have any unclaimed funds?

John Burke

Medina County Treasurer John Burke’s office will provide unclaimed funds search services at two area grocery stores and the Medina Community Recreation Center in the coming weeks. On Friday, staff members will be available at Miller’s Market, 711 Wooster St., Lodi, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Sept. 18, the team will be at Hawkins Read More…