March 26, 2015


State Rep. Steve Hambley creates timeline of Medina County history

State Rep. Steve Hambley, R-Brunswick, created a timeline history of Medina County that he updates online in his spare time. (NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE)

In 1899, a new-fangled automobile rolled into Medina’s square. Driven by a businessman from Cleveland, the car caused a stir. Then another invention — the ice cream cone — made its county debut at the 1905 Medina County Fair. The popular fair, which celebrates its 168th year in 2015, was canceled in 1952 when a Read More…

Letters to federal commission oppose, back proposed Nexus pipeline

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The director of the Medina County Park District and the Medina County health commissioner are the latest public officials to weigh in with concerns about the proposed Nexus gas pipeline in Medina County. Both asked that a new route be considered, one that would take the line farther away from the county’s residential areas. The Read More…

Medina County treasurer continues quest to return $7.8M

John Burke

Are you owed money? The easiest way to check and see if you are owed money is by going to the Ohio Department of Commerce’s website at The Medina County treasurer’s office helped return $236,232 to Medina County residents in 2014 and appears to be on the way to another successful year in helping Read More…

$31M readied to repair roads in several projects across county

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The Ohio Department of Transportation is investing more than $31 million in roadway improvements on 15 separate projects in Medina County this construction season.The Medina County improvements are part of a $2.4 billion investment in 990 projects statewide. The 990 projects set a state record and include 50 more projects than were on the list Read More…

Attorneys: Auditor shouldn’t be questioned about crimes if records are sealed

Mike Kovack

The attorney representing a former employee of Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack could be barred from questioning Kovack at trial about whether he misused public funds in a federal case the employee filed against him in October. In her lawsuit, Annette Ehrlich alleges Kovack violated her First Amendment rights by firing her. She accused Kovack Read More…

Speed limit hike sought for rural roads, Turnpike

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Speed limits on the Ohio Turnpike and rural roads would increase to 75 mph under one of many changes inserted into a transportation budget bill Monday. Senate Transportation Chairwoman Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville, said an earlier decision to raise Ohio’s statewide limit to 70 mph has resulted in virtually no negative impacts. She said accident Read More…

Digital proof to be permitted for insurance info at traffic stops

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Starting next week, Ohio motorists will be able to show proof of insurance and financial responsibility at traffic stops using electronic devices. “Permitting motorists to use technology to show proof of financial responsibility is a common-sense step forward for Ohio,” Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor said in a statement. “This modification will save time and money Read More…

More now have health care coverage in Medina County

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The number of Medina County residents with health insurance has increased as a result of the new health care insurance marketplace and a statewide expansion of Medicaid. Both programs were part of the federal Affordable Care Act implemented in 2010. About 10,773 people are enrolled in Medicaid in Medina County, a significant increase from two Read More…

Deputy director resigns from Medina County Board of Elections

Carol Gurney

The Medina County Board of Elections is looking for a new deputy director after Carol Gurney’s resignation was accepted last week. “We wish her well and we’re really going to miss her,” said Pamela Miller, chair of the county Board of Elections. Advertisements for the position will be posted this week, and the Medina County Read More…

Spring begins for Hinckley Twp. this year as buzzards return again


More than 150 people welcomed the buzzards back to Hinckley Township on Sunday morning — including one man who made it his 30th year at the event. Chuck Vickers, a resident of the township, said he’s returned each year because it’s a staple of the community. “We only have one red light in Hinckley,” he Read More…