March 2, 2015

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Deadline looms for input on downtown Medina revitalization

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Medina residents have until Wednesday to comment on the Downtown Revitalization Grant designed to help downtown merchants beautify their storefronts. Once approved, $270,000 will be awarded to 12 businesses located on the north and west sides of Public Square and on the first half block of West Liberty Street and North Court streets. The city Read More…

Ohio’s marijuana legalization ballot proposal revised to include home grow

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Ohioans would be able to grow up to four marijuana plants for personal use under a revised constitutional amendment proposed by ResponsibleOhio. The initial draft ballot language for the marijuana legalization amendment, released last week, hadn’t allowed people to grow their own plants, a restriction that drew criticism from other pro-marijuana advocates. “After extensive conversations Read More…

State lawmakers representing county support abortion ‘heartbeat bill’

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Medina County’s two state representatives are among 50 sponsors of legislation aimed at banning abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy. The bill would prohibit abortions for fetuses with a detectable heartbeat, which typically develops about six weeks after conception. State Rep. Steve Hambley, of Brunswick, who represents eastern Medina County, including the cities Read More…

Ohio abortion foes introduce ‘heartbeat’ bill for third time

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COLUMBUS — For the third time in as many legislative sessions, Ohio abortion opponents have introduced a proposal to effectively ban the procedure after the first fetal heartbeat is detected, which can come as early as six weeks into pregnancy. The so-called “heartbeat bill” re-emerged on Tuesday with 50 of 99 state representatives signed on Read More…

Library hosts Lego building session for children off school (PHOTO)

Landon Huth, 5, of Westfield Township, builds a deluxe car out of Legos Monday afternoon at the Seville Library, 45 Center St. The library holds quarterly Lego sessions, usually on holidays like Presidents’ Day, so children who have off of school can still get out of the house. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

The Seville Library, 45 Center St., hosts quarterly Lego sessions, usually on holidays like Presidents Day, when children have the day off from school.

James Kimbler is Medina County’s first ‘private judge’

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James L. Kimbler may have retired as Medina County Common Pleas judge in January, but he isn’t leaving the job. Earlier this month, Kimbler became Medina County’s first “private judge,” a retired judge who can be hired to expedite civil lawsuits or motions filed in county courts. “It’s been in Ohio Revised Code since the Read More…

County cuts trash-handling fee, but reduction expected to be short-lived

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Medina County commissioners on Tuesday approved a resolution to lower the “tipping fee” charged for handling trash at the Central Processing Facility from $57 to $45 per ton. But county Sanitation Engineer Amy Lyon-Galvin warned that the tipping fee is expected to go up again by summer when the county approves a contract for processing Read More…

Medina County park events for the rest of February

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Following is a list of Medina County Park District programs and activities for February. All events are free unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register, visit or call (330) 722-9364. Thursday • Tales for Tots, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. Read More…

Get milk, renew vehicle registration at same place

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Transportation officials said some Ohio motorists soon will be able to renew their vehicle registration at grocery store kiosks. The Ohio Department of Public Safety said self-service kiosks will be placed in supermarkets in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus in the next six to eight weeks as a test of the program, the Northeast Ohio Media Read More…

County expected to reduce trash fee again

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For the second time in two months, Medina County commissioners are moving to reduce the fee charged for handing trash. A resolution on Tuesday’s meeting agenda calls for lower the tipping fee charged by the county’s Central Processing Facility in Westfield Township to $45 per ton. County Sanitary Engineer Amy Lyon-Galvin requested the reduction. “After Read More…