April 1, 2015


$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…

Parks events for the rest of March 2015

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On Saturday, the Medina County Park District is offering wagon tours of Maple Valley Farm, a sugar woods owned and operated by five generations of the Fulton family. Participants can view the entire syrup-making process from gathering the sap to boiling and bottling in the sugar house. Tours will begin and end at Buffalo Creek Read More…

FBI’s ‘Ten Most Wanted’ list established 65 years ago

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The FBI is celebrating the 65th anniversary of its well-known “Ten Most Wanted” programs, which were put into effect by then-Director J. Edgar Hoover. According to the FBI, a reporter for the International News Service, which later would become United Press International, asked the bureau in 1949 about the “toughest guys” being sought at the Read More…

Few top Republican officials back same-sex marriage at high court

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WASHINGTON — The partisan divide over same-sex marriage among top elected officials remains stark, with Democrats overwhelmingly on record in favor and Republicans mostly silent so far. The list of Republicans who are supporting same-sex marriage, in a case set for arguments March 28 at the Supreme Court, is much longer than it was two Read More…