October 25, 2014

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Who will replace Rep. Bill Batchelder: Hambley, Javorek or Depew?

William Batchelder

A retired educator and a county commissioner hope to succeed state Rep. Bill Batchelder, R-Medina, who cannot seek re-election because of term limits. Republican Medina County Commissioner Steve Hambley, of Brunswick, and retired Brunswick teacher Richard Javorek, of Chippewa Lake, a Democrat, won their primaries this spring for the 69th District House seat. Gregg Depew, Read More…

Medina Councilman Lamb: Rentals haven’t been inspected in 20 years

Bill Lamb

The fourth in a series of Medina meetings discussing neighborhood renewal focused on code enforcement Thursday night. Councilman Bill Lamb, at large, said he has spent the last two weeks traveling through the city’s older neighborhoods and asking himself if he would want to move into an area where neighbors don’t maintain their homes. “The Read More…

Auditor Mike Kovack, challenger Keith Dirham campaign on experience

Mike Kovack (D) vs. Keith Dirham (R)
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In the Nov. 4 election for Medina County auditor, incumbent Mike Kovack is being challenged by Keith H. Dirham, finance director for the city of Medina. Kovack, a Democrat, has held the job for six straight terms. He was appointed in 1993 and won the last five elections — the last two unopposed. Dirham, his Read More…

County employees Chris Jakab, Pam Vereb to retire at end of year

Chris Jakab

Two longtime Medina County employees — County Administrator Chris Jakab and Pam Vereb, the clerk for county commissioners — announce they will retire at the end of the year. Jakab, 55, said he’ll leave Dec. 31 after serving eight years in the position. “I’ve got 30 years in and through our pension system, 30 is Read More…

Couple’s contested development subject of emergency meeting

The Westfield Township Board of Trustees has scheduled an emergency meeting for 9 a.m. today at the Westfield Township Hall, 6699 Buffham Road, to discuss a possible out-of-court settlement with Timothy L. Kratzer and his wife, Linda. The Kratzers filed the lawsuit in August 2013 after their request for a variance was rejected by the Read More…

Bob Gibbs unopposed for re-election to U.S. House

Bob Gibbs

U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs doesn’t have an opponent on the November ballot, but he’s back in his 7th Congressional District this fall talking and listening to voters. “I’ve been hearing a lot from my constituents about the ISIS threat,” he said. Gibbs, a Republican from Lakeville in Holmes County, said he supports President Barack Obama’s Read More…

State Rep. Hall faces veteran campaigner Riley in General Election

Riley vs. Hall
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Incumbent Republican state Rep. Dave Hall will face off against Democrat James E. Riley for the 70th District seat in the Ohio House of Representatives on Nov. 4. Hall, 53, of Millersburg, is running for his fourth and last term because of term limits in the state Legislature. He first was elected in 2008 after Read More…

Dunn, Sheldon keep race for probate, juvenile judge respectable

David Sheldon vs. Kevin Dunn
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Two longtime Medina lawyers are vying for the robes and gavel to oversee Medina County’s probate and juvenile courts. Democrat David C. Sheldon is challenging incumbent Republican Kevin W. Dunn. Dunn was appointed to the bench in August 2013 to replace retiring Judge John J. Lohn. The winner will serve a six-year term, hearing cases Read More…

Brunswick, Medina, Wadsworth considering joint council session

Council members in Medina County’s three cities are hoping to combine forces for a joint session in early 2015 to discuss regional issues that impact the cities and to open a dialogue for sharing ideas. Medina Council President John Coyne came up with the idea. He said he asked Council’s clerk to contact Wadsworth and Read More…

Deputy auditor Joan Heller retiring after 19 years

Joan Heller

Two days after her last day in the Medina County Auditor’s Office, Joan Heller will be packing her bags for a celebratory trip out West to tour national parks. After 19 years as a deputy auditor — 15 of them as chief deputy — Heller announced she’ll be retiring this year. Her last day will Read More…