July 4, 2015

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Group petitions Board of Elections to put charter issue on ballot

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A local group presented 5,600 Medina County signatures to the county Board of Elections on Thursday in the hope of getting a county charter issue on the November ballot. If approved by popular vote, the county charter — which includes a community bill of rights — would give county residents the ability to vote on Read More…

Medina County officials look for new recycling plan

Amy Lyon-Galvin

Medina County officials need a new plan on a recycling drop-off program and the city of Medina could be the answer. In May, the county accepted a three-year bid submitted jointly by the cities of Wadsworth and Medina to provide pick-up services for countywide recycling sites. But that plan was derailed Monday night when Wadsworth Read More…

Medina Diversity Project advocates for more minorities in city’s public sector

The Rev. Cornell Carter

A group of community members has created the Medina Diversity Project with the goal of adding role models in public employment jobs. Another aim is to improve the ability of low-income students to participate in school activities in the city of Medina. The Medina Diversity Project, headed by former Medina City Council President Pam Miller Read More…

Marian Coffey named deputy director of Medina County Board of Elections

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A 15-year veteran at the Medina County Board of Elections has been appointed to serve as the board’s new deputy director. Marian Coffey will assume the new position on Aug. 1, replacing Carol Gurney, who offered her resignation in March. When she resigned, Gurney told the board she wanted to allow time to obtain a Read More…

Students toss ‘missiles’ at ‘ships’ in Human Battleship game (PHOTOS)

Soon-to-be eighth-grader Eliza Fields, 13, of Medina, prepares to toss a “missile” in a game of Human Battleship at the Medina Library on Tuesday morning. The game is played similar to the popular Battleship board game. Players lie down as “ships” on either side of a partition, while another player throws a beach ball “missile” over the partition to “sink” the ships. A team is victorious when the opponents have no remaining ships. More than two dozen adolescents attended the event. To view other Medina Library events, visit www.mcdl.info. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Medina Library hosted a game of Human Battleship on Tuesday morning for more than two dozen students who attended the event. The game is played similar to the popular Battleship board game. Players lie down as “ships” on either side of a partition, while another player throws a beach ball “missile” over the partition to Read More…

Medina County drop-off bins for recycling in limbo

Wadsworth Mayor Robin Laubaugh reacted to City Council's decision Monday to turn down a plan on recycling by saying, "We had protections in the plan." (LAWRENCE / PANTAGES)

Loren Genson and Katie Anderson | The Gazette It’s back to the drawing board for Medina County officials in charge of recycling, since Wadsworth City Council rejected the county’s contract for the community recycling drop-off program on Monday. In May, the county accepted a three-year bid by the cities of Wadsworth and Medina to provide Read More…

Medina, Wadsworth councils to vote on recycling contracts serving all Medina County

Bins similar to the ones pictured could be available at dozens of locations across Medina County in the coming weeks if Medina and Wadsworth city councils approve a contract with the Medina County Solid Waste District at meetings Monday evening. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

Medina and Wadsworth city councils are set to vote tonight to approve contracts that would provide 54 locations for Medina County residents to drop off recyclable materials. The contracts would make drop-off bins available as soon as July 1. The “community drop-off” recycling program, which is operated by the Medina County Solid Waste District, will Read More…

Granger Township victory in Ohio Supreme Cout avoids zoning upheaval

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The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Granger Township in a case that could have sent townships across the state into zoning chaos. “This will have statewide ramifications,” Matt DeTemple, executive director of the Blacklick-based Ohio Township Association, said Friday. “I think this is a victory for common sense because if the decision Read More…

Medina County Port Authority hears proposal for facility

Ron Paydo, chairman of the Medina County Port Authority, and Bethany Dentler, executive director of the Medina County Economic Development Corp., discuss issues concerning trash and recycling at a Port Authority meeting Wednesday. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

A proposal to turn the Medina County Central Processing Facility into a “waste mall” was introduced to county and city officials Wednesday. The Medina County Port Authority hosted a two-hour meeting at Summa Health Care at Lake Medina for county and city officials and the county’s solid waste policy committee to hear a presentation from Read More…

Farming part of Brunswick area’s 200th birthday celebration


In 1815, the Brunswick area was settled as a farming community, and farming will play a role in this year’s bicentennial celebration by the city, Brunswick Hills Township and the Brunswick Area Historical Society. Heritage Farm, 4613 Laurel Road, is operated jointly by the historical society and the city. Heritage features an 1860s farmhouse, restored Read More…