October 9, 2015


Lawmakers react to Barack Obama renaming Mt. McKinley to Denali

A woman gazes at Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska on Aug. 3. On Sunday, the White House said President Barack Obama will change the name of North America’s highest peak to Denali, restoring a native Alaskan name with deep cultural significance. (ANDY NEWMAN / HOLLAND AMERICA LINE VIA AP)

Staff and wire reports The renaming of Mount McKinley was criticized Monday by Republicans representing Medina County and the state. The White House announced Sunday the name of North America’s tallest peak would be renamed Denali, the traditional name used by native Alaskans. U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, of Wadsworth, slammed President Barack Obama for snubbing Read More…

Ohio bill would ban abortions after fetal Down syndrome diagnosis

Dave Hall

An Ohio House of Representatives bill that would ban abortions after the fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome could gain approval by the House as early as October. If House Bill 135 — called the “Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act” by its supporters — passes, Ohio would join just eight other states that outlaw abortions Read More…

Fire, police departments face off in ‘Guns and Hoses’ challenge

Medina Township Fire Department's Chris Shuster (left) and Medina City Fire Department's Brandon Steidel compete in a tug-of-war event in the Guns & Hoses event.

Two law enforcement agencies and two fire departments squared off at the “Guns and Hoses” event Sunday at Quaker Steak & Lube, 4094 Pearl Road in Medina Township. Those competing were Medina Township Police, Montville Township Police, Medina Township Fire Department and Medina City Fire Department, which won the grand prize. Medina Police came in Read More…

Three large parcels of land for sale at Interstate 71, Route 3

This aerial photograph of the intersection of Interstate 71 and state Route 3 has been marked to show the three parcels of land that Albert Calderon has listed for sale through Gerspacher Real Estate Group. (PHOTO COURTESY OF GERSPACHER REAL ESTATE GROUP)

A local real estate firm has listed three parcels of land with an asking price of $8.3 million at the intersection of Interstate 71 and state Route 3 in Medina and Granger townships. The 278 acres, located mostly in Medina Township, are listed for sale by Albert Calderon through Calderon Properties, his company. Realtor Troy Read More…

York Twp. roundabout opens Thursday to replace dangerous intersection

The new roundabout at state Route 252 (Columbia Road) and Spieth Road/state Route 57 in York Township is taking shape and expected to open Thursday. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

UPDATE (Aug. 27, early morning): Buckeye Schools Superintendent Brian Williams informed parents through an automated call Wednesday night that the Ohio Department of Transportation said it will open the newly constructed roundabout at the intersection of state Route 252 (Columbia Road) and Spieth Road/state Route 57 in York Township at 6 a.m. today. Student drop-off Read More…

Mayor Dennis Hanwell lauds Medina’s strides in State of the City address

Dennis Hanwell

Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell says he feels truly blessed to live in what he considers a great community. “I’m thankful and honored to have this opportunity to serve,” he said Monday after his State of the City address at city hall. His 35-minute address came after the regular City Council meeting that was the body’s Read More…

Medina County Park District seeks funds, property from Clean Ohio grants

Shane Meyers helps his son, Caleb, 8, of Wadsworth, fly a sled kite that he made at the Earth Day celebration. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Medina County is one of three counties competing for $1.6 million in Clean Ohio grants. The District 9 Natural Resource Assistance Council — composed of Medina, Lorain and Huron counties — recently announced the available money, which is the 10th round of Clean Ohio annual grants. Tom James, Medina County Park District director, said the Read More…

Legislators, businesses oppose tighter regulations on ozone emissions

Jim Renacci

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to tighten ozone regulations has come under the scrutiny of small business and manufacturing groups who say it is a federal overreach that will hurt Ohio’s economy. The EPA is considering tightening federal ozone limits to 65 to 70 parts per billion from the current 75 parts per billion Read More…

Medina Council to reconvene; State of City to be given

Following its summer vacation, Medina City Council will reconvene tonight at city hall. Mayor Dennis Hanwell will give his State of the City address after the regular Council meeting. The night will begin with a Finance Committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the downstairs multipurpose room at city hall, 132 N. Elmwood Ave. The Council Read More…

Sewer fee for businesses sparks debate among Medina County officials

Amy Lyon-Galvin

Medina County commissioners are split on whether to get rid of  a “capacity fee” for using the sewer system in the county. A change-of-use fee is levied as a one-time charge to businesses that move into an existing building and increase the site’s use of sewer and water services. The fee sparked a debate Tuesday Read More…