October 22, 2014

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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…

Supreme Court rejects appeal of Ohio teacher fired for religious items

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of an Ohio public school science teacher who was fired for promoting the theory of creationism and refusing to remove religious materials from his classroom. The justices on Monday let stand an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that found the Mount Vernon school district had grounds to Read More…

Register by today to vote in Nov. 4 election

Today is the last day to register to vote in next month’s election. Early voting begins Tuesday. Voters statewide will decide races for governor and lieutenant governor, attorney general and state auditor and treasurer, as well as two seats on the Ohio Supreme Court and one judge on the 9th District Court of Appeals. Also Read More…

Farm tax bills expected to grow

Staff and wire reports Many Ohio farmers will see their property taxes take a big jump next year because of imperfections in a formula used to determine farm taxes. For some, those tax bills will double or go up even more. Medina County farmers are no exception. “Our taxes have gone steadily up,” Brian Guccion, Read More…

Investigators reject coverup accusations in Medina County auditor case

Mike Kovack

Less than a month after the Medina county commissioners called for an investigation into county Auditor Mike Kovack, the employee who brought the accusations wrote an email to the state auditor, the Ohio Ethics Commission and the FBI calling the local investigation a sham. “I am asking for help to investigate this cover-up as our Read More…