August 27, 2015

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‘Service on the Square’ in Medina to host full immersion baptisms

The Rev. John McCaw, left, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Medina, poses with the Rev. Cornell Carter, pastor of Second Baptist Church in Medina. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A full immersion Christian baptism will be part of a church “Service on the Square” at 10 a.m. Sunday on Public Square in Medina. Organizers said it is the eighth event of its kind. The Rev. John McCaw, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Medina, said his congregation will be joined by the Rev. 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…

Man, 26, pleads guilty in gunpoint robbery at Medina home

Derrick Kenney

A Cleveland Heights man faces mandatory prison time at his sentencing in October for kicking in the door of a Medina apartment last year and stealing from the resident. Derrick Kenney, 26, pleaded guilty Monday to charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and firearm specifications that make prison time mandatory. Kenney is scheduled for sentencing Oct. Read More…

‘Madden’ madness for football video game released at midnight

Kyle Glomb of Medina shows up at GameStop in Medina to purchase “Madden NFL 16” just after 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. (BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE)

The release of the “Madden” video game every year has almost reached a cult following. “Madden NFL 16” was released at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday and about 40 people lined up outside the GameStop retail store at 1104 N. Court St., Suite C, Medina, to get their hands on a copy. The game, published by EA 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…

Medina International Fest attracts 17,000

James Beaton, of Medina, known as "The Bald Piper," headed the kids' parade at the Medina International Fest on Saturday at Public Square. Beaton was followed by Frank the Buffalo, of Frontier Communications, and several children.

Medina’s largest one-day event of the year appeared to be a rousing success Saturday judging by the scarcity of parking spots around Public Square. Matt Wiederhold, executive director of the business and development group Main Street Medina, estimated attendance at the seventh Medina International Fest at 17,000. The day was filled with ethnic food from Read More…

Medina VFW post’s luau benefits area veterans

Medina Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5137's Hawaiian luau Saturday attracted between 75 and 100 people, officials said. (BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE)

It’s all about helping the veterans. The Hawaiian luau on Saturday was one of about six major events this year for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5137, 3916 Pearl Road, in Medina. Many of the post’s commanders dressed up in grass skirts to go along with the theme of the evening. An estimated 75 to Read More…

Medina resident plans 600-mile pilgrimage on Camino de Santiago

Carol Vaccariello stands in her backyard near a statute of an angel. Vaccariello is planning a 600 mile pilgrimage next month known as the Camino de Santiago. The route she will take starts in France and ends in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

A Medina resident is planning a 600-mile pilgrimage from France to the shrine of the apostle St. James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. Carol Vaccariello wants to walk the Camino de Santiago, or St. James Trail, in the hopes of spiritual growth. The former Catholic nun said she doesn’t know Read More…

The Weather Channel segment to feature Medina in nationwide competition

About 2,000 candlelit luminaries line the sidewalks of Medina’s Public Square and the surrounding nine-block historic district during the 30th Annual Candlelight Walk. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Medina leaders will appear on national television Saturday to talk about the next step in a nationwide competition of best places to live and work. Frontier Communications and Dish Network are among the corporate sponsors of the contest called America’s Best Communities, and the city of Medina is one of 50 semifinalists. At 7:40 a.m. Read More…

Eric Warfel denied bond reduction, must get psych eval

Eric Warfel, 34, of Medina, listens to arguments Monday in Medina County Common Pleas Court. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A Medina father accused of leaving his daughter’s body in her crib for six weeks after she died will remain in the Medina County Jail until he completes a psychological evaluation. Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier ruled Monday that Eric Warfel, 34, can ask again to have his bond reduced after he’s evaluated. Warfel Read More…