November 20, 2014

Mostly cloudy

Winter wallop: First the snow falls and then the freeze hits

Monday's first snowfall of the year blankets Allardale, the Medina County Park District's park in Granger Township. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Staff and wire reports | The Gazette Winter has arrived a month early — at least according to the calendar. As of 5 p.m. Monday, 2.5 inches of snow were recorded at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, the National Weather Service reported. The white stuff is going to stay a while: Temperatures were expected to plunge Read More…

Shaw Road to close this week for bridge repairs

Shaw Road, between Congress Road and Richman Road North in Chatham Township, will close Wednesday for repairs to a bridge, the Medina County Engineer’s Office announced. The road is expected to reopen Friday.

Medina students to take state-required test online

Medina students will be taking a state-required test online rather than with paper and pencil. Brian Farson, principal of Medina High School, said students will take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests on computers. Farson said the students will either sit in a computer lab for the tests or they Read More…

Brunswick finance chief proposes $37.1 million budget for 2015

Brunswick Finance Director Todd Fischer presented a $37.1 million budget for 2015 to City Council members during Monday’s finance committee meeting. The city appropriated $34.9 million for this year’s budget. Fischer said his proposed budget calls for $205,502 more in spending than projected revenues. But he said he thinks the gap could be closed by Read More…

Band Shanren brings Chinese folk music to county

Chinese folk band Shanren performs a traditional tribal greeting song Monday evening at Lodi Library. The band will be at the Buckeye and Medina libraries today and will conduct workshops about traditional Chinese folk music. Shanren will perform at Highland High School on Saturday night. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

The band Shanren plays a style of traditional Chinese folk music forged with the sensibilities of rock ‘n’ roll and reggae. The group gave its first of four performances in Medina County at Lodi Library on Monday night. Originally from Kumming, China, the band has gained critical and popular acclaim at major music festivals in Read More…

Wadsworth parking ban in effect until Tomorrow morning

WADSWORTH — The Wadsworth police announced a snow emergency parking ban on all city streets until 8 a.m. Tuesday. Violators will be subject to parking citations and could have their vehicles impounded.

Off-duty officer and Wadsworth native is shot and killed at Akron bar

Staff and wire reports | The Gazette An off-duty Akron police officer, who grew up in Wadsworth, was fatally shot early Sunday at a pub after he approached an “unruly” patron who was carrying a firearm, police said. Four other people were shot at Papa Don’s Pub, 1891 E. Market St., at about 2 a.m., Read More…

Local crime statistics included in FBI report

To see a breakdown of crime statistics in Northeast Ohio, click here For the first time the police departments of all three cities in Medina County are represented in the FBI’s annual “Uniform Crime Reports” — the nation’s official tally of violent and property crimes. The latest report, which covers 2013 and was released last Read More…

Volunteers deck Medina’s Public Square for holidays

Quinn Behler, of Medina, and Chet Simmons, of Medina, finish wrapping one of the light poles in Mediina's Publc Square on Sunday.  More than 50 volunteers showed up  to decorate the square in preparation for this weekend's Candlelight Walk and the start of the holiday season. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

More than 50 volunteers on Sunday morning helped set up for this year’s 30th annual Candlelight Walk on Medina’s Public Square. “It’s so much easier when we have so many volunteers,” said Denise Trudell, coordinator of the event. The three-day celebration starts Friday with the lighting of luminarias lining the nine-block historic district at 4:30 Read More…

Top Dog essay contest deadline is Monday for fourth-graders

Fourth-graders have until Monday to enter an essay contest spotlighting their favorite pooch in Medina County. All entrants will receive gift certificates for Dairy Queen ice cream cones, and winners can receive prizes for their dogs, themselves and one of 2015’s first dog tags. “Kids love this contest,” said Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack, whose Read More…