July 23, 2014

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David Matejczyk builds Wiffle ball field of dreams in Seville

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It was a picture-perfect early evening in Seville and the setting sun was illuminating the scene as David “Mouse” Matejczyk paced throughout his backyard, talking in such excited circles he often interrupted one story to launch into another. The 56-year-old insurance lawyer was in his element rambling about the loves of his life. There’s his Read More…

HR official suggests county clerk put employee on unpaid leave

MEDINA — A Medina County human resources official has recommended county Clerk of Courts David Wadsworth discipline one of his employees by putting her on unpaid leave rather than firing her. Wadsworth on Monday said the employee, Deputy Clerk Cynthia Tyree, has not been terminated but didn’t elaborate. The disciplinary recommendation was filed Thursday by Read More…

Brunswick school board approves contracts, lunch price hike

BRUNSWICK — The Brunswick school board took action on a number of housekeeping items Monday in preparation for the new school year, which begins in less than a month. This will be the second year the district plans an “early start” with students in grades one to 12 going to class on Aug. 18 and Read More…

Medina Schools buys $300K worth of Apple laptops for hands-on learning

The Medina school board expanded the district’s Project-Based Learning program by agreeing Monday to buy 265 Apple laptop computers at a cost of $300,729.60. The price includes AppleCare Protection Plans for each of the MacBook Pros and eight Bretford Mobility Carts. Last year, the school board agreed to pay $228,619.70 to lease 190 MacBooks for Read More…

‘Spoonman’ performs musical shows at Brunswick, Buckeye libraries

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For 39 years Jim “Spoonman” Cruise has been slapping spoons on his thigh. On Monday, he brought his talents to the Brunswick and Buckeye libraries. In traditional country music, spoons are played holding the concave sides of two spoons outward with a finger placed in between both of the handles. The spoons are struck against Read More…

Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For the first time, working-class whites make up less than half of Ohio’s eligible voters, part of a demographic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that is pushing political parties to widen their appeal beyond the once-dominant bloc. Nationwide, working-class whites — defined as those ages 18 to 64, with Read More…

Medina council moves to replace outdoor pool for about $1M

MEDINA — The city is moving forward with plans to replace its only outdoor pool. Parks Director Jansen Wehrley told City Council’s Public Properties Committee on Monday that the city will advertise for bids on the project of renovating the pool at the end of this week. The pool was closed in 2012 at Memorial Read More…

Ashland man accused of enslaving woman gets 30 years

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CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man convicted along with his girlfriend of enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years through intimidation, threats and abuse was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in federal prison. The man, Jordie Callahan, 28, and his girlfriend were convicted in March of forced labor, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and Read More…

Park events for the week of July 21

The following is a list of Medina County Park District programs and activities for the remainder of July. All events are free unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register, visit www.medinacountyparks.com or call (330) 722-9364. Thursday • Tales for Tots, Letha House Park West, 5800 Richman Road, Chatham Township, 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 Read More…

PHOTOS: Art in the Park draws crowds to Medina’s Public Square

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Medina’s Public Square was packed Sunday afternoon for the annual Art in the Park, sponsored by the Medina County Art League.