November 24, 2014


PHOTO: Bears are stuffed with cheer

Nina Bates, left, a staff member of the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities puts the finishing touches on a Karate Bear, along with Dr. Kaye Stanley-Bryson, director of children's services, as part of the Build-A-Bear program for disadvantaged children sponsored by the Medina Sunrise Rotary Club in partnership with the county Juvenile Court. About 140 bears were completed Tuesday by staff, volunteers and clients at the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities' Achievement Center, 4691 Windfall Road, Granger Township. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

PHOTO: Youth help decorate Medina’s Public Square for holidays

There were plenty of young people among the more than 50 volunteers who helped decorate Medina’s Public Square in preparation for this weekend’s 30th annual Candlelight Walk: from left, Joe Obermeier, 15, of Medina; Ian Otter, 16, of Medina Township; Loren Sefcik, 14, of Montville Township; Sydney Wagner, 15, of Medina Township; and Katie Otter, 14, of Medina Township. The Candlelight Walk begins 4:30 p.m. Friday with the lighting of luminarias lining Public Square. The Holiday Parade of Lights around the square begins 5:30 p.m. Saturday followed by a fireworks presentation. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

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…