July 30, 2015

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Americans with Disabilities Act celebrates 25 years

The Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities offers a variety of services to the community, including early intervention and school-age programs at Windfall School. (NIKKI RHOADES / GAZETTE)

The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, and the end of various forms of discrimination has had a profound effect, several representatives of the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities said. “I think that the ADA started out its existence with people thinking, ‘This is the Read More…

Mantrell Price Scholarship Foundation events support student athletes

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With a motto of “Kids who stay in sports, stay in school,” the Mantrell Price Scholarship Foundation is getting ready for its 10th basketball tournament. It will be Aug. 8 and 9, at Ray Mellert Park near the intersection of Foundry and Bronson streets in Medina. The tournament is called “Hoop-N-Que” and raises money for Read More…

Buckeye families comes to aid of Liverpool Twp. man burned in accident

Todd Bamm lies on his hospital bed in the intensive care burn unit at the University of Michigan Hospital. Bamm was injured in a fireworks explosion earlier this month and is recovering from third and fourth degree burns. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Parents and families of children in the Buckeye Schools community are working together to help the family of Todd Bamm, who was seriously injured in a fireworks explosion over the July 4 holiday in Michigan. Bamm and his wife, Kelly, have eight children, four of whom are students in the district. Bamm is hospitalized at the University Read More…

$38,000 worth of copper reportedly stolen from Brunswick facility

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Brunswick police are investigating a theft of copper worth about $83,000 from a manufacturing facility on Western Drive in the city. According to a Brunswick Police report, the theft was discovered last week when an employee from Pacific Tool and Die noticed a scrap bin that had been full of copper July 15 was missing Read More…

Route 18 project in Montville Twp. could reduce lanes

Workers from Karvo Paving Co. of Stow in Summit County repave stretches of state Route 18 near the Interstate 71 interchange Thursday. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

A road resurfacing project at state Route 18 and Interstate 71 in Medina and Montville Township could close the interchange to one lane in both directions for the next few weeks. Joyce Miller, a spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Transportation, said Friday that the project is a continuation from work that was done last Read More…

Medina County to get heroin treatment center option from neighbor

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Four newborn babies at Medina Hospital last month tested positive for heroin at one time, and the mothers were unable to take their babies home, Medina County Job and Family Services Director Mead Wilkins said. “We had to take custody of the babies,” Wilkins said. “Then we have to take the babies down to the Read More…

New art gallery on Medina’s Public Square features local, fair trade art

Aurelia Martin, owner of Sparrow Art at 44 Public Square, and her husband, Steve Martin, stand in her new gallery in the Arcade Building on the south side of Medina’s Public Square on Friday. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

A new art gallery is promising to support local artists and artisans struggling to make a living in difficult conditions around the world. The Sparrow Art Gallery and Studio at 44 Public Square opened this week, headed by artist and owner Aurelia Martin. The shop wants to showcase local art, and what is called “fair Read More…

Lodi Corn Festival honors Native American tradition, dedicates restored statue

Jack Lyons, executive director of the Native American Indian and Veterans Center in Barberton, and Dave Shaffer, of Ravenna, participate in a drum circle during the opening ceremonies of the Lodi Corn Festival on Thursday in Lodi’s Public Square. The two men are members of the Fire River Singers, who performed songs before the parade. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

The Lodi Sweet Corn Festival wraps up today in Lodi with a 5K run, cornhole contests, rides and a raffle. The 34th festival began Thursday night with a drum circle featuring the music of the Fire River Singers. Organizers said they invited the group to perform as a way of honoring the Native American traditions Read More…

Associated Press: 10 things to know today

A Lafayette Police Department vehicle blocks an entrance at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, La., following a shooting Thursday. (AP PHOTO)

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. LOUISIANA MOVIE THEATER SHOOTER IDENTIFIED Police say John Russel Houser, a 59-year-old drifter from Alabama, fired at least 13 times from a handgun during a showing of “Trainwreck” in Lafayette, killing three people — including himself— and Read More…

Sobriety checkpoint scheduled for Lafayette Road tonight

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The Medina County OVI Task Force and the Ohio Highway Patrol have announced a sobriety checkpoint will be conducted starting 9 p.m. in the 900 block of Lafayette Road in Medina. A task force news release said the OVI checkpoint, funded by a federal grant, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers. “Citizens of Read More…