March 31, 2015

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Officials blame extreme cold for plague of fires across Medina County

Five fire departments battled a blaze on Brook Road in Wadsworth on Jan. 6. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

Nick Glunt and Andrew Davis | The Gazette Fire chiefs across Medina County say frigid weather is to blame for a rash of structure fires that has plagued many parts of the county in recent weeks. Eleven of the county’s 17 townships and three of nine municipalities have experienced serious fires since Jan. 1, causing Read More…

Raises for Medina County employees included in 2015 budget

Scott Miller

Medina County employees who are paid out of the general fund could be getting a 1.5 percent pay increase this year. County commissioners approved Tuesday the county’s 2015 budget, which included the provision for raises. The budgeted expenses and revenues are up from 2014 figures. The estimated revenue for 2015 is $36.15 million, up from Read More…

Trial in Montville police dog’s death to begin

Brett Harrison

A Montville Township police sergeant is scheduled to stand trial today on charges that he negligently killed his canine partner by leaving him in his police cruiser on a hot day in September. Sgt. Brett Harrison, who cared for the dog at home while off duty, lost two weeks of pay and a week’s worth Read More…

Medina County’s 17 townships to receive funds from state

State Sen. Larry Obhof

Townships across Ohio will share $10 million from the state, thanks to a law approved by state lawmakers during a lame-duck session at the end of 2014. Townships in Medina County will receive a combined $124,084, with most of the county’s 17 townships receiving between $6,000 and $9,000. DISTRIBUTION Ohio townships will share $10 million this Read More…

County’s jobless rate remains at 5.6 percent in February

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Medina County’s jobless rate stood at 5.6 percent for February — the lowest for that month in nine years. The February labor force estimate — released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services — showed 90,700 Medina County residents were working during the month. The labor force estimate is the sum of Read More…

4-H Youth Development hosts Awareness Day at library (PHOTOS)

Youngsters and their parents gathered around to view exhibits and do crafts at the 4-H Youth Development Program at the Medina Library. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

The Medina County 4-H Youth Development Program hosted an Awareness Day on Saturday at the Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway St.

Black River Schools considering random drug testing for students

Superintendent Chris Clark

Black River High School students could be randomly tested for drugs if they want to go to their school’s homecoming event next fall, according to a new policy being considered by the district’s Board of Education. “We’d be naive to say that we don’t have a drug problem at Black River,” Superintendent Chris Clark said. Read More…

FEMA grant to help raze house in Montville Twp. flood plain

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A FEMA grant will allow Medina County to demolish a house in a flood plain on River Styx Road in Montville Township. The Medina County Emergency Management Agency said Monday the county was one of two communities in Northeast Ohio awarded a Flood Mitigation Assistance grant. The county will receive $224,670 to purchase private property Read More…

Fire chief: Two Saturday fires in Medina may be linked

Medina firefighters and state fire marshals investigate at the scene of an apartment blaze at 235 Jackson St. on Friday. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Two fires in Medina on Friday may be linked and are being investigated, Fire Chief Bob Painter said. The chief said crews were called to a small fire at 5 Harmon Court about 7:50 a.m., five hours after they arrived at an apartment complex fire at 235 Jackson St. “We were on scene in both Read More…

Medina County welcomes spring as Christmas wreath removed from courthouse (PHOTO)

(KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Medina firefighters use a ladder truck Monday morning to take the Christmas wreath off the Medina County Courthouse, 93 Public Square, Medina, during the first week of spring.