July 3, 2015

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Rebecca Parkhurst selected to fill seat on Medina school board

Rebecca Parkhurst

The Medina Board of Education appointed a new member Monday night: Rebecca Parkhurst, 42, of Medina. Parkhurst will fulfill Doug Adamczyk’s term, which ends Dec. 31, 2017. Adamczyk resigned as president in March because he is moving to California this summer. “My two kids go to the schools and I just thought that it was Read More…

University of Akron student takes third place in art exhibit


A Medina artist has been honored for her work in a juried exhibition in Akron. Rachael Goldman took third place in the art exhibition for an inkjet print depicting an old Ball mason jar that is cracked to reveal an array of natural debris and dirt trapped within it. The work is at the Summit Read More…

Students toss ‘missiles’ at ‘ships’ in Human Battleship game (PHOTOS)

Soon-to-be eighth-grader Eliza Fields, 13, of Medina, prepares to toss a “missile” in a game of Human Battleship at the Medina Library on Tuesday morning. The game is played similar to the popular Battleship board game. Players lie down as “ships” on either side of a partition, while another player throws a beach ball “missile” over the partition to “sink” the ships. A team is victorious when the opponents have no remaining ships. More than two dozen adolescents attended the event. To view other Medina Library events, visit www.mcdl.info. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Medina Library hosted a game of Human Battleship on Tuesday morning for more than two dozen students who attended the event. The game is played similar to the popular Battleship board game. Players lie down as “ships” on either side of a partition, while another player throws a beach ball “missile” over the partition to Read More…

Blue Tip Festival begins in Wadsworth

The setting sun is reflected in the tubas of the Wadsworth High band Tuesday evening during the 42nd annual Blue Tip Festival Parade. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Wadsworth’s 42-year tradition will continue this week. The Blue Tip Festival begins at 6 p.m. today with a parade, and events will continue each day through Saturday at Memorial Park on Park Drive. “It’s been a Wadsworth tradition for a long time,” said Bev Long, a 10-year member of the Blue Tip Festival Committee. “It’s Read More…

Healthy Medina hosts grilling demonstration in park

Bart Randolf, associate principal at Cloverleaf High School, grills beef tenderloin and peach chicken on skewers while listing the night’s menu for Ron Brich, of Medina, during a healthy grilling demonstration Thursday at Memorial Park in Medina. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

A smoky aroma filled the air at Memorial Park in Medina during a grilling demonstration Thursday evening by Healthy Medina, an initiative to raise nutrition awareness started by Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell and Medina Hospital President Dr. Tom Tulisiak. Carrie Beegle, food director for Cloverleaf Schools, and Cloverleaf High School Associate Principal Bart Randolf led Read More…

Medina board moves drug tests for student-athletes forward

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The Medina Board of Education decided Monday to pursue developing a random drug-testing policy for student-athletes at the high school. Superintendent Dave Knight said the district at this time only is considering testing students in grades nine to 12 who participate in athletics. “We can always be in a constant state of revision,” he said. Read More…

Medina chooses school board president, OKs new position

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The Medina Board of Education elected a new president Monday night and approved a new administration position — dean of students. Superintendent Dave Knight said the dean of students position would be shared between Garfield and Eliza Northrup elementary schools with a focus on at-risk children and counseling services. “We wanted an administrative position with Read More…

Loudonville teacher accused of recording kids faces new charges

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A teacher accused of using a tiny spy camera to record his kindergarten students in the bathroom has been indicted on nearly 150 additional charges after his computer was further investigated. The indictment against 32-year-old Elliot Gornall, of Lorain, was filed late last week. It includes 86 new counts of illegal use of a minor Read More…

Boys basketball: Highland selects Adam Cestaro as new coach

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GRANGER TWP. — A familiar face within the Highland community has been named the 19th boys basketball coach in school history. Already in the loop as a high school history teacher and freshman coach, Adam Cestaro accepted the school’s offer Friday after a drawn-out interview process. The 35-year-old St. Vincent-St. Mary High graduate replaces Michael Read More…

Teens take a Splatter Sprint at Medina County fairgrounds

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Clouds of pink, blue and yellow powder colored the Medina County fairgrounds Friday during a “Splatter Sprint” for teens. More than 80 teens from across the seven school districts ran three laps around the fairgrounds at 11:30 a.m., while being sprayed by their peers with powder paint along the way. The race was part of Read More…