April 19, 2015

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AAA gets Medina High School students’ cars up to speed (PHOTOS)


Officials from the AAA Ohio Auto Club spent 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Medina High School inspecting student vehicles for winter damage. AAA technicians identified potential problems with belts, hoses, tires, lights, fluid levels and batteries. Students who participated in the vehicle maintenance inspections also had the opportunity to sign a banner on Read More…

Charges pending against boy who passed out thousands to classmates

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Charges are pending in the case of a 13-year-old Claggett Middle School student accused of taking $25,000 from his grandfather and passing out thousands in $100 bills to classmates at school last week. The Medina and Medina Township police departments still are investigating the case and trying to recover the money, but charges are pending Read More…

Claggett Middle School eighth-graders preview adult responsibilities

Elise Hansen, an eighth-grader at Claggett Middle School, calculates her spending on groceries at a finance simulation on Friday. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Claggett Middle School eighth-graders experienced a slice of adulthood on Friday at a financial literacy event. The event — titled “Real Money, Real World” — simulated how to manage money by assigning students random “jobs,” which determined their income for the simulation, as well as family size to show how much a large family spends. Read More…

Police: Middle school student took $25K, passed out thousands to classmates

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A 13-year-old Claggett Middle School student who had taken $25,000 from his grandfather over spring break passed out thousands to classmates in $100 bills this week, police said. Medina and Medina Township police departments are investigating and trying to recover the money. “I’ve never heard of a situation like this in the 17 or so Read More…

Medina third-graders tour Brunswick tool and die facility


Third-graders from Sidney Fenn Elementary School in Medina had the opportunity to make history and social studies come alive Thursday while spending the day at Automation Tool and Die in Brunswick. “It’s a real-life example of what happens in Medina businesses every day,” school Principal Craig Komar said. Pam Downey, a third-grade teacher, said students Read More…

Medina County to provide recyling bins at five Medina schools

The Medina Board of Education conducts its April work session Monday in the media room at Eliza Northrop Elementary School, 950 E. Reagan Parkway. From left, board members Tracy Givelekian and Doug Eastwood, Treasurer David Chambers, board President Doug Adamczyk and Superintendent David Knight. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Medina Schools is expected to receive $7,500 from the Medina County Sanitary Engineer’s Office for five recycling bins on school property, said Jon Burkhart, the district’s director of business affairs. Burkhart told the Board of Education on Monday that single-stream recycling bins will be at H.G. Blake Elementary, Ella Canavan Elementary, A.I. Root Middle, Claggett Read More…

Nominations sought for leaders in business, nonprofits, schools

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The Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio announced it is accepting nominations to recognize leaders in business, nonprofits, academic institutions and other groups for contributions in the workplace and the community. Women of Professional Excellence will be honored at a luncheon June 5 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, 3180 W. Market St., Akron. The group is seeking Read More…

Highland graduate finishes NASCAR truck series in style

Tommy Regan (35) spins out as Justin Boston (54) and Matt Tifft (25), of Hinckley Township, pass by during the NASCAR truck race at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., on Saturday. (AP PHOTO)

Before Matt Tifft was old enough to get a driver’s license, he was racing stock cars. “I was racing 150 miles-per-hour race cars at 14 years old before I could drive 25 miles per hour down my street,” he said Sunday, the day after competing in his fifth NASCAR truck series race. The 18-year-old from Read More…

Dance marathon attracts more than 500 students to raise $25K for charity (PHOTOS)


In these photos, DJ Sparky B provides the music for the Medina High School’s Volunteer Opportunities for Teens dance marathon during the school day Friday. The school’s gym was packed with more than 500 students for the semiannual event that raises money for area charities including the Wounded Warriors Fund and the Jessica Lynn Schaffer Read More…

Elementary students join annual March Madness-inspired basketball tournament

Jake Parkhurst, a fifth-grader at Ella Canavan Elementary, takes a free throw Thursday during the championship game of the Medina Community Police Activities League’s March Madness Tournament. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

The buzzer sounded just as 11-year-old Michael Rodak sank a 3-point shot, sending the Thursday afternoon championship game of the Medina Community Police Activities League’s March Madness Tournament into overtime. “It was amazing,” Michael said after the game. “I just tried to shoot it and make it in.” Although his shot gave the team of Read More…