September 2, 2014


Ex-player sues Medina Schools

Chase Johanson

Katie Anderson and David Knox | The Gazette A 2013 graduate of Medina High School is suing the school district and three staff members charging he unfairly was dropped by the basketball team after using Internet social media to complain about a lack of playing time. Chase Johanson, 19, of Medina, originally filed the lawsuit Read More…

Claggett Middle School renovations done just in time for the bell

Claggett Middle School renovations were completed just in time for the first week of school. The $158,400 project began in June more than a year ago with the installation of security cameras and door buzzers at the front entrance. This summer, the bulk of the project focused on improving the main office. “We pushed the Read More…

Son of former Highland wrestling coach killed in Monday plane crash

Staff and wire reports A small rented airplane crashed and burned shortly after takeoff Monday, killing four college students who were taking a sightseeing flight around Cleveland after their first day of classes. The four men were students at Case Western Reserve University. Three were members of the varsity wrestling team. The wrestlers were identified Read More…

Medina school board OKs lease for cell tower at Claggett Middle School

The Medina Board of Education on Monday approved a lease for a 100-foot-high cell tower next to Memorial Soccer Stadium at Claggett Middle School. TowerCo, a North Carolina-based cellphone tower company, wants to build a “monopole” tower and a shelter to house Verizon cellular service equipment. Jon Burkhart, Medina Schools’ director of business affairs, said Read More…

Summer projects add respite and recreation at Sacred Heart

This memorial pavilion was donated to Sacred Heart of Jesus School in honor of the late Joe and Lillian Buccitelli, of Wadsworth, parishioners of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Community members already are using the 0.2-mile asphalt track around the playground at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Wadsworth, even though it still needs to be striped, Principal Bill Adams said. The Wadsworth Planning Commission approved plans for the track Aug. 11. Mayor Robin Laubaugh said even though the property already is used for Read More…

Former Superintendent Randy Stepp sues Medina Schools ex-board members

Randy Stepp

Former Medina Schools Superintendent Randy Stepp filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the district and former school board members, accusing them of breach of contract, defamation and invasion of privacy. The new lawsuit, filed in Medina County Common Pleas Court, was expected. Earlier this month, a federal judge dismissed similar claims contained in a suit filed Read More…

PHOTOS: Summer ends and school returns throughout Medina County


School is back in session. Check out these photos from the first day back at Sharon Elementary in Sharon Township.

Former Medina Schools superintendent Randy Stepp facing foreclosure


Former Medina Schools Superintendent Randy Stepp is facing another financial hurdle after the bank that holds the mortgage on his Medina Township home, filed a foreclosure suit against Stepp and his wife, Tina, in Medina County Common Pleas Court. The suit, filed on Aug. 12, says Stepp owes FirstMerit Mortgage Corp. $260,769 plus interest on Read More…

Technological hiccups complicate school prep at Claggett

The day before the start of school can be stressful, but the situation is a lot worse without phones and Internet access to schedules, online materials and presentations. That was the predicament facing teachers and staff at Claggett Middle School in Medina. A fiber-optic cable line broke Monday morning, disconnecting phones and Internet service in Read More…

Highland Schools break ground on $8 million sports complex


School board members shared the job of breaking ground for the district’s new $8 million sports complex with members of the Highland High football team. At a ceremony Monday night in Granger Township, officials said they can’t wait for the community to visit and enjoy the new sports complex at the school when it’s completed Read More…