April 25, 2015


Highland graduate’s students will be heard worldwide

Luisa Cruz, who played the flute and piccolo in the Highland marching band, is now is one of three music teachers at Long Island City High School in New York City. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A 1993 Highland graduate is using opera to teach her high school music students in New York City, and her methods are putting the marching band in the spotlight. Luisa Cruz, 40, is one of three music teachers at Long Island City High School in Queens and she runs the marching band program that consists Read More…

Panther showcases $13M world headquarters in Sharon Twp.

Panther Logistics employee Brian Witt cleans a trailer in preparation to update the decal on the back of the vehicle. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Andrew Davis and Lawrence Pantages | The Gazette Panther Premium Logistics showcased its new, sprawling 50,000-square-foot world headquarters in Sharon Township to members of the Medina County Economic Development Corp. and invited guests Wednesday afternoon. Completed in December, the $13 million facility — which includes offices, a dispatch center and working space for drivers — Read More…

WOW! suspends cable expansion in Brunswick

A map provided by WOW! shows areas of Brunswick and Brunswick Hills Township (within the box) where its services are available. (MAP PROVIDED - CLICK MAP FOR LARGER IMAGE)

Work to expand WOW! cable service has been suspended in the city of Brunswick and surrounding Brunswick Hills Township neighborhoods. The Denver-based cable, Internet and telephone company, also known as Wide Open West, has a regional office in Berea, and began expansion in Brunswick in 2013 with the aim of providing residents an alternative to Read More…

Students saddle up for riding contest at Medina Creative Therapy Ranch

Micah Somogyi, front, followed by Brandi Villoni, who received first place in the Walk/Trot group, ride at a Special Olympics horse show hosted Sunday by the Medina Creative Therapy Ranch. The winners qualified to compete in the Special Olympics in Cincinnati in August. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

Fifteen riders had the chance to showcase their skills Sunday at the Medina Creative Therapy Ranch and compete to qualify for the Special Olympics. “To see the excitement of these kids as they progress is amazing,” said Sharon Biggins, director of the therapy ranch on Lake Road in Lafayette Township. The therapy ranch includes riders Read More…

Trial begins in dispute over lost cats, expenses related to cat bite


A former Medina woman asked a jury Wednesday to award her more than $25,000 in damages because her neighbor had her 18 pet cats euthanized or given away in 2012. The neighbor urged the jury to award her more than $30,000 in medical expenses because one of the cats bit her, resulting in “expensive and Read More…

Medina County donates Hinckley Twp. property for parks

Overgrown baseball fields on Boston Road, just east of Ridge Road in Hinckley Township, are part of a 2.9-acre parcel that Medina County commissioners donated to Hinckley. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Medina County commissioners hit a home run Tuesday with Hinckley Township when they donated a 2.9-acre parcel of county-owed property to be part of Hinckley’s parks program. The parcel, on Boston Road just east of Ridge Road, includes two overgrown baseball fields that the Recreational Association of Highland wants to put to use. “RAH contacted Read More…

Medina County jobless rate falls 1 percent from March a year ago

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Medina County’s unemployment rate sank a full percentage point during March compared with a year ago. The March labor force estimate released Tuesday in a report from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services estimated the county’s jobless rate was 4.8 percent last month. It was 5.8 percent in March 2014. According to the Read More…

Woman faces prison for injecting friend who overdosed on ‘bath salts’

Angela Johnson

A 36-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to killing another woman when she injected her with the designer drug “bath salts” in 2012. Angela K. Johnson, of Medina, faces up to 12 years in prison at her May 27 sentencing in Wayne County Common Pleas Court. She pleaded guilty on April 13 to reckless homicide, a Read More…

Ex-operator of recycling center cries foul against Medina County officials

Steve Viny

The former operator of Medina County’s recycling facility has accused county officials of misleading the public into believing the facility processed less trash than it actually did. Envision Waste, of Cleveland, sent a “cease and desist” letter to county officials April 16 demanding the county stop using the previously reported number of 4,054 tons of Read More…

District won’t rehire retiring band director despite student, parent praise

Medina High School’s Musical Bees Marching Band plays in the finale at the 17th annual Medina Band Show in September 2013. Band members and parents attended the Medina Board of Education meeting on Monday to try to persuade the board to rehire director Gary Ciulla, who recently announced his retirement at the end of this school year. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

Medina’s band students and parents sang praises of the school district’s band director to the Board of Education at a meeting Monday night. At least eight people spoke during a special public comment session in an attempt to convince the board to rehire Gary Ciulla, who announced his retirement last month. They were not successful. Read More…