October 30, 2014

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Police dispatchers in Medina seek new three-year contract

The Ohio Patrolman’s Benevolent Association and city are searching for common ground on hours and pay in a new contract for the Medina Police Department’s 10 dispatchers. In an Oct. 8 report, Susan Grody Ruben, a fact-finder for the Ohio State Employment Relations Board, rejected a request from the dispatchers to work four, 10-hour days Read More…

PHOTO: One injured, sent to hospital in Liverpool Twp. crash

A 1 p.m. crash Wednesday at state Route 303 and Station Road in Liverpool Township sent a Brunswick woman to Medina Hospital. Francis Nasiatka, 50, was driving a Kia Soul east on Route 303 when Dylan Bruce, 20, of Columbia Township, who was driving a Toyota Scion south on Station, pulled out in front of her, Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Dan Jones said. Jones said Nasiatka was taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. Both vehicles were totaled. Bruce was cited for failure to yield, a patrol dispatcher said. (BRUCE BISHOP / GAZETTE)

A 1 p.m. crash Wednesday at state Route 303 and Station Road in Liverpool Township sent a Brunswick woman to Medina Hospital.

Festival of Trees lights up holiday giving

Christmas is eight weeks away, but it isn’t too early for some to think about buying a holiday tree, especially if it benefits a good cause. More than 300 people already have registered for the eighth annual Festival of Trees Nov. 6 at Weymouth Country Club in Medina Township. “This is the biggest crowd we’ve Read More…

Ex-IT head sues auditor over firing, says she was whistleblower

Kovack v Ehrlich

Loren Genson and David Knox | The Gazette The former information technology manager for the Medina County Auditor’s Office has sued county Auditor Mike Kovack, accusing him of firing her in retaliation for reporting to authorities that he misused his county-owed computer and other office resources. Annette Ehrlich filed the lawsuit Friday, alleging Kovack violated the Read More…

Brunswick saves about $20,000 as trash hauler cuts flood cleanup bill

A bill for Brunswick’s share of storm clean-up services for residents has been negotiated down to $39,000. The invoice — to be paid to Republic Waste Services with city refuse funds — will cover the cost of emergency Saturday collections and dumpster availability after flooding on May 12. “This is a substantial compromise over what Read More…

Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth councils to convene for group meeting

A joint meeting of the city councils of Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth will be 6 p.m. Monday at Medina City Hall, 132 N. Elmwood Ave. The councils will discuss county issues including the Central Processing Facility, tipping fees, the Community Housing Improvement Program, casino revenues and ways to collaborate to save money on high-cost services. Read More…

UPDATE: Black River Local Schools campus opened following bomb threat

SULLIVAN TWP. — Black River Local Schools has re-opened their campus this afternoon and winter sports parent and team meetings will take place as scheduled at 6 p.m. The district buildings were closed this morning after district officials received a bomb threat via email. Superintendent Chris Clark said the school received the email and immediately Read More…

Medina Council OKs bids for easements for West Smith Road

City Council’s Finance Committee authorized Mayor Dennis Hanwell to sign two fair market value estimates for easements involved with the second phase of the reconstruction of West Smith Road. With Hanwell’s signature, the city will be able to authorize consultant Smith & Nejedlik Inc., of Independence, to proceed with the easement acquisition process. The consultant Read More…

History lesson: Weymouth School was once the first of its kind

An Ohio Historical Marker plaque, unveiled Saturday, honors the role community members played in supporting the school as the first school for disabled students in the state.
Loren Genson / Gazette

A plaque from the state of Ohio now marks the historical importance of the Weymouth School in Medina Township which was the first county supported as the first school for disabled students in the state of Ohio. The Ohio Historical Marker plaque, which was unveiled Saturday, honors community members support of the school. Built in Read More…

Gazette, staff receive awards from Society of Professional Journalists

The Gazette was runner-up for Ohio’s best daily newspaper under 75,000 circulation in the 2014 Ohio’s Best Journalism Competition, sponsored by Society of Professional Journalists chapters in Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland. The Gazette’s sister paper, The (Elyria) Chronicle-Telegram won first. The staff of The Gazette won 10 individual awards. Managing Editor David Knox and reporters Read More…