September 17, 2014

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Raising bar lowers grades for some schools despite higher test scores

A change in this year’s state report card means a school district that showed improved test scores could get a lower grade than last year. That’s what happened to three districts in Medina County. In Medina Schools, 79.1 percent of the student passed the fifth-grade science test in the 2013-14 school year — up from Read More…

Medina County park events for the rest of September 2014

Members of Cub Scout Pack 3402, of Wadsworth United Methodist Church, learn the story behind the oldest trolley at the Northern Ohio Railway Museum on Saturday from guide Brian Gage of Mayfield Heights. The museum, 5515 Buffham Road, Guilford Township, is open to the public for guided walking tours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 29. Admission is free, but donations are requested. The museum also will be featured on this year's Medina County Fall Folliage Tour Oct. 11 and 12. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

The following is a list of Medina County Park District programs and activities for September. All events are free unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register, visit www.medinacountyparks.com or call (330) 722-9364. Wednesday • Yoga in the Park, Wolf Creek Environmental Center,6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Instructor Karen Barton will Read More…

Medina lays claim to Ohio’s Realtor of the Year

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Medina resident Cliff Bellar has been named the Ohio’s Realtor of the Year. He was honored at the Ohio Association of Realtors’ 104th annual convention held this week in Cleveland. The award is based on both professional achievements and service to the community. Bellar served as president of the Medina County Board of Realtors in Read More…

County commissioners block veto power for Cleveland

For the second time in two years, the Medina County commissioners have vetoed a proposal that would have changed the way the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency is governed. The proposal would have given the city of Cleveland the power to block changes in the code of regulations governing the agency, which recommends how federal Read More…

State grades Medina County schools; most districts get A’s

Medina County did well in the latest state report cards, with six of the seven districts receiving A grades for meeting proficiency tests and graduation rate standards. Only Black River scored lower than the top mark — getting a B for meeting 20 of 24 standards. The district fell short of the required 80 percent Read More…

Police: Driver drunk in rollover crash in Sharon Township

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A 32-year-old Wadsworth woman was arrested Friday afternoon following a rollover crash on Medina Line Road, just south of Sharon Copley Road, in Sharon Township. Tiffany Cornwell, of Pardee Street, Wadsworth, was charged with failure to yield and operating a vehicle while impaired, after the 12:30 p.m. accident that sent one victim to emergency room. Read More…

Athlete: Lawsuit dropped over backlash on social media

A 2013 Medina High School graduate has withdrawn his federal lawsuit charging he was kicked off the basketball team for comments he made on Twitter. , 19, of Medina, said he dropped his suit because of community reaction on social media. Chase Johanson filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Cleveland in late August. Read More…

Buckeye, Cloverleaf school districts receive $20K for team-up

Buckeye and Cloverleaf schools have secured a $20,000 grant to help find ways to save money and make food service programs more efficient. The school districts will split $20,960 from the Local Government Efficiency Program, which is designed to help schools find ways to collaborate and to be more efficient. The program is coordinated by Read More…

Soldier’s siblings ‘had no idea’ when he surprised them at school

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Students at Buckeye Schools were expecting to hear an active-duty soldier speak to them Thursday in commemoration of 9/11. For three students, however, the speaker was a relative surprise. Army Pfc. Nick Mason, 22, has been serving in Afghanistan near Qalat City for the last 1½ years. He and his father, Greg Mason, decided to Read More…

Democrats back Auditor Michael Kovack in porn, ethics investigation

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Medina County’s Democratic Party chief said he believes an investigation into county Auditor Michael Kovack’s use of a county computer will exonerate him. In response to allegations from a former employee that Kovack had pornography and personal files related to his rental properties on his county computer, county Democratic Party Chair John Welker said the Read More…