March 5, 2015

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Archie the bear’s owners, of Lodi, heading to court to keep him

The state tells a Lodi couple they can’t keep their 40-year-old bear, Archie. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Archie the bear won’t have to adjust to a new home — for now at least. His owners, Debbie and Jeff Gillium, of Lodi, have filed a temporary restraining order against the Ohio Department of Agriculture in Medina County Common Pleas Court. “We have an understanding with the state of Ohio that everything is going Read More…

Ham operators stepped in during failure of county’s 911, phone system

Doug McClure, better known by his call sign KD8SST, chats with a fellow member of the Medina 2 Meter Amateur Radio Group on Monday afternoon in his Medina home. McClure and other members of the group assisted first responders Jan. 13 when the Medina County 911 system went down. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

If you need help, you call 911. When the 911 operators need help, they call on members of a local amateur radio group — the Medina Emergency Communications Amateur Radio Service. “When all else fails, we can always get through,” said Medina resident Doug McClure, a member of the group who came to the aid Read More…

Lots of snowfall on Monday caused few problems for motorists


As Rocky Balboa said after getting punched in the head by Clubber Lang: “Ain’t so bad.” Sunday’s storm dropped more than seven inches of snow, but there were relatively few reports of problems on the roads. “The roads are pretty wet, but if you drive with some caution, you should be fine,” Medina County sheriff’s Read More…

Programs across Medina County to celebrate Black History Month

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The American Association of University Women, Medina County Branch, and Second Baptist Church of Medina will host their 13th annual Black History Month program at 7 p.m. Feb. 12. The Medina County District Library also is hosting programs celebrating Black History Month. This year’s AAUW and Second Baptist program at the church, 451 Bronson St., Read More…

Level 2 snow emergency in Medina County as winter wallops area

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Medina County Sheriff Tom Miller declared a Level 2 snow emergency Sunday evening — advising against unnecessary driving because of hazardous conditions caused by blowing and drifting snow. “Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads,” Miller said in a news release. “Contact your employer to see if Read More…

Medina County’s jobless rate reached lowest point in 9 years

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Medina County’s unemployment rate last month was 5 percent — the lowest for the month of December in nine years. The latest labor market report, released earlier this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, found 89,300 Medina County residents had jobs last month — an increase of 1,100 compared to December Read More…

‘Renegade’s Run’ protesters rally to let Archie the bear stay in Harrisville Twp.


Protesters took to the square in Lodi on Wednesday afternoon to rally in support of keeping Archie the bear with his owners in Harrisville Township. About noon, more than 15 people stood on the corners of the square with picket signs. As tractor-trailers and cars passed by, honking their horns in solidarity with Archie, the Read More…

Sen. Sherrod Brown calls for funding for Children Health Insurance Program

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Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is calling on Congress to ensure a health care program that affects more than 1,000 children in Medina County doesn’t run out of money in September. On Wednesday, Brown announced plans to introduce legislation in the Senate that would extend funding to the Children’s Health Insurance Program — better know as Read More…

Over a thousand families in Medina County may lose Medicaid

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More than 1,000 Medina County families on Medicaid could lose their health coverage if they don’t renew their application soon. Medina County Job and Family Services Director Mead Wilkins said 585 families need to renew their Medicaid registration for January and 1,259 need to renew for February. He said so far the department has only Read More…

Reporter: Waiting is the worst part of taking the polar plunge


There’s only one thing worse than jumping into freezing water in a hole cut in frozen Chippewa Lake. Waiting to take the plunge. I already had been standing in the frigid wind in my Gazette T-shirt and athletic shorts for half an hour and was next up when I learned I’d have to wait minutes Read More…