November 20, 2014

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Highland agrees to compensation plan for Discount Drug Mart

Highland school officials have agreed to a compensation plan from Discount Drug Mart as part of a 14-year tax abatement planned in Sharon Township. The agreement calls for Discount Drug Mart to pay the school district $3,500 annually over 14 years for a total of $49,000. The Medina County Economic Development Corp. brokered a deal Read More…

Litchfield man, 21, pleads not guilty to rape

A Litchfield Township man pleaded not guilty to charges of rape, burglary and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor Monday in Medina County Common Pleas Court. Casey Dimitrov, 21, of the 8500 block of Branch Road, was charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in September. On March 25, a Medina County grand jury Read More…

Medina nonprofit hosts workshop to modify toys for special needs kids

Elyria High School sophomores William Bailey, 16, and Lindsey Broussard, 15, laugh as their toy begins to sing when they accidentally connected two pieces of wire on Tuesday afternoon. About high school science students volunteered to re-engineer and adapt the toys for students with disabilities during a workshop hosted by Medina-based RePlay for Kids. (KRISTIN BAUER / GAZETTE)

A table full of battery-operated toys sat in a classroom Tuesday at Elyria High School just waiting to be played with, but students who ripped and tugged at the toys’ plush fabric and wiring underneath were not looking to amuse themselves. The nearly 60 sophomore, junior and senior science students had volunteered to re-engineer and Read More…

PHOTO: Bears are stuffed with cheer

Nina Bates, left, a staff member of the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities puts the finishing touches on a Karate Bear, along with Dr. Kaye Stanley-Bryson, director of children's services, as part of the Build-A-Bear program for disadvantaged children sponsored by the Medina Sunrise Rotary Club in partnership with the county Juvenile Court. About 140 bears were completed Tuesday by staff, volunteers and clients at the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities' Achievement Center, 4691 Windfall Road, Granger Township. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

PHOTO: Youth help decorate Medina’s Public Square for holidays

There were plenty of young people among the more than 50 volunteers who helped decorate Medina’s Public Square in preparation for this weekend’s 30th annual Candlelight Walk: from left, Joe Obermeier, 15, of Medina; Ian Otter, 16, of Medina Township; Loren Sefcik, 14, of Montville Township; Sydney Wagner, 15, of Medina Township; and Katie Otter, 14, of Medina Township. The Candlelight Walk begins 4:30 p.m. Friday with the lighting of luminarias lining Public Square. The Holiday Parade of Lights around the square begins 5:30 p.m. Saturday followed by a fireworks presentation. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Winter wallop: First the snow falls and then the freeze hits

Monday's first snowfall of the year blankets Allardale, the Medina County Park District's park in Granger Township. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Staff and wire reports | The Gazette Winter has arrived a month early — at least according to the calendar. As of 5 p.m. Monday, 2.5 inches of snow were recorded at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, the National Weather Service reported. The white stuff is going to stay a while: Temperatures were expected to plunge Read More…

Shaw Road to close this week for bridge repairs

Shaw Road, between Congress Road and Richman Road North in Chatham Township, will close Wednesday for repairs to a bridge, the Medina County Engineer’s Office announced. The road is expected to reopen Friday.

Brunswick finance chief proposes $37.1 million budget for 2015

Brunswick Finance Director Todd Fischer presented a $37.1 million budget for 2015 to City Council members during Monday’s finance committee meeting. The city appropriated $34.9 million for this year’s budget. Fischer said his proposed budget calls for $205,502 more in spending than projected revenues. But he said he thinks the gap could be closed by Read More…

Medina students to take state-required test online

Medina students will be taking a state-required test online rather than with paper and pencil. Brian Farson, principal of Medina High School, said students will take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests on computers. Farson said the students will either sit in a computer lab for the tests or they Read More…

Local crime statistics included in FBI report

To see a breakdown of crime statistics in Northeast Ohio, click here For the first time the police departments of all three cities in Medina County are represented in the FBI’s annual “Uniform Crime Reports” — the nation’s official tally of violent and property crimes. The latest report, which covers 2013 and was released last Read More…