May 22, 2015

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Ohio Supreme Court: Police at private colleges are subject to open records law

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COLUMBUS — Private colleges’ police departments are subject to the state open records law, a divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a case involving a lawsuit brought by a student journalist. The court’s 4-3 decision said the police department at Otterbein University in suburban Columbus is a public office because its personnel are state-certified Read More…

Religious astronaut John Glenn: Evolution should be taught in schools

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COLUMBUS — John Glenn, who declared as a 77-year-old in a news conference from space that “to look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible,” says facts about scientific discovery should be taught in schools — and that includes evolution. The astronaut, now 93 with Read More…

Leadership Medina County class of 2015 steps forward

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Leadership Medina County’s class of 2015 celebrated completing the educational and networking program Wednesday at Williams on the Lake in Medina.The class, named the “Bridge Builders,” couldn’t be more fitting, Leadership Executive Director Colleen Rice said. “They’ve built bridges for their class projects, they built bridges among each other and they’ve built bridges within our Read More…

Westfield Insurance employees work on materials for Habitat homes

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For the third year, Westfield Insurance employees donated labor for a Habitat for Humanity of Summit County home-building project. Tuesday’s project at Westfield’s headquarters in Westfield Center involved employees painting trim and doors for two houses. “We’ve been working with Habitat since 2000, and we believe in the American dream, ” Westfield community investment leader Read More…

Raises approved for school administrators in Medina

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Medina Board of Education members approved 2 percent pay increases for administrators Monday. The raises are consistent with the 2 percent increases certificated teachers represented by the Medina City Teachers Association received. The raises are effective with the next school year. Only board member Tracy Givelekian voted against the increase, stating she was staying true Read More…

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, of Wadsworth, to speak in Akron

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U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, will be the guest speaker at a meeting of the Greater Akron Chamber’s Small Business Council. The event will be at 7 a.m. May 28 at the Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls, 1989 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls. The speech will be part of the council’s Excellence in Business Awards program. Renacci Read More…

Mandarin Chinese courses to stay at Medina High School

More than 20 students and parents asked board members to retain the Mandarin Chinese program at Medina High School during a school board meeting Monday. Parents and students applauded the announcement that the program will remain at the high school. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Lessons in Mandarin Chinese will continue at Medina High School next year, but the teacher will move from a full- to part-time schedule. The changes were part of a compromise reached with the Board of Education on Monday night. In April, the board announced it was considering phasing out Chinese as an offering because of Read More…

Sidewalk artists make statement at Brunswick chalk festival


More than 60 artists participated in the annual Eco-Arts Chalk Festival on Saturday at Susan Hambley Nature Center in Brunswick. Pat Catan’s Craft Centers provided chalk, and gift cards for winners. Following is the winners’ list from Saturday’s Eco-Arts Chalk Festival in Brunswick: Elementary division • Kaelynn Stefan, home school • Leyna Swanson, Applewood Elementary • Teodora Iovi, Read More…

Medina County auditor: NEXUS gas pipeline could reduce property values

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Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack said a proposed NEXUS natural gas pipeline could have an adverse effect on property values if easements are secured and the line runs through or along a property. “The installation of the pipeline on properties will necessarily reduce the usage of those properties to some degree,” he said in a Read More…

Police: $50,000 pot stash found during OVI checkpoint in Brunswick

Police said these vacuum-sealed plastic bags, which reportedly contained 6.5 pounds of marijuana, were found in a vehicle during “saturation patrols” around a sobriety checkpoint last weekend. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A traffic stop during a sobriety checkpoint early Sunday morning led to the discovery of what said police was $50,000 worth of marijuana in a vehicle in Brunswick. The Medina County OVI Task Force reported Monday that Donnell Brown Jr., 28, of Lima, was charged with felony drug possession. He’s scheduled for a May 27 Read More…