November 1, 2014

Medina
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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…

PHOTOS: Hundreds of people, dogs participate in 5K SPCA event

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Nearly 500 two-legged runners and several hundred four-legged companions braved a chilly morning Saturday to participate in the second annual Paws for the Cause 5K to benefit the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Both the 5K and a mile Fun Run started and finished on Medina’s Public Square. Participants — Read More…

PHOTO: Spencer Lake autumn setting reminiscent of famed painting

Chippewa Lake photographer Matthew Platz captures the beauty of autumn in its colorful glory in a photograph reminiscent of a painting by the famed French Impressionist Claude Monet. The photo was taken at Spencer Lake in Spencer Township. (MATTHEW PLATZ / PLATZ IMAGES)

Men of Wadsworth Chorus bicentennial performance gets an ‘Amen’

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After an audience of nearly 200 people gave them a standing ovation, the Men of Wadsworth Chorus knew what to do for an encore — a rousing version of the gospel song “Amen.” The 4 p.m. concert at Trinity United Church of Christ, 215 High St., was part of Wadsworth’s bicentennial celebration. “The rest of Read More…

New Wadsworth bike trail will connect to Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail

A new two-mile bike trail will connect downtown Wadsworth to the 85-mile Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail that runs from Tuscarawas County to Cuyahoga County. The city of Wadsworth was awarded a $372,185 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Clean Ohio Trails Fund, allowing the city to build the trail that will Read More…

Medina County jobless rate drops to lowest point in seven years

Medina County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.0 percent last month — the lowest in nearly seven years. The September labor market report, released last week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, found 90,700 county residents had jobs in September — an increase of 1,200 compared to September 2013. Over the same period, Read More…

Backyard behemoth awarded Medina’s biggest tree

This year’s Medina County Big Tree winner is a Sharon Township tulip poplar with an average crown spread of 63 feet. NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE

The search for Medina County’s biggest tree has ended and the winner is a towering tulip poplar located on Scott Cowan’s 20 acres in Sharon Township. Cowan, founder and owner of Century Cycles with locations in Medina, Peninsula and Rocky River, said he was thrilled his tulip poplar won the contest. “I have to tell Read More…