August 23, 2014

Medina
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Road closing for repairs on South Court Street south of Smith Road

U.S. Route 42/state Route 3 (South Court Street), just south of Smith Road in Medina, will close Monday for repairs on the railroad tracks, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation, District 3. The detour for Route 42 southbound is Route 42 to state Route 57, south on Route 57 to state Route 162, west Read More…

Technological hiccups complicate school prep at Claggett

The day before the start of school can be stressful, but the situation is a lot worse without phones and Internet access to schedules, online materials and presentations. That was the predicament facing teachers and staff at Claggett Middle School in Medina. A fiber-optic cable line broke Monday morning, disconnecting phones and Internet service in Read More…

‘He took my virginity,’ Medina woman says of man facing rape charges

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A Montville Township woman testified Monday that a convicted sex offender raped her more than 100 times over a two-year period when she was 13 to 15 years old. Patrick Shank, 47, is serving a six-year prison sentence at Belmont Correctional Institution after being convicted in October 2012 of two counts of sexual battery and Read More…

Highland Schools break ground on $8 million sports complex

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School board members shared the job of breaking ground for the district’s new $8 million sports complex with members of the Highland High football team. At a ceremony Monday night in Granger Township, officials said they can’t wait for the community to visit and enjoy the new sports complex at the school when it’s completed Read More…

Phones out but orientation still on tonight at Claggett school

MEDINA — The day before the start of school can be stressful, but the situation is a lot worse without phones and Internet access to schedules, online materials and presentations. That’s the predicament facing teachers and staff at Claggett Middle School today. A fiber optic cable line broke Monday morning disconnecting phones and internet service Read More…

Medina family finds solace after house fire on North Broadway Street

The backside of a South Broadway Street home after fire crews were able to subdue the flames. Fire Chief Bob Painter said that once the garage on the property was fully engulfed that flames made the just to the house easily. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Chris Klaiber paced back and forth outside of his fire-damaged Medina home Monday wondering what he and his wife were going to do next. Their garage was destroyed, and their house sustained severe smoke and water damage and needs substantial work to make it livable again. Just then, Jim Frame and Warren Benditz, of St. Read More…

Street fair is long-running tradition in Valley City

The blast of an air horn signals the start of the 5K race Saturday at the Valley City Street Fair. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

The Valley City Street Fair, one of the oldest summer festivals in Medina County, is aiming at a younger audience. The organizers of the festival in Liverpool Township, which began in 1934 to support the Valley City Fire Department, have moved away from traditional fair rides and now feature inflatable “bounce houses” and other attractions Read More…

Wadsworth school board: No more ‘no mow’ in front of buildings

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Responding to complaints from residents, the Wadsworth school board has agreed to eliminate the “no mow” areas in front of the high school and other new school buildings. Tall shrubs, grass and wild flowers that haven’t been cut in 2½ years eventually will be replaced with a more conventional grass landscaping. “It just is not Read More…

Medical officials urge parents to vaccinate their schoolchildren

Staff and wire reports The Ohio Department of Health and local medical officials are urging parents to make sure children are up-to-date on vaccinations to protect them and their classmates as they begin a new school year. Dr. Hanna Lemerman, of Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics office in Medina, said getting children all of the vaccines Read More…

Parents crusade for teen driving safety

As high schoolers pile into cars to head to school, dances, football games and other fall events, local law enforcement officers and parents are urging teens to make sure they follow state laws for young drivers. Ohio has laws that prohibit 16-year-old drivers from having more than one passenger who is not a family member. Read More…