September 3, 2015

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Two Medina County schools rank in Newsweek’s top 500

Wadsworth and Highland high schools were listed in the top 500 high schools in the nation by Newsweek’s 2015 rankings. Newsweek ranks the schools based on data that concludes which schools best prepares their students for college. Wadsworth and Highland made the list along with 28 other Ohio high schools including Avon Lake, which was Read More…

Ohio bill would ban abortions after fetal Down syndrome diagnosis

Dave Hall

An Ohio House of Representatives bill that would ban abortions after the fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome could gain approval by the House as early as October. If House Bill 135 — called the “Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act” by its supporters — passes, Ohio would join just eight other states that outlaw abortions Read More…

Daughter of slain Akron officer gets escort on first day of school

Akron Police officers and officers from area departments line the sidewalk as Charlee Winebrenner, center, walks with her mother Alyse Shanafelt, center right, and her grandparents Rob Winebrenner and Zee Shanafelt, on her first day of school at Turkeyfoot School in Coventry Township on Thursday.  (Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal via AP)

Staff and wire reports | The Gazette The daughter of a slain Akron police officer received a police escort to school on her first day of kindergarten Thursday. Officer Justin Winebrenner, who grew up in Wadsworth, was off-duty and unarmed in November when he was shot to death after helping get an unruly customer out of Read More…

LIVE CHAT: High School Football, Week 1

Brunswick Blue Devils head coach Luke Beal give his motivational talk prior to the Devils taking the field against Medina for the first week of Friday night football. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk

Live Blog High School Football Week 1  

Sobriety checkpoints to be held in Sharon, Granger twps. Saturday

Sobriety checkpoints are planned for Saturday evening in Sharon and Granger townships, the Medina County OVI Task Force announced. The checkpoints, which are funded by federal grants, are aimed at deterring and intercepting drivers impaired by drugs and alcohol. The exact locations of the checkpoints will be released Saturday morning. “Citizens of our county continue Read More…

Marching band roundup: All of Medina County’s high school bands featured by Gazette

The Wadsworth High School Marching Band rehearses taking the football field in a full sprint from the end zone and then facing the audience to play.

Over the past few weeks, The Gazette has featured every high school marching band in Medina County. Check out links to the stories here, with buyable photos conveniently provided below. Black River Liam Sleggs wanted to come up with something inspirational for the Black River High School Pirate Marching Band for the 2015 season. So Read More…

Interim director of Chamber of Commerce hopes to stay on

Jaclyn Ringstmeier of the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce.

The chairman of the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce is hoping to name a new executive director in the near future. And the best candidate could already be on the payroll. Former director Heather Taylor left the position at the end of July to take a job withSummit Mall in Fairlawn. Jaclyn Ringstmeier, 36, has Read More…

Boston Road closed several hours for box truck crash


Boston Road in Brunswick Hills Township was closed from 11:45 a.m. until about 3 p.m. Wednesday just before Boston Reserve Lane after a truck veered off the road. “The driver just wasn’t paying attention. It was raining, so the ground is very soft, and the culvert is pretty deep,” Officer Michael Torres said. “We brought Read More…

Ritzman Pharmacy kicks off workshop series in Wadsworth

Christina Cyrus, director of marketing for Ritzman Pharmacy, talks about the company's new "Ritzman Restores" program during a Thursday event at The Strand in Wadsworth where demonstrations of all-natural lotion bars were shown. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

Ritzman Pharmacy held a workshop Thursday that taught customers how to make essential oil lotion bars. The workshop is part of Ritzman’s rebranding initiative called Ritzman Restores. Ritzman partnered with a boutique in Wadsworth, Salvage Style, for the event Thursday night at The Wadsworth Strand, 123 Broad St. Over the next several months, the Wadsworth-based Read More…

Fire, police departments face off in ‘Guns and Hoses’ challenge

Medina Township Fire Department's Chris Shuster (left) and Medina City Fire Department's Brandon Steidel compete in a tug-of-war event in the Guns & Hoses event.

Two law enforcement agencies and two fire departments squared off at the “Guns and Hoses” event Sunday at Quaker Steak & Lube, 4094 Pearl Road in Medina Township. Those competing were Medina Township Police, Montville Township Police, Medina Township Fire Department and Medina City Fire Department, which won the grand prize. Medina Police came in Read More…