April 19, 2014

Medina
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Businesses sought for Joint Economic Development District

Medina City Council on Monday approved a Joint Economic Development District agreement with Lafayette Township aimed at spurring development of University Center Innovation Park. For more than a year, Medina County Commissioners have urged creation of the JEDD to lure businesses to the industrial park, along Technology Lane north of state Route 162. As expected, Read More…

No more midnight runs for tax procrastinators

Jeanne Menich, of Medina, files her tax forms Monday at the Medina Post Office, 303 N. Court St. Serving her are postal workers Linda Materna, of Granger Township, and Byron Elston, of Akron. The deadline to file federal and state tax returns is midnight. But because most taxpayers now file electronically, post offices no longer stay open that late. In Ohio, only the main post office in Cleveland will have extended hours, but only until 9 p.m. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

“I just don’t trust computers,” Jeanne Menich said. That’s why she came to the Medina Post Office on Monday to file her tax returns. Menich’s allegiance to paper, envelopes and stamps makes her something of an endangered species. The Internal Revenue Service estimates that about 85 percent of the tax returns filed by today’s deadline Read More…

Montville resident wins cash for tourney picks

Jim Vojir stands in his Montville Township backyard Monday afternoon. Vojir won $2,500 for the best bracket in a tournament in 30 newspapers nationwide. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — A local retiree won big on the nationwide Bracketbucks contest sponsored by The Gazette. Jim Vojir, of Montville Township, won $2,500 for correctly guessing the Final Four teams on his March Madness bracket submitted last month. In a March Madness tournament that featured a number of stunning upsets, Vojir was one of only Read More…

Backup levy plan prepared

BRUNSWICK — Brunswick school officials are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. The school board Monday took the first step to place a 6.1-mill, eight-year renewal levy on the August special election ballot even though the same levy will be voted on in next month’s primary. Superintendent Michael Mayell stressed that if Read More…

Free ebook offers info on intellectual property laws

The latest information about intellectual property — patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets — is available in the Ohio State Bar Association’s free online book. Patricia Walker and Ralph Jocke, of the Medina law firm of Walker & Jocke Co., co-authored the chapter on intellectual property, which is included in the updated edition of the Read More…

Medina school board: Interim Superintendent David Knight is our man

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The Medina school board is moving to drop the “interim” from David Knight’s job title. Knight, a retired Sidney Fenn Elementary School principal, was hired as interim superintendent after Superintendent Randy Stepp was placed on administrative leave April 8, 2013, pending completion of a special state audit into his spending of district funds from a Read More…

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday

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Members of St. Ambrose Catholic Church joined many Christians worldwide Sunday to celebrate Palm Sunday and start the Holy Week leading to Easter Sunday. Palm Sunday is observed by Roman Catholics as a feast day. It’s celebrated in most Christian churches as a celebration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem where he was welcomed by worshipers Read More…

Medina County’s bagging limit reduced for deer season

Medina is one of 44 Ohio counties that will see reduced bag limits on deer next hunting season. The Ohio Wildlife Council approved new white-tailed deer hunting regulations on Wednesday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The new regulations lower deer bag limits in half of Ohio’s 88 counties, keep it the same Read More…

Deadline nears for mortgage aid

Financially strained homeowners don’t have much more time to get help with their mortgages. April 30 is the deadline to apply for mortgage assistance under the Save the Dream Ohio program. “The program has been going on here for about two years but it kind of came without warning that it would be cut off Read More…

Police targeting texting ‘epidemic’

This screenshot is from a 30-second video that graphically depicts the deadly consequences of texting while driving. The video was produced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as part of its “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign that kicked off Thursday. (NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION)

Police across the U.S. are cracking down on motorists who text while driving. Local area law enforcement agencies say they will do their part to ensure the national “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign, which began Thursday and runs through Tuesday, is a success. “People need to know that we are serious about stopping Read More…