August 30, 2015

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Lawsuit filed against Jon Husted over Medina County charter ballot issue

Jon Husted

A Medina County environmental organization Wednesday sued Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted after he threw out a fall ballot issue last week that would have placed restrictions on oil and gas projects within county lines. Sustainable Medina County was joined in its lawsuit by residents of Athens and Fulton counties, who had similar Nov. Read More…

The Weather Channel segment to feature Medina in nationwide competition

About 2,000 candlelit luminaries line the sidewalks of Medina’s Public Square and the surrounding nine-block historic district during the 30th Annual Candlelight Walk. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Medina leaders will appear on national television Saturday to talk about the next step in a nationwide competition of best places to live and work. Frontier Communications and Dish Network are among the corporate sponsors of the contest called America’s Best Communities, and the city of Medina is one of 50 semifinalists. At 7:40 a.m. Read More…

Medina County Historical Society raising money to fix house

Medina County Historical Society Board members are shown Wednesday morning with Larry Prebis, production manager of Hansen Construction, in front of the John Smart House in Medina before repairs to the basement begin. From left, Tony Giovinazzo, Mary Jo Palmer, Shane Geringer, Prebis, Mary Jane Brewer, Mary Jo Palmer, Brian Feron and Judy Davanzo. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

The Medina County Historical Society is hoping to add a new floor of displays and educational space to the John Smart House by sealing the foundation of the more than 100-year-old home that doubles as a museum. “We used to have meetings down there, but the moisture issues have gotten so bad,” board member Mary Read More…

Effort to nab drunken drivers pushed by Medina County police

Ohio Highway Patrol troopers and local police officers conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday evening on the west side of Medina. The checkpoint — the fourth in the county so far this year — began about 8 p.m. in the 900 block of West Liberty Street. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

A national campaign called Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over begins today and continues through the first week in September. The campaign will help police place additional patrols and checkpoints throughout Medina County thanks to federal funding administered through the Medina County OVI Task Force. “I wouldn’t say driving under the influence is a common Read More…

Brunswick Fire Department to buy new defibrillators

The Brunswick Fire Depart­ment will purchase new defibrillators for all ambulances, fire vehicles and staff cars with a $154,879 grant from the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant program offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grant award was announced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland. Brunswick Assistant Fire Chief Rick Barber said the Read More…

Brunswick marching band has ‘strongest start in a long time’

The trumpet section of the Brunswick High School marching band practices on a recent August morning. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

Brunswick High School marching band director Jay Wardeska showed a sly sense of humor about the politics of education during a recent early morning Blue Devils rehearsal. Wearing sunglasses and a fisherman’s type of floppy hat, he spoke into his microphone and loudspeaker system to the entire band about the students’ need to focus on Read More…

Sheriff: $15K in music equipment stolen from Sharon Twp. church

Andrew Bonarrigo

A Sharon Township man allegedly stole more than $15,000 in music equipment from a church in broad daylight. Detective Sgt. Kevin Ross, with the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, said it appeared Andrew Bonarrigo, 32, was staking out a second church in Norton shortly before he was arrested Wednesday. “He was confronted by the some of Read More…

Summer is over: Students across Medina County head back to the classroom

Students unload from buses at C. R. Towslee Elementary School on Wednesday morning for the first day of classes. Towslee, part of the Brunswick City School District, is home to more than 500 students randing from kindergarten to fifth grade. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

The first day of the new school year started smoothly Wednesday across Medina County. Five of the county schools started Wednesday. Buckeye will start today and Black River begins Thursday, Aug. 27. Brunswick and Medina are comparable in size and boast two of the largest enrollments in the state of Ohio. Brunswick Superintendent Michael Mayell Read More…

Route 18 Corridor Project will go on despite median debate

This section of Medina Road, between Foote and River Styx roads would be widened to five lanes, two in each direction with a center turn lane, under a proposed widening plan for state Route 18 by the Ohio Department of Transportation. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

The Route 18 Corridor Project, scheduled for construction in spring 2019, will progress with or without boulevard islands. The Ohio Department of Transportation would like to stay neutral on the issue of constructing three islands in the middle of the $18.2 million state Route 18 widening project. ODOT would prefer that Medina Township and Montville Read More…

Medina Schools to expand nursing staff with Akron Children’s Hospital services

There will be some new faces in the nursing staff at Medina Schools this school year. The school board has contracted with Akron Children’s Hospital to provide nursing services in the buildings through the hospital’s school health program. “We went out to bid, and they offered the lowest bid, and we were able to add Read More…