Mike Kovack
Auditor

Mike Kovack
Medina County Auditor


144 N. Broadway St, Medina, OH  44256
Medina:  (330) 725-9754     Toll free:  (844) 722-3800, ext. 9754


 

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Auditor Kovack's Weekend Update 

 

February 22, 2017

 

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Body found in Chippewa Lake

As rescuers pulled a body out of Chippewa Lake on Tuesday afternoon, a crowd of onlookers wondered whether it was Lafayette Township Trustee Bryon Macron, who disappeared Dec. 16.

"It's unknown who it is," Medina County sheriff's Capt. Kenneth Baca said during a media briefing. "It's being sent to the coroner's office for a medical examination and identification.

"Until positive identification is made, we can't comment any further on that."

Macron's wife, Victoria, who came to Beachside Boulevard where rescuers were working, threw her arms around sheriff's Capt. David Centner, who escorted her away.

The body was discovered about a quarter-mile from where Bryon Macron's SUV was left in a parking lot on Beachside.

A boat transported the body to a waiting ambulance on the western shore of the lake.

Baca said the body was taken to the Medina County Coroner's Office.

He provided no timetable for when the body might be identified.

Read Bob Finnan's full story at The Gazette.

 

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Medina mother dies after burns from apartment fire

A Medina mother died more than a week after she was severely burned in an apartment explosion that also killed her 18-year-old son.

Sheila Drake, 51, was in critical condition after the Feb. 9 explosion and fire at the Medina Village Apartments. Drake died Monday at MetroHealth in Cleveland, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office said.

The explosion and fire killed her bedridden son, Nathan Drake, and severely burned her husband. The husband remains at MetroHealth in fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday.  Read

Evan MacDonald's full story at Cleveland.com.

 

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Hinckley's Tifft rookie racer on NASCAR circuit

Matt Tifft, 20, has been in auto racing since he was 12. But the product of Hinckley, Ohio admits he is now in a whole new world. This season will be his first in NASCAR's Xfinity Series and Daytona Speedway is looming.

It's the next step before the top NASCAR series after parts of their seasons racing NASCAR Trucks.

Now with Joe Gibbs Racing, Tifft already understands he is in a really new element.

"The biggest change from trucks to cars, for me, is I feel more natural in a car than a truck,'' Tifft said. "The Xfinity cars are interesting because here you have a chance to race against the Cup guys. It's a unique opportunity. That's like telling a basketball player that Lebron is going to come down a level and play against you.  Read 

Elton Alexander's full story at Cleveland.com.

 

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Sandridge Foods plans $16.1 million expansion with local assistance

Medina City Council has approved a grant agreement with Sandridge Food Corp., which will invest $16.1 million in an expansion and create 50 new jobs by 2020.

Fifty new full-time jobs is an impressive figure, Medina County Economic Development director Bethany Dentler said.

"It does not happen every day," she said. "I'm very pleased Sandridge chooses to expand in Medina. It has done it three or four times over the years. It's the city's largest private-sector employer."

As an incentive under the city's Job Creation Grant program, Sandridge will receive an annual payment for five years based on a percentage - up to 40 percent - of the company's annual payroll withholding taxes generated by new employees.

Sandridge estimates payroll for the new positions at $2.3 million. Keeping existing jobs in Medina will maintain Sandridge's annual payroll Medina of $28.6 million. Under the agreement, Sandridge will construct a 15,000-square-foot addition at 133 Commerce Drive.
Read the rest of Bob Finnan's story at The Gazette.

 

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NEXUS payments investigated

Medina County officials are looking into allegations that the company planning to build a natural gas pipeline through the county has not been paying a state-mandated transfer fee on property acquired from local landowners.

Section 319.54 of the Ohio Revised Code requires entities receiving property worth more than $1,000 to pay a 1 percent conveyance fee to the state and up to 3 percent to the county to compensate for auditors' services.

However, some county auditors say Spectra Energy, the company behind plans to build the 255-mile NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline from Columbiana County through 12 other counties in Ohio - including Medina and Lorain - and into Canada, has avoided paying the fees by claiming that land parcels it acquired via easements in some counties are worth less than $1,000.

Auditors say they are questioning those valuations and redoubling efforts to collect the revenue. Summit County Auditor first discovered the discrepancy in her county last year.

Read Marina Malinec's full story at The Gazette.

 

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63 units found
with gas leaks
after Medina apartment fire

The explosion rocked Matthew Hodar from his sleep.

"I saw the fire downstairs so I ran upstairs to get my two cats," he said. "I could only get one. When I went back up there my spare bedroom collapsed."

Hodar lost everything, but escaped unharmed.

The Feb. 9 explosion that destroyed his and several units in the Medina Village Apartments and killed 18-year-old Jacob Drake remains under investigation.

State Fire Marshals, fire investigators and workers from Columbia Gas returned to the complex Wednesday after a resident smelled natural gas. They have since discovered at least 63 units in the Spring Brook Road complex had some form of gas leak.

Read Kaylee Remington's full story at Cleveland.com.

Greetings!

Don't miss the Medina High School bands concert next Tuesday, February 28 at 7:30 pm at the PAC.  It's always an enjoyable event!

Congratulations to Brunswick Blue Devils girls swim team coach Vince Colwell.  Six of his swimmers qualified for the state meet this weekend.  Good luck to Cassandra and Felicia Pasadyn, Nikki and Erika Eyssen, Bri Costanzo and Lily Kijeck!

The Buckeye girls gymnastics team broke new ground last week, qualifying for District competition for the first time in the team's 30+ year history.  Congratulations to Coach Kristin Seeley her four individual qualifiers, Tayla Thome, Madisyn Meers, Sammy Theis, Hayleigh Arison and the entire team!  Best of luck! 

Enjoy your weekend! 

Mike Kovack 

A friend who is willing to tell you the truth about yourself, even when you don't want to hear it, is a friend one should guard dearly.
Anonymous

 

Aquarius Art Exhibit

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/611ab1dd-736c-4bea-837e-b3d738f8f615.jpgThe 13th Aquarius Art Exhibition continues today through Saturday on the third floor of the Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway St. during library hours.  Artwork is shown from a dozen mediums.  Attendees may vote for the Peoples' Choice Award to be announced at the end of the show.  Activities include a scavenger hunt for children and adults.  Attendance is free. 

 

Black History Month Program

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/84606143-7090-4a25-99bd-a02d82a570cb.jpgThe Medina County American Association of University Women (AAUW) is hosting "Our History, Our Stories and Our Community" Thursday, February 23 at 7 pm at the Second Baptist Church, 451 Bronson St., Medina.  Sherril Rundle & Sue Bolender will provide music and Dr. Brinca Hunter, Cheryl Mason, Cheryl Parzych, Ashley Powell & Samantha Ponomarenko will contribute stories.  Light refreshments afterwards. 

 

Benefit for Fire Victims

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/ec3e004d-8bdc-4658-8a3e-06721e6f3b3c.pngThe Medina Moose, 136 S. Elmwood Ave., will host a benefit Saturday, February 25 from 6 pm - midnight for the families of the Feb. 9 fire & explosion at Medina Village Apartments.  Tickets are $20 at the door, $10 for children ages 10-15 and $5 for those aged 2-9.  Children 2 & under are free.  There will be live bands, food & a cash bar.  Auction items & baked goods may be donated for the event.  Contact Theresa Hyder, 330-421-5133 or Nick Veverka, 330-321-2791. 

 

Breakfast with the Tooth Fairy

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/16c2c7d0-eb9c-4981-9c39-54b348ba5695.jpgMedina County health Department Dental Clinic is having breakfast, photos with the tooth fairy, games, activities, dental exams, cleanings and fluoride this Saturday, February 25, at the Health Department Dental Clinic, 4800 Ledgewood Dr., Medina, from 9 am to noon. For more information call (330) 723-9688

 

Wild Game Dinner

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/c76bb638-d8cc-4a27-ab87-ec7a3b0a0fa5.pngGandalf's Pub, 6757 Center Rd., Valley City, is featuring a Wild Game Dinner on Monday, February 27th.  Doors open at 6 pm, dinner served at 7.  There are five courses, each served with a selection from Great Lakes Brewery beer.  Cost of the dinner is $60 per person plus tax & gratuity.  RSVP strongly recommended.  INFO  

 

Sister to Sister

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/720b7788-f900-4454-9123-9f1c7adbe1e9.jpgMedina's 18th annual Sister-to Sister Girls' Summit Conference takes place on Sunday, March 12, from noon to 4:30 pm, at the Medina Hospital, entrance A, parking lot B, 1000 E. Washington St, Medina. There is no fee involved, but registration is required by February 27. For more information contact Cindy McQuown at 330-722-4166 REGISTER  

 

Breaking Bread on Bourbon Street

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/a1ce35b9-e2d7-45d0-92f5-c0defa939519.pngFeeding Medina County presents Breaking Bread on Bourbon Street, an evening of art and jazz. Please join Feeding Medina County for an evening filled with the culture of the French Quarter. The event takes place on Saturday, April 1, at the Galaxy Banquet Center, 201 Park Center Drive, Wadsworth. The show goes from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Dinner and live auctions follow the show. Tickets are $60 per person. For more information, call 330-421-4816 or email melody@feedingmedinacounty.org. RSVP by March 22. 

 

OTHER EVENTS

Thursday, February 23

Beekeeper's meeting from 6-8 pm at Town & Country Medina Retail, 6701 Wooster Pike, Medina.  Bring all your questions as Jim Aylsworth will make a presentation.

Thursday, February 23 and Friday February 24 

The Giving Doll is having a sale of extra fabric, sewing notions and tea cups and teapots at its offices at 229 College St., WadsworthFebruary 23, 9 am to 2 pm and February 24, 9 am to noon. 

Thursday, February 23 

Wadsworth Library is having a resume and cover letter writing class at the Wadsworth Library, 132 Broad Street., Wadsworth, in meeting room A, from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Friday, February 24  

All-you-can-eat fish dinner organized by Lodi Post 523 American Legion. Dinner is 5 to 7:30 pm at 120 Bank St., Lodi.  Info:  330-948-1523

Saturday, February 25
The John Smart House Museum is now back! There will be a docent training session at 10 am in the museum, 206 N. Elmwood, Medina. Don't worry about knowing all the history, their docents provide a warm greeting and help guide visitors.

Saturday, February 25
St. Emilian Byzantine Catholic Church, 1231 Substation Rd., Brunswick,  ethnic food sale 9 am - 1 pm.  Pirohi, paprikash, haluski, stuffed cabbage, delicious rolls, nut, poppyseed & apricot.  INFO

Sunday, February 26
Lafayette Twp Fire Dept All You Can Eat pancake breakfast 8:30 am - 1 pm at Fire Station #2, 5834 Heather Hedge Dr., Chippewa Lake.  $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for aged 3-8 & vets with ID, kids 2 & under free.  INFO

Tuesday, February 28
Brunswick High School Percussion Ensemble Concert, 7 pm, Performing Arts Center, 3581 Center Road.  The concert will feature guest artist Nathaniel Boyer, a Brunswick alumnus from the class of 2010.  INFO

Wednesday, March 1
Small business seminar on human resources, hosted by Main Street Medina.  Free to members, $10 to potential members.  8:30-9:30 am at Medina City Hall, 132 N. Elmwood Ave.  Joan Pritchett of Cupcake A Day presents on hiring/firing, job descriptions, interview guides, more.  INFO

Saturday & Sunday, March 4-5
Medina County Home & Garden Show, Medina County Community Center, 735 Lafayette Rd., Medina.  10 am - 6 pm.  Over 130 exhibitors.  Admission $5, $4 seniors 60+.  Children 12 & under free.  INFO

Saturday, March 4
The Medina County Library presents Arts in Action from 11 am to 3 pm at the main library, 210 S. Broadway St., Medina.  There will be dozens of local artists with demonstrations, displays and hands on activities.

 
Sunday, March 5 

The Medina County Historical Society will have an open house 1-4 pm at the John Smart House, 206 N. Elmwood St., Medina.  Visitors are invited to see the newly remodeled basement and new displays.

Sunday, May 7 

Spring is just around the corner, the perfect time for kids to get out and enjoy it. This year the OSU Master Gardener Volunteers Annual Spring Kids' Work Workshop will have kids stepping into the garden. The even goes from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Center. Cost is $5 and registration is required. The deadline is April 27 or until class is full.
REGISTER  

 

OTHER ACTIVITY LISTINGS

Medina County Lifestyle Magazine
Medina County District Library Events 

Wadsworth Public Library Events 

Medina County Park District Events 

Medina County Events 

Medina County Convention & Visitors Bureau

HELP
Battered Women's Shelter/Services
Suicide Prevention Hotline/Services  

 

Music in Medina County

 

Medina

 
Sully's Irish Pub
Fri., Feb 24 - Smug Saints - 9 pm
Sat., Feb 25 - The New Barleycorn - 8:30 pm 
Sully's

Thirsty Cowboy
Fri., Feb 24 -
Kentucky Thunder - 9:30 pm
Sat., Feb 25 - Craig Morgan - 9:30 pm
Wed., March 1 - Wednesday Night Line Dancing - 7 pm

Thirsty Cowboy


JoJo's Sports Bar and Grille
Fri., Feb 24 -
Karaoke - 9:30 pm
Sat., Feb 25  - Karaoke - 9:30 pm
JoJo's

Cindee's Place
Fri., Feb 24
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DJ / Dance Night, hosted by the Mixtress Lyndsay - 9 pm
INFO 

 

Brunswick

Maple Side Farms
Fri., Feb 17 - Parrots of the Caribbean - 7:30 pm
Mapleside Farms

 

Wadsworth 

Sonnet's

Sat., Feb 25 - The Rhino Project - 7:30 pm
Wed., March 1
- Open Mic - 6:30 pm 

Sonnet's

The Galaxy   
Fri., Feb 24
- Long Tall Deb and Colin John - 9 pm 
GALAXY    

 

Employment Opportunities

                                        

Click on the Above Link for more opportunities

Highland Schools Substitute bus drivers needed - Must have CDL with school bus endorsements, but will provide step-by-step training to complete the licensing process.  $16.50 per hour. Contact Debbie Parker, 330-239-1901, ext. 1235 or email dparker@highlandschools.org

The Inn at Coalridge, Wadsworth - Hiring all shifts, positions.  INFO


Wadsworth Township - PT clerk for 6-10 flexible hours per week. INFO

Inflatable delivery driver/party attendant - PT.  Must be able to work weekends and must enjoy being around children.  INFO

SHC The Arc of Medina County


Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities


Medina City School District Openings

Brunswick City School District Openings

Wadsworth City School District Job Openings

Educational Service Center of Medina County Job Openings


         

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