April 18, 2014

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Lorain family lost a hero in 1968

LORAIN — Charlie Sanchez can still see the tears on his mother’s face. He had come home from school and opened the door of his Lorain home to a scene he now wants to forget. His whole family — both parents and eight brothers and sisters — were sobbing on the living room furniture. A Read More…

EC graduates reflect, then move ahead

ELYRIA — One by one, Elyria Catholic High School seniors stood up to give one last thanks to their parents, faculty … and the Blues Brothers. Each of the 131 graduating seniors recorded a “senior reflections” moment beforehand, in which students had the opportunity to offer an inspiring quote while thanking their loved ones. Quotes Read More…

County honors fallen soldiers

Veterans Memorial The Lorain County 98 were barely into manhood when they were called upon to give the ultimate sacrifice in a war that tested the strength of even the most devoted patriots — the Vietnam War. They were sons and classmates, barely out of high school; young husbands and fathers, some who would never Read More…

The Cottrells – Memorial Day Profile

WELLINGTON — The Vietnam War took more than 58,000 lives. Two of those lives were from one Wellington family, the Cottrells. Connie Cottrell was only 15 years old when she was aroused from her sleep by a knock on the front door of the Cottrell family’s home in Wellington in August 1968. “It was about Read More…

Wayne E. Benge – Memorial Day Profile

Army Sgt. Wayne E. Benge’s life was brief, but his spirit, courage and will to live life to its fullest continues to inspire his siblings 38 years after he died of injuries suffered in a jungle in Vietnam. Benge dropped out of Brookside High School in his hometown of Sheffield Lake to join the Army Read More…

Legislature backs Strickland plan

COLUMBUS — The Republican-controlled Legislature appears poised to pass Gov. Ted Strickland’s plan for using Ohio’s tobacco settlement money to pay for the construction of new schools and create tax relief for elderly homeowners. However, some senators have said they’d rather see the expected $5 billion go toward higher education, while others are concerned about Read More…

Richard Vandegeer – Memorial Day Profile

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Jamie Lindstrom, a North Ridgeville veterinarian, knew Richard Vandegeer as the stepbrother he enjoyed playing with when they were small children. The nation knows Richard Vandegeer as the last official casualty of the Vietnam War and as the last name inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. Vandegeer died at age Read More…

Eddie Corsino – Memorial Day Profile

ELYRIA — Eddie Corsino was fresh out of high school when he joined the Marines. It was 1969 and he had just turned 19, so with the military draft plucking friends and neighbors all around him, he thought he might as well beat the government to the punch. “He felt a love for the Marines, Read More…

Police, friends mourn slain officer

AVON — More than 50 police cruisers ushered the body of Cleveland Heights Police Officer Jason West home to Avon on Sunday, a day after he died from gunshot wounds suffered while on duty. West, 31, an Avon native, was pronounced dead of multiple gunshot wounds at 3:05 a.m. Saturday at Huron Hospital, Assistant Cuyahoga Read More…

Henry Dale Adkins – Memorial Day Profile

Army Spc. Henry Dale Adkins’ knack for surprising his family during leave from the Army left his mother looking for him long after his helicopter crashed in Vietnam. He was 19 when he enlisted and would often show up unannounced at his family’s Lorain doorstep whenever he had the chance. “I still remember coming down Read More…