November 22, 2014

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First colors of fall

County’s fields turning orange with pumpkins The county is full of pretty patches of pickable pumpkins. BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE Dan Fitch takes a pumpkin from his brother Adam Fitch as they load a trailer at Fitch’s Farm Market on state Route 83 in Avon. After a pretty stellar growing season that saw a lot Read More…

Elections board asks for more money

$172,000 request comes on heels of $152,000 county allocation ELYRIA — The county Board of Elections has asked the county commissioners for $172,000 just months after the commissioners gave the agency $152,000 to cover expenses. Elections Board Director Jose Candelario had said this summer that he would likely need at least $300,000 to get through Read More…

Motorcycle crash adds to judge’s bad luck

ELYRIA — County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski’s string of bad luck took a painful turn Thursday morning when he crashed his motorcycle and broke his ankle while on his way to work. Betleski Already this year Betleski has had his home robbed — the thieves made off with his liquor, loose change and some Read More…

Wellington teachers union gives strike notice

WELLINGTON — Unions representing teaching and non-teaching staff in the Wellington Schools have authorized their leadership to issue a 10-day strike notice if contract talks remained stalled, a union representative said. Linda Repko, co-president of the Wellington Education Association, said negotiations are at “a crisis state right now.” She said chances of a strike are Read More…

International Fest to put military

LORAIN — The Lorain International Festival will spotlight the armed forces next year instead of a nationality this year. Terri Soto, president of the Lorain International Association, said the spotlight shifted to give the ethnic groups in Lorain a break this year from having to be featured. “There’s a lot involved to being the spotlight Read More…

Woollybear Festival returns to Vermilion

SUNDAY 9 a.m. — Music at the reviewing stage and the Vermilion Family YMCA World’s Greatest Kid’s Footrace at Vermilion High School 10 a.m. — Big Chuck & Lil’ John Caterpillar 500 Race 11 a.m. — Kids and pets woolly bear costume contest 12 p.m. — Music on main stage with the Singing Angels 1:30 Read More…

Escaped convict captured

ELYRIA — An escapee from the Lorain/Medina Community Based Correctional Facility barricaded himself in his parents’ home Thursday, keeping police at bay for more than three hours before surrendering. Drew Manns, 23, of Elyria, was being held overnight at EMH Regional Medical Center in Elyria, where he was taken for an evaluation. He will face Read More…

Local briefs: Sept. 21, 2007

Parents who caged kids sue county CLEVELAND — A couple convicted of forcing some of their 11 adopted special-needs children to sleep in cages has filed a federal lawsuit against county social workers and other officials, accusing them of illegally entering the home. Michael and Sharen Gravelle, who were each sentenced in February to two Read More…

Director: Escapee walked out open door

ELYRIA — Drew Manns had told fellow inmates at the Lorain/Medina Community Based Correctional Facility that he wanted to escape because he feared various rules infractions would lead to him being kicked out of the treatment facility and sent to prison. Sometime early Thursday, CBCF Executive Director Mike Willets said, Manns carried out his plan. Read More…

Ballfield name change: Is “The Jake” history?

Planning to pay a visit to the Jacobs Field anytime soon? If so, you might want to snap a picture of the sign to preserve for posterity. That’s because the The Jake, as fans affectionately call it, looks like it will soon be history. The Cleveland Indians announced Wednesday that they were partnering with sports, Read More…