August 30, 2014

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Big Sister makes sure girl`s family will have a Christmas

LORAIN — Alexis Ayala didn’t attempt to mask her sadness as she spoke. “My mom told me we can’t afford a Christmas tree this year,” the 7-year-old told Colleen Campbell, her Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County. STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE Colleen Campbell stands with Roberta (rear left) and Eric Santana, Read More…

March primary brimming with local issues

Voters going to the polls in the March primary to pare down the field of presidential candidates will see a lot of local issues, too. In Elyria, voters will be asked to renew a temporary income tax, and Sheffield Township has two renewal levies on the ballot. The Lorain County Board of Mental Retardation and Read More…

Lorain indicted in slaying of ex’s lover

ELYRIA — A Lorain man was indicted by a county grand jury Thursday on aggravated murder and other charges stemming from the shooting death of his estranged wife’s boyfriend. Frank Honaker, 45, is accused of shooting 37-year-old Christopher Betts, of Columbia Township, outside the rear entrance of Lakeshore Colonial Apartments last Thursday. Betts was found Read More…

Cavaliers get ugly win over Lakers

CLEVELAND — It was Mike Brown’s kind of ugly, and the result was beautiful for the Cavaliers and their coach. With LeBron James guarding Kobe Bryant down the stretch, Cleveland held the Los Angeles Lakers to 12 points in the final quarter and emerged with a 94-90 victory Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena. “We Read More…

Cavs notes: LeBron, coach shrug off bumping incident

CLEVELAND — It gave moronic sportswriters who appear on television talk shows something to blabber about for a few minutes, but Cavaliers coach Mike Brown and superstar LeBron James insist their bump Wednesday night in Madison Square Garden was totally accidental. That didn’t prevent the incident, which occurred as James was walking to the bench Read More…

Steinbach signing helped Browns, hurt Bengals

BEREA — It’s too simplistic to say that Cleveland’s signing of left guard Eric Steinbach reversed the fortunes of the Bengals and the Browns in 2007. But it definitely had an impact. Steinbach was the Browns’ top free-agent pickup, agreeing to a seven-year, $49.5 million deal to leave the Bengals after four seasons. He immediately Read More…

Browns notes: Bodden’s back might be a problem

BEREA — For the most part, Browns cornerback Leigh Bodden has defended Cincinnati’s Chad Johnson as well as anyone in the NFL. Bodden, however, can’t stop Johnson if he can’t stop his back from hurting. The 26-year-old did not practice Thursday, putting his status in doubt for the teams’ rematch at Paul Brown Stadium. Cleveland Read More…

Ohio State suspends backup cornerback Clifford

COLUMBUS — A backup cornerback for Ohio State has been suspended for an undisclosed violation of team rules and will not play in the national championship game against LSU, the school said Thursday. Eugene Clifford, a freshman from Cincinnati, will not practice or play with the top-ranked Buckeyes (11-1) on Jan. 7 at the Superdome. Read More…

Elyria’s Nakamura fell in love with football, a sport he was forbidden to play

The sport that comes so easily to Haruki Nakamura — the one that fuels his passion, paid for his college education and that could someday soon earn him an NFL paycheck — was at one time outlawed by his mother. Nakamura, a senior free safety at the University of Cincinnati and an Elyria native, was Read More…

Lorain County budget set at $62.1M

ELYRIA  —  County commissioners on Thursday approved a 2008 budget of $62.1 million — about $2 million more than the county estimates it spent this year. County Budget Director Lisa Hobart said next year’s budget is nearly the same as what was budgeted for this year, taking into account salary increases for county employees and Read More…