December 20, 2014

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Girls basketball: Vermilion snaps skid, starts to find rhythm with coach, system

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VERMILION — After a pair of losses in a row, Vermilion first-year coach Colin Irish was looking for signs his girls were starting to grasp his system. Following the Sailors’ 46-33 non-conference win Monday against Huron, Irish thinks things are starting to come along. Vermilion (4-2) closed the third quarter and opened the fourth on Read More…

‘Big Hank’ to forgo senior year at Ohio State, head to NFL draft

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COLUMBUS — The guy they call “Big Hank” is taking a big, early jump to the next level. All-Big Ten defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins announced Monday he will give up his senior season at Ohio State to make himself available for the 2013 NFL Draft. “I will always be grateful for the family I have Read More…

Kyrie Irving returning just in time for Lakers and Kobe tonight

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INDEPENDENCE — Help has arrived. And so have the struggling but talented Los Angeles Lakers. Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving practiced Monday and is expected to be in the starting lineup tonight when Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and the rest of the Lakers visit Quicken Loans Arena. “It feels great to finally be out there Read More…

Browns: Pat Shurmur’s focus stays on the finish, not the future

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BEREA — When coach Pat Shurmur arrived at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sunday morning with a two-game winning streak, the latest rumor about his job was making its way through cyberspace. Alabama coach Nick Saban could be part of a package deal with general manager prospect Mike Lombardi, according to the Boston Globe. Oregon’s Chip Read More…

Elyria Council committee unanimously puts five groups in block grant budget

ELYRIA — A meeting in City Council chambers Monday night was a fight for money that ended with five nonprofits being recommended to receive some the funding they need to do their work in the community. Councilman Marcus Madison, D-5th Ward, started the meeting with an impassioned plea to garner the votes needed to fund Read More…

County agency braces for needy new year

December and January are expected to be busy for workers at the Lorain County Department of Job and Family Services. That’s because more than 5,000 people are expected to drop off the unemployment benefit rolls, agency officials said Monday, and those people are expected to seek help from the agency in the form of cash Read More…

School board member, prominent Elyria businessman dead at age 59

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ELYRIA — A third-generation Elyria business owner and Elyria school board member has died. Richard Kaplan died Monday. He was 59. Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans said Kaplan died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was found in the backyard of his Briar Lake Drive home shortly after 3:30 p.m. after Read More…

Lorain official resigns amid probe

LORAIN — Howard Goldberg, the city’s community development renewal administrator, has resigned amid an ongoing investigation into his role in allowing the city to sign no-bid demolition contracts. Lorain Safety Service Director Robert Fowler confirmed Monday that Goldberg sent his resignation letter last week. The resignation takes effect Friday. Goldberg’s departure will end an administrative Read More…

Lorain law chief defends classified meetings

LORAIN — Law Director Pat Riley contends state law gives him the right to classify information secret and prosecute public officials who reveal secrets. “There are certain things the public isn’t supposed to know at certain times,” Riley said during an often-contentious Monday meeting with Chronicle Editor Andy Young, Chronicle reporters and Mayor Chase Ritenauer. Read More…

‘Ransom notes’ motivate office to donate to Chronicle toy drive

Patty Pasternak poses with Marky Maypo and the ransom letter. (CT photo by Lucy Goldsmith.)

ELYRIA — Patty Pasternak thought it was odd when her vintage Marky Maypo doll disappeared from her office at the Lorain County Department of Job and Family Services. But she started laughing after ransom notes appeared from a kidnapper. “I had to tie yellow ribbons all around the office,” Pasternak said. There were detailed instructions Read More…