February 14, 2016


Kathleen R. Widdowson


Kathleen R. Widdowson (nee Mervis), 51, of LaGrange, passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at Mercy Regional Hospital in Lorain, following a short illness. She was born March 9, 1961 in Elyria. Kathy was a Lorain High School graduate, and was co owner of Widdowson Excavating. She had managed several area McDonald’s restaurants over the Read More…

Robert L. Skidmore

Robert L. Skidmore, 73, of Lorain, passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at EMH Healthcare, following a long illness. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elyria, 440-322-4626.

Ohio to hold human trafficking awareness day event

COLUMBUS — Ohio leaders are pointing to a new state law as a sign of progress made in the fight against human trafficking. Victims of human trafficking often are forced into the sex trade or pushed to work against their will in sweatshop-type jobs. The crime is the focus of an awareness event planned Friday Read More…

High school wrestling notes: Pioneers happy Chad Shaffer took a 2nd look


Like many wrestlers in the Elyria program, senior Chad Shaffer began wrestling in the school’s biddie program when he was in the fourth grade. Unlike many wrestlers in the Elyria program, Shaffer decided the sport wasn’t for him and quit. “I just didn’t like it,” he said. “But I also don’t like failing at things, Read More…

Boys basketball notes: Raiders learn to love ‘D’


When the season began, the Columbia Raiders looked to be a legitimate threat not just in the Patriot Athletic Conference but in the postseason as well. With their run-and-gun style and commitment to scoring, the high-flying Raiders provided their fans with plenty of thrills last season. As expected, they’ve continued that trend while adding something Read More…

Critter Chronicles: Precious


PRECIOUS Precious was surrendered to the shelter back in September because her owner passed away and there was no where else for her to go. She was adopted in October and was recently returned because her new owner is ill and can no longer care for her. Precious is a very sweet dog that’s a Read More…

Critter Chronicles: Snowshoe


SNOWSHOE Meet the dog of the season and your dreams, Snowshoe! Snowshoe arrived from another facility in hopes of finding a home sooner here at Friendship. He’s been the perfect guest since his arrival. Stop by the shelter and spend some time with Snowshoe, he’d love to see you. He’s great buddies with 12 year Read More…

Critter Chronicles: Sampson


SAMPSON Looking for foster or permanent home. A foster home must be approved. Sampson was saved from a kill shelter in southern Ohio. Looking to find a place to live out the rest of his years in comfort. He is currently in a foster home, but, one of the dogs does not like him being Read More…

Critter Chronicles: Laffy


LAFFY Laffy was transferred to Friendship in March from another shelter who took her in as a kitten when she was found in a heating system. On arrival she was very friendly and kept us laughing with her antics. But since she’s been in a cage so long, she has become shy and withdrawn. This Read More…

Critter Chronicles: Rico


RICO This spunky little guy is Rico. Rico is a fun-loving boy who loves to play and go for walks. Rico is house-broken and crate-trained. He has good house manners and gets along well with other dogs, cats and kids. Rico’s resolved to find his fur ever home this year, won’t you help him achieve Read More…