December 22, 2014

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Jerome “Bud” Ward

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Jerome “Bud” Ward, of Carlisle Township, was born in Slavic Village October 28, 1934, the youngest of seven children. He attended St. Stanislaus Elementary and High School. He then went to the University of Dayton, where he played football, winning many accolades, including second team All American. Bud was drafted as a fifth round Redshirt Read More…

Robert A. Kinter

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Robert A. Kinter, 75, of Grafton, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at EMH Healthcare, after a brief illness. He was born July 13, 1937 in Cleveland, living in the Grafton/Elyria area most of his life. He was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Grafton for many years, a graduate of Read More…

Indians sign Mike Aviles to avoid arbitration again; consider going with DH by committee

The Indians signed Mike Aviles to a two-year contract Thursday to keep their arbitration streak intact, but the club’s designated hitter direction still remains unclear. Cleveland has not signed a replacement for longtime DH Travis Hafner and could enter the season without a roster spot devoted to the position on a full-time basis. “We’re still Read More…

Former Browns recall days of discrimination, question effectiveness of Rooney Rule

CLEVELAND — Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell couldn’t finish his story to the teenagers because he choked up. Nearly 60 years later, his train trip from Arkansas to attend the University of Illinois brings back a tidal wave of emotions. “I was in the caboose by myself because I wasn’t allowed anywhere else,” he said Read More…

Coach Rob Chudzinski adds five assistants, puts finishing touches on first Browns staff

Rob Chudzinski’s first project as Browns coach is complete. He filled out his staff Thursday, adding five assistant coaches. Ken Flajole will coach inside linebackers, and John Settle running backs. Chris DiSanto and Derik Keyes were hired as assistant strength and conditioning coaches, and Steve Gera will be special assistant to the head coach. “The Read More…

College basketball: Akron has big man in middle and big hopes for postseason

Palming a basketball in each hand, Zeke Marshall’s arms are outstretched across the entire face of a building next to the bustling student union. Akron’s 7-foot center towers above campus. On a huge billboard overlooking the soccer field now covered in several inches of wind-drifted snow, Marshall’s gigantic image — his eyes fixed straight ahead, Read More…

Girls basketball: Open Door can’t guard lead against Elms without its starting backcourt

ELYRIA — Even missing two starting guards, Open Door took a six-point halftime lead on Akron’s Our Lady of the Elms on Thursday afternoon. Unfortunately, from a Patriots point of view, it didn’t hold up. With a mix of defenses, the Panthers forced nine third-quarter turnovers, got a 3-point basket and seven points from Rachel Read More…

College notes: Elyria Catholic grad Michael Weber having big senior season at Ball State

Michael Weber was honored with the rest of the Ball State senior swimmers at senior night against Evansville on Jan. 25. The Cardinals won the meet 150-81 and Weber took first in three events: the 200 IM, 200 backstroke and 400 medley relay. The Elyria Catholic graduate followed up that performance with two firsts and Read More…

Man gets 6 years for killing nurse

ELYRIA — The family of Terri Martin, killed in a March 2, 2012, car crash isn’t happy with the six-year-prison sentence handed down to Royce Kowalczyk, the man responsible for her death. “(Expletive) you, Royce!” Martin’s daughter, Miranda Rector, called out as Kowalczyk was led from the courtroom. “You’re going to get yours in prison!” Read More…

Jury indicts man on murder charge

ELYRIA — An Eaton Township man accused of beating and strangling Melanie Hruby late last year has been indicted on murder and felonious assault charges. Adam Grimes, 25, is accused of killing 29-year-old Hruby during an argument at his home Dec. 18. Grimes’ attorney, Kenneth Lieux, who argued during an earlier hearing that Hruby may Read More…