December 20, 2014

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Ohio texting-while-driving ban goes into effect today

COLUMBUS — Ohio drivers can now be ticketed for texting. For the past six months, officers could issue warnings those who weren’t complying with the statewide texting ban. That grace period ends Friday. Texting while driving is now a secondary offense for drivers 18 and older. That means an officer has to stop a driver Read More…

Long before it was condemned, old City Hall building was a thriving business

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ELYRIA — The gaping hole on Broad Street that was once Elyria City Hall was not always a vacant, blighted building full of mold. For more than 100 years, the address 328 Broad St. was synonymous with thriving businesses and retail success. A historical look at the property paints a better picture of the building Read More…

Ohio House passes $1.5 billion Turnpike bond deal

COLUMBUS — The Ohio House on Thursday approved Gov. John Kasich’s proposal to raise about $1.5 billion for state highway projects through Ohio Turnpike bonds, despite concerns about where the money will be spent. Many northern Ohio lawmakers wanted guarantees that nearly all the money generated by bond sales would be used for road projects Read More…

Fire damages Beckett Air in North Ridgeville

NORTH RIDGEVLLE — A spark that may have ignited combustible material inside a custom collector used for laser-cutting equipment could be to blame for an early morning fire that caused $25,000 to $30,000 damage at Beckett Air Inc. About 25 firefighters from North Ridgeville, Elyria, Avon, North Olmsted and Olmsted Falls responded to alarms at Read More…

State to oversee Lorain Schools

LORAIN — A state academic takeover of Lorain Schools is scheduled to occur in April. The district was officially placed in academic emergency this week after the delayed release of the complete annual state report card. The district met just one of 26 standards on the card in the 2011-12 school year. Because the district Read More…

Police log for March 1, 2013

LaGrange police Friday, Feb. 22 6 p.m. — Credit Union, 133 Commerce Drive, suspicious vehicle in the parking lot. The vehicle was gone before officers arrived. Sunday, Feb. 24 3:30 p.m. — 300 block Opportunity Way, rescue squad requested assistance with a combative patient. Tuesday, Feb. 26 2 p.m. — Opportunity Way, Keystone High School, Read More…

Wildnerness Survival

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I’m often asked a question that begins as an inquiry about my gear and ends up revealing a person’s fear about their vulnerability in the woods. For the most part, they are just afraid of the unknown, and that’s the most natural kind of fear there is, but I’m always glad to help.   Your Read More…

Ray M. Renchen

Ray M. Renchen, 88, of Sheffield Lake, and formerly of Elyria, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2013, following a brief illness. He was born August 20, 1924, in Lewis County, Kentucky. Ray retired from Casper Foundry in Elyria. He loved to watch wrestling and take care of his dogs. Mr. Renchen is survived by his Read More…

Donna L. Daly

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Donna L. Daly (nee Shaffer), 65, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, Tuesday, February 26, 2013, after a recent illness. She was the beloved wife of John R. Daly; dear mother of Sheryl Keane (Paul) and Rebecca Vento; loving grandmother of Ryan Corrington, Logan Corrington, Isabella Vento, Mitchell Keane, Turner Keane, and Gavin Keane; sister Read More…

Laura Bainbridge

Laura Bainbridge, 85, of North Ridgeville, recently residing in Sun Lakes, Arizona, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2013. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, March 1, 2013 at 11 A.M., in Chandler, Arizona. www.valleyofthesunfuneralhome.com