May 27, 2015


Apple Creek


There’s an old, unfortunate, expression you’ll still hear in certain circles when a fellow is having some trouble coping with things one says, “He’s on his way to Apple Creek!” It makes reference of the old state facility for mental health deep in Wayne County. In my own case, this pre-PC expression is entirely apropos, Read More…

Mary Lou Volk


Mary Lou Volk (nee Schmitz), 91, of Elyria, died Saturday, July 20, 2013, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, in Lorain, following a short illness. She was born December 12, 1921 in Lincoln, Nebraska and lived in Elyria for most of her life. She was Deputy Clerk for Lorain County Clerk of Courts Read More…

Mary Beth Conner

Mary Beth Conner, 51, of Avon Lake, passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Busch Funeral Home, 163 Avon-Belden Rd., Avon Lake, (440-933-3202), is handling arrangements.

Bertha N. Townsel


Bertha N. Townsel, 92, of Oberlin, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013. She was born in Byhalia, Mississippi. She was a faithful and active member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, where she served on the Usher Board and helped in many other areas for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ellis Read More…

Kenneth J. Taulbee

Kenneth J. Taulbee, 56, of Lorain, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Mercy Regional Medical Center, following a brief illness. He was born January 23, 1957 to the late Raymond and Betty Ann (Morgan-Leger) Taulbee. He is survived by sons, Kenneth James Taulbee, Jr. and Jacob Matthew Taulbee; a daughter, Christina Taulbee; sisters, Tressa Read More…

Little League softball: Elyria East headed to 11-12 World Series after rolling to regional championship

INDIANAPOLIS — They came, they saw, and, wow, did they conquer. But they didn’t sweat. Not much, anyway. The Elyria East 11- and 12-year-old Little League softball All-Stars picked up two more wins Thursday along with a regional championship and a trip to the Little League World Series in Portland, Ore. Elyria East continued its Read More…

Elyria family displeased about being dumped upon


ELYRIA — When Alabama native and self-proclaimed “country boy” Darrell Childers discovered a pile of trash illegally dumped on his acre of property Wednesday evening, he was more than a little disappointed. The incident happened shortly before Childers arrived home with his wife around 10 p.m. Wednesday. He watched a vehicle pull out of his Read More…

Mother charged with leaving son


ELYRIA — A local mother who recently organized a “Stop the Hate and Violence” rally for Trayvon Martin was arrested Thursday after she told police she blacked out from drugs and alcohol and lost her child. Heather Zimmer, 26, called police at 5:25 a.m. Thursday to report that her 1-year-old child was missing, and said Read More…

State infant mortality rate among worst in nation

It’s the kind of statistic that can’t be explained, even though program after program is aimed at targeting it at the local and state levels. Simply put, babies born in Ohio are at a higher risk of not seeing their first birthday than most other states. State officials, in a recently released report, chart Ohio’s Read More…

Wellington district spends $28,740 on investigation

WELLINGTON — Wellington Schools paid $28,470 to an attorney who investigated complaints against the district that were found to be unsubstantiated. The money was paid to the law firm Squire Sanders, which was hired to investigate numerous complaints made by the district’s former curriculum director, Christopher Kamenski. Kamenski, who resigned June 30, alleged that he Read More…