February 10, 2016


North Ridgeville schools consider lockdown alternative

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Schools have long used lockdowns as a primary means of protecting children against an armed intruder. And while those measures have worked to save lives during horrific episodes of shootings inside school buildings, some districts have traded in the defensive lockdown for a more proactive and controversial means of protection known as Read More…

$3.2 million spent demolishing ruined homes, Elyria seeking more grant money

A condemned building sots at 1015 Middle Ave.

ELYRIA — The rush to raze dilapidated properties in Lorain County has resulted in the Lorain County Land Bank demolishing 178 properties and exhausting nearly all of the $3.2 million obtained through a state settlement with banks over improper foreclosure lawsuits. Now, as the county agency gears up to fight for more money to fund Read More…

James Michael Matia


James Michael Matia passed away at Life Care Center of Elyria on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at the age of 83. Jim was born in Cleveland, to Margaret and Andrew Matia on July 7, 1930. He graduated from Benedictine High School in 1948. He worked alongside his wife, owning and operating the Grafton Department Store Read More…

Mary L. Rainbow

Mary L. Rainbow, 95, of Oberlin, passed away at New Life Hospice in Lorain on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 after a short illness. Arrangements will be announce by the Cowling Funeral Home Inc. & Cremation Services of Oberlin at a later date.

Lawrence D. Pfrogner


Lawrence D. Pfrogner, 65, of Amherst, passed away Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at his home while under the care of New Life Hospice, following a lengthy illness. He was born October 13, 1947 in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania. Larry was raised in Pennsylvania before moving to Amherst, where he had made his home since 1973. Larry Read More…

Dorothea M. Drechsler


Dorothea M. Drechsler, a homemaker who has lived in Santa Barbara since 1964, died Thursday, August 29, 2013, at Vista del Monte retirement community. She was born July 30, 1919, in Brownhelm Township (Amherst). She graduated from Brownhelm High School and the Oberlin School of Commerce in Oberlin. Dorothea worked in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania, Elyria and Read More…

Phyllis M. Campbell

Phyllis M. Campbell (nee Dague), 86, of Elyria, died Sunday, September 1, 2013. She was born February 12, 1927 in Columbus and was a graduate of Mifflin High School in Columbus. She has been a resident of Elyria since 1947 and for several summers worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Missoula, Montana. Phyllis was Read More…

Vermilion graduate Adam Beach shakes off the rust, helps Crushers down Bums, clinch division title

Crushers Beach

AVON — Looking for a local-boy-makes-good story? Look to the Lake Erie Crushers. Needing just one win in their final two games to wrap up the first East Division championship in the five-year history of the franchise, the Crushers turned to Vermilion’s own Adam Beach. And he delivered. Coupled with some big offense in the Read More…

Poultry in motion: Indians scratch out a win over Orioles thanks to clutch hitting, lucky chicken

Cleveland Indians' Ryan Raburn watches his two-run double off Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Zach Britton in the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — With some help from their lucky chicken, the Cleveland Indians passed some other birds in the wild-card race. Yan Gomes and Ryan Raburn drove in two runs apiece as Cleveland beat Baltimore 6-4 and jumped the Orioles on Wednesday night in the scramble to win one of the AL’s two wild-card spots. The Read More…

High school football: Elyria coach Kevin Fell won’t have to miss EC game; ejection from Amherst game ruled incorrect

Pioneers coach Kevin Fell.

ELYRIA — Kevin Fell will be on the sidelines Friday at Elyria Catholic after all. The Elyria High football coach, who was ejected from last Friday’s opener at Amherst, was informed by the Ohio High School Athletic Association that the officials at the game incorrectly applied the rule that led to his ouster. Elyria Athletic Read More…