December 19, 2014

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Midview grad leads group to help improve reading skills of Akron youth

Baldwin Wallace University students teach Akron 8- and 9-year-olds in the SMART program at Schumacher Elementary School in Akron.

The air mattresses are plunked down haphazardly in makeshift rows. Solid blue. Freshly inflated. They won’t get much use for a few more hours, even though the student-teachers who blew them up long to rest their heads. The teachers are tired, but they press on. There are too many lesson plans to pore over this Read More…

Hanukkah celebration in full swing

LORAIN — Stephanie Gould just smiled as her grandchildren described what they love most about Hanukkah. Sacha Burgess, 7, said her favorite part is playing dreidel, a centuries-old game played by spinning a four-sided top, while her 5-year-old brother, Wolfgang, can’t wait to get his hands on all those chocolate coins, or gelt, that children Read More…

Not-Forgotten Box donations far exceed goal

The two were neck-and-neck when it came to votes and spending, but it was actually the candidate who spent the least who would become the next Avon Lake mayor. Mayor-elect Greg Zilka spent about $2,100 less than incumbent Karl “K.C.” Zuber in his successful bid to unseat the one-term executive. According to unofficial election results, Read More…

Avon Lake mayoral race was county’s costliest

The two were neck-and-neck when it came to votes and spending, but it was actually the candidate who spent the least who would become the next Avon Lake mayor. Mayor-elect Greg Zilka spent about $2,100 less than incumbent Karl “K.C.” Zuber in his successful bid to unseat the one-term executive. According to unofficial election results, Read More…

Neighbor saves man from fire in Carlisle Twp.

CARLISLE TWP. — A Miller Court house that was nearly destroyed by fire Friday night may have turned fatal were it not for the help of a neighbor coming home from work. Richard Nakoff was headed home when he spotted smoke billowing from the roof of the house two down from his. He said he Read More…

Neighborhood Alliance gives turkeys to families in need

John Oliverio gives a turkey to Anna Mercado at the Neighborhood Alliance Child Enrichment Center in Lorain on Monday. At right, holding pies, is Connie Osborn. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

LORAIN — Linda Henriquez never could find the right words when it came to telling her kids there wasn’t going to be a Thanksgiving dinner. “I would tell them, ‘Just don’t worry about it. Everything will be all right.’ Then it might be a week and a half later that we’d have one,” said the Read More…

1,500 left in the cold in Elyria

Columbia Gas workers restoring service after natural gas supply cut off by malfunction Read More…

Verdict near in Lorain man’s murder trial

Patrick Griffin, left, and his attorney, Kenneth Lieux.

ELYRIA — A verdict in the aggravated murder trial of Patrick Griffin could be reached today. Closing arguments from the prosecution and defense ended about noon Tuesday, but jurors told Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski they needed more time when the he spoke to them about 4:30 p.m. Griffin is accused of shooting Alberto “Cookie” Read More…

Volunteers pack hundreds of care packages to send to troops

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ELYRIA — Hands were moving quickly on a makeshift assembly line off South Abbe Road. Deodorants and eye drops were being grabbed, two at a time, and stuffed into boxes. Next came canned tuna, candy, applesauce. The boxes kept moving. The night was still young. “This is the most we’ve ever had,” said Dawn Woodings, Read More…

Man charged in toddler’s death

ELYRIA — An arrest has been made in connection with the death of 2-year-old Aaviana Payne, who succumbed to traumatic injuries to her head last month. Luis Lopez, the boyfriend of Aaviana’s mother, Margot Young, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and child endangering Friday, according to police. Lopez, 25, is being held in Lorain County Read More…