September 30, 2014

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Junior board talks about what it takes to put on the fair

Anna Gibbons and Andy Gest — vice-president and president, respectively, of the Junior Fair Board — build a stage in the Junior Fair Barn at Lorain County Fairground on Aug. 15. (CT photo by Steve Manheim.)

The Junior Fair Board plays a large role in the planning of the Lorain County Fair. The members do a variety of things ranging from helping with fair set-up to caring for animals. The board has more than 10 barns at the fairgrounds that host 4-H animals and different projects. Currently, there are at least Read More…

Woman creates Facebook page to help her mother find a kidney

“What I would like people to remember is that in this country 100,000 people are waiting for just a kidney, but only about 11,000 are donated every year. The need is great,” Priscilla Bidlake said. (CT photo by Chuck Humel.)

Priscilla Bidlake had no intention of joining the world of Facebook. And she certainly had never heard of a “fan page.” Then fate — and failing kidneys — stepped in. Unable to ignore the opportunities that social media provides, Priscilla jumped on the Facebook bandwagon in hopes of harnessing the social media juggernaut to locate Read More…

Black Lab Breeze down to two legs, but not out

Breeze, a black Labrador retriever who was born without two front legs, jumps on her hind legs Tuesday at St. Francis Animal Sanctuary in Vermilion. (CT photo by Steve Manheim.)

Breeze is just like any other black Labrador, she’s energetic, and enjoys playing with people and other dogs. The one thing that sets her apart is that she was born without her two front legs. In place of her legs, Breeze has two paws on the front of her chest. Click here to view more Read More…

Elyria man with concealed-carry permit shot dog that charged him, police say

Elyria police at Kaiser Court and Lake Avenue investigate an incident Thursday where an man shot a charging dog. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

ELYRIA — An Elyria man with a concealed carry permit shot a dog that charged him as he crossed Lake Avenue on Thursday shortly after noon. The man said a bull mastiff was one of two dogs that raced toward him about 12:10 p.m. as he walked toward his home on Kaiser Court. He was Read More…

Speed interview workshop puts interns to the test

ELYRIA — More than 10 years ago, Bill Elliott was a participant of Lorain County Leadership’s internship program. Now he has returned to mentor new interns in the program’s “speed interviewing” workshop. “I think it is extremely important for students to know how to behave in an interview,” Elliott said. “I am currently the career Read More…

Bed bugs infest Riverview Plaza in Elyria

Betsy Vazur, a tenant at Riverview Plaza on East Avenue in Elyria, shows where bed bugs hide in her sofa in her apartment Friday. (CT photo by Steve Manheim)

ELYRIA — Betsy Vazur will never forget the first time she saw a bed bug. The small, disgusting creature was sitting on her shoulder. “I was wearing a white shirt at the time,” Vazur said. “I looked down and realized there was a bed bug on me, I immediately started screaming.” Vazur had only been Read More…

Avon High principal leaves to take post in Parma

Avon High School will have a new principal next year. Chad Coffman, who led the high school for the past decade, tendered his resignation Wednesday. He has accepted a post with the Parma Schools, where he’ll serve as the principal of Parma High School. Coffman “served the school faithfully for many years,” Superintendent Jim Reitenbach Read More…

Avon High principal leaves

ELYRIA – Avon High School will have a new principal next year. Chad Coffman, who lead the high school for the past decade, tendered his resignation July 6. He has accepted a post with the Parma school district, where he’ll serve as the principal of Parma High School. Coffman “served the school faithfully for many Read More…

Lorain officials show off cleanup of Black River

Lorain Mayor Tony Krasienko likes to refer to the Black River as a jewel that has not yet been given its final polish. But he’s working on it. The city hosted an event Friday to showcase the extensive work that has been done in the past few months to restore the Black River to its Read More…

Boy turns hardship into his own book

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Garrett Mitchell appears to be like any other 11-year-old boy. He’s a wrestler and a football player. Video games are his life. There is one thing, however, that sets him apart from other boys his age. Mitchell is a published author. Garrett, of Elyria, was born with a cleft lip and has undergone at least Read More…