April 21, 2014

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Water board member ousted

In a secret vote, the Rural Lorain County Water Authority board voted 17 to 9 Wednesday night to remove Pittsfield Township representative Mark McConnell after four other board members brought charges that McConnell had tried to get some members removed from the board. McConnell, who remains a Pittsfield Township trustee, said afterwards he was proud Read More…

Farmers confident frost danger is done

Peach trees seen Tuesday at Spiegelberg Orchards in Lorain have blossomed and sprouted their leaves. (CT photo by Steve Manheim.)

Get ready for the big warm-up. Temperatures that dropped as low as 33 degrees this week should bounce back to the 70s and 80s the next couple days, according to the National Weather Service. “Warm air is just on our doorstep,” meteorologist Martin Thompson said Tuesday. Monday’s low of 33 was 3 degrees short of Read More…

Wellington couple bypassed by underpass

WELLINGTON — Dawn and Mike Ridenour think their house looks like it survived some terrible force of nature. Monday, bulldozers took down surrounding homes, garages, swimming pools and trees to make way for a $21.3 million railroad underpass on state Route 58. “It literally looks like a tornado hit my neighborhood,” Dawn Ridenour said. If Read More…

Young DJ spinning beats to defeat bullies

Alex Angelo, aka DJ Beatboy, performs for sixth-graders Thursday during an anti-bullying program at Keystone Middle School. (CT photo by Steve Manheim.)

LAGRANGE — Kids can bully for all kind of reasons — even jealousy. Just ask 12-year-old Alex Angelo “DJ Beatboy” Gutierrez, who has opened for the likes of Justin Bieber, Austin Mahone and Sean Kingston. The sixth-grader from Brecksville Middle School sings, dances and spins the tunes. But he still gets teased by classmates who Read More…

Anti-bullying project turns JVS students into teachers

One group of Lorain County Joint Vocational School students started the school year with a unique project that took them out of their comfort zone. The first project in the “Computers as a Writing Tool” elective class let the students become the teachers. Each of the students researched the topic of bullying, prepared a Power Read More…

Midview Schools: Termination of athletics would pave way for transfers

EATON TWP. — The Midview school district’s planned elimination of sports in the 2013-14 school year if a levy does not pass will allow students to transfer to other districts without losing a year of eligibility, school officials said. School Board President David Zunis said he has not heard of anyone stepping forward to try Read More…

Midview’s ‘devastating’ cuts revealed

EATON TWP. — Midview Schools plans a series of massive cutbacks including elimination of sports and extracurricular activities, as well as a shortened school day, if a levy doesn’t pass. The cuts were explained to a stunned staff after school Monday, Superintendent John Kuhn said. Kuhn said he worked hand in hand with the school Read More…

Slashing Midview JROTC could mean total loss of storied program

Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Hampton, left, author of “Viper Pilot,” and Col. Scott E. Manning, a 1982 Midview High School graduate, pose for a picture April 7, 2003, after they destroy Saddam Hussein’s escape helicopters in Baghdad.

F-16 pilot Col. Scott Manning, a 1982 graduate of Midview High, strapped himself into a jet nine years ago to play his part in toppling Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and other medals for feats such as helping to destroy Saddam Hussein’s escape helicopters. The attack on Khan Read More…

Readers’ generosity provides 12,055 toys, surpassing goal by more than 4,000

ELYRIA — The cup runneth over for the Not-Forgotten Box, which has made Christmas dreams come true for children for 54 years. Again and again Friday, the lobby of The Chronicle-Telegram filled up with toys and gifts. And again and again, The Chronicle’s maintenance man, Kevin Hill, pulled a van and box truck around and Read More…

Man pleads guilty in death of nurse

ELYRIA — An Amherst man faces two to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty in the death of a Lorain nurse who was killed in March when the man’s SUV went left of center and hit her car on Colorado Avenue in Sheffield. Royce Kowalczyk, 27, was convicted of charges including aggravated vehicular homicide, Read More…