September 17, 2014

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Lorain County Fair: Attendance down compared with 2013, still a ‘success’

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WELLINGTON — Lorain County Fair attendance was down about 3 percent from last year, but fair President Kim Meyers said Sunday that the event was a success. While the only rain during the weeklong fair, which ended Sunday, was Tuesday, Meyers said the threat of rain on other days may have kept some people away. Read More…

Lorain County Fair concludes with smashes, bangs

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WELLINGTON — Road rage was legal and encouraged and being “bashful” took on new meaning at Sunday’s 69th annual demolition derby at the Lorain County Fair. “Where else can you get in about 15 car accidents in a minute?” asked demolition driver Jack Edwards. Edwards, of North Ridgeville, was one of dozens of drivers getting Read More…

Habitat for Humanity dedicates first new home in 4 years

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ELYRIA — On a rainy day in April, Lorain County Habitat for Humanity employees and volunteers broke ground in a muddy lot at 311 Franklin Ave. On Tuesday, their sweat and labor paid off with the dedication of a new home for a single mother and her two young children. “This was raised with love Read More…

Lorain County Fair opens today

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WELLINGTON — An annual tradition resumes today with the official beginning of the 169th Lorain County Fair. Setup, which began about two weeks ago, was completed around midnight Sunday, according to Kim Meyers, fair president. Setup includes erecting about 80 tents over two days on the approximately 150-acre fairgrounds. Tent size ranges from 10 by Read More…

Former Lorain councilman Fred Ritenauer dies at 58

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LORAIN — Fred J. Ritenauer, a former city councilman, son of former councilman and County Commissioner Fred M. Ritenauer and uncle of Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer, died Tuesday. The 58-year-old Ritenauer died of a heart attack, Mayor Ritenauer said. Ritenauer, a husband and father of two, was president of Rite-Nau Inc., the family’s beverage store Read More…

UPDATED: Lorain self-service car wash catches fire

Lorain Firefighters fight a fire at the J&E Superwash on Elyria Avenue in Lorain Thursday afternoon. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — An electrical malfunction is believed to have caused a fire that severely damaged a self-service car wash about 4:05 p.m. Thursday. The malfunction involved a blown light or voltage spike in the first bay of the six-bay J&E Superwash at 3507 Elyria Ave., said Assistant Fire Chief Roy Cochran. No one was hurt Read More…

Family escapes Avon house fire Wednesday night

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AVON — Five residents narrowly escaped a fire in their home at 3659 Center Road about 10:25 p.m. Wednesday. Resident Sheila Bodnar said she and her daughter, Amber Bodnar, were outside by a small campfire set in the backyard 20 to 30 yards from the home. Bodnar said her daughter, saying she’d return quickly, went Read More…

UPDATED: Vehicle loses tire, causes crash on Interstate 90

Emergency personnel assist an injured person Wednesday after a wreck that involved three vehicles on Interstate 90 near the Ohio Turnpike. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA TWP. — A head-on crash was narrowly averted on Interstate 90 about 4:25 p.m. Wednesday. An eastbound Jeep driven by Tiffany Lewis, of Sandusky, lost a tire and crossed the median into the westbound lanes near the Ohio Turnpike split, said Sgt. Tim Hoffman, Ohio Highway Patrol Elyria post assistant commander. The Jeep bumped Read More…

Clearview Schools students to get free breakfast, lunch

SHEFFIELD TWP. — All Clearview Schools students will receive free breakfasts and lunches when classes resume next week. Board of Education members approved the expansion at their Monday meeting. The change is due to Clearview being classified a “low income” school district, according to Darlene Baker, food service supervisor. About 71 percent of students received Read More…

UPDATED: Metro Parks Ranger injured in Monday crash

CARLISLE TWP. — Lorain County Metro Parks Ranger Sander Sanchez sustained minor injuries about 4:05 p.m. Monday when deputies said a car pulled out in front of him at the intersection of Oberlin-Elyria and Russia roads. “It was just a failure-to-yield incident,” said Deputy Dan Strohsack of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, who investigated the crash. Read More…