May 22, 2015


Invacare sells properties in leaseback deal

This Invacare building on Taylor Street was among those sold. CHRONICLE FILE

Invacare has sold its Elyria and North Ridgeville buildings and one in Sanford, Fla., for $23 million in a leaseback deal that company officials say will allow them to pay debt. “The transaction will not affect our day-to-day operations,” Matthew Monaghan, Invacare CEO and president, said in a Thursday news release. “It does allow us Read More…

Memories from the Vietnam War


Andy Drwal, 68 of Lorain Enlisted in U.S. Navy serving from 1965-69 including 1967-68 in Vietnam. Drwal was a Lorain firefighter from 1970 to 2001, but the worst fire he ever encountered was on July, 29, 1967, while serving aboard the U.S.S. Forrestal, an aircraft carrier in the Gulf of Tonkin being used to launch bombing Read More…

40 years later, veterans, families recall sacrifices of Vietnam War

The Lorain County Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Amherst. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Linda Tenney was eight months pregnant on June, 21, 1969, when her mother phoned her, hysterical. Tenney’s brother, Robert Witty Jr., a Marine serving in the Vietnam War, had been killed by grenade fragments while on patrol. Witty, of South Amherst, was about a month shy of his 19th birthday. While Witty had been wounded Read More…

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No injuries, woman cited after car crashed into convenience store

A car drove into the front of the Convenient Food Mart on West Ridge Road on Sunday. EVAN GOODENOW/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — No one was injured when a driver crashed into the entrance of the Convenient Food Mart, 8703 West Ridge Road, about 5 p.m. Sunday. Witness Charles Holland said he was across the street in the Marco’s Pizza parking lot, 8653 West Ridge Road, when he saw driver Beth Gnandt make a left turn Read More…

Field forms to replace Tucker as Lorain school superintendent


LORAIN — The first two candidates applying to succeed retiring Superintendent Tom Tucker are former Alliance and Brookfield Superintendent Stephen Stohla and Bruce Thomas, superintendent of the Albert Einstein Academy, a Westlake charter school. Tucker was chosen over Stohla in 2012. Stohla, who grew up in Lorain and was a 1966 Admiral King High School Read More…

UPDATED: Lorain man wounded in home invasion shooting

LORAIN — William Fiske said he was asleep in his home on Grant Street about 3 a.m. Wednesday when he was awakened by the sound of his back door being broken in. Fiske, who was in his bedroom, said he then heard Jimmie James, his brother-in-law, fighting in the kitchen with the man who had Read More…

Clearview Schools: Renewal

Issue 10 What it is: a 1-mill renewal levy Duration: Continuous How much it will raise: $75,000 annually Cost to homeowner/taxpayer: The owner of a home valued at $100,000 pays $30.62 annually. SHEFFIELD TWP. — Passage of a 1-mill renewal levy for Clearview Schools in the May 5 primary is likely, according to Superintendent Jerome Read More…

Lorain Council 3rd Ward


Pamela Carter Age: 45 Party: Democratic Education: Admiral King High School, 1988; Bryant & Stratton Business College, 1990; Leadership Lorain County, 2014 Family: Married James Carter in 1991; sons James III, 22; Houston, 19; and Javon, 13 Campaign website/social media: Max Schaefer Age: 24 Party: Democratic Education: Southview High School, 2009; Baldwin-Wallace College, bachelor Read More…

Criteria set for new Lorain leaders


LORAIN — Wanted: Good communicator who can improve academics, increase enrollment and get levies passed in an impoverished school district in academic emergency. That’s the job description for the successor to Superintendent Tom Tucker, who retires in June. Board of Education members at their Monday meeting discussed qualifications with Gregory Ring, Educational Service Center of Read More…

Lorain Council President


Joel Arredondo Age: 67 Party: Democratic Education: Admiral King High School, 1965; Kent State University, bachelor degrees in business administration, history and Spanish, 1972 Family: Married Joyce Ferlic Arredondo in 1982; son Joel Andy Arredondo, 28; daughter, Mia Arredondo, 27 Job history: Burger Chef restaurant manger, 1972-77; city of Lorain loan officer, 1978-80; family restaurant Read More…