September 19, 2014

Elyria
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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…

Historical society nears start of second phase of Carnegie Center renovation

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LORAIN — The Carnegie Center celebrates Lorain’s past, but organizers say it’s also about the city’s future. Among the exhibits at the former Carnegie Library will be a display board with key words about the future of the city such as collaboration, ethnic culture, schools and waterfront. The idea is to inspire ideas to improve Read More…

Replicas of ships Nina, Pinta anchor in Lorain

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LORAIN — The wind wouldn’t cooperate, so replicas of the Nina and the Pinta docked under diesel power at Black River Landing on Thursday. The ships dropped sail briefly as they passed the Lorain Lighthouse before the wind died. “It’s just so predictable when we try to sail into a harbor,” Pinta captain Morgan Sanger Read More…

South Lorain holds Night Out Against Crime

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LORAIN — Building a sense of community and improving relationships between residents and police were the goals of Tuesday’s National Night Out. About 37.8 million people in more than 16,000 communities in Canada and the U.S. participate annually, according to the National Association of Town Watch, the nonprofit group that began organizing the event in Read More…

New Lorain Schools contract eliminates some ‘bumping rights’

LORAIN — A new school administrators’ contract eliminating some seniority protections known as “bumping rights” was approved Monday by the Board of Education. Last month, the state-appointed Lorain Academic Distress Commission passed a resolution eliminating bumping rights to ensure “high-quality staff in the most effective positions.” The commission took academic control last year due to Read More…

Water officials across Lorain test for algal bloom

Algal bloom contamination that led to a ban on tap water use in Toledo beginning Saturday has not been found in Lorain County water supplies, local officials said Sunday. Water plants in Avon Lake, Lorain and Vermilion serve most of the county. Elyria’s water plant is in Lorain. Elyria’s plant, which processes an average of Read More…

Federal program boosts youths’ job skills

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LORAIN — When they found an overturned trash can at Streator Park in Lorain on Thursday, Christopher DeJesus and Cole McCall were quick to clean up the mess. The teenagers are part of a federally-funded summer jobs program that supporters say is helping young people develop work skills and supplement understaffed city departments. Five youths Read More…