September 21, 2014

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Back to the basics: Kids play at recess in Sheffield

SHEFFIELD — Parents may have been on to something back in the Atari and Nintendo days when they preached that video games would be the downfall of students everywhere. Kristin Blakeslee, a teacher and recess monitor at Tennyson Elementary School, says many children no longer play the classic recess games those in older generations enjoyed. Read More…

Suit claims bullying over Clearview Schools class presidency vote

ELYRIA — A father has filed a lawsuit against officials at Clearview Schools that alleges his daughter was bullied by staff and lost a bid for sophomore class president as a result. Lorain resident Charles Brown filed the suit Friday against Clearview High School principal Jessica Tafe, English teacher Lurlene West, guidance counselor Jean Branzel Read More…

Lorain woman charged with Internet sex crime

LORAIN — A woman was indicted by a grand jury after authorities accused her of sending inappropriate photos of her son to an individual in Colorado. Valerie Sims, 32, of Lorain, was indicted Friday on a second-degree felony charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said Sims Read More…

Avon Eagles kick off pledge drive

Avon kicker Eric Sumislawski practices Thursday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON — The varsity football team wants to help kick pediatric cancer to the curb. The Eagles are pairing up with Kick-It, a nonprofit that raises money for pediatric cancer research. The Kick-It website states the organization was founded in 2009 by 10-year-old cancer patient Quinn Clarke, of Chagrin Falls, who battled cancer twice after Read More…

Dump truck overturns on Columbia Station property

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COLUMBIA STATION – A dump truck driver was taken to the hospital after his truck overturned. Jason Webb, of Berea-based Fabrizi Trucking and Paving, was dumping dirt at 26697 Sprague Road for property owners Mark and Tiffany Goebel at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday when the accident occurred. Tiffany Goebel was outside when she heard a Read More…

UPDATED: Crews rescue man trapped in trench

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ELYRIA – A construction worker was rescued Tuesday morning after a 12-foot trench he was working in collapsed, leaving him buried in heavy dirt up to his waist. Elyria resident Scott Atkinson, 34, an employee of Avon Lake-based Concrete and More Waterproofing, was working on a sewer line in a yard at 581 Georgetown Ave. Read More…

Avon eyes increased hotel tax for its own visitors’ bureau

AVON — Travelers staying in motels within city limits soon may see a larger tax on their bills. The city’s 3 percent excise tax, or bed tax, in existence since 1999, generates revenue for Avon’s general fund. According to Finance Director Bill Logan, the city collected $64,901 in 2013, and in 2014 they have collected Read More…

Avon sunflower garden achieves its purpose

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AVON — The 250,000 sunflowers planted along Interstate 90 to raise awareness of a form of children’s brain cancer achieved their purpose. The flowers, planted by members of the Prayers from Maria Children’s Glioma Cancer Research Foundation and Avon farmer John Betzel, have become a source of inspiration for people who have flocked to see Read More…

Amherst girl, 4, dies week after pool accident

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AMHERST — A 4-year-old girl died a week after falling into her family’s backyard pool. Addison Kuhlman died Monday morning, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, which has not released specific details pertaining to her death. The Amherst Fire Department responded to 522 Seaton Court about noon Aug. 31 after receiving a report Read More…

Avon Council backs event venue in noise dispute

AVON — Festive celebrations will continue near one man’s backyard, whether he likes it or not. City Council approved an ordinance Monday night allowing The Clifton, 36840 Detroit Road, to officially operate as a banquet facility despite the protests of residential neighbor John Bertrand. Bertrand, who lives behind the facility on Candlewood Drive, has called Read More…