September 24, 2014

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Potential for bat habitat dictates tree removal at North Ridgeville stadium site

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Architects for the school district’s new $58 million middle school and stadium had to make sure no bats live on the land where the school will be built. ThenDesign Architecture, the lead architects on the project, hired Cardon ATC to perform a wetland delineation and endangered species assessment because an endangered species Read More…

Avon Lake reorganizing firefighters

AVON LAKE — The city is one step closer to implementing a structural reorganization of the fire department. City Council heard first readings Monday night of several ordinances that would create the positions of captain and assistant fire chief. According to Fire Chief Chris Huerner, the department has eight lieutenants and 19 firefighters, but no Read More…

Sheffield elementary schools to implement structured recess program

Anthony Robinson, a second-grader at Tennyson Elementary in Sheffield Lake, plays kickball during recess Wednesday.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

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…

Avon boy donates thousands of boxes of mac and cheese to Second Harvest

Liam McCarthy, of Avon, has collected more than 2,014 boxes of macaroni and cheese for Second Harvest Food Bank.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON — This is a cheesy story with the best of intentions. Liam McCarthy, 11, has surpassed his goal of collecting 2,014 boxes of macaroni and cheese for the Second Harvest Food Bank, garnering 2,054 boxes so far. Liam, a student at Avon Heritage North, has collected donations for the food bank for the past 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…