November 27, 2014

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Elyria firefighter facing theft charges resigns

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ELYRIA — The Elyria firefighter accused of stealing Fire Department cleaning supplies has resigned from his job, according to Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka. Jeffrey Castle, 53, of Elyria tendered his resignation at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, roughly three hours before city officials were to hold a pre-disciplinary hearing to determine Castle’s employment status with the Read More…

Hanini Subs, T Bonds provide free turkeys to dozens

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ELYRIA — Two local businesses paid for more than 100 turkeys so Elyria-area residents could enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. A steady stream of customers visited the Hanini Subs and Corned Beef Deli, 346 Broad St. in Elyria, on Tuesday afternoon and walked out with a family-size bird. Deli Manager Sean Fussi, 40, of Elyria, said Read More…

Elyria trash rates likely will rise

ELYRIA — Next year, residents could see an increase in the amount of money they pay to have trash picked up at their homes. The city is looking to raise sanitation rates for the next three years, starting in January. If City Council approves, the rate increases will amount to about 3.5 percent for years Read More…

Elyria Schools superintendent deadline pushed back

ELYRIA — The timetable to find a replacement for retiring Elyria Schools Superintendent Paul Rigda has been extended so district officials can focus on reaching an agreement with the teachers union. The Ohio School Boards Association has reposted on its website an advertisement for the position and will take applications until Jan. 16, said Steven Read More…

Elyria firefighter charged with theft in office

Jeffrey Castle

ELYRIA — Six days ago, Fire Chief Rich Benton received a photo that let him know something dirty may have been taking place at the Cedar Street fire station. The image was of department cleaning supplies allegedly being stored in the home of a longtime Elyria firefighter. The photo led to an investigation that culminated Read More…

Elyria High’s Stacie Starr to get VIP treatment from Cavs

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ELYRIA — Lauded Elyria High School teacher Stacie Starr already has won a trip to New York City, appeared on a national television show, was given a brand new car and an eight-day Bahaman vacation, collected accolades nationally and locally and even helped the district score what became a portion of the cost for a Read More…

Groups deliver big for Not-Forgotten Box toy drive

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ELYRIA — Just three days into the annual toy drive, the first large donation has been made to the Not-Forgotten Box. On Wednesday afternoon, Tony Gallo and Kristen Lewandowski of the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce brought more than 180 toys, gifts and a cash donation to The Chronicle-Telegram. The toys were collected from the Read More…

Elyria turns in offer to Bendix

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ELYRIA — Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems was presented with a proposal that, if accepted, would dramatically cut the cost of a proposed expansion project, but only if stay in Elyria. Mayor Holly Brinda, City Council President Mike Lotko, Finance Director Ted Pileski, and a city attorney went to Bendix on Monday with the multimillion-dollar offer, Read More…

Mixon to leave as Invacare chairman

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ELYRIA — When Invacare Corp. founder A. Malachi Mixon III stepped down as chief executive officer in 2010, he retained his position as chairman of the board of the Elyria-based medical devices manufacturer. At year’s end, that tenure also will end. Mixon, 74, announced Friday he would retire as chairman of the board effective Dec. Read More…

Cash-strapped Brook Park looks to LifeCare as potential rescue provider

ELYRIA — LifeCare Ambulance Inc. is being considered as a provider of emergency medical services in Brook Park as city officials mull ways to cut costs, but the idea to privatize the city service has fire union members up in arms. The future of the Brook Park Fire Department has sparked debates in the community, Read More…