December 20, 2014

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Elyria Health Department takes heavy hit in mayor’s reduction plan

ELYRIA — The undisclosed details of a tentative agreement between the city and the local firefighters union apparently is the linchpin in Mayor Holly Brinda’s $1.8 million reduction plan for 2015, a proposal that makes cuts in many areas but keeps the roster of firefighters intact. The plan, which Brinda unveiled after Monday’s City Council Read More…

Not-Forgotten Box toy drive surpasses goal

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ELYRIA — It happens every year around this time. Volunteers arrive at The Chronicle-Telegram ready to fling open the doors and take in the last of the Not-Forgotten Box donations, with one question lingering in the air: Will the goal be reached? Collecting 8,000 toys is no easy task, but for yet another year the Read More…

Pair buys 156 items for Not-Forgotten Box with $100

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ELYRIA — Mike Cooper and Ian Nicoll had a plan long before they walked through the doors of The Chronicle-Telegram with a slew of toys, school supplies and other items for the Not-Forgotten Box. They wanted to buy and give as much as they could with a budget of $100. Cooper, 31, and Nicoll, 25, Read More…

Librarians across county lobby state for restored funding

ELYRIA — Library officials across Lorain County are joining a statewide fight to get back state library funding that legislators cut in 2013. The stewards of the written word are hoping for a storybook ending as they lobby to see the next biennial state budget include the same level of state funding of years ago. Read More…

Neighbors, builders surprise Elyria woman by constructing a ramp for her son’s wheelchair

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ELYRIA — The knock on Wendy White’s door came Tuesday morning, shortly after she saw her children, 10-year-old Alexzander and 8-year-old Arthur off to school. Earlier, she had just wrapped up her daily routine of carrying Arthur, her wheelchair-bound son, to his school bus, lifting the more than 90-pound child in a bear hug-style grasp Read More…

LCCC students’ PSA campaign focuses on heroin addiction

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ELYRIA — A professor’s attempt at bringing real-life problems into classroom discussions, a moment of awakening for students who now know more about the dangers of heroin and the desire to save lives recently culminated in an anti-drug campaign that will be seen by hundreds in Lorain County. In the coming weeks, messages such as Read More…

Help received as boy inspires man to donate to Not Forgotten Box

Teresa Schubert wipes her eyes on her husband Paul Schubert’s shirt after listening to him talk about how the Salvation Army toys program was the provider of his only toys for two years as a child. As an adult Schubert remembers those days and has been bringing toys, food and clothing for the drive every year. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — This is a story about why The Chronicle-Telegram started the Not-Forgotten Box and why it’s still needed in the community. This also is a story about those who keep the annual toy drive going every year. Businesses, organizations and schools prioritize the Not-Forgotten Box this time of year, but many of the annual Read More…

Elyria mayor to present budget plan on Monday

ELYRIA — Mayor Holly Brinda on Monday will unveil her plan to balance the 2015 budget, which employees to cut following a levy defeat in November and the fate of the Fire Department after the expiration of a federal grant. Brinda will present three scenarios on how to deal with the shortfall expected now that Read More…

Basil’s contribution helps tip scales for toy drive

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ELYRIA — On Saturday, when fans of The Ohio State University were watching the beloved Buckeyes trounce the University of Wisconsin Badgers, the two bartenders at Basil’s Grill & Tavern were thinking tips and toys — not touchdowns. Lisa Krugman, 33, and Codi Kinder, 23, pulled an open-to-close shift and worked to raise $1,000 in Read More…

Riverwalk drowning lawsuit settled for $5,000

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ELYRIA — A settlement has been reached in the long-pending wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a 13-year-old boy who drowned in the Black River more than five years ago. Law Director Scott Serazin said Monday the resolution puts to rest the tragic case involving the death of Logan Spradlin that has dragged Read More…