January 26, 2015

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New Elyria High program helps those struggling academically

ELYRIA — New Directions Academy, a new option targeting a small group of the more than 2,100 students who attend Elyria High School, is an alternative program school officials have built around the philosophy that failure is not an option. The program offers a choice other than traditional school to struggling students to help them Read More…

Hooded sweatshirt ban lifted for Elyria High students

ELYRIA — It seems that teenagers always have had a love affair, bordering on obsession, with hooded sweatshirts. But the students at Elyria High School can tell you that the four years without hoodies has been hard since the clothing item’s ban. Many would try to wear them and find the wrath of teachers and Read More…

Collaborative effort focuses on community health in North Ridgeville, LaGrange area

Jennifer Bracken, Lorain County Metro Parks assistant director, speaks at the Keystone and North Ridgeville Heart and Soul Challenge unveiling Thursday at Lorain County Community College. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The United Way of Greater Lorain County has trained its sights on two communities with a new collaborative partnership aimed at tackling chronic illnesses in simple ways — by increasing residents’ access to physical activity and healthy food options. Keystone Empowers You (KEY) and the North Ridgeville Heart and Sole Challenge bring together Read More…

LCCC raises its tuition once again

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ELYRIA — A 3.24 percent tuition increase is coming for Lorain County Community College students. For the sixth time in seven years, LCCC will raise tuition beginning with the summer semester. The increase of $3.84 per credit hour will amount to students paying $99.84 more over the course of the academic year. With a blanket Read More…

Elyria Schools narrow superintendent search to field of 7

Elyria High School Principal Tom Jama and the district’s Director of Academic Services Ann Schloss are on a list of seven candidates the Elyria school board will interview for the position of superintendent. Superintendent Paul Rigda will retire in July and board members are on the hunt for his successor. After a lengthy executive session Read More…

Elyria Council members reticent to moral claim

ELYRIA — An Elyria couple who spent $5,200 on an elaborate water filtration system to help remedy what they say was cloudy, undrinkable water may not receive compensation from the city. The City Council Finance Committee recommended Jan. 12 a $500 payment to Carol Kiesel and her husband after the Elywood Drive residents filed a Read More…

Elyria rental property registry takes effect

ELYRIA — It’s not the program some wanted with city inspectors checking out the interior and exterior of every rental property in the city, but the start of 2015 also started the city’s new rental registration program. Approved by City Council in 2014, the program calls on property owners to tell city officials who they Read More…

Former Republican Party chair pulls petitions for possible rematch with Elyria mayor

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ELYRIA — Ray Noble, well known as the former chairman of the Elyria Republican Party who unsuccessfully ran for mayor against Holly Brinda, has pulled petitions to once again run for mayor — this time as a Democrat. Noble, a longtime facilitator of Men to Men, a prostate cancer support group, and a 22-year prostate Read More…

Elyria firefighters give, receive new contract

ELYRIA — The new contract agreement between the city and the local firefighters union, which kept layoffs from affecting the Fire Department in the face of sweeping city budget cuts, calls for firefighters to both lose a portion of their compensation and receive a 2 percent base raise. This year, firefighters are giving up the cash-out Read More…

Elyria Schools students living the message of Martin Luther King Jr.

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ELYRIA — Toward the end of the 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in Elyria, the sound system at Elyria High School began playing “Glory,” the Oscar-nominated song by rapper Common and R&B singer John Legend for the Oscar-nominated movie “Selma.” It was the song of choice to close out the third Read More…