August 23, 2014

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New education standards applied in coming school year

Education in Ohio is experiencing rapid changes that will be fleshed out over the next three to five years. From school safety to new graduation requirements, a lot will need to be known by parents. Here is a brief overview of some of those changes from the Ohio Department of Education for the 2014-15 school Read More…

Resale store to open in honor of 8-year-old who was shot in 2009

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ELYRIA — Rhonda Washington has no doubts that if her granddaughter was alive today, the young girl would be the first to walk into a resale store and hunt for a new outfit to show off her style. NaJia Boone died when she was just 8 years old. But Washington said she will never forget Read More…

Harsh weather claims rose bushes along Route 57

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ELYRIA — Five years ago, a seasoned landscape professional predicted the rose bushes and perennials planted along state Route 57 would not survive long with the hot, blazing summers and cold, brutal winters of this region. This week, that prediction became reality as city crews cut away many of the plants, which cost upwards of Read More…

Franklin Elementary teachers preparing for start of 5-year program

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ELYRIA — Franklin Elementary is a school in transition. Backed by a $1.25 million grant from the Stocker Foundation — the largest single gift the Elyria-based nonprofit has bestowed on one project — the Elyria elementary school has 15 days to reassemble the parts and pieces and be ready Aug. 25 to open its doors Read More…

Elyria High band hopes ice cream fundraiser is ticket to Florida performance

ELYRIA — The Elyria High School Pioneering Marching Band is Florida bound. The 110-member band has been accepted to perform during the Edison Festival of Light grand parade in Fort Myers and in the afternoon parade at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. But before the drummers, flutists and trumpet players can travel to Read More…

Elyria school district earmarks $75,000 for upsized scoreboard

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ELYRIA — That brand-new, state-of-the-art digital wireless scoreboard Elyria Schools thought it was receiving free of charge from the “Live with Kelly and Michael” show is not going to be free at all. The nationally syndicated show, which named the district’s own Stacie Starr as the winner of the 2014 National Top Teacher Search, gifted Read More…

County health facilities, agencies set five-year plan

ELYRIA — A five-year plan to help more Lorain County residents find primary health care doctors, lose weight, exercise more, stop smoking and seek needed mental health services is in the works in a collaboration including nine of the county’s largest health care providers and agencies. The organizations have come up with targeted objectives to Read More…

Former Shopway to reopen

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ELYRIA — The Lake Avenue building that housed a business that was shuttered by police after they say the operators were selling synthetic marijuana and running a food-stamp fraud operation will soon reopen under a new name and new management. The owner of the Shopway building at Lake Avenue and Furnace Street has signed a Read More…

Fairview Schools reaches $150,000 settlement with former Oberlin superintendent

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The Fairview Park school board has agreed to a $150,000 settlement to resolve pending litigation between the district and a former Oberlin Schools superintendent. Geoff Andrews, who worked in Oberlin from March 2006 to July 2011, signed an employment contract earlier this year to lead the western Cuyahoga County school district. However, before Andrews, who Read More…

Elyria officials plan campaign to seek support for income tax increase

ELYRIA — The countdown to the November general election is on, and city officials have 90 days to convince Elyria residents that their newest plan to raise taxes is the right way to go. Mayor Holly Brinda said she anticipates needing a lot of community volunteers and at least $40,000 in donations before Election Day Read More…