October 22, 2014

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Elyria library book sale offers pages from past

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ELYRIA — A little history is being mixed with the literature at this year’s 11th annual Elyria Public Library book sale. The sale will include more than 60,000 items — books, magazines, DVDs and CDs — for sale this year. As always, nothing will cost more than $1. “It’s the Friends of Elyria Library’s choice Read More…

Elyria mayor unveils growth plan for city

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ELYRIA — Elyria has to create a more business-friendly climate, better promote the city, nurture entrepreneurship and workforce training, all while working to retain, expand and attract business if it wants to create jobs and grow the tax base. In a nutshell, that’s Mayor Holly Brinda’s economic development plan. “It’s ambitious, but we want to Read More…

Some say Elyria tax issue literature oversteps bounds

ELYRIA — Efforts to push passage of Issue 14 through mailers and fliers targeted to Elyria homes and churches have angered some who wonder if the Elyrians First Committee is pushing the line to rally support. In recent days, the committee has sent letters explaining the importance of the issue to local churches. Pastor Robert Read More…

‘Joe Joe’ and a crew of volunteers prep Elyria Catholic football field

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ELYRIA — He stood by the sidelines with a smile on his face. Decked out in his hunter green T-shirt, Joe Guyeska was a man at home on the grass field beneath his feet. But Guyeska, who everyone calls “Joe Joe,” is not an Elyria Catholic High School student or teacher. But try to tell Read More…

Parents share story of son’s death in drunken driving crash

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It was the kind of video montage that doting parents would put together to celebrate an 18-year-old’s graduation from high school and his ascension into adulthood. There were candid shots of a young Brian Hoeflinger hanging with friends, joking with siblings and perfecting his golf swing, all set to music and flicking past at a Read More…

New website compares public schools with charter schools

Two organizations that are staunch opponents of charter schools have teamed up to roll out a website, knowyourcharter.com, that offers side-by-side comparisons between traditional public school districts and the charter schools that draw students from them. Innovation Ohio and the Ohio Education Association, the state’s largest teachers’ union, are adamant the website, which went live Read More…

Elyria council committee tables senior housing plan

ELYRIA — A City Council committee on Monday tabled discussion about a plan to develop a senior citizens’ housing complex on the city’s southwest side. New Sunrise Properties, which built New Riverbend Homes in the West River Road South neighborhood, wants to build 67 two-bedroom, cottage-style houses for residents 55 and older on property it Read More…

Career fair at school gets wheels turning for Franklin students

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ELYRIA — Some days, school students get to put the pencils and books aside — or electronic tablets, nowadays — and get to play hide-and-seek between the massive wheels of a John Deere tractor. It was that kind of day Friday at Franklin Elementary School when students were treated to a Careers on Wheels fair Read More…

Former councilman leads opposition to Elyria tax issue

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ELYRIA — A former City Councilman has launched an opposition campaign against the city’s upcoming tax issue calling for Elyrians to vote no on Issue 14. It flies in the face of the issue’s supporters who say the 0.25 percent temporary income tax earmarked for the Police and Fire departments is about keeping Elyria safe. Read More…

One charter school gets above a D grade in ratings

The community schools in Lorain County, which largely serve students in the Lorain or Elyria school districts, fared similarly to their public school counterparts in terms of academic achievement, according to report cards for each school compiled by the Ohio Department of Education. There are 11 community schools, also called charter schools under Ohio law, Read More…