February 8, 2016

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Fewer burials have Elyria discussing sale of land near cemetery

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ELYRIA — A decline in the number of burials at the city-owned Brookdale Cemetery has city officials thinking about selling some unused land to raise some money for the underfunded department. “We are seeing fewer full burials in the city and more cremations,” said Safety-Service Director Mary Siwierka. “We have more land at Brookdale than we Read More…

Dillard’s buyer gets a bargain

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ELYRIA — A North Ridgeville man purchased the former Dillard’s department store at Midway Mall in an unusual sale that is raising a red flag. The Lorain County Auditor’s Office lists the market value of the building and surrounding 16 acres at nearly $3.2 million. However, the purchase price was less — far less, at Read More…

Firelands investigates `hit list’

SOUTH AMHERST — A suspected hit list written by one or more students at Firelands Elementary School has triggered a police and school investigation, said Firelands Superintendent Mike Von Gunten. Von Gunten said he received information about the list early Thursday. An immediate investigation started and a call was made to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Read More…

Krislov responds, says Oberlin students’ demands ‘contravene principles of shared governance’

OBERLIN — Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov responded to a 14-page document submitted by a black student group he would not answer to their wide-ranging demands. “I will not respond directly to any document that explicitly rejects the notion of collaborative engagement,” Krislov said in a statement posted on the college’s website. “Many of its Read More…

Elyria school board OKs sale of two schools

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ELYRIA — Two buyers split the purchase of two old schools Wednesday when the Elyria school board voted to sell Edison School and Jefferson School. Edison, 1514 Lake Ave., went to Elyria residents Jessica and Jerrod Rogers, owners of Elegant Assets, a full-service wedding decor company. The selling price was $2,000. Jefferson, 6615 Foster Ave., Read More…

Digging in: Students examine artifacts from Johnson’s Island

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ELYRIA — “Do you think the medicine bottles were made of amber-colored glass to keep the sun from deteriorating the pills?” Julian Hodge, 14, of Lorain pondered that question Wednesday as he took a dime-sized piece of glass from a metal specimen tray and turned it over in his hands. Science teacher Mark Jaworski watched Read More…

Brinda: 2016 budget could see 15 percent or more reduction; layoffs possible

ELYRIA – City officials are working up a 2016 budget that could see upward of a 15 percent reduction in city departments, which could result in employee layoffs, Mayor Holly Brinda said Tuesday. “A lot of places don’t have 15 percent to reduce so we are still working the numbers to see what that will Read More…

Reunited and it feels so good: Frank the cat back at St. Mary

ELYRIA — Frank the cat is home. The feline’s two-month absence ended Tuesday morning with his return to St. Mary School and Church. Frank went missing Nov. 19, said Kevin O’Connor, the church and school’s maintenance director. “Frank seems to be in good shape, just doesn’t look like he has been brushed since the last Read More…

Elyria tax hike supporters remain undaunted by low public support

ELYRIA — Community support for the Elyria income tax increase proposal is low, but campaign organizers believe a victory at the polls still is possible with a strong grassroots campaign. City Councilman Mark Jessie, D-3rd Ward, the mastermind behind the Issue 6 framework and arguably the campaign’s biggest cheerleader, said a recent survey’s findings are Read More…

Vigil held for boy who died after sledding accident

In the last days of Drew Hayden’s life he gained hundreds of mothers and fathers. Julie and Matt Hayden may not have known it, but the second their little boy slid down a snowy slope near the North Ridgeville home he shared with his mother and collided with an oncoming car, the collective thoughts of Read More…