April 21, 2014


Elyria mayor says focus is on improving city’s image

Holly Brinda

Elyria has an image problem, and Elyria has an economic development problem. The two go hand-in-hand. Just as a good reputation precedes an attractive location, Mayor Holly Brinda said Elyria has to do a better job at changing the public opinion of the city among outsiders as well as residents. It’s about making Elyria the Read More…

Study finds blight reduced in Elyria’s Central Business District

ELYRIA — As Mayor Holly Brinda began unveiling her plan to improve Elyria’s reputation as a destination, she received good news regarding blight. A recent study completed so the city can continue to receive federal Community Development Block Grant dollars may offer hope for vacant storefronts. Ten years ago, Elyria’s Central Business District, defined by Read More…

Elyria officials present Middle Avenue project

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ELYRIA — It’s the four-lane road that brings southern Elyrians into and out of downtown, but if you ask south-side residents, it is a major city thoroughfare that has seen only minor repairs. Long before the new Elyria High School — a $70 million building sprawling across two city blocks — went up, the biggest Read More…

Elyria considers change to overtime policy

ELYRIA — A proposal to change a long-held policy regarding overtime for city managers, supervisors and foremen — the middle management who bridge the gap between department heads and union employees — is being considered. On Monday night, Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka asked the City Council Finance Committee to change a few portions of Read More…

Elyria sets parameters for attorney, law firm

Kenneth S. Stumphauzer

ELYRIA — Attorney Kenneth Stumphauzer will attend city meetings, research legal opinions for Mayor Holly Brinda and prepare contracts as the mayor’s administrative legal counsel. His law firm, Walter Haverfield, will serve as special counsel to the city handling labor negotiations and labor relations matters, but it cannot bill for Stumphauzer’s time because all of Read More…

New Elyria McDonald’s would reshape portion of Broad Street

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ELYRIA — The downtown McDonald’s restaurant will be razed and replaced with new building in a construction project that will also include demolishing several old buildings on Broad Street.
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Sambino’s Pizza, White’s Auto Care pitch in for Elyria fireworks

Fourth of July fireworks are shot off at Cascade Park in Elyria in 2007. The last time the city had a fireworks display was 2008. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — Two local businesses want to help bring fireworks back to Elyria. Both Sambino’s Pizza and White’s Auto Care are pledging a portion of their revenue to the city’s fireworks fund, a fundraising effort to bring a display back to the city around the Fourth of July. “We’re doing this just to help out Read More…

Midview Schools to make kindergarten program free

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GRAFTON — All-day, every-day kindergarten won’t carry a price tag next year at Midview Schools. Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, Midview will end tuition for its full-day kindergarten program. Superintendent Scott Goggin said the district was able to come up with a plan to offer the now $2,000-a-year program for free by moving around Read More…

LCCC announces tuition guarantee


ELYRIA — Stay in school and the tuition will stay the same. It’s a heck of a promise, but one Lorain County Community College is making in hopes of getting more students to complete associate degree programs sooner. Trustees of the college unanimously voted Thursday to institute a tuition guarantee for students registering in fall Read More…

Columbia Schools to end high school busing amid low ridership

Fewer students at Columbia High School are using buses. Low ridership has forced the school board to eliminate busing services for high school students, starting April 22.  CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — Citing low ridership and an attempt to save the district money, Columbia Schools has decided to end high school busing effective April 22. District officials said the decision was made based on the number of students actually riding the bus, the daily cost of the service and what the district could save through Read More…