January 30, 2015

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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…

First Evangelical Lutheran votes to raze remaining buildings to rebuild

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LORAIN — The congregants of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, still haunted by an intentionally-set fire that ripped through the church in August, decided Sunday to demolish the remaining structures in advance of a rebuild. Pastor Jimmy Madsen said a meeting to decide the fate of the site was held after Sunday service. The buildings that Read More…

State Superintendent Richard Ross: Testing needs to be cut

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The state superintendent of instruction believes Ohio students are being tested too much and receiving too little instruction time. In a 20-page report to Gov. John Kasich released Thursday, Superintendent Richard Ross offered ways testing can change in Ohio specifically to reduce the amount of time spent on testing by nearly 20 percent. Ross said Read More…

LifeShare’s gift of millions to foundations seemed improbable in late 1990s

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ELYRIA — In 1997, the idea that LifeShare Community Blood Services would be able to leave a legacy worth millions of dollars to Lorain County was not just unforeseeable, but impossible to imagine. LifeShare was on the verge of bankruptcy and within months of being out of business, said Phillip Baptiste, former chairman of the Read More…

Elyria Council envisions cremations as a cost savings for indigent burials

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ELYRIA — City Council is contemplating changing cemetery rules to require indigent burials to be cremated remains only. When an indigent person dies, the city must make burial arrangements on his or her behalf. As a result, City Council may create a formal policy to do away with full burials for those residents. The matter Read More…

Lorain County foundations receive $7.5 million gifts

The legacy left by LifeShare Community Blood Services will not only be measured by the pints of blood collected in Lorain County but also by the millions of dollars gifted to two local foundations. Today, with the Health Simulation Center at the Lorain County Community College’s University Partnership Ridge Campus as the backdrop, the LifeShare Read More…

Mayor Holly Brinda states case for Bendix to remain in Elyria

Bendix’s headquarters on Cleveland Street in Elyria is shown last week. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — Mayor Holly Brinda doesn’t need an international flight to bend the ear of German officials, pleading her case of why Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems should stay in Elyria. Officials with the Knorr-Bremse Group came here. Brinda said she met with top financial officials from the German parent company last month to discuss the Read More…

North Olmsted company eyes move to Elyria

ELYRIA — A German-owned company with a facility in North Olmsted since 2008 is planning to relocate to Elyria. RUF US Inc., a machine builder in the field of briquetting, is looking to buy a 6,800-square-foot, one-story building on Elyria’s Sugar Lane as the base for its manufacturing facility. Four jobs would relocate to Elyria Read More…