August 29, 2015

Elyria
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Fresh start for Elyria Schools

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ELYRIA — First, the Elyria High School cheerleaders ran through the room, then mascot Petey Pioneer stormed the school’s Performing Arts Center. Lastly, the game-day football banner was unrolled on stage followed by new Elyria Schools Superintendent Tom Jama, who was flanked by dozens of new employees. Tuesday marked the first day of school for Read More…

Reopened Firelands Country Store offers trip back in time

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Walking inside the white one-story building on state Route 113 Monday afternoon that was home to the old Firelands Country Store was like stepping out of a time machine and right into to the 1980s. The air inside was warm, and musty, like an old attic. Dust clung to everything in sight and lingered in Read More…

Hoping for a super start

Six Lorain County school districts will welcome new leadership this year. The superintendents are starting at a time when parents are becoming diligent watchdogs of public education, quick to bring into conversation high-stakes testing and Common Core standards. School finances, operating levies and bond issues have become topics whenever parents gather, and superintendents are becoming Read More…

Chamber of Commerce luncheon welcomes new county teachers

ELYRIA — Veteran teachers are leaving education now more than ever and often cite Common Core standards and high-stakes testing as the reason for such departures, but first-year teachers say they are ready to accept the demands of the ever-changing profession. “I want to inspire children,” said 24-year-old Jeremy Johnson, a first-year special education teacher Read More…

Worker maimed on first day; OSHA cites employer, Quality Blow Molding

ELYRIA — Hours after a 21-year-old man began working a new job at Quality Blow Molding, an accident at the plant left the new employee severely burned and resulted in the loss of four fingers on his right hand. The man, who was not identified by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Read More…

Elyria begins demolition of four vacant homes

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ELYRIA — When vacant homes become nuisances that attract crime and bring down a neighborhood, the best course of action is often demolition to erase the eyesores. Four such eyesores came down Thursday in Elyria, one — at 145 Bell Ave. — was razed with Mayor Holly Brinda inside the cab of an excavator. The Read More…

Cascade Park opinions sought

ELYRIA — Resident feedback on conceptual plans for Cascade Park presented Wednesday will help Lorain County Metro Parks move closer to a formal master plan for the park. In a public meeting at City Hall, Metro Parks Director Jim Ziemnik said the drawings, developed with Behnke Associates Inc., show major elements of several sections of Read More…

Longtime Elyria councilman Richard Seward dies at 80

ELYRIA — He reportedly never missed a City Council meeting, never missed a Council vote and never lost an election. Richard “Dick” Seward was well-liked — that’s the most repeated statement from those lamenting the death Monday of the former Elyria City Council member and Elyria Municipal clerk of court. Seward, 80, died at University Read More…

Elyria historic district decision put on hold

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ELYRIA — A decision on what city leaders will do about the Elyria West Avenue Historic District, which is being fought over by preservation enthusiasts and opponents, will not come until voters decide on the city’s next mayor. After more than two hours of debate — property owners on both sides of the issue showed Read More…

YES Zone makes an imprint in south Elyria

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Dejhanna Simmons, 10, left, and Jakiyah Geiger, 11, dance during the Yes Zone Collaborative Party in the Park at South Park in Elyria Saturday afternoon.

  ELYRIA — In 2013, a plan to transform the south side of Elyria through mentoring programs and collaborative efforts that paid homage to a grass-roots group in New York City’s Harlem was just a promising thought in the minds of community leaders. The question lingering in the background was this: Could every player working Read More…