September 23, 2014

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Search underway for new Elyria Schools superintendent

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ELYRIA — In less than two months, the Elyria school board will have in hand a list of educators vying to be the district’s next superintendent. The Ohio School Boards Association has posted an announcement on its website advertising for the position and will take applications until Oct. 31. Elyria Superintendent Paul Rigda, who has Read More…

Elyria, 2 employee groups OK contracts

ELYRIA — A plan to bring additional police officers and firefighters to the city hinges on a tax plan city officials are gambling will be a hit with voters come November. But before Election Day, the city and two of its largest employee groups — the Elyria Police Patrolmen’s Association and the local chapter of Read More…

Owner of old Spring Valley Golf Club owes $445K in back taxes

Developer Bob Corna stands Thursday at his new project, Valley of the Eagles, site of the former Spring Valley Golf Club on Gulf Road in Elyria. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — Bob Corna, the owner of the old Spring Valley Golf Club, is touting a big redevelopment project for the golf course, but he also is fighting a foreclosure lawsuit and owes more than $445,000 in delinquent property taxes. Taxes on the property, which includes slightly more than 200 acres listed as 17 parcels, Read More…

Husband, father ordered to return to Mexico

Pedro Ramirez-Hernandez, left, was reunited with his Elyria family in August 2012. He celebrated with Stephanie Rodriguez, 16, Seleste Wisniewski, Demareya Randleman, 16, Luis-Angel Hernandez, 5, and Juan Pino, 24, who suffers from cerebral palsy. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — The Elyria family that let its immigration and deportation story go public last year in hopes of keeping patriarch Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez in the country received devastating news this week. The Detroit field office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement ordered Hernandez to leave the country, said his wife, Seleste Wisniewski, a U.S. citizen. The Read More…

Developer of old Spring Valley Golf Club says he has financing for new projects

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ELYRIA — Bob Corna knows his word doesn’t carry much weight with some people. In the seven years the seasoned developer has owned the former Spring Valley Golf Club, he has presented to city officials and community members so many reiterations of rebirth for the recreational course that this summer’s movement — spotted by anyone Read More…

Lorain County Metro Parks buying closed golf course as ‘Grafton connector’

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GRAFTON — Lorain County Metro Parks is taking a step toward linking its Indian Hollow Reservation properties with the former Royal Oaks Golf Club. The parks district is purchasing the closed course off Parsons Road, between Sheldon Woods and the Midview Soccer Complex, giving park goers a new connection between the two properties. When acquired, Read More…

Agreement settles legal feud between Elyria, pump plant contractor

ELYRIA — The city just wanted a new high-service pumping station at its Lorain water pumping plant. What it got was a project that dragged on for nearly three years and an arduous lawsuit. A settlement approved by City Council on Tuesday night aims to allow for the completion of the project and puts an Read More…

Elyria Council OKs LifeCare contract

ELYRIA — A divided City Council voted Tuesday night to approve the updated service contract Mayor Holly Brinda hashed out with LifeCare Ambulance Inc., but not before dissenting Council members tried in vain to change the ordinance to give Council more control. It’s been at least three months since Brinda and LifeCare officials came to Read More…

Members of burned church attend service

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LORAIN — The image of the burned-out church nearby was unsettling. A place of worship is supposed to be sacred ground, a safe haven from the ills of the world. Yet, Thursday the most non-discriminating force on the planet — fire — consumed the church building of First Evangelical Lutheran Church. On Sunday, congregants, community Read More…

St. Jude hosts annual fest on Sunday

ELYRIA — St. Jude Parish will continue a three-decade tradition Sunday that began as a way for parishioners to get to know one another. The Rev. Frank Kosem, who came to the church in June 1985, came up with the idea of holding a parish festival. It kicked off Labor Day Sunday that year and Read More…