December 20, 2014


Elyria firefighter charged with theft in office

Jeffrey Castle

ELYRIA — Six days ago, Fire Chief Rich Benton received a photo that let him know something dirty may have been taking place at the Cedar Street fire station. The image was of department cleaning supplies allegedly being stored in the home of a longtime Elyria firefighter. The photo led to an investigation that culminated Read More…

Elyria High’s Stacie Starr to get VIP treatment from Cavs


ELYRIA — Lauded Elyria High School teacher Stacie Starr already has won a trip to New York City, appeared on a national television show, was given a brand new car and an eight-day Bahaman vacation, collected accolades nationally and locally and even helped the district score what became a portion of the cost for a Read More…

Groups deliver big for Not-Forgotten Box toy drive


ELYRIA — Just three days into the annual toy drive, the first large donation has been made to the Not-Forgotten Box. On Wednesday afternoon, Tony Gallo and Kristen Lewandowski of the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce brought more than 180 toys, gifts and a cash donation to The Chronicle-Telegram. The toys were collected from the Read More…

Elyria turns in offer to Bendix


ELYRIA — Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems was presented with a proposal that, if accepted, would dramatically cut the cost of a proposed expansion project, but only if stay in Elyria. Mayor Holly Brinda, City Council President Mike Lotko, Finance Director Ted Pileski, and a city attorney went to Bendix on Monday with the multimillion-dollar offer, Read More…

Mixon to leave as Invacare chairman


ELYRIA — When Invacare Corp. founder A. Malachi Mixon III stepped down as chief executive officer in 2010, he retained his position as chairman of the board of the Elyria-based medical devices manufacturer. At year’s end, that tenure also will end. Mixon, 74, announced Friday he would retire as chairman of the board effective Dec. Read More…

Cash-strapped Brook Park looks to LifeCare as potential rescue provider

ELYRIA — LifeCare Ambulance Inc. is being considered as a provider of emergency medical services in Brook Park as city officials mull ways to cut costs, but the idea to privatize the city service has fire union members up in arms. The future of the Brook Park Fire Department has sparked debates in the community, Read More…

House of longtime Elyria Schools board member burns

Evelyn France

ELYRIA — A longtime Elyria Schools board member lost her home of more than 60 years Saturday when the Lowell Street residence caught fire. It was a bit after noon when Evelyn France said she was called about a fire at her family home. She was out for the day and returned to see fire Read More…

Elyria superintendent takes a turn as live model

Elyria Schools Superintendent Paul Rigda, above, sits for students in Heather Hale’s first-grade art class. The students, from Prospect Elementary School, were encouraged to draw as realistic a portrait as they could. PHOTO PROVIDED

ELYRIA — Superintendent Paul Rigda sits for a lot of things — meetings, conferences and hours-long board sessions where the nuances of school finance are discussed in detail. It’s not very often he has the time in his day to sit as a live model for a class of budding young artists who want nothing Read More…

Salvation Army’s Not-Forgotten Box needs toys at Chronicle-Telegram drop-off site


ELYRIA — Major Bob Sears has the kind of stories to share that few people ever hear. He, along with his wife, Alice Sears, run the Elyria Salvation Army, the go-to place for residents who don’t have enough to eat, are worried about utility disconnections or are looking for intervention from a pending eviction. The Read More…

Elyria mayor: Bendix surprised city


ELYRIA — With the revelation Wednesday that Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems might build a new multi-million-dollar facility outside of Elyria, its home for 73 years, the focus shifted to Mayor Holly Brinda. What did Brinda know, and when did she know it? And what has she done to entice one of the city’s largest employers, Read More…