July 30, 2014

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Lorain County Metro Parks board unveils plan for future

James E. Ziemnik, Lorain County Metro Parks director, and Cookie McLoda, board chairman, discuss the future plans of the Lorain County Metro Parks with the Chronicle-Telegram on Tuesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Having many individual jewels in the Lorain County Metro Parks crown standing alone does nothing to advance the highly regarded park district, which is why park officials unveiled a 10-year plan with a goal to connect many of them. The plan, unveiled Tuesday, comes as Metro Parks board members are weighing whether to ask voters Read More…

Annual James A. Kerstetter race, fun walk set for Saturday

kerstetter 5k

ELYRIA — The James A. Kerstetter 5K race and 1-Mile Family Fun Walk are gearing up for the fifth annual event Saturday. Race organizer Terry Costigan said online registration closed over the weekend, with more than 740 participants. Another 100 and 200 runners could join the fray Friday evening or Saturday morning. “Each year is Read More…

Elyria may put income tax hike on ballot

ELYRIA — Mayor Holly Brinda’s pitch Monday night for a 0.25 percent income tax increase proposes a plan to boost the city’s safety forces with an infusion of more than $3.5 million. Instead of zeroing in on one department, Brinda is calling for a shotgun approach to hit all the city’s safety needs at once, Read More…

Police: Tracy Sprinkle key instigator in Lorain bar brawl involving dozens

Tracy Sprinkle

LORAIN — Elyria High School graduate Tracy Sprinkle acted as a key instigator of an out-of-control bar brawl early Saturday, Lorain police said Sunday as they released the official police report. Sprinkle, 19, an Ohio State University football player, was arrested and charged with rioting, failure to disperse, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Read More…

Filming of ‘The Bronze’ thrills Elyria mobile home park residents

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ELYRIA — The sign at the end of Sue and Ernie Lance’s driveway read a word that either people got as soon as they saw it, or it went right over their heads. “Bazinga,” for non-fans of The Big Bang Theory, is a word used by lead character Sheldon Cooper to accompany his jokes and Read More…

Elyria superintendent to deliver States of Schools address via newsletter

The Elyria State of the Schools address will be delivered to residents' homes in newsletter form next week. The entire newsletter can be viewed below.

ELYRIA — Superintendent Paul Rigda has taken his annual State of the Schools address on the road many times, but this time around his assessment of how the Elyria school district is doing will come to Elyrians in a format they can hold. The Pioneer Press, the district’s newsletter, will be sent to 25,000 households Read More…

LifeCare contract moves to full Elyria Council

Peter de la Porte, president of LifeCare Ambulance, stands next to an ambulance in this August 2013 file photo. CHRONICLE FILE

ELYRIA — When the word “LifeCare” is uttered in City Hall, a showdown is almost certain to take place.
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LCCC makes promise to future employers


ELYRIA — Lorain County Community College is so convinced its graduates can help local companies, it is willing to make a promise about their readiness. The county’s only two-year institution is trying to erase the worry of hiring by basically guaranteeing that LCCC degree holders will be well-educated and prepared to work. On Thursday, the Read More…

Elyria mayor’s legal counsel steps down

Kenneth S. Stumphauzer

ELYRIA — Attorney Ken Stumphauzer’s tenure as Mayor Holly Brinda’s administrative legal counsel is over. Stumphauzer resigned from the position last week, Brinda said. Former Law Director Terry “Pete” Shilling stepped into the role at Brinda’s request. Shilling served the city for 32 years, 26 as law director. He retired at the end of 2011. Read More…

Heavy rains tax Elyria’s aging stormwater system

George Tassie, assistant foreman for the Lorain County Engineer, guides a plow as it pushes several tons of  gravel back into place on Indian Hollow Road near Foster Road. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

  ELYRIA — In the face of so much rain, Elyria’s plan for a stormwater overhaul has city officials eyeing weather trends. Tuesday’s deluge brought nearly 2.75 inches of rain in a 24-hour period and pushed the city’s water treatment system to capacity. “The water plant peaked at a rate of 100 million gallons a Read More…