October 25, 2014

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New website compares public schools with charter schools

Two organizations that are staunch opponents of charter schools have teamed up to roll out a website, knowyourcharter.com, that offers side-by-side comparisons between traditional public school districts and the charter schools that draw students from them. Innovation Ohio and the Ohio Education Association, the state’s largest teachers’ union, are adamant the website, which went live Read More…

Elyria council committee tables senior housing plan

ELYRIA — A City Council committee on Monday tabled discussion about a plan to develop a senior citizens’ housing complex on the city’s southwest side. New Sunrise Properties, which built New Riverbend Homes in the West River Road South neighborhood, wants to build 67 two-bedroom, cottage-style houses for residents 55 and older on property it Read More…

Career fair at school gets wheels turning for Franklin students

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ELYRIA — Some days, school students get to put the pencils and books aside — or electronic tablets, nowadays — and get to play hide-and-seek between the massive wheels of a John Deere tractor. It was that kind of day Friday at Franklin Elementary School when students were treated to a Careers on Wheels fair Read More…

Former councilman leads opposition to Elyria tax issue

City tax Vote No sign at 2nd St and East Ave Sep 25.  Steve Manheim

ELYRIA — A former City Councilman has launched an opposition campaign against the city’s upcoming tax issue calling for Elyrians to vote no on Issue 14. It flies in the face of the issue’s supporters who say the 0.25 percent temporary income tax earmarked for the Police and Fire departments is about keeping Elyria safe. Read More…

One charter school gets above a D grade in ratings

The community schools in Lorain County, which largely serve students in the Lorain or Elyria school districts, fared similarly to their public school counterparts in terms of academic achievement, according to report cards for each school compiled by the Ohio Department of Education. There are 11 community schools, also called charter schools under Ohio law, Read More…

Former Spring Valley Golf Club liquor permit transfer denied

ELYRIA — The Division of Liquor Control has denied an application by the owner of the former Spring Valley Golf Club to transfer a liquor permit to the new corporate entity attached to the development plan of the century-old club. In a letter dated Sept. 12, the state agency said the transfer application filed by Read More…

Father, son in different bands for Elyria Apple Festival performances

Quentin Dickerson, 28, and his father, Gary, each will perform in separate bands at the Elyria Apple Festival. PHOTO PROVIDED

ELYRIA — For Gary and Quentin Dickerson, music has always been a part of their lives. It was mostly something they did at church, but this weekend the father and son will bring their talents to the 33rd annual Elyria Apple Festival in two shows. The elder Dickerson, who has worked for the city of Read More…

Lorain County poverty rate holds steady

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A year did not make much of a difference for the working poor of Lorain County. Many stayed in 2013 exactly where they were in 2012 — squarely in the category of living below the poverty line. In Lorain County, the number of individuals struggling in poverty was roughly 14.6 percent in 2013, nearly the Read More…

Elyria School board not eager to move quickly on new stadium

ELYRIA — Dreams of a new Ely Stadium will not become a reality anytime soon as the Elyria school board and those who want to see an update to the decades-old facility are just now starting to have a conversation. Wednesday night members of a self-appointed group known as Friends of Ely Stadium addressed the Read More…

Elyria teachers show up en masse at school board meeting, stay silent

ELYRIA — An audience of red-shirt-clad educators crowded Wednesday’s Elyria school board meeting in an unusually large number, but they remained nearly silent. The teachers and administrators filled the chairs, stood against the walls and some even sat on the floor while the more than 90 minute meeting was conducted. No one offered an explanation Read More…