April 18, 2014


Elyria High students show support for levy, student group

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ELYRIA — Signs that read “Equality” and “Support Issue 2” were mixed equally at a peaceful rally Monday morning at Elyria High School. Lined up in front of the historic Washington Building on Middle Avenue, students came together before class to rally in support of the district’s upcoming renewal levy and a newly formed gay-straight Read More…

Lorain County schools join national effort to test Common Core standards

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In school districts across Lorain County and elsewhere in Ohio this week, students will take a new standardized test — the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC — that will give educators a clearer idea of how ready students are for exams based on the new Common Core standards. Ohio Read More…

Elyria man creates comic book to encourage young readers

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ELYRIA — For 15 minutes Monday in every elementary and middle school across Elyria, youngsters will read a comic book. On that day, the Elyria Comic Book Initiative will unveil an original comic book to local students. Ken Glanc, the organization’s president, likes to refer to it as the day the world will be introduced Read More…

Parents threaten to sink Elyria Schools renewal

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ELYRIA — The creation of a gay and straight group for students at Elyria High School has outraged a couple of longtime supporters who are now encouraging their friends to reject a must-needed renewal levy on the May ballot. “I have supported everything for this school, this district, but I will not vote for a Read More…

Schools adjust schedules to make up snow days

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The compromise state legislators came up with in regards to calamity days due to the severe winter still has local school districts working to adjust schedules to fit in make-up days. On Thursday, Elyria Schools announced school will be in session on March 31 and June 9 for students and teachers. Both days were to Read More…

Elyria mayor seeks donations to bring back Fourth of July fireworks

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ELYRIA — Mayor Holly Brinda is aiming to return a Fourth of July fireworks show to the city. However, city finances won’t allow tax dollars to be spent on the festivities. So the mayor, who has raised enough funds to bring free summer camps to the city for three consecutive summers as well as increase Read More…

Elyria teacher starts online petition for changes to standardized tests

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ELYRIA — It started with a guest column in the Washington Post, where Elyria teacher Dawn Randall lamented about the exhausting standardized testing schedule of Ohio students. Now, the educator with 24 years in the classroom under her belt is letting her voice be used to drive an online petition calling for changes in the Read More…

Updated: Elyria water customers asked to conserve

  UPDATE — SEE EARLIER STORY BELOW FOR MORE:   North Ridgeville, which contracts for about 75 percent of its water needs from Elyria, reported no problems with its water supply today, according to Al Swindig Jr., a supervisor with the city Service Department. “We’ve had no problems at all,” Swindig said. “They called us Read More…

Sorting out ahead in Elyria counsel issue

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ELYRIA — Two laws and two lawyers with different opinions on whether a lawyer and his law firm can both have ties to the city — as is the case with Mayor Holly Brinda’s administrative legal counsel Ken Stumphauzer and his private practice — have set the stage for a discussion that will not be Read More…

Push is on to sign up holdouts for health insurance

Stephanie Wiersma, chief executive officer for Lorain County Health and Dentristry, speaks at a press conference Friday to promote insurance enrollment under the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at Elyria City Hall. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It was not President Barack Obama, comedian Zach Galifianakis and didn’t take place between two ferns, but Friday afternoon the message urging people to sign up for health insurance before the March 31 deadline came through during a press conference at Elyria City Hall. With the deadline to comply with the provisions of Read More…