January 24, 2015

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Elyria city government leaner in 2015

ELYRIA — There are 51 fewer employees working for the city of Elyria than there were at the start of 2014, yet only two people were laid off recently. That’s the fallout from Mayor Holly Brinda’s recommended $1.875 million budget reduction plan. “We have been leaving positions open and not filling them so we wouldn’t Read More…

Girl Scout cookie sales expand online

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If you have a craving for Samoas — chocolate caramel coconut cookies sold by Girl Scouts — you can order them now. As always, you can buy them from a Girl Scout. New this year, you also can buy Girl Scout cookies online. Kimberly Graves, a spokeswoman with the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, Read More…

Flu bad this year, hospitals say

We’ve heard the anecdotal stories about this year’s influenza season — how it’s so severe that the antiviral medicine Tamiflu is difficult to find, how wait times in hospital emergency rooms are long or how people who typically don’t get sick are being knocked down for days. University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center has been swamped, Read More…

Longtime Elyria watering hole closing

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ELYRIA — It started in 1945 with a dream, a propensity for bootlegging and just $44, but today is the final day for the local haunt known as Gibby’s Place. When the last customer leaves the bar today — less than a year shy of its 70th anniversary — the Gibbons family will close the Read More…

Keystone Superintendent Jay Arbaugh’s 2013 review largely positive

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Keystone Superintendent Jay Arbaugh has received mostly positive performance reviews since starting with the district in 2010, but the most recent employment evaluation of the administrator show a few personality problems board members could not ignore. In his most recent evaluation from 2013 under the heading “staff and personnel relationships,” the comments from board members Read More…

Lorain city officials to review street parking restriction

LORAIN — Lorain city officials just wanted to update a longstanding ordinance calling for residents to move parked cars from streets during snow emergencies. But the ordinance, updated in October, has essentially banned all parking on nearly every street in the city between 2 and 6 a.m. from Dec. 1 to March 31, and now Read More…

Hirings shore up Elyria’s police force

ELYRIA — Despite widespread cuts proposed across city government, city officials continue their efforts to add to the ranks of the Elyria Police Department. Next month, a third group of four new recruits will be sworn in and enter the department’s field training program, where they will spend several months learning the ropes alongside veteran Read More…

Slash called not healthy; instead, audit recommended consolidating health departments

ELYRIA — Cutting $500,000 from the Elyria Health Department’s 2015 budget is not what state auditors had in mind when recommending cost savings, the city’s performance audit revealed. The audit instead proposed Elyria consider consolidating with the Lorain City Health Department and eventually the Lorain County Health Department. The three agencies could form a general Read More…

Elyria Health Department takes heavy hit in mayor’s reduction plan

ELYRIA — The undisclosed details of a tentative agreement between the city and the local firefighters union apparently is the linchpin in Mayor Holly Brinda’s $1.8 million reduction plan for 2015, a proposal that makes cuts in many areas but keeps the roster of firefighters intact. The plan, which Brinda unveiled after Monday’s City Council Read More…

Not-Forgotten Box toy drive surpasses goal

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ELYRIA — It happens every year around this time. Volunteers arrive at The Chronicle-Telegram ready to fling open the doors and take in the last of the Not-Forgotten Box donations, with one question lingering in the air: Will the goal be reached? Collecting 8,000 toys is no easy task, but for yet another year the Read More…