May 27, 2015

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Brinda holds off Grace in Elyria mayoral primary

Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda celebrates her win as she hugs her mother, Gloria Currier, at Smitty’s Place, where she gathered with her supporters to watch election results. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It could have been the story of an underdog winning, of a former mayor igniting a spark in his supporters that sets a blazing course toward re-election. But on Tuesday, voters once again told Bill Grace something he also heard four years ago: His tenure as mayor is over. Grace, 51, tried to Read More…

8 is enough when it comes to grass length in Elyria

ELYRIA — The city is lowering the threshold for allowable grass height by 4 inches to match county guidelines. City Council members voted Monday night to approve the change, now requiring residents to limit grass or weed height to no more than 8 inches. Previously the city capped the limit at 12 inches. Safety Service Read More…

Lorain County joins budget information initiative

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ELYRIA — Lorain County commissioners are prying open the county checkbook. Lorain County is joining Mahoning County in a partnership with the state Treasurer’s Office to place the county spending ledger online in a Google-style search engine at OhioCheckbook.com. Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel joined Commissioners Lori Kokoski, Matt Lundy and Ted Kalo on Monday morning Read More…

Windsor students devote service project to Elyria police

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ELYRIA – A group of students with special needs recently made some very special gifts for the men and women of the Elyria Police Department. April’s service project for students with autism who attend Windsor Elementary School included a one-of-a-kind art piece honoring Sgt. James Kerstetter and snack bags to help officers make it through Read More…

Independent Quinn joins Elyria’s race for mayor

ELYRIA — An independent candidate vying for the third time to be the next mayor is sure to shake up November’s general election. After Tuesday, either Mayor Holly Brinda or former Mayor Bill Grace will advance as the Democratic nominee for the general election. The winner of the upcoming primary will face Republican Garry Gibbs Read More…

Amherst schools on defensive after state literacy rates released

The state’s release Thursday of K-3 Literacy Improvement grades has Amherst Schools on the defensive. The top district – it hit all 24 of the state’s academic indicators and garnered nearly all As or Bs on its overall report card released in September – earned the lowest grade in the county on the measure that Read More…

School district literacy ratings are released

Last fall, the Ohio Department of Education postponed releasing a report letting parents know how well districts were doing to help struggling readers — those young students who were at-risk for falling further behind in their studies and possibly not becoming high school graduates. The explanation was more time was needed to tweak how the Read More…

Firelands’ superintendent search narrows to three

Working on a very tight time schedule, Firelands Schools is moving ahead with its superintendent search and board members plan to have a final candidate picked and ready to be hired within the next two weeks, said Greg Ring, superintendent of the Educational Service Center of Lorain County. Since the application window closed early this Read More…

Gloves off in Elyria mayoral primary between Brinda, Grace

Holly Brinda, left, and Bill Grace.

ELYRIA — The political showdown between Holly Brinda and Bill Grace with the title of mayor hanging in the balance is one Elyria voters have seen time and again. Before looking at the upcoming primary, let’s take a little walk down memory lane to elections of yesteryear. In 2007, Brinda, then a member of the Read More…

American Hood Systems announces 8,000-square-foot expansion in Elyria facility

ELYRIA — American Hood Systems announced plans Wednesday for an 8,000-square-foot building expansion that will result in up to 20 new jobs over the next 24 months. Located on Reaser Court, the company manufactures exhaust hoods, supply fans, exhaust fans, and fire suppression systems. Its partner, Web-based Hood Mart Inc., is billed as the top Read More…