November 28, 2014

Elyria
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Brinda: Layoffs will not affect Elyria police

Elyria Fire Chief Rich Benton, front, and Elyria Fire Union Local 474 President Dean Marks watch results for Issue 14 at Smitty's Place in Elyria. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — Police officers will not be targeted when layoff notices are handed to city employees in the coming weeks. Mayor Holly Brinda said as much Thursday, two days after voters rejected an income tax increase she proposed to prop up the Police and Fire departments, both of which have been operating in some part Read More…

Elyria tax measure widely trounced

ELYRIA — Issue 14 was a citywide loss Tuesday. The attempt at a 0.25 percent increase in the income tax rate failed in every ward in the city and only saw small successes in a few precincts throughout the city. A little more than 11,500 voters turned out to decide the safety forces issue. A Read More…

Elyria voters reject Issue 14

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ELYRIA — Elyria’s attempt to raise its income tax rate was as much to do about taxes as it was about politics with two former elected officials fighting against the city’s current leaders to trounce the issue, which turned an already tough battle to sway voters to pay more into an even harder fight. In Read More…

Sen. Gayle Manning handily wins re-election

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ELYRIA — State Sen. Gayle Manning went to Columbus four years without a set plan to pass any legislation at the outset. This time around, she has her agenda set. Manning, R-North Ridgeville, won re-election Tuesday night against Democrat newcomer to state politics Marcus Madison, a city councilman in Elyria. The 13th District encompasses Lorain Read More…

Cuts coming after Keystone Schools levy rejected again

LAGRANGE – Two defeats in one year. Keystone Schools will stay in reduction mode after voters once again rejected the idea of new operating revenue for the district. According to unofficial election results, fewer than 4,000 voters decided the fate of the district with 2,003 or 53 percent, voting against the levy and 1,771 voters, Read More…

New hotel planned near Midway Mall

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ELYRIA — The first new development to come as an offshoot of Elyria’s state Route 57 reconstruction project has been announced: a proposed 108-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel to be owned and operated by the owners of the less than two-year-old Hampton Inn and Suites nearby. Mayor Holly Brinda said Sunrise Hospitality Inc. is planning Read More…

Elyria school board attorneys file unfair labor practice charges against union

ELYRIA — Lawyers for the Elyria school board have levied unfair labor practice charges against the Elyria Education Association, Elyria teacher Amy Chizmar and Lorain teacher Sandra Peloquin, calling their actions at a recent school board meeting bad-faith bargaining. The meeting was held last month on the same night a consultant delivered the district’s five-year Read More…

World history soon history at Ohio high schools?

ELYRIA — The French Revolution, the Chinese civil war and the fall of the Berlin Wall are topics typically covered in high school world history courses. Social studies teachers are worried the lessons could become history themselves, thanks to the state’s new end-of-course exams. The 2015-16 school year marks the phasing out of the Ohio Read More…

Former Elyria Mayor Bill Grace ends support for Issue 14

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ELYRIA — Former Mayor Bill Grace fought hard during his tenure to raise the city’s income tax rate, to no avail. Now, he is the second once-elected official to oppose Issue 14, the 0.25 percent temporary tax framed by Mayor Holly Brinda to bolster the budgets of the police and fire departments. With less than Read More…

A dreamy birthday wish for two Elyria High School students

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ELYRIA — Celena Torres and Emily Kelly are best friends. They like the same music and have birthdays close to one another. Tuesday, they got the same birthday surprise at the Elyria High School Performing Arts Center. Pop star Francesco Yates had just finished giving students a short acoustic performance when Celena and Emily took Read More…