July 6, 2015

Elyria
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Process in deciding Elyria road fixes a bumpy one

ELYRIA — Elyria officials have not cobbled together a list for residents who are desperate to know what city streets will be paved this year and Monday’s fiery City Council meeting was a step toward explaining why. The practice of leveraging the city’s motor vehicle fund, also known as the street resurfacing fund, to get Read More…

Elyria graduating class full of firsts, highlights

ELYRIA — Four years ago, Elyria High School Principal Tom Jama brought all of the class of 2015, then freshmen, to the school’s Performing Arts Center and laid some truth on the teenagers. Too many in the community had a negative image of the school and its students, he said. They were thought of as Read More…

Elyria mayor to press EPA for cleanup of General Industries

ELYRIA — The fine print of a federal grant the city secured to assess brownfield sites in Elyria may be able to be used for the cleanup, at least partially, of the old General Industries site if the city can make the case. The $400,000 grant is for citywide assessments of old manufacturing and commercial Read More…

Destination downtown: Brinda touts projects as renewal for Elyria city center

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A project that has been on hold and buildings now in the hands of a developer could bode well for downtown Elyria. Mayor Holly Brinda said redevelopment efforts in the city’s core are focusing on a stretch of East Broad Street. Two signs are pointing to renewed interest in the area. First, despite setbacks that Read More…

Veteran, Oberlin native, reflects on fallen soldiers

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Seven months ago, Oberlin native Stanton Chambers returned home from a deployment in Afghanistan. He came back to his family — both blood and blue — with a new rank to add to his years of service – colonel — which serves as a highlight for the 46-year-old Marine’s many years of military service. And, Read More…

Bendix workers pitch in on Medina County Habitat house

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ELYRIA — Andy Phillips watched like a hawk as each partially constructed wall of his new home was loaded on a truck outside Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems in Elyria for the short ride to his soon-to-be Brunswick address. “Why is that wall out?” Phillips called to a team of Bendix volunteers Friday afternoon who helped Read More…

Elyria school board adds new member

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ELYRIA — An Elyria Rotary Club member and retired engineer from the Ridge Tool Co. was tapped Wednesday to be an Elyria school board member. Jim Backs, the father of two Elyria High School graduates and husband of a Prospect Elementary School teacher, was nominated by board member Annie Croft to fill the vacant seat Read More…

Elyria Schools budget on target for 5 years

ELYRIA — A promise by school officials not to seek new operating revenue from taxpayers until at least 2019 seems to be holding up, according to district Treasurer Katie Henes, who Wednesday delivered the district’s five-year forecast. Six months ago, when school officials were in the midst of teacher contract negotiations, they were adamant they Read More…

Elyria schools go #ALLIN too

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LeBron James’ tenure in Cleveland sparked more than a few iconic Nike ads. The “Together” one – a single word juxtaposed against a background of hundreds of fans who vowed from the tip-off to be “all in,” unveiled on his first game back in October – stood out among all of them. Well, the teachers, Read More…

Same spot, new gallery in Elyria

The old Brandau Jewelers at 336 Broad St. in Elyria, which was an art gallery, will see Elyria Art Works move in. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Local artists can’t paint themselves a better Elyria on canvas, but they are hoping Elyria residents want to add a little artwork to their lives. When the Lorain Arts Council closed the Elyria Art Depot earlier this year, many wondered if a public art gallery would return to downtown Elyria. The answer is yes. In Read More…