March 3, 2015


Elyria Art Depot closes shop


ELYRIA — The one-year experiment known as the Elyria Art Depot has come to an end. The Lorain Arts Council expanded to a satellite gallery in the former Brandau Jewelers building at 336 Broad St., but the location has closed, said Antonio Barrios, president of the Lorain Arts Council. The space was home to 35 artists, Read More…

Elyria High’s Stacie Starr announces resignation

Stacie Starr

ELYRIA — Stacie Starr says mandated state testing is pushing her away from teaching. The veteran Elyria Schools educator said Monday she plans to resign at the end of the school year. Gasps of disbelief followed the announcement made during an education forum aimed at unraveling for parents the intricacies of the standardized testing system. Read More…

Clearview Schools joins MyUniversity initiative

Clearview Schools is joining other Lorain County districts in an initiative through Lorain County Community College that fast-tracks high school students through college. MyUniversity attempts to make it easier for students to complete college-level classes at their high schools, now including Clearview High School, which officially joined the initiative after a Monday school board meeting. Read More…

Anonymous donor gives car to single mother without transportation


AMHERST — Karena Williams carefully wrote her full name on the signature line and pulled out her cellphone. She was sitting at a desk Friday afternoon at Premier Toyota Scion in Amherst filling out the paperwork for her new-to-her 2003 Dodge Neon. She wanted to take a minute to make an important phone call. Her Read More…

Elyria officials concerned about Midway Mall in light of owners possibly selling


ELYRIA — The owners of Midway Mall are doing their due diligence for a sale of the 1.1 million-square-foot retail center. Mayor Holly Brinda said she has learned scant details from mall officials that a new owner is being sought for the property. “I’ve been told by (General Manager) Mark Bressler the mall is stable Read More…

New medical office opens in Wilkes Villa

Dr. Kristin Guilonard examines Isaiah Thornton, 6, who was being seen in the new Lorain County Health and Dentistry office at Wilkes Villa in Elyria. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELRYIA — Access to quality medical care is improving in southern Elyria with the recent opening of Lorain County Health and Dentistry’s newest permanent facility in the Wilkes Villa housing complex. The 3,000-square-foot facility replaces a temporary medical mobile unit the health center began operating in April while construction was underway. CEO Stephanie Wiersma said Read More…

Kasich’s budget: Elyria, Lorain stand to gain; Avon Lake likely to lose

Ohio Gov. John Kasich outlines details of his proposed two-year, $72 billion state budget that includes a $500 million net tax cut, on Monday in Columbus. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

The city of Lorain has a median household income of less than $24,000. Look to the east to more affluent Avon Lake, and that figures jumps to nearly $60,000. Under Gov. John Kasich’s proposed two-year budget, that would mean it makes perfect sense when looking at state funding to cut education aid to wealthy Avon Read More…

Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda will face Bill Grace in primary rematch


A run in the primary election, followed by a possible run in the general election. If Mayor Holly Brinda wants to hold on to the office she has held for four years, she will have to fight for it. Former Mayor Bill Grace wants his job back. “Everyone who knows me knows I am all Read More…

Elyria teacher implores school board to curb testing

Dawn Neely Randall

ELYRIA — For the better part of the past 18 months, Elyria fifth-grade teacher Dawn Neely Randall has done something longtime educators have only done with peers — question the testing protocols that are becoming the norm in 21st century education. She has penned several columns published in the online version of the Washington Post Read More…

Elyria likely on hook for house demolition after fatal fire


ELYRIA — The demolition cost for the Skylark Court home that caught fire last month, killing an Elyria woman, is tens of thousands of dollars. Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka said the city received a bill from Denes Concrete and Excavating for $31,215 — roughly 35 percent higher than the cost of demolition of a Read More…