July 31, 2014

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Heavy rains tax Elyria’s aging stormwater system

George Tassie, assistant foreman for the Lorain County Engineer, guides a plow as it pushes several tons of  gravel back into place on Indian Hollow Road near Foster Road. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

  ELYRIA — In the face of so much rain, Elyria’s plan for a stormwater overhaul has city officials eyeing weather trends. Tuesday’s deluge brought nearly 2.75 inches of rain in a 24-hour period and pushed the city’s water treatment system to capacity. “The water plant peaked at a rate of 100 million gallons a Read More…

Lorain County immune to Ohio measles outbreak so far

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With few people who opt out of preventive vaccinations for moral or religious beliefs, Lorain County has not seen any cases of measles this year and likely won’t, local health officials say. But Ohio’s 341 cases, which have greatly contributed to the largest measles outbreak in this country since 1994, should serve as a wake-up Read More…

Elyria to discuss possible income tax hike for November ballot

ELYRIA — Tax talk time is coming, but it will have to be a quick discussion if the city wants to get an issue on the November ballot. Mayor Holly Brinda said she likely will recommend Council seek a .25 percent income tax increase. Specifying what it’s for, such as safety forces, is still up Read More…

Group works to serve Lorain’s homeless

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE              Members of the New Day New Vision Healing and Deliverance Ministries pray with those who call 'Tent City' in Lorain home on Saturday afternoon, June 21.  The members of the ministry work with the Open Hearts and Helping Hands Outreach to help those who are homeless and met today to give meals as well as a blessing to those who came.

LORAIN — It wasn’t supposed to be this way. K.C. said he played the game of life by society’s rules. He kept his head down, didn’t make any waves, was friendly to those in need and learned a skill that made him useful to the community — he is a machinist by trade, he said. Read More…

Commissioner offers third possibility for probation department

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To break a stalemate between the six Lorain County Common Pleas judges and other county officials over where to house the Lorain County Adult Probation Department, Commissioner Tom Williams proffered a new plan. Williams is proposing the department relocate to the fifth floor of the Lorain County Administration Building. With vacant office space on the Read More…

Main Street Elyria revives

Main Street Elyria board members Chris Krasnobrucky, chairwoman of the organization committee, Mary Ann Francis, organization co-chairwoman, and Bobbie Breen, treasurer. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Main Street Elyria, the organization that aimed to boost the profile of downtown Elyria, has returned from near dissolution. Last year, news that the organization was out of money, in debt and getting rid of its only paid employee — Executive Director Tamela Grubb — left many to wonder whether it could survive. And the Read More…

Judge James Burge, Prosecutor Dennis Will continue war of words

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Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge fired off a volley of shots aimed at Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will on Thursday, signifying the battle between the two elected officials is not waning. In response to a supplemental affidavit Will filed last week with the Ohio Supreme Court to further support his assertions that the Read More…

Most Lorain County third-graders pass reading level assessment

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Twelve 8- or 9-year-old students in Elyria could find themselves repeating third grade starting in the fall. That’s 2 percent of the more than 450 students who were a part of Elyria’s inaugural class of students affected by the state-mandated Third Grade Reading Guarantee. “To us, it’s always been about doing the work, finding out Read More…

Commissioners put 10-year mental health levy on November ballot

ELYRIA — Voters will decide a renewal levy to fund mental health services in Lorain County on the November ballot. The Lorain County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Wednesday to place a 1.2-mill renewal levy on the upcoming ballot. The levy generates about $7.31 million a year, said Charles Neff, executive director of the county Board Read More…

Avon man, 90, gets four years for ‘mercy killing’ of his wife

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ELYRIA — They were high school sweethearts married for 65 years. They met in church as teenagers and eventually raised a family in Avon. Then, in 2008, Robert Shaw took a step his attorney says was purely out of love. He smothered his 84-year-old wife, Virginia, with a pillow or blanket. He called 911 soon Read More…