May 28, 2016

Elyria
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Superintendent: Elyria Schools strive to excel

ELYRIA — The state of Elyria Schools is good. But the district wants to be exceptional. Superintendent Tom Jama spoke Wednesday during his State of the Schools address about what it means to offer an exceptional education, but it wasn’t until the lights dimmed and the little glowing robotic balls zoomed into the room that Read More…

Wave of overdoses put Elyria Police on alert

ELYRIA — A reported six drug overdoses in less than 24 hours have Elyria police on high alert. Police Capt. Chris Costantino said the overdose calls started early Tuesday afternoon and went on into Wednesday morning. He said none was fatal and narcotics detectives are aggressively investigating each case. Toxicology tests on items found at Read More…

Engineer: Rough Elyria roads require consultant

ELYRIA — City Engineer Tim Ujvari defended the need to hire an outside consultant to help jumpstart road construction projects by saying simple paving jobs would not be enough to fix some of Elyria’s roads. Instead, those roads could need reconstructive work to get them up to par. Blame it on years of neglect, Ujvari Read More…

Elyria chief: Drug combo appears to be unique

ELYRIA — A highly potent new drug combination recently found locally hasn’t been reported elsewhere, said Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely. Last week, law enforcement sounded the alarm about two dangerous drugs newly identified through testing at the Lorain County Crime Lab. The first, identified as U4700, has a potency reported to be 7.5 times Read More…

Elyria health district merger moves to full Council

ELYRIA — Lorain County Health Commissioner Dave Covell said it best: Politics and public health don’t always mix. Covell, who runs the Lorain County General Health District, made the remark toward the end of a long meeting Monday night when Elyria City Council debated shuttering the Elyria City Health District. Merging with the county agency Read More…

Avon Lake awaits Elyria’s decision on Lorain County General Health District

ELYRIA — Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka doesn’t necessarily want his city to be the saving grace of the Elyria City Health Department, and Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda doesn’t want to throw Avon Lake a lifeline. The idea that Elyria could stave off joining the Lorain County General Health District for a few years and Read More…

Grace steps down

ELYRIA — Main Street Elyria and Bill Grace have parted ways. The former mayor of Elyria turned executive director of the nonprofit organization that aims to boost the profile of downtown Elyria tendered his resignation Wednesday, he said. Grace, 52, called the separation a natural progression of the interim status of the job. “My work Read More…

Union asks Elyria City Council to delay health district vote

ELYRIA — City Council is ready to vote on the future of the Elyria City Health District as union employees make the case to save the department. In a letter to the 11 members of Council, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 277, the health district’s chapter, implored Council Read More…

Lorain County United Way honored as best in the state

The United Way of Greater Lorain County was honored Wednesday as the best United Way agency in the state. The group, headed by Executive Director Bill Harper, received the honor of 2016 Ohio United Way of the Year. State Sen. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville, recognized agency representatives Ryan Aroney, Orlando Jones and Marco Cuevas on Read More…

Donation provides boost to Elyria Schools’ IT security

ELYRIA — Elyria Schools is getting pricey hacker armor in the form of new software designed to keep out unwanted network intruders. The cost to the district for the software, valued at $174,000: Absolutely nothing. Binary Defense Systems, based in Hudson, is donating its BDS Vision Software, along with consulting fees, and yearly monitoring. David Read More…