April 18, 2014

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Karlie Plas, Grafton’s ‘Pink Princess,’ dies of cancer at 20

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Kellie Plas was soft-spoken, calm and even giggled a bit as she talked about her daughter, a young woman who affectionately went by the nickname “The Pink Princess.” Plas said her daughter, Karlie Plas, often wrote in a journal about how she wanted to go to college in England, find the love of her life, Read More…

Elyria High School adds salad bar to lunch menu

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It’s lunch time at Elyria High School, and the menu has all the staples of teenage dining — pizza, burgers and french fries. But there is also a new offering that has become a popular choice among students: a salad bar. “We did it because the students were basically asking for it,” said Scott Teaman, Read More…

School districts can choose alternative reading test for third-graders

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ELYRIA — Districts will be allowed to give third-grade students one of three alternative reading tests before the Third Grade Reading Guarantee kicks in and state law requires students to be held back. This is the year the state’s highly controversial mandate comes into play, which will force all school districts to get every student Read More…

Elyria City Council seeks review of legal counsel costs

Scott Serazin

ELYRIA — City Council wants an outsider to tell them if Mayor Holly Brinda should have used her administrative legal counsel’s law firm to negotiate labor contracts on behalf of the city. In 2013, Elyria law firm Stumphauzer O’Toole racked up more than $68,000 in legal fees sitting at the table as the city worked Read More…

Elyria Council debates role of mayor’s legal counsel

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City Council members are questioning the role of the mayor’s legal counsel after she asked them to hire another firm for a job they thought he was doing. And, the firm is not just any firm. It is Walter Haverfield LLP, where Ken Stumphauzer is a non-equity partner, raising the question of whether it’s appropriate Read More…

Students participate in annual Science Olympiad

Lee Burneson Middle School seventh-grader Nick Bauer, 14, and eighth grader Sanil Gosain, 13, set up their robot Wall-E.

ELYRIA — If the scientists, doctors and physicists of tomorrow are born from the sacrifices of today, dozens of middle and high school students from the region will say that sacrifice began with giving up a Saturday all in the name of science. “Yes, I actually got up at 6:30 this morning to do science Read More…

Elyria, Lorain tackling potholes as weather permits

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ELYRIA — With a gently used hot box and tons of cold patch, Elyria workers are tackling this year’s scourge of potholes the only way they know how: one hole at a time. Scott Payne, Elyria’s Street Department superintendent, said the plowing and patching cycle of this winter has taken on a life of its Read More…

Elyria elementary teacher writes Washington Post editorial on public school testing

Dawn Neely-Randall

ELYRIA — Dawn Neely-Randall is the kind of teacher who will have her fifth-grade language arts students read a novel featuring a biscuit-baking contest as a plot twist, and then bring her students homemade biscuits to wrap up the unit. Or, she will assign them to write essays to civil rights leader Dr. James Lawson, Read More…

Schools on their own with calamity days amid stalemate in Legislature

ELYRIA — The back-and-forth debate over adding calamity days continues in Columbus, leaving school officials to deal with their mangled school schedules. It’s not often school districts use all of their calamity days and then some, but that’s the story for Lorain County schools this winter. To deal with the fallout, new buzzwords — make-up Read More…

Nord Center to help Elyria High girls overcome violence

ELYRIA — The quest at Elyria High School to help girls mature into women continues in earnest with help from the Elyria YWCA and now the Nord Center. It was two years ago when Principal Tom Jama sounded the alarm about an epidemic of violence involving young girls that was threatening the climate of the Read More…