April 25, 2015

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Family, Elyria Police Department, community gather to remember Kerstetter

Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely hugs Tammy Kerstetter, wife of fallen Elyria Police  Sgt. James A Kerstetter, following a memorial service at the police station Sunday afternoon on the five-year anniversary of Kerstetter's death.

  It happens every year. March 15 comes and the officers of the Elyria Police Department put on their dress uniforms and gather just outside the Elyria police station for a memorial service to honor one of their own, Sgt. James Kerstetter. During the short service Sunday, the biggest thing on everyone’s mind was time. Read More…

Daughters find strength in dad’s legacy

Shelby, 19, Misty, 22, and Bailey Kerstetter, 13, sit together on their grandparents' couch while they share how they are doing five years after their dad, Elyria police Sgt. James A. Kerstetter, was killed while on duty on March 15, 2010.

When Misty Kerstetter was playing basketball at Brookside High School, she remembers one game in particular when her father came to watch her play. She understood basketball was a contact sport but she didn’t shy away from the aggressive players. Even if it meant ending up on her butt, she said. Besides, she knew her Read More…

Elyria women’s groups combine for Wisdom Walkers

ELYRIA – A group of women’s clubs in Elyria, with different individual missions but all desiring to help young girls, are coming together under an Elyria YWCA program to streamline mentoring for area high school girls. Wisdom Walkers aims to walk in solidarity to reach young girls who could benefit from mentoring and exposure to Read More…

Are Jama, Schloss back in the Elyria superintendent search?

Board President Kathryn Karpus, left,  and board member Evelyn France speak at Friday’s school board meeting. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The Elyria school board, faced with criticism about how it has handled the search for a new superintendent, may have brought two local candidates back into contention. The board also may have suggested creating a community group to look at the candidates. And it also may have committed to starting all over again Read More…

Elyria board members explain questionnaire’s use

Board President Kathryn Karpus and board member Evelyn France speak to a group gathered at the school board meeting about their search for a new superintendent. KRISTIN BAUER/ CHRONICLE

Elyria school board members were not on the same page as to how they would fill the board vacancy created by Don Boddy’s resignation. The method used — including a questionnaire given out at random — to unanimously pick local businessman Greg Elek came under fire when Elyria residents came forward to say they also Read More…

Ridge Tool could be cutting back

ELYRIA — Another large employer with its corporate headquarters on a prominent corner is making business decisions that could have an impact on the city’s bottom line. Elyria-based Ridge Tool Co., producer of RIDGID-brand tools, employs some 350 people at its manufacturing facility on Clark Street but is in the process of making what it Read More…

Elyria school board blasted for lack of transparency

ELYRIA — The Elyria school board is being called out for its lack of transparency by those who said they inquired about the vacant board seat but heard nothing until school board members picked Don Boddy’s replacement in a closed-door meeting. In the two weeks between Boddy’s Feb. 18 resignation from the board and the Read More…

New member: Elyria school board should act openly

Greg Elek

ELYRIA — Greg Elek is joining the Elyria school board as it is in the middle of a contentious superintendent search. His Wednesday appointment came about when longtime board member Don Boddy quit because he didn’t agree with the search process. Elek, a certified public accountant, said Thursday he believes now is a crucial time Read More…

Elyria looks to Akron to solve police recruiting troubles

Elyria Police

ELYRIA — The Elyria Police Department is losing yet another young officer as Wednesday marked the last day of service for Officer Durrell Binford. Police Chief Duane Whitely delivered the news in the most innocuous way Monday night, more of a reminder to City Council that Elyria is losing officers faster than it can hire Read More…

Greg Elek named new Elyria school board member

Greg Elek

ELYRIA — Greg Elek, a certified public accountant, has been appointed to the Elyria school board. Elek will fill the seat once held by Don Boddy. Elek was unanimously appointed by fellow board members Wednesday nigh after a nearly 40-minute executive session. Board President Kathryn Karpus said Elek is a respected member of the community Read More…