September 20, 2014

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Family’s Lorain County Fair tradition culminates in Clair Hill award

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WELLINGTON — Hazel Pitts slowly walked up to the stage in front of the Lorain County Fair Board office at the Lorain County Fairgrounds and gently grabbed the box wrapped with green paper and a gold bow. Inside was a special gift from Elyria’s Vandemark Jewelers for Pitts, who was named this year’s Clair Hill Read More…

Ben Klier, Michaela Price named Lorain County Junior Fair royalty

Ben Klier and Michaela Price were crowned Junior Fair King and Queen on Monday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — Beneath her long purple gown, Michaela Price had on the perfect pair of shoes to showcase her style. A dark blue pair of cowgirl boots. After all, the Lorain County Fair stops for no one. Not even for the 2014 Lorain County Junior Fair queen — Price, 18, of Wellington Township, was crowned Read More…

Defective materials, craftsmanship necessitate work on Elyria High roof

ELYRIA — Roof work on the less-than-5-year-old Elyria High School will continue for at least another two months as crews work to repair defective construction from the initial building project. Elyria Schools has had problems with the roof on the school as well as the former roofing contractor hired to complete the job. In 2010, Read More…

Northwood’s new principal takes charge, teases brains

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ELYRIA — Michael Basinski is not trying to stump you. But quick — can you name the three non-presidents on U.S. currency? Or all four U.S. states that start with the word ‘New’ and all of the eight states that start with the letter M? He doesn’t want you to cheat. Google counts. No, this Read More…

Prospect Elementary School welcomes new principal

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Jessica Barwacz, 33, of Broadview Heights, is the new principal at Prospect Elementary School. This is her third year in Elyria Schools. Previously, she was assistant principal at Franklin Elementary for two years. In addition, she taught special needs students in North Ridgeville for eight years. Barwacz has a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State Read More…

New education standards applied in coming school year

Education in Ohio is experiencing rapid changes that will be fleshed out over the next three to five years. From school safety to new graduation requirements, a lot will need to be known by parents. Here is a brief overview of some of those changes from the Ohio Department of Education for the 2014-15 school Read More…

Resale store to open in honor of 8-year-old who was shot in 2009

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ELYRIA — Rhonda Washington has no doubts that if her granddaughter was alive today, the young girl would be the first to walk into a resale store and hunt for a new outfit to show off her style. NaJia Boone died when she was just 8 years old. But Washington said she will never forget Read More…

Harsh weather claims rose bushes along Route 57

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ELYRIA — Five years ago, a seasoned landscape professional predicted the rose bushes and perennials planted along state Route 57 would not survive long with the hot, blazing summers and cold, brutal winters of this region. This week, that prediction became reality as city crews cut away many of the plants, which cost upwards of Read More…

Franklin Elementary teachers preparing for start of 5-year program

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ELYRIA — Franklin Elementary is a school in transition. Backed by a $1.25 million grant from the Stocker Foundation — the largest single gift the Elyria-based nonprofit has bestowed on one project — the Elyria elementary school has 15 days to reassemble the parts and pieces and be ready Aug. 25 to open its doors Read More…

Elyria High band hopes ice cream fundraiser is ticket to Florida performance

ELYRIA — The Elyria High School Pioneering Marching Band is Florida bound. The 110-member band has been accepted to perform during the Edison Festival of Light grand parade in Fort Myers and in the afternoon parade at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. But before the drummers, flutists and trumpet players can travel to Read More…