April 24, 2014

Intermittent clouds

Updated: Elyria water customers asked to conserve

  UPDATE — SEE EARLIER STORY BELOW FOR MORE:   North Ridgeville, which contracts for about 75 percent of its water needs from Elyria, reported no problems with its water supply today, according to Al Swindig Jr., a supervisor with the city Service Department. “We’ve had no problems at all,” Swindig said. “They called us Read More…

Sorting out ahead in Elyria counsel issue

Holly Brinda

ELYRIA — Two laws and two lawyers with different opinions on whether a lawyer and his law firm can both have ties to the city — as is the case with Mayor Holly Brinda’s administrative legal counsel Ken Stumphauzer and his private practice — have set the stage for a discussion that will not be Read More…

Push is on to sign up holdouts for health insurance

Stephanie Wiersma, chief executive officer for Lorain County Health and Dentristry, speaks at a press conference Friday to promote insurance enrollment under the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at Elyria City Hall. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It was not President Barack Obama, comedian Zach Galifianakis and didn’t take place between two ferns, but Friday afternoon the message urging people to sign up for health insurance before the March 31 deadline came through during a press conference at Elyria City Hall. With the deadline to comply with the provisions of Read More…

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


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

salad bar slider

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


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

Holly Brinda

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


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…