October 23, 2014

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Ohio releases report cards for Lorain County school districts

The grading of Lorain County’s public schools shows that collectively districts are trying hard to hit academic benchmarks, but the higher standards put in place for this year have affected many with lower-than-expected grades, according to state report cards released today by the Ohio Department of Education. While some districts – Avon, Avon Lake and Read More…

Suspect facing felony charges in Elyria Twp. bank robbery

Robert Gauna

ELYRIA TWP. — A 31-year-old Bay Village man has been indicted on felony charges of bank robbery for a July 14 robbery of Lorain National Bank on North Ridge Road. A grand jury elected to charge Robert T. Gauna with the federal offense after hearing how he allegedly walked into the bank, pulled out a Read More…

Schools brace for release of educational report cards

ELYRIA — Educators want parents who plan to data mine the state report cards released today by the Ohio Department of Education to remember one thing: Change is neither easy nor pretty. Today’s release likely will result in fewer stellar report cards and more that reflect districts need improvement. Higher standards put in place by Read More…

Delay in immigration reform has local impact

Padro Ramirez Hernandez, shown with his family and friends on Aug. 16, 2013, is facing deportation after his request for stay was denied. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Delays in immigration reform — the latest coming just days ago when President Barack Obama announced he would postpone executive action on the issue until after the November election — have real-life implications, including the fate of a local family. On a conference call Tuesday, immigration advocates, attorneys and families grappling with the possibility of Read More…

Search underway for new Elyria Schools superintendent

Paul Rigda

ELYRIA — In less than two months, the Elyria school board will have in hand a list of educators vying to be the district’s next superintendent. The Ohio School Boards Association has posted an announcement on its website advertising for the position and will take applications until Oct. 31. Elyria Superintendent Paul Rigda, who has Read More…

Elyria, 2 employee groups OK contracts

ELYRIA — A plan to bring additional police officers and firefighters to the city hinges on a tax plan city officials are gambling will be a hit with voters come November. But before Election Day, the city and two of its largest employee groups — the Elyria Police Patrolmen’s Association and the local chapter of Read More…

Owner of old Spring Valley Golf Club owes $445K in back taxes

Developer Bob Corna stands Thursday at his new project, Valley of the Eagles, site of the former Spring Valley Golf Club on Gulf Road in Elyria. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — Bob Corna, the owner of the old Spring Valley Golf Club, is touting a big redevelopment project for the golf course, but he also is fighting a foreclosure lawsuit and owes more than $445,000 in delinquent property taxes. Taxes on the property, which includes slightly more than 200 acres listed as 17 parcels, Read More…

Husband, father ordered to return to Mexico

Pedro Ramirez-Hernandez, left, was reunited with his Elyria family in August 2012. He celebrated with Stephanie Rodriguez, 16, Seleste Wisniewski, Demareya Randleman, 16, Luis-Angel Hernandez, 5, and Juan Pino, 24, who suffers from cerebral palsy. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — The Elyria family that let its immigration and deportation story go public last year in hopes of keeping patriarch Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez in the country received devastating news this week. The Detroit field office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement ordered Hernandez to leave the country, said his wife, Seleste Wisniewski, a U.S. citizen. The Read More…

Developer of old Spring Valley Golf Club says he has financing for new projects

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ELYRIA — Bob Corna knows his word doesn’t carry much weight with some people. In the seven years the seasoned developer has owned the former Spring Valley Golf Club, he has presented to city officials and community members so many reiterations of rebirth for the recreational course that this summer’s movement — spotted by anyone Read More…

Lorain County Metro Parks buying closed golf course as ‘Grafton connector’

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GRAFTON — Lorain County Metro Parks is taking a step toward linking its Indian Hollow Reservation properties with the former Royal Oaks Golf Club. The parks district is purchasing the closed course off Parsons Road, between Sheldon Woods and the Midview Soccer Complex, giving park goers a new connection between the two properties. When acquired, Read More…