October 9, 2015


About Melissa Linebrink

Melissa Linebrink covers Grafton, LaGrange and Columbia Township for The Chronicle, and writes the "Mommy Wars" column. She can be reached at 329-7243 or MLinebrink@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter.

Picture of bride’s proud father with her stepfather goes viral


Posted by Delia D Blackburn Photography on Monday, September 28, 2015 ELYRIA — A photo taken by wedding photographer Delia D. Blackburn of LaGrange has gone viral within the past two days after she managed to capture a magical moment that is now tugging at the hearts of people across the world. Before Brittany Peck’s wedding Read More…

Packed meeting gets heated as Butternut Ridge Road closure debated


CARLISLE TWP. — A Republic Services representative shared the company’s plans to possibly close a portion of Butternut Ridge Road to concerned residents during Monday night’s township meeting. As 7 p.m. approached, it became standing-room only in the regular trustee meeting hall, forcing the trustees to move the meeting into the enclosed garage, allowing for Read More…

Lorain police: Officer drew gun to keep threatening crowd at bay

LORAIN — Police are investigating two Sunday unrelated shootings within the city. According to Lorain police, at 2:35 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to shots fired at 2013 W. 19th Court. While responding, officers learned that there was a shooting victim at the residence. It was also during this time when they saw another man flee Read More…

Fitness initiative unveils circuit path at Midview field day

STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE Midview Middle and Intermediate School students exercise at United We Sweat at Midview High on SepT. 15.

EATON TWP. — The Midview Schools campus, along with Ross Stadium, was transformed into an outdoor recreational center Tuesday as students in fifth through eighth grades learned the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle by actively participating in fitness stations. Large beach balls flew through the air. Parachutes mushroomed above the grass with students running Read More…

Nearly 700 rally against heroin addiction

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Myrtle Rizer, of Sheffield Lake, speaks with Brenda Stewart, of Columbus, on Friday night, Sept. 11 while attending the Hope Over Heroin event, hosted at Black River Landing in Lorain.  Rizer came with her group, Church of the North Coast, and is wearing a large chain around her neck to represent "breaking the chain of addiction." Stewart attended the event with The Addicts Parents United, a group that seeks to help parents coping with their kids addiction.

LORAIN — Dodging raindrops, nearly 700 people gathered Friday night along Black River Landing to bring hope to those families affected by heroin addiction. During the annual “Hope Over Heroin in Lorain County,” 40 vendors set up tables under the pavilion where pamphlets, fliers and business cards were handed out in an effort to curb Read More…

Little library checks in to LaGrange


LAGRANGE — In the center of a tiny community now sits a little library made of wood that can store 50 books. On Thursday, Friends of the Keystone-LaGrange Community Library dedicated the little library to residents with the help of children who brought books to share with others. The little library was provided by the Read More…

Columbia Library recovering after flooding damage


COLUMBIA TWP. — Susan Trujillo sat at a computer station, perusing sites on the Internet, while a hammer pounded away in the otherwise quiet building Tuesday. Trujillo shook off the noise, however, because it was a result of needed repairs being made to the Columbia Branch Library as a result of past flooding. Lorain Public Read More…

Riding in her sister’s honor

Erin Hostal, 17, of LaGrange, shows off her horse Della on Friday at the Lorain County Fair.  MELISSA LINEBRINK/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — Wearing a tank top, jean shorts and cowboy boots, Erin Hostal walked through Barn 15 of the Lorain County Fair, home to the junior fair horses with her horse Della at her side. “Horse coming through!” Erin announced as she passed between the walkway leading out to the round pen where she allowed Read More…

Three-vehicle crash kills Elyria man

NEW RUSSIA TWP. — A three-vehicle crash killed an Elyria man and injured two other local residents, despite all of them wearing their seat belts. Hubert H. Vaughan, 48, of Elyria, was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Elyria post, Vaughan was driving a 2001 Ford Focus east on U.S. Read More…

Cousins honored for helping to save infant from crash into house


AVON — Standing side by side, their arms wrapped around each other, Jacob Majkut and his cousin, Damian Garcia, looked out from the balcony of All Pro Freight Stadium and onto the diamond Friday night. To sum it up in their words — it was awesome. A far cry from the horror both Jacob, 12, Read More…