April 25, 2014

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15 percent in Lorain County ‘food insecure’

A study released Friday confirms what many food banks in Lorain County already know: At least 15 percent of those living in the county are “food insecure.” Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, shows a growing population at risk of hunger throughout Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio’s service area, which Read More…

Woman allegedly tries to gouge out husband’s eyes

Ameryst Blaylock

LORAIN — A woman who bit off part of her husband’s lip in March 2012 is behind bars again, this time for allegedly attacking him in their home. Lorain police responded to a call at 9:16 p.m. Thursday in the 2000 block of Washington Avenue after a man had locked himself in a closet, trying Read More…

Family, friends of domestic violence victims hold vigil

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LORAIN — The family of Margaret McCoy huddled together Friday night, taking turns writing the words “Grandma Marge” on several helium balloons that then floated away into the sunset over Lake Erie at Lakeview Park. It was an emotional evening for the family of Jeff Bruce, whose mother was Margaret McCoy, a victim of domestic Read More…

Man to receive kidney donation from neighbor down the street

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OBERLIN — Sitting side-by-side at the dining room table, 42-year-old David Wilburn and 54-year-old Tracy Rachel compare T-shirts. “I see you have your Cleveland Indians shirt on today,” Rachel said to Wilburn while showing him she, too, is wearing a Cleveland Indians shirt. He smiles and nods. Cheering for the same baseball team isn’t the only link Read More…

Avon Middle School student repeats as spelling bee winner

Kaitlin Hall, left, placed first in the spelling bee district final and Ozi Ojukwu placed second Friday night at Midview West Elementary School. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — It was a bee to remember. After 31 rounds — the most time spent spelling words the judges could remember — Kaitlin Hall was declared the champion of the 2014 district final spelling bee. This is the second consecutive year Kaitlin has won the district bee. Kaitlin, an eighth-grader from Avon Middle Read More…

Keystone schools seek tax levy

LAGRANGE — The Keystone Elementary School building on Liberty Street one day may become a community recreation center. But there’s a hitch. Read More…

Avon Middle School student repeats as district spelling champion

Kaitlin Hall won the 2014 East District Spelling Bee on Friday.

AVON — After an intense 15-minute word-battle between the two spelling bee finalists, Kaitlin Hall was declared the winner of the 2014 East District Spelling Bee preliminary at Avon Heritage North on Friday. Kaitlin Hall, an eighth-grader from Avon Middle School, went head-to-head with Emma Jankowski, a seventh-grader at Avon Lake’s Learwood Middle School. This Read More…

First Baptist eighth-grader wins West District Spelling Bee

Ozi Ojukwu, of Elyria, won the West District Spelling Bee on Friday at Amherst Junior High. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AMHERST — The 2014 West District Spelling Bee was a sweet finish for Ozi Ojukwu when she correctly spelled empanada — a turnover filled with a sugary or savory filling. Ozi, 13, an eighth-grader at First Baptist Christian School of Elyria, and Elizabeth Ziegelmeyer, 14, an eighth-grade student at St. Jude School, were the final Read More…

Keystone student improving, moved to long-term care site

Kyle Delligatti

LAGRANGE — As Kyle Delligatti continues to make slight medical improvements, friends, teachers and community members have taken it upon themselves to help his family any way they can. Kyle, 17, was involved in a two-car crash Feb. 5 on state Route 301 near Webster Road. After being treated at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Read More…

Flooding hampers access to Commerce Drive businesses

Commerce Drive in LaGrange often floods after heavy rain and snow melts, as shown in this recent photo. PHOTO PROVIDED

LAGRANGE — Employees with businesses on Commerce Drive arrived at work Friday morning nearly unable to drive to their designated companies due to high waters. And this isn’t the first time employees have had difficulty arriving to work after heavy rains or snow melting. Employees at STACI Corporation have been known to walk through knee-high Read More…