April 28, 2015

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Backpacks pack needed supplies for families

COLUMBIA TWP. – Diana Lafferty grew up in a family committed to helping others in need. “My mom and dad raised four of their own kids and took in any friends or family member kids when they needed help,” Lafferty said from her home in Columbia Township. Bearing witness to her parents compassion for others, Read More…

Positive outlook keeps teen going

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COLUMBIA TWP. — Ryan Egbertson celebrated a milestone birthday Oct. 10 — he turned 18 and was officially an adult. He celebrated the day with his family and friends, talking about plans for the future. Ryan, who studies plumbing and pipefitting at Lorain County Joint Vocational School, will graduate in a few months. When he Read More…

Elyria boy’s face graces GAP ad

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ELYRIA — Kneeling down, in front of world-renowned fashion photographer Stefano Azario, Christian Newton wore a pair of GAP jeans, a jean jacket and a white-and-yellow-striped long-sleeved shirt. He completed the outfit with a baseball hat and prepared for his first professional photo shoot for GAP, a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories and personal Read More…

Gas globe collector still pumped after decades

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LAGRANGE — Scott Benjamin descends down his basement steps and flicks a switch, bringing his man cave to light. From floor to ceiling, on every inch of wall space, are old-fashioned gasoline globes in every color and brand. Sinclair, Texaco and Sohio globes glow in his basement much like they did in years gone by Read More…

UPDATED: Keystone superintendent placed on administrative leave

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  LAGRANGE — Keystone Schools superintendent Jay Arbaugh was placed on paid administrative leave, effective immediately, Friday morning pending an investigation into allegations of “serious misconduct.”   School board president Ronald Sheldon and vice president Renee Mezera, along with the district’s attorney, met with Arbaugh at his office, where they informed him of the investigation, Read More…

Principle of unity marks first night of Kwanzaa

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ELYRIA — Dressed in traditional attire, local minister Gerald Evans celebrated the city’s 36th annual Kwanzaa celebration Friday night at Kanisa House on Cleveland Street. It is a tradition of the nonprofit First Community Interfaith Institute of Ohio to invite people to learn about Kwanzaa, a holiday that celebrates family, community and culture. The holiday Read More…

Clearview student donates $200, puzzles for Not-Forgotten Box

NaTasha Miller, 17, is old enough to know that during the holidays, some people need a little extra help to make the season brighter. On Friday, NaTasha, a junior at Clearview High School, stopped by The Chronicle’s Not-Forgotten Box where she donated $200 and 22 puzzles. For three consecutive years, NaTasha has collected loose change Read More…

Search continues for Lorain man missing since Nov. 14

Several people gather at Day's Dam Park in Lorain to search for Aaron Zimmerman, who has been missing for over a week now, on Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Dale Zimmerman stood in the doorway of his Camden Avenue home, the tell-tale signs of exhaustion displayed on his face: tired, sad eyes; unshaven beard; disheveled hair. In his hands, he held pictures of his son, Aaron Zimmerman, as if he was willing his son to walk up the front steps and back Read More…

Lorain auditor Ron Mantini retiring; treasurer eyes seat

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LORAIN — Lorain City Auditor Ron Mantini has announced his retirement, effective December 2015. At a Lorain City Democratic Party Sustaining Club reception Saturday night, Lorain City Treasurer Karen Shawver announced her intention to seek the auditor’s office. Shawver plans to run for office on the May ballot. “I will continue to be the treasurer Read More…

Search for missing man today at Day’s Dam

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LORAIN — Family and friends of Aaron Zimmerman will conduct a search along with park rangers beginning at 10:30 a.m. today at Lorain County Metro Parks Day’s Dam, which is part of the Black River Reservation. Zimmerman, 27, of Lorain, left his home on Camden Avenue Nov. 14 and hasn’t returned. He was last seen Read More…