May 26, 2015

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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…

Lorain County Sheriff’s Office warns against deadly pink heroin

A new drug known as pink heroin has been seen within the county and is responsible for at least one death last week. According to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force, pink heroin has turned up within the past few weeks. The substance appears to be heroin with a pinkish cast to it. Read More…

A hero on Veterans Day: ‘Free spirit’ couldn’t wait to serve

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LAGRANGE — Millie Karpinski’s delicate hands unfolded the Navy “blues” uniform she wore in 1945. The navy blue blazer, adorned with insignia of rank, and the skirt were tucked away in her cedar chest until she pulled it out Oct. 28. Karpinski, now 90, hadn’t tried on the blazer in years, but slowly, she put Read More…

Lorain Novelty announces closure at year’s end

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LORAIN — The Lorain Novelty Company, the family owned party store that catered to celebrating life’s special moments, will be closing after 94 years. The last day of business is slated for New Year’s Eve, one of the store’s most-profitable holidays in recent years. Since 1920, the store has been the “go-to” place for weddings, Read More…

State Route 57 open in Grafton; ‘cash mobs’ coming

State Route 57 in Grafton was open to both directions of traffic Friday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

  GRAFTON — State Route 57 in Grafton — torn up for months, leaving traffic mangled and businesses struggling — now is open to two-way travel. The work isn’t quite done yet, but traffic at least can travel in both directions. “It’s such a relief,” Mayor Megan Flanigan said Friday. “I just want to thank Read More…