May 3, 2016

Elyria
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Seventh-graders vie for top spot in bee

AVON — It was a battle between two seventh-graders at the end of the preliminary round of the 33rd annual spelling bee Friday at Avon Middle School. Within an hour into the bee, the final two contestants, Renee Clippinger and Aum Desai began spelling word after word in an effort to be crowned the winner. Read More…

County’s best drawn to Difference Makers Gala

“Innovation” was the theme for Leadership Lorain County’s 13th annual Difference Makers Gala. Through new approaches to solving problems within the county and serving the community, this year’s recipients focused on the arts and looked for better strategies in giving. At the gala Friday night at the Spitzer Conference Center, William Harper, executive director of Read More…

Stars come to Avon Lake: ‘Dark Skies, Bright Kids’ shows night sky up close

AVON LAKE — Pierce DiFilippo sat near his dad, Dr. Anthony DiFilippo, on the floor of the inflatable planetarium, gazing up into the “night sky” as Cuyahoga Astronomical Association member Suzie Dills brought the sky to life with stars. “Do you see these three stars here? That is called Orion’s Belt,” Dills told the crowd. Read More…

Persistence helps Keystone student overcome injury, pass tests to graduate

LAGRANGE — Rachel Liller was proud to think she’d continue the tradition in her family of graduating from Keystone High School. Her parents, Jerry Liller Jr. and Susan Liller, both graduated from the school in 1985. Rachel, 18, was to be the last of eight generations of her mother’s family to receive a diploma from Read More…

Wood from old barns gets second life

As the wind whipped through the partially deconstructed 150-year-old barn on Albrecht Road in New Russia Township, a whistling sound rose from the sandstone base to the airy rafters. In its prime, the old barn was used to store hay. Today, the wooden beams supporting the structure are rotting, causing a potential safety hazard. A Read More…

Fire guts home

BRIGHTON TWP. — Fire crews from multiple departments in Lorain County battled a structure fire at 23400 Gore Orphanage Road on Friday. A neighbor reported the fire at 8:20 p.m. The single-story house was 50 percent “fully engulfed” by the time fire crews arrived at the scene. The Wellington Fire Department was the main unit Read More…

Slain couple mourned at vigil

ELYRIA — Family and friends of Michael and Fannie Lewis gathered around the steps of the Lorain County Adult Probation Building, consoling each other during a vigil Friday in memory of the slain couple. At 7 p.m. Friday, homemade posters read, “True Love Never Dies: Fly High,” while candles burned and people spoke out in Read More…

Man critical after two-vehicle Camden Township crash

CAMDEN TOWNSHIP — A Kipton man is in critical condition after a two-vehicle crash on Vermilion Road near State Route 511. Michael Hill, 54, was taken by LifeFlight to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. The driver of the other vehicle, Dawn Byers, 47, of LaGrange, was uninjured. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Byers, Read More…

Viral wedding photo family to make TV appearance

Life for Brittany Peck hasn’t been the same since she said “I do” to husband Jeremy Peck in September. A photograph taken by local photographer Delia D. Blackburn at the wedding showing her biological father, Todd Bachman, grabbing the hand of the other man who helped raise her, Todd Cendrosky, and walking her down the Read More…

Grafton Twp. woman gets creative to raise money for friend

By day, Dianna Mezurek helps run her husband’s agriculture businesses, New NW Sales Co., based in New Wilmington, Pa., and Mezurek Livestock, in Grafton. But, during the quiet hours of night — after her son, Chance Mezurek, has gone to bed — Dianna Mezurek ventures into her makeshift art studio where she lets her creativity Read More…