April 18, 2015


Elyria High School graduates its first class

Elyria graduates enter for commencement at Ely Stadium on Friday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Four years ago, more than 400 students walked through the halls of the new Elyria High School as freshmen. Friday night, those students, now the class of 2014, graduated. Elyria High School Principal Thomas Jama remembers the first time he spoke to the new graduates in 2011. “I shared a vision of goals Read More…

Keystone commencement full of joy, sorrow after senior’s death

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ELYRIA — Wearing small red ribbons in memory of one of their own, members of the Keystone High School class of 2014 proceeded down the aisle of the Elyria First Baptist Church on Friday while “Pomp and Circumstance” played in the background, trying to keep their composure. After all, this moment was 13 years in Read More…

Men charged after animals removed from farm


GRAFTON TWP. — Two men were charged with obstructing official business and animal cruelty after Lorain County sheriff’s deputies received a tip that animals were being housed in “horrible conditions.” Deputies were requested at 36450 state Route 303 in Grafton Township by Humane Officer Denise Willis in reference to farm animals in poor living conditions. Read More…

Columbia Branch Library dealing with flooding for second year

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COLUMBIA TWP. — For the second consecutive year, the Lorain Public Library System’s Columbia Branch has flooded after heavy rains. The library has been closed since May 13 after the storms May 12 led to flooding at the building that evening. Restoration crews have been working inside the library at 13824 West River Road North. Read More…

Family, friends remember Keystone senior

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LAGRANGE — A “Home of a Keystone Graduate” sign is displayed in foliage of the Stiner family’s front yard on Hendrix Boulevard. In the garage, lawn chairs formed a circle while bikes hung from the ceiling. Dennis Stiner sat on one of the chairs but quickly went inside to gather the students who were inside Read More…

New gas station coming to LaGrange

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LAGRANGE — Beck Suppliers Inc., based in Fremont, will soon be opening another FriendShip food store in Lorain County — this one on North Street in LaGrange. Mayor Kim Strauss confirmed the purchase of a 1.55-acre lot between the IGA shopping plaza and U.S. Grant Street. The Lorain County auditor’s website stated the property had Read More…

Big Brothers Big Sisters fulfills Mother’s Day wish

Mitzi Barrett and her son, Ronier Barrett-Reid, 13, enjoy playing board games at their Avon home Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

  AVON — The moment when Mitzi Barrett and her 13-year-old son, Ronier Barrett-Reed, remove a board game from a shelf, competitive energy fills the atmosphere of their home until a winner is declared. Scrabble and Monopoly are the favorite board games in their household. During these games, mother and son have formed a special Read More…

Oberlin Head Start to close

OBERLIN — The Oberlin Head Start facility will close in July, but services will continue in other Lorain County locations. Parents were notified Friday that the Oberlin Head Start, 12078 Leavitt Road, will close, effective July 31. The center has assisted infants, toddlers and preschoolers for nearly 18 years. However, according to a news release, Read More…

Spider-Man thrills movie-goers at debut

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  ELYRIA — As children and the young at heart entered Atlas Cinemas on Friday, they received a thrill: “Oh, wow, look — Spider-Man!” Parents were just as awestruck as their children when face to face with superheroes — including Spider-Man, “Electro” and characters from The X-Men. Friday marked the debut of “The Amazing Spider-Man Read More…

Multi-vehicle crash in Wellington remains under investigation

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WELLINGTON — Officials were not releasing the number and identities of the persons involved in a motor vehicle accident at state Route 18 and Quarry Road on Friday evening. However, according to a dispatcher with the Elyria post of the Ohio Highway Patrol, no fatalities were reported at the scene. Earlier reports indicated that helicopters Read More…