October 24, 2014

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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…

RESCUED

VERMILION — As the Vermilion River continued to crest Saturday, six families who failed to heed evacuation warnings were rescued by the Vermilion Fire Department and other local emergency management agencies. Fire Chief Chris Stempowski said a text alert was sent out to Vermilion residents at 3:03 p.m. Friday notifying them of an ice jam Read More…

Families rescued from flooding along Vermilion River

The homes along Riverside Drive in Vermilion flooded past the first story of some homes on Saturday due to large amounts of snow melting and rain. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — As the Vermilion River continued to crest Saturday, six families who failed to heed evacuation warnings were rescued by the Vermilion Fire Department and other local emergency management agencies. Fire Chief Chris Stempowski said a text alert was sent out to Vermilion residents at 3:03 p.m. Friday notifying them of an ice jam along Read More…

Leadership Lorain County honors difference makers

Eric Nord Award for Excellence in Leadership recipient, Brian Frederick; Excellence in Leadership award recipient Claudia Jones; Excellence in Leadership award recipients Sue Bowers, Marcia Miller, Nancy Sullivan and Libby Thuning, all founders of “100 Women Who Care About Lorain County;” and Excellence in Leadership award for an organization, PolyOne Corp. accepted by Bob Patterson, executive vice president and chief operating officer with PolyOne Corporation. PHOTO PROVIDED

ELYRIA — Leadership Lorain County honored those who have put forth significant time to help others during the annual Difference Makers Gala on Friday at the Spitzer Conference Center. This year’s recipients include: Brian Frederick, president and CEO at Community Foundation of Lorain County; Claudia Jones, retired associate director of fund development at Oberlin College; Read More…

Keystone student remains critical after crash

Kyle Delligatti

LAGRANGE — Kyle Delligatti’s family has spent nearly every moment by his bedside at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, hoping the teen who brings positive energy to his classmates wakes up. Kyle’s father, Shane Delligatti, said his 17-year-old son is no longer medically sedated. “We are still waiting for him to wake up. He is Read More…

Trooper’s widow helps Pete Soto Chili Cook-off to benefit Lorain County Blue Foundation

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Family photos inside Jean Paris’ house tell the story of a close-knit family of four: A family that laughed together, enjoyed Nerf gun wars and found happiness by spending time together. But on Aug. 1, 2012, Jean’s husband of 18 years suffered a heart attack and died in her arms at their LaGrange home. Ohio Read More…

King’s dream awakens in Lorain event

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LORAIN — As the small audience sat in pews within the Greater Victory Christian Ministries, a powerful message was delivered in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. On Friday, an estimated 60 people gathered as “100 Men of Lorain County” presented “Time to Wake Up from the Dream!,” which focused on what King’s dream achieved Read More…