July 7, 2015

Elyria
Partly cloudy
68°F

Elyria forum between police, community was needed but poorly attended

ELYRIA — It was a discussion worth having and hearing for the handful who turned out for Saturday morning’s community forum on fostering safer neighborhoods by improved relationships and greater trust between residents, police and the court system. “There should be more people in this room,” the Rev. Carl Small said as he looked out Read More…

Sunflowers planted for Maria, ready to grow

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AVON — Saturday’s second planting of sunflower seeds in a field next to Interstate 90 by the Prayers from Maria Children’s Glioma Research Foundation drew 75 to 100 people, including a visitor from Georgia. Joanne Previts came out for the mass planting in honor of Maria McNamara with her mother, Fran Previts, of Rocky River, Read More…

North Ridgeville reaps rewards of rising recycling rates

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The city has again received one of the county’s biggest recycling grants from the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District. The $50,601 grant will be put to a variety of uses ranging from the purchase of new trash barrels and plastic lumber tables for city parks to recycled paper for city departments Read More…

North Ridgeville council, resident look to clear up cluster confusion

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A planned housing development calling for a mix of single-family and cluster-style housing has led one longtime resident to ask City Council to reject a pending amendment to residential lot size regulations that would allow smaller lots for cluster housing. The city’s current legislation governing lot sizes requires a minimum 60 feet Read More…

Paintball competitors take aim at inaugural event

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — For the trio of Colorado men pulling on camouflage pants and padded jerseys Friday behind an SUV among hundreds of vehicles parked at Victory Sports Park, the long road trip was all about competition. “This is the biggest and baddest,” Corwin Sheahen, 25, of Denver, said of the inaugural three-day NXL Great Read More…

Man sentenced to three years in prison for role in drive-by beating

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — One of three teens accused in the assault and robbery of a local teenager walking home from the 2014 Corn Festival has been sentenced to three years in prison. Derrick Foster, 19, of Lorain, was sentenced Tuesday by visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny after he entered guilty pleas to charges of felonious assault, Read More…

Classmates pay tribute at North Ridgeville commencement

From left, Julie Slatcoff, Brittany Holbert, Mitchell Fretch and Brianna McElhaney wait for the start of North Ridgeville commencement Tuesday at Lorain County Community College. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Co-valedictorian Kristina Rose Steidl summed it up when she said tragedy led to a special bond among the North Ridgeville High School class of 2015. “We wept and mourned when a tragedy occurred two weeks into our freshman year that united us in a way most classes are not,” Steidl said during her Read More…

Construction to start July 1 on new North Ridgeville school/stadium complex

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — School officials are looking to start construction July 1 on the city’s nearly $60 million new school and sports stadium complex. That date has been penciled in for some time, according to William Greene, assistant superintendent for North Ridgeville Schools, despite a bump in the road caused by having to select a Read More…

Retired firefighter criticizes North Ridgeville council over memorial plaque

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A retired firefighter came before City Council on Monday night to again press for a plaque honoring an Elyria firefighter who died helping victims of a 1963 North Ridgeville car crash to be restored to the city’s fire museum. Gene Kleinholz brought the issue up during Council’s closing public comment session, saying Read More…

Don’t charge North Ridgeville residents for unused water, councilman says

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A City Council member wants to give some residents a break when it comes to paying for water. Dennis Boose, D-2nd Ward, said he will propose eliminating a minimum charge for some 15 percent of city residents who use less than the current 400 cubic feet of water per month for which Read More…