September 2, 2014

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Two critically injured in motorcycle, SUV crash

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LORAIN — Two people suffered critical injuries in a collision between an SUV and a motorcycle Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Kansas Avenue and E Street. The male motorcyclist, whose name was not released by police, is a 45 year-old Lorain resident. The driver of the SUV, a silver 2008 Kia Sportage, was a Read More…

North Ridgeville no longer cites trains for blocking railroad crossings

A Norfolk Southern freight train passes through North Ridgeville on Thursday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Years ago it was common for the city to issue citations to freight railroads for blocking crossings that tied up traffic and frustrated motorists. Even though those trains still block local crossings, the railroad companies operating those trains are no longer cited. “We don’t cite them because essentially we don’t have the Read More…

Ohio Turnpike overpass getting upgrades

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Local motorists will endure yet another detour in coming weeks as the Maddock Road overpass above the Ohio Turnpike undergoes several weeks of improvements. According to a notice issued Tuesday by B.G. Trucking & Construction Inc., of Akron, Maddock Road will close to traffic from Center Ridge to Sugar Ridge Road during Read More…

Mills Road in North Ridgeville to be repaved

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A 1,700-foot-long stretch of Mills Road will be paved next week as part of ongoing summertime roadwork around the city. A portion of the road, which forms the boundary between North Ridgeville and Avon, will be milled down and repaved between Jaycox Road and state Route 83 beginning Monday. Traffic will be Read More…

Wrong-way Route 57 drivers getting tickets in Grafton

Traffic on state Route 57, which is Grafton’s Main Street, is expected to remain one-way with one lane of traffic going through the village until at least November.

GRAFTON — Police have handed out 18 tickets to motorists traveling the wrong way on the 1.25-mile stretch of state Route 57 in Grafton where traffic is limited to one lane in one direction. Those ticketed so far have been cited for entering Route 57 from side roads and attempting to drive north, in violation Read More…

Keystone sets meeting to discuss November levy

LAGRANGE — Convincing voters of the necessity of passing a 5.95-mill operating levy in November is a top priority, according to the head of the Keystone school district. “For us, this is very critical,” Superintendent Jay Arbaugh said this week. “If we can’t get new money for the first time in 20 years, we’re looking Read More…

Industry experts say Cedar Point ride accident ‘fluke’

In this May 4, 2006, file photo, people ride the Skyhawk at Cedar Point. The ride has been closed indefinitely after a cable snapped, injuring two visitors. (AP Photo/The Sandusky Register, Jason Werling, File)

SANDUSKY — Anytime an accident or ride malfunction occurs at an amusement or theme park, it makes news. Because such occurrences are so infrequent in an industry that gave more than 3 billion rides to 375 million visitors across the U.S. in 2013, every mishap is seen as a big deal, according to industry observers Read More…

NASA Glenn unveils new mission facility

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CLEVELAND — The last time new office buildings went up at the NASA Glenn Research Center, John F. Kennedy was president and the Beatles had yet to trigger their British invasion of America. Which is why the center’s new $20.5 million, energy-efficient and ultra-modern Mission Integration Center is a big deal. The 90,000-square-foot, three-story building Read More…

North Ridgeville condo owners consider suing city over flooding

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Nita Morrison and several fellow condominium owners in the city’s Northview Circle development have dogged City Council over recurring episodes of flooding dating to 2005. Morrison is circulating hundreds of fliers around town to try to drum up support for a class-action suit against the city. “I have had enough,” Morrison said Read More…

North Ridgeville school board OKs multiyear contract

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Mike McMillan readily acknowledged teachers and administrators bargained for a long time before coming to terms on a multiyear contract. But the 15-month period of talks, which began in April 2013, was worth it, he said. “It was important to get it right, and we did a thorough job,” said McMillan, a Read More…