May 27, 2015

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UPDATED: Home of OSU commit searched by U.S. marshals

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — U.S. marshals, looking for a fugitive on its Dangerous Dozen list, searched a North Ridgeville home and found a substantial amount of marijuana. Marshals from the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force searched the home of Rhonda Young in the 32100 block of Cook Road about 10 a.m. Thursday, looking for her Read More…

Second Harvest Food Bank readies for move into new Lorain facility

Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio's new facility on Baumhart Road in Lorain on April 22. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Even though the cavernous space rapidly taking shape as the new home of Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio now has walls, offices and freezer rooms, it’s still plenty big. “People keep coming in and saying it looks bigger now than when it was all open,” Julie Chase-Morefield, Second Harvest’s executive Read More…

Digging history: Students from Elyria, Lorain experience archaeological excavation

Students from the Early College program at Lorain County Community College dig out a section at the dig site on Johnson's Island the home of a former prison camp that held Confederate soldiers. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

MARBLEHEAD — Educators admit it’s tough to capture the attention of today’s technology-engaged youth, but the high school freshmen who spent the day Tuesday on Johnson’s Island really dug it. Ninth-graders from Elyria and Lorain enrolled in the Early College High School program at Lorain County Community College spent the day digging in the dirt Read More…

North Ridgeville fire renewal

North Ridgeville firefighters Chris Federan, left, and Dan Rogers pose with the new Fire Engine 22 at Fire Station 2 on Lorain Road on April 10. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Issue 19 What it is: a 1.9-mill renewal levy Duration: 5 years How much would it raise: $1.34 million annually Purpose: Fire Department operations Cost to taxpayers: $50.44 a year for the owner of a home valued at $100,000 NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Fire Chief John Reese gets it that no one likes to pay taxes, Read More…

North Ridgeville Fourth Ward


William L. Gardner Age: 67 Party: Republican Education: Graduate of North Ridgeville High School and Marietta College; graduate of U.S. Air Force Academy; former Air Force pilot Family: Married to wife, Teresa; daughters, Katarina and Megan Job history: President of Cleveland Vibrator Co. (1990-2012); service director for North Ridgeville and Sheffield Lake (1992-2010); North Ridgeville Read More…

North Ridgeville road renewal

Issue 17 What it is: a 1.9-mill levy Duration: 5 years How much would it raise: $1.3 million a year Purpose: pays for construction, resurfacing, repair of city streets, roads and bridges Cost to homeowner: $50.44 annually for owners of homes worth $100,000 NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Making city streets smoother and safer for motorists is Read More…

Keystone Schools: Additional levy

Keystone Elementary third-graders Alyssa Sugerik, 8, and Brenna Taylor, 8, write about their favorite school teachers during Family Day, hosted March 28 at Keystone Elementary School. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Issue 14 What it is: a 7.95-mill operating levy Duration: continuous How much would it raise: $1.9 million a year Purpose: to pay staff salaries and benefits Cost to homeowner: $278 annually for owners of homes with $100,000 valuation LAGRANGE — Keystone school officials know one of the biggest hurdles they have to overcome to Read More…

North Ridgeville Third Ward


Georgia Awig Age: 64 Party: Republican Education: Kent State University; bachelor of science in nursing Family: Husband, Don; son, Brian (Ginger); daughter, Michelle (Ben); grandchildren Owen, Kyle, Cody, Chloe, Claire Job history: Registered nurse for 24 years at local hospitals, long-term care facilities and home health care agencies; taught nursing at M.B. Johnson School of Read More…

North Ridgeville police renewal

North Ridgeville is seeking a renewal for a levy that funds its Police Department. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Issue 18 What it is: a 1.95-mill levy Duration: 5 years How much would it raise: $1.3 million Purpose: to pay for salaries, cars, equipment, clothing, radios, guns and other items for the Police Department Cost to homeowner/taxpayer: $51.77 annually for owners of homes with $100,000 valuation NORTH RIDGEVILLE — As they have every five Read More…

Stakes high for Keystone Schools levy


LAGRANGE — The importance of the campaign to convince voters to provide the Keystone school district with its first boost in operating money in more than 20 years is evident in the fact that campaign is bigger than any before. The bulked-up effort includes 200 yard signs going up around the community, 10 bigger signs Read More…