July 1, 2015

Elyria
Partly sunny
70°F

Fireworks still planned Wednesday — but if you’re going, bring a chair

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Planning to attend Wednesday’s fireworks show at Elyria’s West Park? Bring a lawn chair, said city officials. The grassy fields at West Park are wet, Mayor Holly Brinda said. “I don’t think blankets would be advisable this year,” she said. “It’s doable, but will be soggy.” Heavy rains in recent days have taken their toll on Read More…

New Lorain superintendent: Pending law doesn’t deter him from job

LORAIN — Incoming Superintendent Jeffrey Graham said Monday pending state legislation that could cause him to be fired in two years didn’t make him reluctant to accept the job. Graham was hired Wednesday as the Legislature passed a bill, soon to be signed by Gov. John Kasich, in which unelected CEOs and academic commissions run Read More…

Jury seated in Elyria murder trial

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ELYRIA — The murder trial of the alleged gunman in the 2014 shooting death of Antonio Spraggins began Monday with the jury selection. Jordan Williams, 26, could get life in prison if convicted of firing the fatal shots that claimed Spraggins’ life. Elyria police have said Spraggins was last seen Jan. 5, 2014, playing pool Read More…

Power restored after scheduled predawn blackout

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ELLINGTON — Power was restored Monday morning after a planned outage by Wellington Electric that began at 2 a.m. Monday. Electric crews cut power to repair two potential failure points that were discovered June 8 after a routine audit of Wellington’s electric grid. Electricity was cut to homes and businesses while traffic lights remained operational on Read More…

Trimming mistake damages property near Lorain’s King’s Woods

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LORAIN — Workers cutting down trees in King’s Woods on Monday caused damage to a resident’s home and utility wires. Juanita Stutt, who lives on West 12th Street, said Amish workers have been clearing the woods for months, and she and her neighbors’ concerns have grown as the cutting nears backyard property lines. King’s Woods Read More…

Lorain Schools janitors challenge firing for alleged OT theft

LORAIN — Two Lorain High School janitors say they were fired after being falsely accused of stealing overtime in a case that they say has racial overtones. Bill Kopp said he was the lead janitor at the school before being fired April 9 after being accused of stealing a combined 10 hours of overtime on Read More…

Kids learn life lessons through stage training at theatre

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School may be out, but the halls of St. Mary Catholic School in Elyria are buzzing with activity as 70 children and teenagers prepare for this summer’s Lorain County Children’s Pioneer Theatre production. Now in its 39th season, Pioneer Theatre provides workshops and rehearsals for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade leading up to a Read More…

Piazza, shepherd of Avon’s growth, retiring

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AVON — If former mayor Jim Smith was “just a barber” turned mayor, then Jim Piazza was just a flower-grower turned planning coordinator. Piazza, 66, who owned and operated a family greenhouse until 2004, retires today after more than 20 years with the city’s Planning Department. He came on board in 1994, chairing the Planning Read More…

Hall hired as interim superintendent in Lorain

LORAIN — Assistant Superintendent David Hall was named interim superintendent by Board of Education members Monday. The appointment takes effect Wednesday, with Hall succeeding retiring Superintendent Tom Tucker. Hall will serve until Parma Superintendent Jeffrey Graham takes over Aug. 1. Hall was passed over Wednesday by board members in favor of Graham despite vocal opposition. Read More…

Elyria artist to kick off RoverFest

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Elyria native Matt Campolo is taking the stage at RoverFest on July 18 as an opening act for artists including Flo Rida and Sevendust. Campolo, known by the stage name Matt Campy, won the “Rover’s Morning Glory” radio show’s Your Shot to Rock contest with his song “Show Me Your Boobies” featuring Rob Roa. Campolo Read More…