July 22, 2014

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Avon Lake water supply back at capacity

The ice has cleared, and Avon Lake Municipal Utilities is back to full capacity after an emergency water shortage scare caused by ice blockage in intake pipes that collect the facility’s water supply. Todd Danielson, chief utilities executive for Avon Lake Municipal Utilities, said there were no signs of ice blockage Friday afternoon. In addition, Read More…

Indians officially announce signing of closer Axford

CLEVELAND — John Axford lost his closer job shortly into the season last year for the Milwaukee Brewers. The 30-year-old right-hander will get it back to start 2014 for the Indians. The Indians officially announced Thursday that they had signed Axford to a one-year contract worth $4.5 million (plus $1.75 million in possible incentives). News Read More…

Police: Man wounded self, set fire before dying

ELYRIA — After an investigation into an initially suspicious death, police determined that the 62-year-old man whose body was found after an apartment fire on Monday actually started the fire himself. About 11 p.m. Monday, the Elyria Fire Department responded to a fire on the second floor in a quadplex on 341 East River St. Read More…

Critter Chronicles: Roxy

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Roxy is a friendly mix that was surrendered to the shelter because her family was moving and couldn’t take her with them. They said she was a good watch dog. Roxy has been a sweetie pie since her arrival. She doesn’t seem to mind the other dogs around her. Roxy will thrive in a home Read More…

NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson opens big lead in Chase thanks to third-place finish, Matt Kenseth’s rare poor performance

Driver and current points leader Jimmie Johnson, left, talks with fellow driver Denny Hamlin before the start of the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway, Sunday in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Matt Kenseth had one of those rare seasons in which everything seemed to go right every time he got behind the wheel of his car. Until the one day he couldn’t afford for anything to go wrong. Kenseth had one of his poorest performances of the season Sunday, finishing 23rd at Phoenix Read More…

High school football: Big plays, big calls don’t go Elyria’s way in tough opening-round loss to Stow

Elyria High School sophomore cornerback Shamar Lucky intercepts a ball from senior wide receiver Lewis Zaire in Stow's end zone Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

STOW — It couldn’t get any more gut-wrenching. Elyria found itself on the short end of a 16-15 Division I playoff score Saturday at Stow. It was the same team that dominated the Pioneers just two weeks ago on the same field. Stow (10-1) moves on to play Mentor next Saturday in a Division I Read More…

Sheriff’s department looking into possible threat at middle school

The Lorain County Sheriff’s Department is investigating reports of a possible threat at Columbia Middle School. According to Columbia Schools Superintendent Graig Bansek, a student on Thursday reported hearing what he thought was a threat made by another student Wednesday. Bansek said it was not confirmed what the threat was, saying it was an “unsubstantiated, Read More…

Kathryn M. “Girlie” Woods

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Kathyrn M. “Girlie” Woods (nee Holloway), 80, of Elyria, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at the New Life Hospice Center, with her family at her side. She was born May 1, 1933 in Elyria and had been a lifelong resident. She attended Elyria High School and was employed by General Motors of Elyria, Read More…

Lorain councilwoman hospitalized after car crash

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LORAIN — City Council President Joel Arredondo announced at tonight’s special City Council meeting that Councilwoman Anne Molnar, D-at-large, has been hospitalized after being in a car crash. The 83-year-old Molnar is a longtime councilwoman who was defeated in the May primary. “Keep her in your prayers,” Arredondo said. The crash occurred around 2:35 p.m. Sunday in the Read More…

State commission approves Lorain academic recovery plan

LORAIN – An academic recovery plan for Lorain Schools was unanimously approved today by the state Academic Distress Commission. The 17-page plan will be sent to Ohio Superintendent of Instruction Richard Ross. He has 30 days from Tuesday — the deadline for delivering the plan — to approve the plan or reject it and request Read More…