March 3, 2015

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Amherst student to appear on NBC’s ‘The Voice’

AMHERST — Mark Skladan has known for some time what a talent he has in Marion L. Steele High School junior Lexi Davila. And if the 17-year-old makes it through the inaugural blind audition round of NBC’s reality series “The Voice,” a lot of other people may get the chance to share Skladan’s opinion. “She Read More…

Sears satellite store in Sheffield to close

SHEFFIELD — Sears Appliance and Hardware will close in the next month. According to Sheffield Mayor John Hunter, the 25,000-square-foot store, which he said has been open for more than a decade on the busiest corner in the village, will close sometime in the next 45 days. Hunter said Sears announced several years ago a Read More…

10 Things to Know Today, Monday, March 2

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday: 1. Feds close to publishing findings on Ferguson Federal officials have already expressed reservations about how the police department in the Missouri town functions after the killing of Michael Brown. 2. Iraqi forces, Sunni and Shiite allied fighters Read More…

Steel City Dance Team finds rhythm in Lorain

Steve Manheim / ChronicleEmoni Hill, left, Sianna Napp, Kiyasia Hudson, Kaela Crawley and Khadijah Wood, members of the Steel City Dance Team, rehearse at Soulful Voices Entertainment in Lorain on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

LORAIN – Seven teenaged girls danced to Beyonce’s “Yonce” in a small studio Wednesday. The Elyria girls, ages 15 to 17, are members of the Steel City Dance Team. It was formed in December by Daniel Rucker, Soulful Voices Entertainment LLC CEO, and several volunteer instructors. Rucker and the instructors said the team was formed Read More…

19-year-old killed by vehicle remembered for full spirit

NORTH RIDGEVILLE – A North Ridgeville teenager was killed when struck by a vehicle on Center Ridge Road about 6:30 p.m. Friday. Brian Steinmetz, 19, had just left the nearby McDonalds, 35900 Center Ridge Road, and was southbound when struck by a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, police Lt. Vince Abt said Sunday. Abt wouldn’t identify the Read More…

2 eliminated Elyria superintendent candidates evaluated

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ELYRIA – When longtime Elyria school board member Don Boddy resigned, citing the superintendent selection process that ousted two local candidates before second-round interviews as his reasoning, much of the focus turned to those who remained in contention. At that point, they were John Stanford, deputy superintendent for Columbus Schools, Dennis Muratori, superintendent of Huron Read More…

Elyria veteran reflects on Iwo Jima, fallen friends

KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE John Smink, of Elyria, holds a collection of medals he acquired during his service in the marines during WWII. Smink was a member of the 5th Division and a purple heart recipient during the battle of Iwo Jima.

ELYRIA – John E. Smink reflected on the harrowing 36 days he spent as a Marine caught up in the brutal and often terrifying battle on the island of Iwo Jima 70 years ago this month. Wounded three times, Smink, who turns 90 on Nov. 11, retains clear memories of officers and friends he lost Read More…

Lorain County says farewell to record-setting February cold

KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE The sledding hill at Spitzer Marina was crowded with sledders Saturday afternoon, Feb. 28, due to recent snow fall.

This weekend marks the end to the coldest February in Lorain County’s recorded history – but it seems the winter weather isn’t letting up yet. After a month of cold and heavy snowfall, local communities braced Saturday for another storm expected to hit early this morning and continue through the evening. The Cleveland branch of Read More…

Fire burns home on Lake Road

Firefighters work to extinguish the remains of a fire that burned a home at 32449 Lake Road on Friday afternoon. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Joann Pinto-Sears wiped away tears as she watched her Lake Road home being consumed by flames Friday afternoon. Employees at the Avon Lake Wine Shop across the street tried to comfort her — handing her tissues, giving her a warm place to make phone calls and offering reassurances that all would be Read More…

Bobbie New guilty of murder in 1976 killing

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ELYRIA — Perry Strader said he has long lived in the shadow cast by his family helping Bobbie New cover up killing Dorothy Spencer in 1976, and he promised his mother on her death bed nearly five years ago he would bring closure to Spencer’s family. “I told her before she died,” he said. “I Read More…