March 26, 2015

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Lorain, Elyria begin friendly competition to benefit Goodwill

LORAIN — Whoever the victor, a new Goodwill Industries of Lorain County donation competition between Elyria and Lorain city governments is a win-win for the cities. Donation money will help fund job training for needy county residents, many of whom are from Elyria and Lorain, said Steve Greenwell Goodwill CEO and president. “The real winners Read More…

One killed, 10 displaced in Lorain apartment fire

A fire in a first floor apartment at the Lakeview Colonial Apartments in Lorain claimed the life of one man early Sunday morning. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — An apartment fire at 12:25 a.m. Sunday killed one resident and displaced 10 others at the Lakeshore Colonial Apartments complex, 3910 W. Erie Ave. Jeffrey Banalmen, 61, is believed to have died of smoke inhalation and thermal burns, according to Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans. An autopsy is scheduled for today. The Read More…

Man wants to start marching band

Percussionist Jihan Seals Williams wants to hold music classes to teach young people how to play marching band music and create a community band at Harrison Cultural Community Center in Lorain on March 17. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Jihan Seals Williams knows he can’t go solo to strike up the band. Williams is seeking help in forming Syncopated Sounds of Music & Arts, a nonprofit group that would work with youths to start a high-stepping marching band like those at traditionally black colleges. Williams said he knows forming a nonprofit group Read More…

Lorain man killed in early morning fire

LORAIN – An apartment fire in Lorain claimed the life of one man early Sunday morning. The fire started just after midnight a first floor apartment at the Lakeshore Colonial Apartment building on 3910 West Erie Ave. Sunday. Firefighters arrived at the scene and saw flames coming from a room on the first floor. They Read More…

Family shares memories of missing son found dead

LORAIN – About 50 friends, family and members of the community who searched for Aaron Zimmerman gathered Saturday at Day’s Dam to remember a person described as a gentle soul. Zimmerman, who had been missing since November, was found dead Thursday in the woods by a man walking near Chelsea Drive and Packard Avenue. Those Read More…

College student starts up painting business

ELYRIA – With spring fast approaching, you might find some college kid on your front door step, asking if he can come back this summer to paint your house. Chances are that kid is Chris Clark, a 2013 graduate of Elyria Catholic High School, and a student at Miami University. Clark is working for Young Read More…

Elyria’s Bethany Baptist church celebrates 100 years

Downtown Elyria has seen a lot of changes in the past century, but in the old red brick church on 17th Street, some things never change. The congregants of Bethany Baptist Church will mark 100 years of dedicated faith today, lifting their voices to the rafters in the same sanctuary where generations have gone before, Read More…

Adoptees decide whether to seek opened records

Adoption might leave those who were adopted and those who put a child up for adoption with lingering questions about the reasons it was necessary. But for a 32-year period in Ohio those seeking records about adoptions often hit brick walls in the quest for information. Those adopted between 1964 and 1996 were unable to Read More…

Columbia Gas donates 26 Easter baskets

ELYRIA – Children in need will get a special Easter present thanks to Columbia Gas. Employees of the utility surprised case workers at Lorain County Children Services on Friday morning by delivering 26 Easter baskets and three dozen candy bags with toys to the Middle Avenue offices. Patti Jo Burtnett, LCCS public relations manager, said Read More…

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake representatives testify before state legislature

SHEFFIELD — A Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools Board of Education member, teacher and group of students went to Columbus on Wednesday to testify about a proposed state budget that will negatively impact the district if passed. The already cash-strapped district relies heavily on support from local taxpayers. But district officials say the proposed budget under House Read More…