January 26, 2015

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Collaborative effort focuses on community health in North Ridgeville, LaGrange area

Jennifer Bracken, Lorain County Metro Parks assistant director, speaks at the Keystone and North Ridgeville Heart and Soul Challenge unveiling Thursday at Lorain County Community College. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The United Way of Greater Lorain County has trained its sights on two communities with a new collaborative partnership aimed at tackling chronic illnesses in simple ways — by increasing residents’ access to physical activity and healthy food options. Keystone Empowers You (KEY) and the North Ridgeville Heart and Sole Challenge bring together Read More…

LCCC raises its tuition once again

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ELYRIA — A 3.24 percent tuition increase is coming for Lorain County Community College students. For the sixth time in seven years, LCCC will raise tuition beginning with the summer semester. The increase of $3.84 per credit hour will amount to students paying $99.84 more over the course of the academic year. With a blanket Read More…

Invacare names new CEO

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ELYRIA — A top executive with a global manufacturer of hip and knee replacement hardware has been selected as the new president and CEO of Invacare Corp. Matthew E. Monaghan, 47, will assume his new post April 1, according to a statement released by the Elyria-based medical device firm that employs about 800 people at Read More…

Bill Grace pulls petitions for Elyria mayoral primary

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — Former Elyria Mayor Bill Grace has pulled petitions to run in the Democratic primary against Mayor Holly Brinda, who unseated him four years ago. Grace largely declined to comment Thursday on what the focus of his campaign would be. “I do intend to file for the office, and I will make the Read More…

Elyria Schools narrow superintendent search to field of 7

Elyria High School Principal Tom Jama and the district’s Director of Academic Services Ann Schloss are on a list of seven candidates the Elyria school board will interview for the position of superintendent. Superintendent Paul Rigda will retire in July and board members are on the hunt for his successor. After a lengthy executive session Read More…

Elyria Council members reticent to moral claim

ELYRIA — An Elyria couple who spent $5,200 on an elaborate water filtration system to help remedy what they say was cloudy, undrinkable water may not receive compensation from the city. The City Council Finance Committee recommended Jan. 12 a $500 payment to Carol Kiesel and her husband after the Elywood Drive residents filed a Read More…

Elyria rental property registry takes effect

ELYRIA — It’s not the program some wanted with city inspectors checking out the interior and exterior of every rental property in the city, but the start of 2015 also started the city’s new rental registration program. Approved by City Council in 2014, the program calls on property owners to tell city officials who they Read More…

Vermilion bus driver fired for sleeping at the wheel

VERMILION — A veteran Vermilion school bus driver was fired from her job last week after an investigation of a Dec. 5 incident in which she allegedly fell asleep at the wheel while transporting middle and high school students. Gwendolyn Howell, a bus driver for more than 20 years, was let go by the district Read More…

Police: bodies in burned-out car those of missing couple

BAKERSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police chief says the bodies of two people found in a burned-out car appear be those of a missing elderly couple. Strasburg Police Chief Robert Kutcher says authorities are actively searching for suspects involved in the disappearance of 88-year-old Doyle Chumney and his 79-year-old wife Lillian. Kutcher says he Read More…

Former Presti’s of Oberlin changes hands

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OBERLIN — A local family catering operation will reopen the shuttered building that for decades housed Presti’s of Oberlin. Shelly Sterk and her family announced Wednesday that they are the new owners of the red brick building that housed Presti’s at 580 W. Lorain St. for more than 75 years before it closed last March. Read More…