October 22, 2014

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Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools officials emphasize facts of levy failure

Ben Miesel, middle school band director, teaches seventh-grade band at Sheffield Middle School on Thursday.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Officials from the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake school district haven’t spelled out exactly what will happen to the district if a critical levy on the November ballot fails. They say they fear such talk would be viewed as an attempt at scaring voters into saying yes to Issue 4. But in truth, things will change, and things Read More…

Hungarian choir groups bring tour to Lorain

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LORAIN — Before the Lajos Vass Hungarian Teachers’ Choir from Slovakia and the Csallo Folk Ensemble wrap up their first American tour, the musicians will make a stop in Lorain. The choir, founded in 1964, actively tours in Hungary, Slovakia and other parts of Europe, performing classical Hungarian music, as well as international and American Read More…

Second Harvest spearheads partnership with Lorain Schools to feed kindergartners, first-graders on weekends

LORAIN — Every kindergarten and first-grade student in Lorain now has a little something extra to carry home each Friday to ensure they are nourished through the weekend. Beginning this fall, all students in the younger grades in every Lorain public school began receiving backpacks with single-serving food items that need minimal preparation but will Read More…

Animal cruelty charges filed against K-9 handler

Sgt. Brett Harrison with his K-9, Beny. (FILE PHOTO)

MONTVILLE TWP. — A township police sergeant is facing misdemeanor animal cruelty charges after his K-9 police dog died of heatstroke while left in a cruiser for four hours on a hot day. Sharon Township attorney Jeff Holland, who works on animal cruelty cases for Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Read More…

UPDATED: Questions surround Lorain woman’s death

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LORAIN — Police interviewed 20 people and searched four homes around Lorain this week, looking for evidence that could help determine how and when a Lorain woman died. Police found the body of 44-year-old Rebecca Jean Newsome a few feet into the woods off Fillmore Avenue between Colorado Avenue and Randall Street about 2 p.m. Read More…

UPDATED: Lorain Horizon Science Academy students sent home

Horizon Science Academy in Lorain closed early Friday after school officials learned a teacher there flew on the same plane as an Ebola patient. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Nationwide fear over the Ebola virus reached Lorain on Friday when a downtown charter school was evacuated because of a possible connection to an airplane that carried an Ebola patient from Cleveland this week. On Friday, a teacher at Horizon Science Academy in Lorain was notified by Frontier Airlines that she had traveled Read More…

Former Elyria High athletes indicted on burglary charges

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ELYRIA – Two former Elyria High School athletes were indicted by a grand jury after charges stemming from an August home break in. Ronnie Smith and Jumarr Lewis Jr., both 19, each were indicted on one third-degree felony count of burglary. Lewis also was indicted on one first-degree misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property. The Read More…

High School Football: Week 8 Updates and Scores

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High school football season is winding down, but there’s still plenty of Friday night lights excitement. We’ve got you covered for the area’s Week 8 scores. Follow our live feed below for updates and commentary on games. Are we missing a game? Let us know by adding your own score updates into the chat. All Read More…

10 Things to Know, Friday, Oct. 17

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. What Obama says about Ebola restrictions  The president says imposing a travel ban from disease-ravaged West Africa, as Republicans have demanded, would be counterproductive. 2. Why Kobani is key to fight against IS  Robert Ford, the former Read More…

Feds: Don’t expect winter to be polar vortex redux

In this Dec. 10, 2013 file photo, snow falls as people begin to arrive to the Capitol Building in Washington. Federal forecasters don’t expect this winter to be a chilly sequel to last year’s dreaded polar vortex and California’s rain-blocking weather system. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you thought last winter was a horror show, with cold blasts from thepolar vortex and a lack of California rain, here’s some good news: No sequel is expected this year, federal forecasters say. Mike Halpert of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that the upcoming winter looks pretty average in general. Read More…