September 19, 2014


Photos: North Ridgeville Skunk Festival 2014

Rosie, a skunk from Schuylkill Haven, Pa., wore a sombrero for t

The annual North Ridgeville Skunk Festival was held on Saturday afternoon. The popular event draws skunks and their owners from all over, and features races and a costume contest.

Hurdles for Obama health law in 2nd sign-up season

President Barack Obama speaks about the ongoing situation in Ukraine.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Potential complications await consumers as President Barack Obama’s health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away. Don’t expect a repeat of last year’s website meltdown, but the new sign-up period could expose underlying problems with the law itself that are less easily fixed than a computer system. Getting those who signed up Read More…

Oberlin school board to build elementary building as first phase

OBERLIN — The school district has made plans to move forward with its building consolidation project by completing the most financially feasible part of the plan first. Oberlin school board members last week decided to start their consolidation project by building a new elementary school. The plan would include shutting down both Eastwood and Prospect Read More…

Relative’s crime enough for public housing eviction

Jonathan Miller holds his daughter, RIley Miller, while standing with his mother, Geraldine Miller, outside a relative's apartment in New York. Geraldine Miller faces eviction from her public housing apartment because Jonathan was found there after she signed an agreement banning him from the premises for his robbery conviction at 17. (AP Photo/Rachelle Blidner)

NEW YORK — Wanda Coleman sits in the New York City public housing apartment where she’s lived for 25 years, surrounded by empty rooms, bare walls and suitcases lined up by the front door. Any day now, she and her teen daughter will be evicted and have no other option than to go to a Read More…

Elyria woman hospitalized after crash on Route 10

A driver was transported to the hospital after flipping a car on Route 10. ANNA MERRIMAN/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — An Elyria woman was hospitalized Sunday evening after she tried to switch lanes and instead flipped her car off the road. Carol Hebberts, 56, was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland about 10 p.m. Sunday after a crash on state Route 10 west of Durkee Road. According to a preliminary report Read More…

‘United We Sweat Family Field Day’ touts exercising


ELYRIA — Saturday’s United Way-sponsored “United We Sweat Family Field Day” offered families the chance to get pumped up with a variety of exercises and other physical activities. While participants exercised, they were spared the sweat, given the day’s unseasonably cool temperatures that hovered in the 50s following rain that continued up to the 10 Read More…

Oberlin College students rent art pieces for semester


OBERLIN — More than 200 college students who congregated outside of Andria Derstine’s office at Allen Memorial Art Museum on Saturday morning “warmed” the museum director’s heart. The group of college students participated in the semiannual art rental event that’s held near the beginning of each semester. Since 1940, students convene at the art museum Read More…

Gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald drops in for quick speech

Ed FitzGerald

LORAIN — As a small group of Ohio Young Democrats held its fall meeting Saturday morning, a speaker asked if there were any questions. “Yes, I have a question,” came a voice from the rear of the meeting room. As most of the approximately dozen men and women turned to see who the questioner was, Read More…

Islamic State beheads British aid worker

This image made from video posted on the Internet by Islamic State militants and provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S. terrorism watchdog, on Saturday purports to show British aid worker David Haines before he was beheaded. AP Photo)

BEIRUT — Islamic State extremists on Saturday released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year. British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned the slaying as “an act of pure evil.” Cameron confirmed Haines’ death in a statement after the British Foreign Office had Read More…

Sex offender denied early release

William Montgomery

ELYRIA — A county judge has rejected convicted sex offender William Tyrone Montgomery’s request to be released from prison early. Montgomery, 52, was sentenced to 1½ years in prison in April after pleading guilty earlier this year to gross sexual imposition charges stemming from allegations he had molested a woman, now in her 30s, beginning Read More…