November 28, 2015


New Amherst mayor Costilow appoints safety-service director

AMHERST — A veteran member of two city boards who was active in the campaigns to elect outgoing Mayor David Taylor and incoming Mayor Mark Costilow has been named the city’s new safety-service director. Costilow announced Tuesday that he has tabbed John H. Jeffreys to succeed himself in the part-time post. A 25-year Amherst resident, Read More…

It’s not even Thanksgiving, but Operation Christmas Child is a go

Volunteers pack shoeboxes Monday for Operation Christmas Child at Christian Unity Church in Grafton.

ELYRIA — Even if it doesn’t feel like Christmas yet, busy little elves across the county are gearing up for the holiday with Operation Christmas Child. This is national collection week, where volunteers gather up shoeboxes filled with gifts to send to children around the world — and you can help. Shoeboxes with toys, school Read More…

GALLERY: Korean War mural dedicated in Amherst


AMHERST — Artist Mike Sekletar painted a mural commemorating the Korean War on Park Street. The mural was dedicated Wednesday for Veterans Day, with Lou Maglio of WJW-TV serving as master of ceremonies.

Habitat’s ReStore seeks help with move


Habitat for Humanity of Lorain County is trying to raise money to move its ReStore from Lorain to Amherst. Habitat is hoping to move out of its leaky 22,000-square-foot building at 214 E. 34th St. to a 27,000-square-foot building at 300 Industrial Parkway, Amherst, said Kelly LaRosa, Habitat executive director. She said the new building Read More…

Costilow cruises to win over Kukucka in Amherst mayor’s race


AMHERST — Mark Costilow was clearly happy at winning his first term as mayor of this community of 12,000 Tuesday but openly expressed surprise at the margin of victory. “I didn’t expect it would be this big,” Costilow said. “I was confident but those are big numbers.” Unofficial results from the Lorain County Board of Read More…

Amherst auditor, safety-service director seek to succeed three-term mayor

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE                                    
Amherst Safety Service Director Mark Costilow checks out the construction on Rt. 58 in Amherst on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 27.

AMHERST — Both men running for the city’s highest office want to see this community of approximately 12,000 prosper without losing the small-town atmosphere for which it is known. Both come from backgrounds of public service to the community. Mark Costilow, 52, a Republican, has served as the city’s safety-service director for the past four Read More…

Deer crashes plague Lorain County

Deer crashes

VERMILION — Lorain County had the second-highest number of deer-related vehicle crashes in 2014, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported Friday. The county had 510 crashes involving deer last year, only a few less than the 514 crashes in Stark County, which had the highest number in the state, according to the report. Richland County Read More…

Suspect held in Subway robbery

Matthew A. Hiner

AMHERST — Police have charged a man in connection with the holdup of a fast-food restaurant last month. Mathew A. Hiner, 30, of Amherst, is facing aggravated robbery and theft charges, according to a statement issued Friday by Amherst police Lt. Dan Makruski. Hiner is accused of committing the Sept. 15 armed robbery of the Read More…

Suspect in Amherst Township shooting in custody

    AMHERST TWP. – The alleged gunman in a shooting that left an 18-year-old Lorain man injured Sunday turned himself in on Tuesday. Lorain County Sheriff’s deputies had been searching for Zack Spurlock , 18, of Amherst Township, since shortly after Christopher McNeil was shot in the jaw during a confrontation between two groups Read More…

Man found shot in Amherst; sheriff’s office investigating

AMHERST TWP. — More details are expected today regarding a man found shot about 2:25 p.m. Sunday in Amherst Township Park, next to 44955 Middle Ridge Road, according to a news release from Sgt. Todd Weegman of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office. The man, whom Weegman didn’t identify, was found lying on a path at Read More…