September 5, 2015

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Amherst special-needs student will get her prom

Sarah Whorton is headed to prom. The 19-year-old daughter of Clarita and Joseph Whorton will put on her pink dress, long gloves and sparkly tiara Saturday afternoon for a night of dinner and dancing at her senior prom. Her date: Her father, Joseph. “It’s been a little bit of a process, but it’s all good Read More…

Family of special-needs student seeks Amherst prom age limit exception

Amherst Schools and the mother of a special-needs high school student are working to reach a resolution to allow the teenage girl to attend Saturday’s prom — possibly with her father as the escort — while still keeping with the district’s policy to prohibit adult dates at the event. Clarita Whorton knows exactly what she Read More…

Fatal crash victim identified as Amherst man

AMHERST — A 22-year-old Amherst man died Sunday morning after he apparently lost control of his 2001 Honda Civic and slammed into a tree on North Main Street. The driver was identified as Eric Young of Milan Avenue. Fire department and police reports were unavailable Sunday and police Lt. Dan Makruski said he didn’t know Read More…

High school softball: Fast start, all-around game carry Amherst past Nordonia

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AMHERST — A fast start was exactly what Amherst wanted against Nordonia. An all-around solid game was just what it needed. The Comets got both in defeating Nordonia 6-2 on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Comets starter Zoe Beetler, energized by an early 3-0 lead, went all seven innings, while her defense made every play behind Read More…

Man killed when car strikes tree

AMHERST — A man was killed when he drove into a tree in the yard of a home at 814 N. Main St. around 9:40 a.m. today. Resident Malerie Dennis said she was inside her home playing with her young daughter and son when she heard a crash and saw a Honda Civic had crashed Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Amherst gets dominant pitching in doubleheader sweep of Lorain

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AMHERST — Any true baseball fan can recite the last line of Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s famous “Casey at the Bat” poem — “mighty Casey has struck out.” For Amherst junior Casey McConihe, “14” needed to be added to the end of the tale of the famous Mudville nine. McConihe struck out 14 in opening Saturday’s Read More…

College signing: Amherst’s Ashley Makruski to play volleyball at Kent State

Kent State volleyball coach Don Gromala must like Lorain County. For the second consecutive year, Gromala snapped up one of the top high school players in the county, getting an oral commitment from Amherst junior Ashley Makruski. Makruski, a middle and outside hitter, can sign her letter of intent in the fall. Last year, Gromala Read More…

H.S. Baseball Preview: Following famous relative has its benefits and difficulties, as Amherst’s Rees Rua and EC’s Dominic Piazza can attest

Elyria Catholic's Dominic Piazza, left, and his father Dominic Sr. on April 6. The Piazzas have a long history of success in Lorain County high school baseball and softball. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

It isn’t always easy to be a legacy. There are footsteps that must be followed. And a precedent has been set, leaving a standard by which one is measured. When that standard is excellence, the challenge is greater. Amherst center fielder Rees Rua and Elyria Catholic pitcher Dominic Piazza carry expectations that accompany their last Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Amherst freshman Shawver strikes out 15, shuts out Midview in debut

Amherst's Evan Shawver pitches during a game against Midview on April 1. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Left-hander Evan Shawver may be a freshman, but he looked like a seasoned veteran in his first varsity start. An exceptional seasoned veteran. Shawver scattered five hits over seven innings of shutout ball Wednesday, striking out 15 while walking just two as Amherst got a pair of fifth-inning runs to hand Midview a Read More…

Historical society unable to raise funds to save old Amherst town hall

Preservationists are not able to fund the moving of Amherst’s first town hall, which will be razed to make way for a bar patio this summer. CHRONICLE FILE

AMHERST — Amherst residents may soon need to say goodbye to more than 150 years of history when the old town hall gets demolished this spring. The building on the 300 block of Church Street was the original town hall in the mid-1800s, but come spring, it will be taken down to make room for Read More…