February 13, 2016


Bill to expand emergency medication passes

State Rep. Nathan Manning, R-North Ridgeville, announced the Ohio House of Representatives’ passage of legislation that will ensure patient access to insulin medications during medical emergencies. House Bill 188 was prompted by the death of Kevin Houdeshell, 36, of Avon Lake, who died Jan. 8, 2014, after he was unable to obtain needed insulin. Houdeshell was Read More…

Veterans and residents remember Pearl Harbor


AVON LAKE — With a rifle volley and the playing of taps, the American Legion and students at Learwood Middle School remembered the attack on Pearl Harbor during a solemn ceremony Monday. Japanese naval aviation forces attacked the United States Pacific Fleet Center on Dec. 7, 1941, at 12:53 p.m. EST with the goal of crippling Read More…

Longtime Avon Lake school board member Bell dies at 103

Vance Bell as an editor in 1966. PHOTO PROVIDED

AVON LAKE — Former resident and longtime Avon Lake school board member Vance Bell died Nov. 27 in Fort Collins, Colo., just seven weeks shy of his 104th birthday. Bell served for 24 years on the Avon Lake Board of Education from the late 1940s until the early 1970s. He also served as president and Read More…

Avon Lake resident running wherever life may take her

Terri Schoenholz, of Avon Lake, runs on the Waterside Crossing Trail daily.

AVON LAKE — Terri Schoenholz walked into her kitchen, carrying a medium-sized triangular wire container. The container itself doesn’t mean anything; however, the contents inside told their own story. As Schoenholz, 51, of Avon Lake, pulled out each marathon medal — 43 in all — she was briefly transported back to a city where she Read More…

Burglars play the Grinch at local stores

A videograb shows a burglar Thursday at Larry's Liquor Agency in Avon Lake.

A string of business break-ins occurred Thursday in Avon Lake and Sheffield Lake. Although police reports were unavailable and police declined to discuss the break-ins, employees of three local businesses confirmed that glass doors had been shattered by people who entered the businesses to steal cash, lottery tickets and cigarettes. In Avon Lake, Larry’s Liquor Read More…

Lorain councilman wants increase in public voice at meetings

Josh Thornsberry

LORAIN — Unlike neighboring city councils, there is no public speaking time at meetings here. That would change if Councilman Josh Thornsberry, I-8th Ward, has his way. Thornsberry said he plans to propose in January that a portion of meetings be set aside for public speaking. He is circulating a petition at change.org in support Read More…

Kids enraptured by raptors at Redwood Elementary


AVON LAKE — Redwood Elementary School has unwittingly become a mecca for all things eagle. Last year, a pair of bald eagles built a nest near the school playground, flying with sticks to the location seemingly unfazed by the children and teachers below. The nest grew, as did the family, after a pair of eaglets Read More…

Sunflower seeds harvested in Avon Lake for cancer charity


AVON — Farmer John Betzel took to the fields Wednesday to harvest millions of sunflower seeds because the popular flowers that bloomed in September have once again come and gone. Using a large combine, Betzel mowed down the 16 acres of flowers that slumped, dry and brown under a blue sky on an unusually warm Read More…

Zilka defeats Hutcherson in Avon Lake re-election bid

From left, Avon Lake Council President Marty O'Donnell, Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka and Zilka's campaign treasurer Mike Stanek gather on election night at Las Cazueles Mexican Restaurant in Avon Lake Nov. 3. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Mayor Greg Zilka will serve another four years in office after beating challenger Brad Hutcherson on Tuesday. According to unofficial election results, Zilka defeated Hutcherson by 1,876 votes with totals coming in at 4,658 to 2,782, or 63 percent to 37 percent, for the incumbent mayor. Zilka, who has served as mayor Read More…

Police: Abduction story `embellished’

AVON LAKE – Police say further investigation of a girl’s report of an attempted abduction determined her recounting was inaccurate and embellished. According to a press release issued by Lt. Scott Fishburn, a 12-year-old girl told police she was walking near Grove Street and Vanda Avenue when a van pulled up and the man driving Read More…