April 20, 2014

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NHRA Summit Nationals Notes: Grafton’s Ronald Matcham finding success in first year in Super Stock … at age 54

NORWALK — In six national events this year, Grafton’s Ronald Matcham has been the top qualifier five times and won five rounds to make it to the semifinals just a few weeks ago in Bristol, Tenn. Not bad for a 54-year-old rookie. “One year,” Matcham said when asked how long he’s been racing. “I actually Read More…

Avon Lake mayor says Genon will stay open

AVON LAKE — The Genon power plant, scheduled to close in April 2015 and take its tax dollars with it, will remain open albeit in a reduced role for the power grid. Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka on Monday said NRG Energy, which acquired the plant earlier this year, will keep the plant open, and Read More…

Avon Lake Council president to seek re-election

O'Donnell

AVON LAKE — Avon Lake City Council President Marty O’Donnell will seek another term to his at-large seat come November. The eight-year member of Council stressed the need to continue his work to approve legislation “that meets the needs of residents and businesses” in announcing his candidacy for the November general election. “We must always Read More…

GenOn power plant in Avon Lake to remain open, officials say

AVON LAKE — Just over a month after local officials said odds of keeping the former GenOn power plant open past its scheduled April 2015 shutdown were remote at best, the plant’s new owners have announced the facility will remain in operation. Avon lake Mayor Greg Zilka confirmed today that NRG Energy, which acquired the Read More…

Track and field: Avon Lake graduate Trevor Norris learns fast, hopes to run that way at junior nationals

Norris

Trevor Norris has come a long way when it comes to running a long way at the college level. The University of Akron freshman and Avon Lake graduate will get his first taste of national championship competition Friday at 10 p.m. when he competes in the 10,000-meter run at the USA Junior Track and Field Read More…

Funds being raised for marker for two War of 1812 casualties

A ceremony for Civil War veterans buried in Avon Lake’s Lake Shore Cemetery gets under way in 2010.

AVON LAKE — Legend has it that the bodies of two sailors who died during the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie washed ashore and were buried in unmarked graves at the site of the city’s Lake Shore Cemetery. Now efforts are under way to generate money to purchase a memorial marker in their honor that Read More…

Police chief: No discipline for kitten-killing cop

NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Despite calls for the firing of Humane Officer Barry Accorti, who shot and killed five feral kittens in the backyard of a Vista Lake Way home Monday, the city’s police chief has decided his actions do not warrant discipline. In a written account of the incident signed by Police Chief Michael Freeman Read More…

High school baseball: Midview’s Eric Lauer, Firelands’ Joe San Felippo, Elyria Catholic’s Joey Begany and Keystone’s Tyler Gulett make first team All-Ohio

San Felippo

Four area high school baseball players received All-Ohio first-team honors this week from the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association. Midview’s Eric Lauer made it in Division I, Joe San Felippo of Firelands in Division II, and Keystone’s Tyler Gullett and Elyria Catholic’s Joey Begany in Division III. The All-Ohio award caps a terrific career Read More…

Avon Lake teen involved in crash

Police investigate a crash involving a motorcycle and a Jeep Liberty shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday in which 
a 56-year-old man was injured. (Photo courtesy Don Thomas.)

MONTVILLE TWP. — A man was injured when a 16-year-old driver from Avon Lake hit his motorcycle after going through a red light Wednesday night, according to the State Highway Patrol. Lt. Bill Haymaker said a 2006 tan Jeep Liberty driven by Matthew Sarko, 16, of Avon Lake, was turning left from the exit off Read More…

Avon Lake Council president is honored

Avon Lake City Council President Marty O’Donnell accepts the David C. Sweet Award for outstanding elected official May 23 at Cleveland State University.

Avon Lake City Council President Marty O’Donnell accepted Cleveland State University’s Leadership Academy’s 2013 David C. Sweet Award for outstanding elected official at a dinner May 23. A graduate of the CSU Leadership Academy, O’Donnell is also a graduate of Ohio State University. He is in his third term on Council as an at-large representative, Read More…