January 25, 2015

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New Elyria High program helps those struggling academically

ELYRIA — New Directions Academy, a new option targeting a small group of the more than 2,100 students who attend Elyria High School, is an alternative program school officials have built around the philosophy that failure is not an option. The program offers a choice other than traditional school to struggling students to help them Read More…

Hooded sweatshirt ban lifted for Elyria High students

ELYRIA — It seems that teenagers always have had a love affair, bordering on obsession, with hooded sweatshirts. But the students at Elyria High School can tell you that the four years without hoodies has been hard since the clothing item’s ban. Many would try to wear them and find the wrath of teachers and Read More…

Bill Grace pulls petitions for Elyria mayoral primary

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — Former Elyria Mayor Bill Grace has pulled petitions to run in the Democratic primary against Mayor Holly Brinda, who unseated him four years ago. Grace largely declined to comment Thursday on what the focus of his campaign would be. “I do intend to file for the office, and I will make the Read More…

Elyria Schools narrow superintendent search to field of 7

Elyria High School Principal Tom Jama and the district’s Director of Academic Services Ann Schloss are on a list of seven candidates the Elyria school board will interview for the position of superintendent. Superintendent Paul Rigda will retire in July and board members are on the hunt for his successor. After a lengthy executive session Read More…

Elyria Council members reticent to moral claim

ELYRIA — An Elyria couple who spent $5,200 on an elaborate water filtration system to help remedy what they say was cloudy, undrinkable water may not receive compensation from the city. The City Council Finance Committee recommended Jan. 12 a $500 payment to Carol Kiesel and her husband after the Elywood Drive residents filed a Read More…

Elyria rental property registry takes effect

ELYRIA — It’s not the program some wanted with city inspectors checking out the interior and exterior of every rental property in the city, but the start of 2015 also started the city’s new rental registration program. Approved by City Council in 2014, the program calls on property owners to tell city officials who they Read More…

Former Republican Party chair pulls petitions for possible rematch with Elyria mayor

Ray Noble

ELYRIA — Ray Noble, well known as the former chairman of the Elyria Republican Party who unsuccessfully ran for mayor against Holly Brinda, has pulled petitions to once again run for mayor — this time as a Democrat. Noble, a longtime facilitator of Men to Men, a prostate cancer support group, and a 22-year prostate Read More…

UPDATED: Lorain County Commissioners weigh $9 million Amtrak project

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ELYRIA — Lorain County commissioners are moving forward with engineering on a proposed $9 million passenger platform at the county’s Transportation Center in downtown Elyria. The project, which has the backing of Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda, would see the construction of an enclosed bridge spanning the two tracks running by the refurbished train depot. It Read More…

Elyria firefighters give, receive new contract

ELYRIA — The new contract agreement between the city and the local firefighters union, which kept layoffs from affecting the Fire Department in the face of sweeping city budget cuts, calls for firefighters to both lose a portion of their compensation and receive a 2 percent base raise. This year, firefighters are giving up the cash-out Read More…

UPDATE: Elyria homeowner dies in fire Sunday

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ELYRIA — A fatal fire at 525 Skylark Court called in at 4:09 p.m. Sunday was an accident waiting to happen, neighbors said. Firefighters said a mound of materials in the home hampered efforts to rescue homeowner Janet Kemerling, who was killed in the fire. “There’s so much stuff in there that it’s kind of Read More…