March 6, 2015

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Elyria High’s Stacie Starr announces resignation

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ELYRIA — Stacie Starr says mandated state testing is pushing her away from teaching. The veteran Elyria Schools educator said Monday she plans to resign at the end of the school year. Gasps of disbelief followed the announcement made during an education forum aimed at unraveling for parents the intricacies of the standardized testing system. Read More…

Kasich’s budget: Elyria, Lorain stand to gain; Avon Lake likely to lose

Ohio Gov. John Kasich outlines details of his proposed two-year, $72 billion state budget that includes a $500 million net tax cut, on Monday in Columbus. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

The city of Lorain has a median household income of less than $24,000. Look to the east to more affluent Avon Lake, and that figures jumps to nearly $60,000. Under Gov. John Kasich’s proposed two-year budget, that would mean it makes perfect sense when looking at state funding to cut education aid to wealthy Avon Read More…

Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda will face Bill Grace in primary rematch

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A run in the primary election, followed by a possible run in the general election. If Mayor Holly Brinda wants to hold on to the office she has held for four years, she will have to fight for it. Former Mayor Bill Grace wants his job back. “Everyone who knows me knows I am all Read More…

Elyria likely on hook for house demolition after fatal fire

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ELYRIA — The demolition cost for the Skylark Court home that caught fire last month, killing an Elyria woman, is tens of thousands of dollars. Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka said the city received a bill from Denes Concrete and Excavating for $31,215 — roughly 35 percent higher than the cost of demolition of a Read More…

Gas line work resumes in Elyria

ELYRIA — Large-scale gas line replacement projects continue in downtown neighborhoods between Middle and East avenues. Sidewalks, yards and driveways may be disturbed, officials said. Columbia Gas spokesman Ray Frank said residents received notification by mail last year regarding the details of the project, streets involved and contact information for contractors who are doing the Read More…

Company brings 100 jobs to Elyria; 50 more likely coming within 2 years

ELYRIA — An automotive parts manufacturer quietly moved into an Elyria industrial area, bringing up to 150 jobs with it, Mayor Holly Brinda said Monday. Lorain County Automotive Systems, a part of Camaco LLC, moved into a facility at 101 Liberty Court in recent weeks. Brinda said the company found the location through the city’s Read More…

UPDATED: Elyria Health Department spared from cuts

ELYRIA — The Elyria City Health District can live to fight another day for the dollars it needs to keep the doors open. The city department is no longer facing a $500,000 cut, city officials said. A save by Finance Director Ted Pileski will limit the reduction from the general fund to $250,000, and Elyria Read More…

South side baseball may return to Elyria

ELYRIA — More than two decades after Little League South disbanded, the city is taking the first steps toward building a baseball field at South Park. The plan is to resurrect a youth program in cooperation with the nearby Boys & Girls Club of Lorain County, said Frank Gustoff, the city’s parks and recreation director. Read More…

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…