March 3, 2015

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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

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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…

Elyria Council envisions cremations as a cost savings for indigent burials

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ELYRIA — City Council is contemplating changing cemetery rules to require indigent burials to be cremated remains only. When an indigent person dies, the city must make burial arrangements on his or her behalf. As a result, City Council may create a formal policy to do away with full burials for those residents. The matter Read More…

Temporary shelter reopens tonight in Elyria

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ELYRIA — A temporary homeless shelter reopens at 9 p.m. today at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church. The church, 320 Middle Ave., is reopening the shelter due to the bitter cold, said Pete Aldrich, a St. Mary parishioner who will oversee the shelter in the parish gymnasium. Temperatures are expected to be in the single Read More…

Mayor Holly Brinda states case for Bendix to remain in Elyria

Bendix’s headquarters on Cleveland Street in Elyria is shown last week. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — Mayor Holly Brinda doesn’t need an international flight to bend the ear of German officials, pleading her case of why Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems should stay in Elyria. Officials with the Knorr-Bremse Group came here. Brinda said she met with top financial officials from the German parent company last month to discuss the Read More…