March 26, 2015


2 candidates remain for Elyria superintendent


ELYRIA — Less than 24 hours ago, the Elyria school board met in executive session to pepper three people unknown to the community with questions to help them decide which one will lead the Elyria Schools. They met with Karen Green, assistant superintendent of Youngstown Schools; Dennis Muratori, superintendent of Huron Schools; and John Stanford, Read More…

Deadline tight to fill Elyria school board vacancy

There will be no time to seek applications from community members to fill the Elyria school board vacancy made by Don Boddy’s abrupt resignation. Board President Kathryn Karpus said the board is against the clock to fill the position. “With a resignation, we are sometimes given an effective date that is later in the future Read More…

Longtime Elyria school board member Don Boddy resigns

Don Boddy

ELYRIA — Longtime Elyria school board member Don Boddy resigned abruptly Wednesday and when reached later said the ongoing superintendent search played a role in the decision. The resignation announcement came in a short letter read during the regular board meeting by board President Kathryn Karpus. Boddy did not attend the meeting. The resignation comes Read More…

State of the City: Mayor Holly Brinda says Elyria can maintain momentum


ELYRIA — Mayor Holly Brinda delivered her fourth State of the City address Tuesday by dishing out a slew of statistics at a dizzying pace to highlight all the 2014 city operations in less than 60 minutes. It was a packed room at the Wesleyan Village, where the Elyria Rotary Club and Lorain County Chamber of Read More…

Elyria Superintendent Paul Rigda said teachers best qualified to evaluate tests

Paul Rigda

ELYRIA — When top teachers say the new high-stakes tests are developmentally inappropriate, Elyria Superintendent Paul Rigda said it’s hard not to listen. Especially this week, when one of Elyria’s standout educators, the nationally recognized Stacie Starr, has announced plans to resign from teaching, citing the bureaucracy of mandated testing as the driving factor. “When Read More…

Elyria West graduate receives fifth gospel Grammy

Elyria West High School graduate Aaron Lindsey collected his fifth Grammy on Sunday night in Los Angeles. PHOTO PROVIDED

ELYRIA — Some could say it’s getting to be old hat for Elyria West High School graduate Aaron Lindsey who collected his fifth Grammy on Sunday night in Los Angeles. But don’t say that to his mother. “I’m very proud of him,” Diana Lindsey said Monday. “He’s worked very hard with so many artists across Read More…

Elyria High’s Stacie Starr announces resignation

Stacie Starr

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


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


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…