May 28, 2015

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Superheroes, super kids take over downtown Elyria

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ELYRIA — As sunlight streamed down on Ely Square and costumed children poured themselves over benches and ran across the grass, 5-year-old Adam Szudarek climbed a post to survey the scene. He was sporting a bright red Spider-Man suit that complemented a impish, sideways grin. Neither his flowing cape nor his oxygen tubes broke his Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Elyria West football and track coach Billy Joe Hewitt always kept things fun

Billy Joe Hewitt

Shortly after the announcement of this year’s Elyria Sports Hall of Fame class, Billy Joe Hewitt found himself thumbing through a recent copy of the banquet program. Hewitt, a longtime teacher and coach in the Elyria school system, marveled at the number of athletes he coached and taught along the way. “I think I counted Read More…

Police say two men responsible for break-ins

ELYRIA — Two men whom police believe committed a string of burglaries around Elyria over the past month took responsibility for them Wednesday, according to police. Kevin Ford, 20, of Elyria and Kyle Corn, 19, of Elyria, both were charged with burglary and receiving stolen property Wednesday. Police believe Ford and Corn were connected to Read More…

Elyria native nominated to top job at TSA

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President Barack Obama has nominated an Elyria native and top U.S. Coast Guard official for the top job of the Transportation Security Administration. The White House said Tuesday that Coast Guard Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger, 58, is Obama’s pick to run the TSA and serve as assistant secretary for the Homeland Security Department. Neffenger has Read More…

Invacare sells properties in leaseback deal

This Invacare building on Taylor Street was among those sold. CHRONICLE FILE

Invacare has sold its Elyria and North Ridgeville buildings and one in Sanford, Fla., for $23 million in a leaseback deal that company officials say will allow them to pay debt. “The transaction will not affect our day-to-day operations,” Matthew Monaghan, Invacare CEO and president, said in a Thursday news release. “It does allow us Read More…

Jama taking charge as Elyria superintendent Aug. 1

Elyria High School Principal Tom Jama will become superintendent in August. CHRONICLE FILE

ELYRIA — Elyria High School Principal Tom Jama will become Elyria Schools superintendent Aug. 1. He will enter into a three-year contract and receive an annual salary of $138,000. He currently earns $113,541 annually as a principal. Current Superintendent Paul Rigda, who will retire July 31, earns $127,592. The Board of Education approved a resolution Read More…

No injuries, woman cited after car crashed into convenience store

A car drove into the front of the Convenient Food Mart on West Ridge Road on Sunday. EVAN GOODENOW/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — No one was injured when a driver crashed into the entrance of the Convenient Food Mart, 8703 West Ridge Road, about 5 p.m. Sunday. Witness Charles Holland said he was across the street in the Marco’s Pizza parking lot, 8653 West Ridge Road, when he saw driver Beth Gnandt make a left turn Read More…

Former Stanadyne executive dies in Florida at age 91

Paul Mongerson

Paul Mongerson, retired CEO of the Standard Screw Co., which had a division in Elyria, died of natural causes Thursday in Florida at the age of 91. Mongerson moved to Elyria in 1963 from Chicago after he was named vice president and general manager of Standard Screw Co. Western Division, which changed its name to Read More…

Wagner’s business a marquee attraction

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ELYRIA — Wagner Electric Sign Co. is used to having its work featured in lights. The West Ridge Road firm that celebrated its 60th year in business in 2014 is known for its illuminated business signs. But fully half of the work it does winds up beckoning movie and theatergoers across the nation who pass Read More…

High school softball: Pitching in the spotlight at Prebis Classic

For area softball fans or college scouts passing through town, this has to be one of the best weekends of the year. The collection of pitching talent that will take the field at the Prebis Memorial Classic beginning today in LaGrange and Wellington could be the best in the 10-year history of the event. This Read More…