June 29, 2015


Ted Jacobs, fixture of Lorain business, dies


LORAIN — Ted Jacobs, the longtime clothing store owner known for his perpetual positivity and civic commitment, has died. The 93-year-old Jacobs died Sunday at Main Street Care Center, an Avon Lake nursing home, according to Sheila Evenchik, a friend of Jacobs and his family. Evenchik said Jacobs had been at the home since February Read More…

Elyria open house to celebrate Rigda, welcome Jama

ELYRIA — It’s time to say goodbye to Paul Rigda and hello to Tom Jama. A superintendent change is happening soon in Elyria and the community is invited to celebrate the 10-year tenure of Rigda, who is set to retire in the coming weeks, as well as to welcome Jama, the current Elyria High School Read More…

Elyria readies summer events

The Cleveland Pops perform in 2014. They'll perform again in Ely Square on Sept. 5. CHRONICLE FILE

Philanthropy is paving the way for some family fun this summer in Elyria. Corporate sponsors such as Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, BASF and 3M Corporation are making it possible for local families to enjoy fireworks, free summer camps and summer concerts in the coming weeks. Mayor Holly Brinda said more than $100,000 has been donated Read More…

Georgia-based nonprofit will help Elyria residents with home repairs

ELYRIA — Volunteers will help Elyria families realize much-needed home repairs this summer with plans to paint homes, fix roofs and porches and build handicap ramps. Mission Serve, a Georgia-based nonprofit, has partnered with a local church to do minor rehabilitation work on five to seven Elyria homes. On Monday night, City Council offered support Read More…

Process in deciding Elyria road fixes a bumpy one

ELYRIA — Elyria officials have not cobbled together a list for residents who are desperate to know what city streets will be paved this year and Monday’s fiery City Council meeting was a step toward explaining why. The practice of leveraging the city’s motor vehicle fund, also known as the street resurfacing fund, to get Read More…

Woman injured in Ridge Street crash

Emergency crews respond to the scene of a Saturday crash near Ridge Street.

ELYRIA — A driver crashed into a guardrail at the intersection of East River and Ridge streets Saturday. The Elyria Fire Department responded and removed the female driver, whose name and age weren’t released, from the vehicle and placed her on a stretcher. Witnesses at the scene said the woman ran through a stop sign Read More…

Parole officer facing drug charges


GRAFTON TWP. — A parole officer was charged Friday morning for trafficking a variety of drugs, according to police. Michael Hoover, 50, is a parole officer based out of Elyria. Elyria and Lorain police charged him at his home on Law Road in Grafton Township about 7 a.m. Friday for trafficking drugs in connection with Read More…


A story Thursday incorrectly stated the brother of retired North Ridgeville Firefighter Gene Kleinholz died nine years before the death of ambulance driver Maynard Hintz in 1963. Frank Kleinholz died in a Root Road accident nine months before Hintz.

Elyria mayor to press EPA for cleanup of General Industries

ELYRIA — The fine print of a federal grant the city secured to assess brownfield sites in Elyria may be able to be used for the cleanup, at least partially, of the old General Industries site if the city can make the case. The $400,000 grant is for citywide assessments of old manufacturing and commercial Read More…

Destination downtown: Brinda touts projects as renewal for Elyria city center


A project that has been on hold and buildings now in the hands of a developer could bode well for downtown Elyria. Mayor Holly Brinda said redevelopment efforts in the city’s core are focusing on a stretch of East Broad Street. Two signs are pointing to renewed interest in the area. First, despite setbacks that Read More…