May 6, 2015

Elyria
Fog
52°F
test

Survivors haunted by 1965 Pittsfield tornado

This aerial photo of state routes 58 and 303 that shows the destruction caused by the tornado that struck Pittsfield Center on April 11, 1965, was featured on the front page of The Chronicle-Telegram the day after the twister struck. The tornado, part of the 1965 Palm Sunday outbreak, killed 19 people in Lorain County and injured 141.

Palm Sunday of 1965 was a night of death, darkness and destruction in which the lives of people that survived a devastating tornado were forever changed. Even now, 50 years later, some say they still experience anxiety and fear when a storm starts to brew, while others simply cannot talk about what is marked in Read More…

Pages: 1 2 3

Apartment fire at Wilkes Villa in Elyria displaces mom, 5 children

ELYRIA – A fire that broke out in an upstairs bedroom of a Wilkes Villa apartment Saturday afternoon left a woman and five children temporarily without a home. No injuries were reported in the blaze, which was reported to Elyria firefighters in a 911 call at 5:42 p.m., according to Elyria Fire Capt. Kevin Szabo. Read More…

Analysts present plan for Elyria

ELYRIA — Making some one-way downtown streets two-way, narrowing Cleveland Street from four to two lanes and opening up offices in vacant Midway Mall stores are among the recommendations of a market analysis unveiled Wednesday. The $93,000 analysis was primarily paid for with a $75,000 federal taxpayer grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. It Read More…

Lorain County demolitions to begin again

It’s clobbering time. The wrecking ball mostly gathered dust last year in Lorain County, with about 15 blighted homes razed compared with 210 in 2013. Changes in obtaining U.S. Department of Treasury money — homes had to be acquired rather than declared public nuisances — made demolitions harder. However, the county land bank — officially Read More…

BLOTTER: March 31, 2015

Elyria police Wednesday, March 25 12:21 a.m. — 333 Prospect St., an employee of Diamond Products told police he parked his 2004 Dodge 1500 Ram truck in the company’s parking lot the day before at 3 p.m. as he arrived for work. When he left at 11:45 p.m. that night he said three tires had Read More…

Nonprofits criticize Elyria’s allocation plans for grants

ELYRIA — It was a funding fight for nonprofit organizations Monday night with City Council members and agency leaders joining forces to push back from a proposed budget that heavily favored city recreation programs. During a public hearing to determine how the city would spend its 2015 cut of Community Development Block Grants, Councilman Marcus Read More…

High school baseball: Three-run first leads Avon past Elyria

Elyria catcher Caleb Henry chases Avon's Logan Doenges after Doenges got caught in a rundown during Monday's game at All Pro Freight Stadium. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

AVON — Anytime a team can put up a crooked number in the first inning, it’s usually a good sign of things to come. Avon was able to put up three runs without an RBI in the first inning thanks to a couple of throwing errors by Elyria, and it proved to be the difference Read More…

Lights out in Elyria as Middle Avenue construction continues

Lights are out on Middle Avenue in Elyria on Friday as construction continues. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

The residents on the south side of Elyria are literally in the dark as a result of the Middle Avenue reconstruction project. The first phase of the project is starting up and, as a result, the street lights are going out. In their place, the city is putting up six portable light trailers to illuminate Read More…

Elyria boy’s pup not just a pet

A new service dog arrived today for an Elyria boy with diabetes. Brennen Rivera, 6 gets some love from his well trained new friend Taffy. The dog bonded with him right away. The dog has been training with Brennen's saliva for the last 6 months, so the dog instantly connected the scent with the child. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — He didn’t quite know what to do when Taffy walked into school. Brennen Rivera, a first-grader at McKinley Elementary School, was certain this was his new dog that he had been waiting months for — the dog he had asked Santa for. “I was excited,” Brennen said later that day. “I knew it Read More…

Sign of spring: Food trucks return to Elyria

Karen Sebastian, resident care director at The AbbeWood, is served lunch by Kathy Swearingen, rear, catering manager, to open  the Krav Food Truck season at AbbeWood Senior Living Facility in Elyria on Mar. 23.  This truck will return  to downtown Elyria on Thursdays from 11 am to 2 pm.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The food trucks are rolling back into downtown Elyria this summer. Kathy Swearingen, catering manager for the Krav food truck, said her truck will make its first downtown appearance of the season Thursday next to Elyria City Hall. She said Krav will be there most Thursdays over the coming months. “We’re very excited Read More…