April 17, 2014

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Elyria High briefly locked down after alleged threat

Elyria High School was briefly locked down Thursday morning after an alleged threat. At about 9:15 a.m., a 14-year-old student allegedly made a threat, which was heard by a group of other students. Administrators  immediately locked down the school. The Elyria Police Department was contacted and promptly responded. The student, who left the school after Read More…

Elyria family’s outdoor TV show gains major local sponsor

reaser family

ELYRIA — As the Dan Reaser family of Elyria continues to bag deer and fish while celebrating the value of family and nature on their new cable TV show, the program is also garnering some hometown sponsors. Elyria-based Ridge Tool Co., producer of RIDGID-brand tools, was named Wednesday as a major sponsor of “The Outdoor Read More…

Donna’s Diner gets reprieve

Donna Dove serves food in her Elyria diner in October 2012. Dove plans to close the eatery, most likely at the end of the month. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — Donna Dove is not ready to give up. A surge of customers after elected officials volunteered to work in her restaurant prompted Dove to decide to keep her business, Donna’s Diner, open. “My phone has been ringing off the hook with people telling me how much they support me,” she said Tuesday. She paused Read More…

Elyria has limited funds to repair city roads after harsh winter

Bell Avenue is just one of the many roads in Elyria in need of repair after an especially harsh winter. PHOTO COURTESY OF LINDA MEADOWS

ELYRIA — The limited amount of money the city has available to fix its pothole-pocked roads this summer is less than the city spent to fix a single road last year. This year, the city’s road resurfacing program has just a little more than $24,000 available for road projects, said city Finance Director Ted Pileski. Read More…

Elyria officials pitch in to help Donna’s Diner

Donna Dove serves food in her Elyria diner in October 2012. Dove plans to close the eatery, most likely at the end of the month. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — The city’s elected officials are not letting Donna’s Diner go down without a fight. News that the downtown eatery, which brought Elyria international recognition when it served as the backdrop to a five-part series in the New York Times, is planning to close has ignited the passion to serve from some. “We want Read More…

Elyria Council gets bare-bones budget for 2014

ELYRIA — A no-frills budget was presented Monday night to Elyria City Council members, giving them a glimpse at what 2014 expenses will look like for the coming year. This will not be the fiscal year police officers and firefighters are hired, departments outfitted with new equipment and roads are paved. Mayor Holly Brinda said, Read More…

East Bridge Street BP temporarily closed

The BP Stationon East Bridge Street in Elyria, closed Wednesday evening, after large amounts of snow covering the canopy of the building threatened the structure of the building. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The BP gas station at 402 East Bridge St., temporarily closed due to structural issues. Concerns with the station’s canopy prompted the station’s owners to close the station while repairs are completed. Kevin Brubaker, a supervisor in the city’s Building Department, said he was notified Wednesday afternoon by police that it appeared as Read More…

Elyria’s Donna done with her diner

Donna Dove serves food in her Elyria diner in October 2012. Dove plans to close the eatery, most likely at the end of the month. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — Donna Dove answered the telephone at her downtown Elyria restaurant Tuesday morning the same way she has for more than 14 years. “Donna’s Diner,” she said with her usual upbeat demeanor. But as the conversation quickly turned to the fate of the restaurant, which served as the backdrop for a five-part New York Read More…

Elyria police officers among city’s top-paid employees

Ronald Brlas

ELYRIA — The year 2013 was reminiscent of 2008 in terms of who made the most money in the city of Elyria and why, except for one aspect. Then the top earners were mostly Elyria firefighters, many of whom racked up thousands of dollars in overtime to deal with reduced staffing levels in the department. Read More…

Elyria officials consider lowering speed at Ford Road hairpin turn

ford road turn

ELYRIA — The speed limit near the hairpin turn at the top of the hill on Ford Road might get lowered. Signs call for a speed of 25 mph. City officials could lower it to 15 mph because of safety concerns. “We are definitely looking at it based on what is going on out there,” Read More…