October 21, 2014


Midview Schools bus drivers navigate state Route 57 obstacle

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GRAFTON — Despite headaches and frustration by drivers in the village contending with congestion posed by the state Route 57 construction, roadwork did not cause any major issues for Midview Schools buses on the first day of classes. Midview Superintendent Scott Goggin said things went smoothly for the district’s 27 buses in getting about 2,000 Read More…

Grafton puts income tax increase on November ballot

GRAFTON — The village will ask voters to approve a 0.25 percent additional income tax for five years in November. Council President David DiVencenzo said Council unanimously voted to place the five-year additional income tax on the ballot. “Income to our general fund has seen a decline of support that we have traditionally received from Read More…

Wrong-way Route 57 drivers getting tickets in Grafton

Traffic on state Route 57, which is Grafton’s Main Street, is expected to remain one-way with one lane of traffic going through the village until at least November.

GRAFTON — Police have handed out 18 tickets to motorists traveling the wrong way on the 1.25-mile stretch of state Route 57 in Grafton where traffic is limited to one lane in one direction. Those ticketed so far have been cited for entering Route 57 from side roads and attempting to drive north, in violation Read More…

Grafton business owners express doubts on Route 57 widening project

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GRAFTON — Sometime this month, work is scheduled to begin on a project that will widen state Route 57 from two to three lanes. Designed to improve traffic flow through a mile-plus stretch of Route 57 dotted by numerous businesses in the village, some owners and managers of those businesses have doubts about the work. Read More…

Karlie Plas, Grafton’s ‘Pink Princess,’ dies of cancer at 20


Kellie Plas was soft-spoken, calm and even giggled a bit as she talked about her daughter, a young woman who affectionately went by the nickname “The Pink Princess.” Plas said her daughter, Karlie Plas, often wrote in a journal about how she wanted to go to college in England, find the love of her life, Read More…

Contract awarded for Route 57 widening project in Grafton


GRAFTON — Coming this summer: A construction mess in Grafton that, in the end, will make it easier to travel through town. The office of Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney announced Wednesday that a contract has been awarded to widen and reconstruct a section of state Route 57 in Grafton to the Shelly Co. of Read More…

Groundbreaking held for long-awaited Grafton splash park

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GRAFTON — The relative balminess of 40 degrees Monday — never mind the winter storm watch that came out later in the day — made it perfect for touting a new splash pad to be built for the summer. “It’s been a tough winter, but it will warm up,” Gregg Miller, president of the Grafton Read More…

Grafton councilman accused of accepting Cavs tickets, dinner

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  GRAFTON — Outgoing Grafton Village Councilman Tom Smith accepted Cleveland Cavaliers tickets worth $595 in November 2009, according to a summary of the investigation that led to him facing two misdemeanor ethics charges. The summary, prepared for prosecutors by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and obtained through a public records request by The Read More…

Owners of Twilight Boutique facing federal drug, laundering charges

The closed Twilight Boutique on Abbe Road in Elyria is shown on Thursday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

  A Grafton Township couple has been indicted on federal conspiracy, drug and money laundering charges for allegedly running a chain of head shops that sold synthetic marijuana across the state. Sean and Sherry Lightner, both 38, allegedly purchased and sold hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of the illegal substances with names like “Bizzaro,” Read More…

Grafton store owners indicted for allegedly selling fake pot


The Grafton owners of a chain of head shops have been indicted on federal charges accusing them of selling illegal synthetic marijuana out of their stores, including one in Elyria. According to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach, Sean and Sherry Lightner, both 38, were selling the synthetic drugs, known Read More…