November 24, 2015


It’s not even Thanksgiving, but Operation Christmas Child is a go

Volunteers pack shoeboxes Monday for Operation Christmas Child at Christian Unity Church in Grafton.

ELYRIA — Even if it doesn’t feel like Christmas yet, busy little elves across the county are gearing up for the holiday with Operation Christmas Child. This is national collection week, where volunteers gather up shoeboxes filled with gifts to send to children around the world — and you can help. Shoeboxes with toys, school Read More…

Grafton teens sleep in boxes to better understand plight of homeless

Students at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Grafton prepare their temporary homes Saturday night.

GRAFTON – Taylor Stefan, Tessa Pickering and seven other high school students ate food cooked over a wood fire and made other preparations before settling down to spend the night huddled under blankets and in sleeping bags tucked inside cardboard boxes. The nine members of a confirmation class at Our Lady Queen of Peace had Read More…

NEXUS foes meet, vow to continue opposition

GRAFTON TWP. — People seeking to reroute the NEXUS gas transmission line told landowners Thursday night that although restraining orders may have been filed against them, the fight against the Texas company is not over. More than 50 people gathered at Grafton Township Hall, some of them concerned residents and others members of the Coalition Read More…

Solid waste district, prison in early talks for composting site


GRAFTON — A composting facility is being considered for 25 acres of prison-owned land to process yard, agriculture and food wastes. The Lorain County Solid Waste Management District is evaluating the construction of the facility along with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Solid Waste Management District Director Keith Bailey said the concept is Read More…

Some of your photos from last night’s storm


Staff photographer and itinerant storm chaser Bruce Bishop shared some of his photos from last night on our Facebook page. Not to be outdone, readers shared more. Here are a gallery of those photos. If you’d like to share yours on our Facebook page, please do so here.

Boys golf: Alex Csizmadia and Zach Schuster lead way as Elyria shakes off slow start to season, wins Keystone Invite


GRAFTON — After starting the year with a couple of underwhelming performances, Elyria was looking for a confidence boost. It found one Tuesday at Indian Hollow Lake Golf Course. Alex Csizmadia led the Pioneers with a 6-over 77 and teammate Zach Schuster shot a 79 as the Pioneers won the Keystone Invitational with a team Read More…

Three incumbent mayors bow out

Barbara O'Keefe

Three sitting village mayors will not seek re-election in November. Nonpartisan political candidates had until 4 p.m. Wednesday to file with the Lorain County Board of Elections to have their names appear on November ballots. According to the filings, Grafton Mayor Megan Flanigan, South Amherst Mayor Barbara Becker and Wellington Mayor Barbara O’Keefe aren’t running. David Read More…

OGSO: Ridgeville rolls, Buckeye edges

GRAFTON — Katie Barnhart pitched her fourth straight no-hitter as North Ridgeville mercy-ruled Grafton 15-0 for the Ohio Girls Softball Organization’s Class A (10U) county championship Tuesday night. The Class D (18U) title game was the opposite of a rout. Buckeye’s Kayla Whitmer, facing a full count, walked with the bases loaded in the bottom Read More…

Judge grants NEXUS surveyors access to properties


ELYRIA — A Lorain County judge granted a temporary restraining order Wednesday against several property owners who have refused to allow NEXUS gas transmission project surveyors onto their private property. The order prohibits five property owners in Grafton, LaGrange and Oberlin from interfering with NEXUS surveyors, who can now enter their property for the next Read More…

Spencer Triple-C bounces back with big rally to beat Oberlin Mavrich & Mavrich, earn trip to OGSO state tournament


GRAFTON — If turnabout is truly fair play, then Spencer Triple-C is a legitimate OGSO district champion after a come-from-behind 10-7 win over Oberlin Mavrich & Mavrich. Spencer appeared to be on the ropes Monday after Mavrich & Mavrich scored seven times in a bat-around second inning for a 7-2 lead. But Spencer also batted Read More…