June 26, 2016

Elyria
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County commissioners will approve Grafton annexation — because they have to

ELYRIA — Lorain County commissioners will have little choice but to approve the annexation of a narrow strip of land from Eaton Township to Grafton when they meet to discuss the issue July 5, Commissioner Ted Kalo said Wednesday. “It’s an automatic thing,” Kalo said. “We have to approve it.” Eaton Township has vehemently opposed Read More…

Memorial Day schedule of events

Rumpke, Republic Services and Elyria will not pick up garbage on Monday because of Memorial Day. Pickup will be delayed by a day for the rest of the week, meaning if pickup normally is Friday, it will be Saturday instead. Government buildings will be closed Monday as will most banks. Amherst The Memorial Day Parade Read More…

Woman honored for sending care packages to troops

GRAFTON — For more than a decade, Marilyn Riddle tried to pack up the comforts of home to keep up the spirits of anonymous soldiers overseas. On Thursday, a local man on the receiving end of many care packages paid tribute to her dedication by presenting her with a plaque and many thanks. U.S. Air Read More…

County sheriff speaks out against potential annexation

GRAFTON — Lorain County Sheriff Phil Stammitti announced Tuesday that he is opposed to Grafton annexing a narrow strip of land in Eaton Township. In an email to Eaton Township Trustee Jason Monschein, who has led opposition to the annexation, Stammitti wrote that he doesn’t buy into the village’s explanation that the annexation is part Read More…

Potential annexation puts neighbors in Eaton on edge

EATON TWP. — Despite the insistence of Grafton village officials that they have no designs on annexing Midview Schools campus into the village, Eaton Township’s trustees are worried that the village’s plans to annex a narrow strip of land nearby is a prelude to exactly that. “This is a clear ‘behind the scenes’ land grasp Read More…

Grafton officer honored for saving woman

GRAFTON — Part-time Grafton Patrolman Brent Payne was presented an award at Tuesday night’s Village Council meeting for reviving a local woman after a heart attack. The woman, who did not wish to speak to the media, sat in the front row and tried to control her emotions as Sgt. Kenneth Jake spoke about Payne’s Read More…

Grafton, Lorain police ahead of the game on certification

GRAFTON — Two Lorain County police agencies have applied for state certification on new standards that won’t become mandatory for another year. Grafton police and Lorain police are working on meeting new standards on use of force, use of deadly force and recruitment and hiring practices that have been established by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Read More…

Officer supplies defibrillator to help woman

GRAFTON — A part-time police officer who carries a defibrillator in his car used it to try and save a woman’s life Sunday. Patrolman Brent Payne, who works full time for the Lorain Police Department and part time for the village, was the first to arrive 8:30 p.m. at the 1000 block of Willow Street Read More…

Grafton native shares details of Cuba trip

At the same time President Barack Obama was in Cuba trying to lay groundwork for closer ties between the U.S. and Cuba — the first for a sitting president since Calvin Coolidge in 1928 — Grafton’s Jordan Fitzgerald was there, too, as part of a Kent State University architectural mission. The group of 10 graduate Read More…

Grafton seeks permission to build water tower

The village of Grafton wants a county judge to declare that building a 200,000-gallon water tower in Reservoir Park doesn’t violate the terms of the deal it made to purchase the land in 1999. The purchase agreement made with Leonard A. Bescan Family Trust, Alberta Gaetz and Wilma Lilley says the land “shall be used Read More…