May 22, 2015

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Grafton village administrator position in flux — again

GRAFTON — The village is looking for its fourth administrator in as many years. Tom Williams, a former Lorain County commissioner hired to the post in January, has taken another job in the private sector but remains working for the village on a part-time basis until a full-time successor can be found. Williams said he Read More…

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…

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Line can blur between public, private emails

ELYRIA — Local elected officials and government employees don’t have a consistent approach to how they handle emails dealing with public business. Some adhere to a strict separation of their government and private email accounts, while others use one email address for everything. Some alternate between various accounts. Whatever the case, emails dealing with government Read More…

Village of Grafton studying regional fire district

GRAFTON — Village Council is exploring the creation of a regional fire district with neighboring townships that potentially could replace the volunteer departments that serve the areas in and around Grafton. Village Administrator Tom Williams and Councilman John Lescher, 3rd Ward, said the idea is still in the preliminary stages, but Council will discuss the Read More…

Grant to help upgrade Grafton’s Splash Station

GRAFTON — The village’s Splash Station at North Park is getting set to make another splash, thanks to a grant from the Ross Foundation Inc. The foundation, a charitable arm of Ross Environmental Services of Elyria, presented the village with $21,500 during Tuesday’s Village Council meeting. The money will be used to add water features Read More…

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

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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…