April 19, 2014

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Grafton Reintegration Center helps adjust inmates to life after prison

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GRAFTON — Chris Jackson is just one of many inmates at the Grafton Reintegration Center hoping what he is learning behind bars will help him land a job and make a respectable life when he’s released. Jackson, 27, is completing a six-year sentence for aggravated robbery in Stark County, where he is from. Incarcerated in Read More…

Midview Schools teacher contract approved Monday

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GRAFTON — A new Midview Schools teachers contract was unanimously approved Monday by school board members. Superintendent Scott Goggin told board members the contract will save the 3,200-student district at least $1 million by 2017. Much of the savings come from health care concessions by the approximately 200-member Midview Education Association. Contributions increase 12.8 percent Read More…

H.S. Football: Midview beats Amherst, improves to 2-0

Amherst's Joe D'Andera's goes for the ball as Midview's Dante Redwood defends.

EATON TWP. — It took a couple of years, but Midview receiver Dante Redwood was finally able to pay tribute to a friend he lost two years ago. Redwood dedicated his first career varsity touchdown, a 55-yard punt return, to North Ridgeville resident and player Alex Sismour, who passed away in 2011. It was one Read More…

Woman fined for helping cover up killing of 30,000 fish with cyanide

A Grafton woman was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine for helping her husband cover up that he was responsible for a fish kill in the Rocky River last year. Teresina Montorsi, 76, pleaded guilty in May to a federal obstruction of justice charge in connection with the Read More…

High school girls tennis 2013: Magnificat’s Emily Witt of Grafton looking to make senior season her best yet

Emily Witt, 17, of Grafton and a Magnificat senior, practices at the Oberlin College tennis courts in preparation for her upcoming season. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Emily Witt knows all about high school tennis success. That doesn’t mean the Magnificat senior and Grafton resident has had it easy. Sure, she qualified for the Division I state tournament the past two years, falling just one match shy of finishing in the top four and earning first-team All-Ohio honors a year ago. Still, Read More…

Southview grad Jessica Tomazic makes huge strides in a year, goes from 70th to first in Vermilion Triathlon

VERMILION — Lorain County athletes made their presence felt in Sunday’s sixth annual Vermilion Harbor Triathlon and Duathlon at Linwood Park. Lorain’s Jessica Tomazic, 31, won the women’s title and finished ninth overall for the Olympic Distance race in a time of two hours, 27 minutes and 15 seconds. The event consisted of 1.5K swim, Read More…

Ohio Football League playoffs: Nightmares continue roll, blast Spartans in postseason opener

EATON TWP. — The playoff debut of the Lorain County Nightmares semipro football team Sunday couldn’t have gone much better. The defense was dominant, holding the visiting Strabane (Pa.) Spartans to minus-16 yards rushing, forcing six turnovers — returning one for a score — and sacking the quarterback 10 times. The offense, led by Elyria Read More…

High school football 2013: Midview has even bigger goals after making playoffs last season

EATON TWP. — Midview went 8-2 in 2011 and 9-1 last year in the regular season. Guess what the Middies are thinking about this season? “As far back as the fourth grade, we’ve always had winning records,” center/defensive lineman Patrick Forrer said of this year’s senior class. “We’ve done really well and won a lot Read More…

Dream season was always in Nightmares’ plans: Lorain County semi-pro football team opens playoffs today

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The Lorain County Nightmares didn’t even have a full roster yet when first-year coach Terry Murray set his goals for the season: go undefeated in the Ohio Football League’s Cardinal Conference and qualify for the playoffs. Done and done. The first-year semipro football team did just what Murray envisioned, going 10-0 in conference play (10-2 Read More…

Hot Stove state tournament: Two Vermilion teams advance to finals; five Lorain County teams in all

ALLIANCE — Vermilion Impact and Vermilion DRD Wildcats showed Saturday that there can be more than one path to the same destination. In this case, the destination is the Ohio Hot Stove state finals at Butler-Rodman Park. In Class H (U-10), Vermilion Impact took the path of least resistance, needing just five innings to run-rule Read More…