September 2, 2015

Elyria
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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…

Contract awarded for Route 57 widening project in Grafton

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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…