November 30, 2015


UPDATED: Power restored after outages across county

Outages throughout the county were the result of a transmission line problem, and all of it has been restored, according to First Energy. Around noon, a problem occurred with a main transmission line that feeds several power stations and that result in a widespread outage. Mark Durbin, company spokesman, said the outage is being investigated, but all customers Read More…

Motorized memorial offers tribute to LaGrange hot rodder

Classic cars owned by street rod lover David Lowery sit outside the Busch Funeral Home on Second Street in Elyria.

ELYRIA — One might say David M. Lowery wanted to go out with a roar, or better yet, the rumble of customized hot rods he loved so much. Many drivers tooling past Busch Funeral Home on Second Street on Thursday afternoon likely did a double-take or two when they spotted more than a dozen vintage Read More…

LaGrange man dead in Huron County crash

CLARKSFIELD TWP. — A LaGrange man died Monday morning after his car collided with a tractor-trailer at state routes 18 and 60 in Huron County. Mark E. Lauer, 42, was pronounced dead at the scene after the crash at 9:55 a.m., according to the Norwalk post of the Ohio Highway Patrol. Lauer’s son, Nathaniel M. Read More…

LaGrange Post Office remains closed

LAGRANGE – The local post office has remained closed off and on from Sept. 9 and remained closed Monday. According to United States Post Office postmaster Eric Amsden, a computer system was installed several months ago, but after the new computers arrived, all systems had to be updated to match the software. A sign remains Read More…

Little library checks in to LaGrange


LAGRANGE — In the center of a tiny community now sits a little library made of wood that can store 50 books. On Thursday, Friends of the Keystone-LaGrange Community Library dedicated the little library to residents with the help of children who brought books to share with others. The little library was provided by the Read More…

Riding in her sister’s honor

Erin Hostal, 17, of LaGrange, shows off her horse Della on Friday at the Lorain County Fair.  MELISSA LINEBRINK/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — Wearing a tank top, jean shorts and cowboy boots, Erin Hostal walked through Barn 15 of the Lorain County Fair, home to the junior fair horses with her horse Della at her side. “Horse coming through!” Erin announced as she passed between the walkway leading out to the round pen where she allowed Read More…

Cross country: Keystone’s Shannon Wargo repeats as Icebreaker champ


CARLISLE TWP. — Keystone senior Shannon Wargo was hoping to run a great time and repeat as the girls individual champion at the annual Keystone Cross Country Icebreaker Invite at the Carlisle Reservation Equestrian Center on Monday. What she didn’t expect was to set a personal record time of 19:11 in her first official race Read More…

Keystone Elementary School makes its debut

LAGRANGE — The final piece of the Keystone Schools puzzle is in place, and the finished product was revealed to the public Saturday. The 86,000-square-foot Keystone Elementary School has security systems, wireless Internet, efficient heating and cooling systems, 25 classrooms, a media center, gymnasium and arts and music rooms. It is worlds away from the 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.

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…