May 25, 2015

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Trooper from LaGrange honored at police week in Washington D.C.

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Mementos of Mike Paris Sr., sit on shelves inside Jean Paris’s LaGrange home. The photograph of him in his Ohio Highway Patrol trooper uniform, his badge number and the flag that draped his casket are memories of Mike Paris that his wife looks at every day. It’s her way of keeping his memory alive. Mike Read More…

Division II district softball: Keystone blanks Firelands

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LAGRANGE — Keystone’s storied softball program will play for its 28th district championship this afternoon at Community Park. The young Wildcats, with one senior on the roster, advanced Monday with a 4-0 victory over Firelands in a Division II district semifinal. It wasn’t easy for the third-ranked Wildcats (23-5). The Falcons (17-11) showed up well-prepared. Read More…

Gallo gets full-time post at Keystone district

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LAGRANGE — Franco Gallo is ready to keep his sleeves rolled up and working for the Keystone Schools but looking forward to doing it with a bit less stress. “I’m very interested in continuing the progress we have made so far,” Gallo said. “I’d like to finish what I started here.” Gallo, 35, is to Read More…

High school softball: Third-ranked Keystone finds way to win, slips past Vermilion with unearned run, just two hits

LAGRANGE — Keystone has aspirations of playing softball into the month of June, but Wednesday the Wildcats’ dreams nearly ended in the middle of May. Though the Wildcats (22-5) were able to get just two hits off Vermilion sophomore Becca Oates, they still scratched out a 1-0 win thanks to an unearned run in the Read More…

‘Warrior’ mom fights cancer battle moment by moment

Jennifer Bassett holds her son Frankie, 8 mos., at their Middleberg Heights home on Friday afternoon, May 8.  Bassett, originally from LaGrange, is currently battling breast cancer that spread to her liver. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

The videos and pictures are what you might find on the Facebook pages of most new mothers. There are pictures of a toothless little guy, grinning wide. There is a video of the chubby-cheeked baby, cooing and giggling. And then there’s the video of Jenny Bassett coaching her nearly 8-month-old son as he tries to Read More…

Rural Lorain County Water incentive gets new life as committee advances plan

LAGRANGE — The possible return of an old retirement incentive plan for Rural Lorain County Water Authority workers passed its first major hurdle Wednesday night. At a joint meeting of Rural Water’s Personnel and Executive committees, members voted 13-2 to have the full Board of Trustees consider the proposal at a meeting next month. Between Read More…

H.S. Softball: Amherst gets long-awaited victory over Keystone with 3-2 win at Prebis Memorial

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE                                    
Amherst High School's Ashley Cogdell (2) bats against St. Francis DeSales High School on Saturday afternoon, April 25.

LAGRANGE — The phrase “Game of the Century” is usually reserved for college football matchups that are hyped for weeks, or even months, in advance. The Amherst softball team had its “Game of the Century” on short notice Saturday when it stunned Keystone 3-2 on the Wildcats’ home field at the Prebis Memorial Classic. Senior Read More…

Return of pension incentives a possibility for Rural Water workers

LAGRANGE — The Rural Lorain County Water Authority is considering bringing back a discontinued retirement incentive program in which the organization buys additional years of service for employees to speed up their access to retirement benefits and increase the value of their pensions. The program paid out nearly $1.9 million on behalf of 15 Rural Read More…

High school softball: Pitching in the spotlight at Prebis Classic

For area softball fans or college scouts passing through town, this has to be one of the best weekends of the year. The collection of pitching talent that will take the field at the Prebis Memorial Classic beginning today in LaGrange and Wellington could be the best in the 10-year history of the event. This Read More…

UPDATED: Caffeine powder ban moves through Ohio Senate committee

Selling pure caffeine could soon become illegal in Ohio, nearly a year after a LaGrange teenager died from ingesting pure caffeine powder. On Wednesday, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee approved Senate Bill 7, which was introduced in February by state Sen. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville. The bill would make the sale of pure caffeine, sold Read More…