July 5, 2015

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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…

Keystone Schools: Additional levy

Keystone Elementary third-graders Alyssa Sugerik, 8, and Brenna Taylor, 8, write about their favorite school teachers during Family Day, hosted March 28 at Keystone Elementary School. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Issue 14 What it is: a 7.95-mill operating levy Duration: continuous How much would it raise: $1.9 million a year Purpose: to pay staff salaries and benefits Cost to homeowner: $278 annually for owners of homes with $100,000 valuation LAGRANGE — Keystone school officials know one of the biggest hurdles they have to overcome to Read More…

Stakes high for Keystone Schools levy

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LAGRANGE — The importance of the campaign to convince voters to provide the Keystone school district with its first boost in operating money in more than 20 years is evident in the fact that campaign is bigger than any before. The bulked-up effort includes 200 yard signs going up around the community, 10 bigger signs Read More…

Keystone officials hopeful elementary school will open Wednesday

LAGRANGE – An electrical wiring problem led to a day off Tuesday for pupils at Keystone Elementary School. Those same youngsters should be heading back to classes Wednesday, according to Keystone Schools Superintendent Franco Gallo. “We have a crew working on it right now and they believe they’ll get it done tonight (Tuesday),” Gallo said Read More…

H.S. Softball: Keystone’s Lauren Shaw throws no-hitter, but loses to Mentor’s perfect game

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LAGRANGE — Double no-hitters are about as common as professional sports championships in Cleveland. Rare as they are, softball fans were treated to one on a sunny and chilly Saturday afternoon at LaGrange Community Park. It happened in Mentor’s 2-0 victory over host Keystone in a four-way invitational that featured some of northern Ohio’s top Read More…

Keystone to buy 45 security cameras

LAGRANGE — The Keystone Schools will take advantage of a provision in state bidding procedures to buy nearly 50 new security cameras for Keystone High School without having to seek competitive bids. The action was taken Monday by the school board when board members approved a resolution of “urgent necessity” that allows the board to Read More…