February 12, 2016


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…

New Keystone Elementary School nearing completion


LAGRANGE — The final piece in a 12-year plan to create a mega-campus for Keystone Schools is nearly complete. “We can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve got,” Superintendent Franco Gallo said Tuesday as he gave an informal tour of the district’s new $16 million elementary school, which is nearing completion. The school will serve Read More…

Microburst flattens corn in LaGrange field


LAGRANGE — The unusual-looking flattened corn along state Route 301 was not the result of the extraordinary landing of an alien craft. But Mother Nature is often just as extraordinary, as LaGrange farmer Dean Forbush will attest. Forbush, 53, has farmed land near Route 301 and Biggs Road since 1974, and he’s seen some strange Read More…

301 in LaGrange to close next week

LAGRANGE – A section of State Route 301 will be closed most of next week for a culvert repair. According to a release from the Ohio Department of Transportation, 301 just south of Whitney Road, will close Monday. The detour route for northbound motorists is 301 to State Route 18, east to State Route 83, Read More…

UPDATED: Bill banning caffeine powder passes state Senate

COLUMBUS — Pure powdered caffeine couldn’t be sold in Ohio under legislation headed to the governor for his expected signature. The measure that cleared the state Senate on Wednesday also would prohibit sales of powdered alcohol. Passage of the bill follows the anniversary of a northeast Ohio teen’s overdose death from caffeine powder. Eighteen-year-old Logan Read More…

Lorain County commemorates Memorial Day


Among the participants in Monday’s Memorial Day parade in Elyria were Korean War and Vietnam War veterans and Korean War-era and Vietnam War-era veterans from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1079 in Elyria. Other participants included the Elyria Police Department Color Guard, the Ohio Highway Patrol, Lorain County Sheriff Phil Stammitti, honorary parade marshal and Read More…

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


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


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…