February 12, 2016


Board takes no action to ban Confederate flag sales at fair


WELLINGTON — The Lorain County Fair Board took no action Tuesday night to halt the sale of the Confederate flag at the fairgrounds, but the leader of a group of citizens pushing for a ban said after the meeting that doesn’t mean they’ll stop trying. Jeanine Donaldson, who is heading up the Fair Minded Coalition Read More…

Group asks Fair Board to ban Confederate flag sale

ELYRIA — The Lorain County Fair Board decided last year to continue to allow the sale of the Confederate flag at the fairgrounds, but a group calling itself the Fair Minded Coalition of Lorain County has renewed a push to ban the flag. “To some Americans, the Confederate flag is merely a historical artifact of Read More…

Controversies, tragedies and triumphs: Chronicle staff picks top 10 stories of 2015

James Burge smiles broadly as he thanks supporters and tells them that he's been delivered from hell following his sentencing on corruption charges Thursday, May 14, 2015. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Lorain County in 2015 saw its share of controversies, tragedies and triumphs. But 10 stories stood out from the rest as the most important of the year, making a definitive mark on the history of the county. These are those stories as voted on by the editorial staff of The Chronicle-Telegram, with links going to Read More…

8. Confederate flag at Lorain County Fair creates showdown

The Confederate flag flying at the Lorain County Fair sparked a showdown between some of the county’s leading Democrats and the Fair Board. County Commissioner Matt Lundy first raised the issue in the middle of fair week, calling for the Fair Board to ban the Confederate flag, something that had been done at the Ohio Read More…

Wellington men provide their Confederate counterpoint


WELLINGTON — Joe Maybaugh didn’t know there were people who had a problem with the Confederate flag until just a few days into the Lorain County Fair. But that realization, only a week ago, prompted Maybaugh to take action. Maybaugh, a staunch supporter of the flag, who said he often flies it from the back Read More…


Miss the fair already? Started counting down to the 2016 Lorain County Fair? Here’s something to tide you over: All our stories and photos from this year’s fair.

County fair’s last day is smashing


WELLINGTON — Jennifer Stewart hoped to compete in Sunday’s Lorain County Fair Demolition Derby against her daughter, Vanessa Webb. Instead, Stewart competed in honor of her 17-year-old daughter, who died in November of a suspected genetic heart defect. Stewart’s 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix got pinned against a concrete wall and the engine died early in Read More…

Lorain County Fair attendance down slightly


WELLINGTON — Attendance was 125,718 at the 170th annual Lorain County Fair, fair board President Kim Meyers said Sunday. The number was about 0.5 percent below last year’s attendance of 126,423. It was 3.5 percent below the average annual attendance between 2010 and 2014 which was 130,279. Meyers attributed the slightly lower numbers to more Read More…

4-H teen donates proceeds to friend

WELLINGTON — The auctioneers at the Lorain County Junior Fair Auction normally speak quickly — rapidly running through a series of 4-H members who lead their animals to be sold to business people around the county. But when they got to Savannah Smith on Saturday morning, they paused. “Normally we don’t do this,” auctioneer Andy 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…