April 19, 2015

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Pittsfield Township honors victims of 1965 tornado

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PITTSFIELD TWP. – In 1965 the town’s center vanished during a devastating tornado on Palm Sunday that took the lives of 19 people in Lorain County and injured 141. Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the deadly Palm Sunday tornado outbreak, which according to weather service records was a series of 47 tornadoes in six Read More…

Ely Square student rally to promote drug-free existence

For the third year in a row, Lorain County high school students will descend on Elyria’s Ely Square with a message of healthy, drug-free living. The “We Are the Majority” rally will kick off 9 a.m. April 30, starting with a rally at Elyria High School and ending with a march to Ely Square to Read More…

Survivors haunted by 1965 Pittsfield tornado

This aerial photo of state routes 58 and 303 that shows the destruction caused by the tornado that struck Pittsfield Center on April 11, 1965, was featured on the front page of The Chronicle-Telegram the day after the twister struck. The tornado, part of the 1965 Palm Sunday outbreak, killed 19 people in Lorain County and injured 141.

Palm Sunday of 1965 was a night of death, darkness and destruction in which the lives of people that survived a devastating tornado were forever changed. Even now, 50 years later, some say they still experience anxiety and fear when a storm starts to brew, while others simply cannot talk about what is marked in Read More…

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Lorain, Elyria begin friendly competition to benefit Goodwill

LORAIN — Whoever the victor, a new Goodwill Industries of Lorain County donation competition between Elyria and Lorain city governments is a win-win for the cities. Donation money will help fund job training for needy county residents, many of whom are from Elyria and Lorain, said Steve Greenwell Goodwill CEO and president. “The real winners Read More…

Lorain County judges boycott ‘administrative session,’ citing legality concerns

ELYRIA — The Lorain County commissioners sought a confidential “administrative session” with the county’s General Division judges to discuss their ongoing dispute over where the county’s Adult Probation Department should be. The judges refused to attend the meeting, noting they had “grave concerns about both the legality and enforceability” of the confidentiality proposals, according to Read More…

Line can blur between public, private emails

ELYRIA — Local elected officials and government employees don’t have a consistent approach to how they handle emails dealing with public business. Some adhere to a strict separation of their government and private email accounts, while others use one email address for everything. Some alternate between various accounts. Whatever the case, emails dealing with government Read More…

EPA officially announces $600K grant for brownfield assessment in Lorain County

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Susan Headman, left, Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, during a Thursday meeting to announce a $600,000 grant given to Lorain County for environmental assessments of brownfield sites. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Community leaders and federal officials came together Thursday afternoon at Black River Landing to announce a $600,000 grant for brownfield assessments in Lorain County. It was the second time this year the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant was announced. The first time the grant was made public was in a May 28 news Read More…

Judge Burge orders county to hire security for Adult Probation facilities

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge has ordered the county commissioners to provide $124,953 to cover projected security costs for the county’s Adult Probation Department for the final three months of the year. The money is to be turned over to county Sheriff Phil Stammitti by Sept. 13 so he can begin Read More…

Sheriff lists costs of Adult Probation Department security

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ELYRIA — It will cost $396,356 to provide security upgrades that the county’s General Division judges want to implement for the offices now being used by the Lorain County Adult Probation Department, county Sheriff Phil Stammitti wrote in a letter to the county commissioners Wednesday. Stammitti wrote that to properly staff the entrances to the Read More…

No guards at Probation Department buildings yet

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ELYRIA —There were no deputies working security at the two locations housing the Lorain County Adult Probation Department on Monday, despite a directive from a county judge to do so. County Sheriff Phil Stammitti said he lacks the manpower to staff the entrances to the Probation Department offices at the old Lorain County Courthouse and Read More…