July 28, 2015

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8 is enough when it comes to grass length in Elyria

ELYRIA — The city is lowering the threshold for allowable grass height by 4 inches to match county guidelines. City Council members voted Monday night to approve the change, now requiring residents to limit grass or weed height to no more than 8 inches. Previously the city capped the limit at 12 inches. Safety Service Read More…

Lorain County joins budget information initiative

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ELYRIA — Lorain County commissioners are prying open the county checkbook. Lorain County is joining Mahoning County in a partnership with the state Treasurer’s Office to place the county spending ledger online in a Google-style search engine at OhioCheckbook.com. Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel joined Commissioners Lori Kokoski, Matt Lundy and Ted Kalo on Monday morning Read More…

Memories from the Vietnam War

Joe Gee in 1968 (left) and now.

Andy Drwal, 68 of Lorain Enlisted in U.S. Navy serving from 1965-69 including 1967-68 in Vietnam. Drwal was a Lorain firefighter from 1970 to 2001, but the worst fire he ever encountered was on July, 29, 1967, while serving aboard the U.S.S. Forrestal, an aircraft carrier in the Gulf of Tonkin being used to launch bombing Read More…

Family aims to create network of support, autism awareness

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Brenda Klein, her two children Andrew, 12, and Joe, 7, and her husband Matt stand in their North Ridgeville home on Thursday afternoon, April 16.

Matt Klein wants parents of children with autism or other developmental disorders to know they’re not alone. Klein’s son, 12-year-old Andrew, has Asperger’s syndrome — which is an autism spectrum disorder — and his 7-year-old son Joe is autistic and unable to speak. Klein, a member of Leadership Lorain County’s Class of 2015, proposed the Read More…

Lorain County Task Force collects a ton of drugs in six months

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Lorain County residents got rid of more than 2,000 pounds of prescription drugs in six short months. On Saturday, the Lorain County Drug Task Force collected 2,257 pounds of prescription medications that residents had deposited since September in the 14 drug drop boxes in Lorain County. The drop boxes, installed at police stations around the Read More…

Lorain mayor offered land sites to Bendix

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LORAIN — Mayor Chase Ritenauer proposed three potential sites in the city of Lorain to Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems where the company could relocate its current Elyria corporate headquarters. Ritenauer sent the information to Bendix on March 23, nearly a month after the company announced that it was leaving Elyria, where it has been based Read More…

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…