February 10, 2016

Elyria
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Law enforcement officers salute the fallen

Members of the Avon Lake police offer a rifle salute on the Route 6 bridge in Vermilion for the Lorain County Police Memorial Service on May 14. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — Louise Palermo was 5 when her father, Deputy John Palermo, was shot and killed in the line of duty. Palmero, now a parent herself, has carried the memory of that loss for a half a century. On Thursday, she addressed a crowd of police officers and some of their family members for the Read More…

Commerce expert: Lorain County must prepare for 2016 GOP convention

When the Republican National Convention arrives in Cleveland in July 2016, Lorain County must be ready for thousands of visitors. During a meeting Tuesday at Lorain County Community College’s Stocker Center, Mike Mulhall, vice president of Partnerships Destination Cleveland, said Cleveland can expect to see about $200 million in direct spending as a result of Read More…

Lorain County turnout low, but above predictions

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary election beat the predictions of Lorain County election officials, but it was still the lowest in at least the last 15 years. Elections Board Director Paul Adams said 19,061 of 164,348 eligible voters voted Tuesday or in early voting for a turnout of 11.6 percent. Adams had Read More…

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…