May 24, 2015

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Southview grad Jessica Tomazic makes huge strides in a year, goes from 70th to first in Vermilion Triathlon

VERMILION — Lorain County athletes made their presence felt in Sunday’s sixth annual Vermilion Harbor Triathlon and Duathlon at Linwood Park. Lorain’s Jessica Tomazic, 31, won the women’s title and finished ninth overall for the Olympic Distance race in a time of two hours, 27 minutes and 15 seconds. The event consisted of 1.5K swim, Read More…

Family of Parti Holland II speaks about their grief, frustration

Jacqueline and Parti Holland, with daughter Hailey, hold a photo of Parti Holland II on Sunday.  (CT photo by Steve Manheim.)

WAKEMAN — Three days after Sheffield Middle School student Parti Holland II committed suicide, relatives say the school attendance office called Parti’s parents to say he was not in class. “Tell me that a school system that can call on a deceased child and can’t keep that straight, can keep anything else straight,” said Jeanie Read More…

School board proposes website to combat bullying

SHEFFIELD — In the wake of the suicide of a 14-year-old Sheffield Middle School student who told friends and an aunt he was bullied, Sheffield Schools is making changes. Superintendent Will Folger at Monday’s Board of Education meeting proposed creating a website link for parents or students to report bullying. The reports could be anonymous. Read More…

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake superintendent to retire in December

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake schools Superintendent Will Folger speaks March 9 at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new high school in Sheffield.

SHEFFIELD — Superintendent Will Folger retires Dec. 31. “This is very, very difficult for me,” Folger said Monday to Board of Education members who unanimously approved the retirement. “But as I go out the door in six months, 40 years of education is probably about enough.” Folger, 61, was appointed superintendent in 2004. He began Read More…

Investigation shows school district followed bullying protocol prior to teen’s suicide

Parti Holland II

SHEFFIELD — No wrongdoing has been found by Sheffield Middle School staff in the March 23 suicide of a 14-year-old student whose friends and aunt said he’d been bullied. Parti Holland II hung himself in his bedroom in his Knickerbocker Road home in Sheffield Lake, according to Dr. Stephen Evans, Lorain County coroner. A few Read More…

High school volleyball: Former Elyria High standout Karlee Bruck takes reins at Brookside

Karlee Bruck

SHEFFIELD — Most new coaches take over programs that are on the decline or just treading water, but Karlee Bruck won’t have that problem. Bruck, a 2007 Elyria High School graduate and volleyball player at the University of Michigan, is the new volleyball coach at Brookside High School. She replaces Ted Whitsel, who left the Read More…

Division II district track: Keystone, Vermilion girls have big days, combine for seven wins

EATON TWP. — The Keystone and Vermilion girls flexed their muscles Saturday, combining for seven first-place finishes to lead area teams at the Division II district track and field championships. The Keystone girls chalked up four firsts and three seconds as they qualified 10 out of 17 events to next week’s Bedford Regional. Vermilion had Read More…

Division II district track: Vermilion girls nab two of four regional berths in high jump

EATON TWP. — Advancing to regionals is always nice, but to do it with a teammate makes the feat that much sweeter. Vermilion’s Hannah Bartlome and Mallory Morris qualified to next week’s regional meet after earning two of the four berths up for grabs in the high jump Thursday on the first day of the Read More…

High school track: AuBree LaForce leads way as Vermilion girls defend title at own invite

VERMILION — Last year was great. This year was better. A year ago, the Vermilion girls won their annual track and field invitational for the first time. Friday, even without the services of their graduated star Emily Cunningham, the Sailors made it two in a row. Dominating the event from the get-go and buoyed by Read More…

Sheffield Lake voters reject new income tax to replace safety equipment

SHEFFIELD LAKE — The Sheffield Lake Police Department will have to continue using its old police cruisers after voters passed on a proposal to raise the city’s income tax — a tax which would have been used to replace aging safety equipment. More than half of the voters — 63 percent — voted against the Read More…