July 29, 2014

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Hot Stove state tournament: Two Vermilion teams advance to finals; five Lorain County teams in all

ALLIANCE — Vermilion Impact and Vermilion DRD Wildcats showed Saturday that there can be more than one path to the same destination. In this case, the destination is the Ohio Hot Stove state finals at Butler-Rodman Park. In Class H (U-10), Vermilion Impact took the path of least resistance, needing just five innings to run-rule Read More…

OGSO: Pitching rules as Lorain Xplosion, South Amherst/Firelands claim Class D district titles

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LAGRANGE — It was all about pitching Tuesday in the OGSO Class D (U-18) district finals at LaGrange Community Park. On one field, South Amherst/Firelands pitcher Emma Ranney was making quick work of the Sheffield Lady Crushers, 1-0, tossing a complete-game one-hitter, while striking out 10. On an adjacent field, Lorain Xplosion’s Sarah Kaya was Read More…

Women’s hockey: Elyria Catholic grad Brianne McLaughlin makes cut, earns spot in second Olympics

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It’s shaping up to be a whirlwind summer for Brianne McLaughlin. The former Elyria Catholic hockey standout whose family lives in Sheffield Village celebrated her 26th birthday Thursday and will be returning to Elyria to get married on July 13. Oh, and Mclaughlin found out Monday she is one of three goaltenders to make the 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…

Tour highlights efforts to reduce the smell at Sheffield wastewater treatment plant

SHEFFIELD — Attendees of Thursday’s tour of the biogas energy facility at the French Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant knew it would stink, but that goes with the territory. Sewage, or sludge, is the term for the human waste that gets treated at the plant before being converted by the facility — run by Quasar Energy Read More…

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

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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

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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: 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…

French Creek adjusts plant to save $145,000 per year

The bio digester tank, left, and another tank are seen Feb. 14, 2012, on the grounds of the French Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

SHEFFIELD — French Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant is “fine-tuning” its equipment — a move North Ridgeville’s Safety Service Director said will save money. Safety Service Director Jeff Armbruster said approximately $145,000 annually could be saved by taking two digesters out of service. Changes will be made to the treatment plant’s centrifuge and the way sludge, Read More…