April 1, 2015

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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…

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…

Abbe Road to close in Sheffield for bridge replacement

SHEFFIELD — State Route 301 — also known as Abbe Road — will close Monday at the bridge that goes over Interstate 90 as part of a replacement project. The closing will allow work on an Ohio Department of Transportation $3.1 million bridge replacement project by Mosser Construction Inc. of Fremont. Traffic will be detoured Read More…

Baseball: ’Cats handle the cold, Cards

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SHEFFIELD — Keystone’s Kendle Stiner came up big at the plate and on the mound Wednesday. Stiner’s two-out, two-run single in the top of the first gave the Wildcats the early lead, and he responded with six innings of three-hit, shutout baseball as Keystone downed Brookside 6-3 in Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division play. While Read More…

High school track and field: North Ridgeville boys start strong, win Howe Invitational

HENRIETTA TWP. — It’s early in the high school track season, but the North Ridgeville boys are already in midseason form. Sophomore Jonah Bowden won the shot put and finished second in the discus, while also anchoring a second-place relay as the Rangers took first place at the Nelson Howe Invitational at Firelands High School. Read More…