July 4, 2015


Fourth of July holiday events


AVON — Fireworks will follow the Lake Erie Crushers game today. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. There is no charge to watch the fireworks after the game. GRAFTON —There will be a fireworks watch party 7 to 10 p.m. today at Willow Park featuring food vendors. Fireworks will follow at dark. LORAIN — The Read More…

Elyria duplex damaged by fire


ELYRIA — Fire gutted half of a duplex Friday morning and displaced one resident, but no one was injured during the blaze. The Elyria Fire Department was called to 232 Bon Air Ave. about 10:30 a.m. A firefighter on the scene said smoke and flames were showing through a front window and when crews arrived Read More…

Erosion closes Miller Park Road beach in Avon Lake


AVON LAKE — A sign warning beachgoers to stay clear of Lake Erie hung Friday at the Miller Road Park beach or in this case, a lack of beach. Avon Lake city officials were unavailable for comment Friday, but according to the city’s Facebook page, the beach was closed as of 2:54 p.m. Thursday until Read More…

Preservation district homeowners feel handcuffed by history


The owners of dozens of historic homes near downtown Elyria want out of the West Avenue Historic District, but preservation enthusiasts are not letting the properties go without a fight. Homeowners say the issue at hand is the requirements of the Elyria Landmarks Preservation Commission, which has to sign off on improvement plans in the Read More…

NEXUS surveying effort winds down in county


Surveyors for the NEXUS Gas Transmission project encountered few problems as they knocked on doors over the past week at the homes of property owners who previously have refused to give them permission to survey. The NEXUS project, backed by Houston-based Spectra Energy, is a 36-inch diameter, high-pressure natural gas pipeline that is planned to Read More…

Rail worker injured by fall from train

CSX workers and medical personnel work to move a man injured after a fall from a train Thursday in Wellington Township.

WELLINGTON — A railroad company employee fell six feet from the top of the train he was working on in Wellington and had to be hospitalized Thursday. About 2:30 p.m. Thursday the 63-year-old man and other CSX employees were working atop a slow-moving train in Wellington just west of Webster Road. The workers were unloading Read More…

Elyria first to celebrate the Fourth


ELYRIA — America’s 239th birthday was celebrated three days early by thousands who watched a 25-minute fireworks display at West Park on Wednesday. Many families were among the crowd, including Matt Novosielski and Karel Taylor of Elyria, who brought their 3-year-old son, Landon, and 22-month-old daughter, Layla. The noise was too much for Layla, who Read More…

School officials say new Lorain High project on track


LORAIN — The $72 million new Lorain High School is on budget and on schedule to open in August 2016, Lorain Schools officials said during a Wednesday tour. Contractors face daily penalties of up to $1,000 if they miss deadlines, but Jeff Hawks, school district executive director of operations, said no deadlines have been missed. Read More…

Cavaliers: Owner Dan Gilbert will have highest payroll in NBA history next season


CLEVELAND — Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov is no longer the biggest spender of all time in the NBA. That honor now belongs to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. By agreeing to contracts with three of its free agents on Wednesday, Cleveland is guaranteed of having the highest payroll in NBA history next season. The Cavaliers’ salary Read More…

Little League Softball: Elyria East rallies, beats Avon in sixth inning


AVON — Elyria East’s Alexis Qualls didn’t want to come back out to pitch extra innings. Catcher Emma Barnes made sure she didn’t have to. Barnes led off the bottom of the sixth inning by reaching base on an Avon error and slid into home with the winning run after a wild pitch to cap Read More…