March 30, 2015

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Vermilion officials brace for potential floods

An ice jam at Mill Hollow in Vermilion. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

A brutally cold winter followed by warmer weather this week had Vermilion officials wary of flooding in areas around the city Wednesday, specifically near Riverside Drive, according to Mayor Eileen Bulan. A section of the Vermilion River that runs through Mill Hollow, south of the city, reached flood level Wednesday afternoon. By the evening, water Read More…

Vermilion school opening pushed to fall

VERMILION — Elementary school students will need to wait until next school year before they get to attend classes in their renovated school building. This month, school officials decided to hold off on opening the new kindergarten-through-third grade school that has been under construction since last year. The school was scheduled to open for students Read More…

Vermilion OKs emergency alert system

VERMILION — Vermilion is joining other Lorain County communities by adopting a faster way of delivering emergency information to its residents. Council members on Tuesday passed the third reading of an ordinance implementing an emergency notification system in the city, Vermilion Mayor Eileen Bulan said. The system mirrors the one adopted by Amherst Council in Read More…

Storm delays school start by 4 days in Vermilion

VERMILION — A storm that drenched the hallways of Sailorway Middle School on Saturday interrupted a school district remodeling project and delayed the start of the school year in Vermilion by four days. Instead of starting on Aug. 26, students in the Vermilion school district will return to classes Sept. 2, said Vermilion Schools Superintendent Read More…

Report: Vermilion patrolman broke into captain’s office, stole car key

VERMILION — A patrolman, accused of breaking into a police captain’s office through the ceiling to steal a car key, repeatedly lied about the incident during a two-month investigation, according to a police report. Patrolman Dale Reising could face disciplinary action or dismissal from the police department following an incident on Jan. 9 when he Read More…

Boys Basketball: Vermilion forces OT with 3-pointer at buzzer, but falls to Norwalk in regional semifinal

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BOWLING GREEN — After Vermilion defeated Buckeye earlier in the postseason, coach Kurt Habermehl talked about how his Sailors always seemed to end up with their backs against the wall early, then fight their way out of trouble. Vermilion followed the formula again Thursday night, but could not close the deal, dropping a heartbreaker. Sailors Read More…

Boys Basketball, Regional Preview: Kyle Nader sparks Vermilion with his play, chatter

Vermilion junior point guard Kyle Nadar is not only averaging 14 points in the playoffs, he's the team's best talker. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Vermilion point guard Kyle Nader is not the leading scorer for his team, which for the third time in seven years is back in the Division II regional tournament. But he is the leading talker. Nader does a lot of things well for the Sailors, including scoring and taking pressure off Cameron Kuhn, whose success Read More…

Vermilion residents assessing damages from flood

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VERMILION — Handmade tables — now waterlogged — sat in a pile of ice and a thin layer of mud in the corner of Lou Kuhnle’s basement workshop Tuesday. They were products of hours of work, but since Saturday, most of them had been ruined. “(The water) turns everything upside down and then you’ve lost Read More…

Ice jams on Vermilion River continue to pose flooding concern

Massive chunks of broken-up ice clog the Vermilion River on Sunday near Riverside Drive. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — The Vermilion River receded Sunday, but ice jams keep high water a concern. At 5 p.m. Sunday, the river was at 13.7 feet, according to the National Weather Service in Cleveland. It had been at 15.5 feet at 5 p.m. Saturday. Flood stage is 9 feet. Mayor Eileen Bulan said Sunday that a Read More…

Families rescued from flooding along Vermilion River

The homes along Riverside Drive in Vermilion flooded past the first story of some homes on Saturday due to large amounts of snow melting and rain. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — As the Vermilion River continued to crest Saturday, six families who failed to heed evacuation warnings were rescued by the Vermilion Fire Department and other local emergency management agencies. Fire Chief Chris Stempowski said a text alert was sent out to Vermilion residents at 3:03 p.m. Friday notifying them of an ice jam along Read More…