November 30, 2015


Lincoln funeral train replica to make appearance in Wellington


In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was scheduled to inspect the gleaming new locomotive that had been commissioned just to carry him around the country. But the day before that inspection was to take place, Lincoln died of an assassin’s bullet. The regally outfitted train became his funeral train. Though the original met a sad end Read More…

Teen dies a week after Camden Township crash

CAMDEN TWP. — A Wellington teenager who was hospitalized after a car crash last week died Saturday at the hospital. Leigha Hostal, 19, was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in critical condition following a car crash in Camden Township on May 10, but died at the hospital Saturday, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Read More…

Sisters remain critical, one serious, after Camden Township crash

Emergency crews respond to the scene of a crash Sunday night near state routes 511 and 303. EVAN GOODENOW/CHRONICLE

CAMDEN TWP. — Two Wellington crash victims remained in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland on Monday night. Sisters Leigha Hostal, 19, and Erin Hostal, 16, crashed at the intersection of state routes 511 and 303 about 8:20 p.m. Sunday. The posted speed limit in the area is 55 mph. Leigha Hostal was Read More…

Daylong vigil for a fallen officer

Wellington police, including Lt. Jeff Shelton, stand for 12 hours Monday outside the memorial for fallen Officer Edmund Smith. Smith died May 4, 1957, after a suspect he was pursuing shot him, Wellington Police Chief Tim Barfield said. Officers sought to keep the memory of Smith alive by standing near his memorial through the day. Barfield said he hopes the act of remembrance will also show Wellington residents that police officers have sacrificed while protecting the public. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

High school softball: Pitching in the spotlight at Prebis Classic

For area softball fans or college scouts passing through town, this has to be one of the best weekends of the year. The collection of pitching talent that will take the field at the Prebis Memorial Classic beginning today in LaGrange and Wellington could be the best in the 10-year history of the event. This Read More…

High school baseball: Keystone does what it takes to beat Wellington

Wellington Keystone 1

PENFIELD TWP. — When the time came, Keystone was able to the little things needed to score what turned out to be the decisive runs. Wellington, despite loading the bases in two of the final three innings, was not. That proved to be the difference Monday in a Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division baseball game Read More…

H.S. Softball: Vermilion, Wellington split exciting doubleheader

VERMILION — It took awhile to get started, but once the doubleheader between Wellington and Vermilion began it was most certainly worth the wait. Both games went into extra innings and both teams had at least one comeback. Wellington and Vermilion each came away with a victory, as Wellington took the first game 3-2 and Read More…

Wellington school board introduces new superintendent

New superintendent Dennis Mock, left, meets members of the Wellington School District following a board meeting Wednesday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — Dennis Mock, a veteran superintendent for more than 20 years in Genoa Schools, approached the position of the Wellington district’s next head Wednesday night with a clear cut goal —continue working to bring the district out of a deficit. The school board voted unanimously to hire Mock to a three-year contract Wednesday night. Read More…

Wellington eighth graders to move to high school

School Board member Joseph Calfo asks about the options available to eighth grade students so they will not lose advanced placement math in the eighth grade for this upcoming school year.  KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — The Board of Education put a hotly debated topic to rest Wednesday when it finalized the decision to move eighth grade students into the high school building beginning next school year. The move passed in a 3-2 vote with board members Ayers Ratliff and Sally Stewart voting it down. The idea to move Read More…

Wellington residents voice opposition to moving eighth graders to high school


WELLINGTON — Where will the eighth-graders go? That was the question of the night at the Wellington Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday when parents, school staff and community members voiced their concerns with the district’s proposed budget cuts. The board will vote tonight on whether to permanently move eighth-grade students out of McCormick Middle Read More…