The court battle over the Chardon Healing Fund is far from over, but Thursday brought a partial victory for the victims' families.
MENTOR,Ohio - The Chardon community continues to heal since the February shooting rampage at Chardon High School.
The football team has given the community something to cheer about. The team advanced to the playoffs and has their eye on a championship.
Chardon took on Kenston Friday night in Mentor. A sense of unity filled the stadium. Doug Snyder, the Chardon High School Athletic Director, said 1,300 pre-sale tickets were sold and a crowd of about 5,000 turned out to root for the Hilltoppers.
"We'll never forgot. Our thoughts are always are with victims and their families" said Synder. "But this has positive energy, and is something for kids to latch onto that has really continued to unify them."
Chardon advances to the next round with a 35 to 15 win over Kenston.
A student, TJ Lane, is accused of killing three classmates and injuring two others. Police said Lane admitted to firing 10 shots from a handgun in the school's cafeteria.
Lane's trial is scheduled to start Jan. 14, 2013, at 8 a.m.
If convicted, Lane faces life in prison without parole.
Chardon HS Shooting
Football coach Frank Hall, who chased the Chardon High School shooter out of the building, is receiving national attention in a cover story for Sports Illustrated.
A football coach at Chardon High School is featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated for his role in confronting a gunman as his school.
A Geauga County judge ruled Friday that money from the Chardon Healing Fund will remain under court-protected authority until a final decision is made.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is ready to announce the recommendations of a committee formed to evaluate school safety in the wake of last year's school shootings in Connecticut and in Chardon in northeast Ohio.
The commencement ceremony for Chardon High School's class of 2013 being held Saturday is expected to be an emotional one, especially once Nick Walczak makes his way across the stage.
The families of the three teens killed in the Chardon High School shooting last year are suing the United Way.
Gov. John Kasich plans to deliver the commencement address at a northeast Ohio high school where three students were killed and three others injured in a 2012 shooting spree.
One of the surviving victims of the Chardon High School shooting is suing the admitted gunman.
Five law-enforcement dispatchers in Ohio have been honored for their work during a chaotic school shooting which left three students dead and three wounded.