September 2, 2014

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New Browns owner fires coach and GM, promises stability is on the horizon

BEREA — Owner Jimmy Haslam vowed to stop the merry-go-round, but not before he gave it another push. Haslam and CEO Joe Banner fired general manager Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur on Monday, a day after the season ended with a 24-10 loss in Pittsburgh and a 5-11 record. Haslam bought the team from Read More…

Brian Dulik: A Banner day? Only if new Browns CEO Joe Banner is the real deal

For better or worse, the future of the Cleveland Browns now rests in the hands of CEO Joe Banner. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III made that abundantly clear Monday, when he announced the firings of coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert during a late-morning press conference. Those moves allowed Banner to complete an Read More…

Browns: No shortage of coach, GM candidates

POTENTIAL CANDIDATES COACHES Chip Kelly, University of Oregon • Comment: The Browns and Eagles are reportedly interested, and Kelly is ready to make the jump to the NFL. Sirius/XM Radio’s Adam Caplan reported Kelly is the Browns’ clear first choice. Nick Saban, University of Alabama • Comment: Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is intrigued by the Read More…

2012: The top area sports stories

As a new year begins, as has been the recent custom, we look back at the top area sports stories of the year that just ended. It was a historic year thanks to a former local standout who bounced back with her biggest year of all. Why delay? Let’s get right to the list: 1. Read More…

Tom Heckert knew his days as Browns GM were numbered months ago

BEREA — General manager Tom Heckert was fired Monday in a quick meeting at about 9 a.m. He saw it coming months ago. Ever since new owner Jimmy Haslam brought in Joe Banner as CEO in October. “As soon as Joe was hired, I knew it was not going to work out,” Heckert told The Read More…

Browns notes: Richardson admits he played with two broken ribs

BEREA — Browns running back Trent Richardson finally came clean Monday as he was cleaning out his locker at the end of the season. The rookie from Alabama admitted that he actually suffered two broken ribs, in addition to torn cartilage on the left side of his chest, on Oct. 14 against the Bengals. “My Read More…

Drug deaths in county have been rising but nearly tripled in 2012

Fatal overdoses from heroin and prescription drugs have been increasing nationally over the last decade, but the problem exploded in Lorain County last year. Sixty people died from heroin or prescription drug overdoses, or a combination of both, according to Dr. Stephen Evans, Lorain County coroner. Forty of the deaths were predominantly from prescription drugs Read More…

What’s your resolution? Our readers share theirs

Kelly Gibson of Elyria says she’s tried traditional new year’s resolutions in the past: “For years — quit smoking, lose weight, be healthier,” she said. This year she decided to aspire to something different. She challenged fellow churchgoers to join her in doing random acts of kindness. “I’ve been reading different Joyce Meyer books, and Read More…

Man shot outside bar in Lorain

LORAIN — Police are investigating a shooting Sunday near Biggy’s Pub and Eatery that left a Lorain man in serious condition at a hospital. At 12:05 a.m., officers were sent to the bar for a large fight in which one man was shot several times. The man, Jon Jackson Jr., 30, was found stumbling on Read More…

Firefighters save dog from icy Black River

ELYRIA — A German shepherd was saved from drowning in the Black River by firefighters Monday evening. With fire Lt. Dave Knowlton rowing, firefighter Mike Wood pulled the dog into a Fire Department inflatable boat at 5:13 p.m.. A 4:37 p.m. call from a neighbor sent firefighters to an area behind 712 East Ave. Fire Read More…