February 10, 2016


Oberlin College students come together to protest bigotry on campus


OBERLIN — The students at Oberlin College chanted “This is what community looks like” as they protested bigotry on the campus Monday. The students’ sometimes expletive-laced chants rang out through a packed Finney Chapel on Monday afternoon and emotions ran high as at least 1,000 students rallied for the institution to stand up against a Read More…

Report of KKK cancels Oberlin College classes, sparks solidarity events

OBERLIN — Oberlin College’s “Day of Solidarity” on Monday was sparked by a student who reported seeing a person wearing what appeared to be a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe near the college’s Afrikan Heritage House while driving through campus between 1 and 2 a.m. College security officers responded to the area, but weren’t Read More…

Cascade Park passes to Metro Parks

ELYRIA — It was a quiet vote and ordinance passage Monday that will have a far-reaching effect in the city. After months of negotiation and discussion, City Council unanimously voted to enter into a long-term contract with the Lorain County Metro Parks for the operation of Cascade Park. The contract spells out a 50-year agreement Read More…

Lorain considering watered-down hiring policy for city projects

LORAIN — A local hiring agreement to employ more Lorain and Lorain County residents for city projects is expected to be repealed and replaced with a watered-down version. City Council members Brian Gates, D-1st Ward, and Richard Lucente, D-6th Ward, blocked a vote at Monday’s Council meeting blasting Mayor Chase Ritenauer for proposing the replacement Read More…

Alison June Bouch Rodriguez

Rodriguez, Alison

Alison June Bouch Rodriguez, 48, died Sunday, March 3, 2013, at her home. Born in Wellington on October 27, 1964, to the late Richard and Phyllis (nee Turner) Bouch, Alison lived in Wellington most of her life. Alison loved babysitting her 10 grandkids and treasured time spent with her family. She always enjoyed sweepstakes. Survivors Read More…

John Andrew “Johnny” Brattoli


John Andrew “Johnny” Brattoli, 47, of Elyria, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2013 following a courageous battle with cancer. Johnny was born December 25, 1965 in Elyria, where he has made his home his entire life. Johnny graduated from Murray Ridge School in Elyria. He worked as an assembler at the Murray Ridge Workshop for Read More…

Mary Ann Nickles

Mary Ann Nickles, 71, of Oberlin, died Thursday, January 24, 2013, at home. A celebration of her life will be held at the Henrietta United Methodist Church, 52148 State Route 113, Amherst, Ohio, 44001, Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 11 A.M. A luncheon will follow. Cowling Funeral Home handled local arrangements.

Helen Louise Westbrook

Helen Louise Westbrook (nee Barnhill), 93, of Elyria, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Northridge Health Campus in North Ridgeville. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by The Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elyria, 440-322-4626.

James “Jimmy Mill” Mielcarek


 James “Jimmy Mill” Mielcarek, 51, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013, at home, from complications of diabetes. Jimmy was born December 23, 1961 in Lorain, to his loving parents, Gerald W. and Marguerite E. (nee Damm) Mielcarek and was a lifelong resident of Lorain. He graduated from Lorain High School, Class of 1980 and Pharmacy Read More…

Janet L. Fries

Janet L. Fries, 80, of Grafton, passed away Thursday, February 28, 2013, at her home, following a sudden illness. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elyria, 440-322-4626.