July 31, 2014

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Lanes to be added near oft-jammed sections of Abbe Road

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SHEFFIELD — Abbe Road is going to get a facelift this summer, and traveling it won’t be fun until it’s done. In Sheffield, a $3.2 million widening of Abbe Road southbound from four to six lanes in an area extending from Detroit Road to Hoag Drive at the main entrance to Cobblestone Square will take Read More…

Ex-Browns great agrees with new rule

This hit by Browns running back Trent Richardson that bowled over Eagles strong safety Kurt Coleman and sent his helmet flying during a game last season was used  by the NFL as a text-book example of what would now be considered an illegal play. (CT file photo.)

PHOENIX — The NFL received rampant criticism Wednesday after it passed a new rule prohibiting running backs from striking defenders with the crown of the helmet, but perhaps the greatest to ever play the position doesn’t see what all the fuss is about. Browns Hall of Famer Jim Brown believes running backs shouldn’t be using Read More…

Man involved in standoff told police he didn’t shoot, said he’d put on clothes and leave

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PITTSFIELD TWP. — The Elyria man who committed suicide during a standoff with Lorain County sheriff’s deputies at his parents’ house on Monday denied during his only conversation with law enforcement that day that he had fired a gun that morning as his mother had reported. Deputy Anthony Damiano wrote in his report that after Read More…

Indians: Jason Kipnis likes new season, teammates

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Everything is new again, even 42-year-old Jason Giambi. That’s the way Jason Kipnis sees it. Kipnis, the Indians’ second baseman, views spring training as a fresh start, unconnected to the past. The future is always bright in training camp, no matter how many times a team has stumbled when the schedule turns Read More…

Grafton looks to switch dispatch duties to 911 to save money

GRAFTON — Village Council approved a motion Tuesday to begin negotiations to have Lorain County 911 take over Grafton’s police and fire dispatching. Mayor Megan Flanigan said the village is looking at the idea as a way to save money, perhaps as much as $200,000, that could help the village deal with looming budget woes. Read More…

Oberlin Conservatory dean takes job in San Francisco

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OBERLIN — David Stull, Oberlin College’s Conservatory of Music dean, is leaving to become San Francisco Conservatory of Music president. Stull was praised as a “tested and inspiring educator” with “great initiative and relentless pursuit of excellence” in a Wednesday news release from Timothy Foo, San Francisco Conservatory’s Board of Trustees chairman. Foo wrote that Read More…

Judge rejects request to drop pig death charges

ELYRIA — Judge Lisa Locke Graves refused to dismiss charges filed against a man accused of killing a pet pig in January. Gary Cunningham of Grafton is accused of killing his neighbor’s potbellied pig Snork after it wandered into his yard Jan. 30. Cunningham has said his friend killed the pig, and that man has Read More…

Cavs notes: LeBron’s focus on now, not 2014

CLEVELAND — Appearing relaxed and confident, LeBron James took the politically correct approach Wednesday afternoon when asked about the possibility of playing for the Cavaliers again. “Right now, I’m focused on right now,” the Miami Heat small forward said following a shootaround at Quicken Loans Arena. “I don’t really get involved in the road ahead. Read More…

Northeastern municipalities tout growth

From left, Linda Hamann, president of the North Coast Chamber of Commerce; Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka; Avon Mayor Jim Smith; and Sheffield Mayor John Hunter pose Wednesday at the Mayors Luncheon in Avon. (CT photo by Steve Fogarty.)

AVON — Four mayors each touted their respective community’s economic achievements while putting positive spins on each city’s future at the annual Mayors Luncheonon Wednesday at Tom’s Country Place. The audience heard similar reports, banter and jokes from mayors of Avon, Avon Lake, Sheffield and Sheffield Lake, but it was Avon Mayor Jim Smith who Read More…

William H. Hintz, Sr.

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William H. Hintz, Sr., 86, and a lifelong resident of North Ridgeville, died at his home Tuesday, March 19, 2013. He retired in 1988 after working at Parker-Hannifin for 45 years. Survivors include seven children, Mary Ann Hendrick, William H. (Rosanna) Hintz, Jr., Susan (Jim) Jones, Catherine (Tom) Bracht, Cynthia (Tim) Halfhill, Barbara (Tim) Pasta, Read More…