October 1, 2014

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It’s official: Garbage collectors are back at work, trash collection delayed by a day

CARLISLE TWP. — Republic Waste workers are back on the job today after refusing to cross the picket line Monday. Members of Teamsters Local 20, which represents Republic workers in Lorain County, joined Local 377 in a sympathy strike. The Youngstown-area union has been on strike since last week in a dispute over what union Read More…

Softball: Elyria returns favor, opens season with win over Cardinals

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ELYRIA TWP. — Neither the bone-chilling cold nor the gusting winds could stop Elyria from its mission Monday — to start the season with a win. The Pioneers avenged last year’s opening-day loss at Mentor, defeating the Cardinals 6-3 at the Elyria Softball Complex. Elyria had its bats in midseason form, pounding out eight hits. Read More…

Elyria’s Tess Sito drafted by Akron Racers

Since the days when she was starring at Elyria High School, Tess Sito has looked like someone who could one day have a career in professional softball. Now she will. Sito, a senior at Georgia, was the 16th overall selection — fifth by the Akron Racers — on Monday in the National Pro Fastpitch Collegiate Read More…

Man who sexually assaulted and killed baby seeks mercy

COLUMBUS — Condemned killer Steven Smith’s argument for mercy isn’t an easy one. Smith acknowledges he intended to sexually assault his girlfriend’s 6-month-old daughter but says he never intended to kill the baby. The girl, Autumn Carter of Mansfield, died because Smith was too drunk to realize his sexual assault was killing the child, Smith’s Read More…

Elyria officials debate how to spend $3.4 million windfall

ELYRIA — The reconfiguration of state Route 57 near Midway Mall, a project that has been on the minds of many for several years, could take upwards of $2 million of the city’s $3.4 million windfall. Mayor Holly Brinda told City Council members Monday night the shovel-ready project that has a total price tag of Read More…

Trash haulers stage strike; pickup should resume today with most customers seeing one-day delay

CARLISLE TWP. — Republic Waste workers picketed outside the company’s Butternut Ridge Road facility Monday after a labor dispute between the company and a Teamsters local in the Youngstown area spread to Lorain County. Regularly scheduled trash collection was largely suspended across communities in Lorain, Medina and Cuyahoga counties after Teamsters Local 20 workers refused Read More…

EC students to spend spring break aiding Sandy cleanup in New Jersey

Loaded up and ready to roll. Elyria Catholic High School student Becca Pronesti, 16, and her blanket-wrapped friend Kasey Bilancini head for a bus Monday as a large group of Elyria Catholic students leave on their Alternate Spring Break to Toms River, N.J., where they will be helping with the cleanup from superstorm Sandy, which ravaged the area in late October. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

This week, news stories contained accounts from the residents of Toms River, N.J., lamenting over the state of their still-in-ruins community five months after superstorm Sandy devastated the area. Those stories elaborated on the struggles many still are facing are they try to rebuild their homes and their lives. For the most part, those stories Read More…

Judge rules for Lorain Port Authority in dispute with county agency

ELYRIA — A county judge has ordered the Lorain County Port Authority to pay the Lorain Port Authority $12,500 per year from money the county entity receives to administer a $70 million bond given to U.S. Steel three years ago to fund an expansion at the company’s Lorain mill. The two port authorities have been Read More…

Cavaliers: Skid hits nine games despite fight against Hawks

ATLANTA — It took 73 games, and the ultimate outcome was the same, but the Cavs finally showed the fight Monday that coach Byron Scott has been waiting to see. Mo Speights matched his career high with 23 points, but the Cavs fell to the Atlanta Hawks 102-94 to extend their losing streak to nine Read More…

Candidate can run, but he can’t hold office

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LORAIN — Martin Leibas said when he decided to run for City Council, he never realized his 1994 aggravated drug trafficking conviction would keep him from holding office. Leibas said Monday that he has reformed since serving 27 months in prison and seeking office was a way to give back to society. Leibas — a Read More…