December 21, 2014

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Spitzer family tax dispute lands in court

ELYRIA — An old, unresolved tax dispute between Spitzer relatives regarding the sale of stock in Spitzer Great Lakes Ltd. Co. has landed in court. J. Alan Spitzer, president and CEO of Spitzer Management, filed the lawsuit Friday against F. Adelbert Spitzer, of Dallas, seeking $158,583 that Alan Spitzer contends is owed to him. Alan Read More…

Parents’ lesson on giving helps toy drive top 1,000

ELYRIA — The Chronicle-Telegram’s Not-Forgotten Box toy count has finally broken the 1,000 mark this year — thanks in part to the giving spirit of Ann Sabo, her daughters and her grandchildren. The newspaper has a goal of 8,000 toys by the Dec. 12 deadline, which is early this year. Sabo and her grandchildren arrived Read More…

Former Avon official appeals firing

AVON — Former city streets superintendent William Biro, who was fired in January, filed notice Friday that he was appealing the decision of a hearing officer of the Unemployment Compensation Review Commission that he should not receive unemployment benefits. A hearing officer earlier determined that Biro was fired for just cause by Mayor Jim Smith. Read More…

Future of Midview athletics will be in hands of voters

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EATON TWP. — Midview High School’s basketball practice Thursday was somber after news that school-sponsored sports and extracurricular activities such as choir and band will be on the chopping block unless a levy passes during the school year. Among those who may be affected is 6-foot-6 junior basketball player Jack Duffner, who might consider transferring Read More…

Township police district backers eye 2014 for another try

Supporters of a police district to bolster sheriff’s protection in rural parts of Lorain County haven’t given up on seeking funding from voters, despite the failure of a 1.25-mill levy Nov. 6. But they plan to wait until the primary election in 2014 to do it. Brownhelm Township’s fiscal officer, Marsha Funk, who chaired the Read More…

Midview Schools: Big deficit threatens sports, extracurriculars, jobs

EATON TWP. — Sports and other extracurricular activities could be eliminated in the Midview school district if voters don’t pass a levy next year, school officials said Wednesday night. If sports are eliminated, athletes would be free to transfer to other districts, said David Zunis, school board president. The complete list of $2.3 million in Read More…

Emerson adding 30 new highly skilled jobs in Lorain

LORAIN — Emerson Network Power plans to hire 30 people in the next two years for its Advanced Engineering Center, which develops power systems for global phone networks. Emerson is initially hiring a dozen engineers for the new research center, according to David Gocek, the company’s vice president of human resources. The company will do Read More…

Lorain County home sales up 26%; prices rising, too

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There’s good news for those who want to move: Home sales are on the rise in Lorain and Medina counties. Sales in October were up 26 percent in Lorain County and 35 percent in Medina County compared to October 2011, according to analysis from the Ohio Association of Realtors. And some homes are getting multiple Read More…

HAPPY RETURNS: Santa visits Vermilion, Lorain

Santa Claus was equipped for the recent cold snap, arriving by icebreaker Saturday for the Christmas in Harbortown celebration in Vermilion. A few hours later, Santa switched from boat to sleigh as he moved eastward for the Light Up Lorain Parade. The sleigh— pulled by a white horse — was equipped with tiny wheels to Read More…

Oberlin man arrested in Elyria on drug charges

ELYRIA — A 23-year-old Oberlin man faces felony counts including trafficking in drugs/preparation for sale after police stopped a luxury car with tinted windows Friday night. Dashawn Martin also was charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of criminal tools and resisting arrest in connection with the traffic stop on Bell Avenue shortly before 7 Read More…