August 2, 2014

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One Lap of America cross country race tests drivers, cars

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AVON LAKE — Traveling across America in a few days is a daunting task, but drivers who are part of the Tire Rack One Lap of America event took it in stride. The motorsports event has been held since 1984 as a successor to the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, an underground auto race Read More…

Oberlin City Council OKs hybrid trash trucks

OBERLIN — The city will be the first in the state to use hybrid garbage and recycling trucks after City Council approved the purchase of the three vehicles Monday night. The vehicles cost the city $1.1 million, but City Council President Scott Broadwell said cost-saving options were available to the city, including a $10,000 per Read More…

Four Avon students diagnosed with whooping cough

AVON – Four students at Avon Local School District have been diagnosed with pertussis, otherwise known as whooping cough, according to information on the district’s website. The district recently was informed by the Lorain County General Health District about the latest case. Three cases previously had been reported. The Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) booster Read More…

Wellington voters pass emergency schools levy

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WELLINGTON — It took a community to build an auditorium, and on Tuesday, that community came together again to pass an emergency renewal levy for the Wellington Schools. About 60 percent of voters — or 787 voters — approved the levy, according to unofficial returns. The no votes tallied 520. A renewal was sorely needed, Read More…

Voters reject Keystone Schools levy

Committee volunteer Brad Copley and Treasurer Don Griswold watch election results for the Keystone Schools levy on Tuesday at The Depot in LaGrange. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE – Despite his best efforts, including making a bet to run 60 miles if the Keystone Schools levy passed, Superintendent Jay Arbaugh will have to find another way to finance the district’s operating expenses. Keystone’s five-year, 5.95-mill levy was turned down by voters Tuesday night with just 749 voters – or 40 percent of Read More…

Oberlin income tax increase passes

OBERLIN – Once the voting tallies started rolling in Tuesday evening, it became clear that Oberlin voters declared an income tax increase necessary. Issue 22 called for raising the tax rate from 1.9 percent to 2.5 percent to offset local government funding cuts as well as the elimination of the estate tax. The 0.6 increase Read More…

Man charged with allegedly selling heroin near Elyria High

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ELYRIA — A suspect on probation for weapons-related charges was arrested Monday for allegedly selling heroin from his home near Elyria High School. Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino said police have been searching for 25-year-old Bradley Watkins for weeks after making several undercover drug buys from him. Police received a tip that Watkins was in Read More…

Sheffield man to address U.S. House leaders on unemployment program

Errol Torres of Sheffield searched desperately for a job after he was fired as a flooring industry sales manager in June 2013. His search proved difficult due to a non-compete agreement that he signed when he took the job nine months before. Torres, who said he wasn’t in a position to negotiate when he took the Read More…

Several arrested during drug investigation in Elyria

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ELYRIA — A drug investigation led to several arrests last weekend after two search warrants were executed in the city. The Elyria Police Narcotics Unit and Neighborhood Impact Unit searched 22 Potomac Lane on Friday. As a result, two individuals were arrested. Anthony Smith, 25, was charged with three counts of trafficking in cocaine and Read More…

Oberlin senior center dedicates room to master weaver

Ann Rogers hangs the dedication plaque on the door of the loom room.

OBERLIN — When Frank Serazin died in February 2012, his friends at Senior Enrichment Services of Oberlin wanted to remember the man who dedicated much of his life to the center. Serazin was considered a master weaver by the women who took his classes in the loom room at the center. He taught himself how Read More…