December 18, 2014

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Defrocked pastor advocates for LGBQT community

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OBERLIN — One phone call changed Frank Schaefer’s life. It was the moment that he found out his son was gay. An ordained United Methodist minister, Schaefer believed his son hid his feelings from him because of their close ties to the church — one that condemns homosexuality. His son’s fear of disapproval was so Read More…

Resident questions legality of Oberlin income tax issue

OBERLIN — A former City Council member has petitioned the Lorain County Board of Elections to study whether the Oberlin income tax issue on the ballot was certified illegally. Oberlin resident David Ashenhurst contends that a resolution to put Issue 22 on the ballot did not receive enough votes to be considered an emergency measure. Read More…

Lorain County JVS program encourages children to buckle up

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PITTSFIELD TWP. — Teachers and administrators at Lorain County Joint Vocational School are hoping their safe driving message reaches the community. As part of the school’s annual “Buckle-up Bowl” week, teachers relayed the message to the community’s youngest members — preschool students at JVS. Students listened to a story read by Principal Jill Petitti and Read More…

Oberlin College faculty fears updates to resource guide may curb academic freedom

OBERLIN — Members of a task force assigned to update Oberlin College’s Sexual Offense Resource Guide are reworking the guide after a portion relating to trigger warnings has come under fire by college faculty. Marc Blecher, a professor of politics and East Asian studies at Oberlin College, said he first learned about the additions to Read More…

ShurTech’s Duck Tape to take stage at Radio Disney awards

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ShurTech Brand’s trademarked Duck Tape will make an appearance on the red carpet at the Radio Disney Music Awards on Saturday. Maddy Whitby, a personality featured on “Morgan & Maddy in the Morning,” will don a Duck Tape dress created by Project Runway Season 11 winner Michelle Lesniak. Lesniak, who visited ShurTech’s facility in Avon Read More…

Avon cheerleading team ready for Worlds Championship

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AVON — It’s not every day that a cheerleading team earns a paid trip to Walt Disney World, but this weekend, Avon’s Ohio Extreme Intensity team will fly there to compete in the Cheerleading Worlds Championship. The team is the only all-girls team in Ohio to receive a paid bid there, earning them the designation Read More…

County to pay for housing, treatment of man diagnosed with TB

ELYRIA — The county is looking for ways to pay for the medical treatment of an Elyria man diagnosed with tuberculosis after learning that the homeless man has been living under a crawl space at a downtown bar, Pudge’s Place. County Administrator Jim Cordes said because those with tuberculosis must be closely monitored, the county Read More…

33 tested for tuberculosis after possible exposure at Elyria bars

ELYRIA – Thirty-three people were tested for tuberculosis yesterday after patrons of Pudge’s Place and Boomers Bar were informed that they may have been exposed to the disease. The Mercy TB Clinic sent out a press release Tuesday indicating that a person, who was a frequent patron of both bars, had been diagnosed with active Read More…

Avon Lake High among top schools in Ohio

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AVON LAKE — Avon Lake High School is among the top high schools in the state, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and the American Institutes for Research. Avon Lake High School was ranked 21st among the state’s public schools, while Avon High School ranked No. 79. Other local schools on the list Read More…

UPDATED: Bar patron in Elyria reported to have TB

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ELYRIA — A resident and frequent downtown Elyria bar patron has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, prompting an investigation by the Mercy Tuberculosis Clinic. According to the clinic, the patient was a frequent visitor of Boomers Bar, 305 Broad St., and Pudge’s Place, at 311 Broad St. The clinic sent out a press release Tuesday asking Read More…