April 18, 2014

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Illustrator shows fans how their favorite children’s book characters are drawn

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LORAIN — They’re drawn to him. Jim Durk’s illustrations for “Clifford the Big Red Dog” and “Thomas the Tank Engine” books are beloved by children. Some of Durk’s younger fans gathered around him Thursday at the Lorain PublicLibrary System’s main branch as he showed them how it’s done. As he drew Clifford on a sketch Read More…

Planned Route 57 widening sparks debate in Grafton

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GRAFTON — Widening of state Route 57 from two to three lanes has caused a divide. County and village officials at a Wednesday public meeting attended by about 100 people stressed portions of the road will remain open during the seven-month, $4.62 million project. The 1.25-mile project is from the railroad tracks by the Harvest Read More…

Two Mercy Cancer Center doctors top Lorain County list for Medicare reimbursements

A new database from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reveals which doctors had the largest Medicare reimbursements. The database involves 880,000 doctors who received about $77 billion in reimbursements in 2012, according to the centers. “Data transparency is a key aspect of the health care delivery system,” said Marilyn Tavenner, centers administrator, in Read More…

Columbia Station couple remembered at vigil

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COLUMBIA STATION — Motorcycle crash victims Jolene and Robert Willis Jr. died doing what they loved. Friends and family of the Willises at a Wednesday memorial said the couple loved to ride and were frequently on the go. “I always referred to them as a couple of matches,” said Robert Willis Sr., father of Robert Read More…

Lorain likely to need help to resolve housing case backlog

LORAIN — Handling thousands of housing code prosecutions will require additional help, Lorain Municipal Court Judge Mark Mihok said Tuesday. Mihok said a part-time magistrate and part-time court clerk would likely need to be hired. Mihok said it was premature to say how much they will be paid. In 2012, Lorain established the Nuisance Inspection Read More…

Lorain school board protests city tax deal

LORAIN — The improvement of relations between City Council and the Board of Education was one of the goals of Mayor Chase Ritenauer when he took office in 2012, but a tax dispute has soured relations. Council on Monday passed two 10-year tax increment financing infrastructure projects that will reduce future taxes to Lorain Schools. Read More…

Deputies seek robbery suspect

COLUMBIA STATION — Police say a man robbed the Star Beverage at knife point around 3:55 p.m. today and may have stolen a car to make his getaway. At 3:56 p.m., the driver of a silver Infiniti G5 said a man stole his vehicle outside Convenient Food Mart, 25093 Sprague Road, according to Lt. Donald Read More…

State still oversees Lorain schools

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LORAIN — Their goal is to disband. But until Lorain Schools test scores improve, the Lorain Academic Distress Commission controls the school district’s academics. Tuesday is the one-year anniversary of the state takeover of Lorain Schools and formation of the commission, which was prompted by four consecutive years of failing test scores. Lorain and Youngstown Read More…

UPDATED: Columbia Station couple killed in motorcycle crash

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GRAFTON TWP. — A Columbia Station couple died about 5:45 p.m. Sunday when the motorcycle they were riding struck a vehicle on Grafton Road. The crash occurred at a sharp curve in front of 36781 Grafton Road about a half-mile north of Mennell Road. The motorcyclist, Robert Willis, was southbound when he rode left of Read More…

Local dealerships say General Motors proactive about recalls

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When the owner of a recalled Chevrolet Cobalt worried about the potentially deadly ignition switch defect stopped by Spitzer Chevrolet in Amherst on Tuesday, Tom Wolfe, service center manager, said he quickly put him in a free rental car. “Safety’s a big thing. Especially with Spitzer being a family business and local,” said Wolfe, who Read More…