October 26, 2014

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Return date set for students of Admiral King Elementary

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LORAIN — Admiral King Elementary School students who relocated Monday due to a gas leak at the school may return Oct. 21. Superintendent Tom Tucker said venting of the school is done, but air sampling continues to ensure gas hasn’t returned. The approximately 350 students have been moved to Garfield, Toni Morrison and Washington elementary schools. Read More…

Republic Steel lays off 105 workers in Lorain

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LORAIN — Nearly three years after announcing an $87 million expansion at its Lorain mill designed to create 450 jobs, Republic Steel has laid off 105 workers. David Bascone, Republic vice president of operations, and other Republic officials didn’t return calls Tuesday, but Councilman Rick Lucente, D-6th Ward, said Bascone told him the layoffs took Read More…

Lorain coffee shop serves final cup of joe

LORAIN — The Charleston Coffee House, which city boosters hoped might bring people downtown, has closed. Property owner Gary Davis said the closure was due to a lack of customers but said high employee turnover and sometimes bad service discouraged customers. Davis, a developer who splits his time in Tacoma, Wash., said he wasn’t a Read More…

Admiral King students transition smoothly to temporary schools

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LORAIN — Monday’s relocation of Admiral King Elementary School students to three nearby schools due to an ongoing gas leak got good grades from some parents. “The transition was pretty smooth,” said parent Britny Andulics as she picked up her daughter, Hannah Valentine, a King third-grader, at Washington Elementary School. “I’m just happy that they’re Read More…

Lorain Council consolidates IT department

LORAIN — The geek squad has been consolidated. In light of a damaging computer crash in the Lorain Municipal Court and the acrimonious departure of the Utilities Department’s computer expert, Lorain’s five information technology employees will now work out of the Safety/Service Department. Three workers were previously part of the Auditor’s Department with one working Read More…

UPDATED: Hospital workers rally for new contract

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LORAIN — On sick leave as he prepares for a surgical procedure, Tomas Garza, a Mercy Regional Medical Center maintenance mechanic, said he’s receiving full pay. Garza would only get 60 percent under a contract proposed by Catholic Health Partners, Mercy’s parent company, according to leaders of Service Employees International Union District 1199 which represents Read More…

County’s demolition efforts stalling

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The wrecking ball is gathering dust. Some 210 blighted vacant homes were demolished in Lorain County last year, but just 15 this year, according to Pat Metzger, assistant director of the county land bank and Lorain County Port Authority director. Frustrated county and local officials say new, more complicated rules in obtaining federal money have Read More…

Admiral King Elementary students to be relocated

LORAIN — Admiral King Elementary School students will relocate Monday to three nearby schools due to a gas leak. The approximately 350 students will move to Garfield, Toni Morrison and Washington elementary schools, according to Superintendent Tom Tucker. All school schedules will remain the same. King students who walk to school will be bused. The Read More…

Admiral King closed through Friday

LORAIN — A decision whether Admiral King Elementary School will reopen Monday or students will be relocated due to a gas leak is expected Friday. The school closed about 1 p.m. Tuesday due to a gas smell in the area, but firefighters and Columbia Gas of Ohio workers determined it wasn’t coming from inside the school. Read More…

North Ridgeville landlord fined $30K for discrimination

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Landlord Emil Bagi is accused of discriminating against black people. Bagi has agreed to a $30,000 settlement over the allegations, a Department of Justice news release said Tuesday. The department said it sent blacks and whites posing as tenants to Bagi’s Ridge Plaza Apartment complex and they reported being treated differently. Blacks Read More…