March 1, 2015

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Forum discusses lack of Lorain County public transportation

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ELYRIA — A 0.25 percent sales tax raising $8 million annually is needed to jumpstart Lorain County’s public transportation system. That was the contention of expert Tim Rosenberger, who spoke before about 80 people at a transportation forum at Lorain County Community College in Elyria on Wednesday. Rosenberger, transportation planner for Parsons Brickerhoff, an international Read More…

Lorain parking ban in effect

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LORAIN — A citywide snow parking ban took effect in Lorain at 7 p.m. today, according to a news release from Safety/Service Director Robert Fowler. Street parking is banned until further notice to allow for more efficient. Violators may be ticketed or towed. This is the first winter that a citywide ban is in effect Read More…

Lorain delays drug lab cleanup vote

LORAIN — A vote on an ordinance designed to make property owners pay for cleanup of drug labs on their land was postponed by City Council members at their Monday meeting. The ordinance was proposed by Councilman Eddie Edwards, D-5th Ward, to take Lorain taxpayers off the hook for cleanups of drug labs, particularly methamphetamine Read More…

Lorain man arrested after standoff with police

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LORAIN — A Lorain man is facing a number of firearms-related charges after he allegedly fired about three shots in his home while drunk Wednesday evening. William Lipfird was charged with improperly discharging a firearm and handling a firearm while intoxicated after a nearly three-hour standoff with officers at his home at 1725 Urban Circle Read More…

UPDATE: Keystone Schools to seek 7.95-mill levy in May election

LAGRANGE — “How can you do the same job if you don’t have the same amount of staffing?” Keystone Schools interim Superintendent Franco Gallo asked rhetorically at Monday’s Board of Education meeting. Gallo will be faced with that task after the May 5 primary whether voters approve or reject a 7.95-mill levy that board members Read More…

U.S. Rep Marcy Kaptur eyes infrastructure improvements

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Northern Ohio Republicans opposed most statements President Barack Obama made in Tuesday’s State of the Union address. Nonetheless, U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, said she is hopeful that there might be room for compromise on infrastructure improvements. The American Society of Civil Engineers in 2013 graded America’s bridges and roads D-plus, estimating $3.6 trillion in Read More…

Union leader announces plans to run for Lorain Council president

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LORAIN — After not getting rehired by the guy he wants fired, Harry Williamson is taking his case to the people. Williamson, Lorain County AFL-CIO president, announced after Monday’s City Council meeting that he is running for Council president. He will challenge incumbent Democrat Joel Arredondo. The announcement came after Council, on the recommendation of Read More…

Lorain Councilman Rick Lucente stepping down

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LORAIN — Councilman Rick Lucente, D-6th Ward, is stepping down. Lucente said he won’t seek re-election because he plans to retire from his maintenance technician job at Republic Steel later this year and eventually move to Lithopolis, a Columbus suburb, where he recently purchased a home. Lucente — appointed in 2010 to replace Councilman Greg Read More…

Cat nicknamed Olaf dies from the cold

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A cat that survived frigid conditions for about three weeks died Saturday. Nicky, a 10-year-old male longhaired cat, disappeared from his Lorain home Dec. 26 and was found barely alive in an Amherst resident’s driveway Thursday, said Greg Willey, Lorain County Friendship Animal Protective League executive director. Nicky’s temperature barely registered and his heartbeat was barely audible Read More…

Lorain’s Mexican Mutual Society struggles for members

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LORAIN — Mexican Mutual Society members don’t want to break with tradition. The society since 1998 has organized Lorain’s annual Cinco de Mayo parade in May. The club also organizes a Mexican independence day celebration in September. Club members about 15 years ago created the Mexican Mutual Scholarship Fund, which they say raises about $3,000 Read More…