April 19, 2014

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Car-train crash injures Amherst woman

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AMHERST — A 52-year-old Amherst woman was injured when the car she was driving collided with a train about 8:55 p.m. Sunday. Kathleen Sisler, address unavailable, was hospitalized at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, said police Sgt. Dan Makruski. Her condition was unavailable late Sunday. The accident occurred at the railroad crossing on Read More…

Pastor attends American-Israel Public Affairs Committee conference

Lorain Board of Education President Tim Williams is an advocate and volunteer for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — When the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee held its annual lobbying conference in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, Tim Williams was among the 14,000 members participating. Williams, Lorain Board of Education president, has volunteered for AIPAC since 2007. Williams, co-pastor of the Greater Victory Christian Ministries church, said he identifies with the struggles of Read More…

Email scam claims Elyria reverend is robbed, stranded in Philippines

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ELYRIA — The Rev. Gerald Evans said he got a call Wednesday from his brother in Rochester, N.Y., wondering what Evans was doing in the Philippines. The call was in reaction to a scam email purporting to come from Evans, head of the First Community Interfaith Institute of Ohio, Elyria chapter. The email said Evans Read More…

Lorain City Council approves $31.6 million budget

LORAIN — City Council members on Monday unanimously approved a $31.6 million budget. The budget includes no raises or new positions, but some new hires may be made for unfilled positions. Mayor Chase Ritenauer said after the council meeting that while Lorain could use more Street Department workers and police — Lorain’s workforce has decreased Read More…

Two Lorain Schools employees work to reduce truancy

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LORAIN — The 13-year-old seventh-grader had 15 absences since August when Markell Young, a Lorain Schools safety and compliance officer, visited her home March 4. The girl’s grandmother, who said she has custody of the girl and her three sisters, said the girl’s mother is an addict and her father is in jail. “She’s using Read More…

Two Elyria Schools liaisons work with families to improve attendance

ELYRIA — The school district’s two liaisons have a variety of duties, including improving students’ attendance. Erik Burnett and Troy Hill each average 10 to 15 home visits per week, said Amy Higgins, Elyria Schools spokeswoman. Generally, 10 unexcused absences during a school year trigger a visit. Visits usually come when parents don’t return calls Read More…

Court’s school-attendance program focuses on compliance, not punishment

The goal of the Lorain County Juvenile Court’s school-attendance program is compliance rather than punishment. About 4.5 percent of the 937 referrals to the program in the last school year didn’t respond to interventions, said Jody Barilla, court administrator. Nearly 4 percent of those cases — 36 students — were referred to the Lorain County Read More…

Lorain Schools officials hope realignment will improve academics, attendance, reduce voucher eligibility

LORAIN — The main goal of a proposed Lorain Schools realignment is to improve academics, but it could also increase attendance. Voucher eligibility for parochial and private schools is tied to each school’s state performance rating. “Depending on how the realignment works, the school’s overall rating may improve so much that it would no longer Read More…

Late-winter blast caps hodgepodge of weather conditions

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Spring begins at 12:57 p.m. March 20. Not that this winter has left anyone counting the hours. For lovers of bone-chilling cold, torrential rain, blustery wind, sleet, snow, icy roads and white-out conditions, Wednesday offered it all. It began with driving rain, which switched to snow and sleet by late morning and afternoon. About 4 Read More…

Stretch of Route 58 to be named for slain soldier

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State Route 58 is a fitting location for honoring slain Army Sgt. Louis Torres, his mother said Tuesday. The 23-year-old Torres, killed in a 2012 bombing in Kandahar, Afghanistan, was born in Lorain but grew up in Oberlin. His father’s side of the family lives in Lorain, while his mother’s side is in Oberlin. “It Read More…