November 26, 2014

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U.S. representative candidates debate health care, spending

About 150 people attended the Oberlin Community Candidates Night on Tuesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, a tea party Republican, is optimistic about increasing support in liberal Oberlin this November. “I got four votes in Oberlin the last election,” Jordan told about 150 people at the Oberlin Community Candidates Night Tuesday. “I’m hoping I get five this time.” Jordan got laughs, but the mood Read More…

Lorain audit reveals 7 deficiencies in 2013

LORAIN — Problems including an illegal interdepartmental transfer of money and unreconciled bank statements were identified in Lorain’s annual audit released by the Ohio Auditor’s Office on Tuesday. The 2013 audit had seven deficiencies, compared to two in 2012, two in 2011 and two in 2010, the audit showed. “We did identify certain deficiencies in Read More…

Lorain Council weighs citywide snow parking ban

LORAIN — A citywide parking ban during snowstorms is being considered by City Council members. Council’s Streets & Utilities Committee on Monday recommended the ban to full Council, which could vote on it as early as Monday. Lorain allows on-street parking on streets not designated as emergency snow routes, but Lorain officials said that policy Read More…

Choirs unite for benefit for burned church

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LORAIN — Six weeks after First Evangelical Lutheran Church burned in an arson fire, the Rev. Jimmy Madsen said Sunday he was moved by efforts to resurrect the church. “We are going to be grieving for a long time, but we are also going to be forever thankful to the community for the response you Read More…

Candidates debate wide range of issues

From left, State Sen. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville; Matt Lark, a Democratic candidate for state representative in the 57th District; Robert Sherwin, a Libertarian candidate for the 57th District; Richard May, a Republican candidate for the 4th Congressional District; Kathleen McGervey, a candidate for the state Board of Education; U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, a candidate for the 9th Congressional District; state Rep. Terry Boose, R-Norwalk, a candidate for the 57th District; Marcus Madison, an Elyria councilman and Democratic candidate for the State Senate in the 13th District; Brendan Mackin, a Democratic candidate for state representative in the 56th District; Judge Eve Belfance, 9th District Court of Appeals; and state Rep. Dan Ramos, D-Lorain, a candidate for the 56th District. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Educational standards, environmental regulation, international security, taxation and worker rights all were discussed Wednesday at the semiannual Coalition for Hispanic/Latino Issues and Progress Candidates’ Night. In what is expected to be a close race for Lorain County commissioner, Republican Commissioner Tom Williams squared off against challenger and state Rep. Matt Lundy, D-Elyria. Williams Read More…

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…