August 28, 2015

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Thousands gather in Lorain for fireworks show

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Nick Bena, of LaGrange, Anna Offineer, of Amherst, and  Brian Leach, of Elyria, gathered Saturday night at the Lorain Municipal Pier to watch the fireworks show.

LORAIN — “Ooh!” Aah!” Nothing commemorates a revolution like fireworks, and the thousands who gathered in and around downtown Lorain weren’t disappointed with the Independence Day celebration and display Saturday. Two-year-old Ava Williams sat in a stroller and on the lap of her father, Mario Williams, during the 15-minute display. Williams said this was the Read More…

Man awarded $643,000 in workplace accident judgment

A Sheffield Lake electrician whose attorney said he suffered permanent heel damage when he fell about 9 feet at a construction site in 2011 won a $643,000 judgment in Lorain County Common Pleas this week. Attorney Joseph Gioffre, who represents Shannon Green, said the award will make construction sites safer “by insuring that property owners, Read More…

Elyria first to celebrate the Fourth

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ELYRIA — America’s 239th birthday was celebrated three days early by thousands who watched a 25-minute fireworks display at West Park on Wednesday. Many families were among the crowd, including Matt Novosielski and Karel Taylor of Elyria, who brought their 3-year-old son, Landon, and 22-month-old daughter, Layla. The noise was too much for Layla, who Read More…

Signs with fatality statistics to debut, give drivers pause

Permanent and portable signs with local and state traffic death statistics and safe driving messages debut around Ohio this weekend. The signs are in response to a spike in road deaths halfway through the year compared with last year. Through Monday, there were 17 deaths on Lorain County roads, including the Ohio Turnpike, compared with Read More…

School officials say new Lorain High project on track

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LORAIN — The $72 million new Lorain High School is on budget and on schedule to open in August 2016, Lorain Schools officials said during a Wednesday tour. Contractors face daily penalties of up to $1,000 if they miss deadlines, but Jeff Hawks, school district executive director of operations, said no deadlines have been missed. Read More…

New Lorain superintendent: Pending law doesn’t deter him from job

LORAIN — Incoming Superintendent Jeffrey Graham said Monday pending state legislation that could cause him to be fired in two years didn’t make him reluctant to accept the job. Graham was hired Wednesday as the Legislature passed a bill, soon to be signed by Gov. John Kasich, in which unelected CEOs and academic commissions run Read More…

Lorain Schools janitors challenge firing for alleged OT theft

LORAIN — Two Lorain High School janitors say they were fired after being falsely accused of stealing overtime in a case that they say has racial overtones. Bill Kopp said he was the lead janitor at the school before being fired April 9 after being accused of stealing a combined 10 hours of overtime on Read More…

Hall hired as interim superintendent in Lorain

LORAIN — Assistant Superintendent David Hall was named interim superintendent by Board of Education members Monday. The appointment takes effect Wednesday, with Hall succeeding retiring Superintendent Tom Tucker. Hall will serve until Parma Superintendent Jeffrey Graham takes over Aug. 1. Hall was passed over Wednesday by board members in favor of Graham despite vocal opposition. Read More…

Lorain closing in on construction hiring goals

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LORAIN — Progress on meeting local construction hiring goals is being made nearly a year after they were changed, city and union officials say. Final numbers aren’t available. However, on the six road projects awarded contracts this year, members of a local labor compliance committee said last week that they are close to or have Read More…

New Lorain superintendent has informal meet-and-greet at International Fest

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LORAIN — As part of efforts to get to know Lorain and its residents better, incoming Lorain Superintendent Jeffrey Graham visited the Lorain International Festival on Sunday. Graham, the Parma superintendent, succeeds retiring Superintendent Tom Tucker on Aug. 1. Graham said he’ll have formal meetings after he begins work. Sunday’s visit was informal, but Graham Read More…