November 27, 2014

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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…

Admiral King Elementary closed Wednesday due to possible gas leak

LORAIN — Admiral King Elementary School will be closed Wednesday due to a gas leak investigation. Superintendent Tom Tucker said Tuesday night that Columbia Gas of Ohio workers were investigating the smell of gas outside the school at 720 Washington Ave., at the corner of West Sixth Street. About 1 p.m. Tuesday, the school was Read More…

Officials dedicate Elyria Township 9/11 memorial

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ELYRIA TWP. — Speakers recalled the heroism and outpouring of goodwill immediately following the 9/11 attacks during a 9/11 memorial dedication in Elyria Township on Sunday. The Rev. Donald Dunson, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Elyria, said the “pure altruism” displayed by rescuers that day should never be forgotten. “There will Read More…

LCCC receives $5.1M grant to train advanced manufacturing workers

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Community College will spend $5.1 million to assist unemployed workers through a federal grant. The U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Labor announced the grant Sunday in a news release. LCCC is one of nearly 270 community colleges receiving a combined $450 million nationwide, the release said. The money is Read More…

Lorain Schools owed nearly $5M in taxes

LORAIN — It took 20 years for Lorain Schools to pass a new levy, but school officials hope it won’t take another two decades to collect the taxes on it and previous levies. At $4.9 million though Tuesday, Lorain was owed the most in delinquent taxes among school districts in Lorain County. Besides the levy Read More…