September 1, 2014

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Columbus ship replicas to visit Lorain

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LORAIN — Replicas of two of the Spanish ships that brought Columbus to the West Indies in 1492 will dock in Lorain on Aug. 7. Authenticity was sought in construction of the ships, said Capt. Stephen Sanger of the Columbus Foundation Inc., the British Virgin Islands-based, for-profit corporation that owns them. The replica of the Read More…

New owner hopes new atmosphere will help Lorain bar shed rowdy image

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LORAIN — Gil’s International Lounge now is the Dart Lounge. The bar’s new owner says more than the name has changed. Asa Knowles, 65, of Lorain, said Tuesday he’s aware of the history of Gil’s. Police frequently were called to the bar to break up fights since it opened in 1989. The bar, at 1840 Read More…

Lorain utilities director placed on leave

LORAIN — Utilities Department Director William Donohue is on paid administrative leave after being accused of verbally harassing a department accounts clerk. The leave began Wednesday, according to Mayor Chase Ritenauer, who said he didn’t have specifics on the allegations. Safety/Service Director Robert Fowler, who is investigating the allegations, wouldn’t say what Donohue is accused Read More…

Avon football stadium gets Firment name

AVON — Joe Firment Chevrolet Stadium. Avon Schools has at least 150,000 reasons to like the new name for its high school football field. The Avon-based car dealership will pay the school district $30,000 per year for five years for the naming rights, Superintendent Mike Laub said Tuesday. After five years, the 4,200-student district has Read More…

Lorain Council OKs Martin Run Creek dredging project

LORAIN — Flood-prone Martin’s Run Creek will get dredged, but less than Lorain officials want. City Council members at their Monday meeting approved seeking bids of up to $75,000 to dredge the waterway, which runs south of Tower Boulevard along state Route 2 draining into Lake Erie. However, Lorain officials said the Ohio Environmental Protection Read More…

Archaeologists dig for history at Burrell Homestead

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SHEFFIELD — By digging holes they hope to fill holes in history. Participants in an archaeological dig at the Burrell Homestead, 2792 East River Road, are uncovering artifacts that they hope will tell them more about Native American tribes who lived there 4,000 years ago. The dig is being run by the Cleveland Museum of Read More…

Conservation Corps restores banks of Black River

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LORAIN — The work is hard and the pay is low, but members of the Black River Conservation Corps are keeping the river flowing. Since May 5, corps members have been on a 40-acre site at the former Lorain landfill by the river behind the Camaco auto parts plant at 3400 River Industrial Park Road. Read More…

Elyria student named Lorain International Queen

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LORAIN — Colleen Ziegman, of Elyria, is Lorain’s new International Queen. The 17-year-old Colleen, who will enter her senior year at Elyria High School in August, was chosen from among 14 princesses during the 48th annual pageant before about 200 at the Palace Theatre Thursday. Each princess represents her ethnic heritage, with Colleen representing the Read More…

2 men ‘rescued’ from the Black River after confusion brings emergency squads

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CARLISLE TWP. — Two men riding inner tubes in the Black River were rescued reluctantly on Robson Road about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. “We were fine,” Tom Tanner told firefighters seconds after he and Matthew Addington came ashore in an Elyria Fire Department Zodiac rescue boat. “For all of this to go down was a huge Read More…

No bids submitted in sheriff’s sale for 9 vacant Lorain lots

LORAIN — No bids were submitted in a Wednesday sheriff’s sale for nine foreclosed lots on Bascule Drive. The vacant lots are in the 300 and 400 blocks of Bascule off East Erie and Colorado avenues. The properties are owned by Grant Entertainment LLC, a limited liability company. Limited liability company members have little personal Read More…