July 25, 2014

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Lorain school board weighs deficit options

LORAIN — An earned income tax or property tax levy may be placed on the November ballot to eliminate Lorain Schools’ $2.85 million projected deficit. Treasurer Dale Weber briefed Board of Education members at their Monday meeting on Lorain’s options. Weber said a decision is needed by early July whether to put a levy on Read More…

Credit Recovery Academy graduates overcome long odds to receive diplomas

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Correction: Josh Smith is the first of his three brothers to graduate high school. The article originally said Smith was the first in his family to graduate. LORAIN — Tyler Johnson, Stephen Rice, Ben Richardson and Josh Smith were exuberant when they picked up their caps and gowns last week for Tuesday’s high school graduation. There Read More…

Art studio, lofts coming to Lorain

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LORAIN — A BRIAR patch is being built at Broadway and West Seventh Street. The acronym stands for Black River Innovators and Artists Residence, a 10,000-square-foot artists’ loft and studio being built on the second floor of the building at 668 Broadway. The first floor will be a 10,000-square-foot art gallery. “We want people to Read More…

Perez tells Oberlin College graduates to give back to community

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OBERLIN — The election for Maryland attorney general was about two weeks away in 2006, and Thomas Perez was feeling good about his chances. Then he received a call notifying him that the Maryland Supreme Court ruled him ineligible due to a technicality. “A guy running for attorney general apparently doesn’t know how to read Read More…

Back-to-back fires keep Lorain crews busy

LORAIN — Two fires kept firefighters busy Sunday night and early Monday morning. The first fire was called in at 11:08 p.m. Sunday at a two-story wood-frame home at 1318 Douglas Court between Ashland and Oberlin avenues, Assistant Fire Chief Dennis Livchak said. Tenants Todd Herwig and his son Brandon Herwig weren’t home, but a Read More…

Memorial Day events honor fallen soldiers

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LORAIN — Words can never fully express the sacrifices of America’s war dead or the gratitude owed them. However, speakers at a Sunday tribute said they hope Americans will remember who Memorial Day is for on a holiday known for ballgames, picnics and a day off from work. Speaker Dan Gillotti paid tribute to all Read More…

Man shot, woman injured in fight

LORAIN — One man was grazed in the head by a gunshot after a fight in the 3900 block of Gary Avenue about 11 p.m. Sunday, witnesses said. Resident Edward Tarrant said his 22-year-old brother, Adrian Pennington, was hit in the head and was hospitalized at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain. A witness, who Read More…

Republic fined $7,000 in worker’s rail death

Debbie Johnson comments about what life has been like without her husband, Frank.

LORAIN — A $7,000 fine by the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration against Republic Steel for the death of Republic worker Frank Johnson Sr., is appalling, his family said Thursday. “I’m not the vindictive type, but this is an insult,” said Johnson’s widow, Debbie Johnson. “It’s kind of like a slap in the face.” Read More…

Sheffield councilwoman faces charges in January accident

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SHEFFIELD — Despite three incidents involving drunken or dangerous driving accusations in less than four years, Councilwoman Carolyn White said Wednesday that she doesn’t have a drinking problem. White, who took office in 2008, said her latest legal problems won’t affect her constituents. “I’ve served them with honor and distinction, and I am going to Read More…

Lorain anti-blight expert leaving for nonprofit post

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LORAIN — Rey Carrion, who oversaw Lorain’s economic development and anti-blight initiatives for many years, is resigning as Department of Building, Housing and Planning director. Carrion said Tuesday that he is taking a job with a Lorain County nonprofit that he didn’t want to name. He said the opportunity was too good to bypass. “I Read More…