September 2, 2014

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Lorain Youth Baseball looks to break out of slump following former leader’s conviction

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LORAIN — The reputation of Lorain Youth Baseball was beaned when former league president and fired Streets Commissioner Chuck Camera pleaded guilty to stealing from the league. Camera is expected to find out today from Civil Service Commission members whether he will be rehired after appealing his ouster. The fate of the league will take Read More…

Avon assistant fire chief hurt in ATV crash

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AVON — Assistant Fire Chief Timothy Golay was critically injured Friday in an all-terrain vehicle accident but has been upgraded to serious, according to Chief Frank Root. Root said he spoke Sunday with Golay, who suffered a broken clavicle, a broken lower back, broken pelvis and several broken ribs. “He told me, ‘They think I’m Read More…

Lorain Arts Academy flunks audit

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LORAIN — The Arts Academy’s last report card was the kind children would hide from their parents. The failed charter school received failing grades from the Ohio Auditor’s Office in an audit released Thursday. The school, which closed in June amid allegations of bounced teacher paychecks, as well as financial conflicts of interest and unethical Read More…

Fire damages duplex in Lorain

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LORAIN — A house fire at 1812 E. 30th St. called in around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, may have burned longer because firefighters were given the wrong address. Two callers told dispatchers that the fire was at 812 E. 30th St. — causing firefighters to have to turn around, fire Capt. Tom Baker said. When firefighters Read More…

Commission considers fired Lorain official’s appeal

LORAIN — Can a public official who’s a convicted thief be trusted? That was the central question in Monday’s Civil Service Commission hearing on the appeal of fired Streets Commissioner Chuck Camera. A decision will be announced by the three-member commission on Monday. Safety Service Director Robert Fowler, who made the decision along with Mayor Read More…

Former students flock to open house at former Admiral King

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LORAIN — A building is an inanimate object, but the memories and bittersweet emotions associated with Lorain High School are very human. They were on display at Sunday’s farewell to the school at 2600 Ashland Ave., which is being demolished to make way for a new high school expected to open in late 2015 or Read More…

Lorain teacher prepares her class for the future while bracing for yet another layoff

LORAIN — Her nine years as a kindergarten teacher have not dimmed Allison Caldera’s enthusiasm or sense of wonder about the progress her students make from the start of the school year to the end. “It’s amazing,” Caldera said during a break from class Thursday at Hawthorne Elementary School. “When they come in, they don’t Read More…

All-day kindergarten expelled as district tightens its belt

LORAIN — Reducing kindergarten to half-day classes will save Lorain Schools $737,000, but at a heavy cost to education. As part of about $7.3 million in cuts to eliminate a projected $12 million deficit, the district is switching to half-day kindergarten in August when the new school year begins. Parents will get to choose between Read More…

Survey: Voters say they favor hybrid income, property levy for Lorain Schools

OBERLIN — You don’t need a poll to learn that most people don’t like paying higher taxes and that people with children in school are more likely to support a school levy than those who don’t. Nonetheless, creators of the Lorain City Schools Survey, the results of which were released Thursday in a briefing at Read More…

Elyria sets priority for road fixes

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ELYRIA — Repairing roads is one of the fundamental services governments provide, but City Council members say a lack of money has left them at a dead end. Up to $800,000 was allocated annually for road resurfacing in past years, but just $235,000 is available to the city this year. City Councilman Larry Tanner, D-1st Read More…