April 17, 2014

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Willie Nelson plays for Dennis Kucinich in Lorain

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LORAIN — Clad in a cowboy hat and boots, Willie Nelson sat beside U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Cleveland, who was wearing a suit and tie Sunday at the Palace Theatre. The legendary country singer and the longtime politician looked the part of the odd couple, but they think a lot alike. Both are outspokenly anti-war, Read More…

Lorain school board picks new architect for new LHS

LORAIN — The new architect for the new Lorain High School project is Willoughby-based TDA Architecture. The acronym stands for “Think. Design. Act.,” according to the company’s website. The company was formerly known as Then Design. The company, whose work includes designing schools in Cleveland, North Olmsted and Wellington, will be paid about $3.57 million Read More…

State officials detail Lorain Schools’ fiscal future with possible takeover

LORAIN — There is no magic formula for making Lorain Schools solvent if the state takes financial control. “You’re going to have to make tough decisions,” Roger Hardin, Ohio Department of Education assistant director of finance program services, told Board of Education members Thursday. “Either make reductions or find new money, because that’s what it Read More…

School district fiscal emergency details discussed in Lorain

LORAIN — State takeover ramifications for Lorain Schools were detailed to the Board of Education on Thursday night. Roger Hardin, assistant director of finance program services for the Ohio Department of Education, said if the district goes into fiscal emergency, a state-appointed commission would overseee finances. The commission would likely direct the board to propose Read More…

Eaton Township fire chief quits

EATON TWP. — Fire Chief Jason Brooks quit Wednesday amid allegations of incompetence and unethical conduct. “I do not feel that answering to or trying to defend against any of the charges leveled against me will serve any purpose,” Brooks wrote in a resignation letter accepted at a special Board of Trustees meeting. “While I Read More…

Eaton Township fire chief resigns amidst dissension

The resignation today of Eaton Township Fire Chief Jason Brooks came just eight days after a no-confidence letter from 21 of the Fire Department’s 28 firefighters was handed in to the Eaton Township trustees. The letter accused Brooks of incompetence and unethical behavior. Nonetheless, township Trustee Linda Morrison said the resignation was unrelated to the Read More…

Lorain OKs $65 million tunnel project

LORAIN — A $65 million underground tunnel excavation project was approved by City Council members Monday. The approximately 2,000-foot project, which will run parallel to Broadway, is scheduled to begin in March and be completed in about three years, according to Utilities Director Corey Timko. It will be 120 feet deep and is designed to Read More…

Port deal bringing fishing tourney to Lorain

LORAIN — A walleye fishing tournament that organizers estimate will generate about $319,000 in revenue for area businesses will be June 28 to 30 at Black River Landing and Black River Wharf. The Pro Walleye Series will bring in about 70 amateur and 70 professional anglers for the catch-and-release tournament, according to Joe Baron, president Read More…

Lorain Council votes unanimously for late officer’s insurance

LORAIN — Considering what he’d been through, supporters of deceased police Officer Michael Yuhas said he was worth making an exception for. City Council members on Monday unanimously approved $15,000 in life insurance to Yuhas’s family that he wasn’t eligible for. Yuhas, an officer from 1968 to 1975, was shot three times at point blank Read More…

Danger underground? Wellington spill brings pipeline safety into question

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The 70 people evacuated in the Jan. 12 Sunoco Logistics gasoline pipeline spill in Wellington are home, but questions linger about the safety of pipelines in the wake of the spill. The spill, which Sunoco officials said leaked 116,700 gallons but didn’t cause major contamination of the Black River, is one of more than 30 Read More…