October 20, 2014

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Lorain, bank at odds over burnt-out house

LORAIN — David and Goliath are squaring off at 476 W. Sixth St. On one side is JPMorgan Chase, the second-largest bank in America. On the other side is Lorain, a financially troubled city grappling with a high rate of foreclosures. The center of the dispute is a burnt-out house at 476 W. Sixth St. Read More…

Lorain adding building enforcers

LORAIN — A new anti-blight task force will soon hit the streets. “We just cannot continue to see our city deteriorate to the point that it has,” said Rey Carrion, Community Development Department director, after City Council members unanimous approval Monday of the task force formation. “Two inspectors inspecting a city the size of 64,000 Read More…

Lorain Schools names superintendent finalists

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LORAIN — Two candidates with ties to Lorain and a third with a strong desire to lead an urban school district are the finalists, chosen from seven semifinalists, to become the new Lorain Schools superintendent. Xenia Schools Superintendent Deborah Piotrowski grew up in Toledo and said in a Thursday interview that the desire to return Read More…

Recent Lorain grads get big voice on committee to choose new superintendent

Denzel Palmer and Aaron Ceja pose after a Superintendent Search Committee meeting Sunday. (CT photo by Ray Riedel.)

LORAIN — Aaron Ceja and Denzel Palmer wanted to have a voice in choosing Lorain Schools’ new superintendent, but they never expected how clearly their voices would be heard. The two college sophomores and 2011 Lorain High School graduates went from attending a public forum on the new superintendent to being part of the 10-member Read More…

Lorain superintendent finalists named

LORAIN — The three finalists to become Lorain Schools new superintendent are Xenia Schools Superintendent Deborah Piotrowski, former Brookfield Schools Superintendent Stephen Stohla and Sandusky Schools Superintendent Tom Tucker. The finalists were selected from seven semifinalists Thursday by the Superintendent Search Committee. The 10-member committee each picked three candidates and the candidates with the most Read More…

Lorain Schools likely to face fiscal emergency even if levy passes

LORAIN — The school district is expected to become insolvent and declare fiscal emergency this spring, triggering a state financial takeover even if a levy passes in November. “I won’t have the cash to finish out the year,” School Treasurer Dale Weber said after Thursday’s Board of Education meeting where board members closed out the Read More…

Lorain narrows superintendent list to 3

LORAIN — The three finalists to become the new Lorain Schools superintendent are expected to be announced today. The three were chosen Thursday by Superintendent Search Committee members from among seven semi-finalists. Each member of the 10-member committee chose three candidates and the three with the most points were selected, according to Mitchell Fallis, a Read More…

None hurt in Carlisle Township house fire

Firefighters work Wednesday night at the scene of a fire on West Ridge Road in Carlisle Township. Evan Goodenow / Chronicle

CARLISLE TWP. — No one was injured in a house fire that broke out around 8:40 p.m. Wednesday at a West Ridge Road home. Firefighters and neighbors initially worried that Linda and Terry Janik, the couple who live in the home, were inside, but no one was in the home. Neighbor Dan Rector, who lives Read More…

Lorain mayor: Top priority is passing income tax increase

LORAIN — Being Lorain mayor is an uphill battle, but it is one Chase Ritenauer relishes. “We’ve done some good things, but we’ve got to do a lot more,” Ritenauer said in an interview today with The Chronicle-Telegram Editor Andy Young about Ritenauer’s first six months as mayor. “It’s a city that has been ravaged Read More…

Lorain school district cuts 2 more employees

LORAIN — Seeking to dispel the perception of a bloated Lorain Schools administration as the district seeks support for a levy, interim Superintendent Ed Branham on Tuesday defended the number of layoffs at the Charleston Administration Center and announced two more. Branham was responding to May 24 criticism from teachers union president David Wood that Read More…