April 24, 2014

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Lorain Schools extends superintendent’s contract

Ed Branham, Lorain Schools superintendent

LORAIN — Lorain Schools interim Superintendent Ed Branham, who had been planning to leave in July, will stay on at least through December after school board members Thursday night approved a contract extension with no pay increase. Branham cited ongoing cuts to the deficit-ridden school district and getting board members adequate time to find his Read More…

Sheffield looks to bag deer poachers

SHEFFIELD — Controlling the deer population is a lot easier than controlling illegal hunters in the village, officials say. Each deer hunting season, Sheffield police receive dozens of calls about poaching and trespassing, but are unable to make arrests. Since 2008, when a new police computer system went online, there are no records of arrests Read More…

Elyria Foundry to pay $150K EPA fine

ELYRIA — Three years after a final warning, the Elyria Foundry has agreed to pay a $155,000 air pollution fine to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. “The company is back on track to complying with Ohio’s air pollution control laws,” Ohio EPA spokesman Mike Settles said Tuesday. “That’s the good news to come from this.” Read More…

Lorain Council refuses to pay Home Depot bill over bad paperwork

LORAIN — With annual revenue of some $68 billion and profits of some $3.3 billion, Home Depot won’t go out of business if a $4,541 bill to the city for Christmas supplies isn’t paid. However, the company would like to get paid, and Mayor Chase Ritenauer said he hopes it eventually will be. In a Read More…

Deputies hit road for Super Bowl blitz

Around the time that New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was saying he was going to Disney World, Lorain County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Plemons went back on patrol Sunday night. Plemons was part of a nationwide Super Bowl blitz by police against drunken drivers. Drinking at bars and Super Bowl parties is traditionally heavy, but Read More…

EPA: Avon Lake plant, county landfill are largest polluters

The Genon electric plant in Avon Lake.

The Genon power plant in Avon Lake is the top greenhouse gas polluter in Lorain County by far, according to a new federal Environmental Protection Agency website. The 763-megawatt Avon Lake Generating Station — one megawatt of electricity powers about 600 homes annually — emitted about 2.4 million metric tons of greenhouse gas, most of Read More…

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…