March 1, 2015

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Herb Jacoby, former commissioner, dies

Former Lorain County Commissioner Herbert Jacoby died Sunday. Jacoby, 84, served from 1985 to 1996 and was instrumental in creation of the county’s 911 system. Jacoby also helped get the county’s first 0.5 percent sales tax passed to compensate for a loss of federal taxpayer money used to fund the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office and Read More…

Photo gallery: ‘Typical’ winter predicted at this year’s Woollybear Festival

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Dear Mr. President, you may not want to suspend your re-election campaign, but you appear to have secured the woolly bear bump. A caterpillar named after President Barack Obama beat a caterpillar named after Republican challenger Mitt Romney by a landslide — about a foot to be precise — at the annual Woollybear Festival on Read More…

VIDEO: Lorain Schools shows off design for $73 million high school

LORAIN — With enrollment dwindling and a state financial takeover likely next year, Lorain Schools leaders are hoping the $73 million new Lorain High School can spur a comeback even if it is four years away from opening. “We truly believe that this is cutting edge. That there isn’t a high school in the area Read More…

Driver charged in construction worker’s death

AVON — The driver who struck and killed a construction worker on Interstate 90 on Sept. 12 faces charges. Anthony Rose Jr., 50, of Brecksville, was charged today with vehicular manslaughter and failure to maintain an assured clear distance, according to a police news release. Peter Maglis, 63, of Campbell, died after being hit as Read More…

Nurses, Mercy hospital at odds as talks go on

Nurses and their supporters march Monday on Kolbe Road in Lorain during a protest in their ongoing contract dispute with Mercy Regional Medical Center. (CT photo for Bruce Bishop.)

LORAIN — Stalled negotiations between Mercy Regional Medical Center and its nurses union resume today, but union leaders are pessimistic about a quick resolution. “I’ve done this before. I know. It will not be done tomorrow,” Becky Williams, president of Service Employees International Union District 1199, told about 75 nurses and their relatives during a Read More…

Tentative OK given to St. Joe’s deal

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LORAIN — A partial bailout of Lorain and Lorain County taxpayers’ obligations to the financially hemorrhaging St. Joseph Community Center has been tentatively agreed to by the state. Mayor Chase Ritenauer told City Council Finance & Claims Committee members Monday that Ohio Department of Development officials have agreed to a draft plan in which $450,000 Read More…

Weather takes a bite out of the Apple Festival

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ELYRIA — When the rain fell, so did Apple Festival attendance. Festival Chairwoman and President Linda Brown said Sunday that she didn’t have crowd estimates for the three-day festival that began Friday, but they varied drastically depending on the rain, which occurred Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. When the weather is good, she said between Read More…

Lorain Schools’ outgoing interim superintendent reflects on returning

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His voice breaking and fighting back tears, Ed Branham on March 29 announced 182 Lorain Schools employees were being laid off as part of $7.3 million in cuts to a projected $12 million deficit. “This is a major impact on people’s lives,” Branham said. “We’re impacting families and their livelihoods.” Branham, a longtime Lorain Schools Read More…

VIDEO: Area’s POWs recall hardships of duty

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ELYRIA — Edward Yursky parachuted out of a burning B-17 and landed in a wheat field where he was captured by a German soldier in August 1944. In January 1945, Paul Kleefeld was out of ammunition and hiding in a basement during the Battle of the Bulge when he and three other soldiers were given Read More…

Man with 12 driving suspensions is charged again

LORAIN — A Lorain man with 12 driver’s license suspensions faces more driving charges. Ramon F. Montanez was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license, driving with expired plates and not wearing a seatbelt, according to police Officer Andrew Greszler’s report. Greszler wrote that he stopped Montanez around 3:20 a.m.Wednesday on Broadway near Read More…