March 30, 2015

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Lorain Council OKs St. Joe’s bailout

LORAIN — The bailout of the financially hemorrhaging St. Joseph Community Center was unanimously approved Monday by City Council members. Under the plan, which needs to be approved Wednesday by Lorain County commissioners, Lorain and the county would each pay $425,000 as part of a $1.35 million state taxpayer loan for the center with the Read More…

Council OKs St. Joe’s bailout

LORAIN – The bailout of the financially hemorrhaging St. Joseph Community Center was unanimously approved tonight by City Council members. Under the plan, which needs to be approved Wednesday by Lorain County commissioners, Lorain and the county would each pay $425,000 as part of a $1.35 million state taxpayer loan for the center with the Read More…

Mercy nurses’ contract hits pensions

LORAIN — The new contract between Mercy Regional Medical Center and its nurses eliminates defined benefit pensions and seniority for many nurses, according to a contract outline obtained Sunday by The Chronicle-Telegram. The contract, ratified Saturday by members of the Service Employees International Union District 1199, contains a “Rule of 75” regarding defined benefit pensions. Read More…

Lorain school board approves money for auditorium and gym at new LHS

LORAIN — Construction of an approximately $132,000, 800-seat auditorium and a $2.6 million gymnasium for the new Lorain High School was approved Thursday by school board members. The 1,800-square foot auditorium and gym are being paid for with some of the $9 million in interest on Lorain taxpayers share of the school district’s $215.6 million, Read More…

County health district rehires retired chief

Former Health Commissioner Ken Pearce is returning as a consultant rather than as interim commissioner. Lorain County General Health District board members on Wednesday approved hiring Pearce as a $50-per-hour consultant beginning Oct. 31 rather than paying him $63,400 plus fringe benefits for six months, which board members had initially discussed. Pearce will advise Deputy Read More…

Mercy’s nurses plan one-day walkout

LORAIN — Mercy Regional Medical Center nurses plan to walk the picket line rather than the hospital’s halls Oct. 19. Leaders of Service Employees International Union District 1199 on Monday gave Mercy officials the required 10-day notice of a 24-hour strike. “It raises the level of the seriousness to the community about the issues that Read More…

Vintage aircraft on a mapping mission had people in Lorain looking up

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Aerial mapping was the mission of a low-flying, World War II-era plane whose back-and-forth flight led curious onlookers to call police Monday. A police dispatcher in Lorain, who said he didn’t know the plane’s mission, said he and fellow dispatchers had received calls about the plane. The DC-3 is owned by Airborne Imaging Inc., which Read More…

UPDATED: Mercy nurses issue 10-day strike notice

LORAIN — Mercy Regional Medical Center nurses plan a 24-hour strike beginning at 12 p.m. on Oct. 19 if contract negotiations remained stalemated. “It raises the level of the seriousness to the community about the issues that are out here and it obviously costs the hospital financially,” said Al Bacon, secretary/treasurer of Service Employees International Read More…

Man shot in the leg during holdup, police say

LORAIN — An apparent robbery attempt around 10:05 p.m. Sunday left a man shot in the left leg. Micah Smith, 25, was shot on the front lawn of his home at 1514 W. 11th St., as he ran from two armed men, according to a witness and Smith’s relatives who said they spoke to Smith Read More…

Head Start could get left behind

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Working lunches are a daily job for Maria “Terri” Arriaga. “What’s that white stuff on the pizza?” Arriaga, a longtime Head Start teacher, asked students during a class last month. “Where does the cheese come from? “From Walmart?” answered 4-year-old Yeidiel Rolon. An amused Arriaga explained how cheese comes from milk that comes from a Read More…