May 25, 2015

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Midview school board approves elimination of 53 positions if levy fails

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GRAFTON — Midview Schools leaders on Wednesday challenged residents to support a levy eliminating a $2.3 million deficit and the need to make substantial layoffs and program cuts. “It’s time for this community to step forward and take responsibility for educating its children. Period,” Board of Education President Dave Zunis told some 300 people at Read More…

Midview leaders push for voter support

EATON TWP. — Midview Schools leaders on Wednesday challenged residents to support a levy to prevent substantial layoffs and program cuts to eliminate a $2.3 million deficit. “There just isn’t any excuse for a community not to support its education,” Board of Education President Dave Zunis told about 300 people at Midview High School’s gymnasium. Read More…

Spotty cable service has Lorain residents turning on provider

LORAIN — Some Time Warner Cable customers say the company doesn’t get the picture about bad reception. City Council members are considering holding a public hearing next month to ask Time Warner to address customers’ complaints about pixilated images on their television screens. “There’s no commitment. There’s no information. They feel like they’ve got you Read More…

Ohio’s homeless rate rose 7.3% last year, but Lorain shelter sees fewer clients

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LORAIN — Homelessness is down 5.7 percent nationally since 2007, but up 24.1 percent in Ohio, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ohio had the fourth highest increase nationally with 2,713 more homeless people. Homelessness increased in Ohio by 7.3 percent from last year. The numbers are Read More…

Prayers, calls for action at Elyria vigil for Connecticut shooting victims

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ELYRIA — A Sunday candlelight vigil for the victims of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre included prayer, a challenge to be better citizens, parents and relatives, and a call for stricter gun control. About 80 people took part in the brief ceremony at Ely Square to honor the six adults and 20 children fatally Read More…

Lorain veteran had key role in Battle of the Bulge

Sixty-eight years ago, Mike Campana was about to become a member of the Battered Bastards of Bastogne as the Battle of the Bulge began. The exploits of Campana, a Lorain resident who died in 2008 at 88, are documented in a new article in World War II History magazine. The Battle of Crossroads X details Read More…

Lorain law chief defends classified meetings

LORAIN — Law Director Pat Riley contends state law gives him the right to classify information secret and prosecute public officials who reveal secrets. “There are certain things the public isn’t supposed to know at certain times,” Riley said during an often-contentious Monday meeting with Chronicle Editor Andy Young, Chronicle reporters and Mayor Chase Ritenauer. Read More…

Rate hike means Lorain can dredge to help flood-prone Martin’s Run area in 2014

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LORAIN — Residents who live near flood-prone Martin’s Run Creek area will still have to worry when it rains heavily, but help is on the way. Plans to dredge the creek in mid-2014 are going ahead after last week’s approval of a $2 per month sewer rate increase by City Council. The increase, which will Read More…

Lorain school board OKs $3 million loan for district

LORAIN — A $3 million loan approved Thursday by Board of Education members will keep Lorain Schools locally controlled but incur more debt for the school district. Board President Tim Williams and board members Tony Dimacchia, Mitchell Fallis and Bill Sturgill voted yes. Board member Jim Smith voted no. Despite passage last month of a Read More…

Lorain school board enters into loan

LORAIN — A $3 million loan to keep Lorain Schools from going broke in the spring and being taken over by the state was approved Thursday night by Board of Education members. Despite passage last month of a levy that will raise about $3.1 million annually and $7.3 million in cuts earlier this year, the Read More…