July 31, 2015

Elyria
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Lorain firefighters prepare for layoffs

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LORAIN — They knew there were no long-term guarantees when they were hired, but news of their impending layoffs has been tough for 12 firefighters. All are in their 20s and 30s, they have served with the Lorain Fire Department for less than two years. But it’s been long enough to confirm their belief that Read More…

Meeting airs county’s drug problem

AMHERST — The addict contemplating suicide. The pharmacist who had a gun pointed at his head by a robber stealing drugs. The drug rehabilitation agency head struggling to find money for treatment. The coroner dealing with the families of fatal overdose victims. They all came together Thursday to discuss America’s escalating prescription pill and heroin Read More…

Lorain to lay off firefighters, close fire stations

LORAIN — The expiration of a federal taxpayer grant for firefighters is expected to trigger layoffs, fire station closings and cause longer response times to fires. City officials and firefighters had been optimistic about the renewal of an approximately two-year, $1.73 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that expires March 20. But Tuesday, Read More…

Fire strikes Green Circle Growers; firefighters battle for hours in icy, windy weather

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CAMDEN TWP. — Dozens of firefighters from area departments continued to battle a stubborn blaze that broke out Tuesday evening in greenhouses at Green Circle Growers in the early hours of this morning. Firefighters said no one was hurt in the fire at the intersection of U.S. Route 20 and state Route 511 that was Read More…

UPDATED: Fire burning at Green Circle Growers

CAMDEN TWP. — Greenhouses at Green Circle Growers have burned for several hours Tuesday night. Firefighters said no one was hurt in the fire at the intersection of U.S. Route 20 and state Route 511, which was called in at 5:20 p.m. Tuesday. At 9 p.m., huge clouds of black and gray smoke continued to Read More…

Lorain Council wants to grill executives from Time Warner

LORAIN — Complaints about Time Warner Cable service have sparked a renewed call for company executives to appear at a City Council public hearing. “I don’t think it’s asking too much when they’re getting the money from residents of this city,” Councilman Eddie Edwards, D-5th Ward, told Mayor Chase Ritenauer at Monday’s Council meeting. Prompted Read More…

Lorain garage supervisor makes deal with city, returns to job today

LORAIN — With complaints about a blow-up sex doll deflated and the dispute over payment for an aging snowplow truck smoothed over, Garage Superintendent Robert Evans is due back at work today. Evans had his 30-day unpaid suspension reduced to 15 days in a settlement last week with city officials. He was accused of not Read More…

Former principal comes out of retirement to help Lorain schools boost achievement scores

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LORAIN — Improving Lorain Schools academically can mean being both a coach and cheerleader for Pamela Szegedy. “Who’s going to be the number one school with the highest scores in Lorain City Schools? Who’s going to be it?” Szegedy, assistant superintendent of school improvement through teaching, asked a handful of Helen Steiner Rice Elementary School Read More…

Elyria man killed in industrial accident

Elyria resident Randolph Vayda was killed around 4:50 p.m. Saturday in an accident at the ArcelorMittal steel plant in Cleveland where he worked. Vayda was crushed by a railroad car after falling from it, according to company spokeswoman Mary Beth Holford. who said Sunday she had “minimal details” about the accident. “The ArcelorMittal family extends Read More…

Biggy’s Pub closes, plans to reopen for takeout

Biggy’s Pub on Oberlin Avenue in Lorain closed abruptly last Friday. (CT photo by Steve Manheim.)

LORAIN — Biggy’s Pub & Eatery, a popular bar at 1757 Oberlin Ave. known for its wings, has closed. Owner Mary Ann Bigrigg said Thursday the bar closed last Friday. Bigrigg said her husband, William Bigrigg, opened the bar with his cousins in 1984. The 1,712-square-foot bar was originally named Adam’s Cafe. She said her Read More…