July 29, 2015

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Lorain councilman works to repair reputation, and personal life, after DUI arrest

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LORAIN — The little girl walking on Long Avenue on Thursday burst into tears when her kindergarten homework fell in the mud. “Everything’s going to be OK,” City Councilman Dennis Flores, D-2nd Ward, told her as he helped her pick up the papers. “You don’t have to cry. It’ll dry out.” Flores is big on Read More…

16th annual Paczki Ball features dancing, doughnuts and bikinis

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LORAIN — Bikinis, boxers, polkas and paczkis could only mean one thing: the annual Paczki Ball. Some 575 people attended the ball Sunday night at DeLuca’s Place in the Park. The 16th annual ball is staged by Kiedrowski’s Simply Delicious Bakery and is a celebration of the Kiedrowski family, their Polish heritage, and their customers Read More…

No one injured in Lorain fire

LORAIN — No one was hurt in a house fire at 2711 Ashland Avenue called in at 7:37 p.m. Thursday. The fire in a wood-framed duplex near West 27th Street was due to an electrical problem, according to Assistant Fire Chief Dennis Livchak. He said the resident of the home said after she turned on Read More…

Atkinson’s Lorain tenure also controversial

LORAIN — Cheryl Atkinson’s tenure as Lorain Schools superintendent was longer and happier than her time at DeKalb County Schools in Georgia, where her ouster is expected today, but not without controversy. Seventeen months after Atkinson’s departure, reforms in Lorain have been instituted in the way superintendents are paid and how the school district is Read More…

Officials optimistic about school funding

Area school district leaders are cautiously optimistic about preliminary school funding numbers from Gov. John Kasich released Wednesday by the Office of Budget Management. Elyria Schools Superintendent Paul Rigda said he was pleased that Elyria would receive about $33.1 million next year, an increase of about $1.6 million, up 5 percent from the current year. Read More…

ELECTION 2013: Familiar faces enter Lorain Council race

LORAIN — In heavily Democratic Lorain, the May primary is often the de facto election. The list of candidates finalized Wednesday includes familiar faces challenging incumbents and running for open City Council seats. AT LARGE: The Democratic candidates for the city’s three seats are: 10-term incumbent Democrat Dan Given, seven-term incumbent Anne Molnar and one-term Read More…

MIDVIEW LEVY: Voters keep Middies sailing

EATON TWP. — In a stunning reversal of fortune, voters Tuesday approved the Midview school district levy. The resounding approval came just three months after a decisive Election Day defeat. Tuesday’s 3,892 to 2,359 tally was an approximately 62 percent to 38 percent victory, according to unofficial results from the Lorain County Board of Elections. Read More…

MIDVIEW LEVY: Passions deep for backers, opponents

GRAFTON TWP. — Several voters for and against the Midview Schools levy expressed strong emotions Tuesday after voting at Township Hall. Ann Marie and Mark Gallo of Grafton said they voted no on the 10-year, 9.75-mill property tax levy, which will raise $4.6 million annually and cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional Read More…

Lorain councilman won’t seek new term

LORAIN — Four-term Lorain City Councilman Bret Schuster, D-4th Ward, will not seek re-election in the fall and will leave office at the end of his term Dec. 31 to pursue business interests. “I’ve enjoyed my tenure on Council,” Schuster said Tuesday. “I’m hopeful we’re making strides on moving Lorain forward, but at this time, Read More…

Midview levy passes; supporters thanked

EATON TWP. — Three months after a decisive Election Day defeat, the Midview school district’s levy was resoundingly approved Tuesday night. The 3,892-to-2,359 vote was a nearly 63 percent to 37 percent victory, according to unofficial results from the Lorain County Board of Elections. The result was nearly the opposite of Election Day 2012, when Read More…