September 17, 2014

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Survey: Voters say they favor hybrid income, property levy for Lorain Schools

OBERLIN — You don’t need a poll to learn that most people don’t like paying higher taxes and that people with children in school are more likely to support a school levy than those who don’t. Nonetheless, creators of the Lorain City Schools Survey, the results of which were released Thursday in a briefing at Read More…

Elyria sets priority for road fixes

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ELYRIA — Repairing roads is one of the fundamental services governments provide, but City Council members say a lack of money has left them at a dead end. Up to $800,000 was allocated annually for road resurfacing in past years, but just $235,000 is available to the city this year. City Councilman Larry Tanner, D-1st Read More…

Elyria Council receives repaving recommendations

ELYRIA — Six streets and two alternate choices have been recommended to City Council members for resurfacing. Members of the Council’s Utilities Committee approved the streets at their meeting Wednesday night. The streets are: Artemas Lane from Eady Court to South Abbe Road Harrison Street from Ridge Street to St. Clair Street Intersection of Eastern Read More…

Lorain Schools trying for levy in November

LORAIN — Board of Education members have decided they can’t fight City Hall. Board members last month conditionally approved seeking a 1-percent earned income tax in August with a 2-mill drop in property taxes, if the tax was approved. A phone survey of about 360 residents by Oberlin College students showed support for the tax, Read More…

Lorain Council ponders burned mystery home

A burned-out house at 476 W. Sixth St. is seen Monday. (CT photo by Evan Goodenow.)

LORAIN — City officials say the burned out house at 476 W. Sixth St. typifies their headaches with foreclosed buildings. The two-floor, wood-frame house across the street from the Lorain Public Library System’s main branch was vacant when it burned April 24. Firefighters suspected a power line struck by a falling tree hit the roof Read More…

Nancy Smith’s daughter charged with assault

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LORAIN — For years, Lorain resident Amber Bronish has been trying to exonerate her mother, Nancy Smith, who was convicted in the 1994 Head Start child molestation case. Bronish now has her own troubles with the law. Bronish, 33, of the 1300 block of Ashland Avenue, was arrested Sunday and charged with assault and burglary Read More…

New developer takes a chance on downtown

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With big ambitions and seemingly deep pockets, Tacoma, Wash., developer Gary Davis is hoping to help rejuvenate downtown Lorain. “This is going to be just awesome and beautiful when it comes back to life,” Davis said last week during a tour of the Gardens of Charleston, the 28-unit upscale apartment building he is developing at Read More…

Police: Deaths linked to bad heroin

Five fatal overdoses in 10 days have authorities worried about a batch of highly potent or poorly cut heroin. “We want to nip this in the bud to stop people from dying,” Dr. Stephen Evans, Lorain County coroner, said Friday. “It’s either purer than normal or it’s cut with something more toxic.” Evans said there Read More…

No injuries in kitchen fire

ELYRIA — No one was hurt in a fire in a home at 11608 West Ridge Road, off of Russia Road, called in around 4:25 p.m. Friday. Resident Ryan Huber said she left the stove on while she went to pick up her niece around 4 p.m. Huber said her fiance John Lauer, a Carlisle Read More…

Unpaid care weighing down EMH’s books

ELYRIA — Despite losing $6.5 million last year, the long-term prognosis for EMH Healthcare is good, hospital officials said at their annual meeting Wednesday. The hospital system, with facilities in Amherst, Avon and Elyria, had about $247 million in revenue and about $253.5 million in expenses in 2011, according to Jim Simone, EMH’s chief financial Read More…