December 18, 2014

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Interim CEO offered leadership at LCCAA

LORAIN — Jackie Boehnlein, interim Lorain County Community Action Agency CEO and president, will become the agency’s new leader Oct. 1. Agency board members voted 8 to 1 Wednesday night to appoint Boehnlein contingent to an agreement on a one-year contract. “Jackie will be a great leader someday. Right now she’s a great manager,” said Read More…

Vermilion circulates draft plan for drug testing

VERMILION — Drug testing of students could be approved by Board of Education members at their Aug. 13 meeting. Board members on Tuesday circulated a draft of the new policy and were briefed on the drug testing policy at Western Reserve Schools in Collins by Wendy Pickett, Western Reserve Board of Education president, and Ryan Read More…

Lorain explores two-tier salary structure

LORAIN — A two-tiered benefit and wage system is which new employees would earn less is one of the ideas city officials are exploring to cut costs. Councilman Dan Given, D-at large, compared the plan to what Chrysler, Ford and General Motors have done with new United Auto Workers employees in the last several years. Read More…

Retiring chief operations officer reflects on bumpy road for Lorain Schools building project

Dan DeNicola, who recently retired from his job as Lorain Schools chief operations officer, oversaw the districtwide construction project that will conclude with construction of a $72 million new Lorain High School. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

If Lorain Schools can use its new buildings to recruit and retain students, Dan DeNicola will have played a big part. For the last 11 years, the recently retired chief operations officer oversaw the $215.6 million project including plans for the new $72 million Lorain High School where construction is set to being next month. Read More…

SUV hits house, driver says she was forced to swerve

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — Sheila Toomer said she was grateful to be alive after driving her car into a vacant house Sunday night, but angry about the driver she said caused the accident. Toomer said she had just exited state Route 2 and was northbound on South Broadway around 10:40 p.m. when she was forced to Read More…

Dayton-area educator chosen to lead Lorain County JVS

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PITTSFIELD TWP. — Lorain County Joint Vocational School’s new superintendent wants to build on the school’s success by expanding partnerships with area businesses, hospitals and schools. “We really need to be prepared for the future,” Superintendent Glenn Faircloth said Thursday after the JVS board unanimously approved hiring him. “This is the way we get there.” Read More…

VIDEO: Friends, family attend Ely Square rally honoring Tianna Madison

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ELYRIA — The 100-meter dash and 4×100 relay events that Tianna Madison will compete in at the Olympics are frenzied, brief competitions often decided in the blink of an eye. But the journey from a sidewalk outside her family’s Elyria home where Madison sprinted to the starting blocks in London for Team USA later this Read More…

Elyrians pay tribute to Tianna Madison’s Olympic bid

ELYRIA — Olympian Tianna Madison was honored this evening at Ely Square. Some 100 people turned out to hear the 2003 Elyria High School graduate’s coaches and relatives pay tribute to her on what was proclaimed Tianna Madison Day in Elyria. “Tianna is, by far, living proof that through preparation, hard work and believing in Read More…

Turnpike privatization discussed at meeting

ELYRIA — Privatization of the Ohio Turnpike is the road to ruin, speakers said at a Tuesday meeting on the proposal. “It’s a highway robbery to give that Turnpike away,” said Ernie Peto of Olmsted Falls, one of more than a dozen residents and local leaders who denounced the plan being considered by Gov. John Read More…

Man killed following standoff in Elyria

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ELYRIA — Jim King wished he could’ve spoken to his brother before police fatally shot him Sunday, but said he doesn’t blame officers for the death of William King. “He brought all this on himself. I realize that,” King said before his brother was pronounced dead. “I understand what they’re going through if somebody’s got Read More…