September 4, 2015

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State takeover of Lorain Schools likely won’t be met with hostility

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LORAIN — The academic takeover of Lorain Schools is unlikely to be a hostile one, according to some of those involved with Youngstown Schools, the only Ohio school district taken over by a state-appointed Academic Distress Commission. “I don’t think anybody wants to get rid of anyone who’s doing a good job, and it sounds Read More…

Lorain superintendent starts razing former high school

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LORAIN — With the benefit of an excavator, Superintendent Tom Tucker got to do his Incredible Hulk impersonation Thursday to smash the former Lorain High School and Admiral King High School building. Tucker’s debut in an excavator started the approximately $625,000 demolition of the 239,000-square-foot building. The work, which is expected to conclude in June Read More…

Work deal repealed in Lorain

LORAIN — A local hiring requirement approved Thursday has divided union and nonunion workers, City Council members and Mayor Chase Ritenauer. The new ordinance stipulates 25 percent of workers on city projects of $2 million or more be qualified Lorain or Lorain County residents and 9 percent of them must be minorities. The ordinance is Read More…

Council members overturn hiring agreement

LORAIN — A local hiring agreement was overturned Thursday night by City Council members. The old agreement required 75 percent of workers on city construction projects of $100,000 or more to be qualified Lorain or Lorain County residents with 9 percent minorities. The new ordinance involves projects of $2 million or more and requires 25 Read More…

Special Council meeting set for tonight to consider hiring agreement

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LORAIN — Repeal of a local hiring agreement is expected at a special City Council meeting at 7:30 tonight. Designed to increase employment for Lorain and Lorain County residents on city construction projects, the Project Labor Agreement stipulates 75 percent of qualified Lorain or Lorain County residents be hired for projects of $100,000 or more Read More…

Vote on Lorain’s hiring guidelines pushed back a day

LORAIN — Repeal of a local hiring agreement to designed to increase employment for Lorain and Lorain County residents on city construction projects will be voted on at a meeting scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday. City Councilman Tony Richardson, D-at large, blocked a vote on the repeal at Wednesday night’s special City Council meeting. Richardson Read More…

Lorain considering watered-down hiring policy for city projects

LORAIN — A local hiring agreement to employ more Lorain and Lorain County residents for city projects is expected to be repealed and replaced with a watered-down version. City Council members Brian Gates, D-1st Ward, and Richard Lucente, D-6th Ward, blocked a vote at Monday’s Council meeting blasting Mayor Chase Ritenauer for proposing the replacement Read More…

Lorain’s ‘Jimmy Mill’ dies at 51

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LORAIN — The colorful, but troubled life of James Mielcarek, a firefighter, graffiti artist, standup comedian and bank robber ended Saturday. Mielcarek, 51, died in his sleep, said relatives who said he suffered from diabetes. His death is believed to be from natural causes, but remains under investigation, said Dr. Stephen Evans, Lorain County coroner. Read More…

Lorain’s library launches campaign to replace aging bookmobile

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A $400,000 fundraising campaign by the Lorain Public Library System to buy a new bookmobile is getting on a roll. Library board members last month approved the campaign for the bookmobile, which will serve library patrons in Avon, Columbia Station, Kipton, Henrietta Township, Lorain, North Ridgeville, Firelands High School in Oberlin and Sheffield Lake. The Read More…

State to oversee Lorain Schools

LORAIN — A state academic takeover of Lorain Schools is scheduled to occur in April. The district was officially placed in academic emergency this week after the delayed release of the complete annual state report card. The district met just one of 26 standards on the card in the 2011-12 school year. Because the district Read More…