March 29, 2015

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Tentative OK given to St. Joe’s deal

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LORAIN — A partial bailout of Lorain and Lorain County taxpayers’ obligations to the financially hemorrhaging St. Joseph Community Center has been tentatively agreed to by the state. Mayor Chase Ritenauer told City Council Finance & Claims Committee members Monday that Ohio Department of Development officials have agreed to a draft plan in which $450,000 Read More…

Weather takes a bite out of the Apple Festival

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ELYRIA — When the rain fell, so did Apple Festival attendance. Festival Chairwoman and President Linda Brown said Sunday that she didn’t have crowd estimates for the three-day festival that began Friday, but they varied drastically depending on the rain, which occurred Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. When the weather is good, she said between Read More…

Lorain Schools’ outgoing interim superintendent reflects on returning

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His voice breaking and fighting back tears, Ed Branham on March 29 announced 182 Lorain Schools employees were being laid off as part of $7.3 million in cuts to a projected $12 million deficit. “This is a major impact on people’s lives,” Branham said. “We’re impacting families and their livelihoods.” Branham, a longtime Lorain Schools Read More…

VIDEO: Area’s POWs recall hardships of duty

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ELYRIA — Edward Yursky parachuted out of a burning B-17 and landed in a wheat field where he was captured by a German soldier in August 1944. In January 1945, Paul Kleefeld was out of ammunition and hiding in a basement during the Battle of the Bulge when he and three other soldiers were given Read More…

Man with 12 driving suspensions is charged again

LORAIN — A Lorain man with 12 driver’s license suspensions faces more driving charges. Ramon F. Montanez was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license, driving with expired plates and not wearing a seatbelt, according to police Officer Andrew Greszler’s report. Greszler wrote that he stopped Montanez around 3:20 a.m.Wednesday on Broadway near Read More…

Water rate discussion may have violated open-meeting law

LORAIN — Ohio open meeting laws may have been violated when Mayor Chase Ritenauer on Monday discussed rescinding a sewer and water rate increase in executive session with City Council members. The 70 percentage point increase for customers in Amherst, Elyria and Sheffield townships, approved on May 6, angered township residents and triggered a feud Read More…

Lorain Council approves funds for water line work

LORAIN — Up to $2.85 million has been approved for water line work. City Council members on Monday unanimously approved paying Toledo-based Jones and Henry Limited up to $1 million to do construction management, design and surveying for lines along Washington Avenue from Meister Road to West 22nd Street and Reid Avenue from West 5th Read More…

Lorain Council rescinds hikes for townships’ water rates

LORAIN — No one likes to pay higher bills, but everyone likes clean water and sewers that don’t overflow. It takes one to get the other two, Mayor Chase Ritenauer told City Council members Monday before they unanimously rescinded an increase for sewer and sanitary sewer water — water for laundry, showers and toilets — Read More…

Lorain Council rescinds township rate hike

LORAIN — A 70-percent wastewater and sanitary sewer rate increase approved May 6 by City Council members was rescinded tonight in favor of a $10.94 monthly operations and maintenance fee beginning in January. The fees, would run through the end of 2017 and increase 5 percent annually. The increase for roughly 1,000 residents in Amherst, Elyria and Read More…

After 2010 merger, Lorain High is squeezed into two buildings while new one is built

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LORAIN — Two years after the merger of Admiral King and Southview high schools into Lorain High School, Lorain’s high school students are being asked to adapt and achieve at new homes. For the next four years, 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders will attend the former Southview High School at 2270 E. 42nd St., renamed Lorain Read More…