May 22, 2015

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Approval of income tax hike a major victory for Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer

LORAIN — Mayor Chase Ritenauer, who turns 28 on Nov. 30, said Tuesday’s passage of Issue 13, a 0.5 percent income tax hike, was an early present. Ritenauer said Wednesday that the permanent increase, which will raise $5.3 million annually and cost a worker earning $50,000 yearly an additional $250, is “huge.” Rejection would’ve meant Read More…

Lorain Schools passes first new levy in 20 years

Lorain School Board Vice President Bill Sturgill, Chairwoman of Citizens for Lorain Schools Chairwoman Bambi Dillon, and Lorain Schools Superintendent Tom Tucker were happy at the early returns for its school levy Tuesday. (CT photo by Chuck Humel.)

LORAIN — Like a sports team trying to win on the road, supporters of the Lorain Schools’ levy hoped to run up a big lead and hang on for dear life. “Please let it keep trending,” Board of Education and levy committee member Bill Sturgill said at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday with 65 percent of the Read More…

Tax increase will fix Lorain roads, save jobs

LORAIN — Roads will be smoother and the parks will cleaner with Tuesday’s passage of Issue 13, a 0.5 percent income tax increase. The permanent increase will raise $5.3 million annually, with much of it going to pay for road improvements and to hire workers to maintain the parks. About $2 million will fill a Read More…

Boys, 9, 6 and 4, give savings to the Red Cross

From left, brothers Nathan Gill, 6, Caleb Gill, 4, and Collin Gill, 9, of North Ridgeville, count the change they collected for superstorm Sandy victims at the American Red Cross in Elyria on Tuesday.  Behind them is Rita Campbell, executive director of the American Red Cross. (CT photo by Steve Manheim.)

ELYRIA — The lesson about helping fellow human beings in need that Kara Gill was teaching her sons will outlast the $106 they raised for superstorm Sandy’s victims. Prompted by television images of victims without electricity and heat, Collin Gill, 9, and Nathan Gill, 6, asked their mother how they could help. Kara Gill suggested Read More…

Contractor accused of corruption, allegedly tied to convicted Lorain official

LORAIN — Contractor Don Buchs is being accused of being paid for phantom demolition and cleanup work tied to disgraced former Community Development Director Sandy Prudhoff. Law Director Pat Riley told City Council members at their Monday meeting that Prudhoff approved a no-bid contract and payments to Buchs for a 2005 demolition and cleanup of Read More…

Big demand for early voting means hourlong waits Sunday

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LORAIN — On the first ever Sunday of early voting in Lorain County, city resident Angel Ortiz was the last person in line. Ortiz was one of about 125 voters outside the Lorain County Board of Elections at 5 p.m. when voting officially ended for the weekend. Those in line before 5 p.m. were given Read More…

Exuberant Mitt Romney greets thousands at I-X Center

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CLEVELAND — Down in some swing state polls but upbeat, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Sunday asked about 3,500 supporters at the I-X Center to help him defeat President Obama on Tuesday. “He’s offering excuses, I’ve got a plan. I can’t wait for us to get going. He wants us to settle,” Romney told Read More…

Romney speaks in Cleveland

CLEVELAND — Down in the polls, but sounding upbeat, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney asked about 3,500 supporters at the I-X Center this afternoon to help him defeat President Obama on Tuesday. “He’s offering excuses; I’ve got a plan. I can’t wait for us to get going. He wants us to settle,” he told the Read More…

Tree companies are cleaning up in more than one way

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AMHERST — “Cut and run” isn’t a bad strategy for a tree company. Especially after a hurricane. In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, companies like the Elyria-based Smith’s Tree Service have been busy removing hundreds of trees that fell around Lorain County during the storm. The rain and wind subsided Thursday, and the sun actually Read More…

Top aide to President Obama pays a visit to Lorain

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LORAIN — President Barack Obama’s right-hand woman fired up campaign volunteers in Lorain on Thursday. “You all know the president started out as a community organizer, so he knows how hard it is,” White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett told about 25 volunteers at the Obama campaign headquarters at 668 Broadway. “He is where he Read More…