October 25, 2014

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Sheffield Village Council member resigns

Walter Min

SHEFFIELD — Walter Min stepped down from his position as a Village Council member, announcing his resignation in a letter read by Mayor John Hunter to Village Council earlier this week. Citing pressing family obligations, Min, 47, first elected in 2009 and re-elected in an uncontested race in 2013, said stepping down is a decision Read More…

Elementary school students head to the fairgrounds to learn about food

Jayden Chambers, 8 a third-grade student from Vincent Elementary School pets a miniature donkey Tuesday at the Lorain County Fairgrounds.

WELLINGTON — Lots of children drink milk, put syrup on their pancakes or eat hamburgers at family cookouts. Realizing where those products come from takes an extra dose of education. The Firelands, Wellington and Lorain County Joint Vocational School chapters of Future Farmers of America aim to provide that dose during the annual “Food for Read More…

Avon City Council expands hotel bed tax

AVON — City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday night to expand a tax on travelers staying in hotels within city limits. Council member at large Tammy Holtzmeier cast the lone dissenting vote, saying she felt tax increases should not be decided by Council but should instead be ballot issues decided by voters. “It’s a slippery Read More…

NRG Energy seeking easements for pipeline

The NRG power plant is shown on the shores of Lake Erie in 2006. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

AVON LAKE — An energy company is obtaining easement rights from homeowners across the county for a natural gas pipeline to supply fuel for its Avon Lake power plant. NRG Energy Inc. representatives have said the power plant will close if it isn’t converted to natural gas, and that a conversion is cheaper by the Read More…

Avon may get another rehab center

AVON — More development likely will occur in the northwest corner of the city where large tracts of commercial land are still available. The most recent request to come before the Avon Planning Commission is from an Indianapolis-based company seeking approval for a 55,000-square-foot inpatient rehab center along Chester Road. The Planning Commission will consider Read More…

Rash of burglaries hits Avon Lake

AVON LAKE — The Avon Lake Police Department received four reports of burglary over the past week. Police believe two of the incidents are related. Two of the burglaries occurred last week on Montego Court and Hyannis Port Drive between 7 and 9 p.m. during a Friday night football game, according to a statement issued Read More…

Avon Lake course assists potential deer hunters

AVON LAKE — Police intend to make it a little bit easier for those seeking a municipal deer control permit to obtain a hunting license. One provision of Avon Lake’s deer culling program is that hunters must complete the Ohio Hunter Education Safety Course, which also is a one-time legal requirement to hunt elsewhere in Read More…

Attorneys urge landowners to hold out on pipeline easement deals

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GRAFTON — A Columbus-based attorney told an audience of about 30 people Tuesday night not to be intimidated by land agents seeking easements for a natural gas pipeline. Michael Braunstein, a property rights attorney for Goldman & Braunstein LLP of Columbus said landowners need to ensure they get fair compensation for any easements they grant Read More…

NRG seeks lower valuation on Avon Lake power plant

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AVON LAKE — The energy company seeking to construct a 20-mile natural gas pipeline from southern Lorain County to the power plant it owns in Avon Lake wants the value of its property reduced by nearly $45 million. NRG Energy Inc., which operates the power plant in Avon Lake, will appear before the Lorain County Read More…

Police departments warn of IRS scam

Police are warning residents of a scam where con artists claiming to be Internal Revenue Service agents try to call and threaten people into providing personal information or payments. Avon and Avon Lake police departments received a multitude of phone calls from concerned residents at the end of last week who had been contacted by Read More…