March 3, 2015

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Mayor, police top earners for Avon; utilities lead for Avon Lake

Police and firefighters are among the highest-paid employees in Avon, but the mayor topped the list in 2014. Mayor Bryan Jensen earned $125,825 last year, according to information provided by Avon Finance Director Bill Logan. Police Chief Richard Bosley and Fire Chief Frank Root came in second and third, with Bosley earning $123,478 and Root Read More…

Job losses inevitable at Avon Lake NRG Energy power plant

AVON LAKE — If a natural gas conversion occurs at the NRG Energy power plant, chances are a few dozen people will lose jobs. NRG Energy has talked for months of building a 20-mile natural gas pipeline from Grafton to Avon Lake to switch from its coal-fired capabilities as a way to comply with strict Read More…

Grafton farmer: Snowmobilers’ joyrides leave trail of destruction, frustration

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Snowmobilers trespassing on and damaging land in rural Lorain County have farmers upset that more isn’t being done by the Sheriff’s Office to stop them. Mark Dangelo farms land in Grafton and keeps horses. Other family members, including his father and brother, farm on property adjacent to his land. In recent months, Dangelo has encountered Read More…

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake school officials: All clubs, sports end with May levy failure

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SHEFFIELD — More than 120 people attended a public forum Thursday to learn about the school district’s 6.53-mill May levy which administrators say is vital to operations. Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools announced a two-tier system of cuts after a 9.5-mill levy failed in November. Tier 1 reductions, which will go into effect in July regardless of Read More…

Spat with girlfriend leads to discovery of man’s pot stash

SHEFFIELD LAKE — An argument between boyfriend and girlfriend led to the discovery of a marijuana growing operation Monday. Resident Devin French, 4060 Ivanhoe Ave., was cited on a fourth-degree misdemeanor charge of illegal possession of drug paraphernalia and a minor misdemeanor charge of cultivation of marijuana. According to an incident report, police were called Read More…

Sheffield school board member announces resignation

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SHEFFIELD — Long-time board of education member Gloria Behrendt announced her resignation Monday in a letter to the school district. Behrendt, who has served as a board member for 12 years and will step down with three years remaining on her current term, cited health problems as the driving force behind her decision to resign. Read More…

Avon considers drug tests for student athletes

AVON — Student athletes in the district may soon be subject to random drug testing. Avon Athletic Director Erich Frombach recently presented the Board of Education with initial plans for randomly testing athletes. It’s similar to the policies Amherst, Vermilion and Elyria Catholic have implemented, he said. After attending drug-test workshops at county and state Read More…

Landowners, protesters meet with NEXUS pipeline representatives

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ELYRIA — Landowners and protesters alike had a chance to meet with NEXUS gas transmission project representatives at Lorain County Community College Tuesday. The proposed 42-inch NEXUS pipeline would cross 11 counties in Ohio to deliver 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas daily from the Utica shale fields in Kensington, Ohio, to the Dawn Read More…

Gas line work resumes in Elyria

ELYRIA — Large-scale gas line replacement projects continue in downtown neighborhoods between Middle and East avenues. Sidewalks, yards and driveways may be disturbed, officials said. Columbia Gas spokesman Ray Frank said residents received notification by mail last year regarding the details of the project, streets involved and contact information for contractors who are doing the Read More…

Trash collection delayed; many schools close today

Republic Waste Services shut down operations today in Lorain County in response to snowstorms today and Sunday. Dave Kidder, a Republic municipal services manager, said the shutdown will delay trash collection for all cities in Lorain County by one day for the rest of the week. Normal service will resume Tuesday, he said. Kidder said Read More…