July 7, 2015

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Regents chancellor praises LCCC on visit

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State lawmakers crafted the most recent biennial budget with a slight increase for higher education –— a 4.7 percent jump the first year and 3.9 percent for the second year –— with an emphasis on initiatives that strengthen the relationship between colleges and universities and K-12 education, as well as with the business sector. John Read More…

Elyria council member introduces uncharacteristic tax proposal to tackle revenue dilemma

ELYRIA – It took less than one hour for City Councilman Mark Craig to learn just how hard it would be to convince 10 other Council members to go along with a proposal to place an income tax increase on the November ballot. It’s not surprising. Craig, I-4th Ward, is the least likely of the Read More…

Preservation district homeowners feel handcuffed by history

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The owners of dozens of historic homes near downtown Elyria want out of the West Avenue Historic District, but preservation enthusiasts are not letting the properties go without a fight. Homeowners say the issue at hand is the requirements of the Elyria Landmarks Preservation Commission, which has to sign off on improvement plans in the Read More…

State budget increases education allocations

The new budget provides more than $10 billion annually for primary and secondary education. It increases per-pupil funding in the school funding formula from $5,800 in Fiscal Year 2015 to $5,900 in FY16 and $6,000 in FY17. The budget also increases funding for special education, K-3 literacy and career-technical education. A new component in the Read More…

State Legislature pulls plug on PARCC

Parents pulled their kids out of state testing in droves last year, and lawmakers Tuesday pulled state and federal funding for the heavily criticized PARCC tests with the passage of the new state biennial budget. Now, the edict to state education officials is to find reading and math assessments that are shorter and can be Read More…

Congregations offer support, solidarity to Elyria church

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ELYRIA — Before smoke from the fire that ravaged College Heights Baptist Church dissipated, the Rev. Darrell Deer learned just how connected the faith network is in Lorain County. His phone has been ringing nonstop with fellow pastors and congregants of other churches offering prayers and facilities in the wake of a fire that caused Read More…

Elyria Schools treasurer leaving for Avon post

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ELYRIA — The Elyria school district is on the hunt for a new treasurer. Katie Henes, who has been with the district since 2004, resigned Tuesday, said Amy Higgins, Elyria Schools spokeswoman. The resignation is effective July 31. Henes is leaving Elyria to serve as treasurer of Avon Schools. In that role, Henes will oversee Read More…

Sanctuary of Elyria church destroyed in fire

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ELYRIA — The College Heights Baptist Church lost its sanctuary to fire early Saturday morning as members stood by and huddled under umbrellas in the pouring rain. Some feared the fire was arson, but that was not the cause, said fire Chief Richard Benton. “Arson has been ruled out at this point,” Benton said. “The Read More…

MARRIAGE RULING: A flurry of rainbows hits social media

When the U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday its ruling on gay marriage, social media exploded with both supporters and opponents sharing opinions on the history-making decision. It’s not unusual for folks to flood to sites like Facebook and Twitter to express personal views or to let photographs speak for them via Instagram. But Friday, those Read More…

MARRIAGE RULING: Marriage-related businesses expect uptick in business

Gay couples who have waited years to marry can now do so legally in grand fashion and those in the wedding business are ready for the boost. In a landmark decision Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down bans on same-sex marriage in Ohio and 12 other states, ruling such laws are unconstitutional. Couples in Read More…