July 31, 2014

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Lorain police evict homeless from railroad company property

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LORAIN — The Lorain Police Department and CSX Railroad are evicting more than a dozen homeless people from a wooded area just off Broadway and telling them they have 48 hours to vacate the tent city. The edict was handed down without warning Friday morning. The many people that call the overgrown area home said Read More…

Elyria farmers market returns Saturday in new location

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ELYRIA — The Invest Elyria Farmers Market will set up at a new location starting Saturday. Vendors will be near the intersection of Chestnut and Broad streets in the green space next to Kaplan’s Furniture. Five vendors will be there 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., said Brandon Rutherford, founder of Invest Elyria. The property is privately Read More…

Elyria, Keystone schools file unfair labor practice charges

A labor relations consultant’s extensive personal vacation time is being blamed for holding up contract talks between teachers and officials at two local districts. Attorneys for both Elyria and Keystone schools filed unfair labor practice charges this week against the Ohio Education Association in which they claimed its bargaining representative Airica Clay has stalled talks Read More…

Head Start possibly to lay off 25 people

One month after the Lorain County Community Action Agency announced it was closing its Oberlin Head Start center, the organization announces more changes to its federally-funded early childhood education program. The changes mean 25 people now serving as assistant teachers could be laid off. Jackie Boehnlein, president and CEO of LCCAA, said the program is Read More…

Midview gets $42K grant from Nord foundation

A push to get more students involved in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math is being funded at Midview Schools with a $42,000 grant from the Nord Family Foundation. The funding will allow the district to launch Project Lead The Way’s Gateway to Technology program at Midview Middle School and add a class Read More…

Lorain County Community College invests $1.5M to update building

ELYRIA — A nearly 50-year-old building on the Lorain County Community College campus is getting an update. The Physical Science Building renovation will cost more than $1.5 million, officials said. It will include a math studio, which will provide space for group and individual tutoring. The State Controlling Board announced the release of the funds Read More…

Elyria weighs underage drinking party law

ELYRIA — A proposed city law would give police the ability to charge adults criminally for hosting parties for underage guests where alcoholic beverages are served. State law requires police to prove adults knew alcohol would be consumed at a party and knew underage guests would attend, said city Law Director Scott Serazin. A less-severe Read More…

More than 900 run, walk for fallen officer James Kerstetter

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ELYRIA — We will never forget. Runners by the hundreds pounded those words into the pavement Saturday morning to kick off the annual James A. Kerstetter 5-Kilometer Race and 1-Mile Family Fun Walk. Each time feet hit the ground, whether it was from a fellow Elyria police officer running to honor his or her fallen brother Read More…

Teachers union files unfair labor grievance against Elyria superintendent

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  ELYRIA — The Elyria Education Association is taking Elyria Schools Superintendent Paul Rigda to task for comments he made about the district’s five-year forecast and how step increases, the longevity pay system of teachers, fit into predictions. The union filed an unfair labor practice grievance with the State Employee Relations Board and cited a Read More…

Lorain County Community College cuts 22 jobs

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ELYRIA — Twenty-two positions were eliminated at Lorain County Community College, effective July 1, as a result of an academic consolidation plan as well as an annual budget review. Nine jobs were affected by the academic consolidation plan and 13 positions were eliminated in the budgeting process. The consolidation plan was announced on campus May Read More…