August 20, 2014

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Annual Girls Power Camp treats girls to old-fashioned fun

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HINCKLEY — Music coming from the gaming truck relaxed all who heard it. Nearby, two girls wearing white protective helmets swung padded lances at each other in a game of jousting. In another part of the campground, two other girls raced each through an inflatable obstacle course. And those were just the evening activities during Read More…

Elyria mayor offers 2 plans to boost businesses

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ELYRIA — Mayor Holly Brinda has held off unveiling her full economic development plan for the city, but she has showed her interest in working with small businesses and promoting business growth. Brinda on Monday offered two ideas to help companies get money and/or property. Public-private partnership The first is forming the Elyria Community Improvement Read More…

Officials consider future of empty Carlisle Township school

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The fate of East Carlisle School on Grafton Road is up in the air while Carlisle Township trustees ponder whether to renovate or demolish the aging building. The 85-year-old building is no longer suitable for public use, officials said. “We are trying to determine the most efficient way of taking care of that building,” Trustee Read More…

Lorain County law enforcement out in full force for Roverfest

A worker moves equipment Friday on the stage at Black River Landing in Lorain in preparation for Roverfest.

The policing of the estimated 13,000 guests for this year’s Roverfest will not be limited to Lorain. Lorain County law enforcement will be out in force. Officers want to see a good event take place but have a contingency plan in case that doesn’t happen. “We will be ready to deal with whatever we have Read More…

Brinda to propose city entity to hold commercial properties

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ELYRIA — The creation of a nonprofit organization that can serve as a go-between for the city and developers is being proposed by Mayor Holly Brinda. If City Council signs off on establishing the Elyria Community Improvement Corporation, the city will be able to better steer future economic development by owning strategic pieces of commercial Read More…

UPDATED: Invacare president, CEO to retire

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ELYRIA — Invacare Corp. has started a search for new leadership with the announcement that President and Chief Executive Officer Gerald Blouch will retire, effective Thursday. The international provider of home and long-care medical products announced in a news release Thursday that Blouch will leave the role he assumed in January 2011. He also will Read More…

Longtime education advocate dies

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When Martha Wise-Spaulding was on the state Board of Education — a tenure that spanned 28 years — she was a passionate defender of evolution over creationism in the debate of what’s appropriate for public school science curriculum. She was a Christian, by faith, said her son, Chris Wise. But when it came to public Read More…

Instructors protest potential Head Start cuts

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LORAIN — Lorain County Community Action Agency employees who are most often seen in the classroom took to the streets Tuesday to protest the agency’s plan to restructure the Head Start program and lay off about 25 assistant teachers. The group of mostly women carried signs with messages such as “Be Fair to the Ones Read More…

Lorain family plans container home

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LORAIN — A West 26th Street home was razed Tuesday and in its place is a plan for a house built from steel shipping containers. Johnny Evans Jr., 31, said using the unconventional building material has been an idea of his for years. The destruction of his father’s home to fire in November gave him Read More…

Lorain police evict homeless from railroad company property


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…