April 20, 2014

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Robert Starnes convicted for three bank robberies

AKRON — Robert Starnes was convicted in federal court today of three bank robberies. The jury at District Court in Akron took five hours to convict Starnes, 39, of Sheffield Lake, of two counts of armed bank robbery and one count of bank robbery. He faces up to 20 years in prison. Starned robbed a Read More…

Avon claims eminent domain to get interchange property

AVON — The city took another step Monday night toward getting the land needed to build the new Interstate 90 interchange at Nagel Road. Council voted at its meeting to declare the necessity to appropriate land through eminent domain of 12 properties totaling close to 30 acres. There are about 30 properties or pieces of Read More…

Lorain plans last leg of sewer project

LORAIN — The final step of getting Lorain’s sewer system in line with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency orders is on track to begin next year, and that means residents likely will be paying more for their sewer service. The city will be starting that final step, the downtown retention tunnel, next year. Early in 2011, Read More…

Celebrated glee club comes to Avon Lake

AVON LAKE — Avon Lake’s getting a dose of glee. Not the hit television show, but an actual glee club. Miami University’s men’s glee club will give a free performance 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Church, 32929 Lake Road. The performance will also be a homecoming for several members of the club, including Avon Read More…

Scouts think pink: Troop donates time, items for breast cancer

Audrey Smith, center, a cancer patient at Mercy Cancer Center in Elyria, goes through gifts provided in bags put together by Girl Scouts in the Twin Creeks Service Unit. The Scouts are, left to right, Miya Timura, 11; Denise Biljes, 11; Kaitlyn O’Neal, 12; Shelby Stevens, 11; Girl Scout Senior Halle Miler, 15; Shelby Friedel, 14; and Caitlyn Miller, 13. (CT photos by Chuck Humel.)

ELYRIA — Since Audrey Smith of LaGrange was diag­nosed with breast cancer in June, her life has changed in both small and enormous ways. The enormous ways are surgeries and treatments as she fights for her life. The small ways present their own struggles. She shaved off her hair before the chemotherapy could take it. Read More…

Schools boss: Cut delay could cost Lorain

LORAIN — The Lorain school board’s decision to delay any spending cuts until the end of the school year could be an expensive choice. Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson proposed making the cuts as soon as possible at Wednesday’s meeting. Atkinson said waiting to lay off staff and make other cuts could cost the district up to Read More…

Lorain Schools may try levy again in May

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LORAIN — Coming off another stinging levy defeat, Lorain’s school board decided to not put another levy on the ballot until May. No board member seemed enthusi­astic about putting the levy on the February ballot. Board member Timothy Williams said the district and board needed to engage the community and get feed­back. Board member Jim Read More…

$75M in bonds OK’d for U.S. Steel expansion

ELYRIA — Lorain County commissioners announced Wednesday that they were authorizing the Lorain County Port Authority to issue $75 mil­lion in recovery zone bonds to U.S. Steel for the planned expansion of its Lorain facility. The expansion is projected to create about 80 jobs and preserve 508 others. It includes the design and installation of Read More…

Children’s Services levy wins easily

LORAIN — Issue 16, the five-year, 1.5-mill replacement levy for Lorain County Children’s Services, won by a wide margin Tuesday night. Voters passed the levy, 60,225 to 36,589, or, 62.21 percent to 37.79 percent. The levy will add another $3.37 in property taxes per $100,000 of home value. This levy, which will provide about $9.5 Read More…

Avon school levy passes

AVON — The third time was indeed the charm for Avon schools, as the hard-fought school levy passed on the third try this year. Issue 2 passed, 4,452 to 4,275, or, 51.01 percent to 48.99 percent. The 10-year, $4.45 million, 5.9-mill levy will add $180.17 in costs per $100,000 of home value. The money will Read More…