April 17, 2014

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Aircraft carrier component provider seeks congressional help to avert cuts

ELYRIA — Ken Caratelli is familiar with the drill. For the second time in two years, the president and CEO of Elyria’s Nelson Stud Welding will sit down next week with Ohio congressional leaders to make the case against threatened federal defense budget cuts to the Navy’s aircraft carrier construction and maintenance program. Nelson Stud, Read More…

Lorain Port Authority dedicates new Jet Express terminal

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LORAIN — Lorain Port Authority executive director Rick Novak is banking on more boating excursions and a new passenger terminal to boost ridership for Jet Express trips from Lorain. A 5,000-square-foot building just south of the Bascule Bridge was dedicated Tuesday as the new home for the Jet Express, which offers trips from Lorain to Read More…

Police say medical issue was factor in high-speed crash

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Police believe the elderly driver of a car that rear-ended another vehicle at nearly 100 mph Monday was experiencing a medical problem. “Preliminary indications are that some kind of medical condition was involved,” police Capt. Marti Garrow said Tuesday. Police say Frank Cimino, 88, of Avon, was driving his 2006 Buick Lucerne southbound Read More…

Oberlin church hosts community forum on gun laws

OBERLIN — The Rev. Andy Call, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Oberlin, said Saturday’s community forum to discuss existing and proposed gun laws likely would not have happened had it not been for action taken by the city last year to repeal some local gun laws after a pro-gun group sued the community. Read More…

Shoplifting suspect rescued after falling down ravine

ELYRIA — A suspected shoplifter who led police on a chase Saturday night fell down a steep Ford Road ravine and had to be rescued by firefighters. The man, arrested by police after being lifted about 200 feet up the steep hill in a Stokes basket, suffered a possible broken ankle, said Assistant Elyria Fire Read More…

ODOT presents plan for widening of Center Ridge Road

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Garry Minute and Greg Lott were typical of the about 120 people who turned out to look at photos, charts and ask questions about the long-awaited, $55.4 million widening of Center Ridge Road expected to transform the center of town in the next few years. “I’m trying to find out just how Read More…

Contract awarded for Route 57 widening project in Grafton

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GRAFTON — Coming this summer: A construction mess in Grafton that, in the end, will make it easier to travel through town. The office of Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney announced Wednesday that a contract has been awarded to widen and reconstruct a section of state Route 57 in Grafton to the Shelly Co. of Read More…

North Ridgeville students accused of taking computer equipment

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police said two juveniles were involved in the theft of more than $25,000 in computers and associated equipment taken from a school office last month. Most of the stolen equipment was recovered and returned, police said. The thefts were reported Feb. 28 by officials at North Ridgeville Middle School where six tablets Read More…

Five companies bid on North Ridgeville middle school project

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A decision is expected next month on which one of five construction companies will build the district’s new middle school. School officials received five proposals from companies vying to serve as general contractor and construction manager for the school, which is to be built with revenue from a $58.1 million bond issue Read More…

Groundbreaking held for long-awaited Grafton splash park

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GRAFTON — The relative balminess of 40 degrees Monday — never mind the winter storm watch that came out later in the day — made it perfect for touting a new splash pad to be built for the summer. “It’s been a tough winter, but it will warm up,” Gregg Miller, president of the Grafton Read More…