April 25, 2014

Intermittent clouds

Lorain County voters voice support for Issue 2

Eileen Conley of Lorain ponders before casting her ballot. DREW SCOFIED/LCCC STUDENT

By LCCC Journalism Students Special to The Chronicle-Telegram The economy was on people’s mind as they went to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of Issue 1, a countywide half-percent sales tax increase; and Issue-2, a 10-year 2.1-mill levy renewal by Lorain County Community College’s University Partnership. Issue 2, which is projected to generate Read More…

Issue 1 generates mixed reactions from Lorain County voters

By LCCC journalism students Special to The Chronicle-Telegram Issue 1, a half percent sales-tax increase, generated mixed reaction from a cross-section of voters today. The county-wide tax increase is projected to generate $16 million, half of which will allow a decrease in property tax, and the rest will go to the county’s general fund. Bridget Read More…

Tax levies, board candidates and mayors on the ballot across county


SHEFFIELD TWP. — Today’s elections are as local as they can get with voters picking new mayors in Avon and Vermilion, as well as deciding the outcomes of crowded races for city councils, township boards of trustees and school boards. Read More…

AVON’S TURNING POINT: Four seek to succeed Mayor Jim Smith


AVON — Four men with varying backgrounds and experience are seeking to replace popular Avon Mayor Jim Smith, who is not running for re-election. The new mayor will walk into a far different world than the one Smith entered 20 years ago. Avon, once a quaint farming community, is now a booming town — one Read More…

Mayor: School bond passage could lead to creation of N. Ridgeville ‘city center’

This conceptual drawing shows what a new city center at the corner of Center Ridge Road and Route 83 North Ridgeville might look like. PHOTO PROVIDED

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — If voters approve a $58.1 million bond issue Tuesday to build a new middle school, it could be the beginning of a sweeping change for the city and lead to a long-discussed project that would give the community its first-ever downtown feel. “We have a real opportunity to improve not only the Read More…

Election: Elyria renewal levy accounts for 20 percent of budget

Election Guide

ELYRIA — It’s a campaign Elyria has been waging every five years for the past three decades, but city officials will say it never gets easier to explain why residents need to vote to continue an income tax that nets no additional money for city coffers. Mayor Holly Brinda, whose history includes championing for school issues when she was on the Elyria school board, knows Read More…

Election: Voters ‘responsible’ for renewing Elyria School levy

Election Guide

ELYRIA — Superintendent Paul Rigda remembers a time when voters just wanted to know the answer to one question before heading into the voting booth. Is this an issue about more money? If the answer was no — as will be the case in November when voters see Issue 31 on the ballot — then the victory was almost guaranteed to be a landslide. So Read More…

Election: LCCC campaign spends $545,000 promoting levy


SHEFFIELD TWP. — The campaign committee backing a Lorain County Community College levy on the November ballot has shelled out $545,380 so far, and that number will continue to climb. Tracy Green, who is directing the campaign Citizens for LCCC and is one of the college’s vice presidents, said the high price tag on the Read More…

It’s mayor versus ex-mayor in Vermilion

Current Vermilion Mayor Eileen Bulan campaigns Wednesday at an event at Vermilion in Bloom. ANNA MERRIMAN/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — The 2013 Vermilion mayoral race has been colored by a lawsuit, a close election and almost seven years of political divide. In November, residents of the city will choose between former mayor Jean Anderson and incumbent Eileen Bulan. The women have a history dating back to 2006 when Anderson first took office, defeating Read More…

Campaign sign tiff stemmed from miscommunication

Ron Mantini

LORAIN — Josh Thornsberry’s campaign has filed a police report accusing Lorain City Auditor Ron Mantini of stealing a sign backing Thornsberry’s bid to oust Lorain City Councilman Frank Detillio, D-8th Ward. Mantini readily admitted that he removed the sign Wednesday evening. He said the sign had been put up on the former Sports & Read More…