May 3, 2015

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School district literacy ratings are released

Last fall, the Ohio Department of Education postponed releasing a report letting parents know how well districts were doing to help struggling readers — those young students who were at-risk for falling further behind in their studies and possibly not becoming high school graduates. The explanation was more time was needed to tweak how the Read More…

Rural Lorain County Water incentive gets new life as committee advances plan

LAGRANGE — The possible return of an old retirement incentive plan for Rural Lorain County Water Authority workers passed its first major hurdle Wednesday night. At a joint meeting of Rural Water’s Personnel and Executive committees, members voted 13-2 to have the full Board of Trustees consider the proposal at a meeting next month. Between Read More…

Lorain County AFL-CIO demands dismissal of Lorain safety service director or mayor

LORAIN — The Lorain County AFL-CIO Federation of Labor has asked for the immediate resignation or firing of Lorain Safety Service Director Robert Fowler or, if that doesn’t happen, the resignation of Mayor Chase Ritenauer. The request came in a letter dated April 22 from the AFL-CIO’s executive board and was received by Ritenauer’s office Read More…

NRG, Lorain County quarrel over power plant’s value

The state has sent a tax appeal by NRG Energy Inc. back to the Lorain County Board of Revision despite the board’s previous dismissal of the complaint. The appeal centers on a complaint filed by NRG with the Board of Revisions last year that seeks a significant reduction in the market value of its Avon Read More…

Ex-magistrate indicted on porn charges

Former Lorain County Juvenile Court Magistrate James Paterson has been indicted on federal child pornography charges. Paterson, who was serving as a guardian ad litem at the time of his arrest in March, is accused of accumulating a collection of pornographic images and videos beginning in September 2010 and continuing through November 2014, according to Read More…

Avon Lake deer cull starts today at Weiss Park

AVON LAKE — A culling operation will occur today at Weiss Field with sharpshooters hired through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The announcement comes three days after City  Council passed a law allowing sharpshooting on public property. Public Works Director Joseph Reitz said shooters will meet with the Avon Lake Police Department for a briefing Read More…

Hear Navajo tales at Lorain County Community College today

ELYRIA — Veteran Navajo storyteller Sunny Dooley will share her world view of the Navajo people during a visit from noon to 1:15 p.m. today in the Cinema Hall of Stocker Arts Center on the campus of Lorain County Community College. Dooley’s experiences over the past 30 years range from storyteller and folklorist to cultural Read More…

Trustee says anonymous note told him mother’s money went to wrong township

ELYRIA — Wellington Township was mistakenly paid $153,554.75 in estate taxes that should have gone to Pittsfield Township and Danbury Township in Ottawa County. Wellington Township officials said Thursday they have agreed to return the money, which the township was sent in August 2012, to Lorain County Auditor Craig Snodgrass’ office so it can be Read More…

‘My heart was broken:’ Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins explains why he wore shirt

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BEREA — With tears filling his eyes, Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins got to the heart of his decision to wear a T-shirt calling for justice in the deaths of a Cleveland boy and an Ohio man at the hands of police officers over his uniform jersey Sunday during introductions before the game against the Bengals. Read More…

It’s full speed ahead for Browns rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell

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BEREA — Ben Tate signed a two-year, $6.2 million contract March 15 to become the Browns’ featured running back. Just six months later, his status in Cleveland isn’t nearly as sunny because of “The Baby Backs.” Rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell have shined during Tate’s absence with a sprained right knee, creating major competition Read More…