May 29, 2016

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Some Ohio schools running out of calamity days

CINCINNATI — Some school districts in Ohio and nearby states hit by severe weather have run out of calamity days, meaning they must find a way to make up for the time missed. Among the options: extending the academic year or making up the time during spring break. Portions of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana were Read More…

Obama touts equal-pay bill at signing ceremony

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed an equal pay bill into law today, declaring that it’s a family issue, not just a women’s issue. The president picked the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act for the first piece of legislation to sign as president. He appeared before a packed East Room audience for a ceremony, Read More…

Family dead in Ohio, likely murder-suicide

WHITEHALL, Ohio (AP) — A man who shot and killed his wife and their two children left a suicide note before shooting himself, police said Thursday. All four bodies were found Wednesday in the family’s home in Whitehall, a suburb of Columbus. It appears to be a murder-suicide and that the father was the gunman, Read More…

Governor proposes revamp of state public schools

COLUMBUS — Gov. Ted Strickland proposed a dramatic reinvention of Ohio’s public schools Wednesday, from classroom learning to teacher preparation to the way districts are funded. The plan he laid out in his third State of the State speech to the Ohio Legislature will be accompanied by a $925 million increase over current estimated education Read More…

Local legislators back governor’s plan but want specifics

Local legislators had high praise for Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s State of the State address, although they want to see more specifics of the programs he’s laid out. Strickland promised a balanced budget without new taxes and to reform the state’s school systems, but also warned that there would be cuts to government. “I do Read More…

County’s jobless rate is the highest since 1992

Lorain County’s average unemployment rate in 2008 was 7.4 percent, higher than any year since 1992. The rate peaked twice in 2008, in July and September, at 8.3 percent. In December it was 7.9 percent, up from November’s 7.3 percent. The average jobless rate in 1992 was 9.5 percent. The figures come from the Ohio Read More…

Greetings from Elyria Day in Fort Myers, Fla.

Not all Elyrians were digging out from under a foot of snow Wednesday. More than 70 of them from all over Florida crawled out of air-conditioned cars into 80-degree temperatures to get together for Elyria Day in Fort Myers. It was the 30th year these snowbirds of a feather have flocked together in their sunny Read More…

Back home, enough snow’s enough

Life goes on — including construction work —as snow continues to pile up in what could be the snowiest January in years. On Wednesday, construction workers still were toiling inside the temporary lumber and plastic enclosure surrounding the new $11.3 million baseball field going up in Avon, said Chuck Polinko, construction administrator for the city. Read More…

Trial begins for Cleveland man suspected of rape

ELYRIA — A registered sex offender from Cleveland accused of kidnapping a Lorain bartender in November 2007 and forcing her to strip and perform oral sex on him went on trial Wednesday. Reginald Roberson, 55, could receive up to 50 years in prison if convicted of the rape, aggravated robbery, kidnapping, gross sexual imposition and Read More…

BLOTTER: Jan. 29, 2009

Elyria police Monday, Jan. 26 9:03 a.m. –  260 block Burns Road, an employee of KS Associates reported a picture window on the south side of the building was shot. 10 a.m. –  100 block Delaware Circle, a woman reported a home health care worker helping her care for her husband may have stolen some Read More…