March 6, 2015

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Community members express support for Tom Jama in Elyria superintendent search

ELYRIA — Elyria High School Principal Tom Jama may have been eliminated as a candidate for superintendent after one interview, but community members are rallying behind the educator, calling on Elyria board members to reconsider their decision. Wednesday’s board meeting brought three impassioned speeches by supporters of Jama who said they are worried the board Read More…

Lorain fan sues Browns over personal seat licenses

ELYRIA — A Lorain fan of the Cleveland Browns is suing the team over its 2013 decision to do away with personal seat licenses as a prerequisite for buying season tickets. The class action lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court on behalf of Mike Brosky and other Ohioans who bought the licenses, Read More…

Sherrod Brown sponsoring legislation to adjust grants, standardized exams

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A bill supported by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown to reduce testing in the country’s schools is not picking up traction among legislators, but that has not stopped Brown from fighting for education changes. It’s been a month since Brown, D-Cleveland, co-sponsored the Support Making Assessments Reliable and Timely (SMART) Act. Since then, no hearings have Read More…

Former student, family file lawsuit against Wellington band teacher

WELLINGTON — It’s been more than a month since band teacher Toni Novotny rejoined Wellington Schools after an investigation into claims that she harassed a student, but a former Wellington High School band member still is seeking retribution. On Tuesday, former Wellington Schools student Catherine Begley and her parents, Sean and Danielle Begley, filed a Read More…

Sheffield Lake explores automated meter reading

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SHEFFIELD LAKE — A citywide water meter replacement project might be coming down the pipeline. The city is looking to switch from aging meters on homes and businesses that require manual readings to a computerized system that will do away with the need for workers to read meters. Service Superintendent Pat Hastings said the project Read More…

Lorain County Sheriff’s Office to increase patrols for St. Patrick’s Day

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The Lorain County’s Sheriff’s Office will be conducting high-visibility traffic enforcement for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. This will be an OVI Enforcement Blitz from March 14 to 18. Additional deputies will be on the road in an effort to reduce alcohol, speed-related accidents in selected areas throughout LorainCounty. These areas include state Routes 2, Read More…

Central Ohio to get new 380 area code in existing 614 region

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Central Ohioans will see a new 380 area code introduced in their area because the available phone numbers for the existing 614 code are expected to run out next year. Regulators plan to use both codes for the same geographic area, meaning even local phone calls eventually will require dialing the Read More…

Columbia Gas investigating North Ridgeville gas line break

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Columbia Gas is investigating an early morning incident Monday to determine whether a gas line accidentally struck by city workers repairing a water main break was correctly identified and marked. Scott Tustin of Columbia Gas, said it is the job of utilities to pinpoint specific locations of underground lines or that of Read More…

Ohio won’t withhold school funding for those skipping tests

Practice test books sit on a table in the Sixth grade English Language Arts and Social Studies classroom at Morgan Elementary School South in Stockport, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ty Wright)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state will not withhold funding to penalize Ohio schools for students opting out of standardized testing this year, the state’s superintendent has told districts. A growing number of parents are letting kids skip mandated exams amid complaints that new testing linked to the Common Core standards is too time-consuming and Read More…

10 Things to Know, Wednesday, March 4

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Boston Marathon bombing trial begins Lawyers of accused suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will seek to portray him as the impressionable younger brother of the attack’s mastermind, Tamerlan, while prosecutors will say he was an active and willing participant. Read More…