October 1, 2014

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42nd annual Woollybear Festival draws 100,000 to Vermilion

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VERMILION — Andrew Jackson, a 3-year-old black and white Pomeranian, spends most of his days as a mild-mannered long-haired family dog in North Ridgeville. That was before Sunday, when the dog better known as Jack slipped into a jacket of black faux fur and wispy orange stripes and headed to Vermilion. “It’s been his lifelong Read More…

Officials dedicate Elyria Township 9/11 memorial

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ELYRIA TWP. — Speakers recalled the heroism and outpouring of goodwill immediately following the 9/11 attacks during a 9/11 memorial dedication in Elyria Township on Sunday. The Rev. Donald Dunson, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Elyria, said the “pure altruism” displayed by rescuers that day should never be forgotten. “There will Read More…

LCCC receives $5.1M grant to train advanced manufacturing workers


ELYRIA — Lorain County Community College will spend $5.1 million to assist unemployed workers through a federal grant. The U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Labor announced the grant Sunday in a news release. LCCC is one of nearly 270 community colleges receiving a combined $450 million nationwide, the release said. The money is Read More…

Photos: Suburban Radio Control Flyers aviation event

The Grafton-based Suburban Radio Control Flyers held a free avia

The Grafton-based Suburban Radio Control Flyers held a free aviation event at Mole Airfield, 34266 Grafton-Eastern Road, Grafton, which allowed spectators to watch remote controlled planes fly. They also could buy and sell model aircraft Saturday.

Former Ohio congressman James Traficant dies

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CLEVELAND — James Traficant, the colorful Ohio politician whose conviction for taking bribes and kickbacks made him only the second person to be expelled from Congress since the Civil War, died Saturday. He was 73. Traficant was seriously injured Tuesday after a vintage tractor flipped over on him as he tried to park it inside Read More…

Ohio among worst in nation for infant mortality


A presentation on infant mortality rates Saturday made one unsettling point clear. “(Ohio is) the worst state in the country for a black baby to be born,” Dr. Arthur James said, addressing visitors to Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Elyria. James and other experts, including a representative from Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office, convened to Read More…

DEA ending prescription drug turn-in program, but Lorain County will continue it


After only a few years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is ending its program to collect prescription drug pills from citizens. But Lorain County plans to keep going strong. On Saturday, the Lorain County Drug Task Force collected 1,735 pounds of prescription drugs and unused needles from drop boxes around the county. The collection — Read More…

‘Empty Bowls’ aims to raise $20,000 for Second Harvest

AVON LAKE — Eight hundred empty bowls. Laura Kirchner, of Avon Lake, organizer of Empty Bowls by the Lake, hopes to fill them all at the third annual Empty Bowls by the Lake soup luncheon. The event raises funds for the Second Harvest Food Bank and Community Resource Services of Avon and Avon Lake. In Read More…

Wellington mayor doesn’t promote interim police chief

WELLINGTON — In a decision that surprised some Wellington Village Council members Thursday evening, Wellington Mayor Barbara O’Keefe decided not to appoint interim Police Chief Michael Barrett to the permanent position. Barrett was one of two candidates being considered out of 12 initial applications for the position, the other being Detective Donald Barker of the Read More…

Career fair at school gets wheels turning for Franklin students


ELYRIA — Some days, school students get to put the pencils and books aside — or electronic tablets, nowadays — and get to play hide-and-seek between the massive wheels of a John Deere tractor. It was that kind of day Friday at Franklin Elementary School when students were treated to a Careers on Wheels fair Read More…