June 2, 2015

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Field narrowed to six to replace Lorain school superintendent Tucker

LORAIN — The search to replace retiring Superintendent Tom Tucker has been narrowed to six candidates including two from Lorain County. Euclid Assistant Superintendent Kim Allen, Columbia Superintendent Graig Bansek, Cleveland Heights Assistant Superintendent Andrea Celico, Parma Superintendent Jeffrey Graham, Lorain Assistant Superintendent David Hall and Columbus Deputy Superintendent John Stanford were selected Wednesday by Read More…

Lawyer withdraws request for murder case dismissal

ELYRIA — The lawyer representing the Avon Lake woman accused of killing her husband with plastic wrap has withdrawn a request to have the case against his client dropped because of the delay in bringing charges against her. The request, filed last year by attorney Troy Reeves on behalf of Jeane Harrington, was supposed to Read More…

Jankowski just misses advancing at national spelling bee

Emma Jankowski

At first glance it appeared Emma Jankowski had the closest of shaves in not advancing to today’s semifinal round of the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. The 13-year-old eighth-grader at Avon Lake’s Learwood Middle School correctly spelled “rathskeller,” a German word for basement tavern or beer hall, during Wednesday afternoon’s onstage rounds to help Read More…

Rerouting NEXUS gets Lorain County support

The Lorain County commissioners sent a letter Wednesday to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asking Spectra Energy to consider reroute proposals for the NEXUS Gas Transmission Project. Members of the Coalition to Reroute NEXUS, or CORN, have steadily garnered support over the past several months in the form of letters and resolutions from townships, cities Read More…

Pole positioned

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Heavy rain is believed to have contributed to a freak accident near the intersection of East Erie and Indiana avenues called in to police at 6:27 p.m. Wednesday. A police report was unavailable Wednesday night, but a police dispatcher said officers responded to reports that a Toyota Prius became entangled in a utility pole guide Read More…

Bill banning caffeine powder clears state house

COLUMBUS — A bill banning the sale of pure caffeine products in Ohio cleared the state House on Wednesday, one year after a high school senior overdosed on a powdered form of the stimulant and died. The legislation would make it a misdemeanor offense to sell products consisting solely or primarily of caffeine that’s manufactured Read More…

Sheffield Lake approves privatizing Building Department

SHEFFIELD LAKE — City Council approved privatizing the city Building Department for the next two years. The city entered into a temporary 45-day contract with Colorado-based Safebuilt Ohio LLC in April following the resignation of building inspector Jon Wiblin. The city has declined to comment on Wiblin’s resignation and his personnel file didn’t indicate any Read More…

Committee punts retirement plan to rural water board

LAGRANGE — A controversial retirement incentive plan for workers at the Rural Lorain County Water Authority was sent back for consideration to the full water authority board at a committee meeting Wednesday. The plan, which allows Rural Water to buy up to five years of service credit for retirement-eligible workers, had been sent back to Read More…

35 Johnson Metall workers losing their jobs when plant closes in July

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LORAIN — Ron Bellottie spent nearly 42 years with a local manufacturing company and worked his way up the company ladder from the plant floor to the president’s office. But Bellottie, president of Johnson Metall, 1305 Oberlin Ave., announced Tuesday the plant he’s spent his entire career with will close in July. Thirty-five people will Read More…

Search for Lorain Schools superintendent narrows to six

LORAIN — The search for a replacement for retiring Lorain Superintendent Tom Tucker has been narrowed to six candidates. The candidates approved by Board of Education members are Euclid Assistant Superintendent Kim Allen, Columbia Superintendent Graig Bansek, Cleveland Heights Assistant Superintendent Andrea Celico, Parma Superintendent Jeffrey Graham, Lorain Assistant Superintendent David Hall and Columbus Assistant Read More…