August 20, 2014

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Oberlin Schools weigh 4 building options

OBERLIN — Oberlin Schools Facilities Committee members received four options Thursday night for their long-awaited consolidation project. While all options presented by Oberlin Schools Superintendent John Schroth have the same outcome — a new building that connects elementary, middle and high schools — they offer differing timelines and price tags. One option would require constructing Read More…

Avon Lake 4th-graders get Chromebooks for school year

AVON LAKE — Every fourth-grader in Avon Lake Schools will receive a Google Chromebook this year as part of a pilot program aimed at transforming the classrooms via technology. The Board of Education this week approved spending $100,000 to purchase 325 of the devices, which are similar to small laptop computers, for all four of Read More…

Avon’s master sidewalk plan largely finished

AVON — Where does the sidewalk end? In Avon, plenty of places. The city has tried to connect the dots for two decades. Planning Department officials met with Parks and Recreation Commission officials Thursday night to talk about the slow process of connecting new sidewalks with existing ones. According to planning coordinator Jim Piazza, when Read More…

UPDATED: Lorain self-service car wash catches fire

Lorain Firefighters fight a fire at the J&E Superwash on Elyria Avenue in Lorain Thursday afternoon. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — An electrical malfunction is believed to have caused a fire that severely damaged a self-service car wash about 4:05 p.m. Thursday. The malfunction involved a blown light or voltage spike in the first bay of the six-bay J&E Superwash at 3507 Elyria Ave., said Assistant Fire Chief Roy Cochran. No one was hurt Read More…

Governor vows change in Ferguson police response

A protester takes shelter from smoke billowing around him. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)

FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that unspecified “operational shifts” are ahead for law enforcement in the St. Louis suburb that has been the scene of violent protests since a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager. Speaking at a meeting of clergy and community members, the governor told the Read More…

Highway Patrol to hold 2 OVI checkpoints in Elyria tonight

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The Ohio Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Elyria Police Department, will hold two OVI checkpoints tonight. Both checkpoints will be held in Elyria from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. The locations will be on Lorain Boulevard at Foster Avenue, and on Cleveland Street near Harwood Street. The checkpoints also will be held in conjunction Read More…

10 Things to Know, Thursday, Aug. 14

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Unrest escalates in Ferguson Police and people protesting the fatal shooting by an officer of an unarmed black teen exchange smoke bombs, tear gas and Molotov cocktails. 2. U.S. grappling with Iraq options The White House is Read More…

Sheriff lists costs of Adult Probation Department security

Phil Stammitti

ELYRIA — It will cost $396,356 to provide security upgrades that the county’s General Division judges want to implement for the offices now being used by the Lorain County Adult Probation Department, county Sheriff Phil Stammitti wrote in a letter to the county commissioners Wednesday. Stammitti wrote that to properly staff the entrances to the Read More…

Family escapes Avon house fire Wednesday night

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AVON — Five residents narrowly escaped a fire in their home at 3659 Center Road about 10:25 p.m. Wednesday. Resident Sheila Bodnar said she and her daughter, Amber Bodnar, were outside by a small campfire set in the backyard 20 to 30 yards from the home. Bodnar said her daughter, saying she’d return quickly, went Read More…

Preparations underway for Lorain County Fair

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Preparations continue in high gear for the Lorain County Fair, which opens to the public on Monday and runs through Aug. 24. All the information you’ll need to know about the fair is included in The Chronicle-Telegram’s annual County Fair tab, which runs in the Sunday paper. Pick up a copy — and see you at the Read More…