March 28, 2015


State approves language for ResponsibleOhio marijuana amendment

Under ResponsibleOhio’s proposal, one of those 10 locations would be in Lorain, while Oberlin would likely see a marijuana testing facility if voters approve the measure. CHRONICLE FILE

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has approved ballot language proposed by ResponsibleOhio that would legalize marijuana in the state. It’s the first hurdle the investor-backed organization needs to clear in its effort to put a constitutional amendment before voters in November. Although DeWine opposes legalization, his role in the certification process was to determine if Read More…

Bryan Jensen to be first new Avon mayor in 20 years

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AVON — Bryan Jensen didn’t have a flashy celebration planned for the election Tuesday night. In fact, he was traveling around the city picking up election signs when he heard the news that he had been elected the next mayor. When he heard the news that he received 2,624 votes, or 44 percent, he hurried Read More…

Voter turnout well below expectations

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — Voter turnout in Lorain County was far lower than elections officials expected. CountyBoard of Elections Director Paul Adams said only 57,958 of the county’s 202,286 registered voters cast ballots, according to unofficial returns. That’s a turnout rate of 28.7 percent. “I’m very surprised it’s that low,” Adams, who had predicted turnout of Read More…

LCCC levy passes by narrow margin, requires recount

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ELYRIA – Lorain County Community College’s levy narrowly passed Tuesday, although the 72-vote margin of victory falls within the range of an automatic recount. According to unofficial election returns from the county Board of Elections, 28,497 votes, or 50.1 percent, were cast in favor of the levy, while 28,425 votes, or 49.9 percent, went against Read More…

Columbia voters pass schools’ ‘do-or-die’ operating levy

Adrienne Heidecker, left, and Jennifer Davies, right, react after finding out voters passed the Columbia Schools levy with 51 percent of the vote Tuesday night. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA – Superintendent Graig Bansek had his cell phone in his hand nearly the entire night Tuesday. He used it to continuously update the Lorain County Board of Election’s website on the phone’s small screen, hoping that each time he hit refresh a new update would greet him. Then, it came – the numbers he Read More…

North Ridgeville voters pass bond issue for new middle school

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — North Ridgeville voters decided Tuesday to remake the face of North Ridgeville Schools by approving a $58.1 million bond issue for a new middle school and football stadium. Superintendent Jim Powell was still digesting the victory just after the final voters were counted. “I’m having a hard time believing, but I’m very Read More…

Vermilion Mayor Eileen Bulan easily wins re-election

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VERMILION — Incumbent Eileen Bulan was easily re-elected to lead the city for the next four years — defeating the same opponent she ousted in 2009 to claim the mayor’s job. Bulan defeated ex-mayor Jean Anderson in votes tallied from both Lorain and Erie counties. In Lorain County, Bulan took 934 votes to Anderson’s 476, Read More…

Avon mayor endorses candidate Bryan Jensen

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AVON — Mayor Jim Smith said candidate Bryan Jensen is the best choice for mayor, announcing his endorsement Thursday afternoon. Smith said Jensen is the best candidate for the job because of his ties to the city, civic involvement and his work as councilman. “Bryan has been community-involved for many years, not just now at Read More…