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Division III state softball final: Columbia rally comes too late in 3-2 loss to Bloom-Carroll

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AKRON — Columbia didn’t change anything Saturday during its first appearance on softball’s biggest stage. The Raiders played the same way they played all season — battling until the final out. But Columbia ran out of innings before it could figure out Bloom-Carroll pitcher Tarin Alvelo and a frantic seventh-inning rally wasn’t enough in a Read More…

Lorain County softball teams go 0-for-2 in state championship games

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Elyria and Columbia fell short of their ultimate goal of a state championship Saturday, with the Pioneers losing 7-0 to North Canton Hoover in Division I and the Raiders losing 3-2 to Bloom-Carroll in Division III. Hoover (34-0) starting pitcher Tara Thacker threw a three-hitter with six strikeouts and one walk, while Elyria (27-6) starter Read More…

H.S. Softball State Semifinal: Columbia reaches 1st final in school history, plays for title today

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AKRON — If they’re still partying in Columbia Township this morning, there’s a good reason. Two clutch hits gave Columbia High the power it needed Friday to advance to a state championship game for the first time in any sport. The fourth-ranked Raiders (29-4) were representing the school in a state semifinal for the first Read More…

New money will help Avon Lake Schools offset hit from state, impending Genon closure

Allan Fraser, co-chair of the Avon Lake Schools levy committee, jumps to his feet as he announces to levy supporters that voters had passed Issue 10 at Buffalo Wild Wings in Avon Lake. (CT photo by Anna Norris.)

AVON LAKE — Avon Lake Schools Superintendent Robert Scott was talking with a reporter Tuesday night about the very slim lead an 8.28-mill, 10-year emergency levy had when the crowd of supporters gathered at Buffalo Wild Wings on Walker Road erupted. The shouting and cheers told the story: The levy passed 3,192 to 2,928, or Read More…

Voters renew two levies for Amherst Schools

AMHERST — Amherst Schools Superintendent Steve Sayers said everyone at the school district will “have an extra bounce in their step” after news that two levies for the school were renewed. The renewals — a 7.55-mill emergency operating levy and 2-mill permanent levy — were approved by more than 60 percent of voters Tuesday, according Read More…

Voter turnout of just over 13 percent is lowest in recent memory, official says

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Voter turnout was sparse for Tuesday’s primary election. Lorain County Board of Elections Director Paul Adams said countywide turnout was 13.37 percent. Unofficial elections returns showed that just 28,073 of the county’s 213,085 registered voters showed up to cast a ballot. It’s the lowest turnout in recent memory, Adams said. “That’s unbelievable,” Read More…

Former Mayor Grace fails in bid to run for Elyria Council

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ELYRIA — Former Mayor Bill Grace’s hopes of returning to Elyria city government ended Tuesday night with a loss to a newcomer. But for incumbent City Council members Mike Lotko, Tom Callahan and Vic Stewart, securing wins in the five-way at-large Democrat primary race seemed easy. All three topped more than 1,300 votes. Yet, it Read More…

Voters turn down county transit levy

ELYRIA — Voters decided Tuesday that $1.23 per year was too much for the owner of a home valued at $100,000 to pay to support expanding Lorain County Transit. The county commissioners, who put the 0.04-mill levy on the ballot, had hoped that the small amount — which they often equated with money someone might Read More…

Levy to support county drug task force passes

ELYRIA — Lorain County’s drug dealers probably aren’t cheering the passage Tuesday of a new operating levy for the Lorain County Drug Task Force. The measure will generate around $492,000 for the agency, which works to combat drugs throughout the county and has been especially focused in recent years on dealing with the rising tide Read More…

Sheffield Lake voters reject new income tax to replace safety equipment

SHEFFIELD LAKE — The Sheffield Lake Police Department will have to continue using its old police cruisers after voters passed on a proposal to raise the city’s income tax — a tax which would have been used to replace aging safety equipment. More than half of the voters — 63 percent — voted against the Read More…