October 1, 2014

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Vermilion passes first ever income tax; money will go to repair roads

VERMILION — Mayor Eileen Bulan could barely contain her excitement Tuesday night after news that a proposed income tax increase passed — the first income tax increase she said the city has approved, ever. The city put a similar proposal on the ballot last year, but it was turned down by voters. Bulan said she Read More…

Columbia Schools levy fails; superintendent calls it his ‘lowest day’

There comes a time in every public school superintendent where they feel like they are losing. For Columbia Schools Superintendent Graig Bansek, he thought that moment was in the early spring of this year when he had to borrow $600,000 just to get through the school year without running into the red — a big Read More…

Voters OK new money for Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities

ELYRIA — Voters on Tuesday backed the Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ first bid for new levy money in 10 years. According to unofficial election returns, voters across the county voted 18,275, or 66.3 percent, in favor of the levy, which will generate about $10.58 million per year. 9,295 voters, or 33.7 percent, voted Read More…

Lorain treasurer Karen Shawver fends off challenger

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LORAIN — Democratic Treasurer Karen Shawver decisively defeated challenger Anthony Haslage 1612 to 406, a 80.37 to 19.63 percentage point victory, according to unofficial numbers from the Lorain County Board of Elections. Shawver, 48, took office in 2010 and said she would soon be announcing new user-friendly programs that would increase efficiency in her office. Read More…

Dennis Flores wins primary, will continue to represent Lorain’s Ward 2

LORAIN – Embattled Lorain City Councilman Dennis Flores said voters gave him the shot at redemption he wanted Tuesday. “They felt that I was doing a good job, they just thought I should watch my personal issues and stay out of trouble,” Flores said after defeating challenger Andy Drwal in the Democratic primary to win Read More…

Black River approves new school levy — barely

SULLIVAN TWP. — For the first time in 16 years, voters in the Black River school district approved new operating money — barely. Voters in Tuesday’s primary passed the 8.7-mill, five-year emergency levy by a razor-thin 52-vote margin, 1,280 to 1,228, according to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections. Superintendent Janice Wyckoff Read More…

Election Day: Handful of candidates, school levies, issues dot the ballots

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Voters head to the polls today for a primary election that will decide which partisan candidates make it to the general election in the fall and whether they want to approve a string of levies. Lorain County Board of Elections Director Paul Adams said he expects turnout to be light today, as Read More…

Independents file for November ballot

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Independent Elyria City Councilman Mark Craig has filed to run for another term representing the city’s 4th Ward and will be unopposed in the November general election. Monday was the deadline to file as an independent for November. Although Craig’s filing virtually guarantees his re-election, three other independents who also will appear Read More…

Black River rallies for levy on Tuesday’s ballot

Patrick Hines, industrial technology teacher at Black River High School, displays some of the work his students have done Sunday at a tailgating rally held to support the school district’s 8.7-mill levy on Tuesday’s ballot. (CT photo by Kiera Manion-Fischer.)

SULLIVAN — Patrick Hines is campaigning to keep his job. But he’s not an elected official — he teaches industrial technology at Black River High School. He’s actively supporting the district’s 8.7-mill levy Tuesday’s ballot because, if it fails, he expects to be out of a job. School officials have said that without new money, Read More…