May 28, 2016

Elyria
Partly sunny
70°F
 

Director of Lorain County Visitors Bureau leaving

AMHERST TWP. — The last remaining employee of the Lorain County Visitors Bureau is leaving. Executive director Barb Bickel confirmed Wednesday that Friday will be her last day. Bickel had been working under a temporary contract with the county since the county commissioners voted to effectively take control of the Visitors Bureau in February following Read More…

Court officials argue for new electronic case system

ELYRIA — County court officials made the case Wednesday to the county commissioners for a more streamlined, electronic case management system that will allow the county’s courts to share files and other data. Such a system would link the Common Pleas, Domestic Relations and Probate courts, as well as the Clerk of Courts and Prosecutor’s Read More…

Republic Services’ withdrawal accepted; Butternut Ridge stays open

ELYRIA — Lorain County commissioners accepted Wednesday the withdrawal of a request by Republic Services seeking to close a portion of Butternut Ridge Road in Carlisle and New Russia townships to allow trucks to move between the Lorain County Landfill on the south side of the road, and property on the north side of the Read More…

Republic pulls plug on request to close part of Butternut Ridge

ELYRIA — Republic Services has scrapped a request to close a portion of Butternut Ridge Road to allow dirt-filled trucks to move between its landfill on the south side of the road and company-owned property to the north. The move comes after neighboring property owners and others who travel the 0.85-mile stretch of road in Read More…

County officials distance selves from selection

ELYRIA — The Lorain County commissioners, who appoint six of the nine members of the Lorain County Community College Board of Trustees, have taken a hands-off approach to the selection of the college’s next president. Part of the reason, Commissioner Ted Kalo said, is that one of the three finalists for the job is LCCC Read More…

Officials, public survey Butternut Ridge Road

NEW RUSSIA TWP. — Despite the cold and wind along a stretch of Butternut Ridge Road that Republic Services wants to close, tempers ran hot at times during a public viewing of the road Tuesday morning. “You stood in my kitchen and said it was done deal,” Pat Justin, who lives near the proposed closure, Read More…

Commissioners pass budget that’s less bleak than originally forecast

ELYRIA — Lorain County commissioners approved a 2016 general fund budget on Wednesday that avoids the cuts county officials had feared would be imposed. The county’s 2016 budget will be just shy of $60 million, up from the nearly $58.3 million that was budgeted for 2015, but county Budget Director Lisa Hobart said not all Read More…

Commissioners discuss pay raise for court-appointed attorneys

ELYRIA — The Lorain County commissioners agreed Wednesday to look into raising the pay for court-appointed lawyers who represent indigent defendants in criminal cases. Lorain attorney Michael Camera made the request on behalf of the Lorain County Bar Association. He said the last time the rate was increased was in 1988 and the cost of Read More…

The Morning Hit–3/10/16

Welcome back to The Morning Hit, where we talk about what people are talking about online. The web has become the digital equivalent of the office water cooler, and it’s becoming more necessary by the day to stay in the loop. Enough of the pleasantries, let’s hit it. Fair amount of controversy. After unsuccessfully pushing Read More…

Fair Board votes to remove commissioners’ photos from annual guide

WELLINGTON — The Lorain County Fair Board has voted to take the photos of the county commissioners out of its annual fair guide. The vote, which took place at a Fair Board meeting Tuesday, comes as the leaders of the fair are fending off demands that they bar the sale of the Confederate flag at Read More…