May 4, 2016

Elyria
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Correctional facility expansion plans readied; construction could start in February

ELYRIA — Construction of a $4.8 million, 50-bed expansion of the Lorain-Medina Community Based Correctional Facility looks to get underway in February and be completed by September. Mike Willets, executive director of the facility, updated county commissioners on the status of the project Wednesday. The 50-bed addition will include 40 beds for men and 10 Read More…

Decisions aplenty in today’s election

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Voters in Lorain County and across the state will head to the polls today to weigh in on issues and decide who will lead communities going forward. County Board of Elections Director Paul Adams predicted that roughly 40 percent of the county’s 195,533 voters will turn out for the election. Deputy Director Read More…

Still feeling the recession

LORAIN — Those living below the federal poverty line in Lorain County grew slightly between 2013 and 2014, while Lorain made strides toward reducing that number, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The county’s poverty rate was 14.6 percent in 2013, and had grown to 14.8 percent of the county’s estimated Read More…

NEXUS foes meet, vow to continue opposition

GRAFTON TWP. — People seeking to reroute the NEXUS gas transmission line told landowners Thursday night that although restraining orders may have been filed against them, the fight against the Texas company is not over. More than 50 people gathered at Grafton Township Hall, some of them concerned residents and others members of the Coalition Read More…

Firefighters soon to carry cribs on calls

ELYRIA — Stuffed somewhere between massive fire hoses and emergency extrication equipment, the Elyria Fire Department soon will start carrying infant pack-and-play cribs as it crisscrosses the city on emergency calls. Not your typical piece of fire apparatus, the baby items are intended for the homes where parents using unsafe sleep practices are running the Read More…

Report: Lorain County to get hit hard by EPA ozone regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to tighten ozone regulations has come under the scrutiny of small business and manufacturing groups who say it is a federal overreach that will hurt Ohio’s economy. The EPA is considering tightening federal ozone limits to 65 to 70 parts per billion from the current 75 parts per billion Read More…

Some of your photos from last night’s storm

Staff photographer and itinerant storm chaser Bruce Bishop shared some of his photos from last night on our Facebook page. Not to be outdone, readers shared more. Here are a gallery of those photos. If you’d like to share yours on our Facebook page, please do so here.

Lorain County expects loss of tax revenue to be minor

ELYRIA — Lorain County officials said they can’t say exactly how much money this weekend’s sales tax holiday will cost them in revenue, but it will make at least a small dent. “It will mean probably a dip in our sales tax collections,” county Commissioner Ted Kalo said. “But I’m not quite sure what the Read More…

Sales tax holiday this weekend

What will I save? If there will be any takeaway from the state’s upcoming sales tax holiday, it will the savings — albeit small in some cases — that parents and back-to-school shoppers expect to receive as they head out Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Lorain County’s sales tax rate is 6.5 percent. Cuyahoga County’s is Read More…

Judge extends NEXUS order

ELYRIA — Some Lorain County residents are questioning information that NEXUS, the Texas-based company that wants to run its pipeline through the area, included in its complaint seeking a restraining order against five landowners. The NEXUS project, backed by Houston-based Spectra Energy, is a planned 36-inch in diameter, natural gas pipeline that will cross 11 counties Read More…