September 1, 2014

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Commissioners say they are honing pitch on sales tax campaign

WELLINGTON — Although county voters will be asked to pass a 0.25 percent sales tax hike in November, they aren’t hearing much about it at the Lorain County Fair. Lorain County commissioners Ted Kalo and Tom Williams acknowledged that they and fellow Commissioner Lori Kokoski are still honing their sales pitch to voters and don’t Read More…

Earthquake in Virginia rattles folks here

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake near Mineral, Va., was felt in Washington, D.C., just before 2 p.m. Tuesday. Some Lorain county residents reported a brief shaking. The Pentagon was evacuated, according to the Associated Press.

Big crowd watches Crushers beat Windy City for franchise’s 150th win

AVON – With their largest crowd of the season on hand and the Crushers trailing going into the bottom of the seventh, they sure picked a great time to use some patented late-inning magic. Erupting for four runs in both the seventh and eighth innings Friday, the Crushers rode the late wave to a 9-5 Read More…

Vermilion’s Beach helps Ironmen wrap up their home season in style

LORAIN – Adam Beach may have gotten the last laugh against Prospect League East Division second- half champion Slippery Rock on Friday night at The Pipe Yard. The message Beach sent was a 13-strike-out, three-hit, 7 1⁄3-inning masterpiece from the Vermilion native in Lorain County’s final home game of the season in front of 704 Read More…

Police can’t say who fired shot that killed Lorain man

LORAIN – It is not clear from surveillance video exactly who fired the one shot that killed Moises Velez, according to police. Two men, Angel Guerra and Richard Alvarado, both 22, were arrested and charged with murder and felonious assault in connection with Velez’s July 20 killing outside Southerners Place, at 2926 Pearl Ave., Lorain. Read More…

Little League softball: Elyria 10-11-year-olds win state; 9-10-year-olds roll in opener

One day plus two wins equals a bunch of happy players and coaches. That was the successful formula the 10-11-year-old Elyria all-stars employed Saturday in defeating Wheelersburg twice to capture the two-team state tournament. Elyria came up with a run in the sixth inning for a 5-4 win in the first game, then romped to Read More…

Lorain Xplosion ends drought, brings home Lorain County’s first OGSO state title since 2008

RANDOLPH TWP. – You’ve heard it countless times: the team that makes the fewest errors wins the big game. Likewise, it’s been proven true countless times, as recently as Saturday afternoon in the searing heat and swirling dust of Portage County. There, in a softball showdown for girls 18 and under, the Lorain Xplosion scored Read More…

Hot Stove baseball: Four Lorain County teams advance to state finals

ALLIANCE – Only the outcome was pleasing. “That was the worst we’ve played this year,” Grafton CommStar manager Ken Vance said. “We got the bad game out of our system.” Grafton CommStar advanced to the title game of Class GG (ages 11 and under) of the Ohio Hot Stove tournament after a 10-9 victory Saturday Read More…

Third shot at MMA glory for Lorain’s Rottari

Tony Rottari has been here before. He wants a different outcome this time. The 30-year-old Lorain resident will battle Sandusky’s James Pfeiffer for the vacant 170-pound Rocktagon MMA amateur title as part of the Elite Pro-Am 6 MMA show tonight at the North Olmsted Soccer Sportsplex. It will be Rottari’s third title fight. Though he Read More…

Home is where the hurt is for Crushers

AVON – Before this homestand started, the Crushers hadn’t lost a game at All Pro Freight Stadium since July 4. Halfway through the six-game stretch, it’s becoming the Homestand from Hell. In a series that featured a no-hitter and two blowouts, Lake Erie was dealt a four-hitter by Joliet, who swept the Crushers 5-1 in Read More…