December 19, 2014

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County leader likely to oversee Lorain Health Department temporarily

LORAIN — A temporary Lorain health commissioner may be named next month. Mayor Chase Ritenauer said Wednesday that Dave Covell, Lorain County health commissioner, likely will be appointed temporary commissioner at the Lorain District Municipal Board of Health’s Jan. 21 meeting. Ritenauer is chairman and a nonvoting member of the board, which met Wednesday. Board Read More…

Lorain seeks new health commissioner

LORAIN — The Lorain City Health Department is seeking a new health commissioner. Kathy Boylan, Elyria health commissioner, served as Lorain’s commissioner in addition to her Elyria duties from 2011 until Dec. 1. Mayor Chase Ritenauer said Boylan left because the Elyria and Lorain health departments couldn’t reach a written agreement specifying Boylan’s duties and Read More…

Lorain’s Admiral King school to reopen in January

Drilling began in the gymnasium of Admiral King Elementary School to locate an old leaking gas well on Thursday. The school has been closed since Sept. 30. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Drilling of a leaking gas well at Admiral King Elementary School continues, and school district officials announced that students will return to the building in the next several weeks. During Monday night’s school board meeting, Superintendent Tom Tucker said the district intends to open the building after winter break. A five-man crew from Read More…

Lorain Council OKs tax breaks for developers

LORAIN — Several million dollars worth of tax breaks for the developers of a housing and adjacent retail complex on Jaeger Road were approved by City Council members Monday. The Bouman Group LLC and Jovic LLC will operate tax free the first 10 years after completion of the complexes and receive a 75-percent abatement for Read More…

Lorain councilman resigning year before term expires

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LORAIN — Councilman Tony Richardson, D-at-large, on Monday announced his resignation effective Dec. 31, a year before his term expires. The 32-year-old Richardson, who took office in 2012, thanked supporters at Monday’s City Council meeting for the “amazing opportunity” to serve. “I took some bumps. I learned a lot of things,” said Richardson, who was Read More…

Hundreds enjoy annual Light Up Lorain festivities

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LORAIN — Like hundreds of people who began lining Broadway in downtown Lorain on Saturday afternoon for the annual Light Up Lorain holiday event, Monica and Vicki Callahan came prepared. “We’ve learned,” Monica said with a laugh as the two women found an open spot on the sidewalk, where they parked a tandem stroller containing Read More…

Lorain substitute teacher denounces Santa

LORAIN — A Lorain substitute teacher tarnished the holiday for a fifth-grader who still believed in Santa Claus when she announced to the class that he wasn’t real. Superintendent Tom Tucker said it was a slip by the substitute, Valentine Garcia, and that she felt terrible about it afterward. Amanda Solis said her 10-year-old daughter, Read More…

Lorain police identify top crash sites in city

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LORAIN — By publicizing where the most traffic accidents happen, police hope they can reduce crashes. About 600 of the about 1,460 annual crashes in the city occur at intersections, so a new flier focuses on the 10 intersections with the most crashes. “Our goal is to educate (drivers) to be a little extra cautious Read More…

Lorain mainstay Driscol’s Music Company closes

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LORAIN — The end of a 73-year era is marked by a white piece of paper taped to a door. Driscol’s Music Company has closed and the sign on the front door directs would-be customers to the former owner’s small instrument repair business in Sheffield Lake. “It breaks my heart to have to do this,” Read More…

Agency seeks zoning variance for new recovery facility

LORAIN — Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services recently received $200,000 from the state to develop more housing for those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. The agency has found a second facility it hopes to be able to convert into a group home after efforts fell through on a different site. “We don’t Read More…