October 1, 2014

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Lorain teachers agree to pay freeze

LORAIN — Teachers union members hope their sacrifice is shared by voters in November. The Lorain Education Association and Board of Education on Wednesday approved a one-year wage freeze and 10 percent reduction in payments for extracurricular school activities like athletic coaching that will save Lorain Schools about $2 million. The agreement comes about five Read More…

Lorain teachers agree to pay freeze

LORAIN — A one-year wage freeze and 10 percent reduction in payments for extracurricular school activities that will save Lorain Schools about $2 million has been approved by the district’s teachers union. At Wednesday’s board of education meeting, interim Superintendent Ed Branham called the givebacks “a major concession by the Lorain Education Association.” Branham said Read More…

Lorain Schools communications head joining Atkinson in Georgia

Former Lorain Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson is not the only Lorain Schools employee to leave the district for Georgia. Gary Brantley, who has served as chief information officer for Lorain Schools for four years, was appointed as the new chief information officer for DeKalb County Schools at the recommendation of Atkinson, who took over the district Read More…

Man faces drug charges after SWAT raid, second man sought

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LORAIN — Lorain police confiscated about $10,000 worth of crack cocaine after an early morning SWAT team raid on an Oberlin Avenue home Monday. Andre Carlton, 28, of Lorain, was charged with possession of crack cocaine, trafficking crack cocaine, weapons under disability, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of criminal tools, said Lorain police Detective Read More…

Man faces charges after assault rifles go missing

A Lorain man was arrested and charged for stealing and arranging to sell two assault rifles belonging to his girlfriend’s father. Steven Benner, 24, was charged with burglary, tampering with evidence and unlawful transaction in weapons, according to a report from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office. A Carlisle Township man told deputies Monday that he Read More…

Council wrestles with renaming street for fallen Lorain airman

LORAIN — The proposal to name a street after deceased Airman 1st Class Eric Barnes veered off course at Monday night’s City Council Streets and Sidewalks Committee meeting. Rename Wickens Place by Veterans Park? A fitting location, but what would the Wickens family think, asked Mayor Tony Krasienko and Councilwoman Anne Molnar, D-at large. Rename Read More…

Man says he was mugged in Lorain

LORAIN — A Lorain man said he was jumped and robbed by a group of males while walking down Oberlin Avenue Sunday night, according to a police report. The man said he was in the 1400 block of Oberlin Avenue when he passed three black males, aged 18 to 20. One of them yelled, “Hey Read More…

15 Minutes: Meet Nord counselor Brittany Bramwell

Brittany Bramwell, a child counselor at Nord Center, shows some of the artwork her patients made for her. (CT photo by Chuck Humel.)

Brittany Bramwell Age: 27 Lives: in Elyria What is your title at the Nord Center, where you work? Child and adolescent counselor-therapist at the Nord Center, one year in June. I grew up in Elyria and am a 2002 grad of Elyria Catholic. Describe what you do on a daily basis? Well, I work with Read More…

Hospice volunteer receives Ruth Calta Community Service Award

Sheila Holmes won the Mercy 2011 Ruth Calta Community Service Award and is presented with a necklace of the Lorain Lighthouse during a ceremony at Mercy Regional Medical Center on Sunday afternoon. (CT photo by Chuck Humel.)

Hospice volunteer Sheila Holmes said she sees the best and worst in people at the end of their lives. “I’ve laughed. I’ve cried. I’ve loved. I’ve sat in silence,” said Holmes, named Sunday by Mercy Health System as this year’s recipient of the Ruth Calta Community Service Award. “It’s absolutely amazing work.” Holmes, of Wellington, Read More…

Push starts to rename Lorain street for fallen airman

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LORAIN — Noticing the street named after deceased U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Eric Barnes outside the firehouse at the Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait, Dan McBennett thought it only appropriate that a street be named after Barnes in Barnes’ hometown. The City Council’s Streets and Sidewalks Committee is expected to begin Read More…