January 25, 2015

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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…

Gas leak found at Admiral King Elementary

LORAIN — Old natural gas wells underneath Admiral King Elementary School are believed to be the cause of a gas leak that has kept the school closed since Sept. 30. Digging will begin Monday or Tuesday to find the wells, said Jeff Hawks, Lorain Schools executive director of operations. The wells are believed to be Read More…

Lorain Council OKs vacant house registry

LORAIN — The city hopes to tackle the multitude of issues vacant homes present by holding the owners, including banks, of such properties accountable for upkeep. City Council voted 10-1 Monday in favor of an ordinance that establishes a vacant property registry. According to Leon Mason, Building, Housing and Planning Department director, the owner of Read More…

Worst-case scenario for Lorain Schools: A $5 million deficit projected in 2016

LORAIN — A worst-case scenario has Lorain Schools facing a $5 million deficit in 2016, school Treasurer Dale Weber told Board of Education members Monday. The scenario in Weber’s semi-annual five-year forecast is based on the percentage of annual state taxpayer money to the district remaining flat and money lost to charter schools, open enrollment Read More…