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Lorain audit reveals 7 deficiencies in 2013

LORAIN — Problems including an illegal interdepartmental transfer of money and unreconciled bank statements were identified in Lorain’s annual audit released by the Ohio Auditor’s Office on Tuesday. The 2013 audit had seven deficiencies, compared to two in 2012, two in 2011 and two in 2010, the audit showed. “We did identify certain deficiencies in Read More…

Firefighter injured, family displaced after Lorain house fire

LORAIN – A fire that burned through a Lorain house Monday night left one firefighter with minor injuries and a family displaced from their home. At about 11:20 p.m. Monday, firefighters responded to 1006 W. 21st St. for a report of a house fire. At the scene, police saw smoke coming from the back of Read More…

Lorain Council weighs citywide snow parking ban

LORAIN — A citywide parking ban during snowstorms is being considered by City Council members. Council’s Streets & Utilities Committee on Monday recommended the ban to full Council, which could vote on it as early as Monday. Lorain allows on-street parking on streets not designated as emergency snow routes, but Lorain officials said that policy Read More…

Choirs unite for benefit for burned church

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LORAIN — Six weeks after First Evangelical Lutheran Church burned in an arson fire, the Rev. Jimmy Madsen said Sunday he was moved by efforts to resurrect the church. “We are going to be grieving for a long time, but we are also going to be forever thankful to the community for the response you Read More…

Republic Steel lays off 105 workers in Lorain

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LORAIN — Nearly three years after announcing an $87 million expansion at its Lorain mill designed to create 450 jobs, Republic Steel has laid off 105 workers. David Bascone, Republic vice president of operations, and other Republic officials didn’t return calls Tuesday, but Councilman Rick Lucente, D-6th Ward, said Bascone told him the layoffs took Read More…

Lorain coffee shop serves final cup of joe

LORAIN — The Charleston Coffee House, which city boosters hoped might bring people downtown, has closed. Property owner Gary Davis said the closure was due to a lack of customers but said high employee turnover and sometimes bad service discouraged customers. Davis, a developer who splits his time in Tacoma, Wash., said he wasn’t a Read More…

Union rally planned at Lorain’s Camaco plant

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LORAIN — Manufacturing plant Camaco filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking a restraining order to stop members of the United Auto Workers Local 2000 from picketing outside its location. According to information distributed by the UAW, auto parts workers at Camaco will join elected officials and UAW members today for a rally at the plant at Read More…

UPDATED: Student brawls mar Lorain homecoming event

When several fights broke out at Lakeview Park during the annual

LORAIN — Some students got too fired up at Thursday’s fourth annual Lorain Schools Homecoming Bonfire at Lakeview Park. Police said a brawl broke out about 7:50 p.m. No one was seriously injured. Five juvenile girls were cited for disorderly conduct and aggravated riot and Sierra Wiley, 18, of the 600 block of West 18th Read More…

Lorain OKs seeking tax credits for hotel renovation

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LORAIN — Conversion of the blighted former Spitzer Plaza hotel received support from City Council members Monday. Council voted to support Lorain Building Investors LLC applying to the Ohio Development Services Agency for $1.9 million in historic tax credits for the former hotel. The 69-room hotel, also known as the Broadway Building, was placed on the Read More…

Lorain proposes vacant house registry

LORAIN — When the 60 people at Monday’s Building and Lands Committee were asked if they lived near a vacant or foreclosed home, nearly every hand was raised. There were nearly 1,500 vacant houses last year among the roughly 24,000 in Lorain, said Leon Mason, Building, Housing and Planning Department director. They comprise about 6 Read More…