February 27, 2015

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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…

Committee approves Lorain Schools recovery plan

LORAIN — A revised Academic Recovery Plan was approved Monday by the state-appointed Lorain Academic Distress Commission. The commission, part of last year’s state academic takeover of Lorain Schools due to low test scores, revised the plan that was passed last year. The revised plan calls for “ambitious, yet realistic” increases of 3 to 5 Read More…

Lorain homeless shelter crowded, short of funds

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LORAIN — One bed. In a facility that has room for 68 men, women and children seeking a roof over their heads, the Neighborhood Alliance’s Haven Center, the county’s only full-service homeless shelter, has room for just one more person. That realization sinks in for Sandy Humphrey every time she answers the shelter’s telephone, which Read More…

Man allegedly attempted to lure elderly woman in Lorain

LORAIN – Police are looking for a man suspected of attempting to lure an elderly woman into his vehicle. An elderly resident told police she was walking in the area of Washington Avenue and West 10th Street on Monday when a male approached her. The male showed her some money and attempted to pull her Read More…

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…