October 31, 2014


Challenger announces bid to unseat Lorain mayor


LORAIN — A candidate backed by local labor unions said Sunday he plans to challenge Mayor Chase Ritenauer in 2015. Tim Carrion, Coaliton on Hispanic Issues and Progress president and an insurance agent, announced his candidacy at the 20th annual Lorain County Organized Labor Day Family Celebration. Carrion said he hasn’t decided if he’ll run Read More…

Lorain Palace Theatre to hold hometown premiere of John Penton movie

John Penton, left, meets with producer/director Todd Huffman at the premiere of “Penton: The John Penton Story” at the Cleveland premiere in June. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

LORAIN — The documentary chronicling the life of pioneering Amherst motorcycle rider-designer John Penton will receive a hometown premiere of sorts Sept. 13 at the Lorain Palace Theatre. The film was shown once at the Regal Cobblestone Square 20 theaters a few weeks ago after a Cleveland premiere in June at the Ohio Theatre on Read More…

Clearview Schools audit: Cut staff to reduce deficit

SHEFFIELD TWP. — An Ohio Auditors Office performance audit of Clearview Schools recommends cutting 14 positions — including eight teachers — to eliminate future deficits. The audit, released Thursday, recommends $888,000 in cuts, including about $397,000 through teacher cuts. Clearview has forecast deficits of about $134,000 in the 2015-16 school year, $1.1 million in 2016-17 Read More…

Lorain hires new housing director from within

LORAIN — A key position in Lorain’s anti-blight fight is being filled in-house. The city promoted Leon Mason from deputy safety service director for community programs and affairs to director of the Building, Housing and Planning Department. Mason, hired in 2012, is expected to begin his new job next week. However, Mason and Mayor Chase Read More…

Man finds ‘satanic markings’ on Lorain church

LORAIN – A man who checks a church on Homewood Drive every evening had a surprise on Friday afternoon when he arrived at the building and found “satanic markings” scratched into the walls, according to a police report. Around 1:30 p.m. Friday a man called police when he found “satanic” symbols both scratched into and Read More…

Globe Avenue in Lorain to be closed for several weeks


Globe Avenue from East 32nd Street to East 28th Street in Lorain is closed to through traffic as of 7 a.m. Monday. The closure is expected to last until 6 p.m. Sept. 12. Local traffic will only be maintained in the northbound direction during this time.

Former Lorain councilman Fred Ritenauer dies at 58

Fred Ritenauer

LORAIN — Fred J. Ritenauer, a former city councilman, son of former councilman and County Commissioner Fred M. Ritenauer and uncle of Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer, died Tuesday. The 58-year-old Ritenauer died of a heart attack, Mayor Ritenauer said. Ritenauer, a husband and father of two, was president of Rite-Nau Inc., the family’s beverage store Read More…

Clearview Schools students to get free breakfast, lunch

SHEFFIELD TWP. — All Clearview Schools students will receive free breakfasts and lunches when classes resume next week. Board of Education members approved the expansion at their Monday meeting. The change is due to Clearview being classified a “low income” school district, according to Darlene Baker, food service supervisor. About 71 percent of students received Read More…

Historical society nears start of second phase of Carnegie Center renovation

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LORAIN — The Carnegie Center celebrates Lorain’s past, but organizers say it’s also about the city’s future. Among the exhibits at the former Carnegie Library will be a display board with key words about the future of the city such as collaboration, ethnic culture, schools and waterfront. The idea is to inspire ideas to improve Read More…

Lorain firefighters injured battling house fire

LORAIN — Firefighters survived a close call battling a house fire 3103 Colorado Ave., called in at 4:47 a.m. Saturday. There were flames and heavy smoke coming from the second floor when firefighters arrived at 4:52 a.m., according to a Fire Department report. Heavy flames initially prevented firefighters from getting to the second floor. As Read More…