November 23, 2014

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Former Lorain councilman Fred Ritenauer dies at 58

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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…

New Lorain Schools contract eliminates some ‘bumping rights’

LORAIN — A new school administrators’ contract eliminating some seniority protections known as “bumping rights” was approved Monday by the Board of Education. Last month, the state-appointed Lorain Academic Distress Commission passed a resolution eliminating bumping rights to ensure “high-quality staff in the most effective positions.” The commission took academic control last year due to Read More…

Lorain’s new machine more effective than asphalt to fix potholes

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LORAIN — The severe winter made Lorain’s notoriously bumpy roads worse than ever, but the DuraPatcher is smoothing things over. The machine sprays an emulsion/aggregate mix rather than asphalt, making repairs last longer. The city purchased the DuraPatcher in 2013 for $61,654 along with a 150-gallon emulsion tank for $22,500. The tank keeps the mix Read More…

Lorain approves 34 road repair projects

LORAIN — The city’s notoriously bumpy roads should get smoother this year. City Council members on Monday approved about $9.6 million in improvements to 34 roads. The most expensive project is $856,463 for work on Seneca Avenue from East 28th Street to East 33rd Street. Second is $808,643 for Meister Road and East 33rd from Oberlin Read More…

Lorain blotter: Witnesses report seeing man urinate in Walmart parking lot

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Lorain police Sunday, May 4 12:42 a.m. — Walmart, 4380 Leavitt Road, Larry Fisher II, 44, 100 block W. 31st St., Lorain, a woman said she saw Fisher pull down his pants and urinate in the parking lot and then throw cans and chase geese around the lot, according to police. A Walmart manager said Read More…

Lorain County law enforcement agencies receive armored military vehicles

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LORAIN — Vehicles equipped to withstand gunfire and explosive attacks in the Afghanistan war are being repurposed to deal with Lorain County crime scenes. The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office and the Lorain Police Department each were given one armored vehicle this week through the Ohio LESO Program. The vehicles, which weigh about 47,000 pounds, previously Read More…

Lorain Council gives development keys to Port Authority

LORAIN — City and Lorain Port Authority leaders want the authority to handle deals financing infrastructure improvements designed to spur economic development. Under a proposal discussed Monday by City Council’s Federal Programs Committee, the Port Authority would negotiate Lorain’s tax increment financing deals in return for a percentage of the taxes. Tax increment financing involves Read More…