June 30, 2015

Elyria
Partly sunny
72°F

Lorain schools’ finances improve; surpluses predicted next two years

LORAIN — On the brink of insolvency before passage of a levy in 2012, Lorain Schools’ financial forecast is substantially brighter. Treasurer Dale Weber in his semiannual five-year forecast at Monday’s Board of Education meeting predicted surpluses of $3.65 million and $2.13 million for the end of this fiscal year and next year, respectively. “The Read More…

Roverfest returning to Black River Landing

LORAIN — Roverfest, the sometimes raunchy rap and rock concert that drew some 13,000 to Black River Landing in its first year in Lorain last year, is expected to return July 18. “It looks like it’s a go,” Rick Novak, executive director of the Lorain Port Authority, which runs Black River Landing, said Monday. The Read More…

Internet provider expands speeds for businesses in Lorain

LORAIN – Expanded Internet services for the business community are now an option for CenturyLink customers. The Internet provider is announcing today it is making available 1 gigabit per second fiber service for business customers in Lorain. What does that actually mean? One gigabit per second equals 1,000 megabits per second. Joanette Romero, CenturyLink market Read More…

Illegal dumping plagues Lorain

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LORAIN – Jose Ortiz said he spent four weekends cleaning up around the vacant home he owns at 1726 Reid Ave., preparing for his mother to move in. On April 17, shortly after finishing, Ortiz said he found a 4-foot high pile of dirt, cinder blocks and railroad ties illegally dumped between the home and Read More…

Elyria, Lorain educators and leaders study methods to improve

STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE 
Jeanine Donaldson, left,  executive director of Elyria YWCA; Erica Lasion, of Elyria Catholic Charities; Jason Williams, founder of Get With the Program; and Tony Richardson, of Nord Family Foundation,  listen as John Zitzner, president of Friends of Breakthrough Schools, describe a student workbook, at E Prep Cliffs Campus in Cleveland on May 9.

It was an eclectic mix of people who boarded a passenger van on a recent Friday morning at the Elyria YWCA. The community members, educators and leaders all headed to the east side of Cleveland with one goal in mind: to see what successes can be gleaned from other schools educating children of color that Read More…

Lorain police warn of rash of burglaries

LORAIN – A rash of burglaries on the West side of Lorain over the past week have police warning Lorain residents to be on the lookout. In a statement police released Wednesday, they outlined a series of burglaries over the past week between 7:30 and 9 a.m. in an area between Leavitt Road and Oberlin Read More…

Attorney from Lorain proposes law for pet tethering

LORAIN — With the summer months fast approaching, one woman is working to make sure animals in Lorain are kept safe. Attorney Lindsey Zehel is attending Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Ore., where she is working on an advanced degree in animal law. As part of her coursework, the Lorain native has been Read More…

Indicted former county magistrate resigns law practice

A former Lorain County Juvenile Court magistrate is resigning from the practice of law after being indicted on federal child pornography charges. James Paterson submitted a letter seeking to resign or retire to the Ohio Supreme Court on April 29, according to the high court’s spokesman, Bret Crow. The request is being reviewed by the Read More…

Three people injured in two shootings

LORAIN — Two unrelated shootings over the weekend sent three people to the hospital Saturday and Sunday. The first shooting happened around 1 p.m. Saturday when Darius Davis, 22, and Cashmere Patterson, 23, were shot near the intersection of West 23rd Street and Beech Avenue, according to a press release from police. Both were alert Read More…

Carrion to seek Lorain mayor’s post (UPDATED)

LORAIN — Mayoral candidate Tim Carrion vows to set the bar low if elected. Carrion, who filed as an independent on Monday, turning in 241 petition signatures, said the administration of Democratic Mayor Chase Ritenauer has overreached in economic development. If elected, Carrion said he’d concentrate on attracting small businesses, such as bringing a dry Read More…