July 1, 2015

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Oberlin department veteran selected to be new fire chief

OBERLIN — The city has chosen a 20-year veteran of the Oberlin Fire Department to become chief this summer. Robert Hanmer, a battalion chief with the Oberlin Fire Department and a lieutenant with the Carlisle Township Fire Department, was chosen Thursday by City Manager Eric Norenberg to be Oberlin’s next fire chief. He will take Read More…

Oberlin winnows field of police, fire chief applicants

OBERLIN — The city has narrowed what was once a large pool of applicants for the fire and police chief positions to a handful of finalists. Over the weekend, City Manager Eric Norenberg said he completed a series of interviews to choose three finalists for the fire chief position and four for the police chief Read More…

Artists make temporary marks at Chalk Walk in Oberlin

Thousands of pieces of chalk, hundreds of artists, and brightly colored sidewalks highlighted downtown Oberlin on Saturday. It can only mean one thing: the return of the annual Oberlin Chalk Walk. Despite the forecast, the rain held off for the artists young and old. Nearly 900 participants crouched down on sidewalks all over town, armed Read More…

Oberlin man charged in shotgun incident

ELYRIA — An Oberlin man is accused of pointing a sawed-off shotgun at a couple who criticized him for public urination, police said. Complete police reports were unavailable Sunday night. However, Sgt. Richard Ellis said the incident began with an argument in the parking lot at Rally’s, 711 Cleveland St., about 8p.m. Saturday. Shortly thereafter, Read More…

Oberlin sues to annex JVS property

PITTSFIELD TWP. — The city of Oberlin is suing Lorain County Joint Vocational School for not honoring an agreement made 44 years ago. The lawsuit, filed by Law Director John Clark on Thursday, cites a 1971 agreement between the city and the school. The JVS was constructing its current building in Pittsfield Township at the Read More…

Oberlin promotes Handy as planning and development director

OBERLIN — The city chose a new planning and development director from within its own staff. Carrie Handy, economic development and housing officer for Oberlin, was chosen Monday to become Oberlin’s new planning and development director after former director Gary Boyle left in January. Since Boyle’s departure, Handy has served as interim director. Nine people Read More…

Oberlin deluged with applicants for police, fire chief posts

OBERLIN — The city received almost 100 applications for the top jobs in the fire and police departments. Despite the large number, City Manager Eric Norenberg said he still plans to choose a candidate for both positions by the end of June. The city partnered with the Novak Consulting Group — a national organization based Read More…

Oberlin closing roads for first lady’s visit for commencement

Police are shutting down multiple roads and putting up parking bans in Oberlin in anticipation of first lady Michelle Obama’s visit today. Parking will be prohibited on North Main Street and West College Street near Tappan Square as well as some surrounding parking lots. Police are encouraging people who intend to attend commencement to walk, Read More…

Green Acres development plan tabled indefinitely

OBERLIN — A long-debated proposal for a housing development at the old Green Acres property may be no more. At a City Council meeting Monday, members voted in a 5-1 decision to indefinitely table a proposal to build medium- to low-income housing at the site of the old Green Acres Orphanage. Only Councilwoman Sharon Pearson Read More…

Oberlin, Wellington middle school students show and tell emotions in Common Ground project

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OBERLIN — A dejected girl — no older than 14 — stares from a black background out of the frame of a photo hanging in the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts gallery. “Second best” and “useless” are scrawled in deep black ink across pieces of paper and pasted to her arms. “I don’t feel anything Read More…