September 17, 2014

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Oberlin Schools seeks public input on designs for consolidated building

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OBERLIN — Oberlin Schools Superintendent John Schroth is asking the public to weigh in on four design proposals for a new consolidated K-12 building. The proposals, designed by the BNIM and Stantec architectural firms, were presented to the public during a Board of Education meeting Tuesday. The designs ranged from linear, a building with separate Read More…

Oberlin officials look back with pride, forward with optimism

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OBERLIN — The city of Oberlin won’t be resting on its laurels in the coming year. Rather, City Council has sketched out an aggressive, wide-ranging plan to improve the city that includes addressing safety, economic development and tourism, creating sustainable practices and partnerships, upgrading infrastructure, creating a model for social justice and race relations and Read More…

Oberlin College joins April Fools’ Day fun

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OBERLIN – Oberlin College’s creative web team had a bit of fun with the college’s website, in the name of April Fools’ Day. At midnight Tuesday, alien spaceships and various animals made their way to the college’s homepage. The doodles, constructed by Oberlin College’s web and graphic design team, were a way to celebrate the Read More…

Ciao Presti’s: Oberlin restaurant announces closure

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OBERLIN — It was more than a bit bittersweet that the lunchtime business was booming Friday at Presti’s of Oberlin. “Even before noon, there was nowhere for anyone to sit,” manager Michele Zimmerman said of one of the area’s family owned restaurants, which has been in business for more than 75 years. “I said to Read More…

Oberlin crime: Student reports fraudulent charges from Texas on debit card

Oberlin police Tuesday, March 11 11:47 a.m. — 100 block N. Main St., theft of a purse from Keep Cottage. Police said a wallet from the purse was turned in to Oberlin College Safety and Security, but $80 in cash from the wallet was missing. The purse and a cell phone were not recovered. 5:09 Read More…

Oberlin church hosts community forum on gun laws

OBERLIN — The Rev. Andy Call, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Oberlin, said Saturday’s community forum to discuss existing and proposed gun laws likely would not have happened had it not been for action taken by the city last year to repeal some local gun laws after a pro-gun group sued the community. Read More…

Intersection improvement project underway in Oberlin

OBERLIN – The city is asking motorists to avoid the intersections of Main and Lorain streets, if possible, while improvements are completed. The majority of the construction is expected to be completed by Memorial Day, according to City Manager Eric Norenberg. He said motorists should be aware that there may be traffic tie-ups during busy Read More…

New Oberlin College hotel, conference center to bear name of late Progressive chair

A rendering of the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center shows the  facility planned to replace the Oberlin Inn on Main Street. COURTESY OBERLIN COLLEGE

OBERLIN — Oberlin College’s new hotel, restaurant and conference center, to be built at the site of the former Oberlin Inn, will be named in honor of Peter B. Lewis. Lewis, the late philanthropist and chairman of Progressive Insurance Co., donated $5 million to the project before he died in November. In honor of his Read More…

Fire forces Oberlin to suspend recycling efforts

The aftermath of a fire at an Oberlin maintenance garage is shown Sunday. COURTESY CITY OF OBERLIN

OBERLIN — Residential recycling has been temporarily suspended after a fire at the city’s Public Works Complex. City Manager Eric Norenberg said recyclables that are put out for collection this week will be collected with the garbage and dumped in a land fill. He asked that residents take their mixed paper, chipboard and cardboard to Read More…

Member of Oberlin POWER board severely beaten

OBERLIN — A board member of Oberlin’s Providing Oberlin with Efficiency Responsibly is recovering at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland after a violent assault. Police were called to B. McK’s Public House, 38 S. Main St., at 12:27 a.m. Dec. 20, according to Police Chief Tom Miller. He said the victim, Robert Smith, was found Read More…