January 27, 2015

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Oberlin College students rent art pieces for semester

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OBERLIN — More than 200 college students who congregated outside of Andria Derstine’s office at Allen Memorial Art Museum on Saturday morning “warmed” the museum director’s heart. The group of college students participated in the semiannual art rental event that’s held near the beginning of each semester. Since 1940, students convene at the art museum Read More…

Oberlin College student says he was robbed in dorm

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OBERLIN — A college student who was robbed in his dorm room on Tuesday afternoon chased the suspects a block down the street where they turned and assaulted him, according to police. Dominic Taylor, 20, of Oberlin, was charged with aggravated robbery. Police are still looking for a suspected accomplice. About 4 p.m. Tuesday, police Read More…

Oberlin Council rejects increase in minimum wage

OBERLIN — City Council on Monday rejected a member’s proposal to increase the minimum wage of city workers to $10.10 hourly. “I believe raising the minimum wage … will be an action our Council can be proud of,” said Councilwoman Sharon Soucy, who introduced the ordinance. The proposal lost in a 4-3 vote, ensuring that Read More…

Oberlin Schools weigh 4 building options

OBERLIN — Oberlin Schools Facilities Committee members received four options Thursday night for their long-awaited consolidation project. While all options presented by Oberlin Schools Superintendent John Schroth have the same outcome — a new building that connects elementary, middle and high schools — they offer differing timelines and price tags. One option would require constructing Read More…

Oberlin City Council OKs hybrid trash trucks

OBERLIN — The city will be the first in the state to use hybrid garbage and recycling trucks after City Council approved the purchase of the three vehicles Monday night. The vehicles cost the city $1.1 million, but City Council President Scott Broadwell said cost-saving options were available to the city, including a $10,000 per Read More…

Oberlin senior center dedicates room to master weaver

Ann Rogers hangs the dedication plaque on the door of the loom room.

OBERLIN — When Frank Serazin died in February 2012, his friends at Senior Enrichment Services of Oberlin wanted to remember the man who dedicated much of his life to the center. Serazin was considered a master weaver by the women who took his classes in the loom room at the center. He taught himself how Read More…

Resident questions legality of Oberlin income tax issue

OBERLIN — A former City Council member has petitioned the Lorain County Board of Elections to study whether the Oberlin income tax issue on the ballot was certified illegally. Oberlin resident David Ashenhurst contends that a resolution to put Issue 22 on the ballot did not receive enough votes to be considered an emergency measure. Read More…

Oberlin seeks state grant to replace garbage trucks destroyed in fire

Oberlin firefighters battle a fire at a maintenance garage Saturday. COURTESY OF CITY OF OBERLIN

OBERLIN — The city of Oberlin has asked for state help to replace garbage and recycling trucks that were destroyed during a February fire at the city’s Public Works Complex. The city, with the help of the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District, has applied for a $200,000 community grant through the Ohio Environmental Protection Read More…

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…