October 31, 2014

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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…

Churches join forces for ‘Breath of Heaven’ live nativity

Students from a Lorain County Joint Vocational School carpentry class move one of the painted backgrounds into place Thursday as they set up a live nativity at Grace Lutheran Church, 310 W. Lorain St., Oberlin. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — The little town of Bethlehem will come to life this weekend at Grace Lutheran Church in Oberlin. Members of Bethany Lutheran Church of Wellington and Grace Lutheran Church are hosting their 16th presentation of the “Breath of Heaven” — a nativity scene featuring live actors and animals — 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday Read More…

Oberlin College student falls short on ‘Jeopardy!’

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OBERLIN — Oberlin College student Sam Bernhard looked like a pro during the beginning of Wednesday night’s “Jeopardy!” competition. Bernhard, who faced a retired police officer from Huntington, N.Y., and the returning champion — an attorney from Washington, D.C., answered the first three questions correctly. But Bernhard, a second-year student, lost momentum as the competition Read More…

Annual ‘Messiah’ Sing-Along set for Friday in Oberlin

OBERLIN — For more than half a century, residents from around Lorain County flocked to Oberlin every December to listen to and participate in the Messiah Sing-Along. Handel’s music wafted through the air, as both young and old sang alongside some of the most talented vocalists to come out of Oberlin College. The annual tradition Read More…

Oberlin repeals parts of gun laws

OBERLIN — City Council repealed several of the city’s ordinances related to firearms at the recommendation of City Law Director Jon Clark, who said the city could face “substantial penalties, costs and expenses” for maintaining the ordinances, which conflict with state law. The ordinances, relating to carrying a concealed weapon, improperly using and possessing firearms Read More…

Oberlin food truck business hits road block

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OBERLIN — Oberlin College student Casey Silverstein said he never expected the challenges he has faced to get his food truck business, North Coast Toast, up and running. Silverstein, along with business partners Jeremy Reimnitz and Evan Zierk, envisioned a gourmet grilled-cheese food-truck business during a Creativity and Leadership class at Oberlin College. The entrepreneurship Read More…

Oberlin College receives $8 million gift to build sports complex

COURTESY OBERLIN COLLEGE

OBERLIN — Oberlin College’s 90-year-old Savage Stadium, described as “old and outdated,” will be replaced with a new state-of-the-art athletic complex next year, thanks to an $8 million gift from the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation. It will be named the Austin E. Knowlton Athletics Complex in honor of the late Ohio businessman who created the Read More…