January 31, 2015

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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OBERLIN — City Council repealed several of the city’s ordinances related to firearms at the recommendation of City Law Director Jon Clark, who said the city could face “substantial penalties,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

toast truck

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


OBERLIN — Oberlin College’s 90-year-old Savage Stadium, described as “old and outdated,” will be replaced with a new state-of-the-art athletic complex next year, thanks to an $8 million gift from the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation.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…

Oberlin launches new mobile app available on iTunes

Oberlin app

OBERLIN — The city has gone mobile. City Manager Eric Norenberg introduced a new mobile app designed for the city of Oberlin during a City Council meeting Monday. The app launched during the city’s annual Culture Festival on Sept. 28, and it is available for download on iTunes. The app is compatible with the iPhone, Read More…

Photos: Annual Oberlin Culture Festival draws crowd

Culture Festival

Oberlin’s annual Culture Festival was held Saturday afternoon.

Oberlin Schools seeking continued progress

Oberlin schools

OBERLIN — Oberlin Schools’ finances, the district’s report card and a plan to move forward with the consolidation of school buildings were discussed Tuesday during a State of the School address. The address, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, was at the Oberlin Public Library. Superintendent John Schroth answered questions from the public and Read More…

Oberlin’s Park Street Park becomes center of gun debate

From left, David Sonner, of Oberlin; Michael Holubar, of Wakeman; Fred Tegtmeyer, of Ashland; Jeff Phillips and Chase, 8, of Oberlin; Nick Mascari, of Wellington; and Brian Kuzawa, of Ashland, debate whether guns should be allowed in public at Park Street Park in Oberlin, which does not allow firearms. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — It wasn’t exactly the usual scene Saturday in Oberlin’s Park Street Park. After all, the town reknowned for its liberalism generally doesn’t have gun-toting folks hanging out. But that is exactly what occurred Saturday when some Ashland residents and their friends paid a visit to the city with their guns visibly worn and Read More…

H.S. Football: Brookside shows poise late, beats Oberlin to snap 15-game skid

Brookside High School senior defense backs Brandon Bellman, left, and Aidan Wonder tackle Oberlin junior tight end DeVonte Hougland.

SHEFFIELD — The losing streak is over. Brookside played with poise after falling behind in the fourth quarter, getting a pair of touchdown passes by Tyler O’Malley to beat Oberlin 31-21 and end a 15-game losing streak in a non-conference game. “It feels amazing and it’s a huge weight lifted off our shoulders,” Cardinals senior Read More…

Oberlin gun ordinance to match Ohio law advances

OBERLIN — Brian Kuzawa, the Polk resident who carried his firearm into an Oberlin park, triggering a citywide debate on gun laws, met criticism from both residents and City Council Tuesday night. Kuzawa expressed his opinion on why guns should be allowed on city property, but Sharon Fairchild-Soucy, vice-president of Council, responded that she did Read More…