The Oberlin Review

Public School Funding Back on the Ballot

Anisa Curry Vietze, Editor-in-Chief

October 23, 2020

This Election Day, Oberlin voters will decide whether or not to renew two separate tax levies which fund the Oberlin public schools. The levies — Issues 21 and 22 on the ballot — are both property taxes and would last for five years before going back on the ballot. “Prior to this election, the issues have gone before the public, and when those issues were voted on previously, they were passed.” said Melissa Linebrink, Oberlin City Schools marketing and communications consultant. “With the renewal, it just means that we're going to the public again, just to ask them for their continued support. We’re not asking for new money, it’s going to be the same amount that they had been paying tax-wise before....

A car drove into the window of Ginko Gallery and Studio on Thursday.

Ginko Gallery Car Crash Leaves Minimal Damage, No Serious Injuries

October 23, 2020

A car drove into the exterior of the Ginko Gallery yesterday around 2:30 p.m. No one was seriously injured and there was only minor damage to the wooden siding next to the windows.  The driver was a Ginko’s artist who was dropping off an order at the store.  “[She] is a friend who makes and sells Grandma Jean’s goat's milk soap and lotions at the Farmer’s Market,” Ginko’s owner Liz Burgess wrote in a message to the Review. “She was pulling into a parking spot in front of the st...

Shannon Freshour and Jim Jordan debate for the Ohio 4th Congressional seat

Jim Jordan, Shannon Freshour Debate the Economy, Pandemic

October 9, 2020

Republican incumbent Jim Jordan and Democratic challenger Shannon Freshour debated in St. Mary’s, Ohio this past Tuesday. The candidates are running for United States Congress in Ohio’s 4th District, which represents Oberlin.  During the debate, the candidates covered various issues, including typical campaign topics like Social Security, health care, and the Second Amendment. The candidates also discussed more recent issues such as whether or not Ohio Governor Mike DeWine overstepped by...

Local Democratic candidates opened a Biden campaign office in downtown Oberlin last weekend.

Biden Campaign Office Opens in Oberlin

October 2, 2020

Last weekend, Ohio State Representative Joe Miller opened a campaign office for former Vice President Joe Biden in downtown Oberlin. He aims to help oust Trump and elect Ohio Democratic candidates down the ballot, such as those running for Congress, County Commissioner, State Representative, and other positions. The office opened on Sept. 26 and was funded by Miller’s campaign for re-election to the 56th State Congressional District. At the opening event, Miller highlighted how a Biden campaig...

Oberlin Residents Face Unemployment, Housing and Food Insecurity

Drew Dansby, Production Editor

September 18, 2020

Since federal COVID-19 assistance expired in late July, many unemployed and low-income tenants in Oberlin and Lorain County have experienced food insecurity and the threat of eviction. Although community organizations and social media support networks can temporarily help with basic needs, many residents are unable to find long-term solutions in the present job market.  The federal CARES Act, passed by Congress in March, established the Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, which distributed $600 dollars per week to Americans who lost their jobs due to COVID-19. It also placed a nationwide stay on evictions. But since these two protections expired on July 26, landlords have been filing eviction notices and un...

Langston Middle School reminds students of COVID-19 safety precautions as virtual learning commences this week.

Oberlin Schools Well-Prepared for Start of Online Classes

September 9, 2020

Oberlin City Schools are welcoming students back to virtual classes this week as the school district reopens remotely. The district’s plan has all grades operating fully online until Nov. 6, when they will reassess next steps. OCS will provide technological support for families in need.  When OCS suddenly shifted to remote learning last March, both teachers and students were ill-equipped to handle an entirely-virtual learning environment. However, the summer recess provided the district with tim...

Surveillance footage shows last Wednesday’s Subway restaurant robbery. Suspect Jonathan Hughes was taken into custody last Friday.

Suspect in Custody Following Aggravated Robbery at Subway

September 9, 2020

A man stole roughly $40 from the downtown Oberlin Subway last Wednesday night. Police took 25-year-old suspect Jonathan Hughes into custody within 48 hours of the incident. He is currently being held at the Lorain County Jail on a $50,000 bond for aggravated robbery — a first-degree felony.  Subway Sandwich Artist Emma Kim was on shift the night of the robbery and explained that the man indicated he was carrying a gun.  “He had his hands in the pockets of his hoodie and made it seem like he had a wea...

Patrons order coffee at Slow Train Cafe, which is currently open for socially-distanced walk-through service.

Local Businesses Anticipate Student Patronage After Challenging Summer

September 4, 2020

After downtown businesses suffered a slow summer of canceled events, College programming, and a state-wide stay-at-home order, the arrival of students this past week brings financial hope to some. However, College students’ return also prompts concerns about COVID-19 spread.  “It’s a twofold thing,” said Ben Franklin & MindFair Books owner Krista Long. “Clearly our downtown district relies on the College, and the students in particular for sales, so we’re enthusiastic about th...

Black Lives Matter protesters marched from Tappan Square to the Post Office on June 6.

Black Lives Matter Protesters Gather in Tappan Square

June 30, 2020

Protesters gathered in Tappan Square on June 6 to protest the murders of George Floyd and other Black men and women killed by police. During the demonstration, several speakers addressed the crowd to talk about the history of police violence against communities of color and demanded change on the local and national level.  After protests against police brutality spread in cities in the U.S. and across the world, Oberlin resident Janet Gonzalez formed a Facebook group called Oberlin Peaceful Demonst...

Third-Party Candidate Ends OH-4 Campaign After Contractor Presents Invalid Signatures

June 13, 2020

Chris Gibbs, an Independent candidate running for US Congress in Ohio’s 4th district, announced on May 17 that he is suspending his campaign. The announcement came after the Lorain County Board of Elections determined he did not collect the requisite number of signatures to appear on the November ballot.  Last spring, Gibbs announced that he would run as an Independent against Republican Representative Jim Jordan, a vocal supporter of the president and a founder of the far-right House Freedom Caucus. Gibbs voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election but grew dissatisfied with Trump’s policies over the last few years. As a farmer, Gibbs is especially frustrated with Trump’s trade war with China, which has d...

Slow Train customers place their orders at the cafe's rear entrance. Many of Oberlin's downtown businesses have changed the way they operate to allow for social distancing.

Oberlin’s Small Businesses Face Slow Summer

June 13, 2020

Small businesses in Oberlin continue navigating challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, despite Ohio moving forward with its gradual reopening plan. Local businesses were hit hard by the state-wide stay-at-home order issued March 22, which curtailed business in Oberlin and sent students home.  As part of his Responsible RestartOhio plan, Governor Mike DeWine reopened restaurants and bars for outdoor dining on May 15 and dine-in service on May 21. However, many of Oberlin’s businesses rel...

College, Gibson’s Bakery File Briefs Appealing $25 Million Verdict

College, Gibson’s Bakery File Briefs Appealing $25 Million Verdict

June 12, 2020

Last Friday, the College filed to appeal the $25 million verdict that Gibson’s Bakery won in their case against Oberlin College and Vice President and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo. A jury found the College guilty of libel last June and initially awarded the Gibsons $44 million in damages, later capped at $25 million due to Ohio state laws regarding tort lawsuits. The Gibsons argued that the College supported students in protesting and boycotting the bakery following accusations of racism in ...

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