The Oberlin Review

A van enters the Lorain County Jail in Elyria. The Sheriff’s department will have to make deep cuts after county commissioners opted not to hike taxes.

Lorain Grapples with Government Cutbacks

December 9, 2016

County officials have chosen to defer to the will of the voters and implement budget cuts instead of a tax hike, which will include cutting funding to law enforcement as Lorain County’s heroin epidemic rages on. The county commissioners’ office rejected a proposal Wednesday morning that would have raised the sales tax in Lorain by .25 percent. The increase would have gone against voters’ decision on the Nov. 8 ballot, but was under consideration regardless because of the county’s dire...

Ohio Voting Has Built-In Safeguards

Linda Gates, Alison Ricker, Mary Kirtz Van Nortwick, League of Women Voters

September 23, 2016

To the Editors: Ohio voters should not be concerned that their ballots will not be counted as the voter intended, because Ohio laws and procedures protect the integrity of the ballot. For the past 10 years, Ohio law has required that every ballot must have a paper record that can be hand-counted and audited. All votes are cast either on (a) an electronic touch-screen machine, such as those used in Lorain County, that has a visible paper record that the voter can check to assure that it records the vote as cast, and that can be hand-counted in a recount or audit, or (b) a paper ballot that can be scanned electronically or counted by hand. For more than six years, based on the settlement of a lawsuit by the League of...

Local News Bulletin

April 22, 2016

City to Design Stormwater Plan In order to abide by the regulations outlined in the Environmental Protection Agency’s federal Clean Water Act, Oberlin will improve infrastructure to prevent and reduce flooding and water pollution. The city is trying to determine how much property owners will have to pay for these improvements. The improvements, which would include upgrades to culverts, ditches and pipes, could cost the city an estimated $938,000 annually for the next five years. Lorain County Health Clinic Opens Lorain County Health and Dentistry opened April 5 with the goal of being as accessible as possible. The $3.2 million clinic, which benefits from the Affordable Care Act, claims to treat around 12,00...

Local News Bulletin

April 8, 2016

County to Hold 14th Prescription Drug Turn-in Day Lorain County will hold its 14th prescription drug turn-in day on Saturday, April 30 at 16 law enforcement offices throughout the county. Residents can go to dispose of medications that have either expired or that they no longer use. The program also helps keep the medications from polluting the water supply or being sold on the street. No personal information will be asked of those who dispose of the drugs. Raimondo to Replace Estes in Interim Meredith Raimondo will serve as the College’s interim vice president and dean of students. She is currently the special assistant to the president for equity, inclusion and diversity and the Title IX coordinator. She...

Local News Bulletin

February 19, 2016

Man Brings Paraphernalia to Court Oberlin man Arvis Townsend was arrested on Feb. 10 for bringing drug paraphernalia into the Elyria Municipal Court. He was stopped by an officer working at the court’s front metal detector, which sounded after Townsend passed through with a spoon, needles and a tourniquet. He was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments and the items were turned over to the Elyria Police Department as evidence. Townsend currently faces a felony charge. He has previously been arrested on multiple drug charges, burglary and disorderly conduct by intoxication. Car Strikes Pedestrians in Hospital Parking Lot A driver struck four pedestrians in the Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain...

Local News Bulletin

February 12, 2016

New Markers at Westwood Cemetery The Friends of Westwood Cemetery is a community group that works to preserve the cemetery grounds, gravestones and stories tied to the historic site. In December, the group finished replacing old, worn signs that were making it difficult to find certain graves after receiving approval from City Council last year. The new signs have identifying letters on three sides. Through this and other community upkeep projects, the organization hopes to raise awareness about the cemetery and the role it has played in Oberlin’s history. Police Chief to Launch Community Liaison Program Chief of Police Juan Torres will provide liaisons to the Oberlin Early Childhood Center, Kendal at Oberl...

Feature Photo: Fight for $15

Feature Photo: Fight for $15

November 13, 2015

Students protest outside City Hall on Tuesday to call for a minimum wage hike to $15 an hour and protection of the right to unionize. The protesters stood in solidarity with demonstrators throughout Ohio, including in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown. “Currently, 14.6 percent of Lorain County’s population lives in poverty, and 9,900 people in Lorain County moved into the federally defined poverty level between 2007 and 2009. In the state of Ohio, 15.8 ...

The Joint Vocational School in Pittsfield Township is currently engaged in a legal battle with the city of
Oberlin. Oberlin sued the Lorain County Vocational School last June in an attempt to legally annex the school.

Vocational School Resists City Annexation

September 25, 2015

The city of Oberlin wants to expand city limits to include the Lorain County Joint Vocational School, but the school doesn’t want to join. JVS is currently located in Pittsfield Township, an unincorporated part of Lorain County that does not levy an income tax to residents or day workers. The city of Oberlin believes it has a legal right to take possession of JVS. If Oberlin successfully annexes the school, JVS employees will have to pay Oberlin income tax. According to Oberlin City Manager Eric...

A mural outside the Oberlin Public Library showcases work from a team of artists led by Laura Dahle. Artists including James Peake, Claudio Orso-Giacone, Gregory Cross, Terry Flores and David Baker designed this thought-provoking image during the Oberlin Chalk Walk in June.

Social Media Archives Temporary Chalk Art

September 4, 2015

On a June afternoon this sum­mer, children and adults alike held brilliant pastels in their hands and sprawled themselves across the sidewalks of downtown Ober­lin. Vibrant images emerged from the pavement outside Hall Audi­torium, one of the prime locations to create drawings during Ober­lin’s 10th annual Chalk Walk. Soft sandstone pavement serves as a great palette to blend colors, and its smooth texture creates an ex­cellent canvas. Despite scattered showers as event organizers set up chalk...

Ohio Senate Delays Decision on Fracking, Agriculture Bill

Elizabeth Dobbins, News Editor

December 12, 2014

Ohio legislators are making a final push this month to move several bills through the Senate, including laws that could improve support for free clinics and weaken fracking regulation. House Bill 320, which would lower the barriers to volunteering at free clinics, passed almost unanimously through the House in February and was approved by the Senate earlier this month. The bill extends Ohio’s Good Samaritan Law, a law that allows volunteer physicians to treat uninsured patients by protecting these volunteers from medical malpractice. H.B. 320 expands this protection to physicians treating patients on Medicaid; as a result, Medicaid patients can now receive care at free clinics. According to Paul Baumgart...

New Shelter Provides Transitional Housing

Emma Paul, Staff Writer

November 21, 2014

After four years of work, Valor Home will open a veteran’s shelter in Lorain by the end of this month. Meant to house veterans for up to two years, Valor Home, a program that is part of Family & Community Services, provides transitional housing with a mission, according to their website, “to support and respect the needs of veterans so that they may continue to contribute to the community and country, which are grateful for their service.” Located at 221 W. 21st Street in Lorain, Valor Home occupies a 21,000-square foot, two-story facility. The second floor houses 30 single-person bedrooms, some of which accommodate wheelchairs, as well as a kitchen and dining room. Lorain Community College donated compu...

Off the Cuff: Michael Dirda, OC ’70, Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic

October 10, 2014

Michael Dirda OC ’70 is a Pulitzer Prize–winning book critic for The Washington Post, and a published author. Dirda will give two public talks this coming Thursday: one at the Oberlin Public Library at 4 p.m. and another in the Ken- dal at Oberlin Haiser Auditorium at 7 p.m. He sat down with the Review to discuss his tumul- tuous academic career, feelings of inadequacy and how life in Lorain inspired him to become a literary journalist. Can you tell me about growing up in Lorain...

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