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Past articles by Richard:

Chamber foundation in Vermilion takes on business building, historic school

A nonprofit foundation will guide the evolution of one of Vermilion’s historic buildings and the event center next to it. The Friends of Harbour Town 1837 has sold Commodore’s Place, 995 Stat… → Read More

Lorain Council appoints Breanna Dull as new clerk, and Michele T. Beko as deputy

Lorain City Council’s longtime deputy clerk has become the board’s official recordkeeper. On Feb. 21, Council voted 10-0 to appoint Breanna Dull to succeed Clerk of Council Nancy Greer, who retired… → Read More

Lorain Port lands record lake trout for display

A giant lake trout on display at the Lorain Port and Financing Authority office, 319 Black River Lane in downtown Lorain, may seem like a slippery character, but its record is legitimate. The creat… → Read More

Lorain High School gets crowd for food pantry

The line of cars wrapped around Lorain High School, 2600 Ashland Ave., when people were waiting for food in another mobile pantry by Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio. The Feb. 24 pant… → Read More

Lorain auditor, safety forces split over timecard system

A new electronic timecard system will reduce errors and standardize the way Lorain city employees log their work hours, the city auditor said. However, Lorain’s public safety chiefs of the city’s t… → Read More

South Lorain housing delayed; Broadway apartments planned

Developers will put on hold a project that would bring new apartments to the blighted former Hills store and junkyard at 2261 Homewood Drive in South Lorain. Meanwhile, a new apartment complex is i… → Read More

Brown: Ohio lawmakers ‘mean business’ about submarine readiness

Ohio lawmakers in Congress mean business about locating a possible naval submarine shipyard and support complex in Lorain and Lordstown, Sen. Sherrod Brown said. On Feb. 2, Brown joined Sen. Rob Po… → Read More

Lorain Council OKs motorsports park zoning change

Lorain City Council has approved a zoning change needed for construction of a new Ohio Motorsports Park on the city’s east side. In the last few weeks, Council had several presentations about plans… → Read More

Lorain: International princesses sought for festival return

The Lorain International Festival is returning for 2022, and princesses are needed. Feb. 28 is the deadline for Lorain County residents to submit an online application to become a 2022 Internationa… → Read More

Lorain: Bank building renovations nearing completion

There’s a fresh new look inside the former Chase Bank building at 1949 Broadway in Lorain. A major interior overhaul is nearing completion, said building owner Jon Veard, president and CEO of Unite… → Read More

Amherst: BP clears, Sheetz plans station, store on Leavitt Road

A new gasoline station is coming to the corner of Leavitt Road and Kresge Drive in Amherst. The former BP gas station there has been demolished as part of a project to make room for a Sheetz gas st… → Read More

Underground Railroad has history, inspires legends in Lorain County

Northern Ohio is home to locations along the Underground Railroad, the 1800s traveling routes that escaped slaves used to venture north to freedom in Canada. There also are some misperceptions abou… → Read More

Great Lakes environmental money could help Lorain, other communities

The Black River in Lorain is one of 22 polluted sites that will benefit from a $1 billion investment for environmental restoration. On Feb. 17, President Joe Biden visited Lorain with U.S. Environm… → Read More

Men of Courage hope to reconnect with students in Lorain

A local youth mentorship program hopes to re-establish connections among students in Lorain. The novel coronavirus pandemic has disrupted relationships for Lorain students and mentors of Men of Cou… → Read More

Snow Day has sunny skies, cool temperatures at Casecade Park in Elyria

It may have been too cold to Snow Day at Cascade Park on Feb. 19. Lorain County Metro Parks’ annual winter day festival had 250 people signed up to attend, and a waiting list. But halfway through t… → Read More

Biden does not mention Lorain shipyard, developer says that’s OK – Morning Journal

President Joe Biden did not mention a proposed new naval submarine shipyard in Lorain when he visited the city Feb. 17. However, that is not a bad sign for a project that would strengthen national … → Read More

Lorain City Council hears details on proposed kart racetrack ‘family-plex’ – Morning Journal

The new Ohio Motorsports Park would bring people, jobs and opportunities for youth to Lorain’s east side, the racetrack co-owner said. On Feb. 14, McCrone Motorsports CEO Kris McCrone introduced hi… → Read More

Biden makes Lorain visit to announce $1B for Great Lakes restoration

The city of Lorain shows what’s possible as the United States makes a historic investment in the Great Lakes, said President Joe Biden. The president visited Lorain on Feb. 17 to announce $1 billio… → Read More

Lorain Library preps for facility review

The Lorain Public Library System is seeking consultants to assist in future phases of improvements. However, it’s too soon to tell what could come for the Main Branch Library and the branches in So… → Read More

Lorain: Nature advocates plea to keep Cromwell Park green space

If Lorain loses Cromwell Park as a green space, it’s gone forever, said local nature lovers who want to preserve the former landfill along the Black River. On Feb. 14, members of the Black River Au… → Read More