The Local Beat with O’Brien

The Chronicle-Telegram’s Dave O’Brien joins WEOL every Wednesday morning to discuss local Lorain County happenings. Interviews from past shows are archived below.

Local Beat – December 1st

Here’s “The Local Beat” for this week presented by Vandemark Jewelers, a trusted name in Jewelry! The Chronicle-Telegram’s own Dave O’Brien joins Rocco Nuosci as they touch on a number of local news stories!

This week, the guys discussed the return of the zero proof mix-off this Thursday at Lorain County Community College, as well as a new recruiting plan for auxiliary officers in Elyria.

Take a listen below!


The Local Beat Archive

11/24/21 – This week, the guys shared some final thoughts from this year’s local general election as well as the overall voter turnout, plus, the Avon Planning Commission’s latest development delay.

11/17/21 – This week, the guys discussed a recent vote from Elyria City Council to raise water and sewer rates in the city, as well as a new police chief in the city!

11/10/21 – This week, the guys talk about vaccination numbers for the youth in Lorain County, a new Elyria library director, and a refreshing of some of the greenery around downtown Elyria!

11/3/21 – This week, the guys discuss the start of jury selection for a 2019 murder, as well as no jail time for an Avon Lake woman who hit a cyclist in 2019.

10/27/21 – This week, the guys discussed the Lorain County Commissioners 2022 budget hearing as well as new aquatics facilities being discussed in Elyria.

10/20/21 – This week, the guys talk about the latest with Elyria Councilman Mark Jessie as well as the latest annexation attempt with the Lorain County Joint Vocational School.

10/13/21 – This week, the guys talked about the Lorain Police department adding more police officers to their force, as well as an update on the old Golden Acres Nursing Home building in Amherst.

10/6/21 – This week, the guys break down a statewide prostitution sting involving 161 people. Also, former County Administrator Tom Williams is suing two of the current Lorain County Commissioners.

9/29/21 – This week, the guys talked about a familiar face re-hired at the Lorain County Department of Job and Family Services, as well as a debate over mask mandates in the Amherst Schools.

9/22/21 – This week, the guys talked about a proposed roundabout in North Ridgeville as well as the Wellington Police Department looking for more police officers.

9/15/21 – This week, the guys talked about more police officers coming to the city of Lorain as well as a recent outcome from a vote on mask mandates by the Vermilion School Board.

9/8/21 – This week, the guys talked about the call from some for Lorain County Commissioner Michelle Hung to resign and the process it would take to recall her position. The guys also discussed the recent armyworm problem across northeast Ohio.

9/1/21 – This week, the guys talk about the latest from the Chestnut Commons Connector project in Elyria as well as increasing enrollment in the Lorain City Schools!

8/17/21 – This week, the guys talk about a Republican group from Southern Lorain County asking for the resignation of County Commissioner Michelle Hung, as well as rising housing costs across the county!

8/10/21 – This week, the guys talked about a lawsuit from the developer of the Chestnut Commons project as well as some tense union negotiations.

8/3/21 – This week, the guys talked about the recent spike in COVID cases in Lorain County as well as a recent police shooting in Elyria.

7/28/21 – This week, the guys talked about rising COVID-19 cases once again in Lorain County and how that could impact mask mandating in schools. Also, a consulting contract renewal from Elyria City Council is discussed.

7/21/21 – This week, the guys talked about a potential change in the working culture at the Amherst Police Department as well as a solution to the flooding issues in North Ridgeville.

7/14/21 – This week, Dave and Rocco talk about a court sentencing from the tragic death of Vincent Buccini, as well as movie star Adam Driver coming to Hollywood to film his latest movie.

7/7/21 – The guys talk about a change to the state report cards for schools in Ohio as well as a new app in Avon Lake that allows residents to report issues in the city right on their phone.

6/30/21 – This week, the guys talk about a new plan for the city of Elyria on how to spend $1 million in federal relief dollars, as well as debate in Lorain over a potential new halfway house in the area.

6/23/21 – This week, the guys talked about the removal of a principal in the Wellington Schools as well as the nearing completion of the Center Ridge Widening Project.

6/16/21 – This week, the guys talk potential demolition in downtown Elyria long with a new eSports center coming to South Lorain!

6/9/21This week, the guys talked about Memorial Day tributes from around Lorain County, as well as an heavy spike in gun violence in Lorain so far in 2021.

5/26/21 – This week, the guys talked about a new COVID-19 vaccine partnership with the Lake Erie Crushers as well as the return of the North Ridgeville Corn Festival!

5/19/21This week, the medical journey of Lorain Arts Council Executive Director Antonio Barrios is discussed along with some of the issues with healthcare. Also, Broadway in Lorain remains busy with change, so Dave updated us with the latest.

5/12/21 – The guys talk about a man from Vermilion on the loose after a police chase, as well as some misinformation regarding COVID-19 vaccines and pregnancy.

5/5/21 – The guys talk about Tuesday’s primary election as well as Elyria Mayor Frank Whitfield’s three-month plan for the city.

4/28/21 – This week, the guys talk about relief funding for the Lorain County Regional Airport as well as Ohio losing a seat in the House of Representatives.

4/21/21This week, the guys talk about revoked compensation for board members of the Lorain County Veterans Service Commission as well as new leadership at the Lorain County Visitor’s Bureau!

4/14/21Dave breaks down a heroic save by a state highway patrol trooper and a hiccup with the Visit Lorain County website.

4/7/21 – The Chronicle’s Dylan Reynolds fills in for Dave this week as the guys talk about the latest from Sharon Sweda regarding the Lorain County Board of Elections, as well as loosening COVID-19 restrictions over at Oberlin College.

3/31/21 – This week, the guys talked about the latest with the Green Circle Growers tax appeal, a missing persons case in Lorain, and more

3/24/21 – Dave returns this week as he breaks down some mysterious billboards as well as downtown demolitions in Elyria.

3/17/21 – Laina Yost is in for Dave this week as she discusses a new contract for Lorain firefighters and some loss of business in the county as well.

3/10/21 – The guys talk about Sharon Sweda and the Lorain County Board of Elections, as well as a reflection on being a full year into the COVID-19 pandemic.

3/3/21 – Dave talks about the fire at the old Uncle Vic’s/Mardi Gras building as well as a locally created booklet regarding bullying and mental health.

2/24/21 – Dave talks about the projected budget cuts for Elyria in 2021 as well as an “Alternate Baseball” league looking to expand in Lorain County!

2/17/21 – Stopping gun violence in Lorain kicks the conversation off on the Local Beat this week, as well as the latest on Elyria fire chief Carl Mack. 

2/10/21 – Dave talks about a new three-year contract for Clearview superintendent Jerome Davis as well as great progress for the downtown branch project for the Elyria Library System.

2/3/21 – Dave talks about flooding issues over at Chestnut Commons as well as rising COVID-19 cases in Lorain County.

1/27/21 – Dave talks about a continued debate over CARES Act funding with the Lorain County Commissioners as well as potential replacement for Senator Rob Portman who announced he will not be seeking another term in Congress.

1/20/21 – Dave breaks down new property taxes in Lorain County and how that could impact the community.

1/13/21 – This episode, Dave discusses Elyria City Council potentially removing some of its own seats as well as Avon’s moratorium on short-term residential rentals.

1/6/21Dave and Rocco talk about a crazy start to 2021 around Lorain County.

Click the links below to listen to past interviews.

2020 Archive

2019 Archive

2018 Archive