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Jason Hawk

Position: Editor, Lorain County Community Newspapers
E-Mail Address: news@theoberlinnews.com
Phone Number: 440-988-2801


About Jason Hawk

Jason Hawk has served as editor since October 2012, after serving eight years as a reporter. He is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and holds a degree in English with focuses on journalism and history. His is married with three children.

Latest Stories by Jason Hawk

Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-TimesMembers of the Amherst Military Honor Guard salute the American flag Monday at St. Joseph Cemetery on Middle Ridge Road. They dedicated a new flag pole at the site. It was donated by American Legion Post 118 and can be seen in a recently-expanded section of the Catholic cemetery.

Respecting the flag, honoring the dead

Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-TimesMembers of the Amherst Military Honor Guard salute the American flag Monday at St. Joseph Cemetery on Middle Ridge Road. They dedicated a new flag pole at the site. It was donated by American Legion Post 118 and can be seen in a recently-expanded section of the Catholic cemetery.

Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington EnterpriseA senior barbecue picnic was held Friday at the Wellington rec park as a send-off for graduating Wellington High School students. Teens played flag football, corn hole, kickball, and took to the playground equipment to horse around as they prepared to bid farewell to high school life.

Hot dogs and hamburgers at farewell bash

Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington EnterpriseA senior barbecue picnic was held Friday at the Wellington rec park as a send-off for graduating Wellington High School students. Teens played flag football, corn hole, kickball, and took to the playground equipment to horse around as they prepared to bid farewell to high school life.

Lorain man dead after chase

Alcohol use is suspected in a deadly crash early Monday that started with a pursuit by Amherst police across the Lorain border. Nicholas Zaenglein, 24, of Lorain, was killed just before 1 a.m. when he slammed his 2005 Ford Focus into a utility pole on the side of North Ridge Road near Washington Avenue in Lorain. The speeding car flipped and stru

Photos by Randy Meyers | Amherst News-TimesMiles for Kyle, a 5K fundraiser run, was held Saturday at South Amherst Middle School. Proceeds benefitted 16-year-old Kyle Riggs, who has been fighting Hodgkin's lymphoma. Those funds will help offset the mounting medical costs of treatment.

Running for Kyle

Photos by Randy Meyers | Amherst News-TimesMiles for Kyle, a 5K fundraiser run, was held Saturday at South Amherst Middle School. Proceeds benefitted 16-year-old Kyle Riggs, who has been fighting Hodgkin's lymphoma. Those funds will help offset the mounting medical costs of treatment.

Photos by Randy Meyers | Amherst News-TimesThe Amherst Community Chorus performed for the public May 22 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church social hall in Amherst under the direction of Simone and Steve Gall. The concert included many Broadway hits from “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Annie,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” an

They gave their regards to Broadway

Photos by Randy Meyers | Amherst News-TimesThe Amherst Community Chorus performed for the public May 22 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church social hall in Amherst under the direction of Simone and Steve Gall. The concert included many Broadway hits from “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Annie,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” an

Enjoy these images from Saturday's ceremony. We got a backstage pass and talked with some very nervous graduates-to-be, then took hundreds of photos from the floor as Amherst seniors walked toward the future.

GRADUATION: Amherst commencement photos!

Enjoy these images from Saturday's ceremony. We got a backstage pass and talked with some very nervous graduates-to-be, then took hundreds of photos from the floor as Amherst seniors walked toward the future.

Only eight graduates were inducted Saturday into the Amherst Steele High School Hall of Fame: Matt Cecil, Matthew Haberbusch, Chad Johnson, Brett McCloskey, Jakob McHugh, Miranda Mlincek, Brittany Neidert, and Erin Shepherd.
They were elevated to a permanent position of honor due to perfect ACT or SAT scores and placement at the very top of the Cl

2015 ACADEMIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Only eight graduates were inducted Saturday into the Amherst Steele High School Hall of Fame: Matt Cecil, Matthew Haberbusch, Chad Johnson, Brett McCloskey, Jakob McHugh, Miranda Mlincek, Brittany Neidert, and Erin Shepherd. They were elevated to a permanent position of honor due to perfect ACT or SAT scores and placement at the very top of the Cl

A sea of green and gold stretched Saturday across the floor of the Cleveland State University Wolstein Center, where the Amherst Steele High School Class of 2015 gathered to receive diplomas and say farewell to childhood.
Seniors stood 328 strong, beaming and waving to cheering family members in the stands.
Each in turn took the stage to receive

STEELE GRADS STAND TALL

A sea of green and gold stretched Saturday across the floor of the Cleveland State University Wolstein Center, where the Amherst Steele High School Class of 2015 gathered to receive diplomas and say farewell to childhood. Seniors stood 328 strong, beaming and waving to cheering family members in the stands. Each in turn took the stage to receive

Before exams, when they were feeling the most academic pressure, Miranda Mlincek and Matt Haberbusch would always share a simple phrase with each other: “As long as you succeed.”
It was a way of reassuring each other. Those few short words were how they reminded each other that competition did not matter and getting the job done was th

Mlincek: 'Our childhood spirits still live within us'

Before exams, when they were feeling the most academic pressure, Miranda Mlincek and Matt Haberbusch would always share a simple phrase with each other: “As long as you succeed.” It was a way of reassuring each other. Those few short words were how they reminded each other that competition did not matter and getting the job done was th

“Tell me — what is it you plan to do with you one wild and precious life?” asked Firelands High School valedictorian Emily Pohorence of her classmates Friday.
The Class of 2015 assembled one final time at the Falcons stadium to receive diplomas in the 61st annual ceremony. In all 149, participated in commencement exercises with a

Pohorence: 'There is nothing holding us back'

“Tell me — what is it you plan to do with you one wild and precious life?” asked Firelands High School valedictorian Emily Pohorence of her classmates Friday. The Class of 2015 assembled one final time at the Falcons stadium to receive diplomas in the 61st annual ceremony. In all 149, participated in commencement exercises with a

Pohorence: 'There is nothing holding us back'

“Tell me — what is it you plan to do with you one wild and precious life?” asked Firelands High School valedictorian Emily Pohorence of her classmates Friday. The Class of 2015 assembled one final time at the Falcons stadium to receive diplomas in the 61st annual ceremony. In all 149, participated in commencement exercises with a

44,600 pounds of food collected

To the editor: The National Association of Letter Carriers Cascade Branch 196 would like to thank the residents of Elyria, North Ridgeville, Oberlin, Wellington, and Grafton. On Saturday, May 9, our annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive was a huge success. Letter carriers assisted by clerks, supervisors, rural letter carriers, retirees, and members

44,600 pounds of food collected

To the editor: The National Association of Letter Carriers Cascade Branch 196 would like to thank the residents of Elyria, North Ridgeville, Oberlin, Wellington, and Grafton. On Saturday, May 9, our annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive was a huge success. Letter carriers assisted by clerks, supervisors, rural letter carriers, retirees, and members

Courtesy photoKendal at Oberlin has been honored by the Lorain County JVS as a business and industry partner. Kendal provides clinical experiences and employment opportunities for JVS students and graduates. The organization provides adult mentors to assist students in clinical settings and overall support to JVS students and staff. They also serve

Kendal contributions earn JVS accolades

Courtesy photoKendal at Oberlin has been honored by the Lorain County JVS as a business and industry partner. Kendal provides clinical experiences and employment opportunities for JVS students and graduates. The organization provides adult mentors to assist students in clinical settings and overall support to JVS students and staff. They also serve

I may have mentioned that I'm a thrifty-bordering-on-Dickensian miser. In fact, I always cheer for Mr. Scrooge.
Sometimes it's good to be cheap. One particular area is in the purchase of tools.
My father was my inspiration for this hyper-frugal condition. Way back in the Dark Ages, he would not spend the $2 to get a tire changed on a car rim. Unt

Right tool for every job? Nah

I may have mentioned that I'm a thrifty-bordering-on-Dickensian miser. In fact, I always cheer for Mr. Scrooge. Sometimes it's good to be cheap. One particular area is in the purchase of tools. My father was my inspiration for this hyper-frugal condition. Way back in the Dark Ages, he would not spend the $2 to get a tire changed on a car rim. Unt

Go ahead and guess: What kind of crimes do Amherst police see the most often?
If you said drug offenses, you're right.
Officers here made 133 drug-related arrests last year, according to a long-delayed 2014 annual report released at the tail end of May.
The 28-page document is riddled with statistics that paint an interesting picture of police a

Report: Drugs top 2014 arrests

Go ahead and guess: What kind of crimes do Amherst police see the most often? If you said drug offenses, you're right. Officers here made 133 drug-related arrests last year, according to a long-delayed 2014 annual report released at the tail end of May. The 28-page document is riddled with statistics that paint an interesting picture of police a

“It was just a ball of fire.”
That's how Amherst fire chief Wayne Northeim described the scene at a Milan Avenue pole barn that caught fire shortly after 4 a.m. Thursday.
The sky glowed orange as firefighters rushed to the structure on the block between Amherst town hall and the Norfolk & Southern railroad overpass. When they arri

Dump truck causes Milan Ave. barn blaze

“It was just a ball of fire.” That's how Amherst fire chief Wayne Northeim described the scene at a Milan Avenue pole barn that caught fire shortly after 4 a.m. Thursday. The sky glowed orange as firefighters rushed to the structure on the block between Amherst town hall and the Norfolk & Southern railroad overpass. When they arri

As a journalist, I have the privilege each year of attending high school graduation ceremonies, of being an unattached outsider chronicling with pen and notepad and cameras one of the most pivotal coming-of-age days in American life.
I get to surreptitiously watch mothers holding their children tight, fathers holding back tears, boyfriends and gir

Graduation is the best of times, hardest of times

As a journalist, I have the privilege each year of attending high school graduation ceremonies, of being an unattached outsider chronicling with pen and notepad and cameras one of the most pivotal coming-of-age days in American life. I get to surreptitiously watch mothers holding their children tight, fathers holding back tears, boyfriends and gir

CORRECTION

Our layout team mistakenly credited reporter Valerie Urbanik for photos of First Lady Michelle Obama in the May 28 edition of the Oberlin News-Tribune. The photos were taken by Randy Meyers on our behalf. We deeply regret the error.

Construction season is here with a vengeance

A massive sidewalk project is now underway to help protect students who walk to Harris Elementary and Amherst Junior High schools. The Perk Company of Cleveland has been hired to lay about six-tenths of a mile of walkways on the east side of South Lake Street from Van Oaks Drive to River's Edge Drive at a cost of $286,000. That total will be cove





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