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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

Meters, gas, trimming get council attention

Big-dollar spending was approved Monday by Amherst city council on several routine but crucial items. Officials unanimously approved up to $100,000 in a continuing effort to replace all residential water meters with radio-read models. This means utilities workers do not have to enter homes to gauge water usage, but instead can remotely access the

Quakers call for action

To the editor: I write on behalf of Oberlin monthly meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) to declare our grave religious and ethical concerns regarding the recent police killings of unarmed black adults and children in Ferguson, Mo., New York City, and Cleveland, Ohio. Our hearts go out to their families and those who loved them.

Mr. and Mrs. Todd Mobley of Rushsylvania, Ohio, and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Orseno of Amherst, Ohio, have announced the engagement of Jess Mobley and Ryan Orseno.
Jess is a 2013 graduate of Rhodes College and is employed as a preschool teacher at Noah's Ark Preschool in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Ryan is a 2012 graduate of Ohio State University Agricultural T

ENGAGEMENT: Mobley-Orseno

Mr. and Mrs. Todd Mobley of Rushsylvania, Ohio, and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Orseno of Amherst, Ohio, have announced the engagement of Jess Mobley and Ryan Orseno. Jess is a 2013 graduate of Rhodes College and is employed as a preschool teacher at Noah's Ark Preschool in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Ryan is a 2012 graduate of Ohio State University Agricultural T

Fmr. councilman: Norenberg clash 'puzzling'

To the editor: Over the past 20 years, I served on Oberlin city council for five terms, the last as president during the 2012-2013 term. I found my council service to be both interesting and rewarding. Of particular satisfaction for me was Oberlin's city manager form of government where an elected body of seven council members — all elected

CC president: Talks need to be transparent

To the editor: For the past few weeks, there's been much discussion around Oberlin, along with articles in the media, concerning a letter that was presented to Oberlin city manager Eric Norenberg, requesting his resignation. This letter, signed by city council members Bryan Burgess, Sharon Pearson, Elizabeth Meadows, and Kristin Peterson, was pre

Burgess details unrest over Norenberg

To the editor: By now it should be clear to most observers that unanimity in our city council is a rare thing indeed. On important issues such as a tax increase, charter amendments, and the most recent evaluation of the city manager, the care of this community rests on the shared opinions of only four of our seven council members. Lest anyone acc

'Yellow Dot' should be used here

To the editor: “Yellow Dot in Car Window Speaks for Crash Victims.” While visiting West Palm Beach, Fla., the above headline caught my attention. I am hopeful we can consider implementing this program in our community. The “Yellow Dot” program helps victims to supply critical information to first responders at a crash sce

All four Republicans on Amherst city council are seeking to retain their seats another two years.
At-large Phil Van Treuren, ward two rep Dave Goodell, ward three rep Chuck Winiarski, and ward four rep Jennifer Wasilk have all turned in papers to the Lorain County Board of Elections.
Barring any issues with their petitions, they will appear on th

Council Republicans file to seek reelection

All four Republicans on Amherst city council are seeking to retain their seats another two years. At-large Phil Van Treuren, ward two rep Dave Goodell, ward three rep Chuck Winiarski, and ward four rep Jennifer Wasilk have all turned in papers to the Lorain County Board of Elections. Barring any issues with their petitions, they will appear on th

YMCA class 'mascot' remembered

To the editor: I am writing regarding the recent passing of George Zdniak. He was in our YMCA Silver Sneakers class at the first United Methodist Church. George joined us about six months ago and quickly became our friend and class mascot. At 89, he would show up early to help set up chairs for class and stay late to break down. I'm the instructor

Strap on your skates and grab a stick — Comets hockey could be making a comeback after being benched for two years.
A roster of at least 11 would be needed to reboot the varsity program, Steele High athletic director Casey Wolf said.
Right now there are three former players, all juniors, who want to get back on the ice and he suspects there

Wolf wants return of Comets hockey

Strap on your skates and grab a stick — Comets hockey could be making a comeback after being benched for two years. A roster of at least 11 would be needed to reboot the varsity program, Steele High athletic director Casey Wolf said. Right now there are three former players, all juniors, who want to get back on the ice and he suspects there

With just six structure fires to handle, you might think 2014 was a slow year for Amherst firefighters.
But call-outs actually jumped way up as they were dispatched 481 times in the city and township, according to an annual report released Wednesday by fire chief Wayne Northeim.
Compare that number to relatively placid 2013, when firefighters wen

Busy year for firefighters but less destruction

With just six structure fires to handle, you might think 2014 was a slow year for Amherst firefighters. But call-outs actually jumped way up as they were dispatched 481 times in the city and township, according to an annual report released Wednesday by fire chief Wayne Northeim. Compare that number to relatively placid 2013, when firefighters wen

In the interest of fairness, I thought I should offer some clarification to young adults before they have children. I feel they deserve a bit of contrition from a parent now that they are old enough to understand.
Ready? Parents have no idea what they are doing.
I refer especially to raising the first of our offspring. (Full disclosure: I am the

Confession of a parent

In the interest of fairness, I thought I should offer some clarification to young adults before they have children. I feel they deserve a bit of contrition from a parent now that they are old enough to understand. Ready? Parents have no idea what they are doing. I refer especially to raising the first of our offspring. (Full disclosure: I am the

I am so ready for spring. We've had some very cold weather and I don't like it when it's icy, especially on the sidewalks.
I'm in the mood for some stuffed peppers and cabbages. I found an easier way in making my stuffed cabbages. Instead of wrapping the meat mixture with the cabbage, I chop the cabbage and precook it until tender crisp and then d

Comfort food for cold weather

I am so ready for spring. We've had some very cold weather and I don't like it when it's icy, especially on the sidewalks. I'm in the mood for some stuffed peppers and cabbages. I found an easier way in making my stuffed cabbages. Instead of wrapping the meat mixture with the cabbage, I chop the cabbage and precook it until tender crisp and then d

Former mayor's wife passes at 83

A former first lady of Amherst has died at age 83. Patricia DePaola, wife of former mayor Anthony DePaola, passed away Tuesday at Amherst Manor Nursing Home. Her husband served in office from 1972 to 1984. “She was a very gracious lady,” said current mayor David Taylor, who was safety-service director under DePaola and knew the famil

I have a friend — let's call her Shrochelle Shmantanona to protect her identity — who is a Seattle Seahawks fan.
When I say fan, I mean a face-painted, turquoise tutu-wearing, live-and-die-by-every-game, weeping only at the NFC Championship overtime debacle, rewatching games three times in slow motion, totally crazy fanatic. She doesn'

Why I'll be cheering for the Patriots

I have a friend — let's call her Shrochelle Shmantanona to protect her identity — who is a Seattle Seahawks fan. When I say fan, I mean a face-painted, turquoise tutu-wearing, live-and-die-by-every-game, weeping only at the NFC Championship overtime debacle, rewatching games three times in slow motion, totally crazy fanatic. She doesn'

Property owners have had enough

To the editor: I am writing in regard to the Jan. 8 article in the Oberlin News-Tribune that detailed the 4.5-mill levy that will be on the November ballot. Maybe the Oberlin Schools are not aware of the fact that Lorain County is declining and there are fewer people left that can actually afford this “$159 per year for every $100,000 worth

Harsh words over resignation call

To the editor: As many are now aware, Bryan Burgess has written two letters asking for the resignation/termination of city manager Eric Norenberg. He has been joined by Elizabeth Meadows and first-year council members Kristen Peterson and Sharon Pearson. As one might expect, this has caused distress throughout the city. For the past six years, M

Three recent tragic events — one near St. Louis, one in Cleveland, and one in Staten Island, N.Y. — have had heavy media coverage but they are only a sample of the conditions that raise questions about the relationship of police behavior to social well-being.
However extensive the training or well intentioned its practice, there is no

Police behavior and social well-being

Three recent tragic events — one near St. Louis, one in Cleveland, and one in Staten Island, N.Y. — have had heavy media coverage but they are only a sample of the conditions that raise questions about the relationship of police behavior to social well-being. However extensive the training or well intentioned its practice, there is no

For a limited time, get a 2014 National Champions Ohio State Buckeyes football poster when you become a new subscriber to the Amherst News-Times!
We're offering the commemorative poster to celebrate OSU's 14-1 record and the state's claim to the first-ever college football national championship title. It features photos of players such as Ezekiel

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POSTER when you subscribe!

For a limited time, get a 2014 National Champions Ohio State Buckeyes football poster when you become a new subscriber to the Amherst News-Times! We're offering the commemorative poster to celebrate OSU's 14-1 record and the state's claim to the first-ever college football national championship title. It features photos of players such as Ezekiel

For a limited time, get a 2014 National Champions Ohio State Buckeyes football poster when you become a new subscriber to the Oberlin News-Tribune!
We're offering the commemorative poster to celebrate OSU's 14-1 record and the state's claim to the first-ever college football national championship title. It features photos of players such as Ezekie

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS POSTER when you subscribe!

For a limited time, get a 2014 National Champions Ohio State Buckeyes football poster when you become a new subscriber to the Oberlin News-Tribune! We're offering the commemorative poster to celebrate OSU's 14-1 record and the state's claim to the first-ever college football national championship title. It features photos of players such as Ezekie





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