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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

Help feed our hungry residents

To the editor: The end of the fiscal year fast approaches and we know that a number of worthy causes come to us at this time of year for our consideration. We have had an extraordinary program year with the Oberlin Weekday Community Meals but as always we are in need of financial support and volunteer help. We hope that you will consider a gift to

Givers make holiday season brighter

To the editor: The members of the Exchange Club of Oberlin would like to sincerely thank the community for its support and attendance at our fundraising events this past year. Its support has made it possible for the Exchange Club to help in making this holiday season a little better for persons in our community who may need some help during what

A warning about a popular smartphone app called Streetchat is being made by Amherst teachers.
The app allows students to anonymously post images and search for them by school name, leading Steele High principal Michael May to worry about its potential for harm.
“This is about bullying, which is obviously something we all want to prevent her

May: Popular app poses bullying dangers

A warning about a popular smartphone app called Streetchat is being made by Amherst teachers. The app allows students to anonymously post images and search for them by school name, leading Steele High principal Michael May to worry about its potential for harm. “This is about bullying, which is obviously something we all want to prevent her

Remember previous presidential amnesties

To the editor: In 1987, Republican President Ronald Reagan signed an executive order protecting from deportation minor children of parents who had been granted amnesty. In 1990, Republican President George H. W. Bush signed an executive order protecting 1.5 million immigrant spouses and children. Where were the cries of outrage, the refusals of fu

One of the conservative economic concepts that drives me nuts is the apologetic argument that rich people create jobs. In the words of Robert Reich: That's baloney.
Usually that notion is an excuse for lower taxes on the wealthy and corporations. And from there we hear about trickle-down economics and the push for a smaller government.
What creat

Middle class wages are falling behind

One of the conservative economic concepts that drives me nuts is the apologetic argument that rich people create jobs. In the words of Robert Reich: That's baloney. Usually that notion is an excuse for lower taxes on the wealthy and corporations. And from there we hear about trickle-down economics and the push for a smaller government. What creat

You may be thinking this is the exaggerated tale of a lusty and mature (as in geezer) male out on the town, carousing in search of a female conquest.
In that case you haven't read this column. I, the single, independent, and very manly male spent an evening recently with my eight-year-old granddaughter designing a wedding dress and sewing a facsim

A real man's Sunday Night

You may be thinking this is the exaggerated tale of a lusty and mature (as in geezer) male out on the town, carousing in search of a female conquest. In that case you haven't read this column. I, the single, independent, and very manly male spent an evening recently with my eight-year-old granddaughter designing a wedding dress and sewing a facsim

POLICE REPORTS

• Dec. 10 at 8:35 p.m.: An investigation was launched into allegations that an employee of the Party Shop on South Main Street stole Ohio State lottery scratch-off tickets. • Dec. 12 at 9:24 a.m.: A telecommunications harrassment complaint was lodged on Meadowview Lane. • Dec. 12 at 4:34 p.m.: A man told officers he has been rec

Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-TimesVoices, instrumentals, magic — kids at Amhest Junior High had it all Friday at the school's annual pre-Christmas talent show. Here are some of our favorite photos.

They've got talent

Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-TimesVoices, instrumentals, magic — kids at Amhest Junior High had it all Friday at the school's annual pre-Christmas talent show. Here are some of our favorite photos.

Time to get walking!

To the editor: P. Murali Doraiswamy of Duke University, specializing in Alzheimer research, says to “get walking to keep your brain healthy as it enhances blood supply to your memory center,” and walking is as good as running. Many seniors are not as physically active during the winter months, which contributes to increased health iss

“One year ago we learned what true pain in our souls and sorrow in our hearts feels like.”
Those were the words Wednesday of soccer coach Andrew Lara as he spoke on the anniversary of Drew Guyer's death.
Roughly 1,000 mourners gathered for a memorial at Wellington High School, then marched to Westwood Elementary for a candlelight vigi

We will remember Drew

“One year ago we learned what true pain in our souls and sorrow in our hearts feels like.” Those were the words Wednesday of soccer coach Andrew Lara as he spoke on the anniversary of Drew Guyer's death. Roughly 1,000 mourners gathered for a memorial at Wellington High School, then marched to Westwood Elementary for a candlelight vigi

Here's some parent-pleasing news — chances are that free all-day, everyday kindergarten will get a green light.
And Amherst educators are hinting that pre-kindergarten won't have to be shuttered to make it happen.
“We're not at a point where we're ready to make a decision,” superintendent Steven Sayers told the school board Mond

Preschool may survive as kindergarten expands

Here's some parent-pleasing news — chances are that free all-day, everyday kindergarten will get a green light. And Amherst educators are hinting that pre-kindergarten won't have to be shuttered to make it happen. “We're not at a point where we're ready to make a decision,” superintendent Steven Sayers told the school board Mond

There's no stumbling, no flicker of doubt, no pause to mull it over. His voice is firm as he answers.
“No, I don't have any desire to run again,” says mayor David Taylor. “I think it's time to go.”
We're sitting in his office at city hall, chatting as we do just about every week. This time, I've conned Taylor into talking

READY FOR YEAR 12

There's no stumbling, no flicker of doubt, no pause to mull it over. His voice is firm as he answers. “No, I don't have any desire to run again,” says mayor David Taylor. “I think it's time to go.” We're sitting in his office at city hall, chatting as we do just about every week. This time, I've conned Taylor into talking

Here I've lived in the Cleveland area for all but four years of my life and I'd never been to the West Side Market until just the other day.
Joe and I took the Rapid in from Brook Park to Ohio City, had lunch at Great Lakes Brewery, and explored the market. We hopped back on the train with bags full of homemade pasta, sausage, and cheese spreads.

Market trip and memories of Philly

Here I've lived in the Cleveland area for all but four years of my life and I'd never been to the West Side Market until just the other day. Joe and I took the Rapid in from Brook Park to Ohio City, had lunch at Great Lakes Brewery, and explored the market. We hopped back on the train with bags full of homemade pasta, sausage, and cheese spreads.

Dear Santa,
I have lots of green,blue,yellow, and purple days at school. This is good. I love Erin my little sister. I would like a Art set, RC Truck, Nerf gun, Pokemon and Lego City and if I could have 1,000 pieces of coal that would be great. I am saving up for a steam engine train.
Love,Will MohlerWestwood Elementary School

A child's letter to the North Pole

Dear Santa, I have lots of green,blue,yellow, and purple days at school. This is good. I love Erin my little sister. I would like a Art set, RC Truck, Nerf gun, Pokemon and Lego City and if I could have 1,000 pieces of coal that would be great. I am saving up for a steam engine train. Love,Will MohlerWestwood Elementary School

The first night Fozzie and I shared after his owner surrendered him, I should have known he was trouble.
He was very skittish, six years old and a mostly Yorkshire terrier mix. In spite of his former owner's insistence, he did not like his crate when I placed him in it that night. Foz spent about 30 minutes there before the whining got to me. I re

The dog's worse than a kid

The first night Fozzie and I shared after his owner surrendered him, I should have known he was trouble. He was very skittish, six years old and a mostly Yorkshire terrier mix. In spite of his former owner's insistence, he did not like his crate when I placed him in it that night. Foz spent about 30 minutes there before the whining got to me. I re

“Ridiculous and arbitrary” — that's how Oberlin councilman Bryan Burgess described the city's long-established snow ban.
His comment came Monday as temperatures hit 50 degrees with not a snowflake in sight, and as council debated whether a change is warranted.
Between Nov. 1 and April 1, no vehicle can park on residential street

Snow ban survives challenge

“Ridiculous and arbitrary” — that's how Oberlin councilman Bryan Burgess described the city's long-established snow ban. His comment came Monday as temperatures hit 50 degrees with not a snowflake in sight, and as council debated whether a change is warranted. Between Nov. 1 and April 1, no vehicle can park on residential street

Photos by Randy Meyers | Amherst News-TimesPlenty of holiday fun was served up Dec. 7 at “Christmas in the Village.” The Amherst Historical Society's Sandstone Village on Milan Avenue was transformed into a winter wonderland with Christams stories, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, a puppet show, and old-fashioned caroling. Enjoy these

Happy historical holidays!

Photos by Randy Meyers | Amherst News-TimesPlenty of holiday fun was served up Dec. 7 at “Christmas in the Village.” The Amherst Historical Society's Sandstone Village on Milan Avenue was transformed into a winter wonderland with Christams stories, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, a puppet show, and old-fashioned caroling. Enjoy these

Where is the band?
The award-winning Dukes band was conspicuously absent from Wellington's “Christmas in the Village” parade earlier this month. And for the first time in 25 years, the pep band has yet to make a showing at varsity basketball games.
All extracurricular appearances by the Wellington High players are off the table while

Anger over Novotny suspension

Where is the band? The award-winning Dukes band was conspicuously absent from Wellington's “Christmas in the Village” parade earlier this month. And for the first time in 25 years, the pep band has yet to make a showing at varsity basketball games. All extracurricular appearances by the Wellington High players are off the table while

Pension changes prompt council wage hike talks

A collective $34,723 pay raise could be in the works for Oberlin city council. It's among the options for coping with upcoming changes to the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System — and the most popular route for a majority of city officials. Four council members (Elizabeth Meadows, Sharon Pearson, Kristin Peterson, and Ron Rimbert) asked

Photos by Russ Gifford | Wellington EnterpriseIf you spent the evening with the Wellington High School concert choir during its winter concert, you got a great show! Enjoy these photos.

A very merry choral concert

Photos by Russ Gifford | Wellington EnterpriseIf you spent the evening with the Wellington High School concert choir during its winter concert, you got a great show! Enjoy these photos.





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