legion struggles with smoking - page 3 police contract in limbo 12 amherst newsjimes 001 spring street amherst, ohio 44001 cooper foster may get $5.2 million rehab plan is not intended to pave the way for wal-mart store, says taylor by jason hawk news-times reporter busiest intersection could be up a overhaul, if federal funding makes its down pipeline. park road, which handles load of more than 60,000 vehicles each day, extended six lanes all from route 58 oberlin city council learned monday night and at fraction cost local taxpayers. voted unanimously pursue joint venture lorain finally reform badly degraded road replace storm sewers that run below. "we're talking about future here we're immediate," said mayor david taylor. first step sigii grant application money. there will six-month turnaround time before officials discover whether has been awarded. successful, split engineering costs, paying 47.56 percent burden, or $380,480. engineers require 18 months develop plans project, after two-year construction phase would begin. total million, pay 80 price tag. again pick remainder, $494,000. "this main access one our industrial parks, we want do everything .power encourage growth continued on wants join widen sower lines along street. vore second chance board four others take out boe petitions paul morton associate editor sandy jim berthold john funderburg valerie neidert year resigning education protest over extension controversial basketball coach, return school board. she picked elections office thursday. since resigned june 6, 2006, regularly received calls people urging her return. "i've had several approach me, they've very encouraging," said. reluctant, but i feel history have important." served years last year. matakovich following an executive session during they were pressured approve supplemental varsity boys coach mitch gillam. "i attempted rescind my letter next was told it already accepted," primary reason lend experience key issues face near future. "with direction district potential idea are going select new superintendent, think valuable," heard say happen year, certainly years. helps anytime, 12-and-a-half something can bring help." faces potentially crowded ballot november general election. as thursday, other candidates office, including current former members. traffic light installers hit oak point gas line passers-by target store turned back re-routed morning workers installing lights little off-target. crews working northeast side surprised 9:45 a.m., when ihey struck four-inch, medium-pressure main, according fire chief wayne northeim. help patrolman luther smith, northeim cordoned area moved safer location. because break occurred "just couple footsteps outside jurisdiction," called firefighters address problem. checked deerfield estates subdivision 11 julie serna (above) dozen kids who attended artist mike leuszler's cartoonworkshop public library week. pencil, ink characters created lelynn love, rosie mulholland, natalie butchko, marissa kopco, katie gleason, mulholland. leuszler host comic book camp aug. 13, 20. information, see 2. r s m 2 5 tj l h f 1 ft o gilles walks grill explosion horrific burned 25 his body week, dan able walk sunday. "he's still hurting quite bit, he's sleeping night," father, william gilles. "both legs both arms completely bandaged. open, that's only thing." long thing," gilles' painful recovery gilles, 33, sportswriter journal. wednesday evening, grilling home, 6050 north dewey unexplained malfunction caused propane tank explode. flames quickly engulfed portion duplex, spreading into kitchen area. though he suffered third-degree bums limbs second-degree face, rushed inside wake girlfriend then 911. way, ran father's home door attempt douse seared flesh garden hose. neighbor, 36-year-old u.s. marine chris thomas, saw grabbed own hose, spraying until medical personnel arrive. taken community health partners elyria lifeflight cleveland metrohealth, where listed serious condition through much (he weekend. rear inundated arrived scene shortly 7:30 p.m., assistant wilhelm. cause blaze remains mystery.