Amherst News-Times, 2000-08-09
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r- tsfSSSX ■ •- • : mt. v . Power outage rescheduled — Page 2 Swim team is perfect on the year — t Amherst News-Time Wednesday. August 9, 2000 Amherst, Ohio 1 I Second driver takes t for the worse near StL. .c Fast-moving current sucks car under after woman loses control by JASON TOMASZEWSKI Delivery personnel survey the downtown situation, and how they will stop traffic for delivery of some huge planters. I I Carefully, the planters are hoisted with a crane from the truck.... News-Times reporter The Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to an emergency phone call early Monday rooming, through which the caller said a car had driven off the road and crashed into a creek on the comer of Stang and Oberlin roads in Amherst Township. A white Ford Taurus traveling north on Oberlii. Road veered off the road to the right, taking out several mail boxes and the street sign before jumping Stang Road and crashing into the nearby creek. The car was trapped under 14 feet of water, which was deeper than normal due to the storms of the night before. The woman who was driving, Pamela Flowers of Lorain, could have been trapped inside the car for about 45 minutes before rescue vehicles arrived, according to nearby neighbors. Local residents speculated that fatigue, or a possible drug reaction, could be the reason for the crash. The highway patrol said that the call was made by an unidentified passerby, who noticed the car resting in the water. Art Smith, who is an Oberlin Road resident, witnessed the rescue attempt "There were guys all over the car. They had it partially pulled out of the water and were get her out through the wi Smith said. Smith estimates that Flowers was submerged for about 45 minutes. "I took my wile to work around 7:15 and they didn't get the car up until 8," Smith stated. Flowers was sent to Amherst Hospital before being life-flighted to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center, where she is listed in critical condition. I And they land safely in front of the former post office building. Parking, parking, parking aid town renovation, business owners decree ' by JASON TOMASZEWSKI ______________________ Newe-Times reporter The city of Amherst doesn't tike what it sees when it looks at the downtown area. That is why they have begun what people are calling the downtown beatification and revitalization process. The city hopes that by revamping the downtown area, people will want to do their shopping there. This is a difficult task due largely to the tremendous drawing power that the stores on Cooper Foster and Leavitt Road possess. However, some local merchants are optimistic about the city's efforts. Howard Mowcomber, operator of 'mftrm :J^ ~«* Above, an Amherst Township worker replaces the Stang Road sign which was demolished when Pamela Flowers's car struck it before being submerged in the creek, pictured below. - a*** Marilyn Scheidler also witnessed the rescue attempt They tried to pull the car out with a back hoe," Scheidler said. The highway patrol does not yet have a cause for the accident An investigation is still pending. The accident is similar to the one that took place on July 11, when Lynette Layton drove her car into a swimming pool in the same area. She reportedly fell asleep at the wheel but was rescued by a passerby and the owner of the pool A representative of MetroHealth said Tuesday that Rowers was still listed in critical condition and that she had suffered a head injury. Rt. 58 annexation hearing ends with continuation A public hearing on an annexation proposal of nearly 600 acres of Amherst Township property into the city of Amherst adjourned last Thursday after two hours with the focus put primarily on the debate over the "sewer to nowhere." The county commissioners heard from those who oppose and those who favor the annexation. While the hearing took the better part of two hours, the commissioners felt that there was more to discuss and scheduled a continuance of the hearing for Sept. 14. After the conclusion of that hearing the commissioners have 90 days to come to a decision. The sewer has not been in use since it was constructed in 1996. Local business people are in favor of the annexation because it will bring the long-awaited sewer line to them. The city will also service the area with police, fire, water, and electrical. The annexation could also generate much needed tax dollars for the city, which it could use to make repairs to the wastewater treatment system. Mayor John Higgins is adamant that the sewer must come with annexation, otherwise the city can not afford to accept the sewer. However, the commissioners have indicated they will not approve the sewer connection contingent on the annexation of the area and have asked the city and Amherst Township to develop some type of revenue sharing plan. The city of Amherst and Amherst Township have until Sept. 14 to come up with a possible revenue sharing plan. Amherst and Amherst Township tried once before to create a joint economic development plan in the past, but it fell through after more than a year of negotiations. Correction A story in last week's News- Times stated that an annexation the city is proposing was along Quarry Road. That is incorrect The proposed annexation is along Rt 58. All other tacts concerning discussion of the annexation were correct. The News-Times regrets the error, and confusion this may have caused. Ben Franklin, feels that parking is key to breathing new life into downtown. "Parking js definitely the first step," Mowcomber said. "People aren't going to come down here if they can't park." Mowcomber said the potential is there, but it needs to be taken advantage of. "There are a CONTINUED on page 8 America's favorite sport: baseball, with 1800s rules Aimer Doubleday would be proud. The Amherst Historical Society is staging a throw back the clock 1880s buebaU game at the Sandstone Center Sunday Aug. 20. Tbe game will feature die Sandstone Masons and the ■ Lorain County Historical Society Budceypa. Bach team wil te wearing uniforms reminiaoeat of the ones worn by Doubleday and hit Knickwbockart in *• 1800s. The uniforms were provided by Janice Good. The game ia free to the public and will begin at 2 p.m. Hot-dogs, popcorn, crackerjack, and root beer will be available at the game. While they win te playing in the year 2000, the players will te using the rales that were, in effect for tha 1800a. This should make for a There will also te a blacksmith shop in operation on the 20th. Visitors will be able to witness men use fire to bend steel. Keeping with the theme of the 1800s, there will be a full Civil War Federal Encampment which will te available for inspection by the public at 7 pjn. All of these activities are being sponsored by the Amherst Historical Society.
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-08-09|
|Date of Original||09-AUG-2000|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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