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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fisher-Titus Medical Center and The Bellevue Hospital have announced plans to affiliate with the Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute.

Officials said the affiliation will bring world class heart care to area residents. Starting in September, the Cleveland Clinic will provide two cardiologists, a vascular surgeon and a thoracic surgeon. Those doctors will have offices in the Snyder/White Heart & Vascular Center at Fisher-Titus, and at the Specialty Care Clinic at The Bellevue Hospital. Officials stressed the physicians will live in the area.

 

Two Vermilion boys have been charged with arson, for allegedly starting a fire that did $30,000 damage.

The two 11-year-old boys are accused of using stolen lighter fluid, to ignite Monday’s blaze at the playground at Vermilion Elementary School. They were taken to the Erie County Juvenile Detention Center.

 

Federal prosecutors are calling it a modern-day slavery case.

They’ve charged four Ashland residents with forcing labor, for allegedly holding a mentally disabled woman and her daughter against their will for more than two years.  Daniel Brown, Jordie Callahan and Jessica Hunt, and a fourth unnamed suspect are accused of forcing the woman to do manual labor.  They’re also accused of beating the woman and her child and using the victim’s money and benefits to buy drugs.  If convicted, all four suspects face life in prison.

 

An appeals court says homeowners along the Cedar Point Chaussee, along with homeowners in Sandusky can rent out their homes.

According to the Sandusky Register, the Sixth District Court of Appeals found city officials unlawfully tried to restrict property owners from offering short-term rentals to tourists.  The ruling is in line with an earlier one issued by Erie County Common Pleas Court Judge Tygh Tone and it goes against decisions by Sandusky’s Board of Zoning Appeals and the city commissioners.

 

Ohio lawmakers are mulling Medicaid proposals.

One would control costs, and make the program more efficient, without cuts or expansion. The second proposal would expand eligibility, to cover more low-income Ohioans. It also encourages ‘cost-sharing’ for new enrollees. Governor John Kasich’s proposed budget called for Medicaid expansion. But fellow Republicans cut it from the budget.

 

Meanwhile, budget compromise talks are underway in Columbus.

A legislative panel is negotiating differences between the House and Senate versions of the state budget. Lawmakers must approve the budget by June 30th.

 

Governor John Kasich will be in Willard tomorrow.

He’ll be on hand as Pepperidge Farm officials break ground for the company’s expansion project.

 

Today is the final day on the job, for Norwalk Safety Service Director Mark Schloemer.

He’s leaving for a private sector job. Mayor Rob Duncan said he hopes to appoint Schloemer’s replacement within the next two weeks. 31 people applied for the job.

 

When it comes to amusement parks, Cedar Point and Kings Island are among the most-visited in the country.

The ‘Themed Entertainment Association’ says Cedar Point and Kings Island ranked 14th and 15th in attendance. Both had more than 3 million visitors in 2012. Disney’s Magic Kingdom was tops, with 17.5 million visitors.

 

Tomorrow is when the Norwalk street department will work on the traffic signal at Woodlawn and East Main.

The light will be down most of the day, and the intersection will be treated as a four-way stop. State Route 13, near U.S. Route 224 in Greenwich Township will close next Wednesday for repairs at the CSX railroad tracks. Route 13 should re-open on July 1st.

 

Second-half Huron County property taxes are due July 12th.

For those who don’t want to drive to Norwalk to pay, or mail their taxes, Huron County Treasurer Kathleen Schaffer has scheduled three off-site stops—July 1st at the Wakeman Village Office, July 2nd at the Willard Senior Enrichment Center, and July 3rd at the New London Village Office. Hours at each site will be 9am until noon. Taxpayers must have their tax bill, and a check or money order. Debit and credit cards cannot be accepted off-site.

 

Tonight’s Ohio Classic Lotto jackpot is up to $38.4 million.

According to Ohio Lottery spokesperson Marie Kilbane, there hasn’t been a big Classic Lotto winner since October of 2011.