Tuesday, June 25, 2013

PNC Bank is closing its East Main Street, Norwalk branch in September.

After September 20th, operations will be combined into the Linwood-Monroe branch. PNC officials said the decision was made, after studying the effectiveness of the bank’s branches, based on physical capacity, as well as the number of customers who frequent each location. According to Huron County Historian Henry Timman, 9 East Main Street has been home to a bank since April of 1929—The Huron County Bank, then National City Bank, then PNC.

 

Washington Road, between Drake Road and North West Street in Norwalk will be closed between 7:30 and 3 today, for major guardrail installation.

The Huron County Highway Department also says Lovers Lane Road, between Schaffer Road and State Route 113 will be closed between 7:30 and 3.

 

A delay in the closure of State Route 13, near U.S. Route 224 in Greenwich.

ODOT says instead of tomorrow, it’ll close Monday, July 8th for repairs at the CSX railroad tracks.

 

Nearly 400 stops, and just one arrest.

Kevin Stewart of Sandusky admitted to smoking pot just before arriving at a checkpoint on Perkins Avenue, near U.S. Route 250. He was charged with OVI, and possession of marijuana. The highway patrol, Erie County deputies and Sandusky and Perkins police manned that checkpoint between 9-11pm Saturday, then moved to U.S. Route 6, near Griffing Airport.

 

New figures show unemployment was down last month in Huron and Erie Counties.

Huron County’s jobless rate went from 10.3 percent in April, to 8.0 percent in May.  According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Erie County’s unemployment decreased by one-half percent, to 6.5 percent.

 

Monroeville has a new school superintendent.

The Board of Education has given former Port Clinton High School Principal Ralph Moore a two-year contract worth $85,000 annually.  His first day will be August 1st.

 

The search continues, for a new Safety-Service Director in Norwalk.

Mayor Rob Duncan received more than 30 applications. He said he’d like to have the spot filled, with a couple of weeks. The new Safety-Service Director will replace Mark Schloemer, who left last week. Duncan also said he hopes a new fire chief in place, within two months. Current chief Shawn Dickerson is leaving at the end of June. Captain John Soisson is the sole applicant.

 

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Governor John Kasich’s approval rating is rising.

54 percent of Ohioans favor the job Kasich is doing, while 32 percent disapprove of his performance.  Kasich’s approval rating is the highest since he took office in January of 2011.  At this time last year, his approval rating was under 40 percent.

 

The Sandusky Highway Patrol is opening a sub-post in Ottawa County.

Starting tomorrow, it’ll be at the U.S. Border Patrol Office in Port Clinton.