Monday, February 17, 2014

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Huron and Erie counties, along with Ashland, Richland, Crawford, Seneca and Sandusky counties, from 5pm today, until four tomorrow afternoon.

4 or 5 inches of snow is possible, along with gusty winds.

The State is warning Ohioans to beware of potential floods as temperatures rise and snow turns to rain later this week.

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency says even a small amount of rain combined with heavy snow accumulation can cause flooding.

 It’s February 17th, Presidents Day.

No mail today, but trash pickup is on schedule. Many schools are closed today. Schools in Norwalk are OPEN…It’s a makeup day, due to excessive snow days.

Two teens have been arrested, in connection with last week’s fire at a Perkins Township hotel.

A 16-year-old Perkins boys, and a 14-year-old Sandusky boy are facing charges of arson and breaking and entering. They’re accused of setting a fire at America’s Best Value Inn, which is connected to the now-closed Roadhouse restaurant. The hotel is vacant during the winter months, which immediately led authorities to believe the blaze was intentionally set. Footprints in the snow, and surveillance video and pictures from nearby Wal-Mart helped police to identify the teens. They were taken to the Erie County Juvenile Detention Center. The older boy was charged with arson three years ago, after setting fire to a DeWitt Avenue home.

Governor John Kasich has extended Ohio’s energy emergency declaration through March 1, so that shipments of propane can continue to be expedited, and help ease tight propane supplies brought on by the recent extreme cold weather.

Kasich issued his original declaration on January 18th, allowing commercial vehicles transporting propane to more quickly deliver supplies. At the request of Kasich and other Midwestern governors, the federal government issued a similar declaration, expediting interstate shipments. Propane gas is a common home-heating fuel used in rural Ohio and delivered to both suppliers and homes by truck.

U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur is now running unopposed, in the May election.

That’s because Huron attorney Cory Hoffman has withdrawn from the race, because of flaws in his signature petitions. Kaptur, a Democrat, is seeking her 17th term in office. She’ll face one of two Republicans this fall—Robert Horrocks Jr. of Lakewood, or Richard May of Cleveland. She represents the state’s 9th district, which runs from Toledo to Cleveland.

It’s that time of year…

The 13th annual Huron County Chamber Home and Business Show will be held this Saturday, at Norwalk Middle School. The show will run from 10am until 4pm, and there’s free admission. We’ll more in news later this week, and we’ll broadcast live from the Home and Business Show, starting at 10am Saturday.

The figures are in and they show a decrease in new businesses opening their doors in Ohio during January compared to a year ago.

According to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office, there were just over 77-hundred new start-ups last month, but a thousand other businesses went belly-up and closed their doors.

43 new state troopers will soon be hitting the highway in Ohio…

Graduates of the 155th academy class…after 22 weeks of intense, Para-military training.    The list includes Clayton Conrad and Trey Duplessie of Elyria and Thomas Gronsky of Wellington.  Also on that list is Justin Fleming of Norwalk.  He will be assigned to the Sandusky Post.

In sports…

If you are going to this Friday’s Ontario at Norwalk boys basketball game, you are encouraged to buy presale tickets.  The game is expected to be a sellout.  As of right now, Ontario is ranked 2nd in the state and Norwalk 4th.  Ontario could be #1 when the new poll is released in about one hour.  You can buy presale tickets tomorrow through Friday between 8am and 3:30pm in the Norwalk High School Athletic Office.

There’s more…

Anyone with a pass will be allowed into the game until the gym is full.  After that, no one else will be allowed in.  This includes teacher, classified and certified passes, student passes, punch cards, senior citizen passes, family passes and NOL passes.  The best advice:  get to Norwalk High early.  The doors will open at 4:45.