Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Nearly 47 million Americans are hitting the road for Thanksgiving.

AAA says it’s the highest number since 2007, and it’s the seventh consecutive year of growth for Thanksgiving travel. About 42 million will go by car, while 3.6 million are flying. The rest are going by bus or train. The Thanksgiving travel holiday begins today, and runs through Sunday.


Busy roads mean an increase in law enforcement officers throughout Ohio.

Authorities will be watching for crash causing violations, including speeding and drunk driving.


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, which means all schools, government offices and banks will be closed.

No mail and no trash pickup.


Hunters will be out in full force, starting Monday.

That’s the start of the Ohio’s traditional deer-gun season. Hunting hours are one half-hour before sunrise, to 30 minutes after sunset.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Michigan man and his dog were fatally struck by a train in Huron Township yesterday.

Witnesses said the gates were down and they could see and hear the train as Anthony Borg, of Taylor, Michigan, attempted to cross the tracks in his Ford Econoline Van.Borg, 57, was pronounced dead at the scene.  His dog, a jack Russell terrier mix, also died in the crash.


The Coast Guard and divers from T & T Salvage in Huron have removed 1 of 8 hazardous tanks of liquid chemicals and oil from a shipwreck 8 miles east of Kelley’s Island.

The barge, Argo, went down in Lake Erie in October of 1937. The tank they emptied contained ten thousand gallons of Benzol, a chemical used in petroleum products. With 7 tanks still to empty, the Coast guard is asking boaters to not enter their safety zone of one thousand feet around the dive position. Work will continue as weather permits.


A Fremont man is being held on a five hundred thousand dollar bond after being charged with felonious assault after shooting another man outside a bar on Saturday.

Terry Starks, 53, allegedly shot Steven Davis, 43, in the chest. Detectives found a glock 380 caliber handgun near the shooting. The glock had been reported stolen to the Norwalk Police Department. Starks, who has entered a plea of not guilty with the Freemont Municipal Court, was convicted of a murder in Chicago in 1981. Davis is in stable condition.


The US Attorney’s Office has disclosed another man has been charged for his alleged part in a local embezzlement scheme.

Anthony Jones from Kyklos Bearing International was charged last week with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The fraud includes the co-owners of Construction Equipment and Supply, George Dunlap the third of Huron and Scott Wagner of Perkins Township along with the caretaker of Castalia Farms, Michael Conrad of Margaretta Township. Dunlap and Conrad have already plead guilty for their roles in the scheme. Allegedly, Wagner would submit the invoices to Jones at KBI, who then charged the purchases to a company credit card.


A special meeting has been scheduled for the Norwalk School Board at 7:30 pm on December second at Norwalk High School.

Contract negotiations and employee compensation are supposed to be discussed.


The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Erie County is looking to give away scholarships for the 2016 – 2017 academic year.

Applicants must be Erie County residents, currently enrolled at OSU, and have completed 30 credit hours by the end of spring semester 2016 with a minimum GPA of 3.2. Applications are available at erie-county-buckeyes-dot-com. The deadline for submitting is February sixth.


Three people, including a seven year old boy were shot and killed by a home invader in Columbus yesterday evening.

The gunman, identified as their neighbor, Barry Kirk, was shot by police after a shooting was reported around 5 pm. He later died at the hospital. Only after chasing Kirk did police discover the victims, identified as John Anderson, 31, his wife, Christine Anderson, 30, and their son, Landon, 7. The Andersons’ 12 year old daughter was wounded in the shooting and is currently in critical condition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.


The Huron County Board of Elections will meet on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. for a Special Board meeting.

This meeting is to conduct a recount for Milan Village Council.  The meeting will be held at the office of the Board, located at the County Administration Building, 180 Milan Ave., Norwalk.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Good news, for the Erie-Ottawa International Airport in Port Clinton.

It’s getting a state grant of nearly $640,000, to rehabilitate the airport’s taxiways and its primary runway. The grant announcement was made Friday.


We told you Friday that Ohio’s October unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, the lowest since August of 2001.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, employment went up by nearly 31,000 last month. Ohio’s unemployment rate is lower than the U.S. average of five percent.


The city of Norwalk’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony is set for this Saturday.

It’ll be held at 6:45, on West Main Street in Downtown Norwalk. It’s all part of Shop Small Saturday, and Light Up Norwalk. Santa will be at the Norwalk Theater on East Main between 2 and 6, and free carriage rides will be offered downtown between 2:30 and 5:30. Also on tap: a kids craft corner at the Norwalk Public Library between noon and 4, and free tours of the Firelands Historical Museum from 3 until 6.


Ohio Governor John Kasich is taking jabs at Donald Trump.

As Trump gets ready to speak at the Greater Columbus Convention Center today, Kasich told Meet the Press yesterday that it’s quote “nonsense” for the US to close some mosques and that he has been quote “in a virtual war with Donald trump over these things.  I’ve flat out condemned the idea that we were going to have Muslims register.”


A new safe haven for domestic violence victims is in the works for Sandusky.

2010 Perkins High School Graduate, Alysia Gilliam is overseeing work on Crystal Towers. It will be a sober living transitional setting for women and their children escaping violence. She is still trying to meet her goal of $10,000 to open the triplex on Hancock Street in early 2016. To donate, you can go to go-fund-me-dot-com-slash-crystal-tower.


It looks as though Norwalk City Schools and the Norwalk Teachers Association have reached a tentative agreement in contract negotiations.

Details are not available until both sides have voted and ratified it. Norwalk Teachers Association president, Rob Thimke, told the Norwalk Reflector, quote, “We have an agreement and it will be up to the members to agree to the terms and conditions.” He also said the earliest the vote could happen is December first. The school board will vote on the contract agreement after the teachers approve it.


Friday, November 20, 2015

Some good news, if you heat your home using natural gas.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration says Ohioans will save about 10 percent on heating costs this winter.


It’ll most likely be early December, before a contract is officially approved between the Norwalk Board of Education and the Norwalk Teachers Association.

Members of NTA must review the contract before voting on it. Once it’s approved, the school board will meet to ratify the agreement. As we first told you yesterday morning, the two sides reached a tentative deal Wednesday night.


BGSU-Firelands unveiled its newest expansion this morning.

The college held a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am, to showcase its $12 million, two-story expansion at its North Building. The newest addition features 13,000 square feet of space, 10 science labs, student study lounges and more.


The state’s unemployment rate decreased slightly last month.

According to figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, it was 4.4 percent in October, compared to 4.5% in September. It’s Ohio’s lowest jobless rate since August of 2001.


To Sandusky, where a homeless man has been charged with arson, for allegedly setting fire to an apartment complex on East Adams Street.

26-year-old Justin Favre is accused of using a lighter to set several items ablaze outside the apartment complex last Saturday morning. The flames quickly spread to the building itself. It took firefighters seven hours to extinguish the blaze. Authorities later learned a possible motive. Favre was involved in a disturbance with a resident a few hours before the fire was set. He’s being held in the Erie County Jail.


Former President Bill Clinton was in Columbus yesterday.

He delivered a speech at Ohio State and later stopped by football practice.


It is a busy sports weekend at the Radio Ranch.

Tonight on 95.3 WLKR, we’ll tip off coverage of girls’ high school basketball, with Perkins at Norwalk. Game time is 7:30. On K96, it’s Division V Region 16 championship football action from Medina, between Edison and Doylestown Chippewa. Pregame coverage begins at 7, with kickoff at 7:30. Tomorrow on 95.3, it’s a football doubleheader…Ohio State and Michigan State at 3:30, then Bellevue and Columbus Bishop Hartley at 7. Sunday on K96, it’s the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale, the Ford Ecoboost 400. Coverage begins at 2.