Local News

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Norwalk receives $10,000 donation for Crossing Guard Program

The City of Norwalk has received an anonymous donation of $10,000 that will nearly fund the entire 2018 Crossing Guard Program for Norwalk City Schools.

The city had contributed half of the program’s cost since 2009; but said they would no longer be able to make the contribution due to budget constraints.

The $10,000 covers all but $2,000 of the cost of next year’s Crossing Guard Program; which is expected to be covered by local organizations.

 

Drug arrests up big time in Ohio

The State Highway Patrol says drug arrests are up dramatically this year in Ohio.

Numbers are also up locally in Erie County.

Through October 31st, the patrol made 250 arrests in Erie County compared to 225 during the same time frame last year.

Statewide, The Ohio Highway Patrol made just over 14,000 drug arrests through October of this year with 11,200 arrests made last year during the same time.

 

Possible settlement reached in Port Clinton sexual harassment lawsuit

It looks like a settlement may have been reached in a sexual harassment lawsuit involving the former mayor of Port Clinton.

The Sandusky Register reports that a deal was reached late Friday in the 2015 lawsuit where city employee Jen Porter accused then-mayor Vince Leone of creating a hostile work environment and former safety-service director Tracy Colston of letting it happen.

The two parties are scheduled to begin their jury trial this morning in Ottawa County.

 

Willard to install turf on football field

Willard City Schools have announced they are installing artificial turf on their football field; as part of $2 million in state money left over from the recent construction of their new preschool through high school.

The turf is part of a project costing $497,000 that includes a new scoreboard and field goal posts.

The $2 million will also be used to renovate the track, build a bus garage and relocate their district office.

 

Phone scams involving seniors on the rise

Authorities say there has been a recent increase in phone scams that are targeting seniors in the area.

The two main scams include one where someone pretends to be from the I.R.S. and says the victim owes back taxes; with the other scam involving someone saying they need money to bail their grandchild out of jail.

 

Huron Schools hosting internet safety program 

Huron Schools will host an internet safety program for parents this Thursday.

The “digital empowerment” program will inform adults of online trends and how to keep children safe on social media.

It takes place Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at McCormick Junior High School’s auditorium.

A similar program is being planned for students.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 11/13

Today

Areas of fog this morning.  Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 42.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.

 

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

 

Wednesday

Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 47.


Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Opiate overdose watch in Huron County

Huron County Public Health has issued an opiate overdose watch.

The watch means there may be a stronger than normal batch of drugs in Huron County.

It was issued Wednesday afternoon and will remain in effect through 3:00 pm today.

The health department says if someone experiences an emergency to dial 9-1-1, if they need a free Narcan Kit – visit Huron County Public Health, of for help finding substance abuse resources, to visit: www.huroncohealth.com or call 2-1-1.

 

Willard to join group to fight state concerning its own taxes

Council in Willard has agreed to let the city join a coalition to talk about fighting the state when it comes to handling its own taxes.

The group of about 100 towns are looking at challenging an Ohio amendment that they believe is infringing upon their freedom.

City Manager Jim Ludban addressed council on the issue this week; which he said will let the state take over administration and collection of income taxes from municipalities.

 

Independent Sandusky grocery store to close December 1st

A family-run, independently owned grocery store which has spent over 42 years in Sandusky will close at the end of this month.

Kreimes Cardinal Grocery on East Washington Street announced it will shut its doors for good on December 1st due to health reasons.

 

 

Norwalk residents show opposition to laying off parks department employee

Norwalk residents expressed their concerns Tuesday about next year’s proposed city budget that includes the laying off of a 20-year parks and rec employee.

Close to 40 people attended the city council meeting to oppose the city laying off full-time employee Sally Strecker at the end of this year.

 

Perkins leaf collection starts Monday

Leaf collection in Perkins Township begins on Monday.

But this Saturday and Sunday, residents can drop off yard waste for free at Barnes Waste Recovery Center on Camp Road in Huron.

As for the collection of leaves, it will be done on a rotating basis from east to west with trucks making at least two trips through the neighborhood through December, weather permitting.

 

Food drive in Perkins Township to take place Saturday

Heartbeat Pregnancy Center’s “Stepping up to Success” in Perkins Township will host their seventh annual “Stuff the Bird” food drive on Saturday.

Items collected will be donated to area families in need including Serving Our Seniors, cancer patients and clients at Heartbeat Pregnancy Center.

It takes place from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 11/9

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.  Breezy.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.  Blustery.

 

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 32.

 

Saturday – Veterans Day

Partly sunny, with a high near 38.


Wednesday, November 9th, 2017

Election Results in key races for Huron County 

-Monroeville Schools failed

-Edison Schools lost by 13 votes but it looks like the results will be examined by the boards of elections.

-EHOVE School levy was approved by voters

-Perkins School levy passed

-South Central Schools passed

-Bellevue City Income tax failed

-In Norwalk, five candidates were up for four city council seats with Vince Thompson the odd man out, getting the least amount of votes.

-Norwalk’s Fire Department and Local Liquor Option for Sunday Sales both passed.

-At Norwalk Schools five candidates were up for three school board seats with Julie Castle and Eric Gonzales not getting enough votes.

-At Willard Schools, eight candidates were fighting for three school board spots with Rod Cok, Marsha Danhoff and Richard Willoughby getting the most votes.


Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Tornadoes confirmed in Erie and Sandusky County

As clean-up from storms continue throughout the area today, officials from the National Weather Service have confirmed a tornado touched down in both Erie and Sandusky Counties on Sunday.

The F-1 tornado, the second lowest category, reportedly caused a camper to flip over in Oxford Township and ripped the roof off a home on State Route 412 in Townsend Township.

In Huron County, high winds are believed to be the cause of significant damage; leaving about 7,000 customers without power during the storms worst point, which has forced Western Reserve schools to be closed today and Monday.

 

It’s Election Day

It’s Election Day, with many races and issues on the ballot here locally.

Schools in Huron County with monetary issues include Edison, EHOVE, Monroeville and South Central.

In Norwalk, five candidates are squaring off for four city council seats; and there’s also a fire department and Sunday liquor sales option on the ballot in the maple city.

In Willard, eight candidates are up for three spots on the school board.

Throughout the state, voters will cast their ballot on Issue 1 regarding rights of crime victims; and Issue 2 that focuses on prescription drug prices.

All polling locations are open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Bring identification.

 

Cops: Man robbed at gunpoint on Tyler St.

Sandusky Police are looking into an alleged robbery at gunpoint on Sunday morning.

The 52-year-old male victim told authorities that a man pointed a handgun at him and demanded money; while he was parked in front of a home on Tyler Street.

The alleged thief stole around $120 and reportedly fled north on Maple Avenue.

 

Two local social workers honored

Two Erie County social workers have been recognized by the state for superior work.

Laurie Fogg of Sandusky has been given the Public Children Services Association of Ohio’s Support Staff of the Year Award.

Huron resident AJ Lill also was the runner-up for the Ohio Outstanding Child Protection Supervisor of the Year honor.

 

Perkins High School with new electronic sign

Perkins High School has installed a new electronic sign in front of the school.

The sign costing $42,000, paid for mostly through donations from recent graduates, will display student accomplishments and school announcements.

 

Man from Vermilion returns to ‘Jeopardy’ tonight

A Vermilion man is returning to the game show “Jeopardy” after taking home over $100,000 there last December while winning seven consecutive times.

2000 Vermilion High School grad Tim Aten will appear on tonight’s ‘Tournament of Champions’ episode.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 11/7

Today

A slight chance of showers this morning.  Cloudy, with a high near 47.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.

 

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 48.

 

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.