News

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

In Norwalk, the Pleasant Street lift station project is moving forward.

Traffic will be intermittently restricted in the vicinity of Pleasant Street Park and Pleasant Elementary today between 7:00am and 5:00pm. The Norwalk Police department will be directing traffic in the area. Public Works director Josh Snyder says this is a proposed schedule and is subject to change, depending on the weather.

 

Texas Roadhouse in Sandusky, is hosting a special fundraiser tonight to benefit the National Parkinson Foundation.

To participate, guests must mention the Parkinson Foundation to their server between the hours of 4:00 and 10:00, and Texas Roadhouse will donate 10% of their food bill to the Parkinson Foundation.

 

Route 250 continues to have intermittent lane restrictions between 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. for excavation work between Bogart Road and Sycamore Line Road.

The right lane of 250 south, between State Route 2 and Bogart Road, remains closed. The recent rains have impacted the opening of this lane. The work is expected to be complete by this Friday. The US 20 eastbound exit ramp to US 250 will be closed Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for pavement repairs. Traffic using the US 250 exit ramp will need to continue east on US 20 to the SR 18 exit.

 

Sandusky’s first-ever boutique hotel will be coming soon to the city’s beautiful historic waterfront.

Hotel Kilbourne will be located within walking distance to Sandusky’s entertainment scene which includes an eclectic variety of restaurants, shopping, family activities and culture. The Sandusky Bay and the ferries to the islands and Cedar Point are just steps away. Hotel Kilbourne is currently taking reservation for August first and later, with the hotel opening in late June or early July. For more information, or to make reservations, visit hotelkilbourne.com.


Friday, May 20th, 2016

Mr. Edison Goes to Washington.

But he’s making a stop in his hometown first. The statue, sculpted by Zanesville artist Alan Cottrill, made its debut last year in the Ohio State Capital. Starting in September or October, it will be one of 2 statues to represent Thomas Edison’s home state in the National Statuary Hall collection in the U.S. Capital building, but will make his home in Milan for the summer. Visitors can see the sculpture in the lobby of the Milan Library beginning in early June.

 

Sandusky High School will be offering free GED classes and English for Speakers of Other Languages through their ABLE program.

Open enrollment will be at the high school May 30th through June 2nd.For more information, call 419.984.11-35

 

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is asking the public to participate in surveying wild turkeys and ruffed grouse to report sightings of the two species.

Wildlife watchers and hunters can report their observations at the Turkey Brood Survey page at wildohio.govInformation gathered will help predict future population changes and guide the state’s hunting regulations.

 

According to a City of Norwalk Press Release, traffic around Pleasant Elementary school will be intermittently restricted due to a scheduled utility tie-in.

Norwalk police Department will be there from 7am-5pm directing traffic.

 

More than 100 high school students from across the state are in Columbus today, taking part in the third annual Moot Court Competition.

Those students…including those from Perkins High School (in Erie County)…will take on the role of appellate attorneys, and will argue both sides of an original case.

 

It’s Infrastructure Week in Ohio, and efforts to improve water quality are among those highlighted by the “Value of Water Coalition”

The group is part of a campaign to educate Americans on why new investments are essential to protect the nation’s water system. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, nearly 5 trillion dollars in investment is needed over the next 2 decades to improve the countries aging water infrastructure.Challenges include unsafe drinking water, levee-breaking floods, pipeline bursts and rivers contaminated with raw sewage. A recent poll found a majority of Americans believe their local water infrastructure is in good shape, but Coalition director Radhika Fox notes that 95 percent also said it needs to be improved and or modernized in coming years.


Wednesday, April 18th, 2016

The Sandusky police have apprehended a man in connection with a violent attack at CVS on Monday.

The as-yet unidentified “John Doe” is being held after video surveillance shows him beating and even biting a 45 year old woman in an attempt to take her purse.

A Vermilion police officer has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges accusing him of using excessive force.

Aaron Bolton was investigated by the Erie County Sherriff’s office after he allegedly punched and beat a restrained suspect. He’s been charged with a second degree felony and a misdemeanor assault. His pretrial hearing is set for June 22nd.

New legislation has been brought to lawmakers to improve access to dental care for Ohioans.

SB 330 would allow dental therapists to provide routine procedures, leaving dentists to focus on more complex cases. According to the Cincinnati Health Department, there are 84 dental health professional shortages in Ohio. The Commission on Dental Accreditation recently issued standards for dental therapy.

Ohioans are encouraged to ditch their cars this week for bike to work week ; Friday is Bike to Work day.

Ohio is ranked 16th nationally on the league of American Bicyclists’ Bike Friendly states. If you’re looking to trade in your steering wheel for pedals this week, the North Coast Inland Trail runs through numerous Fireland’s communities and has added new bike lanes in downtown Fremont. You can find a trail map at frtti.org

Sandusky community members are encouraged to join city officials this Saturday for an informal meeting at Mr. Smith’s Coffee House on Columbus Avenue at 9 am.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and listen to a presentation regarding a revitalization program for city neighborhoods. Officials planning on attending include commissioners Dick Brady, Dennis Murray Jr and Dave Waddington, chief planner Angie Byington and city manager Eric Wobser.

Preparations are underway for Monday’s commencement ceremonies at Oberlin College.

Opera singer Jessie Norman will be the featured speaker. She has recorded more than 40 albums and has received 5 Grammy awards.

 Another small, independent business is going out of business.

Posey Depot on Oberlin-Elyria Road in Elyria will close at the end of June. Over the years, the gift shop has featured arts and crafts, Amish-made furniture and flowers.

We’re paying more today to fill up our gas tanks.

Yesterday, many service stations jacked-up their prices as much as 40-cents-a-gallon. Some now charging $2.49 a gallon. No official word from the oil industry regarding the one-day,nearly 20-percent price increase…

And for your weather…

Expect gradually clearing skies today becoming mostly sunny with a high near 64

Tonight: mostly clear with a low around 40

Tomorrow: Sunny, highs in the mid 60s.


Monday, May 16th, 2016

Norwalk city voters will likely be asked to approve a 1.8-mill additional levy for recreational purposes on the November ballot.

City officials discussed the potential levy at Tuesday night’s council meeting. Law director Stuart O’Hara said the city currently has three different levies for parks and recreation, but that they would like to combine those three into 1 that would allow for an additional $183,000 per year for parks and recreation operation expenses. If voters approve the new levy, one current one expires at the end of the year, and the other 2 would not be collected. According to the Norwalk Reflector, this would cost tax payers an additional 34-dollars a year.

 

Sandusky City officials have scheduled an informational meeting tomorrow night to address the rules and regulations of transient rentals within the city.

City Manager Eric Wobser says there is still a lot of controversy surrounding the subject of short term rentals, almost exclusively on the Cedar Point Chaussee, and residents filing complaints about their neighbors renting their property to tourists. Wobser concluded that they’ve been researching the subject and will make a presentation on their findings and take community feedback. They will have no official stance at the meeting; it is only for informational purposes. The meeting will take place Tuesday at 6:00 at Sandusky High School

 

Sandusky officials have committed 2.2 – million dollars in funds to strengthen the city’s water carbon system.

The element is known to easily neutralize harmful algae blooms and other dangerous materials found in the local water source. The city will seek a low interest loan to cover all of the costs, to be paid back over time with the city’s water funds. This upgrade will align with the current Ohio EPA standards, and once the state approves the project, the bulk of the construction will be completed by the end of this year.