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.



Thursday, November 19, 2015

Yesterday’s official high in Norwalk was 70 degrees, just shy of the record of 71, set in 1954.


As we first told you earlier today, a tentative contract agreement has been reached, between the Norwalk school board and the union representing teachers.

A statement issued this morning reads “The Norwalk Teachers Association and the school board have reached a tentative agreement. Both the teachers and the board need to review and ratify the agreement. No information will be released regarding the agreement until the contract has been ratified by both parties.” In July, the Norwalk Board of Education and OAPSE Local 269 approved a three-year contract, with raises of 2.25, 2 and 2.25 percent, along with a $500 contract agreement payment. The union represents support staff and other school workers. Historically, the Norwalk Teachers Association and OAPSE Local 269 have received the same contracts.


At least one recount is coming in Erie County.

That’s because just 12 votes separate two people, in race for Huron City Council. Results certified by the Erie County Board of Elections show challenger Glen Ginesi received a dozen more votes than incumbent Rodney Kilbury. A recount is scheduled for November 25th. Other recounts may happen in the race for Milan village council, and Vermilion school board.


Former Huron City Schools superintendent Fred Fox has a new job.

He’s been named superintendent of the Wynford Local Schools, in Crawford County. Fox was fired by the Huron school board in 2012, amid allegations of having an improper business relationship with a vendor, and engaging in an extramarital affair on school time. A press release from Wynford school officials said Fox was fired without cause, and was exonerated in 2014.


The head of Ohio’s failed marijuana campaign says the push to legalize pot is regrouping for next year.

ResponsibleOhio Executive Director Ian James acknowledged yesterday the campaign made two big mistakes. One was limiting production to 10 sites, and using the cartoonish mascot “Buddie”, which critics said was inappropriately aimed at children. James said the next plan will include a free market, a different tax structure and hemp farming.


Ohio’s youth deer-gun season is set for this weekend.

Hunters 17 and under may hunt deer, as long as they have a youth hunting license, have a deer permit, and have a non-hunting adult with them. All youths and non-hunting adults must wear hunter orange.


North Fairfield village residents will soon be able to pay their utility bills online.

The service should be available, starting next Tuesday.


The city of Willard’s annual Christmas parade will begin at 6:30 tomorrow night.

Santa will arrive on the city’s ladder truck.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

In terms of weather, a big change is coming.

We’ll go from 72 today, to 34 and possible snow showers on Sunday.


Donald Trump is coming to Ohio.

The outspoken billionaire and Republican presidential hopeful will speak at a campaign rally at 7pm Monday, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. It’ll be Trump’s first visit to Ohio since he announced he’s running for president. Tickets are free, but must be obtained online at


Contract negotiations are scheduled to resume later today, between Norwalk school officials and the Norwalk Teachers Association.

The union’s previous contract expired over the summer.


Businesses in downtown Norwalk will be allowed to fly flags during the holiday season.

During last night’s meeting of Norwalk City Council, Mayor Rob Duncan said city’s zoning department will not enforce rules against flags flying. However, businesses will have to bring their flags in at night. Recently, two downtown businesses were told to remove their flags from outside their locations.


A large brush fire shut down some of Chapin Road in Berlin Township yesterday.

A box truck was destroyed by the flames, but no one was injured.


A Vermilion police officer says, he will appeal his dismissal by the city.

Captain Michael Reinheimer was fired yesterday in the aftermath of several infractions, including wearing a button on his police jacket, supporting the legalization of marijuana. Reinheimer was a 15-year veteran of the force.