Friday, August 21, 2015

Congratulations to this year’s Huron County Senior Fair Queen and King.

Elizabeth (Betty) Gemmel and Bob Reiter were crowned during yesterday’s competition. Nice weather helped boost yesterday’s fair attendance, to 10,430. That means paid attendance between Monday and Thursday was just under 32,000.


It’s day number five of the Huron County Fair.

Tonight’s Rough Truck and Car Competition begins at 6:30. Tomorrow is the final day of the 94th annual Huron County Fair. The large livestock auction will start things off at 9am.The traditional closer, the demolition derby will begin at 6.


Norwalk police were summoned to Bouscay Avenue early this morning after an apparent stabbing.

The call came in around 2am. We’ll have more, as details become available.


Burglars have struck again, at businesses near the Radio Ranch.

This week, overnight break-ins occurred at Heartland Mechanical Services, and Old Towne Windows and Doors on U.S. Route 250 in Milan Township. The thief or thieves stole cash and a furnace from Heartland Mechanical, and an undisclosed amount of cash from Old Towne Windows. Similar break-ins occurred last month at Smetzer Paint and Supply, Warnike Carpet and Gibson’s Landscaping, all on Route 250.


State Route 547, between routes 20 and 99 in the village of Monroeville will close Monday, for a sewer project.

The road will re-open at the end of October.


New figures show the state’s unemployment rate went down in July.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the state’s jobless rate was five percent, down from 5.2 percent in June. Figures also show Ohio added nearly 57,000 jobs between July of 2014 and last month.


Some good news, for the Norwalk-Huron County Airport.

According to a press release from U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown the airport has been awarded a $256,000 federal grant to repair Runway 10/28, Taxiways A1 and C, and Aprons A and C. Work is expected to begin in the coming weeks.


The Huron County Board of Elections will meet in special session at 7:15 next Tuesday morning, to discuss the hiring of personnel.

The meeting will be held in the board office, at the Huron County Administration Building in Norwalk.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Today is Senior Citizens Day at the 94th annual Huron County Fair.

If you’re 60 or over, you’ll get in for just a penny. The small livestock sale will begin at 6 tonight, and Motocross races will start at 7. Yesterday’s attendance at the Huron County Fair was 9,013.


A 14-year-old Huron County boy is facing charges connected to the mid-July murder of a Lorain County man.

The teen is accused of using a baseball bat to kill 61-year-old Farris Jones, at his home in Carlisle Township. Deputies believe the boy then ransacked the house and stole property. Deputies questioned the boy earlier this week, after learning he bragged on social media that he knew about Jones’ death. They also recovered the weapon. The boy is in juvenile lockup and is currently charged with murder, aggravated burglary, three counts of aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence.


No one was injured, when a Mack Truck owned by Barnes Nursery hit three cars yesterday.

According to the Highway Patrol, the driver, 63-year-old Tim Kelley of Sandusky veered off Taylor Road in Perkins Township, hit three parked cars, and then went through two yards before hitting a tree. Two of the cars sustained extensive damage. Kelley was charged with failure to control.


An Ohio man has died from the West Nile virus, the first death reported this year.

He’s identified as a 91-year-old Williams County man. West Nile is spread by bites from infected mosquitoes. So far this year, West Nile has been detected in Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Lucas, Lorain and Williams counties.


It’s probably no big surprise, but a new poll shows Ohio Republicans favor Governor John Kasich over billionaire Donald Trump.

According to the Quinnipiac University poll, Kasich’s lead is six points, 27 to 21 percent. No other GOP presidential hopeful received more than seven percentage points in Ohio. It’s a different story in two other key swing-states. 24 percent of Pennsylvania Republicans and 21 percent of Florida Republicans favor Trump, compared to just three percent for Kasich in both states. The swing-state poll focused on Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania because since 1960, no one has won a presidential race without winning at least two of those three states.


Park officials say a massive seven-story water slide is coming to Kings Island next year.

“Tropical Plunge” will be part of a major expansion to Kings Island’s Soak City Waterpark. It’ll be 65 feet tall, and will feature an ‘aqua-launch’ chamber that will shoot riders into a near-free fall through the ride.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

It is Veterans Day at the Huron County Fair.

Veterans with proper ID can get in for one cent. Tonight’s grandstand attraction is the OSTPA Tractor Pull. It begins at 6:30. General admission is free, while track, box and pit seats are $5 each. Congratulations to this year’s Huron County Fair Queen and King. Kirsten Kochel and Austin Hartz were crowned last night. Yesterday’s paid attendance at the Huron County Fair was 6,321. Thousands more took advantage of Free Day, by showing up before 3. Monday’s fair attendance was 6,151.


The second defendant in a child rape case will be sentenced this fall, after pleading guilty to a felony charge of child endangering.

44-year-old Kimberly Schnee of Bellevue entered the plea Monday in Erie County Common Pleas Court. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss three other felony charges. Authorities said she knew her husband, 42-year-old Andrew Schnee repeatedly raped a girl from when she was nine, until she was 15. The crimes occurred in Erie, Huron and Knox counties. He’s now serving two consecutive life sentences, plus 60 years. Kimberly Schnee will be sentenced October 30th. She’s eligible for probation.


With the new school year fast approaching, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to be alert for stopped school busses.

Motorists should stop at least 10 feet from a school bus while it displays flashing lights and an extended arm. Between 2012 and last year, more than 4,000 drivers were convicted of failing to stop for a school bus that was loading or dropping off students.


Norwalk police chief Dave Light says it’s time for a new dispatch center.

Light told Norwalk city council last night that his department is having issues with the current dispatch center, which is more than 25 years old. The cost of a new dispatch center would be about $125,000. Light and others are looking for ways to cover the cost, including grant funding.


Another scam, this time involving the Ohio Turnpike and EZ Pass.

Drivers say they’ve received emails with an invoice stating they didn’t pay a toll. The email asks them to send money as soon as possible. Turnpike and EZ Pass officials say it’s a scam, and the emails should be disregarded.


In case you missed it…

The fall edition of the free Voice of the Firelands magazine is out. It contains area high school football, volleyball and soccer schedules, Ohio State football information, football broadcast schedules for 95.3 WLKR and K96 and more. You can pick up a copy in our broadcast booth at the Huron County Fairgrounds, or at select businesses around the area. We also have some at the Radio Ranch.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

There’s more information about a lockout at a plant on Norwalk’s north side.

PIPO and Monroeville Industrial Molding is temporarily closed for restructuring. The closure could last two or three weeks. As we first told you, employees were surprised to find the doors chained shut when they arrived for work yesterday morning. More than three dozen people are employed by PIPO and Monroeville Industrial Molding. Some were let go, others were laid off. It’s not yet known how many employees will return, once the plant re-opens. PIPO deals in post-industrial plastic products, while Monroeville Industrial Molding manufactures highway safety products, along with various consumer products.


It’s Kids Day and Free Day at the Huron County Fair.

If you get to the fairgrounds before three this afternoon, there’s no admission charge. But rides will be extra. A Kiddie Tractor Pull is getting underway right now, and various other kids activities will begin at 1.Tonight’s grandstand attraction will begin at 6. It’s the Hot Farm Truck and Tractor Pull. Carrie Danger will broadcast live from the fair, starting at 3. Checking the rest of this week’s grandstand entertainment at the Huron County Fair…Tomorrow night, it’s the OSTPA Tractor Pull with semis. Thursday, it’s Motocross Races, and Friday, it’s the Rough Truck and Car Competition. The annual Demolition Derby is set for Saturday night.


The Sandusky Police Department is looking for more information about yesterday’s hit-skip crash that injured two people.

It happened on Monroe Street, near Central Avenue. The driver of a gray or silver Ford Escape fled from the scene. Anyone with information should contact the Sandusky Police Department.


The United Way of Erie County has a new executive director.

John Lippus will begin his new duties next Monday. He’s the former executive director of the Sandusky Main Street Association.


As you know, marijuana legalization will be on the fall ballot.

The pro-pot group ResponsibleOhio was able to get enough signatures on petitions, to place the issue before voters. Now, an official group has been formed to oppose the proposed constitutional amendment. Ohioans Against Marijuana Monopolies is a coalition of doctors, law enforcement officers and clergy members. The group already has the support of several hospital associations, politicians and the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association.


The fall edition of the free Voice of the Firelands magazine is out.

It contains area high school football, volleyball and soccer schedules, Ohio State football information, our broadcast schedule and more. You can pick up a copy in our broadcast booth at the Huron County Fairgrounds, or at select businesses around the area. We also have a limited number of the magazines at the Radio Ranch.


Tribe baseball is back on the air tonight.

The Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox will play game two of their three game series at Fenway Park. Indians Warm Up is at 6:37, and game time is 7:10 on 95.3, WLKR.