Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The city of Norwalk’s upper reservoir is closed off, after water plant personnel detected a possible harmful algae bloom similar to the one in Toledo.

The discovery was made yesterday. According to Public Works Director Josh Snyder, there are no similar blooms in the other two reservoirs. Norwalk’s drinking water is produced from water in the lower reservoir, and is unaffected by the bloom in the upper reservoir. The algae in the upper reservoir is capable of producing toxins harmful to humans and pets.

City officials treated the upper reservoir with chemicals last night, after receiving the okay from the EPA. Workers are watching it closely, for a re-application. In the meantime, no boats are allowed in the upper reservoir, and no humans or pets should have any contact with water in the upper reservoir.


A head-on car/motorcycle crash has left one person dead.

The accident occurred shortly before 3 yesterday afternoon on State Route 61 in Plymouth Township. According to the highway patrol, the car veered left of center, and hit the motorcycle head-on. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at a hospital in Shelby. The driver of the car was flown to a Columbus hospital. Names will be released later today.


Unemployment was up last month in Huron County and nearly all surrounding counties.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, unemployment in Huron County increased by two percent to 8.8 percent.  That’s fourth highest in Ohio.  Jobless rates increased slightly in Erie, Sandusky, Seneca, Crawford, Ashland and Richland Counties.  Only Lorain County saw a slight decrease.


According to the U.S. Labor Department, Ohio lost more than 12,000 jobs in July, by far the worst in the nation.

Economists say the losses show Ohio counties to lag behind other states in recovering jobs lost during the recession.


The Sandusky County Fair begins today, in Fremont.


Two-way traffic has been restored along Norwalk’s Benedict Avenue.

But, Elm at Benedict remains closed. It should re-open in about two weeks.


With school starting tomorrow in Norwalk, a reminder that traffic patterns will be altered on Christie Avenue.

During school mornings only, left turns will be prohibited from Christie onto Benedict, and Christie onto Norwood.



Monday, August 18, 2014

Tomorrow’s Mega Millions jackpot is worth $160 million.

The cash option is worth $95 million.


There’s more information about a fatal ambulance accident in Mansfield.

A patient was killed, in the Friday night rollover crash at I-71 and State Route 13. The victim was identified as 56-year-old Michael Willis of Cleveland. He was being transported from a Cleveland hospital, to one in Columbus, when the ambulance smashed through a guardrail, and flipped over several times. Willis was ejected, and was pronounced dead at the scene. An EMT and the driver were taken to a nearby hospital, for treatment of minor injuries. The highway patrol continues to investigate the crash.


The highway patrol has announced plans for another DUI checkpoint.

More information will be released later this week.


The Perkins police department is taking part in the national ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign.

Through Labor Day, increased patrols will be used, to look for impaired drivers.


Erie County deputies are investigating an alleged sex offense against a five-year-old Margaretta Township girl.

The alleged crimes occurred a year ago, but the child just recently came forward with details. So far, no one has been arrested.


A weekend power surge at Cedar Point left some visitors stranded on rides.

Amusement park officials said the ‘power bump’ caused several roller coasters to stop mid-ride, but riders were safely evacuated.  Among the rides affected: the Millennium Force and the Iron Dragon.  The park remained open while affected rides were inspected for safety.


A top honor, for Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted a three-year accreditation with commendation to the cancer program at Fisher-Titus. Among the requirements to earn accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed 34 quality care standards. Fisher-Titus  has been accredited since 1989. There are 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals.


The figures are in for July and they show more than 69-hundred entities filed new business-applications with the state…down from 73-hundred a year ago.

And the percentage of people launching ON-LINE businesses has jumped from 20-percent to 33-percent over the past year.


The 93rd annual Huron County Fair is in the books.

The Lorain County Fair begins today, in Wellington. The Sandusky County Fair starts tomorrow in Fremont.

Friday, August 15, 2014

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

If you arrive by 1 this afternoon, you’ll get $1 off admission with a non-expired, non-perishable food item. All donations will go to the Salvation Army. On tap today: the best dressed animal contest, and the Showmen of Showmen Contest. The rough truck/car competition is tonight’s grandstand attraction. It begins at 6:30.

Tomorrow’s events at the fair include the Large Livestock Auction at 9am, and the annual closer, the Demolition Derby, starting at 6.


The highway patrol is investigating a deadly crash in Perkins Township.

93-year-old Delores Weichel was killed last evening, at the intersection of Old Railroad and Strub roads. Troopers said Weichel failed to yield, and was struck by Shannon Bramel of Castalia. Bramel and two children suffered minor injuries, and were taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center.


Charges are pending against a Sandusky business owner accused of stealing charitable donations meant for an ailing friend.

Police have been investigating Black Tie Dance Studio owner Timothy Nyman since last month. He’s accused of taking approximately $5,000 raised for Brian Stuckey, and using it for himself. Stuckey died in late December. Later, family members turned to Sandusky police, wondering where the money raised for medical expenses had gone. Investigators checked bank records, and found the money had been transferred to Nyman’s personal account. He’s expected to face felony charges.


The third weekend in August brings with it the 8th annual Norwalk City Schools All-Classes Reunion.

It’ll be held from 2 until 5 this Sunday, at Norwalk High School. It’s free, no RSVP is necessary, and it’s casual dress. Norwalk High School’s 1974 state championship football team will be honored during the gathering.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

It’s Senior Citizens Day at the Huron County Fair.

Admission is just one penny, for seniors 60 and over. The annual Senior Fair King and Queen Contest will begin at 10:30 this morning. Each nursing home in Huron County will send contestants. The small livestock sale begins at 6, and tonight’s grandstand attraction is Motocross races. Action will start at 7. Carrie Danger will broadcast live from the Huron County Fair, starting at 3.


Officials are investigating a train derailment in eastern Huron County.

The train derailed yesterday morning, near Sunrise Co-Op in Clarksfield Township. Agricultural products spilled from the train.


Old State Road, between Gallup Avenue in Norwalk and State Route 601 in Milan will be closed tomorrow, from 7:30am until 4pm.

Local traffic only will be permitted, with no through-traffic.


The former manager of Dollar General in Plymouth has been found guilty of theft, and will play thousands of dollars in restitution.

An investigation by the Plymouth Police Department revealed Tara Barber of Greenwich skimmed as much as $12,000 over a seven-month period, starting late last year. She’ll be sentenced in October, in Huron County Common Pleas Court.


The Norwalk Board of Education will meet in special session this morning, to tour schools in the district.

The meeting will begin at 8:30, at the Main Street School.


Smokers may soon be able to light up, while playing slots on outdoor patios at 9 of Ohio’s casinos and racinos.

Three of four of the state’s casinos, and four of five racinos are seeking approval from the Ohio Casino Control Commission. The Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, and Belterra Park in Cincinnati don’t have outdoor gambling areas. Ohio law prohibits smoking in public places, including casinos. Smoking is permitted at casinos in most other states.


Ohio Attorney general Mike DeWine has sent letters to nearly 60 businesses, asking them to explain the cost of bottled water they sold during Toledo’s recent water crisis.

The inquiry is part of a state investigation into alleged price gouging. DeWine’s office received a few dozen consumer complaints against Toledo-area retailers, for selling water at high prices August 2nd, 3rd and 4th. One store in Perrysburg Township charged $60 for two cases of water.