Friday, October 14th, 2016

Port Clinton home explosion

A house explosion reportedly took place around 9:00 am this morning in Port Clinton.  The Port Clinton News-Herald reports that a house on East Harbor Road in the 2600 block exploded and was destroyed, with a neighboring house catching on fire as well. According to reports, a witness who helped pull victims out of the debris believes there are three to four other people in the two neighboring homes.  At least one person was taken away by a Life Flight helicopter. The cause of the explosion is unknown at this time


NEDC holds ribbon-cutting and awards at new location

The Norwalk Economic Development Corporation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open-house event last night (Thursday 10/14) at their new site on 12 Benedict Avenue. The gala also featured the annual NEDC awards presentation; honoring local businesses.


Baby Safe Sleep Safe Program being offered by Huron County Public Health

Huron County Public Health (HCPH) is now offering free cribs to Huron County families through their ‘Baby Sleep Safe Program’. According to HCPH and the Ohio Department of Health, three babies die every week in Ohio due to unsafe sleep environments. Huron County families who are eligible for safe sleep education and/or a free portable crib include those with a child that is under age one or the mother is at least 32 weeks pregnant, families that are eligible or benefit from the WIC program, or families who do not have a safe sleeping environment. For more info, visit:


Norwalk sets leaf pick-up date

The City of Norwalk has announced information on leaf pick-up. The city says it will begin the week of November 14th with leaves collected via the same routes as trash collection, the day after your normal trash day. Leaves must be on the curb by 7:30 am the day of pickup, and placed where trash is usually collected.  The city will only collect leaves; nothing mixed with brush, yard waste or trash, and leaves in bags will not be picked up.


Things to do this Weekend

Halloween and fall activities continue this weekend in the Lake Erie region. One of those events is Darken-Wood in Vermilion next to the old school house on Route 60, running Friday and Saturday nights through October 29th.  For those into something more family-friendly and less scary, ‘Boo at the Bay’ is going on Saturday at the Sandusky Bay Pavilion as well as The Apple Peak event on Saturday at Quarry Hill Orchards in Berlin Heights. 95.3 WLKR will broadcast live from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Apple Peak with William Bradley.

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

 Bond reduced for man accused of striking and killing State Trooper

A judge in Cuyahoga County has reduced the bond for a Columbia Station man, accused of striking and killing State Trooper Kenny Velez of Lorain, on I-90 in Lakewood, last month. 37 year-old Joshua Gaspar is being held under a 500-thousand-dollar bond; but it had been 1-million-dollars. Gaspar is due back in court later this month.


Norwalk City Schools discuss financial future

According to Norwalk City Schools treasurer Joyce Dupont, the district will face deficit spending in about three years, but 2017 will end without owing any money. The Norwalk Reflector reports that Dupont said the district is looking good for 2017 and 2018, during the district’s financial and academic update on Tuesday evening, prior to the school board meeting. Dupont went on to say that the district will be in deficit spending during the 2019, 2020 and 2021 fiscal years, due in part to a “5 for 5” emergency tax levy that expires in 2020. Norwalk City Schools has a $3 million renewal permanent improvement continuing levy on the November 8th ballot.


Free Medicare Check-Up Day event coming to Huron County

The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) will visit Huron County to hold a Medicare Check-Up Day event on Wednesday, October 19th at Fisher Titus Hospital in Norwalk. This event is by appointment only, beginning at 9:00 am (call 419-660-2860 to schedule). According to Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, the events are being held in every county to make it easier for Ohioans to access the information they need to understand their best insurance coverage options for 2017.Those unable to attend a Check-Up Day event can contact OSHIIP at 1-800-686-1578, or call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).


Clyde Whirlpool holding Manufacturing Career Exploration Day

This Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Whirlpool in Clyde is hosting ‘Manufacturing Career Exploration Day’. The event, which focuses on middle and high school students, includes self-guided tours of the facility, while showcasing the skills and careers in each area, such as engineering, production and accounting.  Local colleges and job service organizations will be there to answer questions.

Tuesday, October 12th, 2016

Law Enforcement looking for missing teenage Girl in Lorain-Elyria area

Local law enforcement agencies are asking for your help in finding a missing teenage girl from Vermilion.   Marlayna Denney, who was last seen this past Saturday, may be in the Elyria/Lorain area, in a hotel.  If you have any information on her whereabouts, call the Vermilion Police Department (440-967-6116).  You can view Denney’s photo on the City of Vermilion Police Department’s Facebook page.


Two men from Huron, Port Clinton seriously injured in overnight crash

Two young men, one from Huron, the other from Port Clinton, have been taken to the hospital with serious injuries after a one-vehicle crash overnight in Sandusky County. Troopers say, it appears 22 year-old Justin Greenberg of Huron lost control of a car on Route 53, with the car overturning several times and winding up in a creek. 21 year-old Samuel Rodman of Port Clinton was a passenger in the vehicle. Alcohol and/or drugs appear to be a factor in the crash.


Absentee Ballots now available

Absentee Ballots for the November 8th election are available starting today at the Huron County Board of Elections.  Registered voters in Huron County can vote absentee in person at the Board of Elections office at 180 Milan Avenue in Norwalk or you can send an absentee written application request by mail to the Board of Elections. Absentee voting hours vary so check with the Board of Elections office before stopping in to vote.  You can vote absentee through Monday November, 7th.


Senior Safety Fair happening Thursday in Sandusky

The Perkins Township Police Department are hosting a Senior Triad Safety Fair Thursday (10/13) from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Sandusky.  The event features vehicle safety inspections from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a trade show, K9 demonstrations and a free lunch.


East of Chicago in Norwalk participating in Norwalk United Fund’s ‘Dine Out’ fundraiser

The Norwalk Area United Fund’s ‘Dine Out’ fundraiser continues today at East of Chicago Pizza in Norwalk. A portion of today’s proceeds at the East of Chicago Norwalk location will go to the Norwalk Area United Fund’s 2017 Community Campaign.   A full ‘Dine Out’ schedule is on the Norwalk Area United Fund’s Facebook page.

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Willard woman killed by train

A woman from Willard was killed by a train on Saturday night. 21 year-old Kendra Barnett was reportedly struck by a train while walking alone on a main rail line in an employee-only area in the C.S.X. rail yard.  Willard Police Chief Mark Holden told the Norwalk Reflector that the incident is under investigation, as they are not sure what the victim was doing, and that she was just walking.


Today is Voting Registration Deadline for November Election

The Huron County Board of Elections wants to remind residents that today (10/11) is the deadline to register to vote in the November 8th general election. Voting registration forms are available at the Board of Elections Office as well as the Norwalk License Bureau, Huron County Department of Job and Family Services, Huron County Treasurers Office, and local libraries. The Huron County Board of Elections will be open until 9:00 pm tonight for those wishing to register. You can also register online at:  Today is also the deadline to change your name and address for voting purposes, which can be done on the Ohio Secretary of State website at:


Norwalk City Schools holding financial meeting tonight

Prior to the Norwalk City School District board meeting tonight, Norwalk Schools will be holding a financial and academic update on the district at 6:00 pm at the Fisher-Titus Learning Center at Norwalk High School. The update will include information on the five-year forecast, permanent improvement levy, as well as academic goals.  Parents, students, staff and the general public are all invited to attend.


Huron County Public Health hosting more drive-thru Flu Clinics this week

Huron County Public Health drive-thru flu clinics continue this week. A clinic will take place Wednesday (10/12) at St. Mary’s Church in Wakeman, with Willard Alliance Church hosting a clinic on Thursday (10/13).  The time for both of those is 2:00 to 5:00 pm.  Call Huron County Public Health to schedule a flu shot, if unable to attend a clinic.


Latest Ohio new vehicle sales figures

The numbers are in, and they show that new vehicles sales here in northern Ohio for September came in 5.5 % lower than a year ago, and it would have been worse, had it not been for SUV’s and pick-ups. Sales of those vehicles were up more than five percent from last September. Once again, Ford was the volume leader.