Monday, September 14, 2015

Weekend damage in Vermilion was likely caused by a cold air funnel, not a tornado…That’s the word from the Cleveland Office of the National Weather Service.

The funnel hit the City Service Center on Devin Drive shortly after 5pm Saturday. No one was injured, but the roof sustained some damage.


After weeks of discussion, legislation dealing with a new fire station is on tomorrow night’s Norwalk City Council agenda.

City Council is scheduled to hear the first reading of an ordinance that would ask voters for permission to use $3.5 million in trust fund money to build a new fire station. The trust fund money comes from the early 1970’s sale of Norwalk’s old light plant. Since it’s just the first reading, a vote on the measure is not expected tomorrow night, but one is expected later this month, or in early October. If approved, the issue would likely appear on the March, 2016 primary ballot.


Union employees at KBI in Sandusky are voting on the company’s final contract offer.

If approved, the deal would drastically cut workers’ pay and benefits. If rejected, employee layoffs will begin next month, and the plant will likely close for good within six to 12 months.


A couple of reminders…

Plank Road, between Shaw Mill and Lais Roads in Milan Township is now closed for a bridge replacement. The project should last until mid-November.

Representatives from more than 60 colleges and universities will be in Huron tomorrow, as part of the annual BGSU-Firelands College Night. They’ll have information on academics, collegiate athletics and more. The free program runs from 6:30 until 8pm.


Miss Georgia is now the new Miss America.

Betty Cantrell was crowned during last night’s competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Miss Maple City and Miss Ohio Sarah Hider was a contestant, but did not finish in the Top 10.


Friday, September 11, 2015

It is September 11th, or Patriot Day.

Governor John Kasich has ordered all flags be flown at half-staff until sunset tonight, in honor of those killed in the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11th, 2001.


The union representing Norwalk Teachers has taken to Facebook to clear up any confusion caused by an area newspaper article.

Yesterday’s post by the Norwalk Teachers Association says the union is still involved in active contract negotiations with the Norwalk City Schools Board of Education. The post also says teachers are not at the point of a strike, as indicated in Wednesday’s story in the Sandusky Register. Norwalk City Schools superintendent George Fisk told 95.3 WLKR/K96 Wednesday that he’s “confidently optimistic” the two sides will reach an agreement. A federal mediator is assisting with negotiations, free of charge.


More train crossing closings in Huron…

Norfolk and Southern railroad crossings on River Road and Rye Beach Road will be closed tomorrow through next Wednesday. The crossing on Camp Road in Huron Township will close upon the completion of Rye Beach Road.


Another farm organization is supporting State Issue 1, and against Issue 3.

The Ohio Farm Union has endorsed Issue 1, which would change the way legislative districts are drawn. The group is urging voters to vote no on State Issue 3 which would legalize marijuana in the Buckeye State.


Figures released yesterday show that so far this year, exactly half of all fatal crashes in Erie and Ottawa counties have involved motorcycles.

The Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol covers both counties, and troopers said none of the five motorcycle fatalities were wearing helmets. With those numbers in mind, troopers will focus on motorcycle safety and enforcement for the remainder of the year.


Hunters will have their first chance to pursue white-tailed deer, when archery season opens September 26th…The archery season runs through February 7th.

Ohio’s youth gun season will be November 21st and 22nd, while regular deer-gun season will be November 30th through December 6th, and again December 28th and 29th. Muzzleloader season will be January 9th through the 12th. There are changes to Ohio’s deer hunting seasons. You’ll find the information at


No reason has been given for yesterday’s unexpected increase at the pumps.

Gas prices went up about 15 percent, to $2.29 a gallon.


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Plank Road, between Lais and Shaw Mill roads in Milan Township is closing Monday, for a bridge replacement.

The project should be complete by mid-November. No traffic will be able to access the area until work is complete.


The Norfolk Southern railroad crossing at River Road and U.S. Route 6 in Huron is closed for repairs until Monday.

The detour route is Berlin to Sprowl Road.


Excitement is high, after Wednesday’s big announcement at Cedar Point.

As we first told you yesterday, Valravn will be the park’s 18th roller coaster when it debuts next year. Cedar Point officials said Valravn will be the world’s tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster.


Norwalk residents may decide on a new fire station issue next spring.

This week, Norwalk City Council reviewed legislation allowing officials to seek voter approval, to pay for a new fire station using $3.5 million in funds from the early 1970’s sale of the city’s old light plant. If the issue goes to the ballot and is approved, the money would not be paid back to the trust fund. Norwalk City Council is expected to vote on the measure this fall. If approved, the issue would appear on the March primary ballot.


More than $33,000 in grant money is coming to the Groton Township Volunteer Fire Department.

The funds from FEMA can be used for training, supplies and facility upgrades.


If Mother Nature cooperates, the entranceway to Benedict Avenue Parking Lot B at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk will be closed this weekend for resealing and striping.

The area will be blocked off beginning at 6pm Friday, until 3pm Sunday. However, the Benedict Avenue entrance doors will remain open.


In sports…

The clock is ticking, but the Indians remain in the hunt for the second A.L. Wild Card spot. Trailing by five games, the Indians are back home for 11 straight. First up: four against Detroit. Tonight’s game against the Tigers begins at 7:10, and you can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.

The 2015 NFL season kicks off tonight. The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the New England Patriots.

We’ll talk high school football, on this Saturday’s 9am Locker Room show. You’ll hear comments from Western Reserve head coach Mike Stoll, Willard’s Mark Matula, South Central’s Wayne Hinkle, and Norwalk’s Chris MacFarland.



Wednesday, September 9, 2015

It’s called Valravn and it’ll be Cedar Point’s 18th roller coaster.

Park officials said this morning that when it debuts next May, Valravn will shatter 10 records, and will be the world’s tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster. The massive new ride will be built near the Cedar Point Marina, where several rides have been relocated. More details, and ride videos are online at


A national group called the Freedom from Religion Foundation wants the Norwalk Board of Education to stop praying before meetings.

The board usually has a local pastor say a short prayer before each monthly meeting. The organization sent a letter, after being contacted by a “concerned local resident.” The letter asks the board to “immediately refrain from scheduling prayers as part of future school board meetings. Norwalk school officials plan to research the matter, and obtain information from the Ohio School Boards Association and the Ohio Department of Education before making any sort of decision.


In other news, contract negotiations continue, between the Norwalk Board of Education and the Norwalk Teachers Association.

According to Superintendent George Fisk, a federal mediator is assisting with the process, free of charge. Fisk also said he’s confidently optimistic the two sides will reach an agreement.


BGSU-Firelands in Huron will host its annual college night, between 6:30 and 8 next Tuesday.

Representatives from more than 60 universities and colleges from Ohio and other states will be on hand to offer information and to speak with prospective students. Those who attend can also learn about financial aid.


The Highway Patrol says 11 people died on Ohio roadways, during the extended Labor Day weekend.

That’s down one, from Labor Day weekend, 2014.


Macy’s has announced plans to close between 35-40 underperforming stores in early 2016.

Locations of affected stores will be announced later this year.


The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is encouraging Ohioans to vote Yes on State Issues 1 and 2, and No on State Issue 3.

The state’s most influential farm and food organization will engage its grassroots membership in campaigns to inform voters about the three measures on the November ballot. Issue 1 would change the process by which state legislative districts are drawn, while Issue 2 would limit the ability of wealthy special interest groups. Issue 3 would legalize marijuana in Ohio.


The Huron County Commissioners will not meet in regular session tomorrow.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, September 15th.