Thursday, November 10th,2016

Norwalk High School student passes away

A Norwalk High School sophomore has died from a medical condition. The Norwalk Reflector reports that 15 year-old Margaret Swanbeck passed away Wednesday at Akron Children’s Hospital after being there a number of weeks with a rash related to Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, which causes internal and external burns to one’s body.  Swanbeck was an honor student and was involved in many art-related classes at Norwalk High School, as well as the choir. The Huron County School Crisis Team was made available for teachers and students throughout the day.


Possible improvements coming to area of Milan Road in Norwalk

The City of Norwalk has been informed about available funding for improvements to a section of Milan Avenue. According to information from Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan, the funding through the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) would feature drainage and curbing updates next year for a section of Milan Avenue between League and Cline streets. The improvements are pending council approval; and would be paid for by a $50,000 OPWC grant and the remaining $227,000 will be paid out of stormwater funds. An Old State Road widening project in Norwalk will also begin next spring.


Cedar Point workers end strike

A two-day strike is over for Cedar Point workers; as union members have ratified a new contract. The Local 480 Labor Union was on the picket line Monday after voting down a contract offer from the park on two separate occasions. Cedar Point’s Tony Clark told the Sandusky Register Wednesday that the dispute has been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties, with the laborers union back to work effective Wednesday morning. The main reason behind the strike, which included 76 full-time laborers, was for better wages.


Willard leaf pickup going on this week

Leaf pickup is taking place this week in Willard. The city is scheduled to be collecting leaves on the west side of Myrtle Avenue the second half of this week; along with picking up biodegradable bags of leaves curbside. Willard residents can also bring leaves at the compost area at the Maintenance Department, from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.


SUV’s and Trucks continue to dominate auto sales in northern Ohio

New numbers indicate when people walk into the showroom to buy a new vehicle, more of them are driving away in SUV’s or pick-up trucks here in northern Ohio.According to the Great Cleveland “Automobile Dealers Association”, sales of SUV’s and pick-up-trucks in October surged, while sales of cars tanked. Once again, Ford was your volume-leader.


Marine Corps birthday celebration tonight in Sandusky

The VFW Hall in Sandusky on West Perkins Avenue will be celebrating the Marine Corps’ birthday tonight at 6:00 pm.  The event will feature a presentation of colors and a bagpiper; along with food and drinks to be provided.  All United States Marine Corps vets are encouraged to attend. Today marks the 241st anniversary of The Marine Corps.

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Huron County Election Results

-Along with Donald Trump winning Ohio and the presidency, and Rob Portman topping Ted Strickland for U.S. Senate here in the Buckeye state, it was definitely a night to remember for the Republican Party; with the GOP sweeping all contested battles in Huron County.

-Bruce Wilde defeated Michael Nottke for one of the races for County Commissioner, while Terry Boose was victorious in the other Huron County Commissioner battle.

-There will be a new sheriff in town, as Todd Corbin nearly doubled up incumbent Dane Howard in votes for Huron County Sheriff.

-James Joel Sitterly defeated Daivia Kasper for Prosecutor.

-Jan Tkach won over Marilyn Dillon for County Recorder.

As far as money issues go…

-The school issues for Norwalk and New London passed.

-The Plymouth-Shiloh school levy renewal failed.

For cities and villages…

-The following all passed: Norwalk City, Bellevue parks, both Greenwich Township and Village, North Fairfield, and Huron County Public Health.

-The Plymouth Village cemetery issue failed.

-Other winners include U-S Senator Rob Portman, and Representatives Marcy Kaptur, Jim Jordan and Bob Gibbs.


Trash pick-up reminders for Norwalk residents

The City of Norwalk has issued a reminder to residents concerning general trash pick-up. The city says that no person shall refuse to accumulate for longer than a week, all must remove empty cans from the curbside location by 6:00 am the day following pick-up, and no resident shall place bags or cans out for curbside pick-up before 4:00 pm the day before trash day.


 Pizza Post – today’s location for Norwalk United Fund’s ‘Dine-out’ fundraiser

The Norwalk Area United Fund’s ‘Dine-out’ fundraiser continues today at The Pizza Post on East Main in Norwalk. A percentage of today’s sales at The Pizza Post will go toward the Norwalk United Fund’s 2017 Community Campaign.

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Election Day Info

Today is ‘Election Day’… Polls are open throughout the state today until 7:30 pm. All voters must bring proper identification with them to the polls such as a driver’s license, military ID, or a current utility bill with the voter’s name and proper address.Lots on the ballot in Huron County including the race for Sheriff, County Commissioner, Prosecutor, and State Representative, as well as school and city issues in Norwalk, Plymouth, Bellevue, and Greenwich. News Director Josh Bowman will have Huron County election results live tonight on 95.3 WLKR during and after the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball broadcast, until midnight.


Cedar Point workers on strike

Laborer union members from Cedar Point are on strike after voting down a contract offer from Cedar Point and Cedar Point late last week. Business Manager Brian Francis for the Local 480 union told the Sandusky Register that it wasn’t what they wanted financially; citing executives’ salaries increasing, but not theirs. The union includes 76 full-time laborers along with electricians, carpenters, painters, and plumbers.

The park responded with a statement Monday morning saying the union had rejected the agreement reached at the bargaining table earlier in the day Friday; and are “currently engaged in an unnecessary and likely unlawful strike.”v


Fire destroys Greenwich mobile home, no one hurt

A fire in Greenwich on Friday completely destroyed a mobile home and everything inside.  No one was injured in the blaze, but Brandon and Jordan Sellars and their four children at Lot 53 of the Woodlyn Acres Mobile Home Park on US 224, lost “everything but the clothes on their back,” said fire Chief David Seidel to the Norwalk Reflector.  The family’s puppy and kitten also perished in the fire, which fire authorities believe to be electrical.


Milan State Trooper receives Ace Criminal Patrol Award
Ohio State Highway Patrol, Milan Post Trooper Christopher Beyer has received the ‘Criminal Patrol Award’ from the Highway Patrol.  Trooper Beyer will receive a certificate and uniform ribbon for his excellence in felony enforcent.


Monday, November 7th, 2016

Bellevue 17 year-old boy dies in Friday car crash

 A single-vehicle crash has claimed the life of a 17 year-old from Bellevue. Kyle Cherry was killed while riding passenger in a car that lost control and struck a telephone pole, and overturned late Friday afternoon on County Road 278 in York Township, east of Clyde, in Sandusky County.   The driver, 18 year-old Alexander Griggs, was critically injured and taken by Life Flight to a Toledo hospital.  Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.


Huron man in court today for possible homicide

A Huron man is due in court, in connection with a homicide in Vermilion- Township. The Erie County Sheriff’s Office believes, 22 year old Ian Seckt is responsible for the death of 58 year old David Quint. They also believe Seckt had been staying with Quint.


Two seriously injured in Sunday afternoon crash

 A two-vehicle crash has left two people serious injured. It happened late Sunday afternoon on Fitchville River Road between Wakeman and Fitchville in Clarksfield Township in Huron County; when 23 year-old Devon Taft of New London drove left of center in a Dodge Avenger and struck 60 year-old Vernon Stein of Birmingham, in a Chevy Tahoe, head-on.  Taft and Stein’s passenger, 62 year-old David Hahn of Birmingham, were seriously injured and taken by Life Flight to a Cleveland hospital.  Stein’s injuries were not serious.  Excessive speed is considered a factor in the crash.


Huron County Board of Election open special hours today for Absentee Voting

With Election Day looming tomorrow, this is the last day to vote early/absentee. The Huron County Board of Elections is open special hours today, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm to accommodate those wishing to cast their vote.


A look at select issues/levies on Huron County Ballot 

It’s ‘Election Eve’, the day before Election Day. We took a look at the candidate races in Huron County on Friday, now here are a number of the issues on the ballot tomorrow night in Huron County:

-Norwalk City School District: ($3 mill/continuing period of time)

-Plymouth-Shiloh Local School District: Renewal ($3.8 mill/5 years)

-New London Local School District: Renewal ($1.35 mill/10 years)

-City of Norwalk: Renewal ($.3 mill/5 years)

-Greenwich Township: Renewal – Streets ($3 mill/3 years)

-City of Bellevue: Renewal – Parks/Rec ($1 mill/5 years)

-Huron County Public Health: Replacement ($.5 mill/10 years)

-Wakeman Fire District: Renewal ($2.5 mill/5 years)


Fire hydrant testing going on in Norwalk starting Monday

 The Norwalk Fire Department will be randomly testing 50 fire hydrants throughout the city starting today (Monday) through November 18th.  Testing can cause water to become temporarily discolored; so if this happens to your water, open your faucets and let cold water run for 15 to 30 minutes.  The hydrant testing checks water availability for firefighting and commercial sprinkler systems.



HS Football Playoffs – Second round matchups announced

***Friday Games (7:30 pm)***

Division IV, Region 14

1 Port Clinton (10-1) vs. 5 Columbus Bishop Hartley (8-2)

at Tiffin Columbian Frost-Kalnow Stadium

 –Division IV, Region 15

8 Duncan Falls Philo (9-2) vs. 4 Shelby (10-1)

at Westerville North Warrior Field at McCann Stadium

 ***Saturday Games (7:00 pm)***

-Division III, Region 10

2 Sandusky (10-1) vs. 6 Lexington (8-3)

at Bellevue First National Bank Field at Bellevue Athletic Facility

 –Division V, Region 18

2 Pemberville Eastwood (10-1) vs. 3 Edison (10-1)

at Fremont Ross Don Paul Stadium at Harmon Field

Division VII, Region 25

1 St. Paul (11-0) vs. 4 Monroeville (10-1)

at Sandusky Perkins Firelands Regional Medical Center Stadium