Wednesday, July 30, 2014

An interim superintendent has been hired in Norwalk.

The Board of Education has hired Dr. Will Folger to step in for retiring superintendent Dennis Doughty. Last night’s vote was 3-2, with board members Steve Linder and Ralph Ritzenthaler voting no. Folger previously served as superintendent of the Huron City Schools, and retired as head of the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools last December. The Norwalk school board will re-advertise the superintendent position this winter, with a goal of hiring someone by the end of the 2014-2015 school year.


Traffic in western Huron County was diverted late last night, after a semi-truck hauling produce overturned.

The accident occurred at 10:45 last night on State Route 4, near U.S. Route 20 in Lyme Township. The driver suffered non-life threatening injuries.


Erie County Deputies are investigating a possible sex offense involving two teens.

According to reports, the alleged offense involving a 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl occurred last week during a summer camp at Beulah Beach.  The two initially denied any wrongdoing, but the girl later claimed the boy coerced her into sexual acts.  The investigation continues.


The Columbus Avenue underpass in Sandusky will be closed to all traffic between 7 and 10 this morning, for repairs.


It’s a chance to check out Fisher-Titus Medical Center’s new North Side Medical Office on Milan Avenue.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 4:30 this afternoon, followed by public tours until 7:30. The near-12,000 square foot building cost $2.4 million. The new building is home to Northern Ohio Foot and Ankle Specialists, Fisher-Titus Industrial Health Services, along with Convenient Care, Outpatient Laboratory Services and Physical Therapy Services.


Nearly 7,500 people have signed their name to an online petition demanding the rehiring of Ohio State University’s former band director.

The petition at was launched three days ago in response to Jon Waters’ firing amid claims of a ‘sexualized culture’ within the marching band.  OSU band members and alumni have rushed to Waters’ defense claiming he’s being made a scapegoat for decades of band traditions.


Saggy pants have been banned, from this year’s Richland County Fair, which opens this Sunday.

Biker colors are prohibited as well. Fair officials said the new dress code will provide a more family-friendly atmosphere.


Governor John Kasich has maintained a sizable lead over his challenger.

According to the results of a new Quinnipiac University poll, the Republican incumbent leads Democrat Ed Fitzgerald, 48-36 percent.  The margin is essentially the same, compared to a previous poll.


A new study ranked the 100 biggest cities in the country, from most entertaining to least entertaining.

Cincinnati, Ohio came in number one.  Rankings are based on 24 different categories, including the cost of movies and pizza, the number of parks, pools and beaches and the nicest weather.  The least entertaining city in the country is Newark, New Jersey.



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Final negotiations are underway, as the search for a new Norwalk City Schools superintendent winds down.

The Board of Education met with an applicant last night, and will meet again at 7 tonight. If negotiations are successful, the man will be introduced as the new superintendent. He’s not among the original five applicants interviewed by the school board. Current superintendent Dennis Doughty is retiring this Thursday. Friday, he’ll become president of Norwalk Catholic School.


A New London Township man wanted for domestic violence and other charges is in the Huron County Jail.

44-year-old Jason Kruki turned himself in late yesterday morning. Deputies tried to arrest Kruki Friday evening, but he slipped away from his Chenango Road home.


State officials will arrive at Cedar Point this week, to help find the cause of a weekend mishap involving Skyhawk.

A cable on the giant swing ride snapped, injuring two riders. Skyhawk will remain closed, until it’s repaired, and reviewed by inspectors from the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The agency oversees all amusement park rides in the state.


A central Ohio man spent 24 hours in the waters of Lake Erie, after his kayak overturned.

34-year-old Travis Casper of Galloway, Ohio had set out from Marblehead to Kelley’s Island Sunday afternoon. But his kayak overturned, and he spent all of Sunday night and much of Monday holding on to his boat. Passing boaters pulled him in just before 5pm yesterday. Casper was taken for medical treatment.


Voters in the Sandusky school district can expect to see a new bond issue on the fall ballot.

The proposed measure, called ‘Building Better Dreams’ would fund two new buildings, and renovate others. Hancock Elementary would be torn down, and a new pre-school through 3rd grade building would be built near the current site. Ontario Elementary would be demolished, and replaced by a new fourth-thru-sixth grade building at the same site. Plans also call for transforming Mills Elementary into an adult education building, and Venice Heights Elementary into the Regional Center for Advanced Academic Studies. Science labs at Sandusky High would be renovated as well. The total cost of the project is $58 million, with the state providing $28 million. The 34-year, 3.98 mill bond issue cost the average Sandusky homeowner about $140 annually. State Route 547, near Farr Road in Monroeville will be closed for three weeks, for a culvert replacement. The closure will begin Wednesday, August 6th. A detour will be posted.


State Route 547 near Farr Road in Monroeville will be closed for three weeks for a culvert replacement.

The closure will begin Wednesday, August 6th.  A detour will be posted.


Former members of the Ohio State University marching band want ousted band director Jon Waters reinstated.

They protested yesterday on campus.  Waters was fired last week by university officials who claim he tolerated a ‘sexualized culture’ among band members.


Dual festivals begin tomorrow in Plymouth.

The Fireman’s and Silver King Festivals will run through Saturday.  And this Friday and Saturday, it’s the Berlin Heights Basket Festival.


Getting underway one week from today—The 2014 Erie County Fair.

It runs through Sunday, August 10th.  The Huron County Fair will begin August 11th.


In sports…

The media and coaches agree…Clyde is the preseason favorite to win the 2014 Sandusky Bay Conference Football Championship. At 12:01 this Friday morning, the Norwalk Truckers will punch in for the first annual ‘Third Shift Practice’ at Norwalk High School. Family, friends and fans can bring lawn chairs and family-friendly beverages and watch the first football practice of the season.  The Third Shift Practice will include grilled food, music and football parents selling apparel and game jerseys.  The Truckers are coming off a nine-win season and the school’s first playoff appearance since 1974.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Storms that were supposed to hit the area fizzled out yesterday.

However, parts of northeast Ohio were socked by heavy rains, and flooding.


The Norwalk Board of Education will meet again tonight.

The closed door meeting will begin at 7:30, at the Board office. Board action may follow the executive session. The school board has met several times recently, to interview applicants for superintendent. Current superintendent Dennis Doughty’s last day is this Thursday.


Cedar Point’s Skyhawk is closed indefinitely, after a weekend mishap that injured two guests.

A cable snapped on the ride Saturday night, hitting two riders. One was treated at the park, while the other was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center. Cedar Point officials are investigating the malfunction.


Cory Barron, the 22-year-old Fremont man found dead at the Lorain County Landfill will be laid to rest today.

Barron disappeared July 18th, while at a Jason Aldean concert at Progressive Field. Cleveland police believe Barron fell through an upper-level garbage chute, into a stadium dumpster. A funeral service will begin at 11:30 this morning, at Sacred Heart Church in Fremont.


Authorities from three different counties were summoned to a New London-area home Friday evening, after a man allegedly assaulted his wife, destroyed her cell phone, then threatened deputies.

When the first deputy arrived at the Chenango Road home, Jason Kruki was on the front porch, armed with three firearms. According to reports, Kruki went back inside, then released a German Shepherd. The victim and the couple’s teenage son escaped from the home, as did Kruki. Mansfield SWAT found the home empty, about eight hours after the initial call. New London, Willard and Ontario police were at the scene, along with deputies from Huron and Lorain counties.


U.S. Route 250 in Fitchville is open.

It re-opened Friday. It had been closed since last fall, for a bridge replacement.


A plane crash in northwest Ohio has claimed two people.

The occupants were killed early yesterday morning, when the small plane went down near Findlay. The crash is under investigation.


A bizarre, slow-speed chase in southwest Ohio has led to charges against a Cincinnati-area man.

Christopher McFerron was jailed Saturday, after leading dozens of officers on a chase with speeds ranging from 2 to 30 miles per hour, while holding a gun to his head. The chase lasted over an hour. It ended, when McFerron ingested heroin, then gave up.


After a slow start, a $66 million state effort to help welfare recipients find jobs is picking up steam.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, nearly 2,400 Ohioans have found jobs through the ‘Ohio Works’ incentive program.  More than 90 of the placements were made in the past six months.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Weather should be good, for today’s ‘Imagine Norwalk’ event, in downtown Norwalk.

Things will get underway at 4. For more information, go to


A winning lottery ticket worth $1 million was sold in Sandusky.

Tuesday’s Mega Millions ticket was sold at ‘Butts and More!’ It matched all five numbers, but not the Mega Ball number.


An arrest warrant has been issued for a Willard woman who showed up for sentencing for burglary, but left before the hearing.

24-year-old Rebecca Hale was in the Huron County courthouse Wednesday morning. She disappeared, after learning she was going to be sent to jail, for not cooperating during a pre-sentence investigation. Once found, she’ll likely face new charges.


Two people were taken to Fisher-Titus yesterday after a crash at U.S. Route 20 and State Route 601 in Norwalk.

Two SUV’s and a car were involved in the accident.  Injuries were not considered life-threatening.


A Clyde man is facing charges, after a high-speed chase that began in Sandusky County, and ended in Erie County.

The chase involving Brandon Cooksey began on State Route 101, and ended near the Castalia Quarry. Speeds reached 100 miles per hour.


One week from today, it’s ‘Stuff the Bus’ in Norwalk.

School supplies for public and parochial students may be dropped off August 1st, between 7:30am and 4pm, at the Norwalk Board of Education Office on Benedict Avenue. Supplies will be distributed August 13th, at the Salvation Army. Registration for supplies will be held between 5 and 7pm August 5th, and 10am until noon August 6th.


Norwalk Board of Education members will resume their superintendent search tomorrow morning.

The Board of Education will meet at 9am at the central office.


A name change, involving Mercy Willard Hospital’s parent healthcare system.

Catholic Health Partners will now be called Mercy Health.


Cedar Point is in the running to be named ‘Best Theme Park in the Country.’ 

The park is competing with 19 other sites for the top spot as part of a readers’ choice contest put on by USA Today and 10Best.  Online voting ends August 11th.


A popular Huron establishment is set to re-open.

I-5’s will be back in business August 1st.