News

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Finances, and the Norwalk City Schools ‘Five for Five’ levy will be discussed, during a community meeting scheduled for one week from today.

The April 1st meeting will begin at 6:45pm, at Norwalk High School’s Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center. Superintendent Dennis Doughty and members of the Norwalk Board of Education will be there to provide information, and answer questions. The meeting should last about 45 minutes.

 

Cedar Point continues to hire, for the upcoming season.

The Sandusky amusement park is in need 5,000 workers, to fill more than 70 different types of jobs, including rides, food service and security. Interviews will be held between 11am and 7pm this Saturday, at Castaway Bay. Anyone interested should apply online, cedarpoint.com/jobs, before attending the interview session.

 

95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com will re-broadcast Norwalk’s state championship game against Bishop Watterson.

The special encore presentation will air at 7 Thursday night. Norwalk beat Watterson, 65-58, to claim the Division II state title.

 

Greenwich officials are considering using laser surveillance, to catch speeders.

If village council agrees, Maryland-based Optotraffic would install a laser tower that would measure time, speed and distance between two laser detectors. When a car is found to be speeding, the device would take a picture of the license plates and a ticket would be sent to the car’s owner. The person ticketed would then have to pay the fine or appear in court. Revenue from speeding tickets would be split 60-40 between the village and Optotraffic. Possible target areas are Main Street and Townsend Street.

 

An overturned truck shot down some of U.S. Route 250 in Milan this morning.

The rig was hauling scrap metal when it flipped near Route 113 West.  The accident closed the northbound lanes for over three hours.  It re-opened at approximately 9:30.  The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries.

 

A Meijer employee is facing a theft charge, for allegedly stealing pricey video game equipment from the Perkins Township store.

25-year-old Bryan Combs of Collins is accused of swiping about $400 worth of video games and accessories. The alleged theft occurred last week.

 

It’s pizza challenge day in Erie County.

The Sandusky Rotary Club’s 14th annual Pizza Challenge runs from 4 until 7 at Kalahari. 13 different pizza places will be on hand. All you-can-eat admission is $12 for adults, and $6 for children 12 and under, and seniors 65 and older.

 

Hot off the press…The Spring/Summer 2014 edition of the free Voice of the Firelands magazine.

It includes schedules for the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Toledo Mud Hens, Columbus Clippers and Lake Erie Crushers, along with a chance to win Indians tickets and a limo ride to the game. For NASCAR fans, the newest Voice of the Firelands magazine has the Sprint Cup Series schedule and roster. The magazine can be found at select businesses around the area. There’s also copies at the Radio Ranch.


Monday, March 24, 2014

A boil advisory remains in effect until 8 o’clock tonight, for the Southgate Acres subdivision in Perkins Township.

Water should be boiled for one or two minutes before consumption. The boil advisory was issued yesterday afternoon, after a water main break on Didion Drive.

 

There’s a new gold trophy on display at Norwalk High School.

The boys basketball team brought it, and the Division II state championship to the Maple City Saturday. Norwalk won the state title, by defeating defending state champ Columbus Bishop Watterson, 65-58 at the Schottenstein Center at Ohio State. It’s the school’s first-ever state basketball title.

 

A large number of fans turned out to honor the Truckers, as the team returned home from Columbus Saturday night.

Fans lined the streets as the team bus went through town. Afterward, a short ceremony was held at Norwalk High School. Team members and others spoke, and thanked everyone for their support.

 

Saturday’s Division II state game between Norwalk and Bishop Watterson was the highest attended game over the weekend.

14,462 fans showed up to watch the game.

 

95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com will re-broadcast Saturday’s state championship game at 7pm Thursday night.

 

Congratulations to Monroeville’s Logan Stieber.

Stieber won his third consecutive national collegiate wrestling championship Saturday night.  The 141 pounder wrestles for Ohio State.  His previous two national championships were at 113 pounds.  Stieber won four consecutive state titles while wrestling for Monroeville High School.

 

A weekend fire all but destroyed the downtown area of a small northeast Ohio village.

Despite the efforts of 30 different fire departments, 13 businesses along historic Main Street in Garrettsville, in Portage County were affected by the blaze. Most of the buildings were made of wood, and built in the 1800’s. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is looking into the cause.

 

A reminder that the city of Norwalk’s limited spring trash pickup will be held the week of April 14th.

Residents will be able to set out three large items or nine extra bags for pickup at no additional charge. One large item equals three bags.

 

If you don’t have dinner plans for tomorrow night, you may want to consider the Sandusky Rotary Club’s 14th annual Pizza Challenge.

The all-you-can-eat event will be held between 4 and 7 at Kalahari.  13 area pizza places will offer their best regular and specialty pizzas.  Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children 12 & under and seniors 65 and older.  Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Clothes Kids Program.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

It’s game day, in Columbus.

The 92nd annual state boy’s basketball tournament tips off this morning, at Value City Arena, inside the Jerome Schottenstein Center at Ohio State University. Leading off this year’s tournament: The Norwalk Truckers. Norwalk will take on Dayton Thurgood Marshall in the first of two Division II state semi-final games. We’ll begin live coverage at 9:30, with the Tester Tournament Tipoff Show, followed by the Domino’s Pizza Pre-game at 10:30, then the game at 10:45. You can hear it on 95.3, WLKR and wlkrradio.com. Should the Truckers win, they’ll play for the state championship against either Columbus Bishop Watterson or Akron St. Vincent St. Mary Saturday morning at 10:30.

 

The U.S. Department of Labor says Ohio had the second-biggest job gains of any state in January, adding 16,700 positions.

The January state employment report released this week says 23 states reported more job hiring, while 27 said that the number of jobs fell. Among those adding jobs, Ohio ranked behind only Texas, which added 33,900 positions. In Ohio, the sectors that added the most jobs included construction, manufacturing and professional and business services.

 

Tonight’s when free Skywarn spotters training will be offered at Castaway Bay on Cleveland Road in Sandusky.

The session will begin at 6:30, and will last two hours. Certificates will be issued at the end of training. Volunteer spotters are needed, for what’s expected to be another active storm season. Last year, Ohio had 37 tornados.

 

The Willard Police Department is investigating a suspected theft involving a former employee of Willard City Schools.

An employee has been accused of stealing $200 in an incident involving ticket sales. A pre-disciplinary meeting was held March 3, the employee resigned March 7. Police are still investigating, and no one has been charged.

 

State Representative Chris Redfern has introduced a “Jake’s Law” reform bill to change the way suicides are investigated.

Inspired by the death of Jacob Limberios, House Bill 482 requires that the coroner or deputy coroner must go to the scene and take charge of the body of victims of apparent suicide. It also mandates carrying out an autopsy, and requires each county coroner in Ohio to complete at least one hour of training in conducting suicide investigations. Redfern says the bill would increase the costs for local governments, and that will make it more difficult for it to pass. Redfern’s bill has 30 co-sponsors and has been assigned to the Health and Aging Committee.


Monday, February 17, 2014

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Huron and Erie counties, along with Ashland, Richland, Crawford, Seneca and Sandusky counties, from 5pm today, until four tomorrow afternoon.

4 or 5 inches of snow is possible, along with gusty winds.

The State is warning Ohioans to beware of potential floods as temperatures rise and snow turns to rain later this week.

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency says even a small amount of rain combined with heavy snow accumulation can cause flooding.

 It’s February 17th, Presidents Day.

No mail today, but trash pickup is on schedule. Many schools are closed today. Schools in Norwalk are OPEN…It’s a makeup day, due to excessive snow days.

Two teens have been arrested, in connection with last week’s fire at a Perkins Township hotel.

A 16-year-old Perkins boys, and a 14-year-old Sandusky boy are facing charges of arson and breaking and entering. They’re accused of setting a fire at America’s Best Value Inn, which is connected to the now-closed Roadhouse restaurant. The hotel is vacant during the winter months, which immediately led authorities to believe the blaze was intentionally set. Footprints in the snow, and surveillance video and pictures from nearby Wal-Mart helped police to identify the teens. They were taken to the Erie County Juvenile Detention Center. The older boy was charged with arson three years ago, after setting fire to a DeWitt Avenue home.

Governor John Kasich has extended Ohio’s energy emergency declaration through March 1, so that shipments of propane can continue to be expedited, and help ease tight propane supplies brought on by the recent extreme cold weather.

Kasich issued his original declaration on January 18th, allowing commercial vehicles transporting propane to more quickly deliver supplies. At the request of Kasich and other Midwestern governors, the federal government issued a similar declaration, expediting interstate shipments. Propane gas is a common home-heating fuel used in rural Ohio and delivered to both suppliers and homes by truck.

U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur is now running unopposed, in the May election.

That’s because Huron attorney Cory Hoffman has withdrawn from the race, because of flaws in his signature petitions. Kaptur, a Democrat, is seeking her 17th term in office. She’ll face one of two Republicans this fall—Robert Horrocks Jr. of Lakewood, or Richard May of Cleveland. She represents the state’s 9th district, which runs from Toledo to Cleveland.

It’s that time of year…

The 13th annual Huron County Chamber Home and Business Show will be held this Saturday, at Norwalk Middle School. The show will run from 10am until 4pm, and there’s free admission. We’ll more in news later this week, and we’ll broadcast live from the Home and Business Show, starting at 10am Saturday.

The figures are in and they show a decrease in new businesses opening their doors in Ohio during January compared to a year ago.

According to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office, there were just over 77-hundred new start-ups last month, but a thousand other businesses went belly-up and closed their doors.

43 new state troopers will soon be hitting the highway in Ohio…

Graduates of the 155th academy class…after 22 weeks of intense, Para-military training.    The list includes Clayton Conrad and Trey Duplessie of Elyria and Thomas Gronsky of Wellington.  Also on that list is Justin Fleming of Norwalk.  He will be assigned to the Sandusky Post.

In sports…

If you are going to this Friday’s Ontario at Norwalk boys basketball game, you are encouraged to buy presale tickets.  The game is expected to be a sellout.  As of right now, Ontario is ranked 2nd in the state and Norwalk 4th.  Ontario could be #1 when the new poll is released in about one hour.  You can buy presale tickets tomorrow through Friday between 8am and 3:30pm in the Norwalk High School Athletic Office.

There’s more…

Anyone with a pass will be allowed into the game until the gym is full.  After that, no one else will be allowed in.  This includes teacher, classified and certified passes, student passes, punch cards, senior citizen passes, family passes and NOL passes.  The best advice:  get to Norwalk High early.  The doors will open at 4:45.