TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12th, 2021

New COVID numbers from the Ohio Department of Health…show…the lowest number of new cases statewide in at least 3 weeks…

…Just over 29-hundred new cases…well below the 21-day rolling average above 5-thousand.

84 came from Lorain County, 18 from Huron County.

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Two men were hurt, with one taken by medical helicopter, following an ATV accident over the weekend. 

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, 21-year-old Justin Cramer of Norwalk and 49-year-old Jesse Riley of New London were on their ATVs in a field near Murray and Hartland Center Roads where they reportedly hit a ditch.

Cramer was airlifted to Cleveland Metro, while Riley was sent to Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

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U.S. Senator from Ohio, Sherrod Brown, is set to make a stop in Norwalk this afternoon.

Brown will join Norwalk Mayor Dave Light on a walking tour of West Main Street to discuss how federal funds will finance the replacement of a more than 100-year-old, cast-iron water line on West Main.

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Second Harvest Food Bank brings its drive-thru mobile food pantry to Erie County today.

It’ll be at the campus of BGSU Firelands in Huron; with food distribution running from 4 to 6 pm.

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A slow speed chase went into multiple counties on Sunday.

According to the Sandusky Register, it started in Vermilion, when police tried to stop a vehicle for speeding.

The vehicle reportedly did not stop, and authorities followed it across Route 2, to the Danbury/Marblehead exit in Ottawa County where spike strips were used.

The driver faces multiple charges and was taken for a psychiatric evaluation.

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City council members in Loran have opened discussion, on using more than 2-and-a-half-million-dollars in so-called federal rescue money, to hire 10 new police officers.

A full report in today’s Chronicle Telegram…

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The City of Norwalk wants residents of Eagle Creek Drive, Lakeview Court, Foxmoor Court, Heron Way, and Briarcrest Drive to know that their water service may be shut off today from 9 to 3.

…This, due to water line repairs.

The city says that they’ll place red signs in affected areas, if a boil advisory is needed.

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More than 60 Rotary Clubs from across northern Ohio will come together October 30th at Lorain County Community College, to promote ‘peace and understanding’.

There will be several keynote speakers including the Reverend Otis Moss Junior of Cleveland.

The event is open to the public, with registration.

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Tonight, a committee of Elyria City Council will consider the merits of purchasing a new, camera-based system to improve traffic flow in certain areas of the city.

The system is currently in place in Westlake.

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The so-called ‘Amodio Rodeo’ is over.

Medina native…30-year-old Matt Amodio…was defeated last night on Jeopardy…after 38 wins…and 1-and-a-half-million-dollars in prize money.

Amodio’s 38 victories places him second in series’ history…behind Ken Jennings’ 74 games in 2004.

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Two new flag poles were dedicated in a ceremony Monday afternoon in Sandusky.

The two new poles are located outside City Hall, where they were raised for the first time on Monday.

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SPORTS

-In Monday Night Football, Baltimore rallied back to beat Indianapolis in overtime, 31-25.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 55.

 

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 11th, 2021

It’s Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day, which means no mail delivery and the closure of most federal buildings. 

As a reminder…check before you go.

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A Sandusky man is charged with murder in the death of a Norwalk man.

According to the Sandusky Register, 28-year-old Branden Murphy was discovered Friday with signs of gunshot wounds and a dog attack.

Murphy was found on the road near the Polk Street home in Sandusky of the murder suspect, 35-year-old Brian Lewis.

After being found, Murphy was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.

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Fisher-Titus in Norwalk will be holding Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination booster clinics throughout this month.

Eligible individuals can self-schedule for these clinics at Fisher Titus-dot-org-slash-schedule; as appointments are required.

Clinics for Pfizer boosters will take place:

  • This Tuesday
  • This Thursday
  • Friday, October 22nd
  • and Wednesday, October 27th

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In COVID numbers…

Huron County saw 16 new reported cases on Sunday.

Statewide, nearly 5,400 new cases were reported Sunday, just under the rolling 21-day average of 5,700.

New information from the Ohio department of Health indicates…nearly 51-percent of Ohioans are full vaccinated for COVID 19.  In Lorain County, it’s 55-percent.

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A road closure in Monroeville…

Route 547, between Routes 99 and 20, is closing today for repairs to railroad crossings.

Detour routes are planned.

The work is estimated to be finished by October 22nd.

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A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned today for a Sandusky-area outpatient addiction treatment facility.

The event will take place at 11:30 am at Brightview on East Perkins Avenue.

A reception and open house will follow from 12 noon to 5 pm.

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Elyria Mayor frank Whitfield says, there is still time to join the city’s first so-called Hack-a-Thon, the weekend of October 22nd.

A hack-a-thon is a “crowd sourced working conference” that addresses a community’s key issues…

Mayor Whitfield says, the hack-a-thon will address half-a-dozen issues, including…

  • Crime
  • Job Training
  • and Parks and green space.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Browns lost at the L.A. Chargers on Sunday, 47-42.

-In NBA Preseason play, the Cleveland Cavaliers fell at home to Chicago last night, 102-101.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Increasing clouds, with a high near 84.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.

 

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8th, 2021

A trooper from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol has been hospitalized after he was shot during a traffic stop on I-75 late Wednesday.

The shooting suspect, 42-year-old Robert Hathorn, was then captured Thursday afternoon in Findlay.

Trooper Josef Brobst suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

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In COVID numbers…

33 new cases were reported in Huron County on Thursday.

There were 6,300 cases reported statewide on Thursday, more than the 21-day rolling average of 5,900.

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And now…there are three…three men serving prison-time for the armed robbery of a service station in Elyria in 2019…

A federal judge has sentenced the final suspect…33-year-old Jonathan Donnell of Elyria, to 13-and-a-half-years in prison.

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It’s only a test.

A 3-minute annual test of 54 sirens at Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Oak Harbor is scheduled for today at 12 noon.

The test covers about 10 miles of area surrounding the power plant in parts of Ottawa and Lucas Counties.

Again, it’s just a test.

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Second Harvest Food Bank is gearing up for 2 mobile food pantry stops in Erie and Huron Counties over the next week or so.

…At BGSU Firelands in Huron on Tuesday, October 12th from 4 to 6 pm.

…At Willard Parks and Rec on Monday, October 18th from 3 to 5 pm.

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It’s now easier to get in and out of Chestnut Commons in Elyria.

Yesterday, the city opened the so-called connector road…Reaser Point Crossing…from East Broad into the commons near Walmart.

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 ‘Tis the season for fall festivals…

Among those…

-The Marblehead Lighthouse Fest takes place Saturday; as well as the Pumpkin Festival at the Huron Boat Basin.

-The Oak Harbor Apple Festival and Oktoberfest on Put-in-Bay run Saturday and Sunday

-and The Woolybear Festival in Vermilion is set for Sunday only.

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A free yard waste drop-off event is planned for tomorrow and Sunday for Sandusky residents. 

Residential waste only can be brought to Barnes Nursery in Huron from 8 to 4 on Saturday and 10 to 4 on Sunday.

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Today, the Elyria Arts Council will host its annual “Soup Fundraiser” at their headquarters on Broad Street in downtown Elyria.

The homemade soups prepared by local artists will be available for pick-up from 11 am until 1 pm.

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The streets of downtown Lorain will come alive tomorrow with the first “Monster Mash Dash”.

The 5-K race and 1-mile-walk are presented by Main Street Lorain.

The course will take participants over the Charles Berry Bascule Bridge and around the waterfront.

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SPORTS

In Thursday Night Football, it was the L.A. Rams over Seattle 26-17.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.

 

Saturday

A slight chance of showers.

Partly sunny, with a high near 77.

 

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7th, 2021

The Highway Patrol now reports; two people have died, from Tuesday’s crash in New Russia Township.

Susan Van Keuren of Grafton was 65.

Mason Smith of Elyria was 28.

Troopers believe, Smith ran a stop sign at Oberlin and Russia Roads, and struck a car in which Van Keuren was a passenger.

The driver of that car…66-year-old Roy Van Keuren of Grafton…is being treated at Metro.

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Two people were hurt in a 2-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon in Huron.

According to the State Highway Patrol, 41-year-old Jason Gooding of Huron was driving on Cleveland Road where he went left-of-center and struck the vehicle of 23-year-old Parker Keynes of Logan, Ohio head-on.

Gooding was flown to Cleveland Metro with serious injuries, while Keynes sustained minor ailments.

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Ohio Operation Lifesaver, a Rail Safety Education Organization in cooperation with the Ohio Rail Development Commission and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, will be holding a safety blitz later this month.

It will happen at the East Perkins Avenue railroad crossing on October 26th from 10 am to 12 noon.

During this event, officials will be handing out informational swag bags to the vehicles when they are stopped for a train.

Ohio has ranked 9th in the nation for vehicle-train collisions for the past several years.

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Checking COVID numbers…

In Huron County, 38 new reported cases occurred on Wednesday.

130 cases were reported yesterday in Lorain County.

Statewide, close to 6,300 new cases were reported yesterday, more than the 21-day rolling average of just over 6,000.
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The Lorain School Board has updated its COVID policies, based on information from Lorain County Public Health.

Lorain students who have come in close contact with people who have tested positive, will be allowed in school, as long as they wear a mask.

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Elyria City Councilman Mark Jessie has pled ‘not guilty’ to a misdemeanor charge of solicitation of prostitution.

Jessie was one of 161 people arrested in a statewide ‘sting’.

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony and a demonstration day are expected to be announced soon for the McGuan Park Revitalization Project in Norwalk.

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, the pour-and-play surface is scheduled to be installed this week at the all-abilities playground.

The new-look McGuan Park will likely be opened in a couple of weeks, said Norwalk Parks and Rec Superintendent Joe Lindenberger.

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A $1.3 million grant has been awarded to Firelands Regional Medical Center to grow their mental health treatment services throughout 7 area counties.

Among those counties…Erie, Huron, and Lorain.

According to the Sandusky Register, the grant will go towards the restoration of clinical services hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Lorain County Commissioners have voted 2 to 1, to hire Sheffield Fire Chief Jeff Young as the county’s new 9-1-1 director.

Republican Michele Hung and Democrat Matt Lundy voted in favor.

Republican Dave Moore voted no…he supported interim director Kurt Scholl, who replaced Harry Williamson in August.

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Early voting is underway for the November election.

In Huron County, voters can cast their ballots in the Meeting Room of the Administration Building on Milan Avenue in Norwalk.

Voters are asked to park in the back of the building and go in through Entrance C.

Hours for voting are from 8 to 5 today and tomorrow.

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An update on a program scheduled for tonight…

The United Way KEY collaborative has cancelled its pop-up produce stand, due to what they call, ‘unforeseen circumstances’.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Cavaliers won last night, 99-96, at Atlanta, in preseason play.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon.

Cloudy, with a high near 78.

 

Tonight

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62.

 

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76.

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6th, 2021

The Erie County Health Department has announced that they’ll be hosting vaccine clinics to administer Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccine doses for eligible individuals.  

The clinics will take place October 16th from 9 am to 1 pm and October 22nd from 9 am to 12 noon.

Doses will be made available to those who are most vulnerable.

To schedule a dose, visit www.CovidErieOhio.com; or if you do not have online access or need assistance scheduling, call their COVID-19 Vaccine Registration line at 567-867-5228.

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Checking local COVID numbers…

Erie County had 282 new reported cases and 5 new deaths during the time frame of September 26th through October 2nd.  The death toll is now 231 since the pandemic began. 52 percent of Erie County residents are fully vaccinated.

In Huron County, there was 1 new death and 32 new reported cases on Tuesday. The death toll in Huron County is at 134 since the beginning of the pandemic.

In Lorain County, 196 new reported cases took place on Tuesday.

Statewide, 5,500 new cases were reported on Tuesday, compared to the 21-day rolling average of nearly 6,100.

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Foggy conditions led to multiple traffic mishaps on Tuesday morning.

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, one of those involved a 16-year-old girl from Wakeman driving into the side of a house after running a stop sign.

The driver, Abby Livermore, did not appear to have serious injuries, said authorities, and the home’s residents were not hurt.

The accident took place on Crandall Road.

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The Ohio Department of Insurance, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Ohio Department of Natural Resources want to remind motorists of the increase in deer-related traffic crashes this time of year.

Since 2016, statistics from the Ohio State Highway Patrol show there were over 100,000 deer-related crashes on Ohio’s roadways.

While 95 percent of deer-related crashes only resulted in property damage, 27 crashes resulted in fatal injuries to motorists, with 28 killed.

Additionally, nearly half of these crashes occurred in October, November, and December.

Lorain County is one of the top counties for deer-related crashes in the state.

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Ribbon-cutting ceremonies this afternoon for Lorain County Health and Dentistry’s new facility in the 800-block of Middle Avenue in Elyria…

The ceremony will begin just after 4 pm, followed by an open house…

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Lorain County Public Health has announced; they’ve secured a grant to provide free pack-n-plays to qualifying families.

Health Commissioner Dave Covell says, the “Cribs for Kids” program is one way to reduce the county’s infant mortality rate.

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The final City of Sandusky Neighborhood Ice Cream Social of the season is set for tonight.

It will happen at Jaycee Park (North) from 6 to 7 pm.

Residents are invited to enjoy refreshments, meet and greet with City Commissioners and staff and share their ideas on how to make improvements to the city.

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Final preparations are underway for the 33rd annual Lorain County College Fair.

It’ll be held tomorrow night from 6 until 7:30 in the Ewing Activities Fieldhouse of Lorain County Community College in Elyria.

The college fair acts as a resource for high school juniors and seniors… …and their parents…to learn about more than 100 colleges, universities and military academies.

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Sandusky residents are invited to drop off their yard waste this weekend.

The drop-off event will run from 8 am to 4 pm this Saturday and from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday at Barnes Nursery in Huron.

The event is for residential waste only.

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Tomorrow, the Second Harvest Food Bank will host a drive-thru, mobile food pantry.

It’ll be held from 4:30 until 6 at Longfellow School on Louisiana in Lorain.

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The Lorain International Association is looking ahead to next year…announcing the return of the Lorain International Festival and Bazaar to the Black River Landing in downtown Lorain.

It’ll be held June 24th through June 26th, with additional events, including the International Princess Pageant, leading up to the festival.

The 2022 festival will spotlight the Mexican community of Lorain.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Cavaliers lost 131-95 in their preseason opener last night in Chicago.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Patchy fog this morning.

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 76.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63.

 

Thursday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible in the afternoon.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78.

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5th, 2021

A look at COVID numbers…

Huron County saw 18 new reported cases on Monday.

Statewide, 4,200 cases were reported yesterday, compared to the 21-day rolling average of 6,100.

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A Lorain man has pled guilty to aggravated murder in Erie County. 

According to the Sandusky Register, Exavier Cruz has agreed to a plea deal in connection with the shooting death of 41-year-old Tavon Myers of Sandusky last December.

Two other suspects in the shooting have complicity charges against them.

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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost calls it, ‘the largest human trafficking sting in the state history’.

…161 people arrested statewide…mostly on misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution charges…including Elyria City Councilman Mark Jessie.

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Elyria Police have released the name of the man, found dead last week on Hilliard…

Vlade Kotevski of North Pasadena Avenue was 56.

Police are waiting on results of an autopsy…although they say, foul play is NOT suspected.

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A federal court has rejected an appeal filed by an Elyria man who believes his 5-year prison sentence for dealing drugs is “unreasonable”.

39-year-old Keeon Green had pled ‘guilty’ to selling drugs to a police informant in 2019.

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A Henrietta Township man will be sentenced next month, after pleading ‘guilty’ to accusations that he planted a hidden camera in his bathroom and took photos of nude teenagers.

32-year-old Paul Churchill of Route 511 remains in the Erie County Jail.

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Willard Fire and Rescue wants to remind residents that a ‘Burn Ban’ is in effect for this month and November.  

The statewide ban from 6 am to 6 pm includes the open burning of debris, trash and yard waste.

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A local candidates forum is scheduled for tonight in Vermilion.

It will take place at German’s Villa on Liberty Avenue from 6 to 8 pm.

Candidates invited to speak include those for City Mayor, City Council, Township Trustee and School Board in Vermilion; as well as Brownhelm Township Trustee and the Firelands School Board.

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This is Fire Prevention Week.  

In Norwalk, firefighters will be making stops at schools in town to talk about fire safety tips.

On Monday, firefighters visited Maplehurst Elementary.

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For the second year in a row, Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the city of Lorain’s credit rating…

This year to “A-3”…

In its report, Moody’s cites Lorain’s favorable operating performance and increasing reserves.

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You can’t sell new cars if you don’t have new cars to sell…the dilemma, facing auto dealers across the country.

The Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association blames the so-called ‘chip shortage’, and that’s reflected in September sales…down locally more than 26-percent from a year ago.

Your local volume leader last month; Ford…followed by Honda, then Chevrolet.

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SPORTS

-In Monday Night Football, the L.A. Chargers beat the Las Vegas Raiders 28-14.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Areas of dense fog this morning.

A slight chance of afternoon showers.

Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.

 

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 76.

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 4th, 2021

A look at Huron County COVID-19 numbers…

According to Huron County Public Health, the case count was 251 during the time frame of September 24th through 30th, compared to 324 the previous week.

The average age of cases has increased to 37, but the highest number of cases for this week is reported in the 11 to 20 age group.

Almost all Huron County zip codes are currently reporting cases, with the highest positivity rate in Norwalk with 103 positive cases of COVID-19 for the reporting period of September 24 through 30th.

On Sunday, 21 new cases were reported, with 2 new deaths this past Friday for a total of 133 since the pandemic began.

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New COVID numbers from the Ohio Department of Health…

…about 34-hundred new cases reported yesterday…the lowest number in several weeks.

Of those 34-hundred, 90 came from Lorain County.

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Starting today, Fisher-Titus in Norwalk is putting new visitor guidelines in effect for COVID-19 positive patients.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that only one designated visitor will be permitted for one hour each day, between the time slots of 10:00 am to 12 noon or 4 to 6 pm.

Visitors are then asked to exit the building immediately after their visit, which includes not stopping at the cafe or gift shop.

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The Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash on Quarry Road in Amherst Township.

Troopers say, it appears 63 year old Kenneth Schmidt of Lorain lost control of his motorcycle Saturday afternoon, veered off the road and struck a sign.

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A new outpatient addiction treatment center has opened in the Sandusky-area.  

According to the Sandusky Register…Brightview, on East Perkins Avenue in Perkins Township, can assist over 700 residents with the ability to create over 20-full-time jobs.

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A road closure is set to start on Tuesday in Huron County…

Omega Road, between Route 13 and Rome Greenwich Road in Greenwich Township, will be shut down to traffic through October 18th.

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Today, the Second Harvest Food Bank will host a drive thru, mobile food pantry at Ely Stadium in Elyria.

It’ll run from 3:30 until 5:30 pm.

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SPORTS 

-The Cleveland Indians beat Texas 6-0 on Sunday to wrap up the season.

-The Cleveland Browns won their third straight on Sunday, defeating Minnesota on the road, 14-7.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61.

 

Tuesday

Patchy fog early.

A slight chance of showers.

Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1st, 2021

A change in COVID visitor guidelines at Fisher-Titus in Norwalk…

According to the Sandusky Register…beginning Monday at 8:00 am, only one designated visitor will be allowed for COVID-19 positive patients.

Those visitors are only permitted to be there for an hour between 10 am to 12 noon or from 4 to 6 pm; and must wear proper protective equipment.

After the visit, visitors are asked to not stop anywhere in the hospital including the cafe or gift shop.

Those who do not follow the guidelines will not be allowed to visit.

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Checking COVID-19 numbers…

35 new cases were reported in Huron County on Thursday.

Statewide, there were 6,500 new reported cases, which mirrors the 21-day rolling average.

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Police in Lorain are trying to sort out what happened yesterday afternoon at East 39th and Pearl.

What they DO know is; one person was shot, and another was arrested, after an argument.

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Minimum wage is increasing… 

Starting in January, it will rise from $8.80 to $9.30 an hour for non-tipped employees and will bump from $4.40 to $4.65 an hour for tipped employees.

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Lorain County administrator Tom Williams is suing the two county commissioners who fired him…Republican Michele Hung and Democrat Matt Lundy.

Williams claims; they fired him “without cause”…

Hung and fellow Republican David Moore hired Williams in January.

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Sandusky’s next neighborhood clean-up event is set for Saturday.

It will take place at Pipe Creek, starting at 9:00 am.

Cleaning supplies will be given out for those who participate.

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Erie County is launching a notification system that will alert residents of traffic and emergency related issues as well as winter weather conditions. 

The Erie County Wireless Emergency Notification System, which will begin providing service November 1st, can notify residents via text, voice call, or email.

The link to sign up for the system is located on the Erie County Ohio Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

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Grand opening ceremonies are set for tomorrow morning in Elyria, for the new central branch of the Elyria Public Library System on Broad Street.

Construction was made possible by voters who approved a money-issue several years ago.

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Tonight, the Good Knights of Lorain County will begin preparations for tomorrow morning’s big bed build at Lowe’s in Elyria.

The non-profit plans on building 50 beds for children-in-need, in Lorain County.

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Fun times are to be had in Willard on Saturday.

Downtown Street Fest starts at 10:00 am, with the event to include live music, food, local small business vendors and kids’ activities.

It all takes place on Myrtle Avenue and Roy Doster Plaza.

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Next week, the Second Harvest Food Bank will host two drive-thru, mobile food pantries in Lorain County…

…one, Monday afternoon in Elyria, another Thursday afternoon at Longfellow School in Lorain…

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A local candidate forum event is planned for next week in the Vermilion-area.

…It’s happening Tuesday from 6 to 8 pm at German’s Villa on Liberty Avenue in Vermilion, with candidates for Vermilion City Mayor, City Council and Township Trustees all invited to speak.

Also invited are candidates for Vermilion School Board, Brownhelm Township Trustee and Firelands School Board.

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The Ohio Department of Transportation wants you!

As they say…’come plow with us’.

O-DOT is looking for winter, seasonal C-D-L drivers for this area.

Details can be found at OH GO dot com.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Indians won last night at Kansas City, 6-1.

-In Thursday Night Football, it was Cincinnati defeating Jacksonville 24-21.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Sunny, with a high near 75.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 51.

 

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 79.

 

Sunday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm.

High near 75.

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th, 2021

A Huron County teen was killed and another was hurt in a one-vehicle crash on Tuesday.

Owen Feichtner of Willard, a student at South Central High School, was 16.

The State Highway Patrol says Feichtner was driving on Route 179 in Ashland County’s Mohican Township; when he passed a vehicle, lost control and went off the road, struck a ditch, and overturned multiple times.

A passenger with Feichtner, 16-year-old Anthony Morrison of Greenwich, was treated and released from the hospital.

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Family, friends and colleagues are mourning the death of long-time sports reporter Matt Loede.

He died yesterday after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Matt worked at sister-station…WEOL…for more than 20 years…

You heard his sideline reports during high school football games.

He also co-hosted WEOL’s Indians warm-up show…’From the Dugout’…from Progressive Field.

Matt also reported for various organizations, including The Associated Press.

Matt Loede was 46.

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The Erie County Health Department will begin to administer Pfizer booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in mid-October, with individuals being eligible starting 6 months after they received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Those who are eligible who would like to schedule an appointment at the Erie County Health Department will be able to do so online or by phone.

Health officials will inform the community when the online and telephone scheduling systems are active to schedule an appointment.

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In COVID figures…

Huron County saw 35 new reported cases on Wednesday.

Statewide, there were a reported 6,400 new cases on Wednesday, just below the rolling 21-day average of 6,600.

It took 8 months, but one-half of all Ohioans are finally fully vaccinated for COVID 19.  Among those eligible…12 and older…the vaccination rate is 58-and-a-half percent.

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Monroeville is officially a Purple Heart village.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that the designation took place during a ceremony at Clark Park earlier this week.

The village is now one of nearly 60 locales in the state to be recognized for their dedication to the commemoration of those who died or were wounded during military service.

Monroeville also now has a place on the Purple Heart Trail.

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An uptick in law enforcement presence is coming to Sandusky County…

The Sheriff’s Office there says they will be scheduling overtime shifts in October to promote safety on the roads, with a special focus on Homecoming and Halloween events and traffic.

The extra patrol is being paid for through a state grant.

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In Vermilion…

The Ohio Department of Transportation has once again changed the date of a major road closure…

It’s now Monday October 18th…crews will shut down the Liberty Avenue bridge for 45 days for repairs.

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It’s Thursday in Willard, which means a fun time!

Another “Almost Friday Picnic at the Plaza” event is planned for 11 am to 1 pm at Doster Plaza.

The event includes downtown food specials and live music.

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SPORTS

-Kansas City beat the Cleveland Indians last night 10-5.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Sunny, with a high near 71.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 46.

 

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 73.

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th, 2021

A man from Willard accused of killing the mother of his children has been indicted on 10 felonies.

44-year-old Javier Lopez allegedly stabbed 45-year-old Margarita Roblero-Perez to death earlier this month on Wessor Drive in Willard.

According to the Sandusky Register, Lopez faces 2 murder counts and a count of aggravated murder.

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Police in Elyria have charged a 22-year-old man from Lorain with ‘aggravated murder’.

Lamar Hudson Junior is accused of shooting and killing his father, 41-year-old Lamar Hudson Senior of Elyria.

Monday night, police found the older Hudson, shot dead, in a car on Gulf Road.

No word yet for a possible motive in the shooting…

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Elyria Police have released the names of those who died in last week’s multi-vehicle crash on Route 57 near Cleveland Street.

Stephanie Bays of Elyria was 68.  Betsy Bays was 46.

Both were in a minivan that was struck by a semi.

Two other people were hurt…38-year-old Aaron Hykes of Carlisle Township…and 40-year-old Danielle Mooney of Vermilion.

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Police in Elyria are waiting on autopsy results, in the death of a man, found dead yesterday morning on North Abbe Road.

Police say, they do not suspect foul play.

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Looking at COVID numbers…

In Erie County, 4 new deaths and 262 new cases were reported from September 19th to 25th.  The death toll is now at 226 since the pandemic began.  Almost 52 percent of Erie County residents are fully vaccinated.

In Huron County, 53 new cases were reported on Tuesday.

More than 200 of the new cases were reported in Lorain County on Tuesday.

Statewide, there were 7,200 new cases reported on Tuesday, more than the 21-day rolling average of 6,600.

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Due to a rise in COVID quarantined students, Edison Schools have issued a mask mandate for the district, effective today.

According to the Sandusky Register, Edison School officials decided on the mask policy over virtual learning.

The mandate pertains to all students, staff, and anyone inside district buildings.

The policy will last until at least October 22nd, when it will be revisited.

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A very slight population bump for Norwalk…

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, recently released census numbers show that Norwalk’s population grew by 56 from 2010 to 2020.

Norwalk’s population sits at 17,068…according to 2020 Census figures.

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The City of Norwalk says over 3,500 non-filer letters were sent out Tuesday to those who did not file a municipal income tax return.

The city says that taxpayers can e-file their returns or exemptions at ritaohio.com or mail or fax the documents listed on the non-filer letter to RITA.

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Downtown Elyria will come alive Saturday with the grand opening of the new Central Library on Broad Street.

The fun will begin at 10 am, and continue until 2 pm.

Construction was made possible by voters who approved a money-issue several years ago.

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The City of Sandusky will host its next neighborhood ice cream social tonight at Central Park. 

Residents can enjoy refreshments while meeting City Commissioners and staff, find out about projects in their area and suggest ways to improve the city.

The event gets started at 7 pm.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Indians lost at Kansas City last night, 6-4.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Sunny, with a high near 71.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.

 

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.