WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, 2022

Perkins Township has named an interim police chief. 

According to the Sandusky Register, last night, trustees named Jeff Musser to the job.

Musser has been with the Perkins P-D since 1998, most recently being the second-in command as the head of the patrol division.

Police Chief Vince Donald died of likely natural causes last Friday at the age of 48.

Donald had been police chief since July of 2020.

 

A woman…on juvenile probation in Lorain County…has been sentenced to life-in-prison.

19-year-old Tamara McLloyd was convicted of shooting and killing off-duty Cleveland Police Officer Shane Bartek, during a carjacking on Cleveland’s west side.

She…and two other men…were also accused of a series of armed robberies.

McLloyd will be eligible for parole in about 50 years.

 

The Norwalk Economic Development Corporation has handed out their 2022 awards to 4 local businesses.  

The Norwalk Reflector reports that American Excelsior and American Timber & Steel were given the Golden Maple Award for creating jobs and making capital improvement investments.

For their Future took home the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award for their commitment to lower plastic waste

Crazeweld won the Innovation Award for manufacturing the SafePurge Air Mover on Plank Road.

 

The City of Elyria will host a Public Safety Town Hall with Mayor Frank Whitfield and City of Lorain Mayor, Jack Bradley.

They’ll discuss community-based crime prevention, law enforcement, and investing in youth programming and mentorship.

It’ll be held Friday from 5:30 until 7 pm at Elyria’s South Park Recreation Center.

 

The numbers are in from this past Saturday’s Huron County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ 2nd annual Recovery Walk…

According to Norwalk Ohio News-dot-com, nearly 50 people participated in the walk while 11 providers were on hand with information on recovery and 5 guest speakers spoke of their own personal journeys in recovery.

The event was held at the New London Reservoir.

 

The City of Norwalk has released some fall dates to remember.

-Annual Brush Pickup – October 17th through October 21st (weekly curbside ends)

-Limited Trash Pickup – October 24th through October 28th (on regular trash day)

-City Trick-or-Treat – October 31st from 6:00 to 7:30 pm

 

Perkins Township’s 6th annual Community Day event is planned for Thursday.

The free event celebrating Perkins’ heritage will take place at the Erie County Fairgrounds from noon to 4 pm, and offer vendors, a craft show, a dog parade and activities for all ages.

 

Final preparations are underway for tomorrow’s Drive Thru Mobile Food Pantry at Oakwood Park in Lorain.

Second Harvest will be on-site tomorrow from 2 until 4 pm, to help those-in-need.

 

Lorain County Community College has announced plans for its 34th annual College Fair.

It’ll be held Monday October 10th in the Ewing Activities Center.

It’s a one-stop opportunity for prospective students to learn about more than 100 colleges and universities, including those that are part of the University Partnership.

 

SPORTS

-The Cleveland Guardians fell at home last night, 6-5, to Tampa Bay, in 11 innings.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of showers, mainly after noon.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of showers.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.

 

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 61.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th, 2022

Fire has damaged a portion of Wellington’s Water Filtration Plant on Pitts Road…and the village is asking residents to conserve water until the plant can be inspected.

The fire broke out, at about 8 o’clock last night.

No injuries were reported…

 

The Highway Patrol is investigating what triggered yesterday’s car crash in Medina County that landed Browns’ defensive end Myles Garrett and a woman in the hospital.

Troopers say, Garrett and a female passenger were hurt, when his sports car veered off State Road near Wadsworth and overturned several times.

The highway patrol says, neither alcohol nor drugs were factors in the crash.

 

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held this past weekend for a new nature center in Erie County.  

According to the Sandusky Register, construction is expected to begin in November on the $3 million facility at Osborn MetroPark in Huron Township.

Officials hope to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new nature center in December of 2023.

 

There’s a new deputy in the Huron County Sheriff’s Department. 

According to Norwalk Ohio News-dot-com, 2019 Monroeville High School grad Avery Kluding was sworn in Monday morning.

Kluding, who graduated from BGSU Firelands, attended and completed the police academy program at EHOVE Career Center in Milan.

 

Traffic is flowing this morning through La Grange…

That was NOT the case early yesterday, when a car crashed into the traffic circle at Routes 301 and 303.

It’s the third crash there, this year.

One of those crashes involved a semi that destroyed a concrete war memorial.

 

Police in Elyria say, they have confiscated five handguns from a home on Case Avenue during a search warrant.

One man was charged with ‘having weapons under disability’, and a 17-year-old juvenile was also taken into custody for a probation violation.

 

Another step taken, to expand the Ohio Assembly Plant and bring 2-thousand new jobs to Lorain County…

The Ohio Tax Credit Authority has approved tax incentives for Ford, to expand the plant and bring in a new product line of electric, heavy duty trucks.

 

The City of Sandusky has handed out their Volunteer of the Year awards…

Congrats to the following winners:

-Bill Biehl

-Linda Ewers

-Dora Grant

-Gene Kidwell

-and Susan Sartor

The awards were created last year.

 

Street resurfacing continues in Sandusky…

A number of streets are scheduled to have work done this week, including:

-Pearl Street

-Melville Street

-Milne Street

-Garfield Street

-King Street

-Stone Street

-Columbus Avenue

-Wamajo Drive

-Townsend Street

-East Water Street

-Third Street

Street resurfacing is expected to last through Friday.

 

It’s called, “Seize the Clay and Stock the Cupboard”…

Next week, Lorain County Community College will hold a fundraiser for its on-campus food pantry, the Commodore Cupboard.

A 20-dollar donation will allow guests to select a handmade bowl of their choice, and enjoy a variety of soups…all made by students.

It’s an ‘empty bowls’ event…and serves as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world due to hunger.

 

SPORTS

-In Monday Night Football, Dallas defeated the New York Giants 23-16.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of showers, mainly after noon.

Partly sunny, with a high near 61.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th, 2022

Perkins Township Police Chief Vince Donald has died. 

Local officials say his death, which occurred Friday, appears to be from natural causes.

He had been police chief at Perkins since the summer of 2020.

 

Firefighters in Elyria continue their investigation into fire at the Washington Manor apartments on Washington Avenue.

Friday’s fire forced 8 residents from Unit-C.

Firefighters believe, the fire might have started in the kitchen of one of the apartments.

 

Cases have dropped, according to numbers from Huron County Public Health’s latest COVID-19 update.

96 cases were reported this past week, down from 129 the previous reporting period.

The average age of cases increased slightly from 41 to 42, with the highest number of cases in the 21 to 30 age range.

All zip codes in Huron County reported cases this week, with the highest infection rate in the Collins zip code.

 

Governor Mike DeWine has announced that 20 Ohio first responder agencies will receive a total of $7.7 million to help them boost their staffing levels to ensure thorough coverage for emergency response.

Locally, Port Clinton Fire and Rescue will receive $220-thousand to hire a full-time assistant Fire Chief.

 

Every three years, county health departments are required by the state, to assess the community’s needs, then develop an action plan.

Lorain County Public Health just wrapped up its assessment, and over the past three years, Lorain County posted increases in major health issues, such as diabetes, heart disease and fatal drug overdoses.

 

Today, the Second Harvest food Bank will bring its Mobile Food Pantry to Ely Stadium in Elyria.

It’ll be set up from 4 until 5:30 pm, to help those-in-need.

 

On the road…a couple of new projects begin today in Lorain County…

  • Route 57, just west of Route 83, closes today for one month for a culvert replacement
  • A portion of Hawley Road in Wellington Township will be closed today and tomorrow from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm for soil borings
  • In Lorain, West 20th from Oberlin Avenue to Ashland Avenue will be closed through Wednesday for repairs

 

SPORTS

-The Cleveland Guardians clinched an AL Central Division title yesterday as they won at Texas, 10-4.

-In Sunday Night Football, Denver defeated San Francisco 11-10.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Breezy.

High near 63.

 

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms.

Partly cloudy, with a low around 47.

 

Tuesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 60.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18th, 2021

One person is dead, two others hurt, and another is still missing, after two boats collided Tuesday night.

According to the Sandusky Register, the incident happened near Cranberry Creek in Huron.

Names of those involved have not yet been released.

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A look at COVID numbers…

The state saw a spike in cases on Wednesday, with 6,300, compared to the 21-day rolling average of 4,200.

Also, an uptick in cases in Huron County on Wednesday, with 89.

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Port Clinton Police are asking for your help in locating a missing juvenile.

Hailey Stinson, a junior at Port Clinton High School, was last seen on Tuesday.

Her photo can be viewed on the Port Clinton Police Department’s Facebook page.

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Its 17 months in prison for a Norwalk woman after being accused of stealing money from the Norwalk Childcare Center last year.

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, 37-year-old Elysa Schaffer will also pay over $75,000 in restitution.

The child care facility on Shady Lane Drive closed permanently following the theft of the money.

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 It appears, there’s a lot of interest from Small Businesses in Elyria, applying for federal American Rescue grants.

The city has said so, and has set a December first deadline for applications.

The grants…up to 50-thousand-dollars…are earmarked for small businesses, re-opening or re-configuring operations due to COVID 19, or for costs directly incurred by the pandemic.

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Lorain Schools Superintendent Jeff Graham says, with voters rejecting a new levy earlier this month, administrators are continuing to have conversations about reducing the budget by 4 million dollars.

Dr. Graham says, this includes cost-saving measures they’d have made, even if the levy had passed.

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Film crews have arrived in Lorain County, shooting a psychological thriller inspired by serial killer Ed Kemper.

Kemper was dubbed, the “Co-Ed Killer”, for at least 10 deaths in California in the 1960’s and 70’s.

Scenes have already been shot at the Lorain Palace Theater, Fligner’s Market and Lorain County Community College.

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The countdown is on…and preparations are being made…for Norwalk’s holiday lighting ceremony.

The event on Saturday, November 27th from 4 to 7 pm in uptown Norwalk will include an appearance by Santa and his reindeer; along with live music and food trucks.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Brooklyn Nets on the road last night, 109-99.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Showers likely, mainly before noon.

Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 47.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.

 

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17th, 2021

Three people were taken for medical treatment after two boats collided last night near Cranberry Creek in Huron.

Cleveland media outlets report that 1 person is still missing, with search and rescue to likely resume this morning.

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The Erie County Health Department has released their latest weekly COVID-19 update.

From the time frame of November 7th to 13th, there were 339 new reported cases and 3 deaths; bringing the death toll to 247.

Nearly 54 percent of Erie County residents are fully vaccinated for COVID.

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In other COVID numbers, 5,600 cases were reported on Tuesday, more than the 21-day rolling average of 4,100.

Huron County had 49 new reported cases on Tuesday.

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A Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic takes place today at Edison High School in Milan.

The clinic runs from 4 to 6 pm, and children ages 5 to 11 do not have to be an Edison student to receive the vaccine.

Registration is required.

Another Pediatric COVID Vaccine Clinic is planned at Sandusky City Schools this Monday.

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A Vietnam War veteran from Elyria…Dexter Gray Junior…has a new roof over his head, thanks to a national program that helps veterans-in-need.

Owens-Corning works with local veterans groups and local contractors, such as Franciscus Roofing of Westlake to make it happen.

Gray served 2 years in Vietnam and has been treated for P-T-S-D…

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Sandusky’s Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony has been planned for later this month.

It’s scheduled for Friday, November 26th at 6:00 pm at Washington Park, downtown.

It will feature live music from Sandusky High School choirs and a visit from Santa.

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In Amherst Township…

Railroad crossings are closed for repairs at Dewey and Oberlin Roads.

Weather permitting, they’ll re-open sometime Friday.

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Weather permitting…

The Ohio Department of Transportation says, Lorain County’s newest roundabout…at Route 113 and Baumhart Road…could open this weekend.

The intersection has been closed since September.

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Wellington’s next Village manager will be coming to Lorain County from Missouri.

A 14-member search committee has chosen Jonathan Greever to replace Steve Dupee, who moved to central Ohio.

Greever will begin his new position December 13th.

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The State of Ohio has designated University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, an ‘adult level-three trauma center’ for treatment of serious injuries.

The designation follows a process that spanned several years.

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It’s that time again…for Shoebox Christmas with Victory Kitchen in Sandusky.

The shoeboxes will then be distributed towards Christmastime to children and families in need in the Sandusky area.

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Today, the Second Harvest Food Bank will host a drive-thru mobile food pantry at Brookside High School on Harris Road.

It’ll run from 4:30 until 6.

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SPORTS 

-In college football last night, Toledo beat Ohio 35-23…Miami (OH) defeated Bowling Green 34-7

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.

 

Tonight

Showers, mainly overnight

Low around 40.

 

Thursday

Showers likely.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47.

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16th, 2021

Huron County Public Health has released their latest COVID-19 weekly update.

The case count for the latest reporting period of November 5th to 11th increased to 220 after being at 206 the previous week.

The average age of cases for this reporting period decreased from 40 to 38, with the highest number of cases for the reporting week in the 31 to 40 age group.

All Huron County zip codes are currently reporting cases, with the highest infection rate in the Bellevue zip code.

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A look at other COVID numbers…

Statewide, there were about 3,900 cases reported Monday, just a tad under the 21-day rolling average of around 4,000.

Huron County saw 35 new cases on Monday.

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Health officials across the country are expecting another spike in COVID cases, after Thanksgiving.

They consider family gatherings, potential ‘super-spreaders’.

Since Halloween, COVID cases nationwide are up 23-percent.

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There is still time to flee the flu, and today,

Lorain County Public Health will host a flu and COVID vaccination clinic at the Old Stone Church in Amherst.

It’ll run from 10 am until 1 pm.

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Perkins Police say you might see more of them patrolling the neighborhoods.

This comes after several reports of vehicle entries in Perkins Township last weekend.

Authorities advise residents to take a number of safety precautions including locking their car and to never leave any valuables in sight.

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Residents of Elyria will pay more for water and sewer service in the coming years.

According to the Chronicle Telegram, the rate-hikes will take effect in 2023 and 2024, to cover the cost of unfunded mandates by the U-S E-P-A.

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The city of Elyria will soon have a new Police Chief.

The Civil Service Commission has recommended Captain William Pelko for the top job.

Captain Pelko would follow Chief Duane Whitely, who’s retiring next month after 31 years in law enforcement.

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The Ohio Department of Public Safety has awarded a 50-thousand-dollar federal grant to Lorain County Public Health.

The money is earmarked for traffic-safety-efforts.

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Over $35,000 is going to improve a couple of trails in the Wakeman area.

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, the Village of Wakeman has received a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for asphalt paving of the North Coast Inland Trail and Red Cap Park trailhead.

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A road closure today in Sandusky…

Market Street, from Columbus Avenue to the middle of the block, will be shut down to traffic from 7 am to 4 pm, due to construction work.

Detour signs are planned to be in place.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Cavaliers lost to Boston last night, 98-92.

-In men’s college basketball, Ohio State beat Bowling Green last night, 89-58.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.

 

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with a temperature falling to near 39 by 8 pm, then rising to around 51 during the remainder of the night.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers in the afternoon.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64.

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15th, 2021

As you head out the door this morning, a reminder that roads may be slick with black ice…

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The Erie County Health Department and Erie County Community Health Center have announced that they’ll be providing school-based COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11.  

The first clinic will take place this Wednesday at Edison High School in Milan from 4 to 6 pm.

Another clinic has been planned at Sandusky City Schools on November 22nd from 3 to 6 pm.

Registration is required; and children do not have to be a student at either school to receive one of the Pfizer pediatric vaccines.

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In COVID-19 figures…

Statewide, there were 3,600 reported cases on Sunday, just under the 21-day rolling average of 3,900.

26 new cases were reported in Huron County on Sunday; 105 in Lorain County.

The Ohio Department of Health reports, the percentage of Ohioans who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 stands at 52-percent.

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Today, Lorain County Public Health will host a drive-thru Flu and COVID vaccination clinic.

This one will be for ages 12 and older, and will be held at the North Ridgeville Fire Station on Ranger Way from 1 until pm.

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An area man has committed his eighth OVI offense. 

According to the Sandusky Register, 54-year-old Daniel Troike is due in court this week after being arrested last week for his alleged involvement in a non-injury crash on Milan Road in Perkins Township.

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After a slight delay, a new roundabout in Huron County has opened to traffic.

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, the traffic circle at the intersection of Routes 20 and 601 opened Friday, and was built to increase safety by reducing crashes.

The intersection had been closed since early September.

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A pulled piece of legislation regarding medical marijuana dispensaries in Norwalk led to last week’s city council meeting being canceled.  

The Norwalk Reflector reports that councilman Tom Dunlap pulled legislation that would’ve prevented such dispensaries from being located in Norwalk, if it was passed.

This comes after multiple medical marijuana dispensaries contacted the city about possibly setting up shop there.

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SPORTS

-The New England Patriots downed the Browns on Sunday, 45-7.

-In Sunday Night Football, Kansas City beat Las Vegas 41-14.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Increasing clouds, with a high near 42.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.

 

Tuesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 49.

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12th, 2021

A look at COVID numbers…

Nearly 5,000 new, reported cases on Thursday; more than the 21-day rolling average of 3,700 cases.

Huron County saw 39 new cases reported on Thursday.

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Many programs, services and ceremonies were held nationally and locally yesterday in observance of Veteran’s Day. 

The Sandusky Register reports that one of those took place in Milan at Edison High School, where Governor Mike DeWine and wife, Fran, made a visit.

The Veteran’s Day program there was put together by Edison High School’s Teen Leadership Corps, who volunteer to help improve the community.

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Back in July, a video went ‘viral’, showing now-former Sheffield Lake Police Chief Anthony Campo placing a “Ku Klux Klan” sign on the rain jacket of Officer Keith Poole, who is black.

Yesterday, Poole went public for the first time, during a nationwide video news conference…

The City of Sheffield Lake will have an opportunity to respond, as Poole’s attorneys are filing a ‘charge of discrimination’ with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission…and in court…as they’re asking the Ohio Supreme Court for the release of public records.

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Something new in downtown Amherst…

Dedication ceremonies yesterday…on Veterans Day…for Patriots Park.

The sandstone wall on Park Avenue salutes those who have served our country.

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Some holiday celebrations are coming up…

In Willard, their 34th annual Christmas parade has been planned for Friday, November 19th at 6:30 pm.  After the parade, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place along with Santa on hand, food trucks and live music.

Also, Main Street Vermilion will kick off the holiday season Saturday, November 27th, when Santa arrives by boat at East Exchange Park.  A “Community Tree Lighting” ceremony will then be held Thursday, December 2nd…part of “Light Up Vermilion”.

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Travel is expected to be increasing this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, according to Triple-A (AAA). 

The travel agency says that 53.4 million people will be travelling this Thanksgiving, up 13 percent from a year ago.

If that number holds, travel will be back to within 5 percent of pre-pandemic numbers in 2019, with air travel close to recovering from a drastic fall during the pandemic, an 80 percent increase over a year ago.

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The makers of electric vehicles are electrifying Wall Street.

The top-valued U-S Automakers are now;

  • Tesla
  • Rivian
  • And General Motors.

Ford follows, in the number 4 spot.

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It’s that time again…citywide leaf collection in Sandusky.

It starts Monday, with the schedule of streets/zones online at CityofSandusky.com.

Leaves must be set within 6 feet of the curb on the first scheduled day of pickup in the street/zone.

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SPORTS

-In State Semi-Final volleyball yesterday, Monroeville lost to St. Henry 3 sets to 1.  Amherst also lost to Olentangy Liberty 3-0.

-In Thursday Night Football, it was Miami defeating Baltimore 22-10.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Increasing clouds, breezy, with a high near 53.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.

 

Saturday

A slight chance of rain and snow showers.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41.

 

Sunday

Rain and light snow showers.

Cloudy, with a high near 42.

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11th, 2021

Today is Veterans Day.  

…A day to honor those who have served or those currently serving in the U.S. Military.

Many ceremonies and observances are taking place today, including one in Sandusky at 11 am at First Presbyterian Church on Jackson Street, followed by a rifle salute and wreath laying at Vets Memorial Park.

A ceremony will also happen at the Fallen Soldiers Memorial in Bellevue at 11 am today.

Schools throughout the area will be holding Veterans Day programs as well.

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An Erie County restaurant owner died in a single vehicle crash in Sandusky on Wednesday afternoon.

Cesare Avallone of Huron was 45.

Authorities say that Avallone was driving on West Water Street, between Lawrence and Fulton, when he failed to control his vehicle and struck a utility pole.

A passenger with Avallone, 28-year-old Ariel Palmer of Sandusky, was seriously hurt and life-flighted to Cleveland Metro hospital.

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In COVID-19 figures…

Huron County reported 46 new cases on Wednesday.

Statewide, numbers were up on Wednesday, with 5,500; compared to the 21-day rolling average of 3,700.

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On this Veterans Day…

Word today that a U-S Army veteran from Elyria will receive a new roof on his West River Road home, thanks to the Owens-Corning “National Roof Deployment Project”.

Weather-permitting, work will be done in one day…next Monday…at the home of Dexter Gray Junior.

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Two men face charges after leading police on a chase from Rocky River to Avon.

They were accused of shoplifting and stealing an SUV.

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The parent company of Speedway says, they are investigating possible ‘tainted gas’ at their service station at Route 83 and Walker Road in Avon Lake.

According to WKYC-TV, the suspected fuel was sold Tuesday.

Pumps were closed yesterday.

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Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk has again been recognized for hospital safety.

They recently earned an “A” for the Fall 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade as well as a Straight A designation from Leapfrog for having “A” ratings since Fall 2019.

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It appears the city of Elyria is moving ahead with plans to bring down the former Shane Furniture Building in the 300-block of Broad Street.

The city has published a public notice in the Chronicle Telegram, soliciting bids for demolition and clean-up.

A pre-bid survey of the downtown site is scheduled for tomorrow morning.

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The Second Harvest Food Bank will offer a Thanksgiving-themed drive-thru mobile food pantry at Lorain County Community College on Saturday, November 20th.

They will have 3-thousand meals available…but you must register in advance…by calling Second Harvest in Lorain…or by scanning the Q-R code on their website.

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The 10th annual Toy Drive from VacationLand Federal Credit Union is underway. 

The toy drive continues through December 10th, followed by a wrap-up event at the Sandusky Mall on December 11th.

The drive benefits children in Erie and Huron Counties.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Cavaliers lost last night to Washington, 97-94.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today – Veterans Day

Showers, mainly in the late afternoon.

Breezy.

High near 69.

 

Tonight

Showers.

Low around 40.

 

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10th, 2021

The Erie County Health Department has released their latest COVID weekly update.

2 new deaths and 301 new cases were reported during the time frame of October 31st to November 6th.  That puts the death toll at 244 since the pandemic began.

Nearly 54 percent of Erie County residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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In other local and state COVID numbers…

4,900 cases were reported state wide on Tuesday, more than the 21-day rolling average of 3,600.

Huron County had 1 new reported death and 31 new cases on Tuesday, putting the death toll at 149 since the beginning of the pandemic.

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The Erie County Healthcare Coalition has announced that they will soon be conducting a disaster preparedness exercise with local Erie County healthcare partners.

It’s scheduled for November 16th, and will simulate a series of bomb threats at healthcare facilities throughout the county.

Each facility will be exercising internal plans as well as coordinating across agencies for functions, such as evacuation.

The exercise will not interrupt normal operations at participating facilities.

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Willard authorities have charged a man with multiple counts of breaking and entering and burglary. 

The Norwalk Reflector reports that Nicholas Hamman was found to be a suspect in a rash of crimes on September 10th that included burglaries of homes and cars.

Hamman also spent 4 years behind bars for burglary in 2017.

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A federal judge has sentenced a former priest at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Strongsville to life in prison.

41-year-old Robert McWilliams had pled ‘guilty’ to various sex charges, including sex trafficking of a minor and sexual exploitation of a child.

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An apparently frustrated Cincinnati Bengals fan is in trouble with the law.

According to the Sandusky Register, 40-year-old Troy Witkowski of Toledo has been charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated and felony vandalism after allegedly punching and shattering a door window at the Texas Roadhouse in Sandusky on Sunday.

Witkowski was reportedly upset that the Browns beat the Bengals.

He suffered a hand fracture in the incident.

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Officials from the cities of Amherst and Lorain have opened discussions on easing traffic issues along Oak Point Road near Route 2.

Yesterday, Bramhall Engineering of Avon unveiled several options during a public forum.

One would be to widen Oak Point…another would be to add a roundabout or two.

A second public hearing is scheduled for next month in Lorain

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SPORTS

-In college hoops, Ohio State won their season opener last night over Akron, 67-66, on a buzzer-beater.

-Ohio State is now in the 4th and final spot in the new College Football Playoff ratings, released last night.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.

 

Veterans Day – Thursday

Showers in the afternoon.

Breezy.

High near 67.