MONDAY, MAY 11th, 2020

In local COVID-19 numbers, Erie County had 2 more confirmed cases on Sunday for a total of 78.

Huron County saw an increase of 8 cases over the last week to give them 38.

Lorain County Public Health reports 42 deaths linked to COVID-19. 35 of those 42 were residents, 70-years-of-age and older.

Statewide, Ohio went over the 24,000 mark on Sunday for total cases and more than 1,300 deaths.

 

An employee of the City of Sandusky has tested positive for the Corona Virus.

The employee is not a member of safety services (police or fire departments) and has had limited to no contact with the public; this according to the city and Erie County Health Department.

The health department is working with the employee and has been in contact with any employee or non-employee who was in direct contact with them.

Police in Lorain are asking for your help in sorting out a fatal stabbing.

Police say, early yesterday, they found 40 year-old Luis Martinez-Sanchez in a driveway on Timberview Drive.

He died a short time later.

It was the third unrelated fatal stabbing in Lorain County since Thursday.

 

It appears, a nasty batch of drugs has surfaced in Lorain County.

Police in Lorain say, they dealt with a number of overdoses this past weekend.

They say, suspected cocaine might have really been fentanyl.

 

New life for the Lorain County Speedway in Amherst Township…

According to the Chronicle Telegram, a family from Brookpark has bought the oval, with plans to rename it, Lorain Raceway Park, and open sometime this summer.

The same family bought and resurrected the Painesville Speedway in Lake County.

Read all about it in today’s Chronicle Telegram.

 

Tens of thousands of ‘birders’ are making alternate plans this week.

Usually, they’d pour into Magee Marsh in Ottawa County for the “Biggest Week in American Birding”.

But this year’s festival was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

The area bills itself as the “Warbler Capital of the World”, as the small, colorful birds migrate from the southern United States to Canada.

With the reopening of Ohio comes the reopening of Put-in-Bay to tourists.

Island officials say that many local retail shops will open up this week along with village docks and golf cart rentals opening on Friday.

Along with state protocols, outdoor dining will start Friday and indoor dining on May 21st.

The Miller Ferry will begin a daily operating schedule today with the Jet Express to start operations here soon.

 

An Elyria man was seriously injured in a one vehicle crash Saturday afternoon in Huron County’s Fairfield Township.

The State Highway Patrol says 37 year-old Terrance McAfee drove off the left side of the road and overturned into a ditch on State Route 162.

He was air-lifted to Cleveland Metro Hospital.

Alcohol is a suspected factor in the crash.

 

A railroad crossing closure to report in Huron County…

The tracks on Greenwich Milan Townline Road, between Route 18 and South Norwalk Road, will be shut down starting today to replace the rail crossing.

It’s expected to be closed for 6 days.

 

Willard High School seniors will take part in a drive-thru graduation ceremony later this month.

Taking place on May 29th in the parking lot next to the football field, graduates will be permitted one per vehicle, be enclosed and wearing a mask.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Rain and light snow showers likely this morning, then a slight chance of rain showers in the afternoon.

Cloudy, with a high near 48.

 

Tonight

Decreasing cloudiness, with a low around 35.

 

Tuesday

A Frost Advisory is in effect from 2:00 to 9:00 am.

Patchy frost early.

Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 57.

 

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 59.

 

FRIDAY, MAY 8th, 2020

Governor Mike DeWine Thursday announced the reopening of more businesses; including bars and restaurants and hair salons.

May 15th is the date for the reopening of outdoor dining as well as hair salons and like businesses, with May 21st the date for indoor dining to reopen.

Of course, those reopening come with safety protocols and social distancing guidelines.

 

The latest COVID-19 numbers…

Statewide – over 22,100 cases – More than 600 more cases Thursday
1,271 deaths – 46 deaths reported Thursday

Erie County – 74 confirmed cases – 6 more reported Thursday

Huron County – 34 cases – No new cases on Thursday

 

Lorain County Public Health confirms…

…two more deaths from the Corona Virus, along with 17 new cases reported yesterday.

41 residents of Lorain County have now died from the virus…

 

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced Thursday plans to trim over $4.6 million from his office’s budget to help soften the blow of COVID-19 on the state’s finances.

The reductions include remaining dollars from untapped local government grant programs that expire at the end of the fiscal year.

 

An Elyria woman has been charged with ‘murder’.

37 year-old Holly Baire is accused of stabbing and killing 33 year-old Jamie Royster during an argument, in the 400 block of Lorain Boulevard, late yesterday afternoon.

 

The Wellington School Board has voted to wrap up the current school-year, May 29th…several days ahead of schedule.

According to the Chronicle Telegram, all eyes will focus on the

2020/21 school year…including…what it will look like, and when it will begin…

 

Prices at the pump continue climbing…still below 2-dollars-a-gallon…but up 40 to 70 cents a gallon over the past week…

 

Two major construction and beautification projects in Sandusky are set to wrap up in about 2 weeks.

According to the Sandusky Register, both the new Jackson Street Pier and Shoreline Drive projects are set to be finished by May 22nd.

 

A part of the reopening of Ohio includes city halls.

Among those are Norwalk and Willard City Halls, who are set to reopen to the public on Monday.

Masks will be required to enter.

 

Huron County is the latest locality to become part of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library book program.

Parents of children from birth through age 5 can register to receive a free book each month.

Visit ohioimaginationlibrary.org to enroll.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46.

 

Tonight

*A Freeze Warning is in effect from 11:00 pm to 11:00 am Saturday.

A chance of rain and snow showers.

Cloudy, with a low around 29.

 

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high near 48.

 

Sunday – Mother’s Day

Showers likely, mainly in the afternoon.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56.

 

THURSDAY, MAY 7th, 2020

The latest COVID-19 numbers…

Statewide – over 21,500 cases – About 600 more cases Wednesday
1,225 deaths – 90 deaths reported Wednesday

Erie County – 68 confirmed cases – 7 more reported Wednesday

Huron County – 34 cases – 1 reported on Wednesday

 

The Corona Virus has claimed another life in Lorain County…number 39 so far.

No word…where the latest victim lives…

Meanwhile…The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction reports; 20 staff members of Grafton’s Lorain Correctional Institution have now tested ‘positive’ for the virus.

 

One dead from a Sandusky house fire Tuesday…

According to the Sandusky Register, the blaze began in one dwelling of a multiple-dwell structure at East Madison and Hancock Streets.

The name of the victim has not been released.

The cause of the fire has not yet been decided.

 

Plans have been made for Norwalk St. Paul High School’s graduation ceremony.

While adhering to safety guidelines, the school will have graduates pull up in their cars to the church ramp and enter one at a time to pick up their diplomas.

The school says there will be 10 or less people in the church at all times.

 

Governor Mike DeWine is denouncing fellow Republican lawmakers who are trying to restrict the powers of the Ohio Department of Health.

Members of the Ohio House voted yesterday to limit Stay-at-Home orders and those that close businesses.

Governor DeWine responded by saying he would veto any such bill, and that state lawmakers’ time would be better spent on increasing COVID-19 testing, dealing with a massive deficit and re-opening the economy.

Next week, more retailers are scheduled to re-open, and today, the governor is expected to release plans to open other businesses; such as restaurants, salons and saloons.

 

The Toledo Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing will be conducting fly-overs today over several area hospitals in tribute to first responders and medical personnel.

Fremont – 2:05 pm

Port Clinton – 2:08 pm

Sandusky – 2:10 pm

Norwalk – 2:12 pm

Willard – 2:16 pm

 

A resident of Lorain is due in court…accused of causing a two-vehicle crash in which a woman had her leg severed above the knee.

22 year-old JaQuon Moon faces several charges including;

  • Operating a vehicle while intoxicated
  • Operating a vehicle without a license
  • And leaving the scene of an accident.

Police say, 41 year old Cholena Ammons was trying to get into her minivan on Long Avenue Tuesday night when an SUV turned onto Long from West 20th, and struck Ammons and her SUV.

Ammons was taken to Metro in Cleveland.

 

An Erie County man has been charged with misdemeanor menacing and telephone harassment after allegedly making threats to the health department.

13-ABC-TV reports that Tyler Furback, a family member of Bay Meats in Sandusky who were shut down after the health department ordered the business to wear masks, apparently became upset over the order.

Bay Meats workers were not wearing masks because they said it fogged up their glasses.

Bay Meats have been allowed to perform curbside services.

 

The governor’s budget office has released details of state funding cuts to schools.

In Erie County, schools will lose a total of more than 2-million-dollars.

In Huron County…about 1-point-7-million…

 

Another major food distribution today…

This one, at Strobel Field in Sandusky…from 3:30 until 7pm.

 

Now hiring…the Ohio Department of Health.

They’re looking for those interested in helping track down where COVID-19 is spreading.

They’re hiring temporary contact tracers and contact tracer supervisors.

The disease detectives will collect info from residents diagnosed with COVID-19.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Patchy frost this morning.

Otherwise, sunny and breezy, with a high near 62.

Tonight

A chance of showers, mainly overnight.

Increasing clouds, with a low around 39.

 

Friday

Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 45.

 

Saturday

A chance of snow showers early, then a chance of rain showers.

Partly sunny, with a high near 49.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6th, 2020

Checking the latest Corona Virus numbers…

Statewide – over 20,900 cases – About 500 more cases Tuesday

1,135 deaths – Around 80 more deaths reported Tuesday

Erie County – 61 confirmed cases – 2 more reported Tuesday

Huron County – 33 cases – 1 reported on Tuesday

 

Lorain County’s death-toll from COVID-19 now stands at 38.

Lorain County Public Health confirmed another death yesterday…

Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka says, the latest victim lived in his community.

 

Governor Mike DeWine announced some major budget cuts for Ohio in his Tuesday news conference.

Those cuts include $300 million to K-12 public school funding and $110 million in college and university funding; as well as $210 million from Medicaid.

DeWine is scheduled to not hold a news conference today; but is expected Thursday to provide more details on the reopening of restaurants, hair salons and daycares.

 

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has announced his office distributed nearly $1 million in funding to domestic violence shelters and coalitions across the state to assist victims in midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Locally, Safe Harbour Domestic Violence Shelter in Sandusky received part of the funding.

 

More cancellations due to COVID-19…

The Sandusky Community Celebrations Council has decided to cancel their summer events for 2020; including the Tuesday night Gazebo Concert Series and the July 4th Stars and Stripes Celebration.

 

Former Oberlin Police Chief Robert Jones has died.

He was 81.

Jones joined the force in 1967 as a dispatcher and worked his way up to Chief of Police 13 years later…in the top job until he retired in 2000.

He finished out his career as Director of Campus Safety at Oberlin College.

Elyria Police continue their investigation into a crash involving a car and a pedestrian.

It happened at noontime yesterday.

Police say, 32 year old Darnell Ford of Elyria was walking northbound on West River Road North at Root 57, and was struck by a car.

Ford was taken to Metro in Cleveland with serious injuries.

 

A young man and woman from suburban Garfield Heights face charges in Elyria.

Police say, they arrested Dvon Clark and Roneisha Banks after they responded to a “shots fired” call yesterday afternoon in the area of Melvyn Lane and Allen Street.

Police say, two children…one and two years of age…were inside the car.

 

Voters in Erie County will see a renewal levy on the ballot this fall from their health department…as the Erie County Health Department will place a .5 mill levy on the ballot in November.

Health Commissioner Pete Schade tells the Sandusky Register that the levy would generate close to $1.1 million per year and will not raise taxes since it is a renewal.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Decreasing clouds, with a high near 53.

 

Tonight

Widespread frost overnight.

Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 37.

Thursday

Widespread frost in the morning.

Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

Friday

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47.

 

TUESDAY, MAY 5th, 2020

Checking the latest COVID-19 numbers…

Statewide – over 20,400 cases – 1,056 deaths

Erie County – 59 confirmed cases – 2 more reported Monday

Huron County – 32 cases – 2 reported on Monday

Lorain County Public Health reports; the number of confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Lorain County has surpassed 500.

…that’s an increase of 18 since Sunday.

The death toll in Lorain County now stands at 37.

 

As COVID-19 testing is slated to increase statewide over the next few weeks, DeWine announced an increased priority list on who receives tests.

Those residing in mental health facilities and nursing homes with Corona Virus symptoms will now be higher on the priority list.

With the ‘Stay Safe Ohio’ now in place, DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted addressed types of businesses not yet open during their Monday news conference…

Ohio BMV’s – Will open later this month

Restaurants – A reopening date will be announced in the next several days.

 

The city of Elyria…like many others…is struggling with budget-issues due to the pandemic…with a projected decrease in income tax revenue of about 2-and-a-half-million-dollars.

The Chronicle Telegram reports; Mayor Frank Whitfield has been meeting with department heads in hopes of coming up with money-saving measures.

 

Police in Lorain are asking for your help in tracking down the person responsible for vandalism at the Charleston Cemetery on 6th Street.

Someone smashed several historic headstones early yesterday.

 

Community food-distributions resume today, with a drive-thru at Vermilion Elementary School from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Another will be held tomorrow at the Black River Landing in downtown Lorain.

And a third and fourth…Thursday…at Strobel Field in Sandusky…and New London High School.

 

The historic Aut-O-Rama drive-in movie theater on Lorain Road in North Ridgeville could re-open with several weeks.

According to the Chronicle Telegram, owners have received permission from Lorain County Public Health and the state, and are working on health-and-safety guidelines.

Those guidelines will likely include keeping vehicles at least 6 feet apart.

A full report in today’s Chronicle Telegram

The City of Willard has canceled their 4th annual community-wide yard sale, due to COVID-19 concerns.

It was planned for May 14th through 16th.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of showers overnight.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.

 

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53.

 

Thursday

A chance of showers. Sunny, with a high near 60.

 

MONDAY, MAY 4th, 2020

Checking the latest COVID-19 confirmed numbers…

Statewide – over 19,000 cases – 100+ new cases reported Sunday
957 deaths – 11 more fatalities reported Sunday

-Ohio has tested close to 150,000 people

Erie County – 57 cases – 1 more reported Sunday

Huron County – 30 cases – None reported Sunday

Lorain County – 490 cases reported by Ohio Department of Health

Lorain County Public Health reports another death from COVID-19… reported Saturday…someone between 60 and 69 years of age. That brings the death-toll in Lorain County to 34.

 

‘Stay Safe, Ohio’ is underway, with the gradual re-opening of the state.

The current schedule includes general office environments today, although the state recommends employees working from home, as much as possible.

Also today; manufacturing, distribution, and construction…

A woman was killed and another hurt…in a 2-vehicle crash early Sunday in Sandusky County.

Margaret McCamick of Bridgeport was 35.

State Troopers say McCamick was driving the wrong way on Route 20 near County Road 302 in York Township when she struck a vehicle coming the correct way, head-on.

The other driver, 18 year-old Brooke Ramey of Bellevue was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

 

Job cuts are coming to the City of Sandusky.

The city says, due to the effects of COVID-19, they’re projecting a revenue loss of between $4.6 million to $10 million in the city’s operating budget.

To prepare for the revenue loss, the City will be eliminating nearly 20 percent of administrative positions.

The loss of positions will come through a combination of restructuring of departments, termination of positions, attrition and planned attrition.

 

City of Sandusky buildings will continue to be closed to the public until further notice…with city employees available to assist residents via phone and email.

The lobby of the Sandusky Police Department will be open; but residents are encouraged to call to file a police report.

Beginning today, Sandusky Municipal Court will be closed to the public.

 

Some news from the City of Norwalk…

The Recorder’s Office will re-open its doors a week from Monday, May 11th.

The public is reminded to follow social distancing guidelines when entering the office.

 

More work this week on the Charles Berry Bascule Bridge in Downtown Lorain…

All traffic will be moved to the southside of the bridge as the overhaul continues.

The Ohio Department of Transportation hopes to wrap up the three year project in August.

 

An upcoming road closure to report in Huron County…

Route 4, just north of Route 269, will close next Monday, May 11th for a culvert replacement.

The road is scheduled to reopen on Friday, May 15th.

 

One week from tomorrow, the Avon Lake Public Library will begin call-ahead, curbside pick-up.

Today, the Avon Lake Public Library will re-open its book-drop for return-items.

They say, all materials will be placed in quarantine for 4 days.

 

Another cancellation due to COVID-19…

The Wightman-Wieber Safety Fair and Kidsfest will not happen this year.

It was scheduled for May 16th in Sandusky.

The organization has decided to donate some of their fundraising money to both OHgo and Salvation Army to help feed residents of Erie County.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.

 

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with a low around 38.

 

Tuesday

A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53.

 

FRIDAY, MAY 1st, 2020

The latest Corona Virus facts and figures…

Statewide – over 18,000 total cases – around 700 new cases reported Thursday – 975 total fatalities – 38 deaths reported Thursday

Erie County – 54 confirmed cases – 2 reported Thursday

Huron County – 29 confirmed – No new cases reported Thursday

Lorain County – 31 confirmed deaths after 5 more deaths reported Thursday – Another 27 confirmed cases on Thursday

 

Ohio partially reopens for business today…

Dentists and veterinarians have been given the OK to open back up today with other businesses and manufacturing reopening over the next week or so.

As Ohio begins to gradually reopen its economy today, retail outlets are slated to open their doors a week from Tuesday, May 12th.

One of those, being the Sandusky Mall, as the Sandusky Register reports that management is planning on a May 12th reopening.

In another update, Port Clinton’s African Safari Wildlife Park will reopen tomorrow (May 2nd). The 65-acre outdoor Drive-Thru Safari will be the only attraction available to guests.

 

The Huron County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services remains open during the pandemic; offering help and support to the community.

The board’s Kristen Cardone says it’s ok right now to be feeling a wide range of emotions.

Information on all of the services the board offers is available online at www.HuronCountyMHAS.org.

 

Some big-time recognition for a local hospital…

The Norwalk Reflector reports that Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk has received an “A” for their Spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.

Leapfrog puts out national hospital safety grades in the spring and fall.

 

Norwalk High School’s Class of 2020 now has a place to graduate.

A post on the Norwalk City School’s Facebook page says Summit Motorsports Park will host the graduation ceremonies…with more details to be released.

 

The leader of the Lorain School’s Academic Distress Commission says, the Educational Service Center of Lorain County will conduct the search for a new CEO.

The process was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The contract of interim CEO Greg Ring expires July 31st.

A full report in today’s Chronicle Telegram

 

Covid-19 concerns have prompted the Lorain County Commissioners to postpone this month’s Lorain County Pride Day…

The annual community clean-up was scheduled for May 16th.

Commissioner Sharon Sweda says, they hope to re-schedule the event.

 

The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a scam, in which the caller pretends to be calling from…the Sheriff’s Office!

And…if you return their call, it takes you to an automated system that claims to be the Sheriff’s Office.

The real Sheriff’s Office says, this is a scam…it’s someone phishing for personal information.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Gradual clearing, with a high near 58.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.

 

Saturday

A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 67.

 

Sunday

A chance of showers, mainly in the afternoon.

Partly sunny, with a high near 68.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 30th, 2020

A look at the latest Corona Virus numbers in the state and area…

Statewide – over 17,300 – around 600 new cases reported Wednesday
937 total fatalities – 138 deaths reported Wednesday

Erie County – 52 confirmed cases – None reported Wednesday

Huron County – 30 confirmed – No new cases reported Wednesday

Lorain County – 418 confirmed cases – according to Ohio Department of Health

 

Graduation season is approaching…and Governor DeWine offered some guidelines from the Ohio Department of Education and Department of Health on how to conduct a graduation ceremony while still staying safe amid the pandemic.

Those include a “virtual” graduation online, a drive-thru graduation and a gathering of 10 or less people who are all social distancing.

 

In news regarding personal protective equipment (PPE), Governor DeWine said Wednesday that that last week the state shipped 4.1 million pieces of PPE to local EMA’s across Ohio.

 

Governor DeWine announced Wednesday that nearly $16 million in grant funding is now available for local law enforcement agencies, local courts and community corrections agencies.

This funding will support agencies in:

-Taking measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
-Taking measures to prepare for COVID-19
-Taking measures to respond to the spread of COVID-19

 

The Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio will be one of the 200-member-network of food banks to receive funding from “Feeding America’s” one-day fundraiser, today.

It’s called, “Radio Cares: the Feeding America Emergency Radio-thon.”

We here at K-96 and 95-3 WLKR, are taking part in the fundraiser, along with our ‘sister’ stations AM 930 WEOL.

All proceeds will go directly to Feeding America for their distribution to food banks.

To donate, please visit: www.radiocares.org or text the word “Feed” to 95819.

 

Starting May 22nd, the police department in Castalia will be no more.

According to the Sandusky Register, due in part to monetary issues, village council voted Tuesday night to disband the police department, who’ve been in existence since the 1940s.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office will take over the policing of the village.

 

Lorain County Board of Elections Director Paul Adams says, as of Tuesday night, voter turnout for the extended primary approached 23-percent.

That number will increase over the next couple of days, as more absentee and provisional ballots arrive at the board-office.

Adams say, when all is said and done, turnout from this election could come close to the 2012 Presidential primary.

 

An update from the Lorain County Metroparks…

Beginning tomorrow, all parks will be open from 8am until 8pm, and restrooms will re-open.

However, indoor facilities, playgrounds, benches, and bike stations will remain closed.

Also, all summer concerts and the Mill Hollow Classic Car Show have been cancelled, along with the Black River Celebration.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Showers likely, mainly this morning.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.

 

Friday

A slight chance of showers in the morning.

Decreasing clouds, with a high near 58.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29th, 2020

A look at the latest Corona Virus numbers in the state and area…

Statewide – over 16,700 – around 400 new cases reported Tuesday
799 total fatalities – 46 deaths reported Tuesday

Erie County – 52 confirmed cases – 5 more Tuesday (Sandusky Register reporting 1 case at the Ohio Veterans Home and a Sandusky Kroger employee)

Huron County – 30 confirmed – 1 new case reported Tuesday

Lorain County – 382 confirmed cases – 14 new cases reported Tuesday with 2 new deaths to equal 26 fatalities

 

The Corona Virus…now being blamed for more U-S deaths than the Vietnam War…that, according to Johns-Hopkins…

More than 58-thousand dead, nationwide…

 

Governor DeWine announced Tuesday that the state of Ohio will not require that customers entering retail establishments wear face coverings.

Wearing face coverings in public is still, however, strongly recommended.

 

DeWine also announced Tuesday that he will form two separate advisory groups to develop best practices for reopening dine-in restaurants, barbershops, and salons.

The goal of this group is to develop recommendations for these businesses that balance the need to protect the health of employees and customers as they reopen to the public.

 

Lorain County Public Health is asking for your help…they’re collecting information on cloth face-coverings in Lorain County.

They want to hear from people and businesses that can provide face-coverings to other businesses in need of larger quantities.

Contact Lorain County Public Health if you can help.

 

Voting numbers from Tuesday night’s Primary Election…

In Huron County…

Senior Citizens Services tax levy – passed

Bond for Senior Services – failed

Norwalk Parks and Rec levy – passed

Bellevue Schools levy – passed (both in Huron and Erie Co.)

Willard Schools levy – passed

South Central Schools levy – failed

 

In Erie County…

Democratic County Commissioner – Patrick Shenigo defeated Julie Farrar

Erie MetroParks levy – passed

Margaretta Tax Levy for Parks – Passed

Huron City Schools levy – passed

 

A banner season for issues on the extended primary ballot in Lorain County…

12 of 13 money-issues won approval.

Voters in the Wellington School System rejected a bond issue/levy combo.

 

As Governor Mike DeWine charts a course to re-open the state, it appears some wholesalers and/or retailers are cashing in early at the pump, anticipating increased demand.

Last night, some service stations in northern Ohio cranked up their prices by 25-percent…or about 30-cents-a-gallon.

 

The United Way of Greater Lorain County will take its annual “Celebration of Community Impact”, online.

Usually, it’s held in April at Lorain County Community College.

This year, the virtual event will be held over 3 days via Facebook, beginning May 5th.

There will be new posts each day at 5:30pm.

 

With more people home than ever before, there’s an uptick in puppy scams, says the Better Business Bureau.

The agency says an extensive study from 2017 reported that up to 85 percent of purebred dogs and puppies advertised by supposed breeders on the internet are fake.

Those buying a new dog are encouraged to thoroughly investigate the breeder with these tips…

-Do not purchase without seeing the puppy first.

-Do an online reverse image search of the dog.

-Do not wire money.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Breezy. High near 67.

 

Tonight

Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 51.

 

Thursday

Showers. High near 58.

 

Friday

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58.

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 28th, 2020

During Monday’s news conference, Governor Mike DeWine began discussing what businesses will start to reopen in May as the “ReStart Ohio” initiative approaches.

Not on the list though, restaurants and hair salons…

Dentist and veterinarians – reopening May 1st

Manufacturing, distribution, and construction – reopening May 4th

General office environments – reopening May 4th

Consumer, retail and services – back open May 12th

 

A look at the latest Corona Virus numbers in the state and area…

Statewide – over 16,300 – around 400 new cases reported Monday
753 total fatalities – 25-plus deaths reported Monday

Erie County – 52 confirmed cases – 5 more Tuesday (today)

Huron County – 29 confirmed – 1 new case reported Monday

 

The death toll from COVID-19 continues to climb…

In Lorain County, two more reported yesterday, along with 9 new cases and 5 more suspected cases.

The number of Lorain County residents who have died from the virus now stands at 26.

 

The Erie County Health Department has announced the launch of a new COVID-19 Symptom Collector in Ohio.

The tool allows people to report their symptoms in real-time, from the safety of their own homes; and will allow the Erie County Health Department to identify and monitor new hotspots of residents who may have the virus and may soon require testing and care, in near real-time.

The web-based platform can be used with a mobile phone, tablet or computer.

 

Another summer event, cancelled, due to the Corona Virus…

The 17th annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival was scheduled for mid-June.

 

Today is “Heroes Day” in Avon and Avon Lake…with officials from both communities, encouraging residents to stand curbside at 7pm, to give healthcare workers a ‘standing ovation’

 

Some financial help is on the way to around 90 Sandusky small businesses.

According to the Sandusky Register, each small business received $500 to $3,000 in economic development funds to help them get back on their feet amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of showers, mainly early. Cloudy, with a high near 66.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.

 

Wednesday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Breezy. High near 64.

 

Thursday

Showers. High near 56.