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.

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, 2021

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and ODOT will be launching a distracted driving safety corridor on a section of Route 2 in Erie County.

It’ll be located in a 21-mile stretch of Route 2 between Routes 4 and 60.

From 2016 to 2020, the mentioned section of Route 2 had 700 crashes, with over 100 resulting in injuries and 6 deaths.

Since 2019, 25 of those crashes have been related to distracted driving.

Motorists will see an increased presence of troopers and signage within this area.

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The City of Bellevue is moving forward with plans to house a medical marijuana dispensary.  

According to the Sandusky Register, Bellevue City Council has given their OK for the dispensary to be located on West Main Street at the one-time Family Video store.

The city is looking to bring in a dispenser from Akron, Klutch Cannabis, who’s awaiting a license from the state that they are confident in receiving.

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In COVID numbers…

There were 32 new reported cases in Huron County on Monday.

For the first time since early July, the number of new COVID cases in Lorain County has dropped…859 this week, compared to 953 last week.  In early July, the number of active cases in Lorain County had dropped to 10.

The state saw a lower number of reported cases Monday with 3,600, which compares to the rolling 21-day average of 6,500.

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Members of Avon Lake City Council hope to send a message to drivers…

…obey the law when it comes to passing school buses.

Drivers who do not, may be fined 500 to 750 dollars.

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The numbers are in from the U-S Census Bureau, and they show; Wellington will remain a ‘village’ until further notice.

According to the Chronicle Telegram, Wellington’s population falls about 200 residents below ‘city’ status.

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It’s not every day drivers in North Ridgeville find a 6-foot-long snake in the middle of Lorain Road, but yesterday was the day.

A ranger from the Lorain County Metro Parks rounded up the so-called ‘rat snake’ and found a new home for it.

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The Huron County Veteran Service Commission is accepting reservations for rides and free admission to the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus.

It’s for the November 10th trip and beyond.

The commission is offering any Huron County veteran, surviving spouse, Gold Star families, and a guest free admission and transportation to the museum.

Call the office to reserve a spot or request more information.

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New London is paying tribute to one of their own.  

Robin Meade, 20-year host of Morning Express on the HLN Network, and 1987 New London High School grad, is the longest current running host of a TV news program.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that Meade recently returned home with family and friends where HLN surprised her by airing a live feed of her visit.

Plus, New London recently unveiled a new sign in its 4 major entrances to town saying “Welcome to New London, Ohio – the Hometown of Robin Meade”

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An advisory from the Vermilion Township Building Department…

They’re asking anyone who had an electrical inspection performed by former building official Robert Kurtz, to schedule a re-inspection.

The Vermilion Township Building Department says, Kurtz was not properly certified for those inspections.

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A reminder from the Lorain County Board of Elections…

The deadline to register to vote in the November election is Monday, October 4th.

Absentee voting will begin Tuesday October 5th.

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Preparations are underway for this Saturday’s Downtown Street Fest in Willard.

The event will include everything from live music to kids’ activities, craft and boutique vendors and a pickle-ball tournament.

It all gets going at 10:00 am.

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SPORTS

-In their final home game as the Indians on Monday, Cleveland beat Kansas City 8-3.

-In Monday Night Football, Dallas downed Philadelphia 41-21.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 69.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 48.

 

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 73.

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th, 2021

Checking COVID-19 numbers…

Erie County Starts the week with 24 new cases and 171 deaths since the pandemic began.

Huron County has reported 29 new cases since yesterday and a total of 131 deaths since the pandemic began.

Lorain County reports 119 new cases of the Coronavirus and 539 deaths since the pandemic began.

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There has been an outbreak of overdoses in Huron County.

The Norwalk Reflector Reports that an Overdose Alert has been issued due to three bad overdoses this weekend.  Two of which were in Willard and one was in Plymouth.

The Plymouth Police Department responded to an overdose Saturday and then informed the county.

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A road closed for roundabout work.

State Route 113 and Baumhart Road remains closed for an improvement project which will convert the current intersection into a roundabout.

According to ODOT, roundabouts help the limit speed of traffic and prevent crashes. The project is expected to be completed in November. Detours are posted.

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No fraud found.

 A special state audit of the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Erie and Ottawa Counties has found no evidence of fraud.

According to the Sandusky register…

The audit was requested by the Erie County Commissioners in May after allegations of accounting abnormalities.

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A Sheffield man is to be included in the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.

95-year-old William “Bill” Clark has become one of two Lorain County Residents to be chosen for the induction into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2021.

Clark served in the Navy and then he became an educator as well as a coach and public servant in three different states, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Colorado.

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In Medina County… No word yet, what sparked Saturday’s house fire on Wooster Street in Lodi.

2 adults and 5 children got out safely.

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The Ohio Department of Health reports; those fully vaccinated for COVID 19 is closing in on 50-percent.

Those 12 years of age and older…who have received at least one dose… stands at nearly 63-percent.

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The Lorain County Office on Aging is in the market for volunteer drivers.

They need people to deliver meals to seniors, and drivers who will take seniors to and from doctors’ appointments.

More info can be found on the Lorain County Office on Aging website.

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Commstar has announced, they will close their office on Detroit Road in Avon at the end of this year.

Officials from the credit union say, it was a difficult, challenging decision, but they’ve decided to invest in interactive teller machines in Elyria, Lorain and Avon.

They are scheduled to be operational in the spring.

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In Lorain…a road closing… East 41st from Homewood to Andover will close until 5-p-m tomorrow (Wednesday) for repairs…

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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.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Browns improved to 2 and 1 on the season with a home win over Chicago on Sunday, 26-6…

The Cleveland Indians dropped one to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, 5-2…

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Mostly sunny and breezy, with a high near 83.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61.

 

Tuesday

Mostly cloudy, becoming sunny, with a high near 70.

 

 Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 73.

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th, 2021

Sandusky Police are investigating the report of gun shots fired at a house early Thursday. 

According to the Sandusky Register, no one was home at the time of the incident on Taylor Street.

The bullets went through a porch swing and the house’s siding.

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Elyria Police continue their investigation into yesterday’s fatal crash on Route 57 near North Abbe Road.

Two people were killed. Three others were hurt.

Police believe, 57 year old Kenneth Burdick of Lorain lost control of his semi, and crossed over into the southbound lanes, striking three vehicles.

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Checking COVID numbers…

Huron County had 53 new cases reported on Thursday.

Ohio had 7,400 reported new cases on Thursday, about 900 more than the 21-day average.

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To encourage eligible kids to get vaccinated against COVID, Governor Mike DeWine has announced the Ohio Vax-2-School program, which will be open to Ohioans aged 12 to 25 years old, and will be similar to the scholarship portion of the successful Vax-a-Million program. 

Prizes will include 50 scholarships worth $10,000 each and five $100,000 scholarships to an Ohio college or university for career or technical education.

Prizes will be announced Monday through Friday beginning the week of October 11th.

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined forces with five other nearby state law enforcement agencies to focus on criminal patrol enforcement last week. 

During the project, nearly 10,000 grams of marijuana was removed from Ohio’s roadways.

Additionally, seven people were arrested on felony marijuana charges and 57 others were charged with other felony drug arrests.

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The Norwalk Area United Fund held their campaign kickoff breakfast yesterday at the Norwalk Eagles Club.

This year’s campaign goal is $415,000, which will go to support 26 local programs.

Awards were also handed out…

Fisher-Titus Medical Center won the Cornerstone Award, for their work in the community during the COVID pandemic.

Reverend Amy Little received the John Emlinger Extra Mile Award.

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Huron County first responders partnered with Norwalk Saint Paul High School for their Homecoming Mock Crash on Thursday.

The event was organized by St. Paul students to raise awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and distracted driving.

Approximately 300 students stood silently in a parking lot watching as the entire Mock Crash scene unfolded, that included two students being killed and a student being charged with OVI.

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Former Lorain County Prosecutor Greg White has been named to the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.

…one of 20 inductees this year.

White served in Vietnam, and later, earned a law degree.

A virtual induction program is scheduled for Veterans Day in November.

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It’s almost clean-up time in Sandusky. 

Sandusky’s city-wide clean-up event is set for tomorrow from 9 am to 12 noon at the Shelby Street Boat Launch

Those looking to drop-off unwanted items must be Sandusky residents, with a photo ID required.

The list of approved and non-approved items is listed on the City of Sandusky’s Facebook page.

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The Stocker Arts Center of Lorain County Community College has announced plans for its “Performing Artists Series”…

…kicking off October 15th with a country band, Farewell Angelina…

…followed in November by “Rick Nelson Remembered”, featuring his twin sons, Matthew and Gunnar.

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SPORTS

-The Indians split a day-night doubleheader with the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, falling 7-2 in Game One and winning the night cap 5-3.

-NFL Thursday Night Football: Carolina beat Houston 24-9.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Sunny, with a high near 72.

 

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with a low around 52.

 

Saturday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm.

High near 68.

 

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2021

Clean up begins today after rain, storms and high winds caused some damage in the area on Wednesday.

There were reported downed trees and limbs, along with some power outages.

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Looking at COVID numbers…

In Huron County, 57 new cases were reported on Wednesday.

Statewide, there were 6,800 cases reported on Wednesday, just above the 21-day average.

149 of the new COVID cases came from Lorain County.

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The Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office will investigate whether an Elyria police officer used ‘excessive force’ during an arrest Tuesday on Melvyn Lane.

This…after witness-video began popping up on social media.

Officer Michael Walker is on ‘paid administrative leave’.

The suspect…18-year-old Markese White…has been charged with domestic violence, resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.

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A 5-member committee has been put together to find Sandusky’s new fire chief. 

According to the Sandusky Register, the committee of local leaders will be in charge of recruiting and interviewing candidates and then suggesting their pick for the new chief to City Manager Eric Wobser (WUB-ser).

Sandusky has been without a chief since the retirement of Rick Wilcox in August of 2020.

Fire Captain Jim Green is serving as Interim Chief.

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It’s official. 

Green Circle Growers has sold 5 of its 30 acres on Cline Street in Norwalk to Corso’s Flower and Garden Center that both companies will use for housing for seasonal, migrant workers.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that the sale was overseen by Norwalk Mayor Dave Light.

Green Circle Growers is set to build a 75-unit multi-family facility, while Corso’s is building a 3-unit multi-family complex.

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Columbia Gas has begun two major projects in Lorain County…replacing aging gas lines in Elyria and Lorain.

Columbia Gas says, requires only a brief interruption to natural gas service, and crews will contact affected customers to schedule shut off and relight appointments.

The work will continue for several months.

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Everyone seems to be hiring…including the City of Norwalk.

They’re looking for part-time reserve police officers as well as substitute crossing guards.

Those interested may contact the Norwalk PD.

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The City of Elyria and several partners will host the community’s first official “Hack-a-thon”, the weekend of October 22nd, at Lorain County Community College.

Participants will ‘hack together’ possible solutions to more than half-a- dozen issues, including;

  • Community violence and crime
  • Social, emotional and mental wellness
  • Park service
  • Business support
  • Unemployment
  • Travel and Tourism

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Today, the Second Harvest Food Bank will host a drive-thru, mobile food pantry at Lorain High School on Ashland Avenue.

It’ll run from 4:30 until 6 pm.

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A grant of over $2,000 from the Huron County Community Foundation has been awarded to Citizens Ambulance Service.  

The money allowed Citizens Ambulance to give out 60 first aid and bleeding control kits to organizations and individuals around Wakeman.

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Elementary students in the Elyria School System are better equipped, thanks to a long-time partner of the school system.

Employees of Ridgid Tools organized a back-to-school drive, and collected everything from pens and pencils to glue-sticks and backpacks.

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SPORTS

-The Indians and Royals were rained out last night in Cleveland.  They’ll make it up on Monday.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of showers, mainly after noon.

Cloudy, with a high near 57.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.

 

Friday

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 72.