Monday, March 9th, 2020

Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health have announced the state’s protocol for maximizing coronavirus testing resources now that in-state testing is available.

DeWine said they are prioritizing the patients who are the most vulnerable to be tested; while ensuring those that need coronavirus testing will be able to be tested.

There are no confirmed cases in Ohio; with 4 people currently under investigation.
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To help reduce the spread of influenza and flu-like illnesses, the Bellevue Hospital has announced temporary visitor restrictions, effective immediately.

The Bellevue Hospital requests children under the age of 18 not visit patient care areas in the hospital.

In addition, anyone who is sick should remain at home and not visit patients at the hospital.
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The threat of the coronavirus is impacting higher education.

Overseas organization that host study abroad programs for Oberlin College are putting those programs on ‘hold’.

…the same at Bowling Green State University…

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A Berlin Heights man was arrested over the weekend while reportedly racking up his sixth OVI.

According to the Sandusky Register, 35-year-old Joseph Story allegedly fled from the scene of a one-vehicle crash after his SUV ended up on its roof.

Authorities say Story was located walking down Route 113 after the accident occurred on Route 61.

His prior OVIs date back to 2005.
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Three residents of Lorain County are due in court today on drug charges.

This…after a raid Friday on a home on West 17th in Lorain.

Two people from Lorain and one from Elyria were arrested.

Police say, they confiscated suspected drugs, cash and five semi-automatic handguns.

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The City of Norwalk’s Board of Control is scheduled to meet this morning at City Hall.

On the agenda…open bids for Phase 4 of the 2020 Old State Widening Project…and the 2020 Firefighters Communication Equipment Project.
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The Huron County Engineer’s Office says they’re looking forward to a busy construction season in 2020.

They announced that they’ll have over $2.5 million in bridge projects planned and over $3.5 million in paving projects scheduled.
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Tomorrow, residents who live near Lorain High School might notice a large number of police and first responders at the school.

Lorain Police will lead a state-mandated safety-drill.

The drill will be part of a staff development day…there will be NO students in the school.

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The Salvation Army’s Willard location is no more.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that the building on Crestwood Drive shut down earlier this month due to monetary issues.

The organization’s emergency assistance programs will still be available to local residents.
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The City of Willard has been awarded $300,000 in grant money for home repairs.

The money is intended for those with low income who are unable to rehab or repair their home.

Repairs include electrical, plumbing, roof work, ADA modifications and structural issues.

WillardOhio.us has all of the eligibility guidelines.
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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Increasing clouds, breezy, with a high near 64.

 

Tonight

Rain, breezy. Low around 52.

 

Tuesday

Rain, mainly in the morning. High near 54.

 

Wednesday

A slight chance of rain and snow showers.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47.

 

Friday, March 6th, 2020

Governor Mike DeWine joined 38 governors in sending a letter to Congressional leaders in support of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act.

In the letter, the governors stated that the health and well-being of our residents is our primary concern; and it is imperative that we have adequate resources and funding to respond to this rapidly developing public health emergency.

 

The U-S Department of Justice says, they have reached a settlement with a company that operates 32 properties in Ohio, including one in Amherst, one in Huron and another in Port Clinton.

Epcon Communities must pay up to 2-point-2-million-dollars to correct inaccessible features at Quarry Lakes in Amherst, Fairway Villas in Port Clinton, and Sanctuary at Plum Brook in Huron.

Corrections include; removing steps, providing accessible parking, and replacing steeply-sloped walkways.

 

The city of Elyria wants to make sure…old, historic buildings along Broad Street…are safe.

According to the Chronicle Telegram, building-inspectors will hit the streets Monday.

This, after bricks fell in recent weeks…from several downtown buildings.

 

An Elyria man faces drug charges after police searched a home on Kenwood.

33-year-old Dante Tillman was taken to the Lorain County Jail.

Police say, they confiscated cash and suspected drugs.

 

Another splash pad could be coming to the city of Norwalk.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that Mayor Dave Light has met with The Restore Norwalk group about an all-accessible splash pad for children with and without disabilities.

A couple of locations have been thrown around; including downtown or at a residential park.

Norwalk’s first splash pad, located at the rec center, opened 2 years ago.

 

This is “Weights and Measures Week” in Erie County.

Erie County’s Weights and Measures Program inspects over 2,300 weighing and measuring devices in commercial use at businesses around the county; including cash registers, deli scales and gas pumps.

The theme for this year’s Weights and Measures Week is “Building Weights and Measures’ Future by Sharing Our Knowledge.”

 

A new tenant is coming to a new storefront in downtown Sandusky.

According to the Sandusky Register, Firelands Federal Credit Union has signed a lease to open up their 6th branch, to be located on Columbus Avenue next to City Hall and underneath the Columbus Avenue Lofts.

The branch is expected to have 4 employees.

 

Now hiring…the City of Sandusky.

They’re looking for seasonal workers in various capacities; including horticulture, recreation and streets and traffic.

Applications can be found at City Hall or online at www.cityofsandusky.com.

They’ll begin reviewing applications March 20th.

 

A local, former American Idol star is headed back to Clyde for another show.

Crystal Bowersox will perform at Clyde High School this Saturday night; put on by Clyde’s Communities for the Arts.

Bowersox, who attended Oak Harbor High School, was the runner-up in Season 9 of Idol.

 

The Wizard World Comic Con opens today at the Cleveland Convention Center.

The 6th annual festival will feature animation and gaming, and will showcase actors Lou Ferrigno of TV’s Incredible Hulk and Emily Swallow of The Mandalorian.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of light snow showers.

Cloudy, breezy, with a high near 36.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of snow showers.

Partly cloudy, blustery, with a low around 25.

 

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 42.

 

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 58.

 

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

The Corona Virus has now killed 11 Americans.

Yesterday, Lorain County Health Commissioner Dave Covell and EMA/Homeland Security Director Tom Kelley addressed the commissioners, with Dave Covell saying, ‘prepare, don’t panic’ …and…’cover your cough, wash your hands, and if you’re sick, stay home’.

 

Sandusky Police are looking into a report of shots fired at a car Tuesday night.

According to the Sandusky Register, the incident reportedly took place close to the intersection of Hancock and East Washington Streets.

No one was hurt.

 

The Huron County Safe Communities Coalition has released its latest fatal crash report.

Authorities are congratulating Huron County residents for driving safe and sober for the second month in a row, keeping the total number of Huron County fatal crashes at zero for 2020; and down 2 when compared to 2019.

 

Norwalk Police are looking for a man wanted for drug trafficking.

If you know the whereabouts of Malcolm Ott, you’re asked to contact authorities.

A photo of Ott is posted on the Norwalk Police Department Facebook page.

 

Changes could be coming to fire protection in the city of Medina.

According to the Medina Gazette, Fire Chief Bob Painter would like to increase staffing and the number of hours covered.

Currently, the Medina Fire Department has 3 full-time employees and about 40 part-timers.

A full report in the Medina Gazette

 

An agreement between the city of Oberlin and Pittsfield Township is clearing the way for annexation.

It calls for the transfer of 36 acres from the township to the city…land used by Omega Health Services and the Alpha House, for an addiction recovery home for men.

The acreage is located on Route 58, north of Route 20.

 

An anti-robocall initiative was launched yesterday by Attorney General Dave Yost.

Yost announced the formation of a Robocall Enforcement Unit and the development of a tool that lets consumers report malicious robocalls to his office.

Ohioans were hit with an estimated 2.2 billion robocalls in 2019, according to YouMail, a service that tracks robocall traffic.

 

Project Noelle, who supports children affected by the opioid crisis, is holding their third annual Easter Basket Giveaway.

Sign-ups are going on now through April 1st for children up to age 12.

All you need to do to sign up is email your child’s first name, age, boy or girl and city…to [email protected].

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Sunny, with a high near 51.

Tonight

A chance of rain and light snow.

Increasing clouds, with a low around 33.

Friday

Light snow likely with a chance of rain.

Cloudy, breezy, with a high near 37.

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 42.

 

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

A Wakeman man has been indicted by the Huron County Grand Jury on multiple charges.

According to the Sandusky Register, 45-year-old Christopher Love is facing charges of domestic violence, kidnapping and 2 counts of abduction.

Love is accused of holding a family member against her will and assaulting her last October.
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The Corona Virus…the focus on several fronts in Lorain County…

Today, Lorain County Health Commissioner Dave Covell and EMA/Homeland Security Director Tom Kelley are scheduled to update the Lorain County Commissioners on preparedness.

Meanwhile, Lorain Schools’ interim CEO Greg Ring has sent out an Email, on what school officials are doing, to reduce the risk of anyone, getting the virus.

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The annual event attacks more than 20-thousand athletes from around the world, and attracts more than 250-thousand fans.

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Some more info concerning the Columbus Avenue bridge replacement project in Sandusky…

Columbus Avenue will be closed to all traffic from Bell Avenue to King Avenue; starting March 19th, through the duration of the project.

Bell and King Avenues will remain accessible.

The project, which will replace the bridge over Pipe Creek, is expected to last until at least the summer.

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Members of the Plymouth Police Department have been noticed by the state in connection with pedestrian and traffic safety.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that Chief Tom Hintz, Captain Montel Gordon and Officer Terry Shean have received the Community Traffic Safety Gold Award from Triple-A (AAA) East Central.

The award was given in relation to various safety efforts by Plymouth Police including Safety Town, motorcycle safety campaigns and “Don’t Text and Drive” and “Click it or Ticket” signs posted throughout the village.
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Some help could be on the way regarding prescription drug prices in Ohio.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has joined a bipartisan coalition of 46 attorneys general supporting states’ rights to regulate and address the rising cost of prescription drugs.
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It appears two schools systems in Medina County are at risk of not receiving as much new tax revenue as expected.

The NEXUS Gas Transmission Company is asking the Ohio Department of Taxation, to lower its tax valuation.

If that happens, the Cloverleaf Schools and the Medina Schools would receive less money than expected.

A full report in the Medina Gazette

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A job fair hosted by Goodwill and other agencies is set for today at Port Clinton High School.

Students can attend the job-finding event from 12:30 to 2:30 pm, with the job fair open to the public from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.
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The Carriage House of Fisher-Titus will be hosting “Relaxation Techniques and Self-Care” event on Tuesday at 1:30 pm.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of rain and light snow showers.

Increasing clouds, with a high near 45.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.

 

Thursday

A slight chance of late afternoon showers.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.

 

Friday

A chance of rain and light snow showers.

Cloudy, with a high near 37.

 

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

A 25-year-old man from Erie County’s Groton Township has been charged with a count of aggravated vehicular assault.

According to the Sandusky Register, Patrick Galloway allegedly caused a crash while driving intoxicated; injuring a 56-year-old Norwalk woman.

The crash reportedly took place last month on Route 250 in the Milan area.
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No official cause yet, for a barn fire in Huntington Township…

Several animals were killed in this past weekend’s fire on Bursley Road…

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A bridge closure has been announced for Huron County.

State Route 162 West, between Miller Road and Section Line 30 in Norwich Township, will be closed for 60 days for a bridge replacement.

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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has issued an annual report showing that over 132,000 concealed carry licenses were issued in Ohio in 2019.

According to the statistics, county sheriffs issued over 54,000 new licenses and close to 78,000 renewals.
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The Ariel Hotel on Broadway in downtown Lorain is officially open for business…

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies yesterday, led by owner/investor Radhika Reddy…

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Parents and community members in the Willard City School district are invited to submit suggestions on how the district should use federal funds for supplement programs for students.

The public is also invited to a brief meeting at the Board of Education Office on Monday, March 23rd to discuss how these funds should be used.
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The Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office has named their 2019 Deputy of the Year.

The honors go to Deputy and Fremont City Schools Resource Officer, John Johannsen.
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The Sandusky State Theatre will be hosting a preview day for the Cleveland International Film Festival.

The showing is free…taking place on March 14th at 2:00 pm; including trailers of films and free program guides.
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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Showers, with areas of fog. Windy.

High near 53.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.

 

Wednesday

A chance of light snow and rain.

Increasing clouds, with a high near 44.

 

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 48.

 

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

A Fremont stabbing suspect has been arrested.

According to the Sandusky Register, 39-year-old Jason Conley was taken into custody Friday outside a restaurant in Sandusky; wanted for stabbing a man outside of a Fremont bar last month.

The victim, a 31-year-old, was reportedly stabbed multiple times and was taken to a Toledo hospital.

 

Governor Mike DeWine has joined other state leaders to introduce the first-ever, collaborative Suicide Prevention Plan for Ohio.

Among the plan’s priorities, the state will:

  • Raise awareness of the warning signs and risk factors of suicide.
  • Concentrate efforts on integrating suicide prevention practices into health care, public safety, and education services on the local and state levels.
  • Focus prevention efforts on groups identified as having higher rates of suicide.

In Ohio five people a day die by suicide, and a youth dies by suicide every 33 hours.

 

Major improvements technology-wise are coming to Norwalk Municipal Court.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that the court has received a $200,000 grant from the Ohio Supreme Court; which was applied for last summer.

The court is expected to use the funds to complete significant upgrades to their computer system; which has been in place for the last 30 years.

 

The City of Norwalk has announced a number of road closures for this week…

…On North Pleasant Street, between Jefferson and Carey…today through Friday; for a waterline project. The closure will occur during work hours; and will reopen when crews are done for the day.

Also, the 2020 Sewer Lining Project is expected to begin today, with work happening on Richard Avenue, Huron Street and Christie Avenue; which will be closed to through-traffic during working hours. Work will continue through Friday.

 

News of an upcoming bridge closure in the Sandusky-area…

Perkins Township officials say they’ve received word from the Erie County Engineers Office that the Columbus Avenue Bridge between King and Bell Avenues will be closing March 19th for a bridge replacement.

They say to make arrangements for an alternate route; as the project is expected to make a major change in travel.

The Plymouth High School History Club is sponsoring a Meet and Greet event for candidates running for Ohio Senate’s 22nd District Seat.

The free event is open to the public; to be held this Thursday in the school cafeteria from 6:00 to 7:00 pm

 

Ohio’s open burning ban is now in effect.

The Green Springs Fire Department has issued a reminder that that state law banning open burning runs March through May and also in October and November.

If caught burning, residents could face a fine.

 

Early stages of the 2020 Census are approaching…

Starting March 12th, initial invitations will be mailed to households that have responded online, by phone or mail.

Then on March 16th, a reminder letter will be sent to all residents.

 

Today begins ‘Sandusky Restaurant Week’…

Around 20 eateries are participating through Friday; offering feature menus and tasting.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Rain. High near 53.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of rain before.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.

 

Tuesday

A slight chance of rain.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47.

Wednesday

A slight chance of showers.

Partly sunny, with a high near 45.

 

Friday, February 28th, 2020

A woman from Huron has been criminally charged in connection with a crash in Norwalk earlier this week.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that 21-year-old Cassidy Verlie faces charges of failure to yield and driving under suspension.

State Troopers say Verlie allegedly failed to yield at the Route 20 stop sign on Hartland Center Road in Townsend Township; causing a Maple City Ice beer truck to use evasive actions; striking 2 signs and then jack-knifing to avoid hitting Verlie’s car.

The vehicles never hit…and there were no injuries.
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Governor Mike DeWine was joined by other health officials on Thursday to give an update on Ohio’s preparedness and education efforts to limit the potential spread of Coronavirus.

DeWine said that the threat of Coronavirus in Ohio and the U.S. remains low; but it could change and the state has to be prepared.

DeWine went on to say that it’s imperative that health officials are open with the public and that they’re communicating information in real-time to inform and educate our communities.

There are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Ohio nor anyone currently under investigation for the virus.
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Two residents of Lorain could get 6 to 8 years in prison for breaking into the home of sportscaster Jim Allen Popiel of Lorain, robbing him, then assaulting him.

20-year-old Christopher Serrano and 20-year-old Mariano Cruz were arrested for the October 2017 crime.

They were under 18 at the time, and a second judge will determine they should have been tried in juvenile court or common pleas court.


A Sandusky woman faces multiple felony charges after she allegedly hit a child with a belt multiple times; allegedly causing visible injuries.

According to the Sandusky Register, 21-year-old Loryn Smith has been charged with felonious assault, child endangerment and domestic violence.

Smith reportedly told police that the strikes were for disciplinary reasons.
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The City of Norwalk has announced a road closure for next week.

North Pleasant Street, between Jefferson and Carey…this upcoming Monday through Friday; for a waterline project.

The closure will occur during work hours; and will reopen when crews are done for the day.
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Sandusky’s Nehemiah Center is hosting a free dinner and a movie this evening in recognition of Black History Month.

Dinner starts at 4:00 pm; followed by a showing of “Remember the Titans” at 6:00 pm.
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It’s time to burn the winter season down.

At least that’s what those at Saturday’s Burning Snowman Festival in Port Clinton will try to do.

The 1-day event features live music, food vendors and the burning of a 25-foot snowman to close out the festival.

It runs from noon to 10:00 pm at Waterworks Park.
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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon.

Mostly cloudy, windy, with a high near 27.

 

Tonight

A chance of light snow showers overnight.

Mostly cloudy, windy, with a low around 18.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 30.

 

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.

 

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

No one was hurt after a loaded gun was reportedly brought into Margaretta High/Middle School on Wednesday.

The Sandusky Register says they were told by Castalia police that a large caliber handgun was brought in by a student who had intended to take his own life; but then decided to talk to a counselor; leaving the gun inside a bag, which was found by another student.

In a statement released last night, Margaretta Schools Superintendent Dennis Mock said that law enforcement told him that there was no threat to staff or other students.

The student, who faces a felony charge, was taken for a mental health evaluation.
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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has announced the development of new resources to address gaps in preventing targeted violence in schools.

Training curriculum is now available free for local school administrators, local law enforcement and others; focusing on stopping violence before it starts.

As part of the program, grants are being made available to help local schools build their own threat assessment teams.

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Two new hires for the City of Norwalk; both in leadership jobs.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that the new public works director is Wally Ritchie; and Darren Smith is the new superintendent of the general services department.

Ritchie has been working as interim public works director since last May; while Smith has spent the last 6 years working in the general service department.
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The Lorain County Commissioners have taken another step that could lead to development of the former Spiegelberg Orchard at Route 2 and Middle Ridge Road….they’re moving ahead with so-called Tax Increment Financing.

The most immediate goal is to bring water and sewer service to the area.

The name of the party interested in the 124-acre-site has not been released…however, the county commissioners say, the project could result in several

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Today, Lorain’s new Mayor, Jack Bradley, will present his first State of the City Address.

It’ll be a lunch-time affair, at the new Ariel on Broadway Hotel.

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A fundraiser by the Plymouth High School FFA aims to keep their community pool open in 2020.

The goal…100 bags full of 25 shoes each…or 2,500 pairs of shoes.

Those looking to donate can drop off their unwanted sneakers at JJ’s Pizza shop in Plymouth.

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Kubota and John Deere tractors are among the assortment of items that will be available at the State’s miscellaneous property auction this Saturday.

A wide variety of computer equipment and electronic appliances will be auctioned as well.

The auction will be held at the Ohio Department of Administrative Services on Surface Road in Columbus,
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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of light snow showers.

Cloudy, windy, with a high near 27.

 

Tonight

A chance of light snow showers.

Cloudy, windy, with a low around 21.

 

Friday

A slight chance of light snow showers.

Partly sunny, with a high near 29.

 

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high near 29.

 

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

Weather making the headlines once again…

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect this morning through 4:00 am Thursday.

Forecasters are predicting anywhere from 3 to 7 inches of snow for the area.

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The Centers for Disease Control is alerting residents, brace for the spread of the Corona Virus here in the U-S.

The announcement marks a shift away from trying to keep the virus, out of the country.

Meanwhile, health officials nationwide are reminding residents, many more people will come down with the flu.

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A Brownhelm Township man is free-on-bond after being arrested on a charge of gross sexual imposition.

Authorities accuse 69-year-old John Murphey of having sexual contact with a child under the age of 13 in 2017.

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Longtime Huron City Manager Andy White has resigned, effective March 20th.

According to the Sandusky Register, White has taken the City Manager job in Powell, near Columbus.

Assistant City Manager Mike Spafford will run the show while the city looks for the replacement for White.

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The City of Willard says Columbia gas will be starting construction on Myrtle Avenue; from Howard to Tiffin Street either tomorrow or Friday.

The construction will include the replacing of a gas main and around 50 individual services.

The project is expected to last through March.

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Mayor of Norwalk Dave Light has recognized the city’s Employee of the Month winners for the last 4 months of 2019.

December – Stacie Strecker, recreation coordinator

November – Jaime Peiples, council clerk

October – Wally Ritchie, interim public works director

September – Lynden Ramsey, recreation director
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Miss USA 2016 is scheduled to speak tonight at Henry’s Barn in Oberlin.

DeShauna Barber was the first active military officer to hold that title.

Her visit is part of a Women’s Leadership Network program honoring Black History Month.

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A storm spotter training event in Sandusky has been announced for April.

Hosted by the Erie County EMA, Cedar Point and the Erie County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, the SKYWARN session, lasting about 2 hours, will include the identification of potential severe weather features and how to report information.

It will be held April 15th at 6:30 pm at the Castaway Bay Conference Room; and is free and open to the public.
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Something new at Oberlin College…

In the fall, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music will offer a program in recording arts and production.

Post-bachelor degree students can earn certification to operate recording hardware and work in a concert hall or recording studio.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 7:00 am today to 4:00 am Thursday.

Snow. 2 to 4 inches possible.

High near 34.

Tonight

Snow. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Blustery, with a low around 21.

Thursday

A chance of light snow. Cloudy, breezy, with a high near 27.

Friday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28.

 

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

The numbers are in from the Ohio Department of Health, and they show a decrease in unintentional drug overdose deaths in 2018 compared to the previous year.

Decreases were also seen in Lorain, Medina, Erie and Huron Counties.

Overall, 3,764 Ohioans died in 2018 of unintentional drug overdoses.

That’s down from nearly 5-thousand in 2017.

 

A Perkins Township factory was fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in connection with an incident where a man was hurt.

According to the Sandusky Register, ThorWorks received a fine of close to $17,000 in which they received 3 safety violations.

The incident in question took place last July when an employee fell into a mixer and became trapped; where he eventually was rescued and treated at a Toledo hospital.

 

A 14-year-old boy from Lorain faces charges…

…he’s accused of bringing a loaded handgun into General Johnnie Wilson Middle School last week.

The boy told officials…he found the gun, on the way to school.

Huron County will continue to house inmates from Lakewood.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that the Huron County Jail has renewed their 6-month contract to hold Lakewood inmates who have been sentenced for longer than 12 days, as Lakewood is just a 12-day facility.

There are up to 20 beds to accommodate Lakewood inmates.

The contract has been in place since 2009.

 

The Ohio Department of Transportation has announced an upcoming road construction project in Huron County.

State Route 162, between Miller Road and Section Line Road, will close on Monday, March 2nd for a bridge replacement project.

Detours will be posted.

The project is expected to be complete May 1st.

 

Big-time upgrades are planned for Norwalk’s Whitney Field complex.

Joe Widman of the Whitney Field Improvement Committee says they’re closing in on the $1.2 million budget for the project; but still need some help from the community.

The committee is looking to raise $200,000 to reach their goal…with groundbreaking scheduled for May.

Improvements include a new synthetic field turf for football, a new running track and a new digital scoreboard.

 

The recreation program ranked best in the state by the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association will host its second annual dinner next month in Sandusky.

The Midtown Supper Club will be offering a 3-course meal on March 4th at HALO Live prepared by Sandusky’s chef’s-in-training.

Tickets are $25 each.

 

Later today, the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio will launch its annual Harvest for Hunger campaign with a happy hour kickoff at its headquarters on Baumhart Road in Lorain.

This year’s honorary chairperson is Dr. Rebecca Starck, President of Cleveland Clinic’s Avon Hospital.

Second Harvest distributes food supplies to groups and agencies that serve Lorain, Erie, Huron and Crawford Counties.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Rain, mainly in the afternoon. Windy.

High near 40.

 

Tonight

Rain. Windy.

Low around 34.

 

Wednesday

Rain and snow. 1 to 2 inches of snow possible.

High near 34.

 

Thursday

A chance of snow showers.

Mostly cloudy, breezy, with a high near 27.