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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Huron and Ottawa counties had something in common last month.

The Department of Job and Family Services says their unemployment rate was the same, 12.2 percent, tied for fifth-highest in Ohio, and much higher than the statewide average of seven percent. Only Pike, Meigs, Morgan and Adams counties, all in southern Ohio had higher jobless rates. Among counties surrounding Huron County, February employment ranged from 7.8, to 8.8 percent.

 

Bellevue Police Chief Dennis Brandal is back at work after passing his shooting qualification test.

Safety-Service Director Jeff Crosby confirmed that Brandal passed yesterday’s test at the shooting range.  He was placed on unpaid leave last week after failing a previous attempt.

 

Huron City Manager Andy White is staying put.

He’s withdrawn from the race, for the same position in Cleveland Heights. White was one of four finalists for the job.

 

Citing skyrocketing costs, Baldwin Wallace University in Berea will stop offering student health insurance next school year.

University officials said because of ObamaCare, rates would have gone from $400, to $2,000 per school year. Baldwin Wallace will refer students to private providers.

 

To Oxford, Ohio, where two Miami University students have been dismissed from school, for tampering with grades.

University officials learned the two used a ‘key logger’ to record instructors’ keystrokes, allowing them to obtain faculty usernames and passwords. One student changes his grades in 17 classes dating back to 2011, plus grades for 50 other students. The other student changed his own grade once, along with those of two other students. Both students are now facing criminal charges.

 

The deadline to register to vote in the May 7th primary election is quickly approaching.

You have until Monday, April 8th. You can register at the Huron County Board of Elections Office, at 180 Milan Avenue in Norwalk. Voter registration forms are also available at the Norwalk License Bureau, the Huron County Treasurer’s Office, and Huron County Job and Family Services. If you live in Erie County, the Board of Elections office is at 2900 Columbus Avenue in Sandusky. If you’re a registered voter who’s moved or changed your name, you must notify the Board of Elections by April 8th.

 

EHOVE Career Center’s Robotics team is gearing up for its next competition.

The Mavericks will compete this weekend, in Cleveland. The team’s season began March 15th and 16th in Pittsburgh. The Mavericks went in ranked ninth, and came away with seven wins. This year’s competition is much harder than it sounds. Student-made robots have to lift Frisbees, and fling them into goals.

 

The site of filming for the 1994 movie “The Shawshank Redemption” has been named a standout tourist attraction. Ohio Traveler magazine says the old Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield rivals Alcatraz.

It’s the largest castle-like structure in the state, and fifth-largest in the country. It opened in 1896, and closed in 1990. The prison-turned-museum will resume weekend tours, starting May 1st. Tours will be offered from 11am until 4pm, each Saturday and Sunday, through September 1st.

 

A late night fire has displaced a Sandusky family.

Firefighters were called to the Forest Drive apartment at 10:30 last night…They had the blaze under control within minutes.  Two adults, two children and two dogs were out safely when emergency crews arrived at the scene.  The cause is under investigation.

 

In sports…

The Cleveland Cavaliers will try to snap a five-game losing streak as they take on the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena.  Tipoff is at 7 and you can hear all the action on 95.3 WLKR.

The Ashland University Lady Eagles are in the Division II Final Four and are a game away from playing for the national championship.  Ashland will play Western Washington at 9:30 tonight in San Antonio.