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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

As expected, the Norwalk school board has trimmed about $750,000 from the budget.

Cuts were approved last night. The list includes seven full time jobs. Also, seven retiring teachers will not be replaced during the 2013-2014 school year. Other reductions include phys ed, arts and music, plus field trips requiring bussing. Athletic fees at the middle school and high school will nearly double.

 

The Perkins Board of Education will approve a long list of cuts tonight.

Those cuts will total $12 million, over the next few years.

 

The Division of Watercraft continues to search for Jonathan Francis and his 12-year-old daughter, Viola.

They were last seen Saturday kayaking in Lake Erie near Crystal Rock.  Their kayaks were later found near Port Clinton.

 

The search will begin soon for a new Norwalk Fire Chief.

Current Chief Shawn Dickerson is stepping down by the end of June.  He told Mayor Rob Duncan he’s retiring for ‘personal reasons.’  He’s been chief for less than two years.

 

Ohio House Republicans have tossed Governor John Kasich’s plan for tax cuts, and Medicaid expansion.

Kasich’s tax proposals have been replaced with a seven-percent income tax cut. Stand-alone Medicaid legislation is expected later this week. House Republicans also did a major overhaul to Kasich’s school funding plan. Under the House plan, the number of districts getting no new money decreased from 400, to 175.

 

The proposed Sunoco Pipeline will be the topic, during tonight’s meeting, at the Fisher-Titus Medical Center Building on Tilton Street in Greenwich.

The meeting will be held from 7-9pm. Affected landowners and the public are encouraged to bring specific concerns about the project.

 

A Sandusky man will spend nine years in prison, for raping a 12-year-old girl twice last year.

23-year-old Michael Dabney was sentenced Monday, in Erie County Common Pleas Court. A co-defendant, Jason Langley is currently serving a four-year sentence.

 

On the business front…

Norwalk’s new Rural King store is open.  It’s in the former Big Lots building on U.S. Route 20.

Norwalk won’t be without a hardware store much longer.  Ace Hardware will open next month in the same location as the former P&R Hardware store.  P&R closed last year.

 

It’s official…

John Orzech is Sandusky’s new Police Chief.  He was sworn in yesterday.

 

A former Bellevue man accused of sexually abusing two female relatives will take his chances with a jury.

Victor Veliz has turned down a plea bargain that carried a 10-year prison sentence.  He’ll stand trial next week in Huron County Common Pleas Court.  Veliz is facing 32 counts of sexual battery, rape and gross sexual imposition.  If convicted, he could be sent to prison for life.  The alleged crimes occurred in 2010 and 2011.  The victims are now in their teens.