Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The National Weather Service Office in Cleveland has issued a Dense Fog Advisory for the entire area, until 9 this morning.


Tonight’s when the Norwalk Board of Education will meet, to decide which new tax issue to place on the fall ballot.

Last week, board members were unable to agree on one of two property tax issues, or an earned income tax. Tonight’s special session will begin at 7:30, at Norwalk High School.


It took over a year, but the New London Board of Education and the teachers union have agreed on a new contract.

The two-year deal is retroactive to July 1st of last year.  It runs through June of 2014.  The contract calls for no raise in the first year, and a 1.5 percent increase the second year, plus a $500 bonus.  Health insurance remains the same.


Ohio home sales rose 15.5 percent in June, according to new figures from the Ohio Association of Realtors.

The trade group said it’s the 24th consecutive month of increased sales. Locally, the Firelands area saw an increase of just under 16 percent. The average sale price went up nine percent, to $130,000. Other numbers show the cheapest housing market in Ohio is in Mansfield. The average price there is $84,000. Columbus has the state’s most expensive housing market, $196,000.


Once again, Huron County’s unemployment rate has come in higher than the statewide average.

New figures show the county’s June jobless rate was 9.6 percent.  Ohio’s average was 7.2 percent.  On the flip side, Erie County’s June unemployment rate was below the statewide average, 6.6 percent.  Overall Meigs County had Ohio’s highest unemployment rate, 12.7 percent.  Mercer County had the lowest rate, 4.6 percent.


An update on Cedar Point’s ‘Shoot the Rapids’ water ride.

In an email, park spokesman Bryan Edwards said Cedar Point officials and inspectors from the state’s Ride Safety Division are currently investigating Friday’s mishap. Shoot the Rapids will remain closed, until the investigation is complete. There’s no timetable. Seven guests were hurt Friday night, when a boat capsized. None of the injuries were serious.


Two former Sandusky City Commissioners say they’ll run again this fall.

Dennis Murray Jr. served from 2005 until 2008, then stepped down after being elected state representative. Dick Brady was appointed to an open city commission seat in 2011 and served for one year. They have until August 7th to file petitions with the board of elections office.


State Route 269, just south of Seel Road in Lyme Township will close Monday for a culvert replacement. 

It should re-open Friday, August 2nd.


Coming up in news tomorrow…Information on the 2013 Ohio State Fair.

It begins tomorrow, and runs through August 4th.


In sports…

The Tribe fell in Seattle, 2-1.  Ubaldo Jimenez allowed solo homeruns in the 4th and 5th innings.  The Indians were held to five hits and were 0-7 with runners in scoring position.  They will try again tonight.  Game time in Seattle is 10:10 and you can hear it, starting with Indians Warm-up at 9:37 on 95.3, WLKR.


Ohio State is the preseason favorite to win the Big Ten.  Cleveland Browns training camp opens in two days.