Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Frost Advisory is in effect for the entire area, until 9 this morning.


Get ready for ‘white, flakey precipitation.’

Rain and snow showers are in the forecast tonight through Thursday.  No accumulation is expected.


Good news…

The Milan township man missing since early yesterday morning is safe and sound.  According to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, 84-year-old Jack Smith has been found in West Virginia.  He was last seen driving in Sandusky at 2:30 Monday morning. 


Mercy Willard Hospital officials have announced plans to demolish the hospital’s former facility, on East Howard Street.

The property has been for sale for six months, and has been shown to a number of potential buyers. But no offers have been made, to buy the property. Demolition will begin next month. Mercy Willard Hospital moved into a new building on Neal Zick Road in May of 2012.


Criminal charges could be filed against a Norwalk woman accused of making a false rape allegation.

 The 18-year-old claimed she had been raped by an 18-year-old man sometime within the last two weeks. When questioned further by deputies, she admitted she lied, and said sex between the two was consensual. A report will be sent the Norwalk Law Director’s Office, for consideration of charges.


Huron County Treasurer Kathleen Schaffer has announced plans to hire a private company, to help collect delinquent property taxes.

Tax Ease Ohio will buy delinquent tax liens from Huron County, then will act as a collection agent. Tax Ease has contracts with nearly 20 other counties, including Sandusky County. Schaffer said Fairfield County had $3.4 million in delinquent property taxes…After a tax lien sale, $3.2 million had been collected. Huron County’s first tax lien sale will take place next spring.


State Route 601, near U.S. Route 20 in Norwalk will close next Monday, for a culvert replacement project.

Work is scheduled to be complete by November 18th. State Route 547, between Baker and Labeau streets in Monroeville will close next Monday, for railroad crossing repairs. That project should be done by November 8th.


It’s being called the ‘Holy Roller.’

A mechanical problem caused an empty church bus to roll down a hill and across Route 250 in Milan Township.  It happened over the weekend…It didn’t hit any other vehicles and wound up in a ditch across from the church.  The bus is owned by the Mount Harvest Church of God.


After months of political football, Ohio is ready to offer Medicaid to nearly 300,000 low-income residents.

Yesterday, the State Controlling Board voted to accept $2.5 billion in federal funds to expand Medicaid through June of 2015.  Opponents of the move have vowed to sue.


In sports…

Several area teams are ranked in the sixth weekly statewide high school football poll.  In Division III, the Perkins Pirates are fourth, while Clyde is 11th.  Norwalk and Tiffin Columbian are tied for the 16th spot.  In Division VII, the St. Paul Flyers are ranked 10th in the state.