Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Level 1 snow emergency is in effect in Huron County.  Motorists should drive with extreme caution.


Get ready for more snow, and frigid conditions.

Some forecast models show 3-to-7 inches of snow falling this weekend. Actual lows could drop to 10-below, with wind chill values as low as 20-below zero.


As expected, Norwalk City Council has given thumbs-up to a job creation grant program.

Businesses considering locating in Norwalk or expanding in the Maple City are eligible.  Retail businesses are not eligible.  Funding for the program will come from non-tax revenue sources.


More calls, to end Ohio’s death penalty.

Two Democrats, State Representative Dan Ramos of Lorain, and Nickie Antonio of Lakewood sent Governor John Kasich a letter asking for a moratorium to further review the state’s new execution policy. The two are also pushing forward with House Bill 385, which would abolish Ohio’s death penalty, and replace it with life without parole. They gave sponsor testimony yesterday in Columbus. The call to end the death penalty comes, after last week’s execution of Dennis McGuire. It took 25 minutes for him to die, far longer than usual.


A big financial boost, for St. Mary Central Catholic High School in Sandusky.

The school has received a $900,000 gift from Arthur Link, a 1939 graduate of St. Mary High School who died last January. $600,000 of that will go toward scholarships for current St. Mary High School students, and eighth-graders who will attend the school this fall. The other $300,000 has been earmarked for the English and art departments.


For the fifth consecutive year, the state of Ohio has failed, when it comes to smoking cessation efforts.

A report issued by the American Lung Association shows the Buckeye State failed in two areas—tobacco control and prevention funding, and coverage for cessation programs by state insurance. The state also received a poor mark for tax rates on cigarettes, which are lower than many other states. The ALA did praise Ohio, for its ‘smoke-free air’ policy, which bans workplace smoking.


It appears, more and more people are interested in launching businesses in Ohio.

The Secretary of State’s Office reports nearly 90-thousand new business filings in 2013, with increases posted four years in a row.