Thursday, January 30, 2014

A plan to give school districts up to four extra snow days this year has cleared an Ohio House committee.

The House Education Committee voted in favor of the proposal yesterday. It still needs approval from the full House and Senate. Govenor John Kasich is pushing for a one-time increase, because of unusually severe winter weather. Normally, Ohio schools are allowed five calamity days.


The streak is over.

Top-ranked Norwalk lost to #5 Ontario, 63-61 at the ‘O-Rena.’ That snapped Norwalk’s streak of 57 consecutive regular season wins.


20 years in prison, for a 20-year-old Norwalk man accused of committing sex crimes.

Justin Collins was sentenced yesterday, immediately after pleading guilty to three counts of sexual battery. The alleged victim was a young girl. Collins was labeled as a Tier III sex offender, meaning once released from prison, he must register his address every 90 days, for life. A co-defendant, 36-year-old Jason Wooten is currently serving a 15-year sentence. A now-12-year-old boy will be sentenced next month, for his role in the case.


The Perkins Board of Education will try again.

Last night, the school board agreed to place a 10-year, 3.95 mill levy on the May ballot. It approved, it would generate nearly $1.7 million annually, and would go toward day-to-day operations of the district. Perkins voters haven’t approved a new levy since 2000.


Former Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton was in federal court yesterday.

Bratton pleaded guilty to theft, for misusing funds while in office. Prosecutors said Bratton used about $9,000 worth of federal funds to buy personal items ranging from clothes to Cedar Point tickets. A routine audit in 2011 revealed what had happened. The money has since been repaid by Bratton. He’ll be sentenced in May. He faces up to 10 years in prison.


It appears Ohio State officials have found a new university president.

University of California-Irvine chancellor Dr. Michael Drake will be introduced this afternoon. That’s according to Ohio State’s student newspaper The Lantern and the Columbus Dispatch. Drake will succeed Dr. E. Gordon Gee, who retired last July.