Friday, April 11, 2014

The 600 block of Birchwood Drive in Perkins Township is closed until further notice, due to an active house fire.


A nice weekend is in store…

70 tomorrow and mid-70′s Sunday.


A final reminder…

The city of Norwalk’s limited spring trash pickup is next week. Residents may dispose of nine extra bags, or three large items, or any combination at no cost. One large item equals three bags.


Family Dollar has announced plans to cut jobs, and close about 370 stores, as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings.

It’s not known how many jobs will be lost. The discount store operator said the move should reduce annual operating expenses by as much as $45 million. Family Dollar currently has more than 8,100 stores in 46 states, including several locally.


The owner of a Sandusky restaurant has been sentenced to federal prison, for tax evasion and cash smuggling.

Three family members were given probation. Haralambos Gonos will spend 18 months behind bars, on multiple counts of bulk cash smuggling and conspiracy. His sons each received two years probation. The family owns Dianna’s Deli, and the Depot Family Restaurant in Sandusky. Prosecutors said family members engaged in a complex scheme to hide income from those establishments.


The Ohio Wildlife Council has approved new white-tailed deer hunting regulations.

Among them: decreased deer bag limits in many counties. The council also approved dates for 2014-2015 deer hunting seasons. Ohio’s deer archery season will begin September 27th, and will last until February 1st. The youth deer gun season will be held November 22nd and 23rd, while regular deer gun season will run from December 1st through the 7th. The deer muzzleloader season is January 2nd through the 5th. The Ohio Wildlife Council also removed bobcats from the state’s endangered and threatened species list. Bobcats are still considered a protected species, with no hunting or trapping season.


Tax Day is rapidly approaching.

It’s next Tuesday.


A new state report shows well over 100,000 low-income Ohioans have signed up for expanded Medicaid, while thousands of others are waiting to hear if they’re eligible for the taxpayer-funded health program.

The new program took effect January 1st.


If you’re a fan of local sports or know someone who is, listen up…

To help raise funds for the Norwalk High School after-prom and senior activities, head basketball coach Steve Gray and members of the Division II State Championship Basketball Team have donated two signed basketballs.  One will be given away by raffle.  Tickets will be sold in front of Norwalk’s Wal-mart between 10 and 6 tomorrow and April 19th at Sheri’s Coffeehouse.  Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.  Another signed basketball will be sold by silent auction.  It’s open to individuals and businesses with a minimum bid of $500.  You can email your bid to  Winners will be drawn April 26th.