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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Great weather for day number three of the Erie County Fair.

Tonight’s grandstand attraction is the Farm Tractor Pull. It gets underway at 7. Also on today’s schedule: a dog show at 11:30, and the junior miss pageant, featuring girls ages 9 to 12. It begins at 7, in the multipurpose building.

Tomorrow is Senior Fest. Erie County fairgoers 60 and over can get in free of charge before 4pm. The first 400 seniors will get a free lunch. Registration for that begins at 9 tomorrow morning.

 

A brother and sister have been crowned as Erie County Fair royalty.

Grant and Teresa Puckrin of Sandusky were crowned Junior Fair King and Queen Tuesday night. Grant is a freshman at Terra State Community College, while Teresa entering her junior year of high school.

 

A heads-up from Erie County Auditor Rick Jeffery

Employees are currently not auditing property countrywide.  There are three employees inspecting new construction and random farms.  Those employees will have official ID, a distinctive shirt and an official car with the county seal.  Jeffery said if someone comes to your door without ID or the correct apparel, do not allow them access to your property and contact the nearest law enforcement agency.

 

A big crowd was on hand, for yesterday’s groundbreaking in Norwalk.

State and local officials, business leaders and others showed up for yesterday’s ceremony in the Industrial Parkway. Borgers USA is spending $60 million to build a new plant there. Once it’s up and running, the manufacturing operation will employ approximately 230 workers. The company produces textile products—trim, carpeting and insulation for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Borgers is based in Germany. Norwalk will be the company’s second U.S. manufacturing operation. The other is in Alabama.

 

A state trooper arrested for DUI has been found guilty of a similar charge.

Sgt. Tony Myers pleaded ‘no contest’ to physical control Tuesday in Huron Municipal Court. He was given a suspended 90-day jail sentence. However, Myers must attend a driver intervention course, or spend three days in the Erie County Jail. His driver’s license was suspended for one year, although he will have occupational driving privileges. He must pay over $1,000 in fines and court costs.

Myers was arrested early Sunday morning, at a Huron gas station. He and a passenger were found slumped in his car. He refused to submit to any sobriety tests. Myers is assistant post commander in Norwalk. For now, he’s restricted to administrative duties. He’s facing work penalties, including possible termination.

 

Federal charges have been filed against the owner of a local winery.

David Kraus lives in New York, but owns Hermes Vineyards and Winery in Sandusky. He’s facing a five-count indictment, for allegedly bilking the government for loans made to his business. Federal prosecutors claim Kraus sold approximately $2 million worth of assets pledged as collateral for USDA loans. He’s also accused of making false statements on loan applications. Kraus will appear in federal court at a later date.

 

U.S. Congressman Jim Jordan is coming to Norwalk.

He’ll speak during a town hall meeting at 7pm, August 19th at Norwalk High School. Jordan represents Ohio’s wide-ranging 4th Congressional District, which includes Norwalk and northern Huron County and points east, as far west as Lima, and as far south as Champaign County.

 

The dog with the nation’s nest name can be found in Columbus, Ohio.

A small dog who answers to the name ‘Peanut Wigglebutt’ beat out dozens of other unique names in an online vote at wackypetnames.com.