Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A new report says Ohio is second in the U.S., when it comes to school bomb threats.

According to the Educator’s School Safety Network, Ohio schools had 59 bomb threats between August of last year, and this January. Only Massachusetts had more, with 75 bomb threats. In Ohio, nearly 60% of bomb threats occur in high schools. 21% occur in colleges or universities, 18% in elementary schools, and 3% in middle schools. According to the report, threats made to secondary and post-secondary settings usually come from a student seeking disruption or notoriety.

 

The Sandusky Rotary Club’s annual Pizza Challenge begins at 4, and until 7 tonight at Sandusky High School.

14 different pizza places will be on hand. All-you-can-eat admission is $12 for adults, and $6 for seniors 65 and over, and kids 12 and under. Proceeds will benefit Rotary Clothes Kids.

 

Provisional ballots from the March 15th primary election will be accepted or rejected, during a Monday meeting of the Huron County Board of Elections.

The Board will meet again next Wednesday, to officially certify results from the primary.

Both meetings will begin at 8am, and both will be held in the Board office, in the Huron County Administration building on Milan Avenue in Norwalk.

 

A consumer watchdog group is trying to block a merger between two of Ohio’s largest banks.

Inner City Press/Fair Finance Watch has complained to the Federal Reserve about the pending deal between Huntington and First Merit banks. The group claims the merger will hurt consumers and small business owners.

Huntington announced in January it would buy First Merit for $3.4 billion. The deal would create a bank with 1,100 branches in the Midwest. It would also lead to the closure of more than 100 branches, with half of those in northeast Ohio.

 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has rejected a fourth petition for a medical marijuana amendment.

According to a media release, DeWine found at least 11 defects with the summary language. Supporters are working to fix the wording. If eventually approved, the issue of medical marijuana could appear on the fall ballot.

 

Construction continues on Cedar Point’s newest roller coaster.

All of Valravn’s track is in place and now, crews are focused on computer and electrical work. Valravn will debut when Cedar Point opens in May.