Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Fires destroy homes in Port Clinton and Oak Harbor

Two separate fires have destroyed homes in both Port Clinton and Oak Harbor.

On Saturday afternoon, a blaze broke out at author Patrick O’Keeffe’s house on Taft Street due to an apparent plumbing accident with a propane torch.

Also, early New Year’s Day, a fire on West Elmore Eastern Road in Oak Harbor displaced a family.

The cause of that fire has not yet been determined.

No was hurt in either blaze.


New mayor in Vermilion sworn in

Jim Forthofer was sworn in as the new mayor of Vermilion over the weekend.

Forthofer said his promises to Vermilion include moving forward with the city’s economic development and to run an efficient and professional administration.

Forthofer received nearly two-thirds of the vote back in November against councilman Fred Ostrander.

He takes over for former mayor Eileen Bulan, who decided to not run for a third term.


TJ Maxx to remain at Sandusky Mall, according to mall official

Contrary to reports, the TJ Maxx store at the Sandusky Mall is not moving out, according to a mall executive.

Anthony Cafaro Junior also told The Sandusky Register that the mall hopes to make an announcement this spring or summer concerning a new occupant in the former Sears location.

Cafaro says that TJ Maxx has committed to a new lease that will keep it at the mall for several years.


Local student selected for National Senate Youth program

An Erie County high school student will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend time with the nation’s top government officials and lawmakers in Washington D.C.

Huron High School junior Ronald Eytchison is one of just two students in Ohio to be selected for the United States Senate Youth program.

The program will send the Huron junior to the nation’s capital in March, where he will hear government officials speak, meet President Trump and tour national monuments.

He also receives a $10,000 scholarship to a school of his choosing.


Still time left to purchase dog licenses

Although the calendar has changed to 2018, there’s still time left to purchase a dog tag without a penalty.

Dog licenses can be bought for $16 in Lorain County, $18 in both Huron and Sandusky counties and $20 each in Erie County through January 31st.

After that, the fee is doubled and you could face a $250 fine.


“Little Free Library” sets up shop in Bellevue  

The “Little Free Library” has been set up outside of a home in Bellevue.

It’s located in front of 126 East Main Street, owned by residents John and Judy Miller, and allows anyone to take a book to read and to also donate books.

The libraries typically consist of wooden boxes on poles.


Christmas tree recycling going on now at African Safari Wildlife Park

African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton is looking for Christmas tree donations to use for animal enrichment.

They will be accepted through this Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at their administration office.

The park asks you to remove all decorations and hooks.



*A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect now through Wednesday at 12 noon. 



Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 10.

Wind chill values as low as -23.



Mostly clear, with a low around 0. Wind chill values as low as -17.



A chance of snow showers. Increasing clouds, with a high near 17.

Wind chill values as low as -16.



A slight chance of snow showers. Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 9.