Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Sandusky/Finances in good shape The board of education at Sandusky City Schools says the district’s economic situation continues to be safe. School officials say the five-year forecast shows projected cash balances each year through fiscal year 2022. Sandusky City Schools plans on placing a renewal levy on the ballot this November that generates roughly $1.5 million to the general budget each year.   Sandusky Middle School/Family Literacy Night Sandusky Middle School is hosting “Family Literacy Night” this evening in the high school cafeteria. The event will feature demonstrations for parents on how to interpret their student’s state and local testing scores; along with special guests who will discuss reading and writing. It gets underway at 6:00 pm.   Erie County/Sheriff’s Office honored Erie County Sherriff’s Office dispatchers have been recognized for their efforts in helping track down and arrest an armed robbery suspect last December. Dispatchers Katherine Biecheler, Tonnya Brotherton, and Nadia Stookey joined together to relay information to Sergeant Trevor Harlow; who chased down on foot 26 year-old Bryan Mitchell of Sandusky after he reportedly robbed the Mobile gas station across from Kalahari Resorts in Perkins Township. The dispatchers and Sergeant Harlow received honors from the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association and letters of commendation.   Huron County/Contested political races There will be contested races this year for auditor and county commissioner in Huron County. The party deadline to file a petition for office was Wednesday afternoon. Filing petitions to run for auditor are Democrat and current auditor Roland Tkach and Republican Tom Dunlap. For county commissioner, the incumbent, Republican Joe Hintz will run against Democrat, and former Huron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Melissa James. The primary election takes place May 8th, the general election November 6th.   Huron County/Houck to step down (In other local political news), Republican Joyce Houck has announced she will not be seeking re-election to the 13th Senate District central committee woman seat she has been in for the last 22 years. Houck introduced Patty Stein of Norwalk as the next candidate to replace her.   Ohio/Attorney General warns of tax scams Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning Ohioans of scams this tax season. Since January, the Attorney General’s Office has received about 190 reports of tax-related scams. Common tax scams include: IRS impostor scams, W-2 phishing scams and tax identity theft. To avoid scams, DeWine says to file your tax return promptly, protect your personal information by using a secure internet connection, do not answer threatening robo-calls and to never pay your taxes with gift cards.   NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2018 Today Mostly cloudy, with a high near 22.   Tonight Snow, mainly overnight, with less than one inch expected.  Low around 16.   Friday Snow showers likely, 1 to 2 inches possible. High near 34.   Saturday A chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 33.