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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1st, 2020

Be careful on the roadways as you make your way out this morning.

A good amount of snowfall fell last night and overnight, making roads treacherous.

Erie County is a Level 2, while Huron County is at a Level 1 Snow Advisory.

More snow is on the way today; as we remain under a Winter Storm Warning until 10:00 am Wednesday.

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Corona Virus hospitalizations continue to increase throughout Ohio.

Governor Mike DeWine announced Monday that those hospitalized with COVID-19 have hit an all-time high at over 5,000 people; compared to just under 1,700 COVID-19 patients on November 1st.

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COVID-19 numbers from Huron County…

Huron County Public Health reports that for the reporting period of November 20th through November 26th, Huron County has seen an increase in just over 400 COVID-19 cases.

Of those new cases, 133 were reported within Norwalk, 75 in Bellevue, and 62 in Willard.

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COVID-19 figures from Erie County…

There was 1 new reported death on Monday to bring the death toll to 75.

Over 200 more cases were also reported Monday.

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According to provisional numbers from the State Highway Patrol, 9 people were killed on Ohio’s roadways this Thanksgiving holiday.

Of the nine killed, two were pedestrians, four were not wearing a seatbelt and two involved impaired driving.

In 2019, there were 15 fatal crashes in which 18 people were killed.

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Police in Amherst are asking for your help, in finding the person who sprayed a Panera employee in the face with an unknown substance, at the drive-thru window on November 9th.

Police have posted surveillance video on their Facebook page, in hopes of nabbing the person.

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No one was hurt when a small fire broke out at a Sandusky factory on Monday.

According to the Sandusky Register, the blaze at LEWCO on Lane Street only caused minor damage.

The cause of the fire was mechanical.

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The Chronicle Telegram’s annual “Not Forgotten Box” campaign is officially underway, although some people have already dropped off toy donations at the Chronicle’s complex in downtown Elyria.

Toys will be sorted and distributed by the Salvation Army in Elyria, and this year, more than 11-hundred families have applied for help.

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The first day of December marks the end of a moratorium on water utility shutoffs in Elyria.

Mayor Frank Whitfield issued the moratorium earlier this year due to COVID 19 and the loss of jobs.

Residents with unpaid water bills are encouraged to contact the Salvation Army for help.

A full report in today’s Chronicle Telegram…

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The City of Elyria will delay trash, recycling, and/or bulk pickup collection service by one day

to allow for crews and departments to respond to this week’s storm.

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It’s that time again….time to purchase dog tags for next year.

The Huron County Auditor’s Office wants to remind residents that they go on sale today.

The deadline to purchase tags, without penalty, is January 31st.

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SPORTS

Seattle beat Philadelphia 23-17 in Monday Night Football.

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From the National Weather Service…

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect through Wednesday at 10:00 am.

 

Today

Snow. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Blustery, with wind gusts near 30 miles-per-hour.

High near 33.

 

Tonight

A chance of light snow.

Decreasing clouds, with a low around 26.

 

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 36.

 

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30th, 2020

The first snowstorm of the season looks to be on the way…

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for most of the area.

We can expect anywhere from 4 to 12 inches of snow tonight into tomorrow, with high winds.

The amount of snow all depends on whether the temperature stays above or below freezing.

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A look at state COVID-19 numbers…

Erie and Huron counties start the week at a Level 3 Red; while Lorain County is at the highest severity, a Level 4 Purple, in the state’s color-coded ratings for COVID-19 spread.

The state reported over 7,700 new cases and 21 deaths on Sunday, but says those numbers are incomplete due to thousands of reports yet to be reviewed and a surge in testing.

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COVID-19 has hit a notable member of law enforcement.

According to the Sandusky Register, Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick is recovering from the virus after testing positive on November 21st.

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The Highway Patrol is asking for your help in sorting out what happened Thursday night on the Ohio Turnpike in Erie County.

What they DO know is…23-year-old Karysha Melendez of Lorain was driving westbound between Routes 4 and 250 when her car struck the concrete median.

The car veered off the road and came to rest in a ditch.

Melendez then walked into traffic, where she was struck and killed by an oncoming truck.

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Fire…has forced 10 people from a home on East 32nd in Lorain.

Damage from last night’s fire is pegged at about 30-thousand-dollars.

No official cause on that fire, but firefighters believe, it might have been ‘electrical in nature’.

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The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information, leading to the arrest of 39 year old Robbie Baines.

Baines is wanted in connection with an assault in Huntington Township.

He’s on parole…released from prison 6 months ago.

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Police in Amherst are asking residents to be vigilant when it comes to holiday-related crimes…as home burglaries increase this time of year.

Police believe, break-ins might be related to similar incidents in nearby communities.

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Second Harvest Food Bank has released their monthly drive-thru food pantry calendar for December.

It begins Tuesday at Sailorway Middle School in Vermilion and also includes a stop later this week at Lorain County Community College.

The rest of the month includes stops in Huron, Willard, Norwalk and throughout Lorain County.

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Tomorrow, businesses in Avon Lake with 3 to 20 employees may apply for COVID-19 relief grants.

Avon Lake City Council has set aside 100-thousand-dollars for the program.

Applications will be processed by the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce.

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A major monetary contribution is headed to the state’s and nearby state’s chapters of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

According to the Sandusky Register, Sandusky’s W.A. Smith Financial Group and several local companies helped raise $70,000 through the financial firm’s fourth annual public fundraiser.

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SPORTS

The Cleveland Browns held on to win 27-25 at Jacksonville on Sunday, bumping their record to 8 and 3, their best record through 11 games since 1994.

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From the National Weather Service…

A Winter Storm Warning goes into effect at 7:00 pm tonight.

Today

Rain, changing to rain and snow by late afternoon.

High near 40.

 

Tonight

Snow, 3 to 7 inches possible.  Blustery.

Low around 28.

 

Tuesday

Snow, 2 to 4 additional inches possible.  Blustery.

High of 31.

 

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 37.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

It’s not a forecast that we like.

But the National Weather Service Office in Cleveland says we could get between 2 and 4 inches of snow tomorrow night.

 

A two-car crash in New London Township sent two people to two different hospitals.

It happened at 4:45 yesterday afternoon, at the intersection of State Route 162 and Butler Road. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post, 18-year-old Nicholas Herner of Huron failed to yield at a stop sign, and was hit on the driver’s side by 41-year-old Marandie Kruki of Wakeman.

Herner suffered incapacitating injuries, and was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Kruki suffered serious injuries as well, and was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown. Yesterday’s crash remains under investigation.

 

A head-on crash in Sandusky County claimed a northwest Ohio man, and injured a Milan man.

As we first told you yesterday, the crash occurred just before 6:30am on U.S. Route 6 near Fremont. The highway patrol said 49-year-old Kenneth Saam of Bradner went left of center, and hit a pickup truck driven by 58-year-old Alexander Winkler Jr. of Milan. Saam, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Winkler was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

The Sandusky Mall is losing one of its anchor stores.

Longtime tenant Sears will close, mostly likely by late June. The decision will affect the department store itself and the Sears Auto Center. More than 40 people will be out of work. A liquidation sale will begin later this month.

 

Next Tuesday’s meeting of the Huron County Commissioners will be held at Norwalk High School…The commissioners will convene at 9am.

 

The Huron County Board of Elections will conduct a post-election audit of the March 15th primary, starting at 8:30 this morning in the board office in Norwalk.

 

Two Republican state lawmakers will gather with area school officials, to announce new legislation to give school districts a second option in participating in the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission.

State Senator Randy Gardner and State Representative Steve Arndt will discuss the proposal at 11 this morning, at Port Clinton High School. A statement from Gardner’s office says the new program would allow districts which have not received state funds for school construction or renovations to qualify for technology infrastructure or security funding sooner than the current construction and renovation program would allow.

 

An armed standoff at a home in Port Clinton ended peacefully last night.

31-year-old Melissa Muirhead surrendered at approximately 8pm, after holding authorities at bay for seven hours. Officials said Muirhead is an Iraq veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. She was taken to a VA hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

 

It appears the city of Norwalk will not spray for mosquitoes this summer, because of the expense and a question of effectiveness.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

It’s not a forecast that we like.

But the National Weather Service Office in Cleveland says we could get between 2 and 4 inches of snow tomorrow night.

 

A two-car crash in New London Township sent two people to two different hospitals.

It happened at 4:45 yesterday afternoon, at the intersection of State Route 162 and Butler Road. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post, 18-year-old Nicholas Herner of Huron failed to yield at a stop sign, and was hit on the driver’s side by 41-year-old Marandie Kruki of Wakeman.

Herner suffered incapacitating injuries, and was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Kruki suffered serious injuries as well, and was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown. Yesterday’s crash remains under investigation.

 

A head-on crash in Sandusky County claimed a northwest Ohio man, and injured a Milan man.

As we first told you yesterday, the crash occurred just before 6:30am on U.S. Route 6 near Fremont. The highway patrol said 49-year-old Kenneth Saam of Bradner went left of center, and hit a pickup truck driven by 58-year-old Alexander Winkler Jr. of Milan. Saam, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Winkler was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

The Sandusky Mall is losing one of its anchor stores.

Longtime tenant Sears will close, mostly likely by late June. The decision will affect the department store itself and the Sears Auto Center. More than 40 people will be out of work. A liquidation sale will begin later this month.

 

Next Tuesday’s meeting of the Huron County Commissioners will be held at Norwalk High School…The commissioners will convene at 9am.

 

The Huron County Board of Elections will conduct a post-election audit of the March 15th primary, starting at 8:30 this morning in the board office in Norwalk.

 

Two Republican state lawmakers will gather with area school officials, to announce new legislation to give school districts a second option in participating in the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission.

State Senator Randy Gardner and State Representative Steve Arndt will discuss the proposal at 11 this morning, at Port Clinton High School. A statement from Gardner’s office says the new program would allow districts which have not received state funds for school construction or renovations to qualify for technology infrastructure or security funding sooner than the current construction and renovation program would allow.

 

An armed standoff at a home in Port Clinton ended peacefully last night.

31-year-old Melissa Muirhead surrendered at approximately 8pm, after holding authorities at bay for seven hours. Officials said Muirhead is an Iraq veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. She was taken to a VA hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

 

It appears the city of Norwalk will not spray for mosquitoes this summer, because of the expense and a question of effectiveness.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

They’ll try again today.

The Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox will open this season this afternoon, at 1:10. The game will air on 95.3 WLKR. Yesterday’s game was postponed shortly after 2:30. The club issued a statement, blaming a changed forecast and wind chills dropping into the teens.

 

A convicted child rapist from Sandusky will spend the rest of his life in prison.

51-year-old Michael Walls was sentenced yesterday to eight life sentences. He has no chance at parole. Walls stood trial last month in Erie County Common Pleas Court, and was found guilty on more than 20 counts of rape. Officials said Walls raped a girl multiple times a week from the time she was 3 or 4, into her teens. During yesterday’s hearing, Walls said he was innocent, and said he plans to appeal his conviction and sentence.

 

Norwalk police are still looking for a man who swiped more than $1,200 worth of beer and liquor from Gardner’s SuperValue.

It happened at 4pm last Tuesday. According to Captain Mike Conney, the man loaded up his cart twice, and left the store undetected both times.

He made off in a gray newer-model Toyota Camry. The man is described as heavy-set, bald and 40 to 45. Pictures of the man have been posted on the Norwalk Police Department’s Facebook page. Anyone with information should contact the Norwalk Police Department.

 

Ground will be broken this Friday, for the Cedar Point Sports Center at the former Griffing- Sandusky Airport site on Cleveland Road.

Officials said phase one of the youth sports facility will include nine multipurpose synthetic turf fields, four NCAA regulation baseball fields, a championship baseball and softball stadium, eight NCAA regulation lacrosse fields, sports-specific training areas and an ADA-accessible community use field. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 2 Friday afternoon. Phase one is expected to be complete by this fall, with spring and summer of 2017 serving as the inaugural season for Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center.

 

Former Ohio State University marching band director Jonathon Waters will again lead a college band.

He’s been hired as an assistant professor of music, and director of bands at Heidelberg University in Tiffin. Waters was dismissed by Ohio State in the summer of 2014, after an investigation revealed the OSU band contained a ‘sexualized culture.’

 

Monday, April 4, 2016

It’ll be a cold, blustery day for Cleveland Indians baseball.

The season opener against the Boston Red Sox is scheduled to begin at 4:10 this afternoon. The forecast for Cleveland calls for rain and snow showers to move out by game time, but windy conditions will continue, with temperatures falling to about 33. We’ll broadcast live from Progressive Field, starting at 1 this afternoon. You’ll hear comments from Cleveland Indians players and front office personnel, and we’ll get you ready for today’s game. Then we’ll join the Indians Radio Network for Indians Warm-Up at 3:37, leading up to today’s scheduled 4:10 start time on 95.3 WLKR.

 

Two Norwalk High School students are facing charges, for allegedly selling marijuana at school last month.

The girls, ages 16 and 17 are charged with marijuana trafficking. They’ll answer to the charges in Huron County Juvenile Court.

 

A Huron County grand jury has charged two local men, in connection with different sex crimes.

19-year-old Nathanial ‘JR’ Parsons of New London is charged with two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The charges stem from two alleged incidents with a now 15-year-old girl. One occurred last fall, the other in February.

Also charged by the grand jury: 62-year-old Thomas J. McDaniel of Willard. He’s facing a single count of sexual battery, for the alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in late February.

 

Governor John Kasich is in New York today.

On the schedule: campaign stops at Hofstra University and Huntington.

 

An elected official in Sandusky says he has doubts about the future of Ohio Bike Week, which typically runs between late May and early June.

Dennis Murray Jr. serves as a city commissioner and ex-officio mayor. According to the Sandusky Register, Murray said one of the chief complaints about Ohio Bike Week is excessive noise caused by hundreds of motorcycles. The city of Sandusky recently signed a five-year contract extension with Ohio Bike Week, through 2021. In the story, Murray said the city would honor the contract, but may not renew it unless changes are made.

 

More news from Sandusky…

It appears a city commissioner is going to jail, for not paying child support.

Court paperwork shows Greg Lockhart must report to the Erie County Jail by April 15th, to begin serving a 30-day sentence. His attorney appealed the sentence to the Ohio Supreme Court, but the motion was denied. Lockhart won a four-year term last fall. Despite the pending jail term, it appears Lockhart’s spot on the commission is safe.

 

A decision won’t be made tomorrow night, but Norwalk City Council will hear the first reading of legislation allowing golf carts on city streets.

As we told you last week, members of city council will debate the pros and cons. The measure could be approved as is, modified or voted down.

 

Friday, April 1, 2016

State regulators have approved a plan that will lead to higher electric bills for many Ohio consumers.

Despite opposition from the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio okayed the plan yesterday. FirstEnergy customers will pay more to subsidize the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant, while American Electric Power customers will pay more to subsidize an aging coal-fired plant. The average residential customer will see an average monthly bill increase of about $10. The rate hike will begin in June.

 

Another victory, for supporters of medical marijuana…

The Ohio Ballot Board has certified a proposal to establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program in the Buckeye State. The group Ohioans for Medical Marijuana must now collect more than 300,000 valid signatures of Ohio voters by early July to qualify for the November ballot.

 

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a recent fire in Clyde.

The March 6th blaze damaged the Clyde Car Wash on West Maple Street, and nearby storage units. Investigators quickly ruled the cause as arson. Anyone with information should contact the Clyde Police Department.

 

Perkins school officials appear close to hiring a new treasurer.

Out of 33 applicants, two are finalists. One is Daniel Bowman, current treasurer of the Parma Schools. The other is Cheryl Swisher, treasurer of Van Buren Schools. A decision could come this month.

 

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation has honored eight Huron County employers for their strong workplace safety records.

To receive an award, a business must have at least 500,000 hours and six months without an injury resulting in a day or more away from work.

Leading the list: David Price Metal Services in Norwalk…The company worked nearly 1.2 million hours without a serious injury. Also on the list: Delany Staffing Group, Kaiser-Wells, LakePark Industries, New Horizons Baking Company, the Norwalk Public Library, PolyOne, and Wiers Farm.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Could golf carts be allowed on Norwalk city streets?

This week, city council discussed proposed legislation that would give the green light to golf-carts and other “under-speed” vehicles on the streets of Norwalk. According to Councilman Chris Mushett, the legislation will be up for first reading next week. Mushett also said the measure could eventually be approved as-is, modified or voted down.

 

A Willard resident is in critical condition, after crashing her pickup truck in New Haven Township.

According to the Norwalk Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 65-year-old Joyce Zellner suffered serious head injuries, after driving off State Route 99 at Fisher Street late Tuesday night. Troopers said her truck vaulted over Fisher Street, and came to rest in a nearby yard.

As we first told you yesterday, Zellner was taken by ambulance to Mercy Willard Hospital, then was air-lifted to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. The crash remains under investigation.

 

A vote scheduled for later today could have an impact on your electric bill.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio will decide if consumers should pay more to subsidize certain aging coal-fired and nuclear power plants, modernize the power grid, reduce carbon emissions and guarantee profits. First Energy and AEP want the PUCO to approve a plan that would charge customers higher rates over the next eight years. The average increase would be approximately $100 a year. If approved, the plan would take effect June 1st.

 

The Edison school board will meet in special session at 6 tonight, at Edison Elementary…Public action is expected.

 

She’s being called a serial thief of tip jars, and now, she’s in jail.

29-year-old Stefanie Eshack of Norton is accused of stealing tip jars from businesses in Rocky River, Garfield Heights, Fairview Park, Westlake, Parma, North Olmsted and Avon. Police were able to connect Eshack to the string of thefts, by reviewing video footage at each location. She was arrested Tuesday.

 

Scenes for the ‘Fast and Furious 8’ will be shot in Cleveland.

Filming could begin as soon as next month. The movie is scheduled to be released in April of next year.

Friday, April 1, 2016

State regulators have approved a plan that will lead to higher electric bills for many Ohio consumers.

Despite opposition from the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio okayed the plan yesterday. FirstEnergy customers will pay more to subsidize the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant, while American Electric Power customers will pay more to subsidize an aging coal-fired plant. The average residential customer will see an average monthly bill increase of about $10. The rate hike will begin in June.

 

Another victory, for supporters of medical marijuana…

The Ohio Ballot Board has certified a proposal to establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program in the Buckeye State. The group Ohioans for Medical Marijuana must now collect more than 300,000 valid signatures of Ohio voters by early July to qualify for the November ballot.

 

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a recent fire in Clyde.

The March 6th blaze damaged the Clyde Car Wash on West Maple Street, and nearby storage units. Investigators quickly ruled the cause as arson. Anyone with information should contact the Clyde Police Department.

 

Perkins school officials appear close to hiring a new treasurer.

Out of 33 applicants, two are finalists. One is Daniel Bowman, current treasurer of the Parma Schools. The other is Cheryl Swisher, treasurer of Van Buren Schools. A decision could come this month.

 

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation has honored eight Huron County employers for their strong workplace safety records.

To receive an award, a business must have at least 500,000 hours and six months without an injury resulting in a day or more away from work.

Leading the list: David Price Metal Services in Norwalk…The company worked nearly 1.2 million hours without a serious injury. Also on the list: Delany Staffing Group, Kaiser-Wells, LakePark Industries, New Horizons Baking Company, the Norwalk Public Library, PolyOne, and Wiers Farm.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

By order of Mayor Rob Duncan, all flags in Norwalk are to fly at half-staff until 7 tonight, to honor veterans who served in Vietnam.

 

Yesterday marked 43 years since the final troops returned to the U.S. from Vietnam, marking the end of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

 

 

The Ohio Department of Transportation Department is kicking off its 2016 construction season by announcing more than 1,100 projects across the state.

 

The cost of those projects will top $2 billion. 81 projects are planned for the eight-county region of District 3, which includes Huron and Erie counties. The total investment in District 3 will be $170 million.

 

 

A new report shows the number of pedestrians hit and killed by cars in Ohio during the first half of last year rose dramatically.

According to the report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, 56 pedestrians were killed in Ohio between January 1st and June 30th of 2015. That’s an increase of nearly 125%, compared to the same period in 2014. The average percentage increase for all states was 6%.

 

The “Price is Right Live!” is coming to the area this fall.

Based on the popular TV game show, the interactive stage show has given away more than $10 million in cash and prizes since its inception nine years ago. The “Price is Right Live!” will take place at the Sandusky State Theatre November 15th. Tickets will go on sale at 10am this Friday. For more information, go to sanduskystate.com or priceisrightlive.com.

 

The Huron County Board of Elections will meet at 8 this morning, to certify the results of the March 15th primary election.

 

 

Lorain city officials are working to hammer out a budget-plan by tomorrow’s state-mandated deadline.

 

Council members will get together tonight to review their options to overcome a projected deficit of $3.5 million. Those options include unpaid furloughs of city workers and a tax-credit-reduction for those who live in the city but work elsewhere.

 

 

In case you didn’t notice, gas prices have increased to $2.09 at many stations in Norwalk and Willard.