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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3rd, 2021

Checking COVID-19 figures…

Statewide, the numbers continue to rise…with 9,100 cases reported on Thursday.  That’s way above the increasing 21-day rolling average of 5,600.

In Huron County, there were 73 new reported cases on Thursday.

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A resident of Lorain is one of 30 students to receive a 10-thousand-dollar scholarship from the state of Ohio’s Vax-2-School program….Xavier Robida…

Anyone between the ages of 5 and 25 who had received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine was eligible to enter.

The final 30 winners will be announced tonight.

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A big time drug bust in Sandusky…

According to the Sandusky Register, police confiscated more than 300 grams of narcotics on Wednesday in Perkins Township during a traffic stop; wrapping up a month-long investigation.

Three men face felony charges…23 year-olds Sidney Evans and Marvin Parker and 33-year-old Derek Sherburne.

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The Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle crash in Columbia Township involving a car and a Valley City Ambulance.

It happened last night at about 8 o’clock at the intersection of Routes 82 and 252.

Troopers believe, the ambulance had its overhead lights and siren activated when the car T-boned it, overturning the ambulance.

Both drivers…and a patient…were taken to Southwest General.

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol is joining forces with members of the 6-State Trooper Project to enforce and raise awareness on impaired driving.

The project will run today through Sunday.

Last year during the same 6-State initiative, the Patrol arrested 237 drivers for OVI.

The 6-State Trooper Project is a multi-state law enforcement partnership.

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A Lorain man has been charged with Goddard’s Law…knowingly causing physical harm to a companion animal.

36-year-old William Schramm the Second is accused of killing his girlfriend’s Yorkshire terrier.

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Schools in Ohio can now apply for a share of $11 million in safety grants that will be awarded by the office of Attorney General Dave Yost for the 2022-23 academic year.

The funding, from House Bill 110, can be used for safety planning, training and classroom programs.

Each school is eligible for a grant of $2,500 or $5.50 per student, whichever amount is greater.

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An anonymous donor has issued a $50,000 match challenge involving the Huron County Community Foundation for all money donated to the Norwalk City Schools Endowment Fund…as reported by the Norwalk Reflector.

Earlier this year, the fund offered 32 continuing education scholarships for a total of $53,000 to Norwalk students; along with helping faculty with their needs.

The $50,000 challenge runs now to March 1st, 2022.

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SPORTS

NFL Thursday Night Football – Dallas beat New Orleans 27-17

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Rain and light snow likely.

Cloudy, with a high near 40.

 

Tonight

Patchy fog late.

Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 41.

 

Sunday

Showers likely in the afternoon.

Cloudy and breezy, with a high near 55.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2nd, 2021

In COVID-19 numbers…

The statewide spike continued on Wednesday with 8,900 cases, compared to the 21-day rolling average of 5,400.

Huron County had 59 new reported cases on Wednesday.

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Wednesday’s Ohio’s COVID-19 Vax-2-School $10,000 Scholarship winners featured some local students.  

…Courtney Fox of Bellevue

…Lilian Frederick of Put-in-Bay

…Joseph Mautz of Castalia

…and Kylie Beverick of Sandusky

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A couple area posts of the State Highway Patrol have named their ‘Troopers of the Year’ for 2021.

At Norwalk, it’s 28-year-old Nathan Waldock from Attica.

In Sandusky, the honor goes to 37-year-old Race Baker from Orrville.

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When voters in Lorain rejected a new school levy last month, school officials were ready to go back to voters in the spring.

However, according to an updated, 5-year forecast, that might not happen.

According to a newsletter from Lorain Schools’ CEO Jeff Graham, increased enrollment, increased funding from the state, and cost-saving measures will shore-up the bottom line.

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A grand opening and ribbon-cutting event is planned tonight for Sandusky’s new ice rink.  

It all gets going at 5 pm at the rink at Jackson Street Pier; and will include free skating, hot chocolate and giveaways.

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Mercy Health has announced a “leadership consolidation” that will take effect when current Lorain Market President Ed Oley begins his retirement in January.

Dr. John Luellen, the current president for Mercy Health Youngstown, will add Mercy Health Lorain to his responsibilities.

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The Huron County Veteran Service Commission is accepting reservations for rides and free admission to the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus for the December 8th trip and beyond.

The commission is offering any Huron County veteran, surviving spouse, Gold Star families, and a guest free admission and transportation to the museum.

Contact the Huron County Veterans Service Office to reserve a spot.

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A holiday kick off tonight in Vermilion…

“Light Up Vermilion” will run from 5 until 8 pm, with downtown shops and restaurants offering special hours.

Santa will arrive by fire truck…and Vermilion Mayor Jim Forthofer will light the Community Christmas Tree at 6 pm.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Cavaliers won last night at Miami, 111-85.

-A long anticipated work stoppage has begun….as Major League Baseball owners have locked out their players after not reaching an agreement on a new labor contract by last night’s deadline.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny.

Breezy, with a high near 56.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.

 

Friday

A slight chance of rain and snow showers.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1st, 2021

Authorities say there was no sign of foul play in the death of a Monroeville man whose body was found Monday night behind the Star View Drive-In in Huron County.

Steven Witter was 65; and appeared to die of natural causes.

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, Witter had left Monday morning for a hunting trip and never returned.

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A man missing from a boat crash 2 weeks ago in Huron has been identified.

According to the Sandusky Register, 54-year-old James Muncy of Wakeman has not been located since 2 boats collided near Cranberry Creek Marina on November 16th.

4 people were reportedly involved in the crash, with one dying from injuries – 55-year-old Wade Lafferty of Vermilion – and 2 others from Mansfield were hurt.

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A Huron man has joined the State Highway Patrol’s ‘Saved by the Belt Club’. 

A seat belt helped save Parker Keynes from sustaining serious injury during a crash on Route 6 in Erie County last month.

Keynes received a ‘Saved by the Belt’ certificate and license plate bracket.

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The Erie County Health Department has released their latest weekly COVID Update.

2 new deaths and 269 new cases were reported during the time frame of November 21st to 27th, putting the death toll at 250 since the pandemic began.

54 percent of Erie County residents are fully vaccinated for COVID.

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Checking other COVID-19 numbers…

Cases were up statewide on Tuesday with 6,700, more than the 21-day rolling average of 5,200.

Huron County saw 3 new deaths and 45 new cases on Tuesday; with the death toll now at 158.

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Today, Lorain County Public Health will host a COVID vaccine clinic at their offices on Murray Ridge Road, from 3 until 7 pm.

Vaccines and boosters will be available.

They’ll host another clinic tomorrow…from 2 until 6 pm…at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington.

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Two students from Lorain County will further their education, thanks to the state’s Vax 2 School COVID vaccination program.

Bentley Hall of Avon Lake and Rilyn Hernandez of Lorain have each won 10-thousand-dollar scholarships.

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A committee of Elyria City Council recommends, the full council approve a 3-year contract with police.

According to the Chronicle Telegram, the package includes annual raises of 2-and-a-half-percent.

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Look for extra patrol on the road in Sandusky County this month of December.

It’s because of a state grant.

Overtime shifts will be scheduled with a focus on the Winter Holiday and the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

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A new park is coming to Amherst.

The Nordson Corporation has donated to the city, more than 5 acres of land and the historic train station on Franklin Avenue.

The depot was built more than 100 years ago.

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Today, the Second Harvest Food Bank will host a drive-thru mobile food pantry in Lorain.

It’ll be held at Longfellow Middle School from 4:30 until 6 pm.

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SPORTS

-In men’s college basketball, Ohio State upset the number-one team in the country last night, defeating Duke 71-66.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of light rain.

Cloudy, with a high near 47.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.

 

Thursday

Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny.

Breezy, with a high near 56.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30th, 2021

Huron County Public Health has released their latest weekly COVID-19 update.

The most recent reporting period of November 19th to 25th showed 244 cases, compared to the previous weeks’ case count of 280.

The health department says there may have been a delay in case reporting during the most recent period, which may also impact the case counts for the next reporting period.

The average age of cases for this reporting period was 37, with the highest number of cases reported in the 21 to 30 age group.

All Huron County zip codes are currently reporting cases, with the highest infection rate in the Collins zip code.

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A look at other COVID numbers…

There were 5,700 cases reported statewide on Monday, higher than the 21-day rolling average of 5,100.

Huron County had 28 new reported cases on Monday.

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The World Health Organization has issued a warning…that the COVID Omicron variant could lead to ‘surges with serious consequences’.

Yesterday, President Biden said his administration was responding, by developing a plan to promote vaccines.

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Thanksgiving Holiday Report is now out.

During the five-day reporting period, from this past Wednesday through Sunday, 13 people were killed in 10 fatal crashes.

That compares to 2020, when 11 fatal crashes resulted in 11 people killed.

Of the 13 killed last week, 1 was a pedestrian, 4 were not wearing a seatbelt and 3 crashes involved impaired driving.

Troopers also arrested 300 people for operating a vehicle while impaired and about 150 for drugs during this year’s reporting period.

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A Lorain man has been sentenced to life in prison in connection with the shooting death of a man from Sandusky. 

According to the Sandusky Register, 23-year-old Exavier Cruz was sentenced Monday after originally pleading guilty to aggravated murder in the death of 41-year-old Tavon Myers in December of 2020.

Cruz will be eligible for parole in 30 years.

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Police in Avon have charged a man with ‘inducing panic’.

This…after they received a report last night of a man with a gun, inside a home in the 42-hundred block of Stoney Ridge Road.

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A corrections officer at the Huron County Sheriff’s Office was recently recognized for helping stop a possible suicide attempt.

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, Sean Ackerman noticed a female inmate showing signs involving a mental health crisis, which led to the discovery of a noose under her bed.

Ackerman was given a certificate of appreciation by Sheriff Todd Corbin.

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The City of Elyria is reminding owners of small businesses impacted by the COVID pandemic…

…the deadline to apply for American Rescue Plan grants is tomorrow, December 1st.

The deadline for “Essential Service Providers” is December 3rd.

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Lorain County Public Health has announced the return of the Zero Proof Mix Off.

The free event is designed to increase awareness of sober driving and non-alcoholic drink options.

This year’s mix off will be held Thursday from 5:30 until 7:30 pm at the Spitzer Conference Center of Lorain County Community College.

Several social distance protocols will be in place, and you can check out details on the Facebook page of Lorain County Public Health.

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If you had a mailbox stolen and/or damaged, the Huron County Sheriff’s Office may be able to help you out.

They’ve recovered mailboxes likely belonging to those on Murray Road.

Those affected can pick up their mailboxes at the Huron County Sheriff’s Office during normal business hours.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Cavaliers won at Dallas last night, 114-96.

-In Monday Night Football, it was Washington over Seattle 17-15.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 43.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.

 

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46.

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29th, 2021

Checking COVID-19 numbers…

Statewide, there were 4,200 cases reported on Sunday, under the 21-day rolling average of 5,000.

Huron County saw 15 new reported cases on Sunday.

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More and more countries are instituting travel bans to International travelers, due to growing concerns over Omicron – the new COVID variant first identified in Africa.

President Biden plans to address the nation today, to outline the U.S. response to the highly mutated strain, which scientists say, could be more transmissible than Delta.

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Drug overdoses are up this year in Huron County.

According to area authorities and Norwalk Ohio News.com, there have been 107 overdoses in 2021, with 21 losing their lives to overdoses.

In 2020, there were 106 total overdoses, 25 being fatal, in Huron County.

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Millions of dollars in COVID relief money is headed to area hospitals.

According to the Sandusky Register, more than 4 million dollars is going to Fisher-Titus in Norwalk and close to 9 million to Firelands Regional Health Center in Sandusky.

The money is from a stimulus bill passed by Congress, the American Rescue Plan, which will help both medical facilities with issues affected by the pandemic.

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An Elyria man is due in court…accused of leading police on a brief chase after a head-on crash with another car near the Elyria Police station on West Avenue.

26-year-old Anthony Gause was arrested Friday on Bullocks Parkway.

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A couple of reminders from the Lorain City Schools…

  • In-person learning resumes today
  • And…there will be a COVID-19 and flu clinic Saturday, at General Johnnie Wilson Middle School

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The holiday break continues today for those at Sandusky City Schools.

It’s a “Family Wellness Day”, with no school for faculty, staff and students.

All will report back to school tomorrow.

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In partnership with the City of Sandusky, Civista Bank will host a grand opening ribbon cutting and free community ice skating night at the Civista Bank Ice Skating Rink this Thursday. 

The Civista Bank Ice Skating Rink is a 36 by 40 foot synthetic ice rink located on the Jackson Street Pier.

The rink is open every Thursday to Sunday through Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

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SPORTS

The Cleveland Browns lost at Baltimore last night 16-10.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Increasing clouds, with a high near 39.

 

Tonight

Snow showers.

New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Low around 30.

 

Tuesday

Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 43.