Dense fog caused more than a dozen area school delays this morning.
It’s official. East Palestine Schools superintendent George Fisk has been hired for the same job in Norwalk.
Last night’s vote by the Board of Education was 4-1, with board member Steve Linder voting no. Fisk was given a three-year contract that pays $125,000 annually. His first day will be August 1st.
As mentioned, Norwalk’s new superintendent will be paid $125,000 annually.
A check of area superintendents’ salaries shows the range is $85,500 in Monroeville, to over $161,000 in Sandusky. Fisk’s $125,000 salary is equal to that of new Perkins Superintendent Jodie Hausmann. Norwalk’s student population is about 2,900, while Perkins has 2,300 students. Also by comparison…Huron’s student population is slightly over 1,400, and the superintendent’s salary is more than $128,000. When other perks and benefits are factored in, Norwalk’s superintendent compensation still ranks 6th, out of 11 area schools.
Some of U.S. 250 near Olena was closed for an hour this morning due to downed lines.
It closed around 6:30 and then partially re-opened around 7:30. The Highway Patrol believes a high-profile truck clipped a wire.
New figures show Huron County had one of the state’s highest unemployment rates in January.
Huron County’s jobless rate was 10.3 percent, fourth highest in Ohio, trailing onlyAdams, Monroe and Meigs counties. According to the Ohio Department Job and Family Services, Ottawa County’s January unemployment rate was 10.2 percent, or fifth highest. Erie County’s jobless rate was 8.4 percent, 13th highest in the state. No other area counties were in the top 30.
A Florida woman is in the Erie County Jail, accused of scamming thousands of dollars from local banks.
Shellanna Phillips was arrested Thursday. An alleged accomplice fled, and hasn’t been found. Phillips made off with nearly $17,000, by using a phony ID to cash phony checks at banks in Sandusky and Perkins Township. She was caught, when she tried to cash another check worth almost $9,500 at a bank in Castalia. Phillips was hit with a number of felony charges, including forgery, theft by deception and passing bad checks. She remains in jail, without bond. An alleged accomplice who was driving, fled the scene and hasn’t been found.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of an early Tuesday morning fire that did substantial damage to an apartment house in Bellevue.
Firefighters were summoned to 146 Kilbourne Street at 2:20 yesterday morning, after a resident saw smoke and flames. It took firefighters about two hours to fully extinguish the blaze. The Victorian-style home was built in the 19th century, and was turned into a triplex. Losses were placed at $125,000.
In Mansfield, an investigation is underway into the death of a man at a halfway house.
29-year-old Terrance Moxley died yesterday afternoon after being tased by Mansfield Police. The incident occurred at the V.O.A. halfway house. Police were called there after Moxley became violent. The officers involved in the incident were placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Also in Mansfield, and all of Richland County, a sales tax increase is in the works.
If all goes as planned, starting July 1st, Richland County’s sales tax will be seven-and-a-quarter percent.
A new report finds thousands of Ohioans are living paycheck-to-paycheck.
According to the annual ‘State of Poverty in Ohio’ report, nearly half of the state’s households don’t have the financial reserves necessary to cushion a job loss or medical emergency.
For the second straight year, Bellevue is back in the Elite Eight. The Lady Red will play Toledo Rogers at 7 Friday night at Ontario High School with the winner advancing to next week’s Final Four. Presale tickets will be available at Bellevue High School between 7 and 3 tomorrow.
Plymouth will play for a district title Friday night. The Big Red will take on Buckeye Central at Willard High School. Game time is at 7 and you can hear it on 95.3, WLKR. The winner will claim a spot in next week’s Sweet 16.
Coverage of the 78th annual State Wrestling Tournament begins at 3 tomorrow on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com.