A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 9 this morning, for Huron, Ashland and Richland counties.
It was issued, because of light freezing drizzle.
Gas prices have dropped below $2 a gallon in some locations around Erie County.
Self-serve regular is $1.99 or less at gas stations in Sandusky, Milan, Castalia and Huron.
Winter officially begins at 6:03 Sunday evening.
For what it’s worth, the Old Farmer’s Almanac says Winter in the Lower Lakes region will be colder than normal, with the coldest periods in late December through January and in early February. Snowfall will be above normal.
Area authorities are searching for a former Milan man accused of sexually abusing his stepdaughter.
42-year-old Andrew Schnee, now of Bellevue has been charged with 17 counts of rape. Anyone with information should contact the Milan Police Department, or the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. Schnee’s estranged wife, 43-year-old Kimberly Schnee was arrested yesterday, on a secret indictment charging her with rape, endangering children, complicity and permitting child abuse. The alleged sexual abuse began when the girl was 9, and continued for seven years.
A Canadian company is now doing business in Norwalk.
CPS Wood Products of Ontario has set up shop in a portion of the former CVG building on the city’s west side. CPS manufactures wood pallets and crates for MTD in Willard. The company currently employs about a dozen people in Norwalk. That number could grow to 25.
There’s a new push, to legalize marijuana in the Buckeye State.
A group calling itself “Responsible Ohio” is putting together plans to have the issue placed on the November, 2015 ballot. If approved, the constitutional amendment would have 10 select property owners grow marijuana to sell for medical and recreational purposes. The approach is similar to the one used to legalize casinos in four Ohio cities. 23 states and the District of Columbia have laws legalizing marijuana in some form.
An early Thursday morning house fire did about $25,000 damage, to a home in Norwalk.
Firefighters were summoned to 68 South Linwood Avenue shortly after 12:30 yesterday morning. They were able to contain the blaze to the kitchen area, but smoke damage affected the home throughout. The owner of the home tried to put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher, but flames flared up, when he went outside for fresh air. The blaze may have been sparked, by too many things plugged into a single outlet.