Unemployment in Huron County and the surrounding area was down last month, according to new figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Huron County’s September unemployment rate was 6.1 percent, compared to 6.6percent in August. Erie County’s jobless rate went from 4.7 percent in August, to 4.6 percent last month. Rates also went down in Lorain, Ashland, Richland, Crawford, Seneca and Sandusky counties. The state’s highest unemployment rate last month was in southeast Ohio’s Monroe County, 10.1percent. Mercer County, in western Ohio had the state’s lowest jobless rate, just 2.9 percent.
At least so far, in-person early voting is down in Huron County.
Sharon Locke, Director of the Huron County Board of Elections says early voting is slower than usual. Registered voters can cast ballots ahead of the November 4th election by mail, or at the Huron County Board of Elections Office, between 8am and 5pm Monday through Saturday and Sunday hours will be offered next weekend as well, 8 until 4 Saturday, and 1 until 5 next Sunday. Early in-person voting will be offered Monday, November 3rd between 8am and 2pm.
An update, from Norwalk Public Works Director Josh Snyder
Storm and sanitary sewer work on East Main is complete. Early next week, driveways should get poured, and new asphalt placed on the road. The next phase of the Wooster-Marshall Street project is well underway. The main line should be tied in over the next week. The final portion of Norwalk’s 2014 street resurfacing project will take place next week on Milan Avenue between St. Mary’s Street and Main, and on Linwood Avenue, between Chestnut and Forest streets. Expect traffic delays.
An Ohio man detained in North Korea for five months is back home.
56-year-old Jeffery Fowle of Miamisburg was abruptly allowed to leave yesterday. He arrived at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton early this morning. Fowles was arrested in May for allegedly leaving a Bible in a North Korean nightclub. Two other Americans remain in custody.
State health officials are monitoring more people for possible exposure to the Ebola virus.
The Ohio Department of Health says 159 people are being monitored, but so far, no symptoms of Ebola have been reported.
The clock is ticking, on efforts to save world history for Ohio’s high school students.
Students need to learn world history to pass the current Ohio Graduation Test, but the test will be phased out next year, and replaced by exams that only cover American History and government. Corbin Moore with the Ohio Council for Social Studies says if the class is an elective, students won’t take it, and will miss out on learning about important global events. Senate Bill 96 would add World History to the list of social studies credits required for graduation. It passed the Senate in the spring, but has been in a House committee since then. The House has until the end of the year to act.
It’s a chance help Huron be named as one of the “Coolest Small Towns in America.”
The city is in budgettravel.com’s national contest, for 2015. As of yesterday, Huron was second among 70 cities, trailing Hillsborough, North Carolina. To vote, go to budgettravel.com.