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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Six area high school football teams are ranked in this week’s statewide poll.

In Division III, Norwalk is down one spot to #6, while Clyde remains 10th.  In Division IV, Bellevue is back in the poll at 14th.  In Division V, Huron has moved up one spot to number 9.  And in Division VII, St. Paul remains at #5, while Plymouth is ranked 11th.

District volleyball begins tonight at Willard High School.  In Division IV, two state-ranked teams, St. Paul and Buckeye Central will play at 6.  After that, it’s state-ranked Monroeville and South Central.


Mental health issues may have played a role, in a bizarre high-speed chase involving a semi-truck.

The driver, 61-year-old Ronald Weaver of Tennessee was hospitalized, after Sunday’s chase. Weaver fled Dollar General in Sandusky, after employees confronted him about shoplifting an armful of items. He drove his rig west into Ottawa, Lucas and Wood counties, before he was stopped on I-75 near Bowling Green. Law enforcement officers used ‘stop sticks’ multiple times during the chase. When it ended, some of Weaver’s tires were completely off the rims. All told, the chase lasted 75 miles and an hour and 15 minutes, with speeds up to 95 miles per hour. Weaver was taken to a Toledo hospital, for a mental health evaluation. He’s currently charged with fleeing and eluding, with more charges pending.


The highway patrol has released information, about a major drug bust, on the Ohio Turnpike.

260 pounds of marijuana, worth $1.3 million dollars, was discovered during a routine traffic stop last Thursday in Wood County. During the stop, a trooper smelled raw marijuana, leading to a search that turned up nine duffel bags full of pot. Two people, Tiffany Samuels of Pittsburgh, and Santos Romero of Las Vegas were jailed on charges of marijuana trafficking and possession.


A Perkins Township girl missing for several weeks has been found, in Dubuque, Iowa.

15-year-old Chyanne Crawford-Nickles was found, safe and sound Saturday. She had been missing since early September.

 

Ohio is getting much-needed funds to help fight the state’s Ebola crisis.

Lawmakers have approved spending $800,000 for protective clothing and the cleanup of places where the virus might be present.

 

Unemployment in Huron County and the surrounding area decreased in September, according to new figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Huron County’s jobless rate was 6.1 percent last month compared to 6.6 percent in August.  Erie County’s unemployment rate decreased slightly to 4.6 percent.  Jobless rates also went down in Lorain, Ashland, Richland, Crawford, Seneca and Sandusky Counties.


Election Day is two weeks from today.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Officials with Fisher-Titus Medical Center and the Huron County Health District have announced plans to hold a community forum, about Ebola.

It’s scheduled for 7pm tonight, in the auditorium of the Main Street School. During the forum, Huron County Health Commissioner Tim Hollinger and Dr. Shankar Kurra, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs at Fisher-Titus will provide a brief update on Ebola, then will answer questions. The public is encouraged to attend tonight’s forum.

 

State health officials say there are NO cases of Ebola in Ohio, but the Ohio Department of Health is monitoring more than 150 people.

Three of those are being quarantined, but remain at low-risk.

 

This week’s in-person early voting hours at the Board of Elections Office: Today through Friday, 8am until 5pm, and Saturday, 8 until 4.

 

A Tennessee trucker is in jail, for leading authorities on a four-county, high-speed chase in a semi-truck last night.

According to the highway patrol, 61-year-old Ronald Weaver allegedly stole items from Dollar General in Sandusky, then fled in his Kenworth rig. Troopers and other law enforcement officers pursued Weaver through parts of Erie, Ottawa, Lucas and Wood counties. Heavy-duty stop sticks were deployed multiple times during the chase, until the semi went off the road on I-75 in Wood County. The chase lasted about an hour and 15 minutes, and reached speeds of 95 miles per hour. Weaver was taken into custody without incident. So far, he’s facing a single charge of fleeing and eluding, with more charges expected.

 

Two local fugitives on the run since late last week were found and arrested last night.

According to the Huron County Sheriff’s Office, 33-year-old John Youngless III of New London, and 24-year-old Brittany Fernekees of Greenwich were caught by a bail bondsman. Authorities had been searching for Youngless since Friday morning. He had slipped away from the Huron County Courthouse after declining a plea agreement on drug charges. Authorities said after fleeing the courthouse, he met up with Fernekees. She was wanted, on felony drug charges. Both were taken to the Huron County Jail.

 

It could be a big weekend at Whitney Field in Norwalk.

Friday night, the Norwalk Truckers can clinch at least a share of this year’s NOL football championship. Norwalk will host Shelby. The Whippets are coming off an incredible 83-82 overtime loss to Tiffin Columbian. Saturday, the St. Paul Flyers will host Mapleton. A win by the Flyers will give the defending Firelands Conference champs at least a share of this year’s title.

 

Old State Road, between Executive Drive and State Route 18 is scheduled to be closed today through Thursday, from 7:30am until 6pm, as crews begin work on a waterline replacement project.

Friday will be used as a special work or makeup day.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

No doubt you noticed yesterday’s sudden and steep increase at the pumps.

Gas prices jumped by as much as 44 cents, to $3.19 a gallon. No real reason was given.

 

Today is National Grouch Day.

It’s also National ‘I Love Lucy’ Day in honor of the hit TV show that made its debut October 15th, 1951.

 

The State Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that left one person dead.

It occurred at approximately 7 this morning on State Route 99 in Groton Township.  A male driver was killed when his car hit the trailer of a semi that was backing into the driveway of Miller’s Poultry Products.  We’ll have more as details become available.

 

Yesterday, we told you about the Norwalk Police Department taking steps, to acquire new guns.

The department wants to trade in its current Sig-Sauers, to help defray the cost of 35 new Glock 9 mm handguns. Now, Sandusky police are getting new Tasers. The city commissioners have accepted more than $12,000 in grant money, to cover most of the cost of 13 Tasers.

 

The Red Cross has kicked off a campaign, in hopes of reducing deaths and injuries from house fires, by as much as 25 percent over the next five years.

While working smoke detectors are important, the group’s Anne Marie Borrego says an escape plan is equally important. Fire experts estimate people have as little as two minutes to escape. The majority of people believe they have at least five minutes.

 

The speed limit will soon change, on two heavily-traveled Norwalk streets.

Westwind Drive will go from 35, to 25 miles-per-hour. Republic Street will go from 25, to 35.

 

The Norwalk Board of Education is considering a proposal by the Ohio School Boards Association to help with the search for a new superintendent.

For $6,900, OSBA would accept applications, screen them by using active and retired superintendents and then offer a list of first-rounders, along with identical scripted questions to ask during interviews.  OSBA would also offer help during second-round and subsequent interviews.  Officials said the process should take roughly 3 1/2 months.  A decision on hiring OSBA could come next month.

 

There’s a new website offered by the state, designed to help Ohioans with disabilities find jobs.

The website—OhioMeansAccesibility—also provides potential employers with details about hiring incentives, workplace accommodations and employment law. Again, the website is OhioMeansAccesibility.

 

Northern Ohio families who use propane to heat their homes should get some relief this winter.

The ‘Ohio Propane Gas Association’ says more propane is being produced in the state this year and a better delivery system is in place.  Last year’s brutal cold temperatures and heavy snow resulted in propane shortages.

 

The clock is ticking, on Cedar Point’s Mantis.

This Sunday will be the final time riders can ride the roller coaster, before it closes, and is transformed into the new Rougarou coaster, in time for the 2015 season. Cedar Point will be giving all guests who ride Mantis on Sunday, a free limited-edition button. Special Mantis prize packs will be given to select guests.

 

In recent years, more and more stores are opening earlier and earlier…launching Black Friday Sales on Thanksgiving.

This year, Macy’s says they will open at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 27th…two hours earlier than last year.

 

A Lancaster, Ohio man is in the Summit County Jail accused of impersonating a police officer.

David Scofield was nabbed on I-76 when he pulled over an off-duty police officer.  Investigators said Scofield’s car was disguised as a police cruiser, he had guns, a uniform and a bulletproof vest.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Norwalk Police Department is warning businesses and retail shops that fake $100 bills are being passed in the Maple City and the surrounding area.

The counterfeit bills appear to be very well done, and can easily be mistaken for real $100 bills. Police are urging businesses to make every effort to ensure $100 bills are real. If there’s any doubt, businesses and employees should contact the Norwalk Police Department at 419-668-3311. 9-1-1 may be called, if a person trying to pass counterfeit money is present.

 

Speaking of the Norwalk Police Department…

Chief Dave Light is seeking approval from city council, to trade in the department’s current handguns, for 35 new ones. The department wants to replace its Sig-Sauer guns, with 9 mm Glock handguns. Many of the police department’s current guns are nearly 10 years old.

 

A problem at an Ohio Edison substation in Wakeman is responsible for an outage affecting about 3,000 people.

Crews are at the scene, but its unknown when power will be fully restored.

 

Erie County deputies are investigating the theft of several thousand of dollars worth of Halloween and Christmas decorations, from Admiral Pointe Nursing Home in Huron.

It’s believed the items were swiped from a storage unit in early October. The theft could destroy the nursing home’s annual Halloween event. Anyone with information should contact the Erie County Sheriff’s Department.

 

This Saturday is when Edison High School will host its annual marching band review, featuring eight area marching bands.

Things will get underway at 7pm. This year’s lineup includes Buckeye Central, Clyde, Genoa, Monroeville, Norwalk, South Central, Willard, and of course, Edison, along with the Edison mini-majorettes. Tickets are $5 for adults, and $4 for students and senior citizens. They can be purchased at the gate, starting at 5:30.

The Edison Marching band is also hosting a canned food drive. Donations of five non-expired canned foods will receive one free ticket. This year’s Master of Ceremonies is Josh Boose, from Cleveland’s News Channel 5. Boose is a former Edison High School marching band member, and an alumnus of the school’s Show Choir and Theater Department.

 

There’s a new website offered by the state designed to help Ohioans with disabilities find jobs.

The website—OhioMeansAccesibility—also provides potential employers with details about hiring incentives, workplace accommodations and employment law.  Again, the website is OhioMeansAccesibility.

 

In sports…

The Maple City has two top-5 football teams.  Norwalk is up two spots to number five in this week’s Division III poll, while St. Paul is ranked 5th in Division VII.  Also in the poll:  Clyde is number 10 in Division III; Huron 12th in Division V and Plymouth 11th in Division VII. 

The Cavs’ preseason continues tonight at the Q.  The Cavaliers will take on the Milwaukee Bucks at 7 and you can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.

 

 

Monday, October 13, 2014

A reminder today is Columbus Day, a federal holiday.

Trash pickup is running as usual, but there’s no mail today. Government offices and many banks are closed for the holiday.

 

More hacking incidents…

Sears Holding Corporation, the parent company of Kmart said Friday that some credit and debit cards may have been compromised. On Thursday, Dairy Queen announced it had been hacked.

 

Early voting continues throughout Ohio.

This week’s in-person early voting hours at the Board of Elections office: 8am until 5pm. Weekend hours will be offered closer to Election Day.

 

If you’re looking for work, you may want to head to Willard tomorrow, for a job fair sponsored by Huron County Job and Family Services, and the Huron County Development Council.

It’ll be held between 9am and noon, at American Legion Post 514, on Conwell Avenue. Those attending will be able to meet with potential employers, fill out applications and interview on-site. If possible, job seekers should bring their resumes.

 

To Mansfield, where authorities looking for a wanted sex offender found him, in a different spot.

Justin Tucker of Columbus was found Friday, hiding in the ceiling, of a Motel 6. He had been on the run for a few weeks. His wife was with him. Tucker was taken to jail. His wife was charged with obstruction of justice.

 

$6.6 million dollars is up for grabs.

That’s the amount of tonight’s Classic Lotto jackpot. Mega Millions is up to $166 million, and Powerball is worth $90 million.

 

Speaking of lotteries, another multi-state game is coming.

Monopoly Millionaires Club will feature a weekly drawing, with players hoping to hit the right numbers for a top prize of $15 million, or 10 smaller prizes of $1 million each. Plans also call for a nationally televised Monopoly Millionaires Club game show, with its audience and players coming from those who registered their lottery tickets online. 22 states and the District of Columbia will offer the game. Nine other states, including Ohio, are expected to join as well.

 

Friday, October 10, 2014

A former assistant football and track coach at Fremont Ross High School is facing up to five years in prison, for having sex with a student.

36-year-old Johnny Alridge  was found guilty yesterday, after entering a plea of ‘no contest’ to a charge of sexual battery. Alridge was arrested in early June, after school officials and authorities learned he had sex with a 17-year-old female student. Sentencing is pending, in Sandusky County Common Pleas Court.

 

Police are investigating back-to-back burglaries, at a Bellevue car dealership.

The break-ins occurred at Caranfa Ford Sunday evening and Monday night. The thief or thieves made off with four tires and four older scooters. Anyone with information should contact the Bellevue police department.

 

From Norwalk City Hall…

State Street, between League and Clifton Street will be closed from Monday until October 29th for repairs to the St. Mary Church steeple.

 

Greenwich Village Council has a new member.

Ralph Wilson was appointed early this week. He’s stepping in for Travis Wilson, who recently moved out of Greenwich.

 

Charges of felonious assault and domestic violence have been filed against a Sandusky woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend.

52-year-old Tina Gebard was arrested early yesterday morning, after the incident at her Reese Street home. According to reports, during an argument, Gebard stabbed the victim in his shoulder. He was treated at Firelands Regional Medical Center. She was taken to the Erie County Jail.

 

Norwalk High School is accepting applications for the Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

Nomination forms for the Athletic Hall of Fame and Academic or Distinguished Citizen Hall of Fame are available on Norwalk High School’s website, and the high school office.

 

It’s a big night for high school football.

Tonight on 95.3, WLKR and wlkrradio.com, we’ll have two games featuring four state-ranked teams.  Live at 7, its 10th ranked Bellevue at #7 Norwalk.  After Bellevue at Norwalk, it’s Pigskin Playback from Mary Fate Park in Plymouth as the 9th ranked Big Red host #5 St. Paul.

 

 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Sandusky police officer involved in a controversial traffic stop is now on paid leave.

Officer Christopher Denny is off, until an investigation is complete, which could take three weeks. The Lucas County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation. It centers around Denny’s actions, during a recent traffic stop involving Andre Stockett and his girlfriend. Denny is white, Stockett is black. After they were pulled over October 1st, Stockett argued with Denny about whether the stop was justified. Denny wanted to see Stockett’s ID, claiming he matched the description of a man wanted on felony charges, a request Stockett refused. Stockett used his cell phone to record the exchange. He’s claiming racial profiling.

 

An argument over their relationship may have led to the stabbing death of a Norwalk native.

42-year-old Yosanda Grandberry of Lakewood was killed one week ago, inside a Cleveland apartment. Police learned she and 52-year-old Gregory Hart had been arguing about their on-and-off again relationship. Hart is in the Cuyahoga County Jail, charged with aggravated murder. Grandberry was a 1990 graduate of Norwalk High School.

 

Police are investigating back-to-back burglaries at a Bellevue car dealership.

The break-ins occurred at Caranfa Ford Sunday evening and then again Monday night.  The thief or thieves made off with four tires and four older scooters.  Anyone with information should contact the Bellevue Police Department.

 

The intersection of Foster and Monroe streets in Norwalk will be closed all next week, for gas line repairs.

Locals are encouraged to use alternate routes around the intersection.

 

A Cleveland-area firm has been hired by the Perkins Board of Education, to help the school board with its superintendent search.

Finding Leaders will be paid $7,500. Current superintendent Jim Gunner is retiring next June. The same firm is helping the Sandusky City Schools find a new treasurer. That search has been suspended for two months. Earlier this week, board members agreed to advertise the vacant position for a third time, in hopes of finding new, qualified applicants. The board will accept applications from December 1st, to January 9th.

 

If you have AT&T cell service, you may have some money coming your way.

AT&T has reached a settlement with Ohio and other states to resolve allegations that it placed unauthorized third-party charges on customers’ cell phone bills in a practice known as ‘mobile cramming.’  As part of the settlement, AT&T Mobility has agreed to pay $105 million of which $80 million will be used for customer refunds.  Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said hundreds of thousands of Ohioans may be affected by the settlement.  If you think you have a claim, go to ftc.gov/att.

 

Monday is Columbus Day, a federal holiday.

Government offices and most banks will be closed. No mail, but trash pickup will go on as usual.

 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

If you’re looking for the lunar eclipse, it’s underway.

It should peak at 6:25.

 

A chain-reaction crash shut down some of U.S. Route 250 in Milan, and sent four people to three different hospitals.

The accident occurred at three yesterday afternoon, just north of the Radio Ranch. According to reports, a northbound pickup truck turned in front of two cars. Three people were taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center, with one of them later transported to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. A third was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center. All lanes of Route 250 were closed for over an hour.

 

What began as a routine traffic stop in Sandusky is making national news in part because a man recorded his controversial arrest on his phone and it’s gone viral.

At a news conference yesterday, Police Chief John Orzech said officer Christopher Denny acted “lawfully but not perfectly” when he arrested Andre Stockett and his girlfriend and threatened to take the couple’s two-week old baby from them if they didn’t cooperate.  Denny said he pulled the couple over because the woman was driving without headlights.  Then he thought Stockett was somebody else with felony warrants.  When asked to provide ID, Stockett refused to provide it.  In Ohio when a police offer asks for ID, you’re required by law to show it.

 

September wasn’t exactly a banner month for Ohio’s four casinos.

Casinos in Cleveland, Toledo, Columbus and Cincinnati pulled in just over $63 million last month. It was the seventh straight month that totals dipped from last year, and it was $5.5 million less than September of 2013. So far this year, Ohio’s casinos have pulled in $612 million.

 

The state’s poverty rate has dipped slightly, according to new U.S. Census estimates.

Last year’s poverty rate was 16 percent, down from 16.4 percent in 2011. Estimates show about 1.8 million Ohioans live in poverty. A family of four is considered poor, if its income is less than $24,000.

 

The former treasurer of the South Central Youth League will be sentenced next month, for swiping several thousand dollars meant for boys and girls T-ball, softball and baseball teams.

Tammy Ward of North Fairfield appeared in Huron County Common Pleas Court yesterday, and entered a guilty plea to a charge of felony theft. She could be sentenced to time in the county jail, and will have to pay restitution. Prosecutors said Ward embezzled approximately $5,000 between January of 2012 and June of last year.

 

An arrest has been made in connection with the October 2nd death of a Norwalk native.

52-year-old Gregory Hart of Cleveland is charged with aggravated murder for allegedly killing 42-year-old Yosanda Grandberry of Lakewood.  According to reports, Grandberry was stabbed to death inside a Cleveland apartment early last Thursday morning.  Sources said the two were arguing before Grandberry was killed.  The two reportedly had an on-and-off again relationship.  Hart is in the Cuyahoga County Jail.

 

A southwest Ohio jury says a 19-year-old man should be put to death, for killing an 18-year-old Navy recruit, and dumping his body several counties away.

Yesterday, a Warren County jury recommended death by lethal injection for Austin Myers, of Clayton, Ohio. A judge will have the final say, during a sentencing hearing scheduled for next week. At 19, Myers would become Ohio’s youngest death row inmate by five years. Myers and an accomplice killed Justin Back, during a January burglary at Back’s home. They later dumped his body in a wooded area in Preble County. The accomplice, 19-year-old Timothy Mosley, is facing life in prison.

 

Cleveland Indians fans can own a part of Progressive Field.

The team is selling some of the stadium’s seats at the Progressive Field team shop, for $600 a pair. The seats are being removed, as part of a massive renovation project at the ballpark.

 

Firefighters in Lima continue to battle a blaze that swept through several warehouses in the downtown district.

The enormous blaze broke out early yesterday afternoon. It was fueled by rubber and plastic, and officials said those materials will burn for several days. Smoke could be seen for miles, and firefighters were forced to pull water from a nearby lake, to help battle the blaze.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Today marks the start of early voting in Ohio.

This week’s in-person early voting hours at the Board of Elections office: 8am until 5pm.

 

A construction worker injured while working at the new school in Willard remains in critical condition.

The worker was hurt September 25th. No other information has been released.

 

A Bellevue man who nearly died from a drug overdose is now behind bars.

27-year-old Lucas Chumley was arrested late last week at the Sandusky County Jail.  According to reports, Chumley was there waiting to see his girlfriend.  Chumley and 26-year-old Pamela Pena overdosed on heroin and prescription painkillers the previous weekend.  Pena was taken to the Bellevue Hospital and then to jail.  Chumley was near death when he was taken to the University of Toledo Medical Center.  He was released within a few days.  Combined, the two are facing nearly two dozen drug charges.

 

A 19-year-old southwest Ohio man could become the state’s youngest death row inmate.

A jury in Warren County is deciding the fate of Austin Myers, life in prison without parole or death by lethal injection.  Myers killed a Navy recruit in January.  At age 19, Myers would be Ohio’s youngest death row inmate by five years.

 

Early risers may see something different in the skies before dawn tomorrow morning.

The second total lunar eclipse of the year will take place in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. If you miss it, two more will occur in 2015.

 

Many Ohio farmers will see their property taxes skyrocket next year, due to imperfections in a formula used to calculate farm taxes.

For some, tax bills will double or more. The Ohio Department of Taxation has a program called Current Agricultural Use Value, that’s designed to make farming financially easier for operators. According to the Columbus Dispatch, it calculates farmland values based on crop yield, soil conditions and market prices. But low interest rates and swings in grain prices are revealing imperfections in the formula, and adding up to higher property taxes next year. Most of Ohio’s 75,000 farmers take part in the voluntary program, because it saves them thousands of dollars annually. The Ohio Farm Bureau is looking into the situation.

 

Presale tickets will soon be available for Friday’s Bellevue-Norwalk football game at Whitney Field.

They will be sold in the Norwalk High School Athletic Office from 8 until 4 tomorrow and 8 until 3 Thursday and Friday.  Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students.  Norwalk is ranked seventh in the state in Division III, while Bellevue is ranked 10th in Division IV.  You can hear Friday’s game live on 95.3, WLKR and wlkrradio.com.  After that game, it’s Pigskin Playback from Plymouth.  The 9th ranked Big Red will take on #5 St. Paul.

 

A 15-year-old Bucyrus girl missing since late September has been found.

Acting on a tip, and after analyzing cell phone records, FBI agents and area authorities found Becky Kemper late yesterday afternoon, in an apartment in Mansfield. She was returned to her family, while the Sheriff’s office investigates the case.

 

Tonight is when Norwalk City Council will honor the man behind this summer’s ‘Imagine Norwalk’ events.

A resolution honoring Chris Castle is on tonight’s agenda.

 

Cleveland Indians fans can own a part of Progressive Field.

The team is selling some of the stadium’s seats at the Progressive Field team shop for $600 a pair.  The seats are being removed as part of a renovation project that includes a new Gate C entrance, larger Kids Clubhouse area and new social spaces.