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Thursday, February 13, 2013

Pending approval by the feds, the nation’s top two cable companies will merge.

Comcast Corporation has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable, for $45 billion in stock. The boards of both companies approved the agreement yesterday. The deal should close by the end of this year.


Four people were taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center, after a three-car crash at West Side Sunoco in Norwalk.

The crash occurred shortly after 4 yesterday afternoon. According to reports, one car tried to make a right hand turn into the business, when a second car hit it, while trying to pass on the right. The second car then hit a parked Jeep, forcing the Jeep into the south side wall of the West Side Store. Four people in the cars were taken to Fisher-Titus by ambulance. Their injuries were considered non-life threatening. No one inside the store was hurt, and business continued after the crash.


Relocating polling places will be discussed, during this morning’s special meeting of the Huron County Board of Elections.

The meeting will begin at 8, in the board office, in the Huron County Administration Building in Norwalk.


It was brought up while discussing cost-cutting measures—the possibility of closing Norwalk’s League Elementary School.

Superintendent Dennis Doughty is doing an analysis, but he said early on it’s not a recommended reduction.  He said he sees no significant savings and possible increased costs.


Still no decision on whether to give Ohio school districts more snow days.

The Ohio House delayed a vote yesterday.  Some lawmakers are concerned how adding four more calamity days would impact teacher contracts.


The reward in the George Martin murder case has doubled.

$10,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the Sandusky man’s death. The State Fire Marshal’s Office offered a $5,000 reward, and now, a donor has offered to match that. The 86-year-old Martin was stabbed to death in his Campbell Street home in early December. The killer or killers then set fire to the house. Anyone with information should contact the Sandusky Police Department.


A central Ohio woman has successfully changed her name to one she says fits her personality.

With the blessing of her husband and teenage daughters, Stella Crabtree went to court, to change her name to SEXY Crabtree.


A 16-year-old New London boy is facing drug charges, for allegedly selling pot to a fellow student at EHOVE Career Center.

The teen is charged with marijuana trafficking and possession. A 17-year-old Castalia boy is charged with marijuana possession. According to reports, the two were arrested Wednesday, after a teacher tipped off a school resource officer that a student was selling pot to other students. Deputies seized three bags of marijuana, then took both boys to the Erie County Juvenile Detention Center.


In sports…

Presale tickets for next Friday’s Ontario at Norwalk boys basketball game will go on sale Monday and will be on sale all week in the Norwalk High School Athletic Office from 8am until 3:30pm.  The game is expected to be a sellout, so buying tickets is highly recommended.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Budget cuts were a topic of discussion, during last night’s meeting of the Norwalk Board of Education.

Officials said more cuts will be necessary, should the Norwalk City Schools ‘five-for-five’ levy fail in May. Superintendent Dennis Doughty says those cuts would be across-the-board. A list of recommended cuts includes 4 teachers, 2 librarians, 8 building aides, along with reductions in the central office. Athletic participation fees would increase to $200 per sport at the high school level, and $100 per sport at Norwalk Middle School. Doughty said the board of education and administrators are formulating campaign plans for the ‘five-for-five’ levy.


Margaretta Local Schools superintendent Ed Kurt is leaving.

He’s been hired for the same job in Findlay. His first official day will be August 1st. Kurt was given a three-year contract, with a starting salary of $138,000. Kurt has been superintendent of the Margaretta schools for 12 years.


Norwalk High School Director of Student Activities Ray Scheid is changing jobs.

Last night, the school board approved a transfer to Norwalk Middle School.  Scheid will teach technology and will serve as athletic director.  Former Norwalk High AD Dave Rehnborg will step in as interim Director of Student Activities.


A convicted sex offender from Monroeville will spend at least four years in prison, for having sex with a teenage girl.

22-year-old Brad Todd was sentenced Tuesday, in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Authorities said Todd and a 14-year-old girl had sex in a cemetery, near her home. Authorities also said Todd lied to the girl and her family, and claimed he was a 16-year-old home-schooled student. Todd is on parole for a similar conviction in 2011. Additional time for violating parole could be tacked on to Tuesday’s sentence. Todd is a Tier II sex offender, meaning once released from prison, he’ll have to register his address every six months, for 25 years.


A Bellevue man has been jailed in connection with a December home invasion. 

Jason Wiswell is facing charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, kidnapping and theft of firearms.  The charges are tied to an armed robbery at an Attwood Terrace home.  The victim was tied up before Wiswell and a second suspect stole several rifles, a crossbow and cash.  DNA evidence from a ski mask was used to link Wiswell to the crime.  The other suspect has fled the state.


Not one, but two fires in Perkins Township last night.

Firefighters were summoned to America’s Best Value Inn, at Routes 250 and 2. The vacant hotel is connected to the old Roadhouse restaurant. Few details are available, but that blaze has been labeled as suspicious. It remains under investigation. Before that fire, firefighters were summoned to a Shady Lane home, where one of two fireplaces may have sparked a blaze that did heavy damage. No one was injured.


No one was hurt in a minor crash involving an Edison school bus.

It happened yesterday in Milan.  The driver went off the road into a ditch.


A drug raid, in Huron.

Law enforcement officers swarmed a Westport Boulevard home late yesterday morning. They seized a small amount of drugs, drug paraphernalia and ammo. 10 people were detained, but none were arrested. Arrests are expected, once the items seized are tested by a crime lab.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Norwalk High School’s boys basketball team remains fourth in the state, in Division II.

No change in the Division II statewide boys basketball poll.  Columbus Bishop Watterson is ranked first, Ontario second, Dayton Dunbar third and Norwalk fourth.  The Truckers will host Shelby tonight and you can hear it live on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com.  Also tonight: The Cavs will host the Sacramento Kings and #20 Ohio State will host #18 Michigan.


To Sandusky, where a grandmother is accused of stabbing her grandson.

56-year-old Stella Anderson was arrested yesterday morning, on charges of felonious assault, domestic violence, child endangering and obstruction of justice. She allegedly stabbed the boy in the leg, after some sort of argument. It happened, at Anderson’s East Perkins Avenue home. The 14-year-old boy was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center. She was taken to the Erie County Jail.


A Carr Street man is facing felony and misdemeanor charges, after using martial arts on his girlfriend.

49-year-old Kennedy Wilkin was arrested Sunday evening, after he allegedly ‘karate-chopped’ the victim’s throat, then snapped her phone in half. He’s been charged with domestic violence, assault and disrupting public service.


The Norwalk Board of Education will meet in regular session tonight.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 at Norwalk High School. The public is welcome to attend.


The U.S. Census Bureau says thousands of families fled Ohio, during the latest economic recession.

Between 2007 and 2011, 26,000 people left the Buckeye State. Most moved to neighboring states.


More funding, for the METRICH drug task force.

METRICH has received a state grant, worth more than $110,000. METRICH is made up of law enforcement agencies throughout north central Ohio, including Huron County.


Three major Ohio cities may submit proposals to host the 2016 GOP convention.

Republican National Committee officials met yesterday with city leaders from Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.  Other interested cities include Dallas, Kansas City, Denver, Phoenix and Las Vegas.


Today’s the day Indians pitchers and catchers report to spring training in sunny, warm Goodyear, Arizona.

Indians radio broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus was in Norwalk yesterday and he said the focus is on the pitching staff.  The Tribe’s first spring training game in February 26th against the Cincinnati Reds.  The season opener is March 31st in Oakland.  The home opener is April 4th against Minnesota.


A major shakeup in the front office of the Cleveland Browns.

CEO Joe Banner and GM Mike Lombardi are out.  Banner is stepping down while sources said Lombardi has been fired.  Assistant GM Ray Farmer will take over as general manager.


Monday, February 10, 2014

A manager at Taco Bell near Vermilion has been arrested for stealing.

Samantha Flesher is charged with theft and safecracking. She’s accused of swiping $500 from the restaurant’s safe, and using it to buy food, cigarettes and drugs. Flesher is being held in the Erie County Jail.


Felony charges have been filed against a Greenwich man accused of having sex with a teenage girl.

19-year-old Lawrence Hickman is charged with unlawful sexual contact with a minor, and tampering with evidence. The alleged incident involving Hickman and a 14-year-old girl occurred in late December. Also arrested: Hickman’s 17-year-old girlfriend. She’s charged with complicity, obstructing justice and underage consumption.


A heroin dealer from southern Huron County is off to prison.

33-year-old Scott Polachek of Greenwich will spend five years behind bars. He was sentenced Friday, in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Polachek was arrested in July, at his home on U.S. Route 224. A search turned up more than 100 packets of heroin, plus crack cocaine, prescription drugs, drug paraphernalia and various guns.


Police in Perkins Township are looking for two young women, who may have swiped almost $3,000 worth of designer eyeglass frames.

18 Ray-Ban frames, worth $160 each were stolen Saturday, from America’s Best Contacts and Eyeglasses on Crossings Road. Employees told police the two suspects were carrying large purses. Stolen frames are typically sold online.


Huron County Deputies are investigating the alleged sexual assault of two teenage girls.

The alleged incident occurred last week in Norwalk.  Because of the ongoing investigation, no other information is available.


Governor John Kasich has delayed the execution of a man scheduled to die next month.

Instead of March 19th, Gregory Lott will die by lethal injection November 19th. The governor’s decision comes, after last month’s lengthy execution of Dennis McGuire.


Pump prices—increasing over the weekend.

Today’s going rate: about $3.45 a gallon.


The U.S. Census Bureau says thousands of families fled Ohio during the latest economic recession.

Between 2007 and 2011, 26,000 people left the Buckeye State.  Most moved to neighboring states.


Friday, February 7, 2014

A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect until noon.

Cold conditions, and drifting snow have led to school delays this morning.


In case you missed it, the city of Norwalk’s parking ban has been lifted.

Huron County is under a Level 1 snow emergency. Also at Level 1: Sandusky and Seneca counties.


If you’re a Columbia Gas customer, get ready for higher bills.

Due to unusually cold temperatures, residential Columbia Gas customers will pay

20 percent more for natural gas this month, and 50 percent more than this time

last year. If below-normal temperatures continue, the cost could rise even more.


A Norwalk man accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl will stand trial in April.

23-year-old Stephen Erwin was arrested last Friday, on a secret indictment charging him with 12 counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The alleged encounters occurred between last May and October. Erwin appeared in court this week, to plead not guilty to the charges. His bond was set at $10,000, and his trial was scheduled for April 22nd.


More trouble for a Sandusky already jailed on serious felony charges.

Victor Robinson is accused of calling and threatening a woman in violation of a protection order.  According to reports, Robinson placed the call Wednesday morning from the Erie County Jail.  Robinson has been behind bars since August on charges of burglary, domestic violence and assault.


Two more business closings, in Norwalk.

Fancy That, a flower shop on East Main Street has shut down, and the Batesville Casket company quietly closed its Norwalk warehouse at the end of last year.


Radio Shack is closing up to 500 stores in the coming months.

No word is any area Radio Shack locations will be affected.


It’s a move that may have backfired a bit.

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ed Fitzgerald is seeking a full-term pledge from incumbent Republican Governor John Kasich, if Kasich is re-elected this fall.  Fitzgerald’s request comes as rumors continue that Kasich will run for President in 2016.  But Republicans were quick to point out that Fitzgerald failed to serve a full term as Lakewood Mayor, leaving after three years to become Cuyahoga County Executive.  They also noted Fitzgerald started running for governor just two years into his new role.


Hundreds of Texas Hold’Em players will head to Kalahari next weekend, for the 8th annual North Coast Super Saturday Poker Championship.

The Early Bird tournament will be held Friday night. As Rotarian Nancy Beach explains, Main Event registration begins at 11 Saturday morning, with the tournament starting at 1. Various cash prizes will be paid, with first prize ranging from $8,000 to $15,000, depending on the number of entries. Proceeds will benefit various Sandusky Rotary programs. For more information, go to northcoastpokerchampionships.com.


In sports…

Another busy basketball weekend on 95.3 and wlkrradio.com.  Tonight, it’s live boys hoops action from Norwalk High School as the fourth-ranked Truckers stake on Bellevue.  Coverage begins at 7:30.  Tomorrow, it’s a basketball tripleheader.  At 2:30, it’s a big NOL girls showdown with Willard at Bellevue.  Then at 7:30 tune in for boys basketball as Perkins hosts Norwalk.  After that, it’s Roundball Replay with St. Paul at St. Mary Central Catholic.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Level 2 snow emergencies remain in effect for Huron, Lorain, Richland, Sandusky and Seneca counties.

Erie and Ashland counties are under a Level 1 snow emergency.


A small break from snow…But some forecasters say another storm is brewing and could hit here Saturday night.

As far as Tuesday night and yesterday’s storm…13 inches of snow fell in Berlin Heights.  In Norwalk, it was 7 inches of snow.


The City of Norwalk’s parking ban has been lifted.


The Norwalk Fire Department is asking residents to clear snow around fire hydrants.

Hydrants need to be visible and uncovered from snow and there needs to be a clear path for access.


When it comes to snow days for the 2013-2014 school year, Bellevue has used the most, 12.

Among area schools, EHOVE Career Center has used the fewest, 7.


If you’re a Columbia Gas customer, get ready for higher bills.

Due to unusually cold temperatures, residential Columbia Gas customers will pay 20 percent more for natural gas this month and 50 percent more than this time last year.  If below-normal temperatures continue, the cost could rise even more.


Perkins police say a fatal shooting at a home on Columbus Avenue was likely suicide.

Police were summoned to the home at Columbus and Cedar Brook Lane at 9 last night. Police are still investigating.


A semi-truck crash near Bellevue briefly shut down one lane of eastbound U.S. Route 20 last night.

According to reports, the rig jackknifed shortly after 6pm near Sand Hill Road.  The driver wasn’t hurt.  Bellevue firefighters were called on to clean up diesel fuel that spilled from the truck.


CVS Pharmacy has announced plans to stop selling tobacco and tobacco products, at all of its 7,600 locations nationwide.

CVS will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by October 1st. The move is expected to cost CVS up to $2 billion dollars annually. Officials said yesterday that the nation’s second largest drug store chain wants to focus more on providing healthcare.


Yesterday was the deadline to file petitions with the board of elections, for May 6th primary races and issues.

Among the issues: The Norwalk City Schools ‘five-for-five’ levy, and a 5.4 mill renewal for the Willard City Schools. In the city of Norwalk, two charter amendments will appear on the May 6th ballot. One would change city council terms from two to four years. The other would change the process used to select police and fire chiefs. There will be a primary race for Huron County Commissioner. Incumbent Republican Joe Hintz is being challenged by Bob Morgan. The winner will face Democrat Dennis Stieber in November.


Changes could be coming to the University of Akron.

School officials want to suspend 55 programs, including bachelors degrees in theater arts and geography and masters degrees in urban studies and physics…based on lack of demand, completion rates and research levels.


Hundreds of Texas Hold’Em players will head to Kalahari next weekend for the 8th annual North Coast Super Saturday Poker Championship.

The Early Bird tournament will be held next Friday night.  Doors will open at 6, with Sit ‘n Go’s and live action.  Registration for the Early Bird tournament begins at 6 with the tournament starting at 8.  The buy-in is $50.  Add-ons and re-buys will be $20.  The Main event will be Saturday, February 15th.  Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. with more Sit ‘n Go’s and live action.  Various cash prizes will be paid with first prize ranging from $8,000 to $15,000, depending on the number of entries.  Proceeds will benefit various Sandusky Rotary programs.  For more information go to northcoastpokerchampionships.com.



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Winter Storm Warning continues until 5pm.

As expected, several inches of snow fell last night and early this morning. Through 8am this morning, the official snowfall measurement in Norwalk was 6 inches. Level 2 snow emergencies are in effect in Huron and Erie counties, along with Crawford, Lorain and Seneca counties. Level 2 means roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. There’s Level 1 snow emergencies for Ashland, Richland and Sandusky counties. Motorists should drive cautiously.


Parking bans were put into effect, including one in the city of Norwalk.


A child rapist from Erie County will spend 18 years behind bars.

38-year-old Raymond Smith was sentenced yesterday. He was labeled as a Tier III sex offender, meaning once released from prison, he’ll have to register his address every 90 days for life. Authorities said Smith began molesting the girl before she was a teen. The abuse continued for five years. He was charged with six counts of rape, and six counts of sexual battery. In a deal with prosecutors, he admitted to four counts of rape. The remaining charges were dismissed.


Defense lawyers are trying to stop Ohio’s next execution.

Federal public defenders want a U.S. District Court Judge to halt the March 19th execution of Gregory Lott. They claim under Ohio’s new lethal injection policy, there’s a substantial risk of lingering death, and unnecessary pain and suffering. Paperwork filed with the court said Lott could be alive for 45 minutes after being declared dead, and could even be resuscitated. Lott has been on death row for nearly 30 years, for killing an 82-year-old Cleveland-area man. Lott was close to execution in 2004, but it was blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court.


The May primary ballot is taking shape.

4 this afternoon is the deadline to file petitions for races and issues for the May 6th election.  We will have a rundown of top issues and races in news tomorrow.


It’s the rarest of rare…

Two area high school basketball players went over 1,000 career points on the same night. Plymouth juniors Tyrell Edminston and Tyson Beebe accomplished the feat last night, against Seneca East. We’ll have more in sports.


A special grand jury has returned a 25-count indictment against the Sheriff of Athens County.

Among the charges against Sheriff Patrick Kelly: theft in office, money laundering, tampering with evidence and records, and perjury. He’s accused of misusing public funds, then disposing of records. Kelly has denied wrongdoing, and said he won’t resign from office.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Different day, same story…snow.

We could get 4-8 inches tonight, and 1-3 more tomorrow. The National Weather Service Office in Cleveland has issued a Winter Storm Warning from 5 today, until 5pm tomorrow.

We’ll have up-to-the-minute information on the forecast and conditions, and if any, closings, cancellations, postponements and delays.


A trial date has been set, for a Bellevue-area man charged with rape, kidnapping and felonious assault.

Brian Jury’s trial will begin March 4th, in Erie County Common Pleas Court. Jury was arrested last November, after abducting a woman from Lorain, then taking her back to his camper on Strecker Road. Once there, he allegedly gagged and bound her, and raped her repeatedly. He left, and was arrested hours later in Lorain. The victim broke free, and was able to get help. Jury remains in jail, in lieu of $350,000 bond.


A Super Bowl partier from Collins was taken to jail early yesterday morning, after he was found inside a Vermilion home.

According to reports, the owners of the home woke up, and found Jeffery Knox crouching at the foot of their bed. He was escorted out, and was arrested a short time later by Vermilion police. Knox told officers he had been drinking all day at a friend’s Super Bowl party, left, then went back, but to the wrong house. He’s currently charged with burglary.


Perkins police are looking for the person or persons who stole more than 40 iPhones from a Sandusky Mall kiosk.

The missing phones were taken from a locked drawer this past weekend. A manager was able to give police serial numbers for the stolen cell phones.


The manager of an area motel is facing charges of theft, falsification and cocaine possession, after lying to police about being robbed at gunpoint.

Lee Gustafson Jr. of Bellevue was arrested Sunday, after telling Sandusky police he was the victim of armed assailants. Gustafson claimed he was forced to drive from the Budget Host Inn Hotel, to Barnes Nursery in Huron Township, where the alleged suspects got into a different car, then drove off. During questioning, Gustafson admitted to lying, and said he used a motel hot tub, while he was supposed to be working. Officers also found he was carrying a small amount of cocaine.


Incoming Ohio State University President Dr. Michael Drake will be paid $1 million dollars annually, plus other perks.

He’s been given a five-year contract.


A random drawing has been set up for residents who want to attend Governor John Kasich’s State of the State address.

To register, simply go online to: governor.ohio.gov-slash-tickets.  Residents may request up to two tickets.  Those selected will be notified by email on February 19th.  Kasich will speak February 24th at Medina High School.


And finally…

According to a new Amazon.com survey, two Ohio cities are among the top ten romantic cities in the country.  Cincinnati is 8th and Dayton 10th.  The results are based on things like sales of romance novels, relationship books, romantic comedies and smooth romantic singers.


In sports…

The Norwalk Truckers have fallen from first to fourth in this week’s Division II statewide boys basketball poll.  The team that beat the Truckers, Ontario, rose from fifth to second. 

The forecast has caused some of tonight’s high school basketball games to be bumped up, including Norwalk at Willard girls.  The junior varsity will tip off at 5 and the varsity at approximately 6:30.  You can hear that game on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com.

Monday, February 3, 2014

A split decision…

The famous Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow yesterday, which supposedly means six more weeks of winter. His lesser-known Ohio counterpart, Buckeye Chuck of Marion did NOT see his Shadow, which allegedly means spring will be here soon.


The National Weather Service Office in Cleveland has issued a Winter Storm Watch from 9 tomorrow night, until 4pm Wednesday.

We could get between 6 and 10 inches of snow.


More business closings, in Norwalk…

Corporate officials announced Friday that Kmart will close its doors for good in mid-May, putting more than 50 employees out of work. The store on Norwalk’s north side opened in the mid-1970’s. Also closing: A Main Street fixture. Crider Jewelers has announced plans to close, after a brief liquidation sale. Crider’s Willard location will close as well.


The Perkins Board of Education will meet in executive session this morning, to discuss personnel.

The 7am meeting will be held at the Administrative Service Center on Campbell Street.


State Senator Gayle Manning has announced plans to seek a second term in office.

The Republican from North Ridgeville filed her petitions last week. She represents Ohio’s 13th District, which includes Lorain and Huron counties, along with some of Seneca County. She’ll be challenged by Democrat Dr. Eric Kaple of Willard.


Tomorrow night is when Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan will deliver his ‘State of the City’ address.

The speech will be given, during city council’s regular weekly meeting.


State officials are reminding eligible Ohioans that they can get help managing energy costs this winter, through a payment assistance plan.

The PUCO says the Percent of Income Payment Plan Plus allows eligible Ohioans to pay utility bills, based on a percentage of household income. Eligible Ohioans who heat with gas pay 6 percent of their monthly income to their gas company, and 6 percent to their electric company. Those heating with electricity pay 10 percent of their monthly household income. More information can be found online, ohioenergyhelp.ohio.gov.


A Greenwich man is in the Huron County Jail, charged with multiple sex offenses.

23-year-old Stephen Erwin was arrested Friday on a 12-count secret indictment, charging him with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The victim is identified as a young teenage girl.


Sandusky city officials have announced plans for a series of town hall-style meetings, to reconnect with the community members.

The city commissioners will host meetings at 6pm February 13th at the Sandusky Public Library, 9am February 15th at Mr. Smith’s Coffee House on Columbus Ave, and 6pm February 18th at Sandusky High School.



Friday, January 31, 2014

A large number of firefighters and emergency personnel will gather in Perkins Township today, to say goodbye to former Perkins firefighter James Dickman.

Dickman and a fellow firefighter died Sunday, while battling an apartment fire in Toledo. A procession should arrive at Routes 2 and 250 at approximately 9:30 this morning, and will proceed to The Chapel on Galloway Road. Calling hours will be held there between 11 and 1, with services beginning at 1. At the end of the service, approximately 2pm, the processional will travel along parts of Galloway, Bogart Road, Campbell St and Milan Road. The procession will briefly pause at Perkins Fire Station #2 on Campbell, where Dickman was stationed as a firefighter.


Perkins High School and Briar Middle School will dismiss early today.

School will end at 2 at Briar, and 2:06 at Perkins High School.


A Norwalk woman faces up to three years in prison, for stabbing her brother late last year.

18-year-old Katelyn Taylor appeared in Huron County Common Pleas Court this week, and entered a guilty plea to a charge of attempted felonious assault. She’ll be sentenced in March. Authorities said Taylor used a kitchen knife to stab her brother, during an argument at their Old State Road home. He survived the attack.


14 people have picked up applications, in hopes of becoming the next treasurer of the Norwalk City Schools.

The deadline to submit them is today. The Board of Education is expected to interview three or four of the top applicants, and hire one of them in the spring. That person will replace Kenn France, who retired last month.


A new report says nearly 45 percent of Ohio households are on the edge of financial ruin, due to job loss or medical emergency.


As expected, Ohio State officials introduced the university’s new president yesterday.

63-year-old Dr. Michael Drake is taking over for Dr. E. Gordon Gee. He’s served as chancellor of the University of California-Irvine since 2005.