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Monday, May 4, 2015

Tomorrow is Election Day.

The polls will be open between 6:30am and 7:30pm. We’ll have results online tomorrow night. Simply go to our Facebook page, 95.3 WLKR and K96.


Today marks 45 years, since the May 4th shootings at Kent State University.

Four students were killed, and nine others were injured by gunfire from Ohio National Guardsmen. Those students, and many others were protesting the Vietnam War.


Authorities are looking for the person or persons who purposely set yesterday’s fire near the Huron Pier.

Huron firefighters intended to use the space today for a controlled burn, but yesterday afternoon, someone entered an unauthorized area near the Huron North Main Pier, and set the fire. Black smoke could be seen for miles. If you have information about yesterday’s blaze, contact the Huron Fire Department.


Willard police continue to investigate last Thursday’s armed robbery, at Hy-Miler.

A man entered the store shortly before 4:30am, showed a gun, and demanded money and cigarettes…His face was concealed by a sweatshirt and a bandana. The man made off with several hundred dollars, and a few packs of cigarettes. Anyone with information should contact the Willard police department.


A single-vehicle crash in southern Huron County sent a Willard man to the

hospital for treatment of serious injuries.


47-year-old Richard Walker was injured Friday evening on New State Road, near

Boughtonville Road in Ripley Township.


According to the highway patrol, Walker lost control after passing a farm vehicle, went off the road and overturned several times.

He was flown from the scene to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. The crash remains under investigation.


The federal government has awarded nearly $3 million, to help support domestic violence victims in Ohio.


NBA playoff action resumes tonight in Cleveland, as the Cavs take on the Chicago Bulls.


Cedar Point opens this Saturday.


This Sunday is Mother’s Day.


This weekend is when postal carriers will do their part, to help feed needy families.

The National Association of Letter Carriers annual food drive is scheduled for this Saturday. You can help out by collecting and bagging non-perishable food items, and placing them by your mailbox for your letter carrier to deliver to local food banks and pantries.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A preliminary autopsy report shows a Fremont woman recently killed in Clyde was shot twice in the back.

The autopsy of Heather Bogle also revealed signs of blunt force trauma. Her body was found stuffed in the trunk of her car April 10th. No arrests have been made, but Sandusky County deputies previously said they had ‘persons of interest.’ Clyde, Bellevue and Fremont police are assisting with the investigation, and a $5,000 reward is being offered, for information leading to an arrest.


A 27-hour standoff in Mansfield ended tragically yesterday.

A sniper shot and killed 58-year-old David Parker late yesterday morning. Authorities were first summoned to the scene Monday morning, after Parker threatened to shoot a Columbia Gas employee. Over the next 20-plus hours, Parker fired at officers. They responded by firing numerous tear gas canisters, and by filling his basement with water, in hopes of flushing him out.


A math teacher at Shelby Middle School is on paid leave, pending the outcome of her criminal case.

24-year-old Paige Poffenbaugh is charged with disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail. According to reports, five male students saw nude images of Poffenbaugh on her cell phone. She had let the students use the phone as a calculator.


The Ohio Senate says, Pete Rose should be allowed back into baseball.

A newly introduced resolution is calling for Rose to be reinstated to baseball, and placed on the next Hall of Fame ballot. Major League Baseball’s all-time hits leader was banned for life in 1989, for betting on games.


Free sports physicals are scheduled for Saturday, May 9, for all Norwalk High School and Norwalk Middle School students who will be in grades 7-12 in the fall, and who plan to play a sport next school year.

All physicals are by appointment only, and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students and parents must make an appointment in their athletic office. Parent’s whose students are currently in 6th grade should call the high school athletic office for an appointment.


More accolades for Monroeville’s Logan Stieber.

State Representative Terry Boose of Norwalk recently presented a resolution on the House floor honoring Stieber and his four NCAA National Wrestling Championships at Ohio State.  After college, Stieber hopes to join Team USA for the 2016 Summer Olympics.


Bond is set at $25,000 for a Perkins Township man accused of trying to rob a Sandusky hotel earlier this month.

52-year-old Douglas Brown is facing a single count of aggravated robbery in connection with the April 11th incident.  Authorities said Brown held his hand to make it appear he had a gun when he approached an employee of the Quality Inn on Cleveland Road and demanded cash.  Instead of handing over the money, the worker hit the panic alarm and Brown fled the scene.  He remained at-large until last Friday.


A reminder…

Free fishing days are scheduled for this weekend.  Residents may fish any of Ohio’s public waters without cost.


In sports…

After last night’s 11-5 loss, the Cleveland Indians will try to avoid a sweep by the Kansas City Royals.  Tonight’s game begins at 6:10 and you can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

It should be nice, but a few degrees cooler for high school baseball at the Pipe Yard in Lorain.

This afternoon, live on Kool Gold 1510 WLKR, it’s the Maple City Classic, featuring Norwalk and state-ranked Huron. Game time is set for 4.


A Perkins High School freshman is facing felony and misdemeanor charges, after attacking the school’s computer network, and taking out dozens of other schools’ internet access as well.

The 14-year-old boy is charged with unauthorized use of property and disrupting public service. Those charges are tied to last week’s incident. According to reports, the boy was bored in study hall, and used his school-issued laptop to knock out the network. After officials figured out what happened, the boy was arrested, and taken to the Erie County Juvenile Detention Center.


A standoff in Mansfield is nearing 24 hours.

An armed man has held police at bay since yesterday morning, and the suspect, identified as David Parker, remains holed up in his basement, and has fired off several rounds. Police were called to the Randall Road scene, after he alleged threatened to shoot a Columbia Gas employee. Authorities have tried negotiating, and tried use a fire hose to flush him out, but to no avail.


In hopes of gaining early release from prison, former Clyde-Green Springs Schools superintendent Todd Helms has paid back a sizeable amount of money he stole from the district.

Helms used his pension account to repay more than $240,000. He still owes about $32,000. Helms was sent to prison in 2010, after pleading guilty to 10 felony charges, for falsifying invoices, putting district money in his own accounts, and misusing the district’s credit card. As part of a deal with prosecutors, he agreed to turn over his pension to the Clyde-Green Springs Schools. Possible early release after five years was part of the deal as well. A judge will decide on his request next month.


Election Day is one week from today.


A Sandusky man is facing his sixth DUI charge, after a crash just east of Norwalk.

The highway patrol arrested 63-year-old Robert Nelson Friday night on U.S. Route 20 in Townsend Township. No information was made available about the accident, but Nelson also was charged with possession of marijuana, after pot was found in his car. Records show Nelson has been convicted of DUI five times, between 1999 and 2008.


Monday, April 27, 2015

We begin the week with pump prices on the rise.

Statewide, the going rate is about 2-59-a-gallon—even though supplies are up, demand is down, and overseas-prices dropped again last week.


State finances will be the topic of discussion, during this week’s “Coffee and Budget” meeting with State Senator Randy Gardner.

From 9 until 10:30 Thursday morning, Gardner will host an open forum at Perkins Restaurant on Milan Road in Sandusky. He’ll answer questions, and listen to concerns and ideas about the state budget. Gardner will provide an update on the budget, then will meet with citizens one-on-one to discuss any of the hundreds of issues contained in the bill.


The numbers are in, from last week’s Norwalk Rotary Club Pizza Bake Off.

More than 600 people attended the annual event held at Norwalk High School. This year’s net profit was approximately $8,500. The money will go toward Rotary’s “Caring for Kids” program.


Ground has been broken, for the Monroeville Local Schools’ new athletic complex.

A large crowd was on hand for Saturday’s special groundbreaking ceremony. Construction should take about eight months, and if all goes as planned, some Monroeville High School boys and girls basketball games will be played there this winter. So far, $2.2 million has been raised, including an anonymous $1 million donation. For more information about the project, or to donate, go online to monroevilleathleticcomplex.com.


Monroeville Village Council will meet behind closed doors tomorrow, to discuss the search for a village administrator.

The executive session will begin at 6pm, at 2 South Main. A work session is scheduled to take place after the closed-door meeting. Former administrator Michael Goodwin resigned last September. The man picked to replace him, Edgerton village administrator Kevin Brooks said last week he won’t take the job, due to health concerns.


A delay, in the trial of Clyde-Green Springs superintendent David Stubblebine.

Due to scheduling conflicts, his case will be heard June 25th, instead of May 21st. Stubblebine is facing a charge of obstructing official business, for his alleged failure to cooperate with Clyde police, during a December, 2014 marijuana investigation at McPherson Middle School. If convicted, he faces up to 90 days in jail, and a $750 fine.


The countdown is on to the third annual Black River Clean Up in Lorain.

Volunteers will gather Saturday and Sunday…some will be in kayaks on the water…others will be on foot combing the river bank.  Organizers say last year they gathered up 22 TONS of trash, including tires, basketballs and car parts.


A few dozen Oberlin College students spent some of Friday protesting a planned 3.9 percent hike in tuition.

The students marched, conducted sit-ins inside several buildings and called for a tuition freeze.  College officials approved the increase last month.  It’ll push tuition at Oberlin to about $50,000 for the 2015-2016 school year.  The increase will mean Oberlin is one of the most expensive private schools in the country.

Friday, April 24, 2015

After last night’s 103-95 victory, the Cleveland Cavaliers are one win away from advancing to the next round of the NBA Playoffs.


Once again, Thursday was gas price ‘hike’ day.

Pump prices at virtually all area stations increased to $2.59 per gallon.


A plan to consolidate the nation’s two largest cable companies appears to be all but dead.

Several national reports say Comcast is ready to back out of the $45 billion deal to buy Time Warner, because of serious concerns by federal regulators. Time Warner and Comcast tried to convince the FCC and the Justice Department that a combined company wouldn’t hold too much control over the marketplace.


It’s been a dangerous week on area roads.

Yesterday, William Wiley Jr. of Sandusky fell asleep while driving, and caused a head-on collision on State Route 101, near the Castalia Quarry. According to the highway patrol, Wiley and the other driver, Mahamed Hanafy Ali, also of Sandusky were flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.

Also yesterday, a Sandusky County man was killed, when his car hit the back of a semi-trailer on U.S. Route 20 in Fremont. 24-year-old Joseph Andrade was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wednesday, the Ohio Turnpike, near the Erie-Lorain County line was shut down, after a pickup truck ran into a car carrier. The pickup caught fire, and five Jeeps on the carrier were destroyed by flames. There were no serious injuries, but the eastbound lanes of the turnpike were closed for about three hours.


Monroeville officials will huddle up next month, to discuss the search for a new village administrator.

In an email dated Wednesday, the top choice, current Edgerton village administrator Kevin Brooks told Mayor Mike Adelman he won’t take the job in Monroeville, because of significant health issues. Monroeville has been without an administrator since the September, 2014 resignation of Michael Goodwin.


Owens Community College, and Central State University have been placed on fiscal watch by the Ohio Board of Regents, due to financial problems.

Both schools are now required to submit a three-year financial recovery plan, or face a state takeover.


A Sandusky man is $1 million richer, after buying a winning scratch-off lotto ticket in Norwalk.

Jon Thomson claimed his prize this week. Thomson bought the winning “$500 million Spectacular” lottery ticket at Friendship Food Store on Milan Avenue. He won $40,000 a year, for 25 years. After mandatory taxes, he’ll receive just over $28,000 annually.


It’s a chance to fish for free.

Ohio’s annual free fishing weekend will be held next weekend, May 2nd and 3rd.  Free Fishing Days are open to all Ohio residents and extend to all of the state’s public waters, including Lake Erie.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Cleveland Cavaliers are in Boston, for game 3 of their playoff series against the Celtics.

Tipoff is at 7, and you can hear tonight’s game on 95.3 WLKR. The Cavs lead the series two-games-to-none.


A New London man was jailed Wednesday, amid allegations he stabbed another man in the face.

39-year-old Ronald Ohm is charged with felonious assault, with more charges expected. According to reports, Ohm stabbed the victim during a fight. The attack occurred late yesterday morning, at a home on Greenwich Townline Road 79, near the Huron-Ashland County line. Deputies later seized the knife used in the stabbing, from Ohm’s Walnut Street home. The victim was taken to Ashland Samaritan Hospital for treatment of a substantial facial injury.


A group pushing to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio has filed an elections complaint against another group, claiming illegal ‘infiltration.’

The Ohio Rights Group wants to place a medical marijuana question on the ballot this fall, but now, officials say they likely won’t be able to collect enough signatures by the July 1st deadline, due to alleged interference by ResponsibleOhio. ResponsibleOhio is collecting signatures on petitions, to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to legalize marijuana for personal use. In a letter to the state elections commission, Ohio Rights Group officials claim their campaign has been disrupted and infiltrated by individuals associated with ReponsibleOhio. The Ohio Elections Commission will hold a hearing May 21st.


This year’s WoollyBear Festival will be held Sunday, October 4th.

The announcement was made yesterday. It’s usually held during the Cleveland Browns’ bye week, but that isn’t until November 22nd. Now in its 43rd year, Vermilion’s WoollyBear Festival is Ohio’s largest one-day festival.


Saturday night was a successful one, for seven members of Project Leadership of Huron County’s Class of 2015.

During a fundraiser held at the Collonade Banquet Facility in Milan, the group raised more than $16,000, to benefit Teen Challenge of the Firelands.


The Wall Street Journal says there has been a major setback in a proposed merger between two cable giants, Time-Warner and Comcast.

FCC staff are recommending the $45 billion deal be sent to an administrative judge for a hearing.  Experts say such a hearing would likely be a protracted process that would likely kill the deal.  Time Warner and Comcast are trying to convince the FCC and the Justice Department that the combined company won’t hold too much control over the marketplace.


Monroeville’s choice for a new village administrator has changed his mind.

In an email sent to Mayor Mike Adelman, current Edgerton Village Administrator Kevin Brooks said he’s removing himself from consideration in Monroeville because of significant health issues.  Adelman and village council will meet next month to discuss how to proceed.


Cabela’s is coming to Lorain County.

The hunting, fishing and camping retailer will build an 81,000 square-foot store off of I-90 in Avon.  Construction will begin later this year with the store scheduled to open in the fall of 2016.  Cabela’s expects to employ 225 full time, part time and seasonal workers.


An early morning crash shut down some of State Route 101 in Castalia this morning.

Two cars were involved and at least one person was flown from the scene by Lifeflight.  We’ll have more in news tomorrow morning.


All three eastbound lanes of the Ohio Turnpike near the Lorain-Erie County border were shut down for about three hours yesterday after a crash involving a pickup truck and a car carrier.

According to the Highway Patrol, the accident occurred just before noon when the pickup hit the rig.  Shortly after the impact, the Ford truck caught fire and also destroyed five Jeep Wranglers being hauled on the carrier.  There were no major injuries.  Turnpike traffic was rerouted to the US Route 250 exit in Milan.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Wind Advisory has been issued for the entire 95.3 WLKR/K96 listening area, from 11 this morning, until 7 tonight.

According to the Cleveland Office of the National Weather Service, gusts could reach 50 miles per hour.


If you don’t have dinner plans for tonight, you may want to check out the Norwalk Rotary Club’s 16th annual Pizza Bake Off.

It’ll be held between 4:30 and 7 at Norwalk High School. Seven different pizza places will be on hand with their finest pies. All-you-can-eat admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 62 and over, and $5 for children 10 and under. Proceeds will benefit Rotary’s “Caring for Kids” program.


A Wakeman woman was one of two people killed in a late Sunday night crash near Medina.

25-year-old Jessica Shortland died, when her car was hit by a minivan, at the intersection of State Route 83 and West Smith Road in Litchfield Township. Also killed in the crash: 36-year-old Mary Curney of Elyria. According to the highway patrol, Shortland and Curney were ejected from their car. Two people in the minivan, an 84-year-old man, and an 80-year-old woman suffered serious injuries.


A rare strain of canine influenza has dog owners on high alert.

The canine flu has struck more than 1,100 dogs in the Midwest. In Ohio, there have been some reports of the flu, but no confirmed cases. Dr. Thomas Mullaney with Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine says most dogs that catch this strain of flu will have mild symptoms—a cough, loss of appetite, sneezing or a runny nose—that only require supportive care. But, he says it can take a more serious turn. Mullaney also said the canine flu isn’t a health threat to humans, but it is highly contagious, and can pass from dog to dog, and even dog to cat very quickly.


An Ohio House panel has approved a two-year, $71.5 billion dollar state budget bill, with some changes.

Among them: boosting state funds for schools, and deleting certain tax increases. A full House vote is expected tomorrow.


State Route 13, near Rundel Street in Fitchville Township is now open.

It was closed for several weeks for repairs.


It was announced this morning…

First Lady Michelle Obama will give the commencement speech at Oberlin College May 25th.


In terms of unemployment, Huron County remains in the top 10.

The county’s March jobless rate was down slightly to 8.8 percent, or 4th highest in Ohio, along with Ottawa and Pike Counties.  Erie County’s March unemployment rate was seven percent and rates in nearby counties ranged from 5.6 in Sandusky, to 6.4 percent in Lorain County.


The numbers are in and they show more than 10,000 new entities filed to do business in Ohio in March. 

That’s up from the previous month and the previous year.

In sports…

Cavs playoff basketball will be on the air tonight.  It’s game two of the playoff series between the Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics.  The Tip-Off Show begins at 6:30 and game time is at 7 on 95.3, WLKR.

Monday, April 20, 2015

A house fire in Norwalk claimed one dog, but emergency crews were able to resuscitate four others.

Firefighters and North Central EMS were summoned to 24 West Washington Street early Saturday evening, and found heavy smoke coming from the home. Firefighters quickly contained the fire to one room, then found the dogs in cages on the first floor. EMT’s helped revive four of them. The blaze did about $15,000 damage. The cause remains under investigation.


The highway patrol continues to investigate last week’s two-car crash that sent both drivers to the hospital with serious injuries.

35-year-old Mary Keene of Plymouth was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center, after Friday’s crash on State Route 13, south of Plymouth East Road in Greenwich Township. The other driver, 56-year-old Donald Vasquez of Willard was taken by Lifeflight to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. Troopers said Keene went left of center, and hit Vasquez head-on. According to a report from the Norwalk Patrol Post, drugs were likely a factor, and charges are pending.


Two people were rescued yesterday morning, after their boat capsized near South Bass Island.

According to reports, they were trying to fish, when high winds and 6-8 foot waves flipped their boat. Another boater saw the men, and rescued them within minutes.


The North Coast Inland Trail is about to expand.

According to a press release from Firelands Rails to Trails, volunteers already have begun work on a new portion of the trail between North West and Baker Streets, on Norwalk’s west side. Meanwhile, city officials are making plans to route the trail on city streets through the rest of Norwalk. Signage, along with markings on pavements and curbs will guide people through the uptown area, to the east side of town. Altogether, the Norwalk route will add about three miles to the North Coast Inland Trail. With other projects underway, it’s expected that the trail will be complete and continuous by the end of 2016 from Elyria to Elmore.


From the District 3 office of the Ohio Department of Transportation…

State Route 2, at its bridge between Berlin Road and State Route 61 in Erie County will be reduced to one lane of traffic, for bridge repairs. Work will be done in October.


Vermilion Local Schools superintendent Phil Pempin has a new contract extension.

The Board of Education approved the three-year deal last week. It’ll take him through the 2018-2019 school year. Pempin’s annual salary is just over $125,000.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Waterline work is done, and Old State Road, between Executive Drive and Akron Road in Norwalk is open.


A Willard man is in the Huron County Jail this morning, charged in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a child.

37-year-old Karl Lengyel was arrested late Wednesday night, after Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard’s Special Response Team forcibly entered his Bullhead Road home. According to reports, Lengyel tried to flee, but was captured by deputies. He was charged with sexual battery, and was taken to jail. He’s due in court next Thursday.


More news from the Sheriff’s Office…

It appears Russian hackers have attacked the Sheriff’s computers and server with a virus that infects and encrypts certain files. The hackers want the Sheriff’s Office to pay to restore the files. The FBI is now looking into the situation.


Sandusky City Schools superintendent Dr. Eugene Sanders has unveiled plans to launch the region’s only arts academy.

Sanders made the announcement, during yesterday’s “State of the Schools” speech. The Great Lakes Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Sandusky High will offer classes in dance, vocal and instrumental music, visual arts and theater. Applications are being accepted from students entering the 9th and 10th grades this fall. Also set to begin this fall: Blue Streak University, which will offer college credits to students at Sandusky High School.


A former northeast Ohio police chief is going to prison, for stealing $80,000.

57-year-old Gerald Smith Jr. served as police chief in Kirtland Hills from 1988 until last year. Now, he’ll spend two years behind bars for falsification and mail fraud. Federal prosecutors said Smith used village credit cards to fully furnish a home he owned in Florida. He also spent village money on other personal items, and a 2007 hunting trip.


A near month-long hunger strike at a supermax prison is Youngstown is over.

Prisoners at the Ohio State Penitentiary ate meals on Wednesday. More than three dozen prisoners began striking March 16th, to protest concerns over new programming and religious restrictions.


No change in Ohio’s unemployment rate.

According to figures released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, it was 5.1 percent last month, the same as February.  That means the state’s jobless rate remains at a 13-year-low and it’s lower than the U.S. rate, which was 5.5 percent.  During the month of March, 295,000 Ohio workers were unemployed.  That’s 50,000 less than March of last year.


In sports…

The Indians are in Minnesota for a weekend series against the Twins.  Tonight’s game begins at 8:10 and then 2:10 tomorrow and Sunday.  You can hear the first two games of the series on 95.3 WLKR.

Sunday, we’ll have Cleveland Cavaliers playoff basketball as the Boston Celtics come to Quicken Loans Arena.  Pregame coverage begins at 2:30 with tipoff at 3. 

And NASCAR Sprint Cup racing resumes Sunday on K96.  Coverage for the Food City 500 begins at noon.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Yesterday’s official high in Norwalk was 79 degrees.


Authorities in Sandusky County continue to search for clues in the death of 28-year-old Heather Bogle.

Her body was found inside the trunk of her car last Friday.  She had been severely beaten and shot twice.  She hadn’t been seen since leaving work at Whirlpool in Clyde the day before.  Yesterday, detectives executed a search warrant at the crime scene and they released surveillance photos of a white SUV that may be connected to the case.


Governor John Kasich said yesterday he’s “seriously considering” seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Kasich’s remarks came, during a luncheon with about 300 business leaders in Detroit. He also said while others are declaring their intentions, he won’t rush his decision. Kasich is scheduled to visit two early primary states—New Hampshire and South Carolina—this week.


Double trouble, for a Sandusky woman.

19-year-old Sydney Simcox was arrested yesterday morning, in a stolen car. Inside the car: a mobile meth lab. Simcox was picked up near Ohio Business College. Perkins police said she was under the influence, and after her arrest, officers searched the car and found ingredients used to make crystal meth. State agents were called in to decontaminate the scene. Simcox is facing several charges, ranging from DUI, to possession of drug abuse instruments. She remains in the Erie County Jail.


Barring a delay, tomorrow is when Republican State Representative Steve Kraus of Huron will stand trial on charges of burglary, theft and breaking and entering.

His trial is scheduled to begin at 8:30am, in the Ottawa County Courthouse. He’s accused of stealing items from a Port Clinton-area home last spring. He’s denied wrongdoing. Kraus was elected to the Ohio House last fall. He represents the 89th District, which is made up of Erie and Ottawa counties.


Tomorrow is tax deadline day, and in terms of federal taxes, a new analysis reveals exactly where those dollars are going.

Lindsay Koshgarian is the Research Director for the National Priorities Project. She says out of every federal income tax dollar paid last year, 27 cents went to the military, 26 cents went to health programs, and 15 cents went to interest on the national debt. Eight cents was spent on unemployment and labor and five cents on veterans benefits, leaving the remaining pennies for things like food, agriculture, transportation, housing and programs involving energy and the environment.


Norwalk City Council will meet in work session, at 7:30 tonight in the Norwalk Muni Courtroom.


The Norwalk Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30, at Norwalk High School.


Members of Norwalk High School’s Robotics team left for Louisville, Kentucky this morning.

The Norwalk Engineering Robotics Department, or N.E.R.D. Nation will compete in the 2015 Vex Robotics World Championship tomorrow through Saturday.  Norwalk’s seven member team will be up against more than 800 teams and 15,000 high school students from over two dozen countries.


Edison High School senior Shelby Vartorella has won first place in the Fourth District of Ohio’s 2015 Congressional Art Competition.

Her winning piece “Mossy Landscape” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol, along with other winners from around the country.  In addition to having her work displayed, she’s getting two plane tickets to Washington D.C. and she’s eligible for a scholarship.