9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
PERKINS TOWNSHIP - Kalahari this month will unveil its latest expansion, an African-themed Safari Outdoor Adventure Park featuring a zip line tour, ropes course and climbing walls. Scheduled to open May 22, the adventure park will add to the outdoor entertainment at the resort, which already includes a 77,000-square-foot outdoor waterpark, playground, shuffleboard, sand volleyball courts and Safari Adventure Animal Park the last of which opened last summer, providing up-close encounters with giraffes, zebras and other African animals. (NOTE - To see photos of the animal park, click here.)
9:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - A federal appeals court has rejected an effort to strip the word "God" from presidential oaths. Citing largely technical reasons, a three-member appellate panel ruled Friday that California attorney Michael Newdow and his allies weren't in a position to legally challenge the oaths. Newdow, an atheist, had hoped to avoid formal invocation of the deity's name in the 2013 and 2017 inaugurations.
9:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Texas EquuSearch (TES) founder Tim Miller is hopeful the volunteer search and recovery team will find the remains of Michael A. Sheppard. The victim's mother, Rosalie Gottwald, of Milan, said finding her son's body will give her closure in his suspected murder. The 35-year-old Perkins Township man was last seen May 8, 2003 in Huron County. "It's awful not taking care of a funeral for him. ... I won't do that until they find him," Gottwald said.
9:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Texas-based mounted search and recovery team is offering a $5,000 reward for credible information leading to the discovery of a missing man's remains. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I) contacted Texas EquuSearch (TES) on April 19 requesting assistance in recovering the remains of Michael Sheppard, TES said on its Web site, texasequuseacrh.org. TES issued the reward Thursday.
9:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city officials spent a good deal of time about two years ago discussing all aspects of outdoor wood furnaces. Before city council could adopt any official legislation on the subject, the state indicated it would make the decision.
9:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler offered a plea deal to murder defendant Steven Rodvold. Ohio Assistant Public Defender William Mooney said he and his Clarksfield Township client discussed the unspecified plea deal before Friday's hearing, but said Rodvold -- the man accused of killing his father -- wants to go to trial.
9:19 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - Berlin-Milan Local Schools' levy may have been presented slightly differently, but it was the same result. Voters in Erie and Huron counties turned down 6.9-mill, five-year additional property tax on the ballot that would have covered general fund expenses. This would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home $211.35 per year.
9:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS (MCT) - Statewide ballot issues went two for two Tuesday as Ohio voters gave thumbs up to expanded taxpayer investment in Ohio high-tech ventures and to a geographic move for a Columbus casino. Despite concerns that renewal and expansion of the Ohio Third Frontier bond program might fall victim to corporate welfare and tax worries that dragged the original version to defeat in 2003, Issue 1 was passing last night by a healthy margin.
9:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS (MCT) - A former grocery executive will meet a veteran member of Congress in the November general election, as Rich Iott prevailed in the Republican primary Tuesday for the right to challenge U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) in the general election. In the 9th Congressional District, Iott handily defeated Jack Smith, a former Toledo police chief, in the Republican primary.
9:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Willard voters answered the call Tuesday, as almost 60 percent said yes to a school renewal levy. "We feel very fortunate that our people stepped up to the plate and delivered for us, especially with the uncertainties today ... we never take anything for granted," Willard Schools Superintendent Dave Danhoff said. The 5.4-mill levy passed 59 to 41 percent (624 to 426).
9:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS (MCT) - Fueled by contributions that overwhelmed his opponent, Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher won the primary election Tuesday to take on Republican Rob Portman in November. Fisher praised his opponent, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, but wasted no time in aiming political barbs at Portman, a former Ohio congressman and trade adviser and budget director under former President George W. Bush.
9:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS (MCT) - Ohio Republican Party: 2. Tea Party: 0. The cash, clout, and get-out-the-vote effort of the state GOP machine appeared to help its endorsed candidates for secretary of state and auditor Tuesday to repel insurgencies from its conservative Tea Party faction.
9:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Greg Davidson worked hard in his campaign and it paid off with a solid victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary election for the State Representative District 58 race. Davidson finished with 1,984 votes, followed by Kyle Wilson (1,144) and George Mays (1,121).
9:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOLEDO (MCT) - Even before the polls opened Tuesday, controversy was beginning to swirl around the Lucas County Board of Elections. A comment posted on a Facebook page by a board employee appeared to indicate how Allan Block, chairman of Block Communications, Inc., parent company of The Blade, had voted.
9:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
Just 15.57 percent of the registed voters in Huron County turned out for Tuesday's primary election. A total of 5,704 cards were cast out of a total 36,628 registered voters. Despite the light turnout, it was a long night at the Huron County Board of Elections as results were not finalized until after midnight.
9:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ski club celebration HURON The Sandusky Ski Club will hold its birthday celebration at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Marconi's Italian Restaurant, 424 Berlin Road in Huron. Open house at Gaymont Gaymont Nursing Center will hold an open house from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in recognition of National Nursing Home Week. Dan Robertson of Norwalk will entertain, refreshments will be provided and a silent auction will take place.
9:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
Gaymont Nursing Center Well, here we are, waiting for the storms to arrive. Again. Seems like that's about all we do around here nowadays is wait for the rain! It has been a pretty nice week; it's just kind of a bummer that the weekend comes and so does the cold and rain. So much for yard work this Saturday! To celebrate Mother's Day, we held our annual Mother's Day Tea. We so much look forward to this day every year since we love having our family members come to celebrate with us. We put on our Sunday best and enjoy each other around flavored teas and crazy amounts of specialty sweets desserts. It is always elegant and special; we love the family time we spend with our beloved families and our Gaymont families! Tuesday was Cinco de Mayo so what else could we do but celebrate just like everyone else? We all enjoyed a Mexican-themed lunch, followed by fried ice cream! We're all for Cinco de Mayo every day if it means fried ice cream!
9:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
With little surprise, "Iron Man 2" claimed the top spot at the weekend box office. The movie, starring Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke and Gwyneth Paltrow, earned $133.6 million in its opening weekend. "A Nightmare on Elm Street" took second, with $9.1 million, while "How to Train Your Dragon" stayed strong in third, with $6.7 million. 1. "Iron Man 2" $133.6 million, $133.6 million total.
9:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
Gas prices remained consistent over the past week, according to fuelgaugereport.com. A gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Ohio was at $2.818 today, exactly the same amount it was at a week ago. Diesel was up a bit, checking in at $3.117 this morning, compared to $3.096 last week. A year ago, gas was $2.251, while diesel was $2.228.
9:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - Federal regulators have granted a controversial waiver to the Hollywood studios that clears the way for them to show first-run movies in the home shortly after or even during their release in theaters. The Federal Communications Commission on Friday granted a petition from the Motion Picture Association of America, the chief lobbying group for the major studios, that would permit for a limited-period use of "selectable output control" technology for watching movies in the home. The technology disables video and audio outputs on set-top boxes to prevent illicit recording.
9:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
The landowners have spoken. The Ohio Scenic Rivers Program will no longer actively pursue scenic river designation for the Vermilion River, officials with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Watercraft, announced Friday afternoon.