Archives for November 2014

Tuesday AM Sports Stories

LeBron James poured in 29 points and dished out 11 assists as the Cavaliers mauled the Magic 106-74 in Cleveland. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love had 12 points apiece for the Cavs, who put the brakes on a four-game skid. Anderson Varejao ended with 14 points in the victory.

With the win on the weekend the Buckeyes move to 10-and-1 and 7-and-0 in the Big Ten with their ninth straight win.
OSU wraps up the regular season against rival Michigan on Saturday. It’s a noon kickoff. The all the fun starts live Saturday at 10:30am on 107.5FM The Fox and ESPN 970 WFUN.

Ohio State will beat Michigan as the fans take their seats before the start of the game at OSU. Ohio State will pass Michigan in attendance at football games for the first time since 1973. Another 25 hundred seats added in the stadium plus a dip in attendance at Michigan games had Ohio State at 105 thousand, 910 fans as of last weekend compared with 104, 909 at Michigan.

D’Angelo Russell finished with 32 points and nine rebounds to lead number-20 Ohio State to a dominating 106-48 win over Sacred Heart at Value City Arena. Shannon Scott tallied 11 points and 16 assists while Jae-Sean Tate and Sam Thompson each scored 12 to help the Buckeyes improve to 3-and-0 on the young season. OSU hosts Campbell on Wednesday.

Champion golfer Charlie Sifford was honored yesterday by the President of the United States for breaking professional golf’s color barrier. The 92-year-old Brecksville resident was feted at the White House as he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Sifford won the PGA Championship in 1967 and 1969 after leading the charge to desegregate the tour.

South’s running back DJ Greene has won the annual Tony Fisher Player of the Year Award, given to the best high school player in the News Herald region. Greene was given the trophy by the award’s namesake Tony Fisher at Hooley House in Mentor.

Sewer Bills Rise in Willoughby

Willoughby sewer bills have just gone up 23% but Willoughby officials point out they are still below the statewide average. This is the city’s first rate increase in three years and residents will now pay 3 dollars 60 cents for 100 cubic feet, up from 2.95.

Annie’s Law Faces Opposition

Annie’s law named for a woman killed by a drunk driver would require first-time Ohio DUI offenders have to blow into an ignition interlock before starting their car. That is required now for those who have a DUI 2 times in 6 years. But the proposed law is not a slam dunk because it costs offenders 100 dollars for hookup and 80 dollars a month and many first-time offenders can’t afford that. Also, judges don’t like it because it removes judicial oversight. And some prosecutors call it overkill because many people caught driving impaired are never charged again. Lake County attorney Glen Forbes is quoted as saying there are lots of situations where people can find themselves in a first-time OVI situation, and the alcohol limit has been lowered and penalties increased.

Book Signing Sunday at County Vineyard

Connect 534, promoting businesses on Route 534 in Ashtabula County, will host an event Sunday at the Kosicek Vineyards where local author will sign his coffee table book, Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County, a locally focused Christmas present option, from 1 to 4pm November 30. Wine tastings and sales of locally produced wine, too.

Open Enrollment Costing Ashtabula Schools

Open enrollment allows students from a school district to go to a school outside the district where the student’s family lives, and that is costing Ashtabula students and money. 479 students from the Ashtabula District transferred to schools in Geneva, Conneaut, Pymatuning Valley, Jefferson, Madison and Grand Valley, costing Ashtabula schools 57 hundred dollars per student.

Gas prices lowest in years

Gas prices in northeast Ohio are making a giant drop. The average price of self-serve regular is down ten cents this week across the entire region to two-dollars-81-cents a gallon. But prices in Ashtabula are way lower than that. The Duchess on Lake at West 14th is 2.69 as are 5 other stations in town, and several others are under 2.80.

Hundreds come to holiday gift show

Nearly 200 people attended Marcy’s Originals 10th Annual Holiday Gift Show at The Winery at Spring Hill.

This year’s event included hand blown glass ornaments from Bill Hixson. He brought them with scenes of Ashtabula County Covered Bridges and Cleveland’s West Side Market.

Hixson’s space at the show had practically every kind of Christmas decoration. He signed ornaments for this year’s customers.

Hixson also sold and signed his book: “Legends, Lore, Stories of Christmas Ornaments.”

Gas prices dropping ahead of Thanksgiving

Gas prices in northeast Ohio have dropped considerably in advance of Thanksgiving. reports the average price of self-serve regular in the region has fallen a dime in the last week to $2.81 per gallon.

In Lake County, Sam’s Club has the lowest figure at $2.63.

In Geauga County, Sunmart in Chesterland has the cheapest gas at $2.82.

Several places in Ashtabula County have gas for as little as $2.69 per gallon.

Thaw already causing river problems in Eastlake

The early blast of winter and sudden thaw have caused trouble for people living along the Chagrin River in Eastlake.

Ice has already formed on the river, and the warm up has pushed ice jams up the river. This has damaged docks at the Eastlake Marina.

City officials keep watching water levels for possible flooding.

High wind warning until 10 p.m.

A high wind warning continues until 10 o’clock tonight.

The National Weather Service says a strong cold front crosses the area this afternoon, and that passage ups the wind gusts. Those could reach 60 miles per hour.

Showers and thunderstorms may cause even higher wind gusts.

All of this may bring down trees and power lines. Those driving high-profile vehicles should use caution.