Groundhog Day report: Flu’s worsening shadow blanketing US

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It looks like Groundhog Day for the nation’s flu report, too: It’s gotten worse, and there are weeks of suffering ahead. The government’s report out Friday showed the flu season continued to intensify last week....

House Republicans release memo on Russia probe

By ZEKE MILLER, MARY CLARE JALONICK and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Friday released a partisan and bitterly disputed memo that they say shows surveillance abuses in the early stages of the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign and...
Ohio State Parks

Fight the winter blues by hiking outdoors

Debra Tobin LOGAN — Feeling the winter doldrums with the gray days and being cooped inside? Exploring outdoors in the Buckeye State is a great way to embrace the winter season! The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering several winter hikes and events in February...
Registered gun laws in Ohio

Supreme Court won’t hear Cleveland gun registry case

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court is refusing to hear Cleveland’s appeal of a lower court ruling rejecting the city’s efforts at creating a gun offender registry. reports the court’s refusal on Wednesday to hear the appeal means most of the...
Ohio Right-to-work laws challenged

Ohio Right-to-work holdouts face new efforts to change labor laws

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Hemmed in by a growing number of states that block mandatory union fees in workplaces, holdout states in the Midwest are facing renewed attempts to enact so-called right-to-work laws. Missouri’s new law will go to a...
Lowe's bonuses

Lowe’s latest to offer bonuses, after Congress approved a tax cut

Lowe’s to hand out bonuses, sweeten benefits amid tax cuts By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Home improvement chain Lowe’s Cos. says it’s handing out bonuses of up to $1,000 for its more than 260,000 hourly employees, as it becomes the...
Groundhog Day Celebration!

Groundhog ‘Buckeye Chuck’ concurs, 6 more weeks of winter

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog foresees no early end to winter. And he was joined this year by his counterpart in Ohio. The handlers of Punxsutawney Phil said the furry rodent has called for six more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow at...

Friday’s Scoreboard

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL Thursday’s Results Sandusky Bay Conference River Division Fremont St. Joseph 51, Lakota 43 Sandusky St. Mary’s 64, Tiffin Calvert 62, OT Sandusky Bay Conference Bay Division Oak Harbor 61, Willard 52 Vermilion 68, Castalia Margaretta 63 Sandusky...

Prep sports: Haver, Costello lead FHS swimmers

TIFFIN — Fostoria High School’s Jordan Haver and Tony Costello both won individual events on Wednesday to lead the FHS swim team in a six team sprint meet. Haver won the 100 backstroke (1:10.26) and added a second-place showing in the 100 freestyle (1:01.77) to lead...

Girls basketball: Elmore powers Hopewell-Loudon past Vanlue

VANLUE — Makayla Elmore poured in 26 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to pace Hopewell-Loudon in a 54-30 Blanchard Valley Conference win Thursday at Vanlue. Jacque Burns added 10 rebounds and dished out five assists for the Chieftains (13-4, 5-4 BVC). Amanda Clymer led...