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Port Clinton City Council votes to support Jon Waters

At the Port Clinton City Council meeting Tuesday night, August 26, two guests spoke on the character of Jon Waters and explained to Council why it is important to support him. Resolution 14-06 was brought to Council by Councilman Mike Snider: A resolution by the Council of the City of Port Clinton in support of Mr. Jonathon Waters in his ongoing battle against the Ohio State University.

The first concerned citizen speaking on the subject was Jon Waters’ uncle, Jim Radloff. Radloff explained that the Elmore City Council had passed a similar resolution supporter Waters.

“A lot of politics are going on at OSU right now,” said Radloff. “The University was looking for a high profile employee to take the blame for being out of compliance with Title 9. The incidences that happened that are referenced in Jon’s firing happened before he was in the program.”

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Nicole Smith graduates from the Ohio State University

Nicole Smith a 2010 Graduate of Port Clinton High School made the Ohio State University’s Dean’s List for Autumn Semester in 2013. Nicole graduated from Ohio State University December 2013 and she’s now pursuing her Master’s Degree through a Dual Program through Bowling Green State University and The University of Toledo. She is the daughter of Bob & Shelley Smith of Port Clinton.

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Norton enters Ohio Military Hall of Fame

On May 2 in Columbus, Marblehead resident Fred W. Norton will be inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame of Valor for actions during World War I. The legacy of Norton has been kept alive by his family, who love to share his story of sacrifice and achievement. Norton’s spectacular record was not limited to his service in the Air Force; it also was apparent at his time at the Ohio State University.

Norton was Ohio State’s first four sport varsity letterman. He participated in football, basketball, baseball and track from 1914-1917. Norton led the school’s baseball team to its first Big Ten title with a conference record of 6-1. In basketball, Norton was captain of the team in 1917. In football, Norton played both quarterback and halfback. In 1916 he teamed with legendary Chic Harley to bring the Buckeyes their first league championship with a record of 7-0. It was OSU’s first untied and undefeated season. 

In 1917, Norton graduated from Ohio State and entered pilot training in Canada with the Canadian Air Force. Later that year, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and advanced to Lieutenant Flight Commander with the 27th Eagle Aero Squadron in France. On one mission Norton shot down eight German planes. 

In an article in the New York Times “Pershing Honors Gallant Aviators”, published Oct. 30, 1918, the Times told stories of men who “showed no fear when outnumbered by foe” and who were “always ready to attack”. Norton was among those honored. 

From the article:

The Commander in Chief of the American Expeditionary Forces, in the name of the President, has awarded the Distinguished Service Cross to the following officers and soldiers for the acts of extraordinary heroism:

First Lieutenant Fred W. Norton, 27th Aero Squadron, deceased-For extraordinary heroism in action in the Toul sector. On July 2 Lieutenant Norton, as flight commander, led a patrol of eight machines, the first large American formation to encounter a large German patrol. His command gave battle to nine enemy battle planes, driven by some of the leading aces of the German Army. Although both of his guns jammed at the beginning of the flight, and were, therefore, useless, Lieutenant Norton stayed with the formation, skillfully maneuvering his machine to the best advantage. He was attacked by enemy planes four different times, but skillfully avoided them or dived at them. His continued presence was a great moral help to his comrades, who destroyed two of the enemy planes. On July 23, this officer died of wounds received in action three days previous. Home address: Mrs. Frank Norton, 172 West First Street, Columbus, Ohio.

So on Friday, May 2, Norton’s family will be in Columbus, honoring the legacy of their fallen family member. Norton’s story is an inspirational one of what a human being can be capable of when they believe the possibilities are endless.

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