Hessville Road closure July 21-24

Ottawa County will be replacing a crossover on Hessville Road between Weis Road TR #83 and Smith Road TR #151.  In order to complete the work Hessville Road will be closed to all traffic during construction.  Work will begin July 21 and is expected to be complete by July 24.  Emergency vehicles and local traffic will NOT be permitted through the area and must plan an alternate route.

Please keep in mind that schedules are weather dependent and subject to change.  Please view our website at for updated closure information.  Changes to the schedules will be posted as they become available.


If you have any questions, please contact our office at 419-734-6777.


Board of Elections meeting July 17

The Ottawa County Board of Elections will meet Thursday, July 17 at 3 p.m. for the regular meeting and to consider any other business that comes before the board.  The meeting will be held at the Board of Elections office, 8444 West State Route 163, Oak Harbor, in the Veterans Memorial Building.


Portion of SR 101 named Sfc. Charles L. Adkins Memorial Highway

State Rep. Chris Redfern (D-Catawba Island) and Sen. Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) will join friends and family of fallen war hero Sergeant  First Class Charles L. Adkins for Friday’s memorial highway dedication honoring his service and sacrifice to the nation.

Sgt. Adkins, a ’93 graduate of Margaretta High School, served 16 years in the US Army with two deployments to Iraq and a final deployment to Afghanistan where he was killed by a suicide bomber on April 16, 2011 while working to train Afghan forces.

Sgt. Adkins is survived by his wife, Sarah Lane Adkins, and five children.


To CORD from former Mayor Brown

In reading Bob Walls’ letter to the editor recently he stated, “If you love Port Clinton then you will love CORD”. Be informed that I love Port Clinton dearly, but I, Mr. Walls, do not love CORD. This committee does not understand what progress means; jobs, a solid tax base, growth and future dreams. As I stated in a previous Sandusky Register article, “three strikes and you’re out”. You already turned down beautification of the waterfront/waterworks park by the Jet Express and they moved… where were you then? They were trying to do something you are now opposing.

Your facts are not right and there are more people than you know in support of jobs, new businesses, etc. Where is CORD’s plan? If you are not a part of the solution, you are part of the problem. The last turn away cost the City $7 million dollars in tax revenue every year. Do you know what $7 million could do? Fix alleys, new recreation facilities (city pool) and other great things for the residents. CORD, what do you have to offer besides opposition? Have you mentioned what the City has already done? The answer is no. Phase I and II are completed downtown at the Madison and Jefferson Street piers, new traffic signals, rehabilitation of the sewer plant, new water and sewer lines, street repairs, new water tower at the high school to give the town protection in case of an emergency. You continue to focus on anything that deals with the waterfront.


Danbury Twp Board special meeting

The Danbury Township Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting in executive session on Tuesday, July 15, at the Danbury Township Hall, 5972 E. Port Clinton Eastern Rd., Marblehead, Ohio 43440 beginning at 6 p.m. to conduct second interviews with two fire department candidate’s and to discuss compensation of a public employee.


The Salvation Army-Port Clinton Service Unit: Camp NEOSA

On June 25, forty two children from Ottawa County got up early, loaded up a chartered bus filled with snacks and movies, and headed to Camp NEOSA in Carrollton, Ohio, for 5 days filled with swimming, canoeing, hiking, outside sport activities, singing, role-playing, arts and crafts and lots of fun.   


United Way christens LEAPmobile

United Way Director Chris Galvin and Dr. Ed Charnock christen the LEAPmobile with confetti and silly string. Charnock donated his used GMC Yukon to the Lake Erie Adventure Play (LEAP) program.

Dr. Ed Charnock and United Way Director Chris Galvin christened the LEAPmobile, a GMC Yukon donated by retired physician Dr. Ed Charnock.  In the spirit of LEAP’s mission for play, Charnock and Galvin sprayed confetti and silly string and covered the vehicle with handprints.


The Beacon and The Suburban Press honored by State of Ohio

Beacon publisher and owner John Schaffner with Ohio Senator Randy Gardner holding the proclamation declaring July Free Community Newspaper Month.

Senator Randy Gardner declared July Free Community Newspaper Month. In Ottawa County there are two free newspapers serving the community: The Beacon and The Suburban Press. Below is the letter of citation honoring the month of July as Free Community Newspaper Month: 

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