Recent News

Did you serve at Camp Lejeune?

Effective March 14, 2017, the final rule providing presumptive service connection for certain diseases associated with contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune takes effect. This rule establishes presumptive service connection for former service members, to include veterans, reservists and National Guard members who served at least 30 days (cumulative) at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, and who later developed one of the following eight diseases:
•    Adult leukemia
•    Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
•    Bladder cancer
•    Kidney cancer
•    Liver cancer
•    Multiple myeloma
•    Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
•    Parkinson’s disease

To apply for the benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs for the above conditions, contact the Ottawa County Veterans Service Office at 419-898-2089, 800-610-8872 or visit their office located at 8444 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.


Historical Society donates to local schools

Paul W. Moon, President of the Ottawa County Historical Society, presents a copy of the Society's book, History of Ottawa County, The 1st 175 Years, to Guy Parmigian, Superintendent of Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools.

Public schools throughout Ottawa County now have a new opportunity for students to learn about local history. Thanks to a generous gift to the Ottawa County Historical Society in memory of Fred and Katie Grimm by family members, the Society has donated copies of its recent publication, History of Ottawa County, The 1st 175 Years, to every school library.


Krupp honored on new fire truck

The Port Clinton Fire Department recently purchased a new fire truck and the truck was named after the longest serving fireman on the squad, Thomas J. Krupp. Krupp has served on the department for 50 years.


Daniels and DeMarco sign with Trine

Port Clinton High School Redskin football players Darius Daniels and Russell DeMarco will continue their education and football careers at Trine University.

Seated L to R: Darius Daniels, Russell DeMarco. Standing Redskin coaching staff L to R: Marcus Rimboch, Beau Carmon, Phil Fought, Nick Petroff.


Danbury to become a member of the SBC in 2018-19

After nearly 30 years competing in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference, Danbury Schools has found a new home.

The Lakers have had a good relationship with the TAAC for the last three decades, but traveling an hour to Toledo to compete against a number of the schools in the league has always been a trade-off the community has had to accept in order to be part of a conference with other small schools. But now, Danbury has taken advantage of an opportunity to join the Sandusky Bay Conference, a move that will take effect during the 2018-19 school year and allows its teams the ability to compete against other small schools while traveling a shorter distance.


Beacon places at MACPA Conference

Publisher John Schaffner going over dispatches from Ohio with Ulysses S. Grant at the MACPA Conference in Gettysburg.

At the Mid-Atlantic Community Papers Association Conference held in Gettysburg, PA, The Beacon won three awards:

First place, single ad large space for Toft’s Dairy
Second place, restaurant ad for Tin Goose Diner
Second place, original writing news story for Drug Epidemic

MACPA has members from Washington D.C., Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.


Board of Elections primary and registration information

The closing date for new voter registration and changes of address for the 2017 May Primary Election is Monday, April 3. Extended hours on that day are 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. The Board of Elections office is located at 8444 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor. The only precinct having an election is PC 3A (Port Clinton Ward 3).


Burning Snowman 2017

Thank you to everyone who made Burning Snowman a huge success! We attracted 10,000 attendees and raised $25,000 for United Way in Ottawa County Youth Programs, Mr. Ed’s Kids for Christmas and Rett Several downtown bars and restaurants reported record sales!


"Let’s meet at Jamestown"

Sunset at Jamestown Tavern, located at 902 W. Main St., in Marblehead Village. Photo by Bailey VanKirk.

This Saturday, Jamestown Tavern, dubbed “the best little bar on the North Coast” will celebrate its milestone 20th anniversary. 

Marblehead’s popular watering hole will kick off its bash at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 featuring hosted cocktails, and food from Jimmy G’s Pit Smoked Barbeque food truck, which will be on site from 5-10 p.m.


Emigh sentenced for Aggravated Possession of Drugs

Robert A. Emigh, 37, has been sentenced to twenty four months in prison after pleading guilty to Aggravated Possession of Drugs in connection with a search warrant executed at his home in December 2015. Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters handed down the sentence last Thursday.

According to reports of the Ottawa County Drug Task Force, Emigh was found in possession of methamphetamine, psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana and drug paraphernalia when agents searched his residence at 3275 W. Harbor Rd., Port Clinton, on December 21, 2015.
Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney James VanEerten said Drug Task Force agents, who were assisted in the search by deputies of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, found over twelve grams of methamphetamine in a safe in Emigh’s home, as well as hidden on his person. The substance is a stimulant that is derived from pseudoephedrine, an ingredient commonly used in cold medications, according to VanEerten.

In February, Emigh pleaded guilty to the charge, which is a felony of the third degree. VanEerten said the State agreed to dismissal of the lesser charges in exchange for the plea.