Exclusive interview with Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Mulligan

After taking heat recently in published reports been printed in area newspapers, Mark Mulligan, who has served as Ottawa County’s Prosecuting Attorney since 1997, invited The Beacon to do an exclusive interview in an effort to get his side of the story heard in the community. The reports allege that Mulligan been too tight-lipped regarding criminal issues and past trials, including plea bargaining issues.

On Friday, September 5, Mulligan sat down to bring some of what he believes to be important facts to light. The main topic during the interview was the importance of a fair trial to the defendant. 


Port Clinton routs Rossford, 47-14

Port Clinton quarterback Brandon Moore winds up for a long toss downfield against Rossford

After winning just one game in the last two season, Port Clinton has opened this year with a 2-0 record. 

The Redskins came out firing on all cylinders Friday, scoring 33 points in the first quarter on their way to a 47-14 victory over Rossford in non-conference action. 


Oak Harbor falls to Genoa, 33-25

Another game, another tough loss for Oak Harbor.

In a back-and-forth game that saw the Rockets come up short for the second week in a row, Genoa defeated Oak Harbor for the seventh consecutive time, 33-25, to win the Celestial Bowl. 

The Comets led throughout, taking the lead for good at 7-0 after Jake Wojciechowski scored on a 57-yard run in the first quarter. The Rockets responded, however, cutting the deficit to 7-6 when Andre Ramsey scored on a 57-yard run. 


Community calendar September 11-17

Sept 11-14

Kelleys Island Yoga and Wellness Retreat
What: Reflexology, yoga, meditation and more
Where: Kelleys Island
Info: or 330-289-7026

Thursday Sept 11

Magruder Hospital Aux. uniform sale
What: Uniforms, shoes and accessories for anyone working in dental, medical or veterinary
When: 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Main Lobby of Magruder Hospital
Info: or 419-734-3131 ext 3256


Port Clinton Middle School Lesson in Surface Tension

Ahmyre McCree and Michaela Ferrell test water tension in Port Clinton Middle School Science.

Students in Mr. Jared Rhode’s Fleet 7 Science class at Port Clinton Middle School recently had a lesson in water tension.  During a classroom experiment, students tested how soap affected the surface tension of water.  Students dropped water on a penny and counted the drops to see how many can fit on the surface.  They developed a hypothesis and worked in teams to see how soap affected the tension and then analyzed the results.


Your vote is your choice

In July, Port Clinton City Council’s meeting format changed requiring citizens to sign in for questions and make statements before meetings begin. It is unclear why council would not want to hear what the people have to say about what they are doing. How can we comment if we haven’t heard what they have said yet?

Is this to stifle public input?

Council President Hartlaub said that’s what other cities do. Councilman Below said that’s what Oak Harbor, Huron, Vermilion, Perrysburg, Clyde and Woodville do.

What else do these cities do?


Three men recently convicted of poaching in Maumee

Three men were recently convicted of poaching a white-tailed deer buck in the city of Maumee last Thanksgiving, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. The deer was poached by the three individuals at night during the early morning hours with a crossbow.

The incident happened at approximately 3 a.m. near the St. Joseph Church and School. The 10-point buck had been a frequent resident of Side Cut Metro Park in Maumee and had been photographed numerous times by wildlife photographers in the park. The deer was killed near the sidewalk in a residential yard, and was likely shot from a vehicle.

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