REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: Commissioners not yet ready for a coup

SANDUSKY REGISTER During Tuesday's Ottawa County Commissioners meeting, one commissioner appeared to
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



During Tuesday's Ottawa County Commissioners meeting, one commissioner appeared to be launching a coup d'etat.

Commissioner Jim Sass, who was recently chosen president of the three-member board, was asking for approval of a motion.

Before he could speak up, Commissioner Carl Koebel, the previous president, attempted to run the meeting. Koebel stopped himself when he remembered he was no longer president.

Without missing a beat, Sass pointed to the president nameplate and jokingly asked, "Do you see this in front of my name?"

Commissioner Steve Arndt laughed and said, "I don't think there's any fear of a coup."

-- Jacob Lammers

LSU gear selling well, for some reason

Here's a bit of economics news from Slidell, La.: Sales at the Who Dat Shoppe have been booming.

The store, which sells sports-related gear for fans of the Louisiana State Tigers and New Orleans Saints, is well stocked with T-shirts, coffee mugs, water bottles, signs, license plates, glasses and other paraphernalia celebrating LSU's national championship. The shop's owner, Robert B. Dunaway, said the gear arrived at his shop at 1 p.m. the day after LSU defeated Ohio State.

Many football fans from Ohio visited the shop recently and puzzled over its name. It comes from a saying by Saints fans, "Who dat going to beat dem Saints?", which Dunaway wrote down so a visiting reporter could get the grammar and spelling right.

Dunaway was asked if fans of the Southeast Conference are going to be difficult to put up with until a non-SEC team wins a national championship.

He paused to consider his reply, and said, "Yeah, it's going to be tough."

"It's really been exciting," he added.

-- Tom Jackson

You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!

At a recent Milan Village Council meeting, I was following up on the developing dispute between the village and ODOT regarding who should foot the bill for permanent repairs to a portion of U.S. 250 approaching the east bank of Rattlesnake Creek Bridge.

Among other questions, I inquired about the relative stability of the stretch of road in question. Then I realized I'd just driven over that bridge, and would have to drive over it again to get home.

Maybe I didn't want to know how stable it was...

-- Jennifer Grathwol

The lake is north

At Thursday night's Bellevue School Board meeting, board members approved the addition of a geography class. President Ted Clark said it was a much-needed class.

"I'm glad to see a geography class here -- so many people don't know where the lake is," he said.

Some members of the community in attendance at the meeting raised their hand.

Just go north.

-- Laura Collins