If Crystal Bowersox makes it into the final two tonight, she may owe a nod to Ellen DeGeneres.
Ellen chose the song that became her breakout performance of the evening: "Maybe I'm Amazed," by Paul McCartney.
ERIE COUNTY SHERIFF
WEDNESDAY, MAY 12
8:56 p.m. -- 4900 block Cleveland Road, Vermilion, Deborah L. Lentz, 56, Bloomville, persistent disorderly conduct while intoxicated.
SUNDAY, MAY 16
7:35 a.m. -- Ransom Road and Ohio 113 W., Donald E. Stahl, 22, Bellevue, speeding.
Serious, high-minded journalists will no doubt spend the next few days discussing the case of U.S. Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind., a socially-conservative, "family-values" Republican who is resigning after confessing an affair with one of his aides.
After taking the stage for her hometown, American Idol finalist Crystal Bowersox is back in the national spotlight tonight.
She'll perform "Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney - a song chosen by Idol judge Ellen DeGeneres.
Today's varsity baseball game against Toledo Christian High School has been canceled and will be made up at 11 a.m. Saturday. Today's varsity softball game against Cardinal Stritch High School has been canceled and will be made up at 3:30 p.m. Monday.
An overheated pool motor filled a storage room with smoke at Margaretta High School, interrupting a band banquet.
Bobbi Elliott said a few dozen band students and their parents were eating in the gymnasium Monday evening when the fire alarm sounded, forcing everyone to evacuate.
"The fire department came and told everyone to go home,' she said.
Crystal Bowersox's limelight will lend some of its glow to Ottawa County during the airing of American Idol this week.
The folksy local singer visited her home county on Friday for a segment on the Idol finalists' hometowns. After dropping by her old stomping grounds in Elliston, Bowersox performed a short concert at the Ottawa County fairgrounds that drew 5,000 to 6,000 people.
Residents with property damaged from recent storms are reminded to hire contractors they know and trust to assess damage.
Local insurance agents expressed concern this week about out-of-town contractors trying to take advantage of residents by demanding lots of money up front or incorrectly assessing roof damage.
In the end, it was the practical thing to do.
Facing public opposition in a political climate of property rights and mistrust of government, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources with an outward show of good grace backed off from its intent to designate the Vermilion River a state scenic river.
Progress on the Third Street area sewer separation project has been slowed by stormy weather.
City officials say as long as inclement weather stays away for a while, crews should be able to minimize any impacts of the construction on the upcoming Walleye Festival.
An ad in Sunday's Register pictured a baby monkey that was "free to a good home," perched on the shoulder of a smiling young man.
Sorry folks -- the monkey's not available, and the man is already taken.
If you called to find out how you could make that monkey your own, you're not alone.
A trailer went up in flames late this morning in the Inland Mobile Home Park & Marina.
Officials said the trailer was bought just weeks ago and it's unclear whether the new owners had moved in yet or not.
It's a total loss.
Read more in Tuesday's Register