The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date in 1977:
W. Reserve school meeting erupts over 'child abuse'
HARTLAND CENTER — The elementary school at this crossroads hamlet was the scene Wednesday night of perhaps the best-attended, most heated Western Reserve Board of Education meeting in recent years.
About 20 parents turned out to listen to or voice complaints about “child abuse” in the high school, middle school and Wakeman Elementary School. Emory Weitzel, an eight-year-board veteran, said that until Wednesday the most residents he had ever seen at a meeting was four.
Mrs. Ann Jones, Collins, became embroiled in a shouting match with Supt. E.G. Ferres at the start of the meeting when Ferres attempted to explain Ohio’s “sunshine law” which effectively bars public discussion about the performance of individual teachers.
Mrs. Jones said she saw a teacher at Wakeman Elementary School slap a first-grader in the face last week. Last night she demanded that Ferres call a public meeting with the teacher present to discuss the incident. “This is nothing private,” she told Ferres.
But Ferres told Mrs. Jones she might open herself to a slander suit if she charged the teacher in public.
St. Paul fields its first cross country team
Can a high school coach find happiness and fulfillment without winning?”
Will that same coach survive with that philosophy in the shadow of a giant known as high school football?
If you ask Mike Reardon the above questions his answer will be an emphatic yes.
Reardon, a graduate of Western Kentucky, has taken on the task of literally building a cross country program at St. Paul.
A photo accompanying the story depicted the team taking a conditioning break while preparing for state competition. Members of the first year Flyer squad are Dan Mushett, Greg Heit, coach Reardon, Mark Smith and Bob Schweizer.
Blocking earns honor for Marrett, Shullick
Injuries have a way of bringing out the best in athletes, when one goes down, his teammates take up the slack to compensate for the loss.
And a chain of events usually begins to unfurl. An injury to running back Rick Carassco forced Norwalk coach Bob Hart to insert Steve Waugh into the Trucker backfield.
Each game since the senior running back has responded with a yeoman performance. Last Friday against Bucyrus, Waugh teamed with Eric Kirk for nearly 300 yards on the ground.
While Waugh has become accustomed to his new offensive role, two of his Trucker teammates have also responded to the challenge of blocking for a new running back.
The Reflector Player of the Week goes to two Truckers for their fine performance. Both Cal Shullick and Rich Marett are new to the guard slots this season. And not only have the two had to learn a new offensive position, but they have had to also become acquainted with a new force int he backfield, Steve Waugh.
Area man recovers coon dogs
A rural Monroeville man pursued coon dog thieves Monday night and recovered his two Red Bone dogs valued at $750.
The dogs were stolen from the home of Harold Rew on Peru Center Road. Rew pursued the thieves’ vehicle and it ran into a ditch and the thieves took off on foot. Rew recovered his dogs from the vehicle and called the Huron County Sheriff’s Department.
Coming Saturday — Oct. 20, 1977: First term of court
— Compiled by Andy Prutsok