DEC. 15, 1978
The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 29 years ago:
Board may cut 25 school jobs
The Norwalk Board of Education Thursday night decided to reduce its personnel and possibly close Bronson and Benedict schools to get through the 1979-80 school year.
In a special meeting, the board said the closing of the schools is "tentative," subject to finding out how much money it will receive from the state in July.
Superintendent James Rubright estimates there may be 25 contracts not renewed for the next school year. He said many of the losses will be through attrition and no replacements will be hired. He noted that last year the system lost 24 teachers through attrition.
Driver saved from plunge
A young Norwalk man narrowly escaped a plunge into the Huron River early today when his car slid into a bridge railing.
The highway patrol said James N. Erwin, 19, 5 Indian Terrace, was southbound on Lovers Lane Road near the Coho Dam. The car struck a guard rail and the bridge railing. Luckily the left front abutment stopped the car from toppling.
A Norwalk ambulance was called to the scene. The highway patrol said Erwin was in the car and the troopers were afraid the car might fall into the river. They were able to get the driver out though, unharmed.
Adelman rolls 774
Tom Adelman and Larry Hoacker rolled 700s in recent league action. Adelman scored a 774 and Hoacker 728.
West Baking expands
West Baking Co. here will build two new warehouses in the spring. Cost is estimated at $518,400.
The project is one of seven in Huron County approved in November by the Division of Factory and Building inspection of the Ohio Department of Industrial Relations.
Richard Smith, general manager of West Baking at Ohio 18 and Old State Road, said the two new warehouses will be built next to an existing warehouse north of the plant.
Plans also were approved for a warehouse building by builder Robert White. The building on North Pleasant Street, south of Washington, contains 5,600 square feet and carried an estimated cost of $50,000.
Auto Club merges
Consolidation of the Huron County Automobile Club with the Ohio Motorists Association was approved by the trustees, directors and voting members of the two organizations Monday at a special meeting at the University Club in Cleveland.
The merger is expected to be completed Dec. 31.
It calls for the 11,000-member Huron County AAA to retain its local operations name and offices in Norwalk and Willard. The Huron County AAA board will become the Huron County AAA Advisory Board.
James R. Westerhold, president of the Huron County AAA and general manager of radio station WLKR, was elected a trustee of the 400,000-member Ohio Motorists Association.
He and two others form the Huron County AAA board of directors were elected association corporate members, the 75-member group from which trustees are elected. The other new corporate members include Frank L. Chapman, president of Willard United Bank and formerly vice president of the Huron County AAA board, and attorney Henry E. Young of Norwalk.
Compiled by Andy Prutsok