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Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:12 PM

APRIL 11, 1979

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 29 years ago:

City on verge of growth breakthrough

Norwalk will experience unprecedented growth in the next five years, Mayor Wayne Goodsite told the Lions Club Thursday night.

We're talking to several industries and we're talking to several businesses," he said. "We can't tell you who they are or how close they are to coming here." But the mayor said he is certain the city is on the verge of a real breakthrough in industrial and commercial expansion.

The only real hint he tossed out as to the type of new business considering Norwalk was that the city will be getting more motel rooms. "We lost an industry awhile back because we didn't have motel and meeting facilities to accommodate the wining and dining they do. I think we're quite close to getting that situation settled.

Otherwise, said Goodsite, Norwalk has prepared the way for industrial expansion by annexing more than 600 acres during the last seven years, and by improving its water supply. Annexations include a 175-acre industrial park.

Doane gets highway job

Orin L. Doane, a deputy with the Huron County Sheriff's Department for seven years, has been appointed superintendent of the state highway garage here.

Doane took over April 2, replacing Melvin Robinson who resigned April 28, 1978. In the interim, Ralph Holzmiller Jr. served as acting director. Holzmiller, of Collins, has returned to being the assistant superintendent, a post he's held for the last two years.

Two retired teachers featured on local radio

Two members of the Huron county Retired Teachers Association were guest speakers on WLKR's Sound Off program April 4. Mrs. Violet Sanders was the interviewer while Ilo Dolbee gave an interesting description of her trip to the Holy Land.

Closing sale winds down at A&P

The feverish bustle in the "going out of business" sale at the A&P store has calmed down.

More than two-thirds of the shelves at the A&P store are empty and the aisles are cordoned off. Merchandise has been consolidated onto a few racks.

Title journey begins today

Ralph Ritzenthaler isn't backing down from this challenge.

The first-year Norwalk High School softball coach dismisses the Truckers' 3-12 record in 1978 when he says, "The Northern Ohio League may crown a champion at Norwalk High School in a year or two.

Ritzenthaler is pinning a large part of his hopes on the pitching ability of sophomore Teri Camp and freshman Kim Smith as well as seven returning lettermen.

Junior Lynn Gfell will catch while Melissa Daily is the first baseman. Rita Linder gets the nod at second base with Camp at third when she isn't pitching.

Sophomore Robin Welch rounds out the infield at shortstop.

In the outfield Ritzenthaler has tabbed freshman Sue Risner, senior Mary McGlothen and freshman Tracey Hofacker to the starting lineup.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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