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akrause@norwalkreflector.com Despite the shaky economy, people seeking help from the Huron County Department of Job and Family Services (HCDJFS) can expect to receive assistance, the agency's executive director said. Teresa Alt said the agency has not yet received its latest allocation figures from the state based on the state budget. In the meantime, agency officials are shuffling duties and not filling vacated positions to maintain service levels, Alt said. HCDJFS receives 67 percent of its funding from the Federal government, 25 percent from the state and 8 percent local.
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Three suspects accused of bringing heroin to Norwalk from Columbus are awaiting Norwalk Municipal Court bond hearings today in the Huron County Jail. Norwalk residents Rachelle V. Holmes, 26, and Andrew S. Missler, 22, both of 2429 S. U.S. 250 and Aaron J. Rospert, 31, of 134 Friedley Ave., Bellevue, were arrested after a traffic stop about 10:20 p.m. Saturday. Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Bob McLaughlin said the Columbus Police Department gave authorities a tip about 1 1/2 hours before the U.S. 250 incident north of Jennings Road.
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WILLARD - City council approved placing a one-half mill replacement levy on November's ballot for the operation of the parks department. City Manager Brian Humphress said a 1 mill property tax currently on the books raises about $39,000 annually for the park. However, Humphress said the city is operating the park on the same amount of money generated in the 1980s, necessitating the change because of rising costs. If voters approve the measure, it would raise the levy's effective rate from .35 to .5, Humphress said.
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OBERLIN The Lorain County JVS School Board hired Wakeman resident John Nolan as its new superintendent at a recent meeting. "I look forward to leading this district as it prepares students to succeed in today's global economy," he said. Nolan will assume the duties of superintendent immediately. Nolan has served as JVS assistant superintendent since August 2007. Before coming to the JVS, Nolan was the Assistant Superintendent of Bellevue City Schools (2006-2007) and the Superintendent of New Riegel Schools (2004-2006).
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news@norwalkreflector.com EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second in a series of articles on the first anniversary of the closing of Norwalk Furniture last summer. In 2002, a 100th anniversary video telling the history of Norwalk Furniture was produced. It ended with photos of all the current employees who had worked at the company for more than 25 years. There were 131 of them. That meant that approximately 20 percent of the work force at that time had been employed at Norwalk Furniture for more than a quarter century.
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The bad news is that Huron County's unemployment rate remains high at 15 percent. That is well above the national average of 9.5 percent and the state average of 11.1 percent. That figure also is significantly higher than the county's 8.1 percent rate a year ago.
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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will travel to the Cleveland area on Thursday, and area residents are invited to register for an opportunity to attend the event. Obama will hold a town hall meeting on health reform at the Shaker Heights High School after touring the Cleveland Clinic.
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BELLEVUE The Belleuve Recreation Department is offering different activities this summer. Here is a short round-up of some of the offerings. Swim Lessons The Bellevue Recreation Department will offer the last session of swim lessons for the summer beginning July 27th. Classes will be held July 27 to 31 and August 3 to 5. Morning and evening classes are available. Classes are $20 for pool members and $28 for non-members. The schedule is as follows: 10 to 10:40 a.m. Level 3 & 4
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MILAN Nicki Smith, 21, of Milan Township, was involved in a one-car accident Thursday on River Road near her home. Smith said she was forced off the road by another car that went left of center. The silver car left the scene. If anybody has any information about the car, contact the Erie County Sheriff's Office at (419) 625-7951 or Donny at (419) 681-1761. There is a cash reward for anybody who has information that leads to an arrest.
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news@norwalkreflector.com NEW LONDON The visitors' side of the football field should soon have a new set of bleachers, thanks to action by the New London school board Monday. The present bleachers have been determined to be unsafe, so Athletic Director Randy Hord got several bids for new ones. After discussion, the board voted to contract with Dave York Sports from Louisville, Ky. to provide bleachers to seat 186 people at a cost of $27,000. The motion was passed pending clarification of an item in the contract, but the bleachers should be in place by the first home football game, Aug. 28.
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HURON - Patrick Saunders calls it the "closest thing to flying without actually doing it.' But it's not a bird or a plane.
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WAKEMAN - There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday to kick off the nearly $220,000 Ogan Road bridge project the first of three Huron County bridge projects to receive ARRA "stimulus" funding. Fort Defiance Construction & Supply, Inc. began the actual construction today. Working with Fort Defiance are area suppliers and contractors Oglesby Construction, Lake Erie Construction, Erie Blacktop, Wm. Dauch Concrete and Messenburg Brothers.
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BELLEVUE - The Belleve City Schools board voted Thursday to fire Superintendent Bud Martin and Assistant Superintendent Darrell Hykes. Records show Martin and Hykes were repeatedly accused of making sexually inappropriate comments and creating uncomfortable working conditions for female employees.
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MADISON - A woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Ohio 545 and Crall Road on Sunday afternoon. Ellen Mishey, 80, of Mansfield, died at MedCentral Health System in Mansfield from injuries she sustained in the crash about 1:10 p.m. She was a passenger in a 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by Charles M. Mishey, 83, who received serious injuries.
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Last summer Norwalk Furniture Norwalk's second largest employer declared bankruptcy. At the time, it was one of the worst business disasters any of us could imagine: a 106-year-old, fourth-generation family business with the name of our city on the side of the factory going under. Unthinkable.
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The defendant's father was upset when he learned he couldn't embrace his daughter before she left court Friday. "C'mon, man. I can't give my daughter a hug," he told the corrections officer and scowled at him.
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Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch praised Gov. Ted Strickland's budget, vision and leadership Thursday. However, the mayor isn't happy that money from slot machines will help balance the budget, but said Strickland did what he had to do.
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COLLINS - Tiffany Pleska is the queen who will reign over Wakeman's Homecoming Firemen's Festival Sunday and Sadie Hartman will be the princess. The two were selected by judges Tom and Dorthea Miller and Louise Haden in the contest held Saturday evening at Western Reserve High School.
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The face of Huron County will change next month. Bill Ommert, emergency management agency coordinator for the past 18 years, will retire at the age of 69. "I'm turning 70 on Sept. 13 and that's part of it," Ommert said. "I want to spend more time fishing, hunting and spoiling the grandchildren."
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The Ohio Senate's refusal to take action on the state's budget is a dangerous course for Ohio's seniors. By not incorporating the revenue raised in Gov. Strickland's proposal for video lottery terminals, the Ohio Senate is asking that Ohioans bear the brunt of further cuts to vital services in a time of increasing need to the tune of $1 billion. For Ohio seniors, in addition to the cuts already forecasted, that translates to an additional 10.5 percent cut in Senior Community Services and drastic cuts to PASSPORT, the program that provides older Ohioans crucial community-based long-term care services. In other words, the additional cuts mean that more than 11,000 seniors will not be served over the next two years through at-home care services that save Ohio tax dollars. Instead, taxpayers will spend an additional estimated $142 million in increased nursing home expenses. Furthermore, because of cuts to the Assisted Living program, 1,600 people would not be served over the next two years, costing Ohio taxpayers another estimated $19 million in increased nursing home costs. Another important aid for seniors in the state budget is the Senior Community Services line item. These funds go to support vital services such as home-delivered meals, transportation to medical appointments, adult day services and other home care services as well as help to draw down additional federal dollars. Already slated for a 30 percent cut, if these funds are cut an additional 10 percent, Ohio jeopardizes $14 million in federal money and leaves over 62,000 older Ohioans without services. Ohio cannot afford to desert our elderly and leave nursing facility placement as their only supported option.
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JULY 22, 1922 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 87 years ago: Drowned girls were on picnic at the reservoir Little Anna Gregory and her little guest from Cleveland, Margaret Nagy, lie dead at the Laible & Brady Morgue.