7:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY (MCT) - Cedar Fair LP said Tuesday that a 40-day shopping period for soliciting additional bids has ended without generating alternate offers for the Sandusky amusement-park company. That means it's unlikely no suitors will emerge to outbid private equity firm Apollo Global Management, which struck a $2.4 billion deal on Dec. 17 to acquire Cedar Fair for $11.50 a share. But the lack of other buyers for Cedar Fair's 11 amusement parks and six water parks doesn't guarantee that shareholders will approve the proposed sale to Apollo.
7:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com It has been more than 200 years since the dedication of the Norwalk First United Church building. Church members and staff want the church, which badly needs some repairs, to last well into the future. To that end, the congregation is holding a benefit auction to raise money for its endowment fund at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in the fellowship hall. Auctioneer Gail Pickworth will try to sell items such as: Toledo Mud Hens tickets, a one-week's stay at an ocean front condo in Hilton Head, S.C., Cleveland Opera tickets, Great Wolf Lodge passes, Firelands Symphony Orchestra tickets, movie passes, Pro Football Hall of Fame tickets, Kenilee Lanes bowling passes, a motor scooter, 18 holes of golf, a James Dean unopened 550 Golden Spotlight puzzle and a Hannah Montana DS game.
7:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Firefighters are battling a house fire on Ohio 269 a few miles south of Bellevue. The Reflector has sent a reporter and photographer to the scene just before noon today. No other information is available. Check back on this Web site for updates
7:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
FREMONT (MCT) - D'Andre Everett, 11, was collecting dead fish from the icy surface of the Sandusky River with his two brothers and best friend about 1:20 p.m. yesterday as he watched his companions fall through the thin ice. The three boys brothers Da'Vontae Everett, 8, Jay'Den Taylor-Everett, 7, and their friend Rafel Villanueva, 10 later died.
7:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
ORVILLE (MCT)- This should perk up any aspiring musician looking for the next big break: a chance to perform in front of an American Idol judge and have your music featured in a TV commercial. Folgers is looking to update its familiar Best Part of Wakin' Up jingle and has launched a new contest.
7:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) _ The Obama administration tried Sunday to steady itself and its top domestic priority after last week's stunning Massachusetts Senate upset, as a top White House official vowed to move ahead with comprehensive health care legislation because "the underlying elements of it are popular and important.' "The president will not walk away from the American people, will not hand them over to the tender mercies of health insurance companies who take advantage' of them, White House senior advisor David Axelrod said on ABC's "This Week.'
7:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
ELYRIA - The President of the United States received something similar to a rock-god reception when he entered Ewing Field House early Friday afternoon. There was an immediate standing ovation. Amid the thunderous applause, dozens of cameras flashed and women screamed.
7:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk resident Stephen A. Roth, who was pulled from his Whittlesey Avenue home after a fire Jan. 14, died today at Stein Hospice Care Center in Sandusky.
7:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANUDSKY (MCT) - A Texas hedge fund that recently became the biggest shareholder in Cedar Fair LP said Friday it will vote against a $2.4 billion sale of the northwest Ohio amusement park chain to New York City private equity firm Apollo Global Management. Q Funding III LP, of Fort Worth, announced that as of Jan. 20 it controls 9.8 percent of Cedar Fair stock or 5.4 million shares out of 55.2 million total. In a statement Friday, Q Funding said it doesn't believe Apollo's offer to pay shareholders $11.50 a share under the deal reflects Cedar Fair's true value.
7:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
When Sean McNeil, "American Idol" contestant, was beat out by Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood, his career as a vocalist and guitarist did not end. The recording artist will not only help judge the "Firelands Idol" semifinals at 2 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Edison High School Little Theatre, he also will perform a mini-concert while the other judges tally the contestants scores.
7:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Las Vegas is a new experience every time for me. On one visit, I was pulled up on stage and made part of the Cirque du Soleil show called Mystere in the Treasure Island theater.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
H1N1 Clinic The Huron County Health Department will hold a free H1N1 Clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Salvation Army, 55 Whittlesey Ave., Norwalk. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., free of charge. Haiti relief drive SANDUSKY Berlin-Milan schools are teaming with Bassett's Market to help those in need after the devastating earthquake that has taken nearly 200,000 lives. The school district and the market will be collecting the following supplies at all four school buildings until Friday:
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Need reading supplies? Visit your local library and warm up with a good book. The main floor front door is now open. The community news bulletin board and federal tax forms are located in the foyer of the main entrance. Check out our Web site atwww.norwalk.lib.oh.us for tax links. Storytime registration is still possible in the Children's Room. The first storytime will take place from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday and in the evening from 7 to 7:45 p.m. The sessions will run through March 31. Rock 'n Readers (K-3rd grade) will meet from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Feb. 1. The "Teen After School Social Time" (grades 6-12) will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room. Teens, show off your baking skills at the "YA Cookie Bake-Off" on Feb. 16. Sign up and rules are available at the main desk.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
JAN. 26, 1973 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 37 years ago: Driver killed on Main Street Irvin J. Oglesby of Norwalk was killed instantly this morning when his eastbound car plowed into the rear of a semi-trailer truck loaded with 55,000 pounds of sand.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Although 2009 presented difficult challenges for our area businesses, it also gave way to new opportunities. The focus of many companies over the past year has been investigating new markets, diversifying their client base and supplier networks, and learning how to produce more with less. Industry leaders worked hard to find a way to not only survive, but to thrive. Ingenuity and versatility have been the keys to their sustainability and success. One of the most inventive projects in the state, and arguably the nation over the past year was located right here in Huron County. The 'Norwalk Rail Spur Project' was awarded $220,000 from the Ohio Department of Development's competitive Industrial Site Improvement Fund program in 2009. The funding allowed New Horizons Baking Company to have one of their largest commodities, flour, delivered in via rail directly to their plant through a unique vacuum and blower system. New Horizons Baking Company has also started a new $3.7 million renovation project that will upgrade one of their baking lines. The company is utilizing local builders and contractors to complete the project. This is a huge win for the area and it says a great deal about the community and New Horizons' continued commitment to and reinvestment in the Norwalk area.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Things are quiet this time of year in Columbus. "But it is an interesting time in Columbus now," said state Rep. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk). "It's my second year now and it is a whole lot different now that the budget has been settled. It seems like now, nothing is moving. There are no big bills."
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - After two weeks of frantic backroom maneuvers and withering on-air broadsides, NBC's siege with Conan O'Brien came to a close Friday evening. The comic signed off after less than eight months as host of "Tonight Show," leaving a once-venerable late-night franchise hobbled by corporate missteps and changing audience dynamics. Neither NBC nor O'Brien's producers would permit reporters to attend the taping of the final show, which began around 5 p.m. Pacific time at a Universal City studio. The network also declined to make a live feed of the program available for viewing.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Bellevue man who attempted to use a stolen credit card in the city was sentenced Thursday to a community-based corrections facility (CBCF). Michael W. Highlander, 26, of 304 Northwest St., could spend up to six months in the form of prison which focuses on education and substance abuse treatment as part of his three years of probation. He pleaded guilty Dec. 7 to receiving stolen property.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLYDE - An investigation led by state Auditor Mary Taylor's office resulted in an eight-year prison sentence for Todd Helms, former superintendent of the Clyde-Green Springs Exempted Village Local School District. Helms, 45, of Clyde, was convicted in November on 10 counts including theft in office, filing a false or fraudulent tax return, tampering with records, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and six counts of theft.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The flow of aid supplies into Haiti by air and sea picked up Friday, and more shops reopened for business but a sharp aftershock jangled nerves, giving an extra push to those considering whether to leave the shattered capital city. The aftershock, measuring 4.4, was one of many that have shaken Port-au-Prince since the devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Jan. 12.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach has filed petitions to seek re-election. Tkach currently is serving his first term as auditor after being the county treasurer from 2001 to 2007.