9:35 PM Aug 4, 2010
Erie Metroparks reopened Edison Woods Erie Metroparks, 10204 Ohio 61, on Wednesday after a state wildlife officer was unable to find one of two coyotes that approached a Norwalk woman and her 7-year-old son Monday. Erie County sheriff's deputies shot and killed one of the two coyotes that ran directly toward them Monday afternoon, Capt. Paul Sigsworth said. "They did fire at both animals as they got close. One was killed. One may have been hit, but escaped,' he said.
3:50 PM Aug 4, 2010
Norwalk residents are being asked to "stuff the bus" with school supplies for needy children. From 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 13, a school bus will be parked at the Norwalk City Schools central office on Benedict Avenue.
6:22 PM Aug 3, 2010
Melanie Boose is a lucky woman. She lived in the upstairs apartment in the Uptown Norwalk building that housed the Shamrock Tavern, Cameo Pizza and Pat's Barber Shop that burned Sunday night. Firefighters said the North Hester Street structure is a total loss with about $140,000 in property damage and another $100,000 for the contents. Boose was taking a shower when the fire was reported at 6:43 p.m.
6:19 PM Aug 3, 2010
Abbi Obermiller, who made national headlines in June after she ran away from her grandparents home in Norwalk, was released to the custody of her parents Monday. Obermiller, 17, had been placed in the temporary custody of her brother Andy Obermiller of Plymouth since July 9. Obermiller, of North Fairfield, was in Huron County Juvenile Court on Monday for a hearing. After a discussion, Obermiller admitted to the charge of obstructing official business in exchange for the charge of unruliness being dismissed.
1:06 PM Aug 3, 2010
The Fund for Huron County is accepting applications for grants. Applications are due by Sept. 1. The Fund makes grants to Huron County non-profit agencies.
12:57 PM Aug 3, 2010
Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch called it an institution. One of Norwalk's landmarks took an awful beating Sunday night when fire broke out in an apartment above the Shamrock Tavern on Hester Street.
5:05 PM Aug 2, 2010
Two local teens suffered serious injuries in an alcohol-related car crash Sunday morning on Alpha Road about 500 feet west of Ohio 13 in Greenwich Township. Tyler C. Jones, 16, of Greenwich, was driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand AM west on Alpha Road at 6:56 a.m. Sunday when the vehicle went off the right side and struck a ditch, troopers with the Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol said. The vehicle continued by overturning and striking a house before coming to rest on its side.
5:03 PM Aug 2, 2010
Erma Beebe was all smiles when she was surprised by her co-workers Friday morning as they presented her with a birthday party at the Norwalk office of Goodwill Industries of Erie, Huron, Ottawa and Sandusky Counties Inc. Beebe, who has worked at Goodwill for four years, turned 86 on Friday. "Its marvelous, I can't believe anyone would do this for me. The people I work with are just wonderful,' Beebe said. Tracy Nason, manager of the Norwalk location, said Beebe works 25 hours a week and is one of her hardest workers.
5:00 PM Aug 2, 2010
A group of onlookers could not hold back their tears as they watched firefighters at work. The Uptown Norwalk building that houses the Shamrock Tavern, Cameo Pizza, Pat's Barber Shop and an upstairs apartment burned Sunday night. That building, located on Hester Street, might be damaged beyond repair, firefighters said. But thanks in large part to the efforts of a passerby and Cameo employees, the apartment tenant escaped without injury. "I was over at the library dropping off DVDs and smelled smoke,' Norwalk resident Eric Klypchak said.
2:27 PM Aug 2, 2010
It's full-steam ahead for Willard resident Gregory Scott Davidson. Davidson, 42, and a Democrat, is facing Republican incumbent Terry Boose and Libertarian challenger Bob Williams in the race to represent Ohio Statehouse's 58th district, which consists of Huron County and portions of Lorain and Seneca counties. Davidson's campaign recently stopped at the Reflector. "It's going great,' he said of the campaign. "I've had a very good response.'
2:20 PM Aug 2, 2010
For almost a year now, many Huron County offices have been operating on a shortened work week. But as sales tax collection starts to pick up and income tax revenue shows some life for the first time in years, could it be time to extend those work weeks back to 40 hours, making many offices open again after noon on Fridays? "I've been saying since May this is a top priority, getting the employees back to 40 hours,' County Commissioner Larry Silcox said. "But it just did not happen because of finances,' he added.
1:49 PM Aug 2, 2010
Allstate Insurance Company has recognized Allstate exclusive agency owner Tonia Maxwell with the Inner Circle Conference award for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and profitable business growth. The Dilger-Maxwell Insurance Agency is among only 2 percent of insurance agencies and personal financial representatives for Allstate nationally to reach this level of achievement, based on sales for auto, property, commercial, power sports insurance and financial services.
1:47 PM Aug 2, 2010
Croghan Colonial Bank is sponsoring the Small Business Reinvention Scholarship Program for uptown businesses to attend Jon Schallert's Destination Business Bootcamp in Colorado in September. The boot camp teaches business owners new methods of bringing more customers and tourists to their stores and to the community. Croghan Colonial Bank's scholarship provides the tuition for business owners to attend the learning experience, while each business owner pays for their travel expenses.
1:33 PM Aug 2, 2010
"Lonesome Dove' is one of the great novels of the last 50 years. And I resisted reading it with all my might. In 1986, copies of it were literally piled high at the entrance to book stores. At the airport newsstands, it sat for weeks in the "Number One Best Seller' slot. The blurbs on the front and back covers were filled with superlatives. It won the Pulitzer Prize for literature. And frequently that year I was in need of something to read while traveling or vacationing. But I just could not bring myself to buy a copy.
1:29 PM Aug 2, 2010
A Norwalk woman who organized a protest of the Carson and Barnes circus was arrested by deputies Friday. Sherri L. Rodriguez, 46, of 24-B Bank St., was arrested Friday on an active warrant through Huron County Juvenile Court. She was transported to the county jail to serve a 90-day jail term on a contempt charge. Rodriguez had organized a recent protest of the Carson and Barnes circus because she claimed the circus personnel treated the circus animals poorly.
1:30 PM Jul 29, 2010
A Norwalk husband and wife accused of burglarizing a woman's residence were indicted by a Huron County grand jury Wednesday. On June 20, Zachary R. Chaffee, 25, and Kayla Chaffee, 23, both of 12 Bouscay Ave., were at a party and reportedly decided to break into one woman's home while she was at the same party, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.
1:27 PM Jul 29, 2010
A trailer full of bailed straw caught on fire Tuesday night at "Heyman's Haymakers' in Monroeville. One firefighter, Travis McGrady, had to be taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center for heat exhaustion. He was treated and released a couple of hours later, Huron River Joint Fire District Chief Tom Beck said Wednesday.
1:24 PM Jul 29, 2010
In an example of cooperation between the city of Norwalk and Huron County, Old State Road was paved last week. The paving of Old State between East Main and the Milan village limits might sound simple, but it really isn't, according to local officials, because the road goes in and out of the city limits and township.
1:21 PM Jul 29, 2010
Rod Smith has been selected as the high school principal at EHOVE Career Center. An assistant principal last year, Smith replaces Denny Muratori, who recently moved on to Sandusky City Schools as an assistant superintendent. In his new role, Smith said he plans to focus on student achievement and help EHOVE's high school students reach graduation, then continue their path to success by going to college, being placed at a job site or joining the military.
3:46 PM Jul 28, 2010
BERLIN TOWNSHIP - Firelands Regional Medical Center plans to build a medical office building on property it recently acquired. Spokeswoman Leslie Mesenburg said once the hospital receives the deed, more details will be released. Plans call for the building to stand one story and comprise 2,000 square feet.
3:43 PM Jul 28, 2010
CLARKSFIELD TOWNSHIP - A New London man is in custody after attempting to allegedly burglarize a Fitchville River Road home Tuesday. "At about 3:30 p.m., a woman came home to her Fitchville River Road house and noticed a red automobile in the driveway,' Huron County Sheriff's Lt. Annette McLaughlin said.