4:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE Bellevue City Schools superintendent Bud Martin and assistant superintendent Darrell Hykes remain suspended with pay. The school board met this morning to officially approve the recommendation made by board president Ted Clark and vice president Martin Shelly that Martin and Hykes being suspended for alleged violations of board policies. Record show Martin and Hykes were repeatedly accused of making sexually inappropriate comments and uncomfortable working conditions for female employees. Martin and Hykes were escorted off school property July 9 and placed on paid administrative leave.
4:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
Christie Lane Industries (CLI) has begun a month-long project to collect container glass from area bars and restaurants for business use. Christie Lane is a nonprofit business in Norwalk with a mission of increasing the earnings and status of workers with developmental disabilities. CLI will use some of the recycled glass for making glass tile. Any container glass it doesn't use for that purpose will be sold to Strategic Materials, a glass processing plant in Cleveland. Businesses interested in supplying CLI with container glass should call CLI Director John Schwartz at (419) 668-8840, ext. 115.
4:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
The city of Norwalk is looking for one interested member of the community to serve as the citizen representative to the Police Chief Selection Board established pursuant to Norwalk Codified Ordinance 145.12(a). The Police Chief Selection Board serves to review, evaluate and interview applicants for the position of chief of police. The citizen representative must be a resident of the city of Norwalk and must be available to attend all meetings of the selection board. All residents interested in serving as the citizen representative should submit a signed, written letter of interest to the Safety/Service Director, 38 Whittlesey Avenue, Norwalk, Ohio 44857. Only letters received by 4 p.m. July 24 will be considered.
4:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
AKRON Time Warner Cable Road Runner customers can now surf the Web even faster with increased speeds and a special product called PowerBoost. Both enhancements come at no additional cost. PowerBoost is a new technology being deployed that allows Road Runner Standard and Turbo customers to temporarily experience download speeds significantly faster than their current speed. With PowerBoost, Turbo customers will see download speeds increase from 15 Mbps (Megabytes per second) to 22 Mbps while downloading large files from the Internet when network capacity is available. Standard service will increase from seven Mbps to 14 with PowerBoost. "We are very excited to be delivering the free, time-saving feature of PowerBoost to our Road Runner Standard and Turbo customers," said Steve Fry, Time Warner Cable Northeast Ohio. "PowerBoost will jumpstart a large file download, giving users more time to enjoy the multitude of media available online, including that made available through RoadRunner.com." The speed provided by PowerBoost is in relation to the level of Road Runner service a customer is subscribed to. Once a PowerBoost is completed, a download in progress will continue at the normal provisioned speed.
4:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
JULY 16, 1968 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 41 years ago: Norwalk Marine killed in Vietnam
4:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Starting this coming school year, Central Elementary fourth-graders will be able to choose to study the Gospels once a week during recess off school property. The Willard Board of Education voted unanimously, without discussion, to approve a program called Released Time. Nobody attending the meeting spoke about the program, except the Revs. Doug Winner and John Baich.
4:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Northeast Ohio average price at the pump for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline declined 11.6 cents this week. The current fuel cost is $2.428 a gallon. One year ago this week, Northeast Ohio gas prices hit their all time high of $4.044.
4:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - The village appeared more like the Wild, Wild West when police and other first-responders had to track down a horse that got loose from a rural Wakeman resident who rode it into town Sunday. The same man, Robert M. Tite, 57, of 2785 Chenango Road, faces multiple criminal charges in connection with damaging his neighbor's property while driving intoxicated on a bulldozer. That June 26 incident garnered national headlines.
4:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLLINS - The manufactured Court Road house was supposed to be the dream home for Jim and Patti Johnson. Instead, it has turned into nearly five years of a living nightmare of drainage problems, cracked walls, an uneven basement floor with visible waves and support beams installed upside down. And that's just the beginning of the laundry list of the couple's complaints.
4:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Wellington rape suspect is expected to be arraigned today in Norwalk Municipal Court. Joel D. Hill, 51, is accused of entering the premises of a woman's southern Huron County home "by force or by threat" and raping a 51-year-old female resident, Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Annette McLaughlin said. The detective said the incident happened in the "late evening hours" Tuesday.
4:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
People like to throw that word around a lot. But what is a "hero"? It was used often Saturday during a funeral for former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair.
4:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's time to get going. "It's about pride in Huron County and pride in Norwalk," local resident Jim Ewell said Monday afternoon.
4:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - The Ohio House voted Monday to accept the changes made by a six-member legislative conference committee, nearly two weeks past the July 1 deadline. The committee was tasked with closing a $3.2 billion deficit. The Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 1. State Rep. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk) voted against the $50.5 billion, two-year state operating budget which passed the Ohio House 54-44.
4:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Police Capt. Eric Hipp will begin serving as acting police chief Saturday one day after Chief Kevin Cashen's last day in the office. Hipp, who also has been assigned as secretary of police, said he sees his job as "maintaining the department in the right direction." He said he doesn't see the temporary position as the time to start changing things.
4:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Public Library Executive Director Martin Haffey expressed cautious relief Tuesday that state budget cuts to libraries won't be as drastic as initially thought. But, he said "we're not out of the woods yet." Ohio House members have approved a $50.5 billion, two-year state operating budget, which passed the Ohio House by a 54-44 vote. Built into the budget are $2.5 billion in cuts to close a $3.2 billion deficit.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
As we prepared for the "On the Move for LIFE" event this year, apprehension gnawed away at us. We were faced with the responsibility of going out and asking for financial support from an already suffering community. Many people had lost their jobs, their homes, while others were being threatened with that possibility. Businesses, some long standing, were closing. Churches were feeling the impact of the slow economy. We began to see more clients, as husbands became unemployed causing a normal pregnancy to become a crisis pregnancy. Every morning, our staff spends the first hour of our day in prayer and devotions. We prayed for those we knew were in need, for our community, and for our country. We prayed for the walk, repeatedly lifting it up to Him. As days passed, I heard stories of how our walkers were seeing the pain and anguish in the faces of those being asked for support. To add to the burden, this year we were asking businesses to help us with auction items for our birthday celebration on July 28. Most of those who our walkers talked with, donated to either the walk or the auction; some to both. Support was coming in, but very slowly. We continued praying each day asking Him to take charge of our event. On the day of the walk, as I was driving to the Veterans Park, ominous gray clouds loomed over the city. Lightening and thunder presented a backdrop for the event. Lord, I prayed, you have the awesome power to clear the skies and cover us with a rainbow if You choose. Upon reaching the shelter, the rain had turned to mist. The turn-out for the walk was small but for those who ventured out, it was a wonderful time for socializing and meeting some of our supporters. Soon the clouds parted and the sun poked through. Children were swinging and a man was exercising his dog by throwing a stick into the water to be retrieved.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
The weather can get a a little violent in northern Ohio during the summer months. Heavy thunderstorms come and go, sometimes causing flooding that turns area rivers and streams into nightmares and lakes into brown chocolate. When you're standing in your backyard holding a fishing rod with no place to go, there's always one place worth trying, and that's to any handy up-ground reservoir. It can rain fire and salt and these hotspots will be clear and clean. And usually full of fish if you know how to catch them. If there's a problem, it's that up-grounds are far different from ordinary lakes. Their sides are covered with riprap limestone blocks that extend well into the water, and there may be submerged islands or stump fields out there somewhere or there may not. Typically, they're bowl shaped falling quickly into deep water with no nice little bays and backwaters or weed beds, so you fish them differently. How? First, keep one thought in mind. Reservoir fish spend most of their time in deeper water, coming shallow near dark to forage around the riprap and cruise the shoreline looking for dinner. They may stay there all night and still be close to dry land at daylight, but then they make a slow, gradual migration back to deeper water for the day. So, if you're going to fish them from shore, it's a good idea to be there at first gray light or just before dark. I've fished a good many up-grounds in my time, and when I was shore fishing my battleplan was to get there as soon as I could see, and parallel cast the shoreline with one of my favorite pearl gray 3/8-ounce Roostertail spinners. If the reservoir held smallmouth bass I could almost count on catching some this way, taking fish sometimes only 10 feet or so from the bank. Largemouth bass would hit, too, and on rare occasion I might even take a foraging walleye.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
When newcomers to a town use adjectives such as "awesome," "heartwarming," "eye-opening" and "amazing," it's a pretty good bet they like what they see. Such is the case with Capts. Mike and Dianna Morales, the new spiritual leaders at the Norwalk Salvation Army.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
ORRVILE The Orrville Railroad Heritage Society will hold its 29th Annual Orrville Railroad Days from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 7 and 8. The Orrville "Motorin' on Market" automobile cruise-in will take place on W. Market St., west of Ohio 57. In addition to the cruise-in and other entertainment, a Gerber Chicken Barbecue will be held at the ORHS Pennsylvania Railroad Depot Museum, 145 W. Market St. A quarter chicken will cost $6 and a half chicken $8. Admission to the events is free although donations will be accepted. Short train and track-car rides will be provided on the ORHS Orrville branch line track Aug. 8 and a locomotive walk-through will be available at the McGill Street crossing. The Depot Gift Shop will be open for T-shirts, caps, gifts, railroad books and videos, souvenirs, etc.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Former Pizza Post employees from about 1977 through 1982 are gathering for a reunion at 6 p.m. Friday at Pizza Post, 222 1/2 E. Main St. If you have not been contacted, please feel free to join in for dinner, sharing memories and catching up with old friends. Hitching Post employees from those years also are welcome to join. Zina Castle and Dale Egle have been organizing the meeting. If you cannot make it, but would like to share your contact information with those in attendance and possible future gatherings, please contact Theresa Fisher at (419) 706-0321 or via e-mail at tessfisher@neo.rr.com.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohio 162, between Rome Greenwich Road and Greenwich Milan Townline Road, will be closed Monday for a culvert replacement. The road will re-open July 24. The detour route for eastbound motorists is Ohio 162, south on Ohio 61, east on U.S. 224 and north on Ohio 13 to Ohio 162.