6:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - A visit from Toledo Diocese Bishop Leonard Blair to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Wakeman will mark the end of an eight-month long renovation project. The project is the church's first in its 138-year history, Pastoral Leader Sister Carroll Schemenauer, S.N.D., said.
6:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
St. Paul battles Delphos St. John's today in the state title game for Div. VI high school football at Paul E. Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon. (NOTE - Check back on this Web site for updates throughout the game, and a recap afterward.)
6:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard and Maj. Greg Englund met with commissioners Tuesday about what to do with the metal detector at the courthouse. Howard said he would sign an agreement regarding the machine, but said he needs a resolution from the board stating the board will pay any bills involving the machine and any training required for deputies.
6:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk lost a friend Sunday when George "Ike" Liedorff died. He was 91. Liedorff was probably best known locally for his work with Lefty Grove baseball.
6:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
Neil Lydy saw a school bus pass his house and children walk to school the day after he retired from Willard City Schools after 35 years. That's when it hit him: His career as an educator, one that he enjoyed immensely, was really over. And for the next two months, as much as he'd desire to go to work, he couldn't: The state retirement board requires retired principals to remove themselves from the school setting for two months.
6:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch was not a happy camper after Tuesday night's Norwalk city council meeting. After spending months working on the 2010 budget, a key component never saw the light of day Tuesday in what some council members said was the "weirdest" council moment in years.
6:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail in connection with inappropriately touching a 15-year-old girl and making sexual comments to the victim and her friend Tuesday. Corey S. Thornton, 25, of 47 Cline St., is accused making a pass at the two girls, 15 and 16, and putting his hands on them, Norwalk Police Chief Dave Light said. The girls reported "an unknown male subject would not leave them alone" while they were on Cline Street and followed them to the northside Burger King, police said.
6:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN TWP. - House fire victim Benjamin Elfers is grateful for a working smoke alarm. "Without a smoke alarm, I probably wouldn't have my wife," he said.
6:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron and Erie county residents haven't seen ice or any of the white stuff so far. But, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is targeting bridges and overpasses to keep them free of frost and black ice as temperatures drop across the state. "Safety experts at ODOT warn that because bridges and overpasses are up in the air away from warm ground surfaces, they freeze first. ODOT crews use calibrated salt spreaders; they are on every ODOT snowplow," ODOT spokesman Brian Stacey said. "This technology allows crews to adjust the types of ice-melting materials required for each particular situation and the most effective application rates for particular temperature ranges, roadway types and weather condition," he said.
6:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Bronson-Norwalk Conservation League hall has been a Christmas wonderland lately. About 30 Christie Lane clients children through adults age 54 enjoyed the festive atmosphere Tuesday afternoon.
6:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
In an effort to ensure the safety and well being of Norwalk residents, the city reminds residents and property owners that your sidewalks must be cleared within 12 hours after a snow event ends. Norwalk city council passed an ordinance on Oct. 21, 2008 setting forth the rules for snow and ice removal. It is the responsibility of the agent, tenant or occupant of any premises located in the city limits to make their front, sides and rear sidewalks safe for travel.
6:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
Kevin Fries stopped by Jeremy Loose's pickup truck to talk shop when Loose was at Westside Sunoco to check in his deer Monday. Loose, a deer hunter for the last 12 years, reached his spot on a friend's property east of Milan with some buddies about 5:45 a.m. The Monroeville man was in his stand nearly 30 minutes later.
6:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND - Be careful. Be very careful how you share your personal life with others. Just ask Cleveland Indians all-star outfielder Grady Sizemore. Some racy pictures he sent to his girlfriend have ended up on the Internet, despite the attempt of Major League Baseball officials to have them removed from at least one Web site.
6:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
Police found one piece of suspected drug paraphernalia in a Norwalk High School student's car during a drug sweep Monday morning. The school was on lockdown starting at 8:35 a.m. for the majority of second period.
6:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
There's probably no bigger fan of golfer Tiger Woods than I. In nearly 40 years of following the game, I've never seen anybody who can do the things he can do. Jack Nicklaus couldn't do what Tiger does. Nicklaus beat people more through his management and mental games than he did on raw talent. Woods can and does routinely execute shots that are beyond even most peoples' imaginations. A golf club is quite a weapon in Tiger's hands. Also, it turns out, a golf club is apparently quite the weapon in the hands of Mrs. Woods.
6:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - Ohio hunters had near ideal weather for the opening day of deer-gun season. Hunters took 33,607 white-tailed deer on Monday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The deer-gun season remains open through Sunday and then reopens for two days Dec. 19 and 20. The preliminary figures from deer check stations throughout the state show a slight increase of 1.7 percent from last year's opening day total of 33,034.
6:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
To help balance its current biennium budget, the state of Ohio this summer imposed a new hospital "franchise fee" that will mean $2.6 million in taxes for Fisher-Titus Medical Center over the next two years. Fisher-Titus Medical Center, along with all Ohio hospitals, made its first payment toward the new state budget tax Monday. Statewide, hospitals will pay more than $718 million over the biennial. Proposed by Gov. Ted Strickland and passed by the General Assembly, the tax is being used to draw down federal Medicaid funds. Rather than fully recouping their assessments through Medicaid payments, hospitals will get back just 80 cents on the dollar leaving Ohio hospitals $145 million short. For Fisher-Titus that means a shortfall of $280,000 over two years, according to Patrick J. Martin, president of Fisher-Titus Medical Center. "This state budget-tax, along with continued underpayments from Medicaid and Medicare, and the ever-increasing numbers of uninsured patients due to our uncertain economy, is forcing us to take an even closer look at how we can cut costs internally and re-assess our outreach programs," said Patrick Martin, president of Fisher-Titus Medical Center.
6:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
jcenters@norwalkreflector.com It's been a great fall in the Bundschuh house times two. And it isn't over yet. For twins Kaylee and Kyle Bundschuh, seniors at St. Paul High School, it has been one thrill after another.
6:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
Towne and Country Players will be hosting their 44th annual Christmas Event with the appearance of the Ashland University Chamber Singers in "Ye Olde Yultide Christmas Concert" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Norwalk St. Mary Church located at the corners of State and League streets. Ron Blackley, professor of choral activities at Ashland University, is conducting the singers. Curtis Reynolds, of Greenwich; Bethany Farnham, of Vermilion; and Aly Slotterbeck, of Woodville, are the local singers who will appear in the concert. Greg McDonald, St. Mary organist and choir director, will give a carillon concert prior to the event while Blackley, the organist, also will provide pre-concert music. Rand Laycock, concert committee chairman, said the candlelight dinner prior to the event is already sold-out with only 75 tickets remaining for the 7:30 concert.
6:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
The 2010 Dog and Kennel Tag sale began Tuesday. All dogs three months of age and older are required to be licensed. Applications for dog and kennel license must be filed by Feb. 1, 2010 to avoid a penalty. A fee of $12 per tag and $60 per kennel license will be charged for the 2010 season. Help the dogs at your local Huron County Dog Pound pay $17 per tag and receive a dog bone shaped tag for the 2010 tag year. The additional $5 received per tag will go toward the medical treatment of the dogs at the Huron County Dog Pound. A late penalty of an additional $12 per dog tag and $60 per kennel license will be charged when tags are purchased after Feb. 1. An additional 75 cent application fee will be charged for each license purchased at area outposts other than the auditor's office. Kennel licenses can only be purchased at the Huron County Auditor's Office.
6:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
"Doesn't anybody stay in one place anymore?" Carole King asked in her hit song from the early 1970s, followed by the line: "It would be so fine to see your face at my door." Well, this past Thanksgiving I saw six fine faces at my door and it was wonderful. My one daughter arrived by plane from Los Angeles, my other daughter arrived by Megabus from Chicago, my one son arrived by plane from Raleigh, N.C., and my other son came by car from Oberlin. My mother came by plane from New Jersey and my father-in-law came by plane from Omaha, Neb. I am writing this column minutes after returning from bringing the last of our Thanksgiving "guests" to the airport. I put the word guests in quotation marks because these "guests" are people we once lived with, so they are not really guests. They are people who left our home or whose home my husband or I once left.