7:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Judy Rankine doesn't play with dolls. The New London woman doesn't own a "Doll Store" and don't call her a "Doll Artist." Rankine is a self-described "craftsman" who, out of pottery clay, fashions cloth dolls, giving them names and their own special costume.
7:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
AKRON - Time Warner Cable has announced the launch of a new digital channel lineup that increases the convenience of finding programming, especially high definition channels. Beginning in this month, customers will discover finding their favorite channels in high definition has become even easier. All HD offerings will move to the 1000-block of channels in the lineup. Customers can simply add a "1" to the digital channel number to find the HD Version. For example, if Discovery is on channel 130, then the HD version will be found on 1130.
7:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
He was one of the pioneers in the road construction business in Norwalk. One person who worked with him in the early years said Hug started with nothing more than a wheelbarrow and shovel and built it into a huge company. Tom Hug, 86, died Monday after a lengthy illness.
7:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is notifying unemployment claimants who exhausted their maximum 26 weeks of benefits last week (the week ending February 27, 2010) that no federal extended benefits are available at this time, after Congress let deadlines for the program expire on February 27. Because of "inaction" by Congress, deadlines for the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program expired, along with federal funding for State Extended Benefits and the Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) program, which has given claimants an additional $25 a week payment, according to ODJFS Director Douglas Lumpkin.
7:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. (MCT) - Regardless of what SeaWorld decides as Tilikum's long-term future, a conversation has started within the whale research and advocacy communities about what ought to be done with an orca linked to three human deaths. Killer-whale experts know the giant mammals to be highly intelligent and incredibly social beings. All of the authorities contacted by The Orlando Sentinel said they would rather see killer whales in their natural habitat - the earth's oceans - than in tanks at an Orlando theme park.
7:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE - The Bellevue Police Department received a report on Feb. 27 of a sexual assault that occurred in the early morning hours. The victim, a 30-year-old female city resident, reported that she had been attacked while leaving Rhino's Bar, 133 E. Main St., Bellevue, around 2:30 to 3:30 a.m. The attack occurred in the parking lot in the rear of the business.
7:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE - Agents with the Bureau of Identification and Investigation have been called to a Bellevue residence to process a home invasion this morning. The homeowner in the 5800 block of East Ohio 113 awoke this morning and discovered someone kicked in one of his doors, stole several items and his gray 2007 Honda Accord, Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Ted Patrick said. The home invasion was reported at 8:10 a.m. today, but Patrick said the incident happened overnight when the victim was sleeping. He was not harmed.
7:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
RIDGEFIELD TOWNSHIP - The winter weather has had no effect on the oil shale fire that continues to burn near River Road north of Monroeville. Area officials were hoping that a blanket of snow might put the rare fire out, but that was not the case.
7:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - The Supreme Court justices, hearing a Second Amendment challenge to Chicago's ban on handguns, signaled Tuesday they were ready to extend gun rights nationwide, clearing the way for legal attacks on state and local gun restrictions. While the court's majority appears almost certain to strike down Chicago's ordinance and rule that residents have a right to a handgun at home, the justices may decide nothing more. Instead, they said they need not spell out this year the true scope of the Second Amendment and its "right to keep and bear arms."
7:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
The so-called "Great Recession" has left Americans depending on the government dole like never before. Without record levels of welfare, unemployment and other government benefits as well as tax cuts last year, the income of U.S. households would have plunged by an astonishing $723 billion more than four times the record $167 billion drop reported last month by the Commerce Department.
7:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
A complaint by a landowner led to the arrest and prosecution of an Ohio poacher, according to The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife Timothy A. Steward, 25, of Bellville, was cited by State Wildlife Officers and found guilty in Mansfield Municipal Court of eight charges: taking a deer in the closed season, possessing a deer without legal ownership, shooting from a roadway, spotlighting, hunting without permission, interfering with a wildlife officer, littering and criminal trespassing.
7:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
RAVENNA - The Willard ultrasound technician accused of taking nude photos of patients has withdrawn his "no contest' pleas to 11 felony charges.
7:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
One thing is for sure, area road crews are looking forward to spring. "It's been tough on everybody who has had to deal with the snow," said Richard Moore, Norwalk street department superintendent.
7:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND - A Wakeman teen was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for wrestling with a juvenile detention guard who died from injuries in an April tussle. Hubert Morgan, 18, pleaded guilty in January to voluntary manslaughter in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court for the April death of William Hesson. The 39-year-old victim, a guard at the Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility in Highland Hills, died of a cardiac rhythm disturbance caused by a blow to the abdomen. Hesson's death was ruled a homicide.
7:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Olympics have me thinking about a ski vacation. Not this year, of course. There is too much expense and planning required to pull off such a thing spontaneously. The good news is that planning for any vacation is at least as much fun as the vacation itself.
7:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com There will be plenty of Corey Feldman and David Faustino sightings in Norwalk in May and none of them will be false. That's because Feldman, of "Stand By Me" and "The Lost Boys" fame and Faustino, of "Married With Children" renown, will be in Norwalk on May 22 for a celebrity charity golf outing. The event, set for 1:30 p.m. at Eagle Creek, is Norwalk Moose Lodge 1248's first such event. It's designed to raise money for hospice and scholarships for area students. The cost is $90 per person, which includes practice balls, greens fees, a golf cart and dinner at the Moose. There's an extra cost of $25 to hear Feldman's band "Truth Movement" at 8 p.m. Lodge chapter administrator Ted Heckman said he was able to bring Feldman and Faustino to Norwalk through his former position as a manager of national touring bands.
7:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
God's snowflakes Each snowflake is unique in its appearance, in its shape, in its internal and external characteristics. At the first snowfall, we are awed with the beauty of the white-blanketed ground, glittering like fields of diamonds reflecting the heaven's light. As the changes occur in our environment so too does the white essence. The snow becomes packed and hardened, soiled by the elements of everyday life. But then the heavens bring forth a new covering, hiding the bleakness and filth of the old snow, once again allowing the crystal flakes to glisten. Over time, as the flakes become mounds, we lose sight of their once intended beauty. We become impatient with the ugliness, with the inconvenience caused by the imperfect weather conditions chilled by the frigid exterior. We try to ignore it in hopes that it will go away. Like the snowflake, each of us is unique, created in his image, molded by the hands of the master. We fall into different environments and conditions sometimes becoming soiled, hardened and no longer reflective of his light. Our clients are often viewed that way. Their birth was like that first snowfall, sweet, gentle and radiant. Their environment and life's experiences have often changed them into a hardened adult covered with a thick, icy layer resistant to and protected from life's damaging elements. They are often ignored in hopes that they will go away. At Abigail, we need to look through the transparent ice and see the once precious form that our Lord created. We need to try and melt the icy surface allowing the warmth of his love to radiate within their souls. We need to convince them that the only true protection is through a relationship with our heavenly father. We need to show them that his love is great and no matter what their life has been filled with, he will forgive, his love is limitless.
7:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
MARCH 4, 1982 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 28 years ago: Latest storm turns area into icy mess "Literally hundreds" of cars slid off the road this morning as freezing rain turned the area into a virtual skating rink. All area schools were closed and residents were urged to stay home unless there was an emergency.
7:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
MARCH 3, 1982 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 28 years ago: City is healthy: Goodsite Mayor Wayne Goodsite credits an increased tax base for Norwalk's continued fiscal stability in the face of unemployment and high interest rates, he told Norwalk City Council Tuesday night.
7:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
A picture that accompanied a story in Monday's edition about the Firelands Hero awards included incorrect information in the cutline. Pictured with Mark, Spencer and Tessa Lamar was Cathy Slyker, head CPR instructor for the Firelands division of the American Red Cross.
7:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
EL MONTE, Calif. (MCT) - A child molestation suspect who was shot and wounded by police after brandishing a fake handgun at officers was out of the hospital and behind bars Sunday, records show. Luis Arce, 41, of El Monte was booked on suspicion of child molestation and rape charges, according to El Monte police and sheriff's booking records. He was being held at the Inmate Reception Center in Los Angeles in lieu of $300,000 bail.