11:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - No end is in sight for the plight of hundreds of thousands of jobless people whose unemployment benefits ran out this month, after the Senate failed Thursday to garner enough votes to pass the funding. Sixty votes were needed under Senate rules to shut off debate and move to passage, but the vote was 57-41, so the plan to pay for extended unemployment benefits, summer jobs for at-risk youth, help for ailing state budgets and other emergency programs fell three votes short. Forty Republicans and Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., voted against ending debate, and two senators didn't vote.
11:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors Wednesday voted to award both Stark County and Columbus the opportunity to host the state football finals for two years each beginning with the 2012 season. The vote took place during a special board conference call meeting and was in response to a recommendation from an 11-person state football finals subcommittee.
11:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
At least two cars arrived at the Huron County Fairgrounds for the Carson & Barnes Circus Tuesday. After their arrival, they turned away. And Norwalk Middle School seventh-grader Erin Rodriguez said she's happy they did. Erin, her sister Adrianna, their mother Sherri and family friend Brandi Ratliff said they informed the people in the car about what they feel goes on during and before a circus. Then, wearing disgusted looks, the would-be circus visitors left.
11:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - The Senate cleared the way today for final passage of a bill to extend long-stalled jobless benefits to an estimated 2.5 million people, as it voted 60-40 to halt the often-bitter partisan stalemate that's stymied the popular program. The vote limited Senate debate and virtually assured that Congress will approve the measure, probably later today or Wednesday. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law this week.
11:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
Michael L. Gheta must post a bond of $100,000 before being released from the Huron County Jail, Norwalk Municipal Court Judge John Ridge ruled Monday. The bond's conditions state that he must remain off the premises of Aldi and cannot touch or possess a firearm. Gheta, 33, of 35 W. Willard Ave., pleaded not guilty to entering Aldi Sunday with a 22-caliber rifle and taking off with more than $800 in cash.
11:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - First-time applications for state unemployment benefits rose by 12,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 472,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday, providing further evidence that U.S. labor markets remain very weak. The previous week's initial claims were revised higher by 4,000 to 460,000 as more complete data were collected.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Hasn't this been a great July? Yes, it has been hot. But that's part of what makes it great. In fact, this is the first summer in a long time that is hot the way I remember summer being.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A former Norwalk resident was sentenced Tuesday to three months in the Huron County Jail with possible work release privileges for failing to pay child support for about the last five years. Steven E. Willard, 44, now of Sandusky, also was ordered to undergo random drug screens and drug and alcohol abuse counseling. If he violates the terms of his three years of probation, he faces one year in prison. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said the defendant willfully hadn't paid child support since 2005 because "he was taking it out on the woman involved because he wasn't seeing his children."
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
jcenters@norwalkreflector.com Matt Fair sees it as an opportunity on two fronts to improve his lot in life while giving back to the school and parish he loves. Fair, a teacher, coach and junior high athletic director the past decade, has been named development director for FCEDO Firelands Catholic Education Development Office. "Going through the administrative classes at Ashland this is always something I wanted to do," Fair said. "I wanted to stay in the system in one way or another. When this opened up it became a real great opportunity for me to stay here.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk City Schools Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) is dedicated to assisting adults to become more effective workers, parents and citizens by helping them improve their basic skills in order to obtain a GED, secure or retain employment, enroll in postsecondary education/training or improve their English language skills. With the state of the economy, having your high school diploma or your GED is no longer enough. Continuing your education is a must. ABLE is here to assist adult students in continuing to improve their basic skills. Anyone preparing for college placement tests or Adult entrance exams is able to attend classes as long as they meet the eligibility requirements. ABLE can assist you in boosting your skill level into credit bearing classes or help you reach the scores needed to be accepted into your vocational field. Since ABLE is funded by the Federal and State governments, services are free. Norwalk City Schools ABLE office is located at the Norwalk City Schools Board of Education on 134 Benedict Ave. Classes are held in Norwalk, Willard and on EHOVE's and Terra's campuses. ABLE classes will resume in August. Please contact the office to sign up for orientation or to re-enter the program.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County's unemployment rate remained nearly steady in June, but that was good enough to improve its standing among the state's 88 counties. At 12.6 percent, Huron County ranks No. 17 in Ohio the best it's been since 2008. The 12.7 percent rate for May put the county at No. 13. Prior to that, Huron County had the state's eighth worst mark for two straight months.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com At least two cars arrived at the Huron County Fairgrounds for the Carson & Barnes Circus Tuesday. After their arrival, they turned away. And Norwalk Middle School seventh-grader Erin Rodriguez said she's happy they did. Erin, her sister Adrianna, their mother Sherri and family friend Brandi Ratliff said they informed the people in the car about what they feel goes on during and before a circus. Then, wearing disgusted looks, the would-be circus visitors left. "It feels pretty good," Erin said.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Police and North Central EMS responded to the intersection of North Prospect and East League streets for an 11-year-old boy who fell off his skateboard Monday. The boy was heading north across East League Street when he fell down after the skateboard went out from under his feet, Norwalk Police Capt. Mike Conney said. The boy was lying in the grass on the southeast corner of the intersection with the skateboard near his feet when Conney arrived. "He said his back and the back of his head hurt. He did not know if his head was bleeding and I couldn't see any his blood. I did see a fresh abrasion on his right elbow," Conney wrote in his report. Paramedics checked the boy and didn't find any apparent injury other than the scraped elbow, he said.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Treasurer Gina Blackman told the board of education Monday the district ended the fiscal year June 30 "not in a deficit situation." She said with a slight increase in revenue over last year and a 3 percent decrease in expenses, "we are in better shape than we thought we'd be in." Members noted part of the reason for this was the postponing of bus and textbook purchases, a measure that only works for a short time. Martin Linder, the new elementary principal, reported he has been getting acquainted with the staff and is looking forward to the fall.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
jcenters@norwalkreflector.com Calling it "cozy and comfortable," Emily Abazi said she and her husband, Elvir, are happy to be the newest addition to Main Street, Norwalk. The owners of Executive Cleaners will move their business from 164 Milan Ave. to 72 E. Main St. the former home of East of Chicago Pizza. The business will close its doors on Milan Avenue for the final time at 2 p.m. Saturday then reopen at 7 a.m. Monday on Main Street.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
This one appears to be a no-brainer. After years of claiming to be "business friendly" but not always acting like it, city officials voiced nearly unanimous support at Tuesday's city council meeting for the proposed land swap between Norwalk and Berry's Restaurant. The city would receive a small stretch of Bresson Park, an easement on the soon-to-be Berry's property for foot traffic, $18,000 and the property that used to house both medical offices that Berry's recently purchased. Berry's will receive a major portion of Bresson Park that Doug Berry has said will be transformed into an outdoor dining facility with the plan to sell alcohol once all permits are approved.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man's bond hearing was scheduled for today in connection with his arrest Sunday on a charge of aggravated robbery with a gun. Michael L. Gheta, 33, entered Aldi Sunday with a 22-caliber rifle and took off with more than $800 in cash, Norwalk Police Sgt. Jim Fulton said Sunday night. Fulton declined to release further details of the robbery, saying they would be available today.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - President Barack Obama escalated his attacks on Republicans Monday, blasting them for opposing an extension of benefits for the out-of-work while pushing tax cuts for the wealthy. Obama appeared with three out-of-work Americans whose benefits have expired or about to expire, saying they are victims of a Republican minority in the Senate that has three times blocked an extension of the benefits.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
A former Norwalk man was sentenced Wednesday to 17 months in prison for several 2009 transactions involving methadone and oxycodone. "I'm not here to make excuses. I am an addict; I admit to that," Joseph R. Saldania, 32, told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - The Senate on Thursday voted 60-39 to approve the most sweeping overhaul of the nation's financial regulatory system since the Great Depression, clearing the historic legislation for President Barack Obama to sign into law. Obama hailed the measure's passage, calling it "a Wall Street reform bill that will bring greater economic security to families and businesses across the country. ... All told, this reform puts in place the strongest consumer financial protections in history. ... Because of this reform, the American people will never again be asked to foot the bill for Wall Street's mistakes."
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Senate's inability to extend jobless benefits this week means more than 300,000 Ohioans are losing their sole source of income. On Thursday, Senate Republicans rebuffing a plea from President Barack Obama once again blocked legislation to reinstate long-term unemployment benefits for people who have exhausted their aid.