4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
The conclusion of July will be the end of an era for Norwalk City Schools. The district's top two administrators, Superintendent Wayne Babcanec and Assistant Superintendent Michael Gordon, will be retiring July 31. The two educators have a total of 71 years of experience in the field.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
A 14-year-old rural Norwalk boy was stabbed in the abdomen during an altercation near his home this morning and was treated at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. The victim's assailant remains at large as of press time. Hospital officials notified the Huron County Sheriff's Office they were treating the victim at 2:50 a.m. Maj. Greg Englund said investigators are trying to determine the time of the incident in the 2400 block of Ohio 18 in Townsend Township.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
JJ Boyce had wanted to donate his organs ever since he received his driver's license. The Boyce family followed through on his wish when the 2008 Western Reserve Graduate died in a car crash in December.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
A familiar, friendly voice at the Huron County Sheriff's Office for the last decade is being quieted. The pull of "more family-friendly hours" and being closer to her New London home means Melanie Cucco will be working her last day in the dispatching center Thursday. Cucco, 30, will be employed in the private sector as a full-time administrative assistant.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Hallie Vaschak of Milan described her horse, Zipafied, as an all around horse (who's) good at everything." The Pinto horse's versatility and Vaschak's ability to work with him paid off recently at the Pinto World Championship.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
If you're going to be a senior at Norwalk High School next year, you'll have laptop computer available to use. On Tuesday, the school board approved a $100 student fee for the One-to-One Tablet program for the 2009-2010 school year. Sixty dollars will be refundable if the computer is returned in good condition.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN The Wakeman Police Department received a new radar unit free from the Ohio Department of Public Safety this week. Police received the new enforcement tool based on a state grant, using statistics in the "Click It or Ticket" safety program held in May. ODPS representative Frank Avary presented Chief Tim Hunker and Officer Briana Keegan with the traffic equipment, valued at just under $1,000, at the police station Wednesday. "We have been very fortunate with grants and donations over the years and this definitely is a bonus that I wasn't expecting," Hunker said. Over the past decade, the village has received at least $30,000 in grants and donations for the police department. As a result, the department has been able to purchase items such as office computers, laptops, Internet service, Tasers, report programs, patrol bicycles and in-car video cameras, plus numerous hours of needed training and materials.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND - Diehard Superman fanboys (and girls!), casual fans and Cleveland history enthusiasts all should have a good time this weekend at the Screaming Tiki Cleveland Super-Con. The event, taking place Friday through Sunday, is being held in conjunction with the fifth annual Ingenuity Festival Cleveland. The Super-Con is the first major comic book show in Cleveland since 1991. At 10 a.m. Sunday will be ribbon-cutting ceremony at Jerry Siegel's restored childhood home at 16022 Kimberly Ave. in Glenville. Siegel co-created Superman with Joe Shuster.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Wilma Lemke was sure God wasn't going to take her. She and her husband, Ron, had just received custody of their 2-year-old great-grandson, Jordan. God wasn't going to take her away from him; she was sure of it.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Norwalk teenager Levi A. Blank knows he's lucky to be alive. On Wednesday afternoon, Blank was driving a 1996 Pontiac Grand Am that rear-ended a dump truck driven by Jason Hale, 24, of Greenwich, at the intersection of U.S. 250 and Dublin Road. A LifeFlight helicopter flew Blank to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo where he was placed in the "constant care" unit.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Under his watch, Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard has instituted new security protocols for the evidence room and had its entire contents inventoried. The audits and improvements are directly related to avoiding the two fiascoes during the last term of retired Sheriff Richard Sutherland's administration.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com NEW LONDON To many New London residents it has seemed like a long dry spell, but the village finally has a full-service, sit-down restaurant in the center of town. The Cornerstone Caf, which is located in the historic Gregory House at 1 E. Main St., is owned by Terry and Bonnie Granneman, both New London High School graduates who have a lot of experience in owning and running their own businesses, as well as in the world of food service. Terry's brother Scott started the East of Chicago chain that has grown to more than 100 franchises in several states, and Terry and Bonnie owned the 50th East of Chicago location for three years in South Amherst.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com The first step in repairing the Huron County Courthouse clock is to get organized. The clock hasn't been functioning properly for several months. Huron County Commissioner Gary Bauer has said to "get the clock working again" would cost around $26,700 and to fully restore it with working chimes is in the $30,000 range.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - The Milan Melon Festival is a little less than two months away, but the square in Milan will still buzz with activity Sunday during the 16th Annual Mid Summer Antiques Festival. About 55 vendors are expected this year, event organizer Pam Crosby said. The event is sponsored by the Milan Chamber of Commerce.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Calvin Riley said he knew he was going to run away. Thursday in Huron County Juvenile Court, the rural Norwalk boy admitted to charges of inducing panic and theft of a motor vehicle stemming from incidents between May 12 and 13. In exchange, the state agreed to dismiss one count of theft of a firearm.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man is behind bars in connection with stabbing a 14-year-old rural Norwalk boy during an altercation Thursday near the victim's home. Trent M. Elmer, 20, of 43 1/2 W. Seminary St., currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail awaiting a bond hearing in Norwalk Municipal Court. A jail spokesman said the suspect went through the booking process at 6:43 p.m. Thursday.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
If you're going to be a senior at Norwalk High School next year, you'll have laptop computer available to use. On Tuesday, the school board approved a $100 student fee for the One-to-One Tablet program for the 2009-2010 school year. Sixty dollars will be refundable if the computer is returned in good condition.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON - The annual River Fest in this city takes place this weekend. Fireworks, beginning at 10:15 p.m. Friday, and a parade, scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, are among the highlights.
4:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
HOUSTON If you roll your eyes when people are chatting away on their cell phones in a public place, you're not alone. Public cell phone use at times shows disrespect and may impede social interaction, Aaccording to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. "Depending on the situation, cell phone use can be problematic," said Dr. Catherine Romero, assistant professor in the Menninger department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at BCM. "The manner in which you do it can also have an impact." Talking on your cell phone while at a social event can unintentionally convey to those around you that their time is not as important as yours, said Romero. This is also true for texting or browsing through your blackberry. Nonverbal behavior such as lack of eye contact can convey a negative message.
4:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
By LAURA BAUER McClatchy Newspapers Maybe you know about Ashton Kutcher's obsession with Twitter. Last week the actor became the first tweeter to reach 1 million followers, and on Friday he got Oprah to join in. You might have even heard about Corey Menscher, the new dad who made a tweeting habit of documenting every time his wife felt their baby kick before the boy was born in January.
4:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
MINNEAPOLIS (MCT) Three years into a relationship that started with him watching her dance and progressed to money for sex, the Rev. Mark Ostgarden had a proposal for exotic dancer Bunny Byington. How about the Lutheran pastor quit paying her and they consider their relationship an affair instead? Byington's reply? How about he pay her $7,000 or she would blab about their escapades to his wife and church? Now Ostgarden's 19 years as a Lutheran clergyman in Valley City, N.D., have come to a quick end after he felt forced to tell police in Moorhead, Minn., about 46-year-old Byington's alleged attempt to extort money from him to keep quiet about their relationship.