10:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
SANDUSKY - Sandusky State Trooper Eric Wlodarsky, involved in a KKK prank, said he is not a racist, but admitted he was "counseled previously for racial gestures or slurs." Wlodarsky used a cell phone camera to snap a photo of Trooper Craig Franklin wearing KKK-like garb while both were on duty at the post Jan. 20 just one day before Martin Luther King Day. Wlodarsky then forwarded the photo to Sgt. Jason Demuth of the Norwalk post.
10:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
Willard City Schools students could be studying in three new buildings by the 2011-2012 school year. School officials, after three community meetings to get input from residents, have decided the district should take advantage of state money offered to the district by constructing three new buildings a new elementary school, housing pre-k through second-grade students, a new middle level school housing third- through sixth-grade students and a new middle/high school housing seventh- through 12th graders.
10:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
HURON - A benefit recently for Drew and Susan Gundlach got a surprise visitor - Kevin Shaffer, starting right tackle for the Browns. Drew has throat cancer and Susan is now staying at a long-term care facility after breaking both of her legs in an accident. A community effort between the Browns Backers, chapter 421, and many local businesses, the benefit raised almost $10,000 to help the couple.
10:08 PM Jul 25, 2010
April 15, 1922 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 86 years ago:
10:08 PM Jul 25, 2010
Pretty soon, John Byrne won't have any other comics character left to write, draw or ink. Considering he has handled everything from "Alpha Flight' to "Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch,' you shouldn't be surprised the comics legend will be playing in Gene Roddenberry's universe.
10:08 PM Jul 25, 2010
WILLARD POLICE The Willard Police Department blotter covering March 31 through April 6 had the following highlights:
10:08 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk School Board is considering making bowling a varsity sport at Norwalk High School. I would encourage the board members, Rob Ludwig, Janet Broz, John Lendrum, Mike Grose and Scott Truxell to vote for this measure. Per United States Bowling Congress, 60 to 90 percent of students who participate in high school bowling do not compete in any other sports. Many studies have shown that students who participate in extracurricular activities are much more likely to attain higher grades and they have lower drop-out rates than students who do not participate in any extracurricular activities.
10:08 PM Jul 25, 2010
A follow-up to Mr. Richard J. Rees's letter of April 8: There are more of us out here who think as he does. We need to see the politicians for who they really are. In the past I thought at least some of them were good people who ran for elected office because they loved and wanted to better our country, but have come to the conclusion almost all of them run for two reasons: 1. to enrich themselves (do you know any who are poor?) 2. Power, pure and simple.
10:08 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk City Schools Superintendent Wayne Babcanec remembers the day when he used to take visitors through Norwalk on a tour of the schools. They were looking for a place to move and he was trying to sell the town and the school system.
10:08 PM Jul 25, 2010
Photo captions Atwood Lake, Atwood Lake Resort and Zoar Village It might be a tough summer for local fishermen. Gas is predicted to hit $4 a gallon, and that's going to just about eliminate chances for most of us to head for South Dakota, Santee Cooper, or the Texas coast. It'll be close to home or not at all, and if that's your situation, I've a recommendation head for Atwood Lake in southeast Ohio. Atwood is a 12,549-acre lake not far east of New Philadelphia and just off Ohio 212. It belongs to the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, a lake that was once upon a time mediocre for fishing of any kind. But in the last 10 years or so it's improved tremendously and now is one of the top saugeye waters in the state, thanks to repeated stocking by the Division of Wildlife. I'm just back from Atwood, staying as I usually do at the newly renovated Atwood Lake Resort there. The resort has everything from indoor and outdoor pools to a good restaurant, bar, golf course and more. But there are also cottages here and a nice campground. The lake has two marinas with rental boats and launch ramps, and when I go it's usually to fish for saugeye. There are several ways to do it in spring and early summer.
10:08 PM Jul 25, 2010
First Presbyterian Church members celebrated their Habitat for Humanity mission Sunday with a sunny groundbreaking ceremony at 3 Fuller Drive in Norwalk. First Presbyterian began in spring 2007 to take member pledges, and with matching funds from an anonymous church member, the money needed for the Habitat Build was raised by summer's end. Many members and supporters joined Sunday for the first breaking of ground.
10:08 PM Jul 25, 2010
The local Girl Scouts are hosting My Gal and Me Luau for Girls Scouts and a significant woman in their life such as a mother, grandmother, aunt, sister or friend from 1 to 3 p.m. May 4 at the Bronson Norwalk Conservation Club, 295 Townline Road 151, Norwalk. The cost is $15 per couple and $5 for each additional Girl Scout or woman. RSVP to Rita Hyre, 57 E. League St., Norwalk, 44857, or call (419) 663-4517 by April 30.
10:07 PM Jul 25, 2010
April 14, 1922 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 86 years ago:
10:07 PM Jul 25, 2010
NORWALK FIRE n Assisted North Central EMS with a patient at 4:35 p.m. Friday at 24 Bouscay Ave. Returned to station at 4:49.
10:07 PM Jul 25, 2010
"Click! Clack! Moo! Cows That Type" was the title of a book I read to a second grade class during the recent "Right To Read" week. It is the story of some cows that found an old typewriter and used it to send notes to Farmer Brown, demanding electric blankets for use in the drafty barn. The content of the notes was essentially: no blankets, no milk. Farmer Brown eventually met the demands but by then the ducks had gotten hold of the typewriter and were demanding a diving board for the pond.
10:07 PM Jul 25, 2010
Roast the three Ohio State Highway Patrol employees who were involved in a Ku Klux Klan prank. Craig Franklin, a 12-year veteran of the patrol, is pictured in the Jan. 20 photo with a white cone on his head, white paper mask with eye holes and a white cloth covering his shoulders. Trooper Eric Wlodarsky and Franklin told an investigator that the picture was taken as a joke while both were on duty at the patrol's Sandusky post and was modeled on a television skit by comedian Dave Chappelle. Franklin was suspended for five days, Wlodarsky was demoted and a third trooper who received the picture via text message was given a one-day suspension for failing to report the incident. It was just a shameful and embarrassing incident for the entire patrol. Toast Willard Middle School's presentation of "Are You Smarter that a Middle School Student" Thursday night. The goal was to use a fun method to help the students prepare for he upcoming Ohio Achievement Tests. Tests are never easy, and anything that can help students learn is a great thing.
10:07 PM Jul 25, 2010
May 2 is the date of The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs (OAGC) Region 6 spring regional meeting at First Presbyterian Church, 22 Firelands Blvd., Norwalk, with OAGC's Huron County Garden Club Dirty Bloomers hosting. OAGC Region 6 is made up of Ottawa, Seneca, Sandusky, Erie, Huron and Lorain Counties. Garden clubs from the six county area will join for a morning coffee hour, a spring flower show, door prizes, raffles, sales tables of garden related items, plants, books, a catered lunch, plus an excellent speaker, Mary Lee Minor of Bucyrus, who serves as OAGC judge and third vice-president. Minor's topic will be "setting a beautiful table," focusing on appropriate flowers and tableware for every occasion. Gorgeous table settings will be on display. The public flower show, which follows the theme of the day, will include spring bulbs and flowers. The show's artistic division will feature table settings from different clubs throughout the area. The horticulture division is open to all, OAGC members and friends alike, plus youngsters. Young people are invited to enter to compete for ribbons and will be judged separately from adults according to age. Youngster's entries can be sent with attending adults. Educational exhibits and invitational designs complete the show. Flower show entries are to be in place before 9:50 a.m. with judging by accredited OAGC Judge Virginia Sharp of Mansfield, beginning at 10. Rosettes will be won by Best of Show in Artistic and Horticulture for both adults and juniors. Horticulture and artistic ribbons will be awarded for three places and Honorable Mention.
10:07 PM Jul 25, 2010
Payday lending is cast in two lights. Detractors said it is a way to trap people struggling financially into a cycle of debt and supporters claim it is a legitimate business offering temporary help when needed. Whichever is true, business is booming. Ohioans pay over $318 million in payday loan fees annually and the average borrower in the state takes out 12.6 loans per year, according to the Ohio Coalition for Responsible Lending.
10:07 PM Jul 25, 2010
MILAN - Authorities were forced to close a 27-mile stretch of the Ohio Turnpike because of a passing storm Friday night. Two minor property damage crashes occurred from vehicles hitting storm debris on the road. The storm passed through the area about 9:30 p.m., damaging a large, high-voltage metal tower that supported power lines crossing the turnpike. Lt. John Maxey, the Milan post commander of the state Highway Patrol, said the lines supported by the tower dropped to an unsafe height over the turnpike and forced the roadway to be closed.
10:07 PM Jul 25, 2010
It's not often Monroeville resident Deborah Murray has time to cook. She works full-time at Sears and owns a doll company called Cooper Girl Creations with her sisters.
10:07 PM Jul 25, 2010
WAKEMAN -A small plane made an emergency landing Sunday night in a field. A retired military pilot landed the two-person plane in a Wakeman field near U.S. 20 and County Line Road in Huron County after having some mechanical issues, said troopers with the Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol.