9:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Things are getting slowly better around the area, but with summer vacation nearly here many a reader still won't be able to afford to take a serious or even semi-serious vacation this year. Or will they? There's one vacation they can take that can be lots of fun, close to home or farther away, offer plenty of outdoor recreation and cost little. That's a camping trip that can last a couple of days or a week or more and take place at campgrounds, public or private, (or elsewhere) anywhere in the state. There are several ways to make such a trip. Once upon a time a couple of friends and I drove down to Ohio Power lands, shouldered backpacks that consisted of a light little one man tent, sleeping bag, a few cooking utensils, two gallons of water, and fishing gear, and hiked far back to an isolated little lake where we set up camp. We spent three days loafing, fishing and eating our catch, swimming and sleeping late in a near wilderness environment. It was great, and cost us almost nothing. You could do the same and if not Ohio Power or elsewhere, try setting up a little camp along a friend's well stocked farm pond. Again, you can swim and fish, hike around the area, maybe do a little frogging in season or groundhog hunting, and wake up each morning to the smell of wood smoke and fresh coffee, bird song and wind rustling trees nearby. Kids would love this, and if the family is along and tires of it all, just take them home.
9:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - It's the American Idol final voters wanted and many watchers predicted. Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze were both sent through to the final round of the singing competition, while Casey James was eliminated from the show last night.
9:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS (MCT) - Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Brown has a lot of friends. In fact, he has nearly 3,900 "friends' on the social-networking website Facebook, including more than a few lawyers who may try cases in front of Brown's court.
9:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
The unlicensed bus driver charged with being intoxicated after crashing a bus carrying middle-school children to Cedar Point was scheduled to answer to his charges this morning in Bellevue Municipal Court. Ronald L. Williams, 46, of Columbus, remains in custody at the Huron County Jail. Court and jail spokeswomen said Williams was supposed to make his initial appearance by video and has the option of making a plea since none of the charges are felonies.
9:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
Six people, including two break-in suspects, were indicted today by a Huron County grand jury. Darren L. Cooley, 20, of 3143 Greenwich Eastern Townline Road 79, Greenwich, and Logan R. Welch, 18, of 4351 Butler Road, Wakeman, were charged with breaking and entering in connection with an April 28 incident.
9:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
Madison smith has two mothers - or at least two women willing to hire a small army of lawyers to establish or slap down maternity claims. Madison, 6, lives in northeastern Columbus with the one woman who is indisputably her mother: Julie Smith, a 44-year-old deputy director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Smith, who is gay, was artificially inseminated and gave birth to Madison in 2003.
9:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland today announced a partnership between GE and the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation to harness the wind power of Lake Erie and develop the first fresh water offshore wind farm in North America. Strickland made the announcement at the American Wind Energy Association's annual WINDPOWER Conference in Dallas.
9:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
In an "American Idol' season stuffed with singer-songwriter types (with a few notable exceptions, such as the eccentric, hard-to-classify Siobhan Magnus), two of the most singer-songwritery of them all, Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze, face each other in this week's season finale. Bowersox leans a little more toward the blues, and DeWyze is a little more country, but they have more similarities than most finale performers. DeWyze seems to have the upper hand right now after a strong season for Bowersox, but predicting a winner is a tough call. Here's a comparison:
9:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (MCT) - The text message that Wayne Treacy said provoked him to beat Josie Lou Ratley was a cold brush-off meant to cut short an unpleasant exchange, with a reference to his brother's suicide that Treacy admitted sent him into an uncontrollable rage. "Stop txtn mi phone rapest n if u dont care jus stop tryin me k,' said the message that went from Ratley's phone to Treacy's Gmail account shortly before noon on March 17. "N jus go visit ur dead brother.'
9:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
For area high schools recently held their proms. Galleries of photos from those events are on ReflectorCam 2.0. For quicker viewing, click on these links: To see pictures of the Norwalk prom, click here.
9:44 AM Jul 26, 2010
"Blast From The Past" is probably the thing I read most often in this newspaper. In fact, I envy publisher Andy Prutsok who gets to compile it.
9:44 AM Jul 26, 2010
EDITOR'S NOTE: This column was originally published June 25, 1984. It won second place in the United Press International Ohio newspaper column writing competition that year. Jim Busek mentioned it in today's column, and we thought you might like to read the original. Rescuing an Indian maiden isn't all it's cracked up to be.
9:44 AM Jul 26, 2010
The state and defense are expecting to take the Steven Rodvold murder case to trial May 11. "I think we have a strong case," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.
9:44 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County Department of Job and Family Services is putting stimulus dollars to work literally. As part of the summer employment for youth program, the agency is taking that stimulus money and looking to place local 15- to 18-year-olds in summer jobs where local employers are subsidized.
9:44 AM Jul 26, 2010
Steven J. Rodvold will have to spend at least 18 years in prison before he's eligible for parole, Huron County Common Pleas Judge James Conway ruled this morning during the convicted murderer's sentencing. Rodvold, whom a jury convicted Wednesday of murder with a gun specification, was sentenced to 15 years to life. The gun specification adds three more years to the sentence.
9:44 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohio led the nation in April as it added 37,300 jobs, with the state unemployment rate dropping slightly to 10.9 percent from 11 percent in March. Ohio, with the largest over-the-month increase in employment in the United States, was followed by Pennsylvania, which added 34,000 jobs from March to April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. New York was third with an increase of 32,700 jobs; followed by Texas, up 32,500; and Virginia, which added 28,100.
9:44 AM Jul 26, 2010
By JENEE OSTERHELDT McClatchy Newspapers Privacy on the World Wide Web it's a conundrum. While navigating the Internet, an experience that's all about connecting, learning and sharing, very few people want to expose it all.
9:44 AM Jul 26, 2010
Phyllis Harmon of Norwalk learned the hard way. She hopes what happened to her doesn't happen to anybody else. Harman had a dispute with her satellite TV provider.
9:44 AM Jul 26, 2010
John Zimmerman of Huron Township will pitch a "building inspection" program to Norwalk City council on Tuesday. The city had been providing quasi residential building inspections services, but at a recent council meeting it was indicated the city needs to get out of that business because of new state law.
9:44 AM Jul 26, 2010
Some people say certain things are inevitable, like death and taxes. Norwalk residents, especially in the city's third ward, might want to add high weeds and grass at the former human services building on Benedict Avenue to that short list. Almost on cue, each year when spring hits and the rain comes, the grass grows out of control at the run-down 190 Benedict Ave. location.
9:44 AM Jul 26, 2010
SEATTLE (MCT) - The 17-year-old girl accused of driving the getaway car in a series of bank robberies for the so-called "F-Bomb Bandit' earlier this year got a judge's permission to attend her high-school prom Saturday night. However, a school principal put a damper on the evening by saying the teen hadn't filled out the proper paperwork.