Voters will decide between candidates in four contested races at the county level in November, along with three at the state level and one federal Congressional seat. Both county commissioner seats up for grabs have two candidates. Other contested races in the county are for treasurer and sheriff.
Home Savings & Loan customers who recently received a letter about a cease and desist order might have been concerned, given the general state of the banking industry. Bank officials, however, assure their customers the matter involves a change in business practices that will make the institution stronger. It won't have an impact on day-to-day business of the bank, nor will it affect anyone's deposits or hinder the average person seeking a loan to buy or build a home.
I know this is a bit late to write a column about the Huron County Fair, but I'm going to do it anyway. You see, I almost didn't go to the fair this year, and when I did go, it was on Friday, the next-to-the-last day of the fair, which is the day after my column appears. So this is the first chance I have to tell you about it, even though for many of you, the fair is a distant memory. So why did I almost not go to the fair this year, after having gone every year since we came to Norwalk?
Preschool teacher Jane Swigart is eager to start school. Swigart, who has been teaching at the Elizabeth Gerken Early Childhood Center for the last 15 years, has "high hopes' the ongoing contract negotiations with Norwalk City Schools will be resolved quickly.
DANBURY TOWNSHIP - The Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol is currently investigating a serious injury crash involving a motorcycle and a car that occurred at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday at the Ohio 269 and Ohio 2 interchange commonly know as the "spur" in this Ottawa County township. Danielle C. Bearre, 24, of Fife Lake, Mich., was northbound in a four-door 2000 Saturn LS on 269 when she attempted to make an improper U-turn in the roadway to travel back south, troopers said. Steven W. Wetzel, 42, of Sandusky, also was northbound in a 2004 Yamaha Road Star and could not stop in the roadway in time to prevent a collision, striking Bearre's vehicle in the driver's side door, troopers said.
Members of the Norwalk Teachers Association (NTA) met in the Norwalk High School parking lot this morning to discuss plans for their first work day. This happened before the district convocation to open the new school year. The NTA crisis committee, through a statement by chairwoman Mary Kay Cillo, announced that NTA members "have not volunteered their time to participate in open houses and orientation programs' Tuesday at Main Street and Norwalk Middle schools. The teachers also plan on skipping the scheduled open house today at Pleasant Elementary School.
A deal is back in the works to save Norwalk Furniture. Investment firms IRG Capital Group and Blackbird Capital Partners signed a revised letter of intent to buy the assets of Norwalk Furniture this afternoon.
Voters won't get the chance to decide on a city charter change to allow design/build for construction projects in November because council voted down a proposed ordinance on an emergency basis at Tuesday's meeting. Council did hold a first reading for a proposed Tax Incentive Financing (TIF) agreement between the city and the developer for Norwalk Commons. A final vote on the TIF should be held at the next regular council meeting on Sept. 2.
A Collins man is accused of sexually pleasuring himself in public on his property five times in 12 days. David A. Coury, 49, of 3190 DeRussey Road, is charged with five counts of public indecency in connection with five complaints to the Huron County Sheriff's Office. The second- and third-degree misdemeanors are in connection with suspected incidents that happened Thursday and Friday as well as Aug. 3, 8 and 12.
"Norwalk Furniture stood behind us in times when we had troubles. We're willing to stand behind them and support them," said Julie McCready, who owns the Norwalk The Furniture Idea store in Mansfield with her husband, Tom. They never stopped taking orders for Norwalk Furniture products, even when the factory suspended operations for two weeks in July.
Two women have filed petitions to repeal both portions of Western Reserve's 1.25 percent income tax, which brought in $1.7 million last year. "It'd be devastating to us," said Brett Robson, Western Reserve treasurer. He said the repeals would probably make it to the ballot because the petitions had 359 signatures and only 223 are required for the repeals to make it to the November ballot. Jeanne Obrenovich and Vanessa Lowe turned in two petitions Tuesday to the Huron County board of elections. One requests the repeal of the .75 percent income tax originally approved by voters in 1990 and the other requests the repeal of the .5 percent income tax approved in 1996.
The abrupt shutdown of Norwalk Furniture Corp. contributed to Huron County having the third-highest unemployment rate among Ohio's 88 counties in July. Figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services revealed Huron County's jobless rate jumped from 8.1 percent in June to 10.7 percent last month.
Are you ready for some football? Are you ready to talk about some football? And while you're at it, how about some volleyball, soccer, golf, cross country and tennis? The high school sports season kicks into full gear Friday night when football teams take to the field.
A pregnant Norwalk woman accused of attempting to sell more than $2,000 worth of heroin might not be able to see her baby if she gives birth while in custody, her defense attorney said. Michelle J. Ganzhorn, 24, of 68 Gibbs Road, is due to give birth Sept. 19. "I'm already dilating," she told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway during her arraignment Monday.
A licensed massage therapist who sexually abused a young girl for five years was sentenced to four years in prison Monday. Robert W. Miller, 37, of Savannah, also was classified as a Tier-II sex offender, meaning he will have to register his address with the sheriff's office twice a year for the next 25 years. He pleaded guilty Monday to one count of gross sexual imposition in exchange for the state dismissing two similar charges.
City Council will consider the final Tax Increment Financing (TIF) proposal between the city and Pride One, the developer of Norwalk Commons, and a revised version of a proposal to allow developers to both design and build projects without separately bidding out each portion. This latest version of the TIF would require the developer to build Emerald Parkway, a road from U.S. 250 east to Theater Drive to city specifications. The city would then set up a special fund for all of the property taxes paid by Pride One on four lots of the development slated for Bob Evans and Applebee's restaurants, a 62-room Holiday Inn Express and a conference facility. That money, estimated to be about $650,000 over the 20 years of the agreement, would be used for a traffic light and improvements at the intersection of U.S. 250 and Emerald Parkway and for upgrades to the sewage lift station.
Officials from Norwalk Furniture, Comerica Bank and two investment firms are meeting today with lawyers specializing in company restructuring in an effort to finalize a deal to keep the 106-year-old, locally-owned company in business. Joe Mosbrook, spokesman for the firm assisting with Norwalk Furniture's restructuring efforts, said the restructuring legal firm of Calsee, Halter & Griswold is taking a larger role in the process now. "They've been involved since the beginning," Mosbrook said. "They have a larger role now just because of the nature of the negotiations."
SANDUSKY - The Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that occurred Sunday near the intersection of West Washington and Shelby streets. Charles S. McMurray, 35, who lived in Sandusky and Norwalk, who was not wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Stephanie L. Broz's voice cracked as she said the word "guilty" Monday afternoon in Huron County Common Pleas Court. She used the back of one her shackled hands to wipe tears from her face. After the hearing, she wept and her eyes were red as a transport officer escorted her from the courtroom to the clerk of court's office.
HURON Over the course of the summer, Erie MetroParks volunteer Richard Hartley has spent hundreds of hours tending to plants and trees at the James H. McBride Arboretum, located behind BGSU Firelands campus. He always carries his camera with him as there are plenty of photo ops in the beautiful setting. His pictures are regularly featured in the Arboretum kiosk, which is located by the entrance to the Arboretum. On Aug. 12, Richard was working in the butterfly and hummingbird garden, when he noticed an unusual black and white long tailed butterfly nectaring on butterfly bush, so he began taking pictures of it. He notified MetroParks naturalist and butterfly enthusiast Lois TerVeen. She knew the beautiful zebra swallowtails are common in the southern Ohio, but after referencing the publically viewable survey section, she discovered that none had been recorded in Erie County. After contacting the Ohio Lepidopterist Society and checking with their president Dave Parshall, it was confirmed that Hartley's picture could be the voucher for the Erie County record. The Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden was started back in 1999 and has become a magnet for several butterfly species. Zebra swallowtail caterpillars feed on pawpaw trees, three of which are planted in the butterfly garden at the arboretum. TerVeen also noted that there were lots of pawpaw trees planted at the Hoffman Forest Reserve in Berlin Township, so gardeners and nature watchers in the Berlin Heights/Milan area should be on the look out for this butterfly.
Fantastic weather and a crowded, enthusiastic crowd added up to a successful 2008 Huron County Fair, board president Bob Morgan said. The overall paid attendance, 45,391, is a bit lower than last year's fair, Morgan said.