2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
MANSFIELD - What do rubber duckies, trash can lids and cookie jars have in common? They can also be musical instruments. Join Elmo, Zoe, Big Bird and all their Sesame Street friends as they take the stage for a musical adventure in Sesame Street Live "Elmo Makes Music' at Renaissance Theatre.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND - According to figures released this week by the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers' Association (GCADA), year-to-date sales of new cars and trucks were down 37 percent for February. The recent passage of the Auto Ownership Tax Assistance Amendment, along with all-time high incentives and Auto Show specials are expected to jump start consumer spending. Used vehicle sales are faring much better than new, down 7.8 percent year to date.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Dr. Seth Ruggles, originally from Monroeville, is moving his family practice to the Smetzer Center on the north side of Norwalk this summer. Ruggles is on the medical staff of Firelands Regional Medical Center and is part of the North Coast Professional Corp. Practice Group. He opened a practice in Milan in September of 2007.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
The beaches of Mexico and Florida still beckon, as does the Caribbean. It is Spring Break time and despite the sluggish economy, people are still seeking haven from the cold.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Aggressive speeding is considered going more than 20 mph over the speed limit. In Huron County, there were 367 such citations in 2008. Statistics from the state Highway Patrol show that number is significantly less than four of the six surrounding counties and the next to lowest of all the neighboring counties.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Thirty percent of the 1,317 new cases filed last year in Huron County were foreclosures. That means there were 392 foreclosures in 2008. Five years ago, there were 224. In 1995, the Huron County Clerk of Courts had only 30 foreclosure cases, representing 3 percent of the total cases. "Foreclosures continue to go up," clerk of courts Susan Hazel said, citing the tough economic times and "lending practices in this area."
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Elizabeth Garcia lost her job last August and, despite applying to at least two businesses a week since then, she still hasn't found another one. "Most of them say, 'We aren't hiring right now,'" she said. "I've put in applications everywhere." Garcia believes the fact that she's a senior citizen may be working against her in a job market with so many people looking for work.
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Spring officially arrived on the calendar last Friday. But wasn't it nice to get a foretaste of it with the 60-degree weather on Tuesday and Wednesday; to walk out the door and find that you did not need your gloves or hat; to actually feel the warmth of the sunshine and south breeze? Yes, it was discouraging when the inevitable cold front passed, dashing to smithereens the shirtsleeve weather with chilly winds and a cold rain. But sunshine and tolerable temperatures followed close behind. Such alternating weather patterns sometimes confuse the casual observer as to whether it is truly springtime in Norwalk or not.
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's become traditional for some Huron County folk to head south for the winter or at least a couple of weeks, but this year the snowbirds were flying south in coveys and flocks. Unremitting cold, rain and snow and generally miserable days made the south look unusually good. But actually, there's a better time to go or to make a second trip, especially if you're a fisherman, and that time is right now. For several good reasons. One is that the weather is close to perfect. Not too hot during the days, not too cool at night, and the likelihood of cold fronts putting the fishing off is almost non-existent. Two, you'll probably get off-season rates, since winter is srime time, and three, that aforementioned salt water fishing can be very good. As a veteran guide once told me: "The two worst months of the year are January and February. March is better, April action is good, and May and June when the tarpon and snook really start to hit are excellent."
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
A local veterinarian and the Huron County Humane Society's shelter operations manager told council Tuesday they're in favor of a vicious dogs ordinance Norwalk is considering. But, they brought up some concerns over the language of the legislation, which received its first reading Tuesday.
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County commissioners are mulling the idea of switching from two to one regular meeting each week to lighten the load on office staff.
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Driving to work this morning, I was struck by a sign in front of a home on Norwood Avenue. "Will work for beer," read the sign hanging from a mannequin on the front lawn. All I could think of was how important it is to keep one's perspective, and sense of humor, in times like these.
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man faces his sixth-ever driving under the influence (DUI) offense. Thomas R. Nickols, 55, of 48 Seminary St., Apt. 1F, refused to submit to a breathalyzer test during the March 1 traffic stop, Trooper Phillip Clemons, of the state Highway Patrol, said. The defendant is scheduled to appear for a second pretrial hearing Tuesday in Norwalk Municipal Court.
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS Hamilton and Sandusky counties had the most citations for aggressive speed of 20 plus miles-per-hour over the speed limit last year, states a report released Tuesday by the state Highway Patrol. Troopers issued 74,507 aggressive speed citations state wide last year. During 2008, troopers made 4,797 aggressive speed citations in Hamilton County and 3,111 in Sandusky County, According to the "Aggressive Driving: 20+ mph Over the Speed Limit" statistical recap from the Patrol's statistical analysis unit. Rounding out the top five were Franklin County with 2,838 citations, Erie County with 2,593 and Lorain County with 2,523. In addition, troopers on the Ohio Turnpike cited 13,198 motorists, accounting for 18 percent of all the aggressive speed citations state wide.
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk's East Main Street will be home to the Norwalk Great American Treasure Hunt May 23. Formerly known as the Trash to Treasure, this event will feature a garage sale format where residents and non-residents may rent a 12 foot by 12 foot space for $15 to sell their wares. Sponsored by the Main Street Norwalk program, last year's event, which took place in September, drew more than 1,000 people to the business district to search for treasures of all kinds. Registration is currently open for the vendor spaces. "This is a great event for anyone that loves the thrill of the hunt for unique items. We hope to have close to 100 vendors on East Main Street," said Kristie Wert, program manager for Main Street Norwalk. "Our promotion committee has put in many hours planning this year's event and it looks to be more popular than last year. We have already had several people register for spaces."
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
The parents of a former Monroeville High School student appeared on television this morning, discussing their claim about their son being allowed to die so his organs could be harvested. Michael and Teresa Jacobs, of Bellevue, were interviewed this morning on CBS's "The Early Show.'
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Could you imagine going to or from school without a textbook? Thanks to advances in technology - and more publishers supplying computer discs that include downloadable textbooks - Norwalk City Schools officials believe it's possible. Some day. Curriculum director Sue Goodsite said the innovation depends on people having more computers and how comfortable students get with the online versions. The new kindergarten through fifth-grade language arts books are on disc, so she said children won't have to take their books home if they have a computer at home.
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
The good news is Huron County was among the 26 counties that saw a decrease in foreclosure filings last year.
2:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON The executive director of the Norwalk-Huron County Chamber of Commerce, Melissa James, was the speaker at Tuesday's New London Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) meeting. James said the chamber wants to reach out to all parts of the county and offer help to businesses, other chambers and organizations such as the CIC. She outlined some of the services of the chamber and detailed some Small Business Administration (SBA) guidelines that have been eased to help businesses. Also, she said since Huron County is labeled a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone, businesses who register on line will have an advantage over others when federal agencies go out for bid on projects. Go to the SBA Web site for information.
2:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Ohio Agricultural Council is seeking nominations for the 2009 Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame. This honor is Ohio's highest recognition of an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the agricultural industry. Each year, four prominent agricultural leaders are honored and inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame for their superior service, dedication, leadership and plentiful contributions to agriculture. Persons wishing to nominate an individual should secure a nomination form by writing to the Ohio Agricultural Council, 5950 Sharon Woods Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43229, by calling (614) 794-8970 or via e-mail at info@ohioagcouncil.org. Nominations must be submitted by April 15 in order to be eligible for consideration in 2009.
2:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Shelby man was indicted Friday on an allegation he robbed a Willard cash-advance store at gunpoint of more than $1,000. Ron E. Morrison, 34, pleaded not guilty Monday to aggravated robbery in connection with the Dec. 4, 2007 incident. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway set his bond at $25,000.