12:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
FOSTORIA - Norwalk brought back a 25-15, 25-16, 25-18 win from Fostoria Thursday during a Northern Ohio League volleyball match. The Ladies in Blue improved to 2-0 both overall and in the league.
12:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Bikers are a common sight in the county. A police officer patrolling the streets of Monroeville on one? Not so much. Village residents will see that more and more - as much as four days a week and two to three hours per day shift. Chief Mike Ruggles and Capt. Jim Bond will be using the 2008 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide donated by Roeder Harley-Davidson Inc. through Sept. 23.
12:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - The Eagles looked to have put the 37-7 defeat to Keystone Aug. 22 behind them when they jumped out to an 8-0 lead Friday night in Milan over the Chargers. But a big goal-line stand by the Chargers took the wind out of the Eagles wings as they fall to 0-2 on the season with a 21-14 loss to Edison.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
The days of vaudeville must have been interesting in that all kinds of variety shows traveled from town to town to perform.....and if the performers were lucky, they'd be held over or booked for a return performance. On the other side of the program, if the act you'd paid to see wasn't good, you felt as though your money was wasted. And, that act wouldn't be seen again in that vicinity. A century ago a popular vaudeville act in the Midwest was known as The Yankee Doodle Four. This act consisted of four Civil War veterans from Ohio and Michigan. The stage was set up to resemble an army camp with U.S. flags, a mess tent and stacked arms in front. The four veterans opened by marching onto the stage playing Yankee Doodle on fifes and drums. After an introduction and explanation of the troupe, there was more music from cornet, violin, cello and banjo. The finale was what we might expect a playing of The Star Spangled Banner as a large flag unfolded at the back of the stage. As you can imagine, this was a very popular show in that time. Many veterans were still living, or their families retained the vivid memories of the war stories. I can't determine how long this troupe existed, but I do know that it was formed and managed by Orson B. Smith of Collins, who also called his show Smith's Four Old Soldiers of '61. Orson Smith was a well-known Collins resident for several years. In 1880 he was living at Benton Harbor, Mich., and was by occupation a violinist. The 1900 census finds him in Collins, where he lived until going to the Veterans Home at Sandusky where he died April 1931, aged 81. His tombstone can bee seen in the Collins Cemetery.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
Ohio voters who feel they were tricked into signing petitions supporting the payday lending industry can call a hotline (866) 966-8727 to have their names removed from petitions before they are turned into the secretary of state's office Sunday. Visitors to the Huron County Fair were told by people paid to get signatures on the petitions that the petitions would save 5,000 to 6,000 jobs in the state. "The payday lenders took my name and I want it back,'" Bexley resident Peder Johanson said. Johanson, who is studying for the seminary, was told the referendum is intended to lower interest rates, rather than raise them. Consumer advocates staffing the hotline will work to ensure that removal requests are honored. Voters can ask for their names to be removed from the petitions a step that must be taken before petitions are turned in.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
MANSFIELD - Madison Local Schools Superintendent Dave Williamson pleaded no contest Wednesday to two counts of attempted sexual imposition. A school janitor was the victim of the incidents, which happened March 22 and 26 on school property.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
Greg Shell is dead. I can still hear his voice; I can still picture him. The news is hard to believe. Some of you may know him just by name once an assistant public defender, once an assistant prosecutor, a local attorney. Some of you may know him by having seen or dealt with him loud, large, boisterous, blustery. He's one of the largest people I have ever known, and from what I've heard, he can be intimidating. My husband says he's one of the best attorneys around tremendous at cross-examining witnesses.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com While Bellevue Municipal Court wants Huron County to pay $99,000 for bills not sent from 2002 to 2006, the city court is also demanding $123,000 from Sandusky for 2002 through 2007 bills. Sandusky County Commissioner Terry Thatcher said he was blind-sided both by the request for years of payment at once and the city's reaction to an offer it requested from the county. "We sat down with these people," Thatcher said. "They said 'Make us an offer' and we did. Then we hear from their attorneys.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
By MARY LISA BOOSE Reflector Staff Writer mlboose@norwalkreflector.com "We're thinking of that Bruce Springsteen tune 'going down, down, down,'" Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach said of the county's tax intake.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
A letter from a convict about the same case against his half-brother might lead to a new trial. Eric D. Cover, 21, of Ashland, was supposed to be sentenced Tuesday morning for a March 18, 2007 home invasion on Greenwich Milan Townline Road. In early July, a Huron County Common Pleas Court jury convicted him of seven felonies including kidnapping, aggravated burglary, burglary, aggravated robbery, robbery and conspiracy. The jurors acquitted Cover of felonious assault. After a lengthy delay before Tuesday's hearing, defense attorney David Longo requested a "brief continuance" because he received an unsolicited letter last week from Cover's older half-brother, Jeremy Holmberg. The former New London resident is serving 13 years in prison for masterminding the home invasion. Without going into details, Longo told the court he considered the contents of the letter to be a "new development" in the case, which could be considered "new evidence." He said he ultimately might have to file a motion for a new trial.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
The president of Industrial Realty Group, one of the investment firms now negotiating to take over Norwalk Furniture, said recently he hopes to have the deal finalized within a couple of weeks. Stuart Lichter, IRG president, told an area newspaper he anticipated closing the deal soon. "We have pretty much worked out the terms, but it's a very complicated deal. We're moving forward," he said. "The negotiations are done. The terms are set," said Joe Mosbrook, vice president of the public relations firm handling the deal, adding the investment firms of IRG and Blackbird are completing their due diligence before signing final paperwork.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
Leonard Mingus never met his great-grandmother, Jemima Ewing. But, the stories he's heard about Ewing and her husband, Noah, painted a picture of them in his mind: They were "both real good people; good down to earth family people' who took their children on horse, wagon and sleigh rides.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
COLLINS The Western Reserve board of education recently discussed the proposed repeal of both parts of the 1.25 percent income tax. Two petitions have been filed to repeal the .75 percent tax, which is used for current expenses, and the .5 percent tax, which is used for permanent improvements such as buildings and books. Treasurer Brett Robson said without the money generated by the taxes, the district would be in the red by the end of the first year, and it is imperative voters know how important this money is to the schools. Board members are asking for community volunteers to form a levy committee to fight the repeal effort.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
Jobs First Mobile Unit announces September schedule Here is the Jobs First Mobile Unit schedule for September. For more information, contact the Mobile Unit Job Store, Sue and Mary, (419) 357-0790 or (419) 357-3032. Sept. 1: Labor Day Sept. 2: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Gas Depot, New London.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
With the close of the Beijing Olympics, we now return to our regularly scheduled election season. In the United States, the pinnacle of our quadrennial extravaganza to select a new president reaches its zenith, not with the counting of the chads in November and into December, but with the political conventions of both parties in late summer. The Democrats are up this week and following right on their heels are the Republicans next week. This has been what seems to be an abnormally long presidential primary and campaign. But then again, Barack Hussein Obama has been running for president since shortly after delivering the keynote address at the previous Democratic convention in 2004 which is longer than he has been a U.S. Senator. And maverick John McCain has been in the running since about 1973 when he was released from captivity as a POW in North Vietnam. The Democrats have anointed Joe Biden as their vice-presidential candidate. Biden has been described this past weekend as a "kinda" nice guy with shoot-from-the-hip interrogation tactics and a keen eye toward foreign diplomacy. Just remember that he has been in the Senate longer than McCain and Obama combined and that makes him just another professional politician, easier for him because he has a short commute from Delaware to Washington every day on AMTRAK. We have to wonder, how long will it take before he shoots off some vitriol and embarrasses the ticket? Forgive us for being less than enthusiastic about the whole campaign at this time, but it seems it has gone on forever and we've known who the parties' candidates would be for quite awhile. Couldn't both parties save the expense of the conventions and use the money for something useful, like more presidential political ads? No, wait, bad idea go ahead and have the conventions, please. Heck, while you're at it, rent INVESCO Field in Denver for Barack's latest change-for-the-sake-of-change speech tonight, just so he can play to a larger crowd than in the convention hall.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
The Lady Flyers opened the season and Firelands Conference schedule with a convincing 25-10, 25-14, 25-10 win over Crestview Tuesday night at the convocation center. "It was a great first match,'' St. Paul coach Nancy Miller said. "I was proud of all the girls, especially with how young we are. I thought the freshmen's composure was awesome in their first varsity match and the juniors are doing a good job of being leaders.''
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com The check's not in the mail because the bills are six years late. By Ohio Revised Code, Huron County and Sandusky County are required to pay for part of the court costs for Bellevue Municipal Court. Bellevue stopped sending invoices in 2002, but now the city is sending hefty bills to both Huron and Sandusky Counties $99,000 for Huron County and a reported $103,000 for Sandusky County. The Bellevue auditor's office didn't respond to phone calls Monday or Tuesday.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
NEW LONDON Cats, both wild and tame, are still free to roam at large in the village because New London council voted down the proposed cat ordinance Monday. Introduced at the July 28 council meeting, the ordinance would have required cats to be immunized, made it illegal for them to run at large and prohibited the feeding of wild cats. Resident Bill Terrell spoke in favor of the ordinance by saying, "Feral cats have ruined my life and cost me a fortune." He said he was against "irresponsible owners," not the cats themselves and was unable to keep bird feeders on his property or have a flower or vegetable garden because of cats. Gina Smith said although she was in favor of cats being licensed and wearing collars with indentification, she was against the ordinance.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Attorneys argued their positions Monday in the case against shaken baby suspect Jeffrey A. Resor again. On June 27, a jury acquitted Resor of murder and child endangerment in the death of the infant son of Resor's now ex-girlfriend. There was a hung jury on one count of involuntary manslaughter. Defense attorney K. Ronald Bailey, while supporting his motion to dismiss, said the murder and involuntary manslaughter charges cover the same offense. He further argued that sending Resor to trial on involuntary manslaughter is an example of double jeopardy.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
Tim Hinkle had everything going for him, or so one would have thought. The 45-year-old owned two successful businesses, a trucking company and a used car lot, had a beautiful wife and two healthy, handsome children; a big home in one of the most picturesque locales in West Virginia (and that's about as picturesque as it gets) and scads of friends. About two weeks ago, he went to work as usual, cleaned up his office (he was reportedly a little messy), paid all the bills for his business and home, went to the bathroom, folded a towel and placed it on the floor, laid down using the towel as a pillow, and shot himself in the chest. By the time he was found 30 minutes later he was dead. Tim's death rocked the little town of Summersville, W.Va., where I grew up. That night I received calls from people I had not seen or spoken to in years. Nobody saw it coming. Nobody could believe it.
11:57 PM Jul 25, 2010
AUG. 27, 1968 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 40 years ago: 14 girls seek festival crown Miss Melon Festival queen contestants have been announced by Mrs. Louis Weiss, Queen Contest chairman.