11:57 PM Jul 25, 2010
Some call him Bob, others call him John, but after Friday, you can call Bob Hester one more thing ... retired. Hester has been the face of Shipley's for more than 7 years since it opened in 2001 and had been making office supply deliveries years before for Ebert's. Hester wanted to keep going until he was 80, but he decided now is a good time so he can enjoy his retirement. He retired from New Departure, and years later started with Ebert's in the early 1990s. Hester delivered to Norwalk, Milan, Huron, Vermilion and Sandusky.
11:57 PM Jul 25, 2010
From local and wire reports CLEVELAND A pair Norwalk Furniture Corp. company-owned retail stores at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst and Crocker Park in Westlake have closed, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported today. In addition, area companies that supplied advertising and public relations services to the 106-year-old family-owned furniture maker and retail chain said they have not received payment for recent work and don't know whether they will. Calls this morning to both the Westlake and Lyndhurst stores went unanswered. The message at the Lyndhurst location said the store was temporarily closed for inventory.
11:57 PM Jul 25, 2010
The first Baines Party in the Park had its up and downs this past weekend. "The event went well, but there was not a lot of attendance," said Joe Lindenberger, Norwalk parks and recreation director. "Attendance was low on Friday, but we were going up against high school football and the race track," he said. "Attendance was better Saturday, but then it was 95 degrees out."
11:57 PM Jul 25, 2010
Local Democrats approve of Barack Obama's choice of Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware for vice-president, saying it adds to the foreign policy and military defense aspects of the campaign. "It's a good choice,' said Richard Hauser, Huron County chairman for the party. He said Biden shores up the areas in which the public perceives Obama to be weak. "I think Obama increased his chances,' Hauser said. "The polls show the two of them (Obama and Republican candidate John McCain) neck and neck for the last few weeks.
11:57 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Norwalk High School Class of 1968 held its 40th class reunion recently. And I was there. Not as a member of the class, of course, (I ahem am a little older) but as spouse to the girl formerly known as Charlynne Rew. Miss Rew/Mrs. Busek was asked to devise a way to award some prizes to the assembled classmates, and she opted for something more creative than Most Grandchildren or Changed The Least.
11:57 PM Jul 25, 2010
SANDUSKY - Although their journey will begin in dozens of cities scattered throughout the nation, Roseville, Minn., Crozet, Va., and Fairfield, Calif., to name a few, they all have a common destination: a peninsula jutting into Lake Erie in Sandusky. Nearly 600 people, and growing every day, will be taking to the airways or the highways during Labor Day Weekend to attend the first "Back to the Point," a four-day reunion for employees who worked seasonally or full-time at the Cedar Point amusement park/resort. Families of employees also are invited to attend.
11:57 PM Jul 25, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com First, the film was "cursed." Now, the locally filmed horror movie, "Curse of the Flesh," is an award winner.
11:57 PM Jul 25, 2010
Students in Norwalk and in many school districts around the area reported for the first day of classes this morning. So far, so good.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
HIGHWAY PATROL No citation was immediately issued Friday after Shawn D. Randall Sr., 48, of 14 Greenwich East Townline Road, New London, swerved to avoid a cow while heading north on Fitchville River Road. He went off the right and left sides of the road and hit a utility pole and telephone box, when his pickup truck overturned. Randall reported minor injuries, but no further information was available. Aarron P. Tuttle, 24, of 116 Hayes St., Willard, was charged with failure to control and driving under the influence Sunday after he went off the right side of Whittlesey Road and hit a mailbox and tree stump. Tuttle and one of his two passengers, Corey E. Danhoff, 19, of 111 Hayes St., Willard, reported minor injuries, but weren't transported. NORWALK FIRE
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
Here is the result of Saturday's local high school game: St. Paul 51, St. Mary Central Catholic 7. Look for a story about this game in Monday's Reflector. Share observations with fellow fans at www.fandy.com.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com MILAN Police are encouraging residents to lock their vehicles and be more diligent after a rash of car break-ins in Milan and Berlin Township.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
Ohio's 2008 squirrel season will begin on Sept. 1, but it won't make much difference to most hunters, because not many seek the wary little bushytails these days. It wasn't like that when I was a kid in the hills of southern Ohio. In those days, the late 40's and 50's, there was little to hunt in the state other than rabbits, squirrels, the occasional grouse, and a few coveys of quail, so squirrel season was eagerly awaited by almost everybody. I have great memories of those early hunts made as a young boy, and one memory is typical of many. The season opened on Sept. 15 then, and on this hunt my mother allowed me to overnight with uncle Ernie at his home in Sciotoville so we could get an early start. I didn't sleep much that night on my couch and blankets. I remember being up at least three times to check my bolt action 20 gauge, oil it some more, look over my ammunition and make sure my boots and hunting coat were handy.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
Voters in the county will decide on both tax increases and decreases in November with 25 issues slated for the ballot. Lyme Township, New London and Willard and the school districts of Bellevue, Berlin-Milan, Wellington and Willard are all going to the voters requesting new taxes. Voters in the Western Reserve district, on the other hand, will decide on two initiatives to repeal both a .75 percent and a .5 percent income tax. The two taxes make up the entire 1.25 percent the district uses for current expenses, totaling about $1.7 million in 2007. Other issues such as charter changes for Norwalk and Sunday sale of liquor in Willard are also on the ballot.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Baines Party in the Park will run Friday through Sunday. The event is sponsored by the Norwalk Parks and Recreation Department. The three days will feature a softball skills challenge, cornhole tournament, softball tournament, 5-K run and fun run, kids zone and games for all ages, festival foods, dunk tank, pony rides, karaoke with DNA Entertainment at 7 p.m. Saturday and a live band from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
Here are the scores of Friday's local high school games. Look for stories about these games in Saturday's Reflector. Share observations with fellow fans at www.fandy.com. Edison 37, Norwalk 36
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
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 on Thursday, as first reported on this Web site Thursday afternoon.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
We are bombarded these days with reports of global warming. These rumors are refuted regularly by reports of decreasing global temperatures. I'm not smart enough to decide what is what, but I know that there have been similar weather oddities through the years. When the first settlers came to the Firelands 200 years ago, one of their major reasons for migrating was the milder winters in Ohio as compared to New York and New England. There were times that farmers could plow in January, and winter followed for a couple of months until Spring. This changed as the land was cleared. Winter began appearing earlier and earlier. An exception to all of this was Jan. 1, 1876, when the temperature was 70 degrees. Farmers were plowing their fields and a steamboat went from Sandusky to Put-In-Bay on a pleasure trip. There was another New Year's in that same decade when temperatures were abnormally warm.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
MARION - Convicted sex offender Robert J. Flynn was released Wednesday from the Marion Correctional Institution after serving a 12-year prison term for molesting two boys. Flynn, now 60, formerly of North Fairfield, pleaded no contest Oct. 3, 1997 to two counts of gross sexual imposition and one charge of attempted rape. He accepted a plea bargain just as testimony was about to begin in his Huron County Common Pleas Court trial on 42 charges including rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
Teachers with Norwalk City Schools report for their first day of contractual work Friday. The problem is they'll be working under a contract that expired June 30. "I'm hopeful the negotiations can be resolved quickly,' Superintendent Wayne Babcanec said this morning. When asked to be more specific, he said: "We're closer now than when we started the process.'
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Goodguys 7th Blue Suede Cruise is two events in one. More than 2,000 1972 and earlier hot rods, customs and classics will sprawl throughout the grounds of Summit Motorsports Park making up the "Show & Shine" car show while the dragstrip will feature a full scale vintage drag race including 250-mph front-engined Top Fuel dragsters, 230-mph nitro burning Nostalgia Funny Cars, Gassers, vintage Super Stockers and hundreds of vintage drag race machines competing in 12 classes of competition.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
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.