7:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - It was slightly more than a year ago that Todd Fox resigned as the Willard High School wrestling coach. On Nov. 30, Fox filed a lawsuit in Huron County Common Pleas Court against the parents of a bullied wrestler. The couple, who aren't being named in order to protect the identity of their son, are charged with defamation, "civil conspiracy" and intentionally inflicting emotional distress. Fox is seeking in excess of $25,000 on each count.
7:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
OK, it's Presidents' Day so you know that George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were born in February. Congratulations. Now try this one: The man who is in many respects the greatest American ever was born this month, as well. Who is he and when was his birthday?
7:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
FEB. 16, 1934 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 76 years ago: Report Esker is appointed postmaster Reports were widely and persistently circulated today to the effect that City Councilman Ed. M. Esker had been appointed postmaster to succeed A.W. Davis.
7:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County has been chosen to receive $66,713 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The selection was made by the National Board that is chaired by the Department of Homelands Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Salvation Army; United Jewish Communities and, United Way of America. The Local Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country. A Local Board made of the Huron County Commissioners; United Fund; Catholic Charities; Erie-Huron CAC; American Red Cross; Salvation Armies; Senior Enrichments Services; Department of Job & Family Services and other local agencies will determine how the funds awarded to Huron County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.
7:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY Greg Bauman, of Bauman Insurance Services, 1518 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, recently completed the Personal Lines section of the Certified Insurance Counselor program through the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research. The three-day program, presented in Columbus, covered interpretation of insurance contracts on personal automobile, home, umbrella and home-based business insurance. Bauman Insurance Services is celebrating 25 years serving Erie and surrounding counties and specializes in personal and business insurance coverages. Bauman represents Grange Insurance, Auto Owners Insurance, Ohio Casualty and several other leading insurance carriers.
7:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com NEW LONDON New London water superintendent John Chapin had one of the new water meters with him and explained its use at the village's last meeting. He said the new meters will be read by radio, therefore saving the village workers many hours of manual labor. He said replacing all the meters will probably take from three to five years at a cost of around $200,000, with residential meters to be replaced first and Cedar and Fir street areas to be the first ones affected. Northern Ohio Rural Water currently uses this meter. "We chose this brand of meter because it has been thoroughly tested," Chapin said.
7:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
Editor's Note: This is the latest installment in a series of articles provided by Norwalk Economic Development Corp. Director Ellen Heinz, along with Main Street Program Manager Kristie Wert. Norwalk Concrete Industries (NCI) is a regional manufacturer of custom precast concrete products serving the building, utility, heavy and highway markets in a six state area. This family-owned business has thrived over the years due to its innovative ideas, commitment to quality and excellence and their investment in the Norwalk community. The company's products include privacy and security fencing, retaining walls, storm and sanitary sewer structures, highway barrier, utility vaults, stormwater treatment and detention tanks and large custom structures. Waste water treatment systems for residential and commercial applications and residential building foundations are sold primarily in Ohio. The Easi Set line of precast fabricated restroom, control and utility buildings are shipped to customers throughout the Midwest and Eastern United States. NCI has made the most out of these difficult economic times. They have worked hard to expand their market and diversify their product line. One of their most interesting recent projects was a system of huts and an underground tunnel complex to create a training village for Soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky. The project required a 90-day completion of more than 100 separate structures, including on-site installation.
7:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
In a move that is sure to have the agricultural industry grimacing and labor-rights advocates cheering, the Labor Department is reversing a Bush administration rule that allowed farmers an easier path to hiring temporary or seasonal foreign workers. The department has issued new regulations that will force growers to make more of an effort to find Americans to fill these jobs of picking crops and other harvest-time roles, as well as increase pay and provide more job-safety protections for the thousands of foreign farm workers who are hired.
7:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's being called the mother of all recalls with more than 2.4 million vehicles in the U.S. needing repairs. Yet a week into Toyota's massive effort to fix sticky gas pedals, dealers and customers say things are moving relatively smoothly.
7:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
It seems this "colonel" was an officer. Accused child molester Colonel G. Willis Jr. was a police officer with the Monroeville and New London police departments years ago. He started in Monroeville in July 1998 and worked there for a few months.
7:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has announced a new bill that would tax bonuses given to executives at firms that received help from U.S. taxpayers in order to fund loans for small businesses. Brown's bill would use revenues generated from taxing bonuses at firms who received assistance through the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to help small businesses expand operations and hire new workers. "It's time for Wall Street to return the favor to Main Street," Brown said. "While big banks have rebounded thanks to the help of American taxpayers, small businesses are still struggling. If a big firm that received taxpayer help is now paying out massive bonuses, they should be able to help American small businesses expand operations and hire new workers. Small business growth will create jobs and get our economy back on track."
7:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - A Willard woman is fighting to re-open her resale shop New to You, which was forced to close a few months ago because of zoning issues. Owner Judy Smith is requesting the property for her Richmond Township business to be changed from residential-agricultural to commercial.
7:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - For a man who didn't step foot out of his house Friday, Roman Polanski had an eventful day. His new film, "The Ghost Writer,' a political thriller with a glamorous Hollywood cast, debuted at the Berlin Film Festival. And his legal battle to avoid return to the U.S. got a boost when a Swiss official said extradition proceedings stemming from his three-decade-old child-sex case were on indefinite hold.
7:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
Most kids like sweets, but for some children there may be an underlying cause for that affinity. A new study finds there may be a link between sweet preference in children and a family history of alcoholism, plus the child's feelings of depression.
7:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
An estimated 57 million Americans have contracted pandemic H1N1 influenza since the outbreak began last April, about 257,000 have been hospitalized with complications from it and nearly 12,000 have died, according to estimates released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The total number infected represents an increase of about 7 million flu cases since the latest estimate in December, a modest increase that correlates with other data suggesting the pandemic has been waning.
7:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
Walter Fredrick Morrison, whose post-World War II invention of a "flying' plastic disc became an American recreational icon known as the Frisbee, has died. He was 90. Morrison died Tuesday of age-related causes at his home in Monroe, Utah, said his son, Walt.
7:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
"I thought we might talk some about a matter which seems to be attracting a lot of attention among our military and political leaders: 'Don't ask, Don't tell'," opened the philosopher as fellow members of the Cheap Coffee Club, all veterans, relaxed in their chairs, cups of hot coffee in their hands. "For myself, while in the service I never met anyone who I knew to be homosexual. Nor was I approached in that regard."
7:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
One of the several challenges our ancestors faced was to travel from Point "A" to Point "B" in the days before improved roads, trains and interurban lines. Much travel was by foot or horseback, but for long distance travel the use of a stagecoach was almost imperative. That last sentence sounds like some sort of punishment, and in some ways it was. We see the stages in western movies or on TV and they're traveling along smoothly at a good speed. In reality, though, the roads were not smooth and the stage was liable to be almost sideways at times when there was a bad mud hole. Then there was the dust kicked up by the wheels and the horses' hooves...and let's not forget that the rough roads also threw the passengers side to side and perhaps against the top of the passenger compartment.
7:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - A chimney fire early Wednesday morning burned the east side of the house and displaced the couple who lived there. Homeowner Eric Dilgard, of 406 W. U.S. 224, called 9-1-1 at 2:42 a.m. about his chimney being on fire. Huron County Sheriff's Dispatcher Theresa Daniel told him "to get everyone out of the house," she wrote in her report. Daniel sent the Tri-Community Joint Fire District, Firelands Electric and Deputy Janet Lichoff to the scene.
7:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Monroeville police have identified the student who texted another student about a school bomb threat last month, but the culprit's future in court is uncertain. Monroeville Local Schools was evacuated for about a half-hour Jan. 15 due to a student receiving a text message the previous night.
7:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com The president of a fiscally conservative group says the fact that Ohio forces employees to join unions at companies that have them is partly to blame for Ohio's economic problems Matt Mayer, president of the Buckeye Institute, spoke to Norwalk Area Huron County Chamber of Commerce Monday. He wants area business leaders to advocate for more business-friendly rules at the state level. A new institute report looked back to 1990 and 2000 to see how Ohio fared in the "mythical boom era" of the 1990s.