2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - About 250 people witnessed a lot of excitement, nerves and talent Sunday afternoon at the Firelands Idol competition held at Edison High School. Eighteen contestants battled in four categories Sunday to see who could advance to participate in the Elvis Presley tribute show "One Night With You" which will take place April 18 at the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center. The winners each will receive cash awards of at least $100.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Tom Smith is a special person. If you don't believe it, just ask one the many people he has helped over the years. And for his efforts, Smith today was named "Citizen of the Year" by the Norwalk Reflector.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard wants the county commissioners to consider cutting $750,000 from his budget instead of the proposed $829,000. The $79,000 difference, he said, could save him from cutting four deputies' jobs. By Monday, he said he will have to lay-off one deputy or dispatcher, "possibly two.'
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
SHELBY - Norwalk and Willard wrestlers battled through a tough Division II sectional field and advanced participants to the next round. The Truckers finished fifth in the team standings with 138 points as four grapplers moved on to the Fostoria district Friday and Saturday.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
One of the most often-read features of this newspaper is the little column called "People at Work." It has been running for the better part of two decades, and I know why: it is fun to see your friends and neighbors pictured in the paper and to learn some curious things about them.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
U.S. Marshals arrested federal tax evasion convict Thomas L. Root on a warrant at his home Wednesday morning. "He failed to surrender to the Bureau of Prison after he was sentenced,' said the arresting officer, Deputy U.S. Marshal David Siler.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - "A Star is Born" might be the best way to summarize Myriah Cross' performance Sunday afternoon at the Firelands Idol competition at Edison High School. Her rendition of Barbara Streisand's "Don't Rain on My Parade" from "Funny Girl" drew thunderous applause from the 250 in attendance. Cross won the Junior Division to the surprise of no one.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Huron County grand jury on Friday indicted six people, including a couple nabbed in a foiled burglary. Robert E. Davis, 21, of 49 Jefferson St., and his live-in girlfriend, Taylor Wadsworth, 18, were each charged with burglary for the Feb. 4 incident on Carriage Court in Norwalk.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
The face of the Huron County Republican party has changed. After 21 years as party chairman, David Kniffin resigned Thursday.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
On Jan. 15, Cheryl Ott suffered severe head trauma from a fall. She was lifeflighted to Toledo and had surgery for bleeding and swelling on the brain. She was kept in an induced coma for 12 days. She has been improving every day. She will have to have another surgery in about three months. We want to thank everyone for their prayers for Cheryl. On Saturday, Feb. 7, a benefit was held at the Monroeville American Legion to help Cheryl with medical bills. Cheryl is an employee of the Legion, Pflieger Marine Services, of Sandusky, and the Bellevue Eagles. We appreciate the work of Kathi Flew, Brad Pflieger and Day Armelli who really helped to make this a success. Here's a tip of the hat to the kitchen crew: John and Tammy Querin, Janet and Don Gates, Deb and Don Querin, Danny Balduff; money takers, Josey Balduff and Melissa Gerber. We also appreciate Jeff and Bonnie Pean for their donation and for opening up Pean's Pizza, Subs and Sudz, to make pizzas along with helpers Jason Caldwell, Kyle Fries and Brett Hales. Others helping out were Jen Martin for donating her DJ services and Sue Rogers, Kathi Flew, Molly Doss and Steven Gates for selling raffles. Donating items for the silent auction were: Pflieger Marine Services, Lake Erie Anglers, Commodore Perry Inn, Marine Discounters, Marc's Deep Discounts, Day Armelli, Craft Marine, Kathi Flew, Tony Cusano, K-96, Melissa Gerber, Terry's Taxi, Shupe Rentals, Nautica Queen, Julie's Beauty Salon, Shorty Stang, Beauty Vault, Homan Transportation, R.W. Trucking, Maple City Ice, Goodman/Mid-Ohio Wine, American Legion, Joe Gravenhorst, Janotta and Herner and Kerr Beverage.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
Twenty-five-year-old Sophia Zamano, the mother of a toddler, was coming home to Norwalk for the holidays late last year. On the way, the Army platoon leader and full-time Fort Sill, Okla. firefighter, stopped in Dayton to visit her fianc's family.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
Police arrested an adult suspect and his juvenile brother several hours apart in connection with a vehicle break-in Saturday. At 6:03 a.m., an East Seminary Street resident reported two male suspects were inside her car and thought they were attempting to steal it or items inside the vehicle, Norwalk Police Officer Christopher Kelley said. The first officer who arrived on-scene about two minutes later saw one person sitting in the driver's seat and the other subject standing beside the car.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
GALION - The Galion Tigers held off Norwalk 50-47 Friday night in Northern Ohio League boys' basketball action at Galion High School. The loss dropped the Truckers to 8-11 overall and 4-9 in the NOL, while the Tigers upped their mark to 12-7 and 8-5.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
A new section of the Rails to Trails project in northern Ohio was opened late last year from the village of Collins east to DeRussey Road. This follows the right of way of what was originally the Toledo, Norwalk and Cleveland Railroad, which was chartered in 1850. The T, N & C ran from Toledo east through Fremont to Bellevue, Monroeville, Norwalk, Collins, Wakeman and on east to join with the CCC rail line at Grafton. A few years later, it was completed to Cleveland. In January of 1853, the first train ran from Grafton to the Maumee River at Toledo. This completed the railroad link from New York City to Chicago and eventually became part of the transcontinental rail span after the Civil War. I've written the story of those early railroad days several times before.
2:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - A packed house of appreciative supporters provided a heroes' salute to the Monroeville High School 1984 boys' state championship basketball team Friday night. The recognition ceremony took place prior to the Eagles' game with South Central.
2:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
FEB. 23, 1977 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 32 years ago: City Rehires 5 It Had Laid Off Five regular city employees returned to work Tuesday for the first time since they were laid off Jan. 1 because of Norwalk's money problems.
2:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
The finalization of the Alltel-Verizon Wireless merger won't have any effect on local Alltel customers for now. Jack Luciani, regional vice president for Alltel, said Wednesday afternoon after regulators reviewed the merger, it was determined that Verizon would need to sell 105 wireless markets throughout the nation, which included portions of Ohio and the Norwalk market. This decision was made in the best interest of competition, Luciani added.
2:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY Monroeville captured top honors in the 2008-2009 Firelands Challenge regular season. The Eagles battled through six rounds and 12 opponents to finish with a whopping 378 total points the highest cumulative total in almost three decades. Monroeville acquired 59 points more than the next competing team. Monroeville has consistently had some of the highest scores in the history of the Firelands Challenge. In two of its regular season matches, the Eagles had scores of 70 and 74. Only one other time in the history of the Firelands Challenge has a team scored more than 70 points in a single match and the Eagles accomplished this task twice in one season. In two other matches, they scored in the 60s and in the other two regular season matches, they scored in the 50s. The average score for the Eagles in the 2008-2009 season was 35 points.
2:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
Open....close. It's one of the first concepts babies understand when they are learning to talk. Open the door; shut the door. Open your mouth (here comes the food); close your mouth. Isn't a simple matter also called an "open and shut case?"
2:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
Residents of Ohio's 5th Congressional District are concerned not only with the dire economy, but President Barack Obama's recently-implemented stimulus package, U.S. Rep. Bob Latta said Thursday. Latta, a Republican, represents the 5th district, which includes Huron County. He is on a week-long swing through seven counties that fall under his district to meet one-on-one with constituents and hear their concerns.
2:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Columbus woman earlier convicted in federal court as part of a counterfeit check ring was sentenced Wednesday for a similar, local crime. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said he considers Kristi L. Logan, 22, "the work horse" for cashing bogus checks in an "elaborate cash-checking scheme."