4:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
The gauntlet has been dropped and the battle is on between city and county employees for the annual competition during public employee appreciation week. "The city is 3-0," said Dale Shepherd, safety/service director for the city.
4:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Jim Tressel and Robert E. Lee might not appear to have anything in common. That is, until you talk to Dr. Allen R. Bohl, an author, long-time athletic director and a current adjunct professor who will speak in Norwalk next month. According to the Vermilion native and St. Augustine, Fla. resident, the Ohio State football coach and the late Confederate leader possess a moral compass a mental guide to lead people through life. Bohl will reflect on his career in college athletics and the process of building a moral compass. One can build such a compass by participating in school sports, on or off the field, Bohl said.
4:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Thanks to 14-year-old Brian Bursley, the Smokey Road section of Erie MetroParks in Berlin Heights is more user-friendly. Soggy mud may no longer pose an inconvenience. Horses might not get separated from their owners as easily in that area. Short people will find it easier to mount their horses. Bursley, an Edison High School incoming sophomore, has earned Eagle Scout status for his work of building a bridge and setting up areas to tie up horses..
4:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Last month I told you about a special trip John Schumm arranged for 18 current or former Norwalk-area residents to seek out their ancestors in Germany. I realized after I submitted that story that I had made a big assumption I assumed that you already knew Mr. Schumm. Subsequently I have found that only about 40 per cent of the readers of this newspaper actually know him. However, another 50 per cent of our readers are related to him.
4:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
JUNE 16, 1988 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 21 years ago: Skateboarders looking for a place to ride Photo caption: Skateboarders Matt Wineman, Keith Larcher, Steve Seitz and Tom Hirbe talk about the sport and the problem they have gaining acceptance and a place to practice their moves in Norwalk. "We get chased from downtown and we get chased out of school lots," Steve said. "There's no place for us to board."
4:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Flag Day June 14 is Flag Day. Like America itself, the American Flag has gone through many changes. It began as the Grand Union flag that George Washington had hoisted over his base during the British siege of Boston in January 1776. The Grand Union flag had 13 red and white stripes and the British Union Jack in the upper left hand corner. A year later on June 14, 1777, in order to establish the official flag of the new union, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act. But the flag was not commonly displayed for another 100 years. On June 14, 1877, it was flown over every government building in honor of the centennial of the Flag Act. In 1912, President William Howard Taft ordered standardized proportions for the flag, but it was not until 1949 that President Harry Truman proclaimed June 14th as Flag Day. Every year since then, every President proclaims the commemoration. Flag Trivia: It takes 64 separate pieces of cloth to sew an American Flag. By Andrew Vogal
4:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com MANSFIELD Dr. Sayer Gunn can appreciate the experiences of dying patients and their families. Hospice of North Central Ohio's new medical director has been a family member of a dying loved one her dad. Gunn, at the time a medical student in her clinical year, would work at least 100 hours a week and be lucky to have a couple days off a month. On those days, for roughly two years, she'd make the long drive from Penn State to the Buffalo, N.Y. area to see how her father was doing.
4:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlbose@norwalkreflector.com Larry Fisher is a teacher and coach who cares even to the extent of raising $6,000 and flying across the country to run in a marathon in honor of a former student. Fisher, a teacher at Berlin-Milan Middle School and a coach for St. Paul High, learned his former student Patrick Yovanof, now a student at the University of Cincinnati, had cancer. Fisher ran in a marathon in 2000 for Team in Training, part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, so he got busy and raised $6,000 in Yovanof's name for the Rock and Roll Marathon in San Diego. Fisher also talked his brother, Mark Fisher, owner of Hillside Castings,www.rocksonly.com, into running with him in the marathon.
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
CUTLINE: JOE CENTERS/REFLECTOR Smetzer Centre and Smetzer Annex welcomes two new tenants Sima Accounting and Envoy Mortgage. By JOE CENTERS Reflector Staff Writer
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com WILLARD The school board is considering a program under which students would study the New Testament at Grace United Methodist Church during school hours. The Willard Ministerial Association has proposed to the Willard City Schools Board of Education a program called "Released Time." The Revs. Doug Winner and John Baich, representing the association, explained the program to the school board Monday. An association volunteer would teach stories from the New Testament to fourth-graders once a week for 40 minutes at Grace United Methodist Church, which is located across the street from Central Elementary School. The pastors said they hope that, if approved by the board, the program expands to include more than fourth-graders. Weather permitting, students would walk to and from the church, escorted by volunteers, who would need to submit to background checks before being involved in the program. The program would be non-denominational in nature and voluntary.
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Two Willard school board members said they are leaning toward voting "Yes' on "Released Time,' a program under which students would study the New Testament at Grace United Methodist Church during school hours. The Willard Ministerial Association brought the proposal before the school board, claiming court cases have determined the program is constitutional. The pastors, Doug Winner and John Baich, said the program would be voluntary and no public funds would be used.
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Next year's entire senior class at Norwalk High School will have laptop computers available for their use. On Tuesday, the school board approved the One-to-One Tablet proposal for the 2009-2010 school year. The projected cost will be $138,000 for the 115 total computers, an amount previously set aside in the district technology budget.
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Tuesday was a day at the spa for the Budweiser Clydesdale team at the Huron County Fairgrounds exercise, shampoo, haircut, nails, grooming details on the massive scale of horses averaging 2,000 pounds, of course. Nick Dunham, one of the Clydesdale handlers with the St. Louis team, said even on days with no appearances, it takes at least eight hours to do everything necessary for the 10 horses that travel with each team. Tuesday was full-treatment day as the animals were reshoed, bathed and trimmed in addition to their daily grooming.
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - A proposed merger of Frontier Communication Corporation and Verizon Communications, Inc. that could affect 500,000 Ohioans' residential landline service requires scrutiny before being authorized in Ohio, a release from the Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC) said Wednesday.
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk school board approved the resignations of two district administrators Norwalk High School Assistant Principal Brian Garverick and Main Street School Principal Kirk Pavelich during its meeting Tuesday. Garverick, whose last day will be July 31, will be the principal of Mansfield Senior High School, where he was once the assistant principal. Pavelich, whose resignation is effective Aug. 9, will be the North Royalton Middle School principal.
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ready, set, GOBA. More than 2,700 bicyclists from across the country and even overseas will converge on Norwalk June 20 prepared to pedal from 270 to 420 miles over six days in the 21st Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure.
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
A judgment filed Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court ruled the county engineer can continue doing in-house work without bidding of up to $100,000 per project for county bridges. "It is a big ruling,' Commissioner Gary Bauer said of Judge Judith Cross' decision. "This is significant across the state' because a ruling against the county could set a precedent to keep all county engineers from doing such in-house work.
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
I love graduations. I have watched them from a variety of perspectives, some better than others. The Norwalk High School graduation I watched this past weekend was the best.
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
BY DON HOHLER Reflector Sportswriter news@norwalkreflector.com It very possibly was the end of an era at the Huron County Fairgrounds Friday afternoon. The 20th running of the Don Martin-George Roeder Memorial Race may well have been the last.
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
hazelwood@sanduskyregister.com CINCINNATI No more than two weeks ago, University of Cincinnati junior Kevin Johnson's life was going as planned. It was June 2 when the 2006 Willard graduate answered a phone call from a number he didn't recognize and discovered a professional scout from the Florida Marlins was on the other line and wanted to talk to him. "I wasn't expecting this at all," Johnson said after he was drafted in the 38th round (1,148th overall) by the Marlins in the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. "One of their scouts gave me a call and told me that there was some interest, but then I didn't talk to him again until the second day of the draft (Wednesday), and he told me they were leaning towards taking me later that day or Thursday."
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Next year's entire senior class at Norwalk High School will have laptop computers available for their use. On Tuesday, the school board approved the One-to-One Tablet proposal for the 2009-2010 school year. The projected cost will be $138,000 for the 115 total computers, an amount previously set aside in the district technology budget.