11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
WILLARD - Workers at Hillside Acres, a nursing facility in Willard, have ended its three-month strike. Local Union 911 of the United Food and Commercial Workers have voted to accept the most recent offer made by the company and have made an unconditional offer to return to work.
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
It's hard to overestimate the size of the bullet our community dodged with Monday afternoon's announcement that a deal had been struck to keep Norwalk Furniture open and operating. I have to admit I was a bit dubious that anything would happen to save the company and its 500-plus jobs. Admittedly, I'm a bit pessimistic and cynical (not to mention sarcastic and perhaps a little vulgar, but that's neither here nor there) by nature, but just look at the news; things are bad out there economically and they just seem to be getting worse.
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
An amendment to a revolving loan fund between the city and American Coating Specialists, Inc. was approved at Tuesday's Norwalk City Council meeting. This will create 40 new jobs, said the ACS representatives who brought the issue to council.
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
A man caught in an online sex sting by Wakeman police was sentenced to six months in prison Tuesday. Thomas E. Marquis, Jr., 27, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty in June to three counts of importuning. In exchange, the state agreed to dismiss three similar charges and four counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. Over a seven-month period, the defendant talked on an Internet chat room with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl, but actually was Wakeman Police Officer Josh Rice. His investigation started in January 2007.
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk Police Chief Kevin Cashen believes "it's going to take a while" to determine what happened in a motorcycle crash Monday because the crash reconstructionist is on sick leave. Darrell J. Kennedy, 19, of 2 Adams St., remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. A LifeFlight helicopter transferred him from Fisher-Titus Medical Center to the Toledo hospital after he was ejected from his Suzuki motorcycle just before 3 p.m. on North Pleasant Street.
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
No orders for two weeks means the Norwalk Furniture plants in Norwalk, Mississippi and Tennessee won't be back to full strength until September, but a consultant for the executive team said all three factories are slowly ramping up production. "We only handle custom orders and we haven't had any orders for two weeks and two days," said Aaron Gillum, who works for Morris Anderson & Associates, the company brought in to restructure the ailing company.
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
Unconfirmed reports are indicating that Terry Traster, an Amherst City Councilman, will face Republican Terry Boose in this November's 58th district House race. Huron County Democratic Party chairman Richard Hauser said this afternoon "a decision should be made by tomorrow (Thursday).'
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
Of the estimated $150 million slated for Ohio to fight urban blight, Huron County will get about $768,000. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced estimated figures that will be used to renovate home or tear down blighted properties through the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. "This is a victory for middle class families and Ohio neighborhoods," Brown said. "This bill will prevent the American Dream from slipping away from thousands of Ohioans. It will allow us to work together to rebuild communities and stem the foreclosure crisis." The housing bill passed the Senate last month and was signed by President George W. Bush last week.
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
Nick Horner and Brent Ratliff were talking and throwing the football on the front porch of Horner's 11 N. Pleasant St. home when they heard the motorcycle racing by. Horner said it seemed like the biker was going 100 mph down the street.
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk Furniture is back in business. With loans from Ohio and Mississippi, IRG Capital Group and Blackbird Capital funded the takeover of the 106-year-old furniture company founded in Norwalk.
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
More than two weeks ago, Kathy Carleton carried a cup of steaming coffee and that day's Reflector onto her deck. The 22-year Norwalk Furniture employee looked at the front page. Any good, content feelings likely spilled from her as fast as the coffee from her cup.
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
A spark in the dust collection system or its related machinery caused a fire late Monday morning at American Excelsior, 180 Cleveland Road. "Basically, they had a spark in the machinery, which caused a fire,' Norwalk Fire Chief Doug Coletta said. "It took us a long time to find where the smoldering (was).'
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk Furniture suspends operations July 19, 2008 Local, state officials scrambling
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
The city of Norwalk will continue the Cline Street reconstruction project from approximately Spring Street to Union Street beginning Monday. The proposed project will improve traffic safety on Cline Street through better access management and stormwater drainage. The project includes full depth pavement reconstruction, curb and gutter, waterline replacement, drainage improvements, sidewalk in specific areas and traffic control. The project is being funded utilizing the city of Norwalk capital improvement funds and with a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission. Cline Street through the project area will be closed to through traffic during construction. Local traffic and access to businesses will be maintained during construction. Citizens are advised to use caution in the Cline Street area during construction of the roadway improvements and utilize alternate routes such as Milan Avenue or Whittlesey Avenue whenever possible. The initial phase of construction will include the installation of a new waterline and the storm sewers that will be incorporated with the new pavement. During the initial phase, Cline Street local traffic will be maintained through the project area in both directions (northbound/southbound) during the installation of waterlines and storm sewers. Short term lane closures using mobile temporary traffic signals or flaggers will be utilized in the area of the construction activity during the contractors working hours. Cline Street traffic should expect travel delays during the construction of the waterline and storm sewer improvements.
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com "Can I skate now?" eager skateboarder Ben Love wanted to know Monday after a few formalities involving the ribbon cutting of the Norwalk Skatepark on St. Mary's Street. Nobody was going to object or try to stop him. Love, a Main Street School sixth-grader and fellow skateboarders have had their own skatepark for a couple weeks now. It officially opened Monday, as a group of youngsters slid down to a yellow ribbon and sliced it.
11:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
BELLEVUE - Three Bellevue men were scheduled to appear this morning for separate preliminary hearings in Bellevue Municipal Court on allegations they stole a safe from U.S. 20 business and dumped it in a reservoir. The Huron County Sheriff's Office received the report of a July 24 burglary from a business in the 6200 block of U.S 20, where the suspects stole a safe after breaking in. The accomplices stole an undisclosed amount of money. "In the course of our investigation, we were able to track down leads," Maj. Greg Englund said.
11:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk Furniture officials have no update on negotiations with Comerica Bank regarding the future of the furniture company, Norwalk's second largest employer. Executives involved with the negotiations said they were optimistic, but couldn't release any details about the talks. They said they hoped for good news within days.
11:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
After years in the planning stage, the farm service agencies of Erie and Huron counties are now one entity. The new agency is called the Huron-Erie Farm Service Agency and it is housed at 8 Fair Road in Norwalk. "We got the call from the state office in Columbus at 10 a.m. Friday with the OK to move," said Diana Strouse, county executive director. "We closed the doors in Erie County at 4:30 Friday and started to move. By 6 p.m. on Saturday, the move was complete."
11:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Fremont and Sandusky posts of the state Highway Patrol are investigating separate motorcycle crashes Sunday that resulted in serious injuries. In Fremont, Jared D. Alloway, 22, of Green Springs, was heading west on Euclid Street when he drove off the right side and hit a tree and mailbox before his Honda CRV1000 overturned, troopers said. Alloway, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected from the bike.
11:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS - "Renee Dellisanti is our festival. She is one of those who has been with it since its inception. No one is more deserving of our Citizen of the Year Award," Those were the comments of an appreciative Berlin Heights mayor, Kelly Moon, in talking about Saturday morning's award recipient. <p><em>Read the rest of this story in <a href="http://activepaper.olivesoftware.com/Default/Skins/Norwalk/Client.asp?Skin=Norwalk&amp;Daily=NRWK&amp;AppName=1">Today's Reflector</a>...</em></p>
11:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk Furniture is back in business. With loans from Ohio and Mississippi, IRG Capital Group and Blackbird Capital funded the takeover of the 106-year-old furniture company founded in Norwalk.