8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County's unemployment rate remains one of the worst in the state. About 5,300 of the estimated 29,300 people in the county's potential workforce were out of work in February, according to figures released Friday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Twenty-two young women will be competing for six titles Miss Willard, Miss Huron County, Miss Buckeye State, Miss Heart Of Ohio, Miss Mohican Valley and Miss Ohio River this Saturday at Willard High School. The Miss Ohio Sweeps Program is open to any contestant that has previously participated in a local pageant this season. There will be two pageants one beginning at 4 p.m. and one at 7 p.m.
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
"I've had a squad of robins scratching around my yard for several days," announced the philosopher. "Our last snow slowed them down a lot recently, but they seem to be enthusiastic in their attempt to turn up something to eat. A platoon of blackbirds also worked back and forth through our neighborhood." "Mr. Crimson Cardinal and his mate are looking over their last year's summer home remnants in a tree just outside our kitchen window," the historian added. "But there was one defining appearance which absolutely says warmer temperatures are on the way. It wasn't a feathered friend.
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Last week when I was writing about the origins of the Reflector and the 175th birthday of the Firelands Museum's building on Case Avenue, it occurred to me that another long-time Norwalk newspaper, the Experiment, also came to be in 1835. The Experiment was first issued Aug. 20, 1835, a little more than five years after the first issue of the Reflector.
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (MCT) - Hilda Goaty Ratley is hoping for a miracle. Any sign of improvement in the condition of her daughter, Josie Lou Ratley, will do. So far, nothing. Josie Ratley, 15, remains in a medically induced coma at Broward General Medical Center, more than a week after prosecutors say an enraged teenager she barely knew confronted her at a Deerfield Beach Middle School bus stop and repeatedly stomped on her head while wearing steel-toed boots.
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
HARTLAND TOWNSHIP - An emergency meeting of the Hartland Township trustees is scheduled for 9 a.m. today in the township hall to discuss the possible drilling and disposal of brine water in the township. Today's meeting will address correspondence being sent by the trustees to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and to Preferred Fluids Management, LLC. A public notice published in Wednesday's Norwalk Reflector states Preferred Fluids Management LLC of Austin, Texas, is "applying to permit two wells for the injection of brine water produced in association with oil and natural gas."
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
In their final session before heading into an Easter break, Ohio lawmakers moved bills yesterday designed to improve criminal investigations, ban texting while driving and give local law enforcement more power to tackle illegal immigration. After setting modern records this session for a lack of legislative action, the House and Senate opened the spigot and sent a number of measures to Gov. Ted Strickland, including one that would require the collection of DNA evidence from anyone arrested on a felony charge in Ohio.
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
A victim of molestation perpetrated by the Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy recounted his abuse today in a news conference outside the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. SNAP, The Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests, called the news conference in the wake of revelations that top Vatican officials, including the future Pope Benedict XVI, did not defrock Murphy, despite warnings about him.
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
The ballad of Jesse James seems headed for a showdown, as family fallout continues amid infidelity allegations aimed at Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock's husband of five years. In a fast-moving sequence of events, motorcycle customizer and reality-TV star James, 40, issued a hedged public apology to People magazine Thursday.
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Rachel Scott was a big-hearted, smiling girl with big dreams that were never fulfilled because she was murdered as a teenager. Her story almost made Norwalk High School ninth grader Ethan Rhodes cry. Rachel Joy Scott's story inspired ninth-grader Bailey Rarick even as it shocked him.
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
The "ringleader" and his two co-defendants in a rural Willard burglary were arraigned in Huron County Common Pleas Court. One day after being indicted by a Huron County grand jury, suspected accomplices Randy Ruff, David J. Barnett Jr., and Sean M. Picklesimer entered separate pleas of "not guilty" to their individual charges Thursday. The last of the three suspects were arrested about six hours after the March 3 break-in was reported in the 1900 block of Greenbush Road.
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
A trio of Willard burglary suspects were three of 13 people indicted today by a Huron County grand jury. David J. Barnett Jr., 35, Sean M. Picklesimer, 18, and Randy Ruff, 37, are accused of breaking into a Greenbush Road, Willard, home March 3, a prosecutor said earlier. The victim called the Huron County Sheriff's Office after he returned home and discovered someone kicked in a door and stole four long guns, two handguns, a small amount of ammunition, a 32-inch flat screen TV and five PlayStation games.
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
A three-vehicle accident in Uptown Norwalk sent one man to the hospital this afternoon. (NOTE - To see additional photos of the accident scene, click here.)
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
The threat left on New York Democrat Louise Slaughter's office phone wasn't veiled: Snipers would be sent to "kill the children of the members who voted for health care reform.' Later, a brick smashed her Niagra Falls office window. The lines have been jammed since Sunday with hateful messages at the offices of Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak, the anti-abortion Democrat whose last-minute support helped cinch passage: "Congressman Stupak, you baby-killing m--- f--- ... I hope you bleed out you're a-, got (sic) cancer and die, you m--- f---,' was just a sample.
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. (MCT) - An Orange County, Fla. Circuit Court judge heard arguments Wednesday about whether videos and photographs depicting the death of a SeaWorld Orlando trainer killed by a whale should permanently remain out of the public eye, but did not making a ruling Dawn Brancheau's husband, mother and brother attended the hearing.
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Huron County Common Pleas Court jury found Michael C. Miller guilty on all three counts today: Rape, kidnapping and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The 16-year-old male victim testified Wednesday that Miller, 41, threatened to stab him with a knife if he wouldn't let Miller perform a sex act on him the night of Sept. 25.
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - The Department of Defense today announced stricter guidelines for discharging gay and lesbian service members under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, raising the standards for charging that someone is gay and allowing only generals to approve discharges. It's the biggest change to the policy since Congress passed it and President Bill Clinton signed it into law in 1993.
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
I woke up Wednesday morning, and the temperature outside was 36 degrees and it was raining - a wet, damp rain. I didn't mind at all. Why? One, I knew it would be warmer and drier by the end of the day. And two, I knew spring is here, and warm weather is coming.
8:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
HARTLAND TOWNSHIP - State Rep. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk) said people in Hartland Township should be concerned about proposed drilling in the area. But, he added, everybody should first listen, do their research and get all of the facts.
8:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - "How long can you continue to bleed?" village council president David Jenkins wondered aloud during Wednesday's public meeting about the proposed half-percent income tax increase. "We all are bleeding too," Milan resident Randy Rospert said, referring to a dire financial situation.
8:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
A proposal to inject brine water into the ground in Hartland Township has area resident angry and concerned. A public notice published in Friday's Norwalk Reflector states Preferred Fluids Management LLC of Austin, Texas, is "applying to permit two wells for the injection of brine water produced in association with oil and natural gas."