4:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
At a time when business retention and expansion efforts are more important than ever, and state grants and financing are not easy to come by, Huron County, the city of Norwalk and New Horizons Baking Company were big winners recently in the Ohio Department of Development's Industrial Site Improvement Fund award announcements. Sheena Metzger of the Ohio Department of Development contacted the community on Friday and stated that Huron County's Norwalk Rail Spur Development Project was awarded $220,000 in grant funds and financing assistance from the state of Ohio and the Ohio Rail Development Commission. The Norwalk Economic Development Corp. and Huron County Development Council worked together to secure this grant and financial assistance on behalf of Huron County, the Norwalk Rail Spur Development Project and New Horizons Baking Company.
4:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk will not be spraying for mosquitos this year and probably won't next year, said Richard Moore, Street Department Superintendent. He said eliminating spraying as a budget cut was probably one of the harder decisions the department had to make.
4:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
As David Leake eyed the large blimp that had lifted off prematurely, his mind briefly wandered to his childhood. One day, young David had lost his helium balloon that had a smiley face and read "Have a Nice Day.
4:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
Uptown business owner Ric Hills is letting all know his political views. A sign in front of his West Main Street store, Maple City Cabinetry, seeks signatures for his personal effort to have President Obama impeached.
4:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk City Council members will consider legislation containing a funding plan for a new fire station at next week's meeting. At Tuesday's work session, Mayor Sue Lesch said the city plans to submit a request for about $5 million for federal grant money. Lesch suggested the city's share could amount to $500,000, or 10-percent of the eligible costs.
4:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
The next time you're at the Huron County Courthouse, there most likely will be some familiar faces handling security. The Huron County Sheriff's Office has hired part-time deputies exclusively to cover courthouse security. Each officer will be limited to working 16 hours a week at $12 an hour.
4:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
I find myself thinking a lot about Michael Jackson these days more so in the past week since his shocking death than in the previous 25 years of his life. I had just finished a round of golf, if being chased off the course by lightning after six holes can be called "finished," at Willard Country Club and was sitting in the clubhouse hoping it would blow over when I heard the news of the King of Pop's death.
4:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com The night sky over Norwalk will explode with bangs and color at dusk July Fourth, thanks to donations that have been pouring in. The Norwalk VFW has been collecting money that will go toward a fireworks show. Fundraising for this year's show got off to a slow start. In May, Norwalk VFW Post 2743 and the city agreed to pay $6,000 toward the cost of fireworks, but needed another $9,000. Eventually, donations started trickling in.
4:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - The school board has hired Willard native David Danhoff as the school district's interim superintendent. As an interim, Danhoff will serve no more than one year at this point, said Jim Lahoski, superintendent of the North Central Educational Service Center, which conducted the search.
4:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS - Six area residents were charged with underage consumption in connection with a Berlin Township party early Sunday morning. Upon further questioning and investigation, deputies charged the following people with underage consumption: Charles R. Smiley, 20, of 12907 Arlington Road, Berlin Heights; Norwalk residents Lindsay M. Boose, 19, of 1350 Ohio 61, and Lauren M. Hayes, 18, of 19 Pitt St., as well as Milan residents Jacob W. Burns, 20, and Dustin A. Stower, 20, both of 13712 Riley Road, and Tyler S. Ebinger, 20, of 350 Melanie Lane.
4:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
The state Highway Patrol is encouraging drivers to think twice before getting behind the wheel impaired this weekend in an effort to have a holiday weekend free of fatal and injury crashes. The Fourth of July weekend is traditionally a dangerous holiday period on Ohio roads, particularly for impaired driving crashes. During last year's holiday, nearly 50 percent of the 15 people killed on Ohio roadways were involved in alcohol-related crashes. "We are asking motorists that are partaking in holiday celebrations to designate a sober driver or call a taxi to assure that they arrive safely at their destination," said Colonel Richard H. Collins, superintendent of the Patrol. "Troopers will be out in full force this weekend to apprehend those that do not heed this warning. If you are driving impaired we will arrest you." Motorists should also be reminded that wearing a safety belt is the single most effective tool in reducing injuries and deaths in crashes caused by impaired drivers.
4:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
The night sky over Norwalk will explode with bangs and color at dusk July Fourth, thanks to donations that have been pouring in. The Norwalk VFW has been collecting money that will go toward a fireworks show.
4:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
The gamble paid off. The Bader Boys Bill Sr. and Jr. took a gamble of a lifetime and they hit the jackpot. The owners of Summit Motorsports Park decided to replace the track surface two weekends ago just days before the start of the third annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. I heard that Matt Kluding and his crew from Precision Paving were at the track 36 straight hours before finishing up late Sunday night (June 21). Four days later, the sportsman cars (June 25) were out making passes. That kind of turnaround is unheard of and it was very costly (I would guess in the hundreds of thousands dollars).
4:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - The issue of whether the school should have majorettes dominated the special meeting of the board of education Monday. Several parents and other community members spoke in favor of a majorette corps, making the point the school had one for many years, although not recently.
4:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
ASHLAND Ashland University track and field coaches Leigh Daniel and Nick Cordes are one of two couples still in the running on the NBC Today Show's, "Today Throws a Wedding." At the request of NBC officials and in support of the couple, Ashland University is hosting a rally from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Community Stadium. The rally is open to the public and Ashland fans and friends are encouraged to come to what promises to be a fun, early-morning party. It is also an opportunity to be on national television. The winner of the NBC contest will be announced live on the "Today Show" Wednesday morning. If Daniel and Cordes are the winning couple, NBC will do a live cut-in to Community Stadium and the rally. AU's goal is to get at least 500 people to the rally. Free water, juice, coffee and donuts will be provided at the event. There will be music, games and contests. The first 500 people at the rally will be eligible for a drawing for a $250 gift certificate from the AU Bookstore.
4:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Those who frequent the city's outdoor pool may have noticed the concession stand hasn't opened yet for the season. It might not open at all, unless an outside vendor comes in and rents it.
4:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS - A Lewisburg husband and wife were charged with alcohol-related offenses Saturday while returning home from Summit Motorsports Park. Erie County Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Arthur stopped the vehicle driven by Bradley W. Jarvis, 50, at 5:50 p.m. for speeding on Ohio 113 near Chapin Road. Arthur, in his report, said he clocked Jarvis going 69 mph in the 55 mph zone. Jarvis' wife, Grace J. Jarvis, 47, pleaded with deputies not to arrest her husband, but to arrest her instead, Arthur said.
4:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County has been awarded $32,460.00 in federal funds by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) through the Huron County Emergency Food and Shelter program. Housing (rent or mortgage) and utility assistance is available to Huron County residents who have been unemployed for more than 30 days since Sept. 1, 2008. Assistance is limited to one time per household, and cannot exceed $300 per household.
4:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Betsy Feaga smiled and laughed as she talked about a group of funky monkeys lingering outside some Norwalk homes. The Norwalk resident lightheartedly mentioned her plan to sell chocolate-covered frozen bananas at the Norwalk Relay For Life.
4:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com WAKEMAN The 3-year-old Wakeman girl who had been removed from her home because of suspected abuse is now in the custody of her father. "She is now with dad," Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker said, but declined to elaborate. Authorities have placed the girl, but her mother's whereabouts are unknown.
4:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
The phrase "Use your height to your advantage" is commonly applied to sports, but it can also apply to saving in energy costs. Willard resident Jack Lodermeier said he thinks his home is situated on an ideal elevation for his new wind turbine.