6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Village council took a step closer Tuesday to refurbishing Monroeville's aging wastewater treatment plant. Council voted unanimously to apply for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds to help foot the estimated $2.8 million project.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the next installment in a series of stories provided by Norwalk Economic Development Corporation Director Ellen Heinz, along with Main Street Program Manager Kristie Wert. Maple City Rubber was founded in 1915 as the "Red Cross Rubber Company" by Claude Martin Sr. and Charles H. Switzer at its present location.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Local officials still are hearing it from Huron County residents about the recent property tax assessments. "People are very upset," said Chris Mushett, Norwalk city councilman. "Basically their complaint is, if they sold their house now, they would get less than they paid for it. They were stunned and shocked to see their valuation go up."
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Council finalized three ordinances Monday, including one giving village residents preference when permit holders for duck blinds at the reservoir are chosen. A second ordinance contracts with the Huron County Sheriff's Department to provide dispatching service for the police department at a cost of $350 a month, and the third lays out the rules for peddlers.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
The three candidates to be the next Norwalk police chief Sgt. Mike Conney, Capt. Eric Hipp and Capt. Dave Light will find out if they passed a thorough written test today. If they have passed, a review board will interview the three applicants. The board consists of Norwalk City Council President Steve Euton; Norwalk Interim Safety-Service Director Linda Herbert; Civil Service Board President George Eber; citizen representative Peg Baird, of Fisher-Titus Medical Center; and a law enforcement expert, a chief from another department.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
A survivor of one of Africa's bloodiest genocides is not the person one would expect to hear preaching a message of forgiveness and reconciliation, and encouraging others to do the same. But that is exactly the message and goal of Dieudonne Nahimana, who spoke at Norwalk Custom Order Furniture Monday.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Did you watch "Dancing With the Stars" last night? Share your thoughts and read those of others on the latest post from our DWTS blogger, Matt Roche. Click here to see it.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
It was a night of celebration for Norwalk City Schools on Tuesday. Superintendent Dennis Doughty honored the district for achieving the state designation of "excellent with distinction" during the 2008-2009 academic year.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Firelands Historical Museum is "the most fantastic place on earth," said the 5-foot-4, 145-pound man with China blue eyes, a chest-length gray beard and gray hair. He is Eli R. Beachy, the new self-described "cheerleader" for the Firelands Historical Museum and Norwalk. Beachy, a quotable man who is quick with a joke or good-natured tease, has taken over curator duties for Marilou Creary, who is retiring.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Jon Martin wasn't home when his house at 224 Monroe St. went up in flames. "I don't know what happened," said the soft-spoken young man as the Huron River Joint Fire District cleaned up the scene.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOLEDO - A Plymouth woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to embezzling about $405,600 from the Huron branch of KeyBank over the course of about seven years. Diane M. Lantz, 58, whose specific address was not released, stole the money from 2002 through May to help cover the health bills of an ill relative, attorneys have said. Lantz was the branch operations manager and had worked at various forms of KeyBank for more than 40 years.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County General Health District will be giving seasonal flu shots to adults at the Huron County Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to noon today. Pneumonia vaccine will also be available. The shots will be given as a "drive-thru clinic' at which people can remain in their cars.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Compare it to a storm that keeps gaining strength. "People have kept talking to me about it up until the last five minutes,' Huron County Commissioner Gary Bauer said Thursday.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - Due to the recent increase of influenza-like symptoms reported in the region, infectious disease professionals have advised Firelands Regional Medical Center (FRMC) to cancel the community presentation "Are You at Risk? – 2009 H1N1 & Seasonal Flu Facts." "We received last evening new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which are recommending hospitals monitor and evaluate visitor access and movement within the facility, helping to limit the spread of influenza-like illness," said Leslie Mortus, FRMC specialist.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
To his students, Matthew Kean is much more than a guitar teacher. He is a guitar philosopher, a master of countless styles, a virtuoso capable of learning a song by ear in seconds and imparting his guitar wisdom to his students with ease.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Many Huron and Erie county residents who are Time Warner Cable customers had no landline, cell phone or Internet service this morning. Spokesman Anthony Pena said the outage affected nearly everyone in both counties. A separate recording attached to an 800 number indicated "all services in the Canton area' were affected also.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com SANDUSKY An air of tranquility and contentment surrounded Kathy Parker as she discussed her sisters' deaths from cancer. Don't get the 38-year-old Castalia resident wrong; she misses her siblings terribly. But the pharmacy technician at North Coast Cancer Services in Sandusky, which also has an oncology clinic at Fisher-Titus Medical Center, said she believes they died for a purpose so others would not succumb to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - "Avoid harm, obey the stop arm" has been chosen as the theme of this year's National School Bus Safety Week, which begins Sunday and runs through Oct. 24. The theme reminds motorists that they are required to stop for stopped school buses that are displaying flashing red lights and an extended stop arm, said troopers with the state Highway Patrol.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
As I write this, I am enjoying one of life's simple pleasures: really clean windows. It is a partly sunny day. There is a hint of fall color in the trees behind the house. And I am seeing it as if I were seated at an outdoor patio table instead of at a messy writing desk. Boy these windows are clean! And I make that exclamation each time I walk into a different room to experience the unexpected clarity at each view.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Eleven-year-old Spencer Lacy wants to be a professional drag racer. It doesn't hurt that he just added a championship to his accomplishments as a junior dragster. Lacy, a New London Middle School sixth-grader, recently became champion of the junior Superstock class of Dragway 42 in West Salem.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Did you know? Have you heard? Angel Food Ministries helps you save money on groceries! For the past 15 years, Angel Food has been helping people save money on their food bill and not by giving handouts. Instead, they buy healthy food items in bulk and make them available to people for a reduced price up to 50 percent.