3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com MONROEVILLE If it wasn't for a small boy flattened by a bulletin board, St. Joseph School second-grader Zoltan Takacs might never have known about a family friend's bakery in Germany. Flat Stanley is real at least in the imagination of author Jeff Brown and his many readers. The spirit of Flat Stanley is alive at St. Joseph you can see tons of pictures of his travels inside and outside Geralyn Smith's second-grade classroom.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
March was better than February for local and state housing sales, but the industry is still behind figures from a year ago and it is a buyer's market. In Norwalk, the average selling price for homes dropped from almost $142,000 in February/March of 2008 to less than $62,000 for the same period in 2009.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Since Sandy Lonz, of Monroeville, has suffered four deaths in her family in less than three years, the Norwalk Kiwanis Club is holding a benefit to aid the family from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Eagles hall, 151 Cline St., Norwalk. The latest tragedy to slam Lonz was the unexpected death of her son Elliot Lonz, who was injured in an accident and then died April 10 in Florida.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
"The sky is not falling, contrary to this week's press coverage," said Tim Hollinger, Huron County health commissioner, regarding the flu virus now termed H1N1. Hollinger has stressed all week that panic is not warranted as only one case of the formerly-called swine flu has been confirmed in Ohio and the Lorain County boy who had the illness is recovering successfully.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Memo to: Pulitzer Prize Board From: Jim Busek Subject: Thanks for nothing Well, it has happened again. You awarded your little prizes a couple of weeks ago and ahem seem to have once again overlooked someone.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
PERKINS TOWNSHIP - National City Bank filed suit Tuesday in Erie County Common Pleas Court against Roeder Harley-Davidson, Inc. for more than $2.5 million in unpaid loans. The suit alleges Will and Julie Roeder, doing business under the company name and also under WJR Rentals, Ltd., signed a promissory note in 2002.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
A North Olmsted man accused of breaking into two U.S. 20 businesses Sunday was released Tuesday from the Huron County Jail after posting bond. Daniel J. Campbell, 19, was charged with two counts of breaking and entering on allegations he broke into C Stop Inc. and Pine House Pizza. The C Stop incident was reported as an "active alarm" activation at 5:31 a.m. Sunday and the Pine House break-in was called in at 9:41.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLLINS - A rural Collins woman didn't allow Erie County sheriff's deputies to enter her house Sunday when they responded to a loud music complaint that resulted in underage consumption charges. Deputies Trevor Harlow and Greg Hall responded to the 13012 Ohio 61 home of Dora J. Chaffee for a loud music complaint at 2:34 a.m. One deputy saw empty beer cans on an outside table, Capt. Paul Sigsworth said, and suspected there were 20 people inside.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Specialists with OSU Extension's agricultural safety and health program have compiled information on swine influenza from a variety of sources, including the Centers for Disease Control, Ohio Department of Health and the National Pork Board. The following tips are good health habits that will help prevent the spread of germs and help everyone stay healthy: * Avoid close contact with people who are sick to protect yourself. * Stay home when ill. Stay home from regular activities such as work, school and running errands.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com HIGH POINT, N.C. Excitement and optimism were the watchwords as Norwalk Furniture opened its new showroom at the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C., last week. More than 200 shopping groups of retail home furnishings store owners and buyers visited the sparkling new 7,800-square-foot showroom on the 10th floor of the International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC). As expected, due to economic conditions, the overall traffic at the worldwide furniture convention was significantly lower than usual and local media headlines lamented the fact. But the Norwalk Furniture showroom was booming.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Even though the last Pontiac will roll off the assembly line in 2010, a local dealer doesn't think he will have trouble selling the brand famous for muscle cars until then. General Motors has announced the brand will retire at the end of 2010. Pontiac became known for sporty cars in the 1960s. "We're going to sell a lot of Pontiacs," predicted Bryan Kasper, of Kasper Auto Group, with one Norwalk location and three in Sandusky. "They're great cars. They were always known as the sporty-type muscle cars."
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
While the Swine Flu is causing worldwide concern, local veterinarians are aware of an increase in area cases of an ailment affecting dogs. Dr. Wendy Stewart, of Mapleview Animal Hospital, said incidents of canine parvovirus are normally more plentiful during the warmer months. But the extent of this year's onslaught exceeds what is normal even for spring, Stewart said.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - More than a half-year's worth of planning, organizing and record keeping will come to an end Saturday for 14-year-old Boy Scout Max Storm when he presents the village with six benches for Clark Park. While the Monroeville teenager didn't actually build the benches, he performed all the behind-the-scenes work for his Eagle Scout project, said Storm's mother, Laura.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Monroeville and Berlin-Milan schools are both looking to pass income tax levies Tuesday and Berlin-Milan also has a property tax renewal on the ballot. The income tax levies are on earned-income only so would not affect retirement payments, Social Security, capital gains, rental income, dividends, estate earnings, pensions or lottery winnings.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com Josh White has a passion for body art. The owner of Forbidden Tattoos started tattooing in 2001 and has his own ideas about what constitutes a good tattoo. Cartoons posted on the walls of his tattoo parlor in downtown Norwalk spell it out. "If you want to barter, go to a flea market," reads one.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Thanks to swine flu, 16 EHOVE students will miss their chance for national competition and experience in Dallas, Texas next week. Business Professionals of America cancelled the national conference and competition because of fears of the illness, now officially called H1N1. The conference has been rescheduled for June, but the students and teachers slated to go had conflicts with the summer date.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - A Norwalk man has been convicted of vehicular homicide for the June 15 boat crash that killed Berlin Heights resident Ben Miller. Kevin Lake, 24, of 845 Lais Road, could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine when he is sentenced July 1 in Sandusky Municipal Court.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
A 67-year-old Norwalk man will be sentenced June 3 for inappropriately touching an elderly nursing home resident. Jerry A. Albritton, of 188 Collingwood Ave., pleaded guilty Friday to gross sexual imposition. In exchange, the state agreed to dismiss two similar charges.
3:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Monroeville resident Julie Perry said she supports the schools, but the proposed 1.5 percent income tax is too large and she won't vote for another penny in taxes until she sees where every cent will be spent. "I don't think people realize how much this tax is going to cost them," she said. "With the economy the way it is now, it is not a good time for any new taxes. Taxes from President Obama are going to be coming down the pike soon and we don't have any ideas what those will be." Perry said her husband lost his primary job when Norwalk Furniture folded and, with two children in college, they are struggling just to make ends meet.
3:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com March was better than February for local and state housing sales, but the industry is still behind figures from a year ago and it is a buyer's market. In Norwalk, the average selling price for homes dropped from almost $142,000 in February/March of 2008 to less than $62,000 for the same period in March. Realtor Bob Whitacre, of Remax, attributed that to the number of foreclosures now on the market.
3:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
By AARON KRAUSE Reflector Staff Writer akrause@norwalkreflector.com HURON The newly hired dean of BGSU Firelands said he's noticed the commitment the college makes to students and faculty.