4:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlbose@norwalkreflector.com Larry Fisher is a teacher and coach who cares even to the extent of raising $6,000 and flying across the country to run in a marathon in honor of a former student. Fisher, a teacher at Berlin-Milan Middle School and a coach for St. Paul High, learned his former student Patrick Yovanof, now a student at the University of Cincinnati, had cancer. Fisher ran in a marathon in 2000 for Team in Training, part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, so he got busy and raised $6,000 in Yovanof's name for the Rock and Roll Marathon in San Diego. Fisher also talked his brother, Mark Fisher, owner of Hillside Castings,www.rocksonly.com, into running with him in the marathon.
4:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com MANSFIELD Dr. Sayer Gunn can appreciate the experiences of dying patients and their families. Hospice of North Central Ohio's new medical director has been a family member of a dying loved one her dad. Gunn, at the time a medical student in her clinical year, would work at least 100 hours a week and be lucky to have a couple days off a month. On those days, for roughly two years, she'd make the long drive from Penn State to the Buffalo, N.Y. area to see how her father was doing.
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
CUTLINE: JOE CENTERS/REFLECTOR Smetzer Centre and Smetzer Annex welcomes two new tenants Sima Accounting and Envoy Mortgage. By JOE CENTERS Reflector Staff Writer
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com WILLARD The school board is considering a program under which students would study the New Testament at Grace United Methodist Church during school hours. The Willard Ministerial Association has proposed to the Willard City Schools Board of Education a program called "Released Time." The Revs. Doug Winner and John Baich, representing the association, explained the program to the school board Monday. An association volunteer would teach stories from the New Testament to fourth-graders once a week for 40 minutes at Grace United Methodist Church, which is located across the street from Central Elementary School. The pastors said they hope that, if approved by the board, the program expands to include more than fourth-graders. Weather permitting, students would walk to and from the church, escorted by volunteers, who would need to submit to background checks before being involved in the program. The program would be non-denominational in nature and voluntary.
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Two Willard school board members said they are leaning toward voting "Yes' on "Released Time,' a program under which students would study the New Testament at Grace United Methodist Church during school hours. The Willard Ministerial Association brought the proposal before the school board, claiming court cases have determined the program is constitutional. The pastors, Doug Winner and John Baich, said the program would be voluntary and no public funds would be used.
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Next year's entire senior class at Norwalk High School will have laptop computers available for their use. On Tuesday, the school board approved the One-to-One Tablet proposal for the 2009-2010 school year. The projected cost will be $138,000 for the 115 total computers, an amount previously set aside in the district technology budget.
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Tuesday was a day at the spa for the Budweiser Clydesdale team at the Huron County Fairgrounds exercise, shampoo, haircut, nails, grooming details on the massive scale of horses averaging 2,000 pounds, of course. Nick Dunham, one of the Clydesdale handlers with the St. Louis team, said even on days with no appearances, it takes at least eight hours to do everything necessary for the 10 horses that travel with each team. Tuesday was full-treatment day as the animals were reshoed, bathed and trimmed in addition to their daily grooming.
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - A proposed merger of Frontier Communication Corporation and Verizon Communications, Inc. that could affect 500,000 Ohioans' residential landline service requires scrutiny before being authorized in Ohio, a release from the Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC) said Wednesday.
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk school board approved the resignations of two district administrators Norwalk High School Assistant Principal Brian Garverick and Main Street School Principal Kirk Pavelich during its meeting Tuesday. Garverick, whose last day will be July 31, will be the principal of Mansfield Senior High School, where he was once the assistant principal. Pavelich, whose resignation is effective Aug. 9, will be the North Royalton Middle School principal.
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ready, set, GOBA. More than 2,700 bicyclists from across the country and even overseas will converge on Norwalk June 20 prepared to pedal from 270 to 420 miles over six days in the 21st Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure.
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
A judgment filed Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court ruled the county engineer can continue doing in-house work without bidding of up to $100,000 per project for county bridges. "It is a big ruling,' Commissioner Gary Bauer said of Judge Judith Cross' decision. "This is significant across the state' because a ruling against the county could set a precedent to keep all county engineers from doing such in-house work.
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
I love graduations. I have watched them from a variety of perspectives, some better than others. The Norwalk High School graduation I watched this past weekend was the best.
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
BY DON HOHLER Reflector Sportswriter news@norwalkreflector.com It very possibly was the end of an era at the Huron County Fairgrounds Friday afternoon. The 20th running of the Don Martin-George Roeder Memorial Race may well have been the last.
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
hazelwood@sanduskyregister.com CINCINNATI No more than two weeks ago, University of Cincinnati junior Kevin Johnson's life was going as planned. It was June 2 when the 2006 Willard graduate answered a phone call from a number he didn't recognize and discovered a professional scout from the Florida Marlins was on the other line and wanted to talk to him. "I wasn't expecting this at all," Johnson said after he was drafted in the 38th round (1,148th overall) by the Marlins in the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. "One of their scouts gave me a call and told me that there was some interest, but then I didn't talk to him again until the second day of the draft (Wednesday), and he told me they were leaning towards taking me later that day or Thursday."
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Next year's entire senior class at Norwalk High School will have laptop computers available for their use. On Tuesday, the school board approved the One-to-One Tablet proposal for the 2009-2010 school year. The projected cost will be $138,000 for the 115 total computers, an amount previously set aside in the district technology budget.
4:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com When Bill Bader of Summit Motorsports Park offered a chance for non-profit groups to earn up to $17,000 for four days of work, South Central Athletic Boosters and Monroeville Community Athletic League (MCAL) jumped at the opportunity. Now the two groups are quickly filling slots for about 50 people to act as ushers for the NHRA Nationals this month and the Night Under Fire in August. Each will make between $8,000 and $8,500 for their efforts. "I read the Reflector article and it took me all of about 10 seconds to make a call," said Theresa Leber, co-chair of MCAL with Jeff Collingwood.
4:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
School crossing guards could become a thing of the past in Norwalk because of city budget cuts. Norwalk Police Chief Kevin Cashen alerted Norwalk City Schools Superintendent Wayne Babcanec of the pending matter via a letter Tuesday. Babcanec addressed the issue with the school board during Tuesday's meeting, prompting two elementary school principals, Janice Smith and Ken Moore, to say how needed school crossing guards are.
4:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk City Schools Superintendent Wayne Babcanec and Assistant Superintendent Michael Gordon are used to handing out honors and awards at school board meetings. They got a bit of their own medicine Tuesday twice. Both administrators, who are retiring July 31, were honored for their 35 years of dedicated service to the district by two state officials.
4:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three local sisters were in the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., Wednesday when a man started shooting. A rifle-toting 88-year-old man with a history of anti-Semitism allegedly entered the crowded U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and opened fire, fatally wounding a security officer before he was shot and severely wounded as terrified tourists scurried for cover.
4:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
Taking an option to buy the Home Lumber property after the business shuts down in the next few months was the big topic at Tuesday's city council work session. Home Lumber owners Harold Christel and William Dreyer have agreed to sell the 3.23 acres to an anonymous group of investors for $642,000, a significant decrease from the property's market value of $1.4 million.
4:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND - Miley Cyrus has announced that her 2009 North American Tour, presented by Walmart and promoted by AEG Live, will arrive at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Sunday, Nov. 15. The concert, featuring special guest Metro Station, is part of the sensational singer's 45-date tour of major cities from coast to coast.