6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com GREENFIELD Twp. Incumbents Royden Smith and Dale Smith will face off against challenger Brandon Perry in the Greenfield Township race. Perry, 25, said he is running because he enjoys the work trustees do. "Growing up on our family farm and having different jobs that have gave me the experience and the knowledge to be good at the work a trustee does," he said. "I feel being younger I could bring a new point of view and be a good worker for the township.
6:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
jcenters@norwalkreflector.com FITCHVILLE Twp. Terry Grosswiler and Robert Wilson are looking to unseat Robert White and Paul Lortcher in the Fitchville Township trustee race Nov. 3. The top two vote-getters will join trustee John Merilees and fiscal officer Cindi Amburgy. Lortcher, 71, is married to Donna and they have one daughter, Pamela Frisch.
6:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com GREENWICH TOWNSHIP Three candidates are vying for two seats in the Greenwich Township trustee race Nov. 3. The candidates are John Vanderpool, incumbent, along with Walter Leber Jr. and Michael D. White. Current trustee Robert McLane has decided not to seek re-election.
6:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com The Huron County Sheriff's Office has forwarded its reports about the September bomb threat at South Central High School to Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler's office. Maj. Greg Englund said a 16-year-old Greenwich boy had been the primary suspect from the beginning of the investigation, which wrapped up earlier this week. He said investigators identified the suspect through obtained information, but declined to elaborate. "(Detective Sgt.) Annette McLaughlin finished it up and forwarded it to the prosecutor's office this (Friday) morning," Englund said.
6:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
You could feel the electricity in the air; an extraordinary evening was in store for those who attended Abigail Ministries' 2009 "Celebration of Life" fundraising banquet. An annual event held at the elegant Colonnade banquet facility in Milan, this year was special as it begins our 20th year serving Norwalk and surrounding communities. After enjoying a leisurely but absolutely delicious dinner, the board of directors and staff were introduced followed by recognition of all those in attendance who are or have supported Abigail in some way throughout the past 19 years. Our guest of honor, our Heavenly Father, the Giver of Life, was given praise as the worship team from River of Life Church performed "Giver of Life" written by the Rev. Larry Klaiber.
6:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Last May President Barack Obama reportedly told Bloomberg News the current federal budget deficit is "unsustainable" and that we "can't keep on just borrowing from China." A week or so later in a C-SPAN interview, he supposedly said "we are out of money now." That being the case, why are he and liberals in Congress proposing health-care reform measures that have the potential to drive us further into debt? I agree we must help people who can't afford medical insurance, but before we embark on a major overhaul of our nation's health system, with federal bureaucrats rationing services, why don't we try some things that may not require a lot of money?
6:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Nobody was home when the fire at 17 Grand Ave. was reported at 12:34 p.m. today. Eight firefighters had the blaze in control in about 20 minutes using slightly less than 1,000 gallons of water. Norwalk Fire Chief Doug Coletta said the preliminary cause appears to be a furnace malfunction.
6:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com BERLIN HEIGHTS Norwalk resident Bob Stacey remembered hearing "a tremendous crash" when he was standing at his cousin's produce stand about 4 p.m. Saturday. "Fenders were flying and bumpers were flying," he said. Elizabeth Redican, 24, of Vermilion, was charged with failure to yield in the collision at the intersection of Ohio 113 and Ohio 61. Sandusky Post Commander Lt. Darryl Edge, of the state Highway Patrol, said Redican stopped on Ohio 61 and then turned left onto 113, pulling into the path of a Berlin-Milan school bus.
6:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Huron County voters will tackle 24 issues on the Nov. 3 ballot. In Norwalk, voters in 1-B will consider a local liquor option for Sunday sales at Casa Fiesta, while 2-B voters will vote on a local liquor option for Sunday sales at the Mill Street Bistro. Norwalk voters will also decide the fate of a renewal for eight-tenths mill for five years for recreational purposes. The levy raises about $120,000 per year for operating expenses for parks and recreation.
6:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
A dark cloud hung over Tuesday night's Norwalk city council meeting. Unless things change between now and Jan. 1, Mayor Sue Lesch told council three police officers and two firefighters will be laid off as of the first of the year. "We're still in discussions," Lesch said after the meeting about trying the renegotiate the union contracts for police and fire."
6:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Quite a bit of positive economic news has filled our pages and those of other newspapers in recent days. Fed chairman Ben Bernanke announced the recession is over; Huron County unemployment rate is improving down from its high of 18.3 percent in January to the current 12.8 percent; and the Dow Jones Industrial Average exceeded the 10,000 mark that's up nearly 50 percent from the low reached in March.
6:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
The New Mexico man who threw a nylon bag containing about 20 pounds of marijuana from a plane in June was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison. Greg J. Baca 47, of Albuquerque, also was fined $5,000 for possession of marijuana and tampering with evidence. He had his driver's license suspended for six months.
6:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County's employment picture continues to improve, if ever so slightly. For the eighth straight month, Huron County's unemployment rate decreased.
6:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County Department of Job and Family Services wants to get to the bottom of the unemployment figures. The state said Tuesday Huron County's unemployment rate is 12.8 percent, down from 13.9 percent last month. "That looks good, with the numbers decreasing," said Chris Robertson, JFS workforce development supervisor. "But the word around the state is that is a false positive."
6:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com WILLARD City Manager Brian Humphress provided council Monday with a list of streets that will have limited parking beginning Oct. 26. "This proposal came about due to growing concerns that our safety forces would have difficulty traveling down some of these streets when parking is allowed on both sides," Humphress said. Another factor was the difficulty snow plows have operating on the streets as well as other safety concerns, he added. Council voted to grant the city an easement on Fort Ball Road. As part of Phase III of the U.S. 224 improvements project, the realignment of the Fort Ball Road intersection will require some of the land where the fire department is located.
6:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
A 15-year-old boy is accused of starting a 77 Woodlawn Ave. garage fire by lighting a mattress and a bale of straw Tuesday. Six Norwalk firefighters had the blaze under control in about five minutes and extinguished several hot spots. Capt. Don Helton said the vacant building, already "in poor condition" before the incident, was "fully involved in fire" upon arrival at 5 p.m.
6:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Willard woman who stole about $7,450 from an elderly relative will be spending up to six months in a community-based corrections facility which focuses on education and substance abuse treatment. Susanna M. Feltner, 24, of 713 Wessor Ave., was ordered to pay the entire amount of restitution as part of her three years of probation. She also was fined $250 and ordered to pay $100 to the victim's insurance company.
6:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - The Board of Education honored retiring bus driver Judy Ux Monday for her 24 years of service to the schools. Board President Ken Hale presented her with a plaque of appreciation for her "outstanding dedication to the New London School System."
6:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
HAVANNA - Three fire departments battled a Sherman Township field fire for about 45 minutes Monday before getting the blaze under control. The Sherman Norwich Road incident was reported about 4 p.m. and burned 30 to 40 acres of a harvested soy bean field belonging to Robert Bumb. He lives down the road from the field.
6:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
The report of a bag containing body parts ended up being just that just not human ones. Huron County Sheriff's Maj. Greg Englund responded to the Lovers Lane Road complaint near the bridge about 2 p.m. Monday. He said two Fremont girls found the bag of internal organs while doing a geography tracking project.
6:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Denise "Dee" M. Zeffiro-Krenisky said they called, and she's listening. Christie Lane's school chief is a finalist for a similar position in another county. An advisory committee has recommended her and Fred Williams of Powell for the job of superintendent of the Stark County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.