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NAME: Michael Angelo Figoli AGE: 24
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Huron County's unemployment rate jumped nearly 2 1/2 percent to 15.9 percent in December, ranking it seventh among Ohio's 88 counties. The current total means that an estimated 4,800 of this county's 30,100 workforce-eligible residents are out of job. Those statistics were released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).
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It appears the state government will stop at nothing to raise revenue. "That is correct," said Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach. "Seven calendar days after it's due, there is a fine," he added.
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COLUMBUS - Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland today delivered his 2010 State of the State Address. The text of speech is below. Speaker Budish, President Harris and Chief Justice Moyer. President Harris and Chief Justice Moyer will both be retiring at the end of this year. This is their last State of the State as public officials and I want to thank them for their service to Ohio. Leader Batchelder and Leader Cafaro, Lt. Governor Fisher, statewide elected officials, members of the Cabinet, and a special word of thanks to Director Terry Collins who is retiring after 33 years of service to the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, members of the General Assembly and the Supreme Court, distinguished guests, First Lady Frances Strickland, and my fellow Ohioans...
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The Huron County Sheriff's Office is offering a $1,000 reward for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of the Hy-Miler robber. (EDITOR'S NOTE - To listen to the 9-1-1 call made after the robbery, click here. To read the first story about the robbery, click here.)
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CLEVELAND - Inspiration 2010, the second annual fundraiser for Teen Leadership Corps, was a huge success thanks in large part to an inspiring keynote address by Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager Danny Ferry and an exciting last-second Cavaliers victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Teen Leadership Corps is local not-for-profit organization that initiates service leadership classes. Their fundraiser was held Saturday with the event dinner and Ferry's keynote address taking place at the Terrace Club (Progressive Field) in downtown Cleveland. Ferry's address focused on the importance of service to the community.
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The Huron County Sheriff's Office is investigating the robbery of Norwalk's Hy-Miler early Sunday morning. A clerk called 9-1-1 at 3:15 a.m. stating she had been robbed. Capt. Ted Patrick said the employee wasn't threatened when the white male suspect approached the counter, lifted the front of his gray sweatshirt and demanded money.
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Norwalk city council will likely continue the discussion on skill-based amusement machine businesses at its work session Tuesday night. Council, along with the city planning and zoning commission have and will keep reviewing two pieces of legislation regarding the proper zoning for these businesses.
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BELLEVUE - A windy, cold day made it tough on the 27 firefighters from three departments who responded to the fire in a rural Bellevue garage. Huron River Joint Fire District received a 9-1-1 call about 11:30 a.m. about the blaze in the sheet metal barn/converted garage at 1856 Ohio 269. The Bellevue Fire Department and A.V.R. Fire District from Attica responded with a total of 15 firefighters and five trucks for mutual aid.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the latest installment in a series of articles provided by Norwalk Economic Development Corp. Director Ellen Heinz, along with Main Street Program Manager Kristie Wert. This past October, the Main Street Norwalk program launched the Shop Local Challenge as part of the "Shop Local First, the Buck Stays Here" campaign. Currently, the program is putting together a "Shop Uptown Norwalk" DVD featuring independent, locally owned businesses in the district. In an ongoing effort to educate consumers about the reasons to shop local, the DVD will be a key part of promoting the shop local attitude in the community as well as serve as a promotional piece for the Main Street Norwalk program. A local production company, DLRood Productions, is producing the DVD that will be available for viewing on the Main Street Norwalk Web site. The DVD will help to educate consumers on the benefits of shopping independent, locally owned businesses. "Shopping local is a great benefit to our community; however, many shoppers are lured by the value prices that chain stores may offer. We want area consumers to give our local shops a chance to compete and for people to learn what is available from local retailers, restaurants and service providers," said Kristie Wert, Main Street Norwalk Program Manager. "We are fortunate to have a thriving Uptown Business District with generous business owners that support the community." A grant awarded to the Main Street Norwalk program in 2009 from the Fund for Huron County is partially funding the development of the video footage. Shopping local can help the community retain jobs and fund local schools. When you shop an independently owned store, a higher percentage of what you spend actually stays in the community versus the same dollar amount spent in a nationally owned store. The "Shop Local First" project will not only benefit our stores, but also our community.
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WILLARD - Willard Police Officer Joshua M. Dorsey was released this morning from Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo after accidentally shooting himself in the leg with his personal weapon Sunday. The incident happened about 9:55 p.m. in the police locker room as Dorsey was reporting for duty.
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SANDUSKY - Police don't suspect any foul play was involved when a Norwalk man was found dead Sunday afternoon in an acquaintance's Sandusky home. Anthony L. Nardecchia, 28, of 100 W. Washington St., was found on a couch in a home in the 400 block of Finch Street about 3:05 p.m., Sandusky Police Detective Sgt. John Orzech said. The detective said Nardecchia had been out drinking between Saturday night and early Sunday morning and the other people at the home either had just woken up or arrived there.
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MILAN - Berlin-Milan school officials plan to go to the voters again in May, but this time with a property tax levy. District officials are considering placing one of two five-year property tax levies on the May ballot. One would raise about $1.6 million annually for the district and cost the owner of a $100,000 home $211.31 annually, or an extra 58 cents a day. The other would raise roughly $1.3 million and cost the owner of a $100,000 home $180.69 annually or an extra 50 cents a day, district treasurer Nicole L. Spriggs said.
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BELLEVUE - Firefighters from three departments weren't just fighting fire and steam at a rural Bellevue outbuilding. A strong wind from the north made a cold day even more frigid as the crew ripped apart the structure on Gene Muehling's property.
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SANDUSKY (MCT) - Cedar Fair LP said Tuesday that a 40-day shopping period for soliciting additional bids has ended without generating alternate offers for the Sandusky amusement-park company. That means it's unlikely no suitors will emerge to outbid private equity firm Apollo Global Management, which struck a $2.4 billion deal on Dec. 17 to acquire Cedar Fair for $11.50 a share. But the lack of other buyers for Cedar Fair's 11 amusement parks and six water parks doesn't guarantee that shareholders will approve the proposed sale to Apollo.
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akrause@norwalkreflector.com It has been more than 200 years since the dedication of the Norwalk First United Church building. Church members and staff want the church, which badly needs some repairs, to last well into the future. To that end, the congregation is holding a benefit auction to raise money for its endowment fund at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in the fellowship hall. Auctioneer Gail Pickworth will try to sell items such as: Toledo Mud Hens tickets, a one-week's stay at an ocean front condo in Hilton Head, S.C., Cleveland Opera tickets, Great Wolf Lodge passes, Firelands Symphony Orchestra tickets, movie passes, Pro Football Hall of Fame tickets, Kenilee Lanes bowling passes, a motor scooter, 18 holes of golf, a James Dean unopened 550 Golden Spotlight puzzle and a Hannah Montana DS game.
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Firefighters are battling a house fire on Ohio 269 a few miles south of Bellevue. The Reflector has sent a reporter and photographer to the scene just before noon today. No other information is available. Check back on this Web site for updates
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FREMONT (MCT) - D'Andre Everett, 11, was collecting dead fish from the icy surface of the Sandusky River with his two brothers and best friend about 1:20 p.m. yesterday as he watched his companions fall through the thin ice. The three boys brothers Da'Vontae Everett, 8, Jay'Den Taylor-Everett, 7, and their friend Rafel Villanueva, 10 later died.
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ORVILLE (MCT)- This should perk up any aspiring musician looking for the next big break: a chance to perform in front of an American Idol judge and have your music featured in a TV commercial. Folgers is looking to update its familiar Best Part of Wakin' Up jingle and has launched a new contest.
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WASHINGTON (MCT) _ The Obama administration tried Sunday to steady itself and its top domestic priority after last week's stunning Massachusetts Senate upset, as a top White House official vowed to move ahead with comprehensive health care legislation because "the underlying elements of it are popular and important.' "The president will not walk away from the American people, will not hand them over to the tender mercies of health insurance companies who take advantage' of them, White House senior advisor David Axelrod said on ABC's "This Week.'
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ELYRIA - The President of the United States received something similar to a rock-god reception when he entered Ewing Field House early Friday afternoon. There was an immediate standing ovation. Amid the thunderous applause, dozens of cameras flashed and women screamed.