7:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
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.'
7:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
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.
7:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk resident Stephen A. Roth, who was pulled from his Whittlesey Avenue home after a fire Jan. 14, died today at Stein Hospice Care Center in Sandusky.
7:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANUDSKY (MCT) - A Texas hedge fund that recently became the biggest shareholder in Cedar Fair LP said Friday it will vote against a $2.4 billion sale of the northwest Ohio amusement park chain to New York City private equity firm Apollo Global Management. Q Funding III LP, of Fort Worth, announced that as of Jan. 20 it controls 9.8 percent of Cedar Fair stock or 5.4 million shares out of 55.2 million total. In a statement Friday, Q Funding said it doesn't believe Apollo's offer to pay shareholders $11.50 a share under the deal reflects Cedar Fair's true value.
7:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
When Sean McNeil, "American Idol" contestant, was beat out by Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood, his career as a vocalist and guitarist did not end. The recording artist will not only help judge the "Firelands Idol" semifinals at 2 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Edison High School Little Theatre, he also will perform a mini-concert while the other judges tally the contestants scores.
7:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Las Vegas is a new experience every time for me. On one visit, I was pulled up on stage and made part of the Cirque du Soleil show called Mystere in the Treasure Island theater.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
H1N1 Clinic The Huron County Health Department will hold a free H1N1 Clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Salvation Army, 55 Whittlesey Ave., Norwalk. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., free of charge. Haiti relief drive SANDUSKY Berlin-Milan schools are teaming with Bassett's Market to help those in need after the devastating earthquake that has taken nearly 200,000 lives. The school district and the market will be collecting the following supplies at all four school buildings until Friday:
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Need reading supplies? Visit your local library and warm up with a good book. The main floor front door is now open. The community news bulletin board and federal tax forms are located in the foyer of the main entrance. Check out our Web site atwww.norwalk.lib.oh.us for tax links. Storytime registration is still possible in the Children's Room. The first storytime will take place from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday and in the evening from 7 to 7:45 p.m. The sessions will run through March 31. Rock 'n Readers (K-3rd grade) will meet from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Feb. 1. The "Teen After School Social Time" (grades 6-12) will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room. Teens, show off your baking skills at the "YA Cookie Bake-Off" on Feb. 16. Sign up and rules are available at the main desk.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
JAN. 26, 1973 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 37 years ago: Driver killed on Main Street Irvin J. Oglesby of Norwalk was killed instantly this morning when his eastbound car plowed into the rear of a semi-trailer truck loaded with 55,000 pounds of sand.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Although 2009 presented difficult challenges for our area businesses, it also gave way to new opportunities. The focus of many companies over the past year has been investigating new markets, diversifying their client base and supplier networks, and learning how to produce more with less. Industry leaders worked hard to find a way to not only survive, but to thrive. Ingenuity and versatility have been the keys to their sustainability and success. One of the most inventive projects in the state, and arguably the nation over the past year was located right here in Huron County. The 'Norwalk Rail Spur Project' was awarded $220,000 from the Ohio Department of Development's competitive Industrial Site Improvement Fund program in 2009. The funding allowed New Horizons Baking Company to have one of their largest commodities, flour, delivered in via rail directly to their plant through a unique vacuum and blower system. New Horizons Baking Company has also started a new $3.7 million renovation project that will upgrade one of their baking lines. The company is utilizing local builders and contractors to complete the project. This is a huge win for the area and it says a great deal about the community and New Horizons' continued commitment to and reinvestment in the Norwalk area.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Things are quiet this time of year in Columbus. "But it is an interesting time in Columbus now," said state Rep. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk). "It's my second year now and it is a whole lot different now that the budget has been settled. It seems like now, nothing is moving. There are no big bills."
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - After two weeks of frantic backroom maneuvers and withering on-air broadsides, NBC's siege with Conan O'Brien came to a close Friday evening. The comic signed off after less than eight months as host of "Tonight Show," leaving a once-venerable late-night franchise hobbled by corporate missteps and changing audience dynamics. Neither NBC nor O'Brien's producers would permit reporters to attend the taping of the final show, which began around 5 p.m. Pacific time at a Universal City studio. The network also declined to make a live feed of the program available for viewing.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Bellevue man who attempted to use a stolen credit card in the city was sentenced Thursday to a community-based corrections facility (CBCF). Michael W. Highlander, 26, of 304 Northwest St., could spend up to six months in the form of prison which focuses on education and substance abuse treatment as part of his three years of probation. He pleaded guilty Dec. 7 to receiving stolen property.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLYDE - An investigation led by state Auditor Mary Taylor's office resulted in an eight-year prison sentence for Todd Helms, former superintendent of the Clyde-Green Springs Exempted Village Local School District. Helms, 45, of Clyde, was convicted in November on 10 counts including theft in office, filing a false or fraudulent tax return, tampering with records, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and six counts of theft.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The flow of aid supplies into Haiti by air and sea picked up Friday, and more shops reopened for business but a sharp aftershock jangled nerves, giving an extra push to those considering whether to leave the shattered capital city. The aftershock, measuring 4.4, was one of many that have shaken Port-au-Prince since the devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Jan. 12.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach has filed petitions to seek re-election. Tkach currently is serving his first term as auditor after being the county treasurer from 2001 to 2007.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS (MCT) - Rising unemployment and sinking wages have pushed record numbers of Ohioans into poverty. The State of Poverty in Ohio unveiled four days before Gov. Ted Strickland's official State of the State speech was released today by the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies. It provides some startling statistics and reveals what many Ohioans know firsthand.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Huron County grand jury indicted 20 suspects Wednesday. Sammie L. Barnett II, 24 of Port Clinton, on burglary, theft of firearm, safecracking, two counts each of receiving stolen property (checks) and complicity to forgery in connection with incidents on Dec. 18 and 14.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - A judge has rejected director Roman Polanski's bid to be sentenced in absentia in a three-decade-old child-sex case. Judge Peter Espinoza ruled that Polanski, 76, will have to come back Los Angeles to be sentenced.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
ELYRIA - President Barack Obama talked about the realistic challenges facing his administration to a crowd of about 1,200 people and 200 members of the press Friday at Lorain County Community College. Obama said he entered the White House about one year ago "in the middle of a raging economic storm that was wreaking devastation on your town and communities everywhere."
7:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com NEW LONDON New London Police Chief Michael Marko said he is "seriously reconsidering" his possible resignation. Marko turned in his resignation to village council and New London Mayor Darwin Anderson during the Jan. 11 meeting. "One of the councilmen asked him to reconsider," said Anderson, who hopes to hear back from Marko at Monday's meeting.