11:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Fremont and Sandusky posts of the state Highway Patrol are investigating separate motorcycle crashes Sunday that resulted in serious injuries. In Fremont, Jared D. Alloway, 22, of Green Springs, was heading west on Euclid Street when he drove off the right side and hit a tree and mailbox before his Honda CRV1000 overturned, troopers said. Alloway, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected from the bike.
11:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS - "Renee Dellisanti is our festival. She is one of those who has been with it since its inception. No one is more deserving of our Citizen of the Year Award," Those were the comments of an appreciative Berlin Heights mayor, Kelly Moon, in talking about Saturday morning's award recipient. <p><em>Read the rest of this story in <a href="http://activepaper.olivesoftware.com/Default/Skins/Norwalk/Client.asp?Skin=Norwalk&amp;Daily=NRWK&amp;AppName=1">Today's Reflector</a>...</em></p>
11:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk Furniture is back in business. With loans from Ohio and Mississippi, IRG Capital Group and Blackbird Capital funded the takeover of the 106-year-old furniture company founded in Norwalk.
11:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
Veggie U, the nutrition/science program designed by the Jones family farm near Huron, will be featured in the Aug. 10-16 Midwest edition of the American Profile tab which appears in newspapers across the country.
11:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
Huron resident Jason Freeman believes he would have been a "goner' if the Vermilion man who came to his home with a shotgun had seen him instead of someone else.
11:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
The rising cost of fuel prices and a sluggish economy is prompting more and more people to think about camping as a good vacation alternative. "I think people are going away from hotels to camp sites and RVs to still enjoy their family vacations, but save money," said Paul Hebner, owner of Lazy J RV resort, on U.S. 20 in Bellevue. "National stats are showing an increase in campers. We've seen a 20 to 25 percent increase in just seasonal sites where they can park their RV and camp all summer." Camping can be as primitive or luxurious as one wants to put into it. People can go for a primitive site with nothing but a spot to put up a tent to a cabin with a private bathroom and Internet access.
11:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
Nick Horner and Brent Ratliff were talking and throwing the football on the front porch of Horner's 11 N. Pleasant St. home when they heard the motorcycle racing by.
11:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
This is the summer I started smoking again. And I'm loving it.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
"The welcome mat is out,' said Randy Sommers, governor of Moose Lodge 1248. With a new leadership team, the local fraternal lodge with both men's and women's groups is hoping to attract new members and also invites the public to enjoy their expanded meal service.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com St. Paul parishioner Andy Andino and his band Who Do You Say I Am will perform locally for the first time at 7 p.m. today for the parish festival. "I'm excited," Andino said. "It will be great to perform here. People will realize we're part of the community." He said the festival organizers contacted the band through e-mail, not realizing the leader of the band lives in Norwalk.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
At least for the next six days Polly Akers doesn't have to worry about more trash and junk accumulating on the lawn of the house that sits next to her property on Christie Avenue. Bill Hood, who has received numerous citations from the police, started a seven-day jail sentence today for violating probation. He has received several citations for the condition of his property over the years.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
Four area festivals will be offering parades, food and entertainment this weekend - Berlin Heights Basket Festival, North Fairfield Peach Festival, both the Fireman's Festival and the Silver King Festival in Plymouth and the St. Paul Parish Festival in Norwalk. Festivities kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday in Berlin Heights and the parade will be held at 1:30 p.m.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Norwalk Teachers Association and Norwalk City Schools remain deadlocked in the ongoing contract negotiations. "We're still negotiating," NTA President Matt Lark said.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
This column is rated R - I'm warning you. The R rating means for mature audiences. It means there is content in this column which you might want to avoid.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
The official start of the fall prep season started this morning as football teams took to the field. Others will follow later today. The rest of the sports volleyball, golf, tennis, cross country and boys' and girls' soccer begin Monday. Teams have been going through camps and offseason programs in an attempt to improve themselves and/or their team for the upcoming school year.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS - A phone call, a determined dog and quick response from Erie County deputies saved Shirley Barthel's life late Wednesday night. Her estranged husband, Bill Barthel, 55, was intoxicated, armed with a loaded shotgun and headed to her place when she got a panicked call from her son, Andrew, who was in Las Vegas.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Elaine Smith's family is taking life one day at a time after her barn burned to the ground Sunday morning and killed 68 animals. The charred remains still smoldered Wednesday morning, despite a light rain. About 50 feet away, the entire siding on the west side of Smith's Fern Road house facing the barn was completely melted. An outbuilding about 25 feet from the barn has minimal damage melted garage door seals and one broken window. "God had a hand in it," Smith said about how lucky her family was.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is closer to solving the mystery of a massive salmonella outbreak, thanks to the discovery of contaminated serrano peppers and irrigation water on a farm in Mexico. Laboratory testing by the FDA has confirmed that both a sample of the pepper and water collected by agency investigators on a farm in the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, contain Salmonella Saintpaul with the same genetic fingerprint as the strain of bacteria that is causing the current outbreak in the United States. The findings were released today. As a result, until further notice, the FDA is advising consumers to avoid raw serrano peppers from Mexico, in addition to raw jalapeo peppers from Mexico, and any foods that contain them. The test results are part of the FDA's continuing intensive investigation into the outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul. The investigation has involved tracing back, through complex distribution channels, the origins of products associated with clusters of illness in the United States, as well as inspections and evaluation of farms and facilities in this country and in Mexico, and the collection and testing of environmental and product samples. One of these tracebacks led to a packing facility in Mexico, and to a particular farm, where the agency obtained the samples.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com As the community waits to hear word about negotiations to reopen Norwalk Furniture, people continue to work toward the goal of helping all laid off workers. A fundraiser sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce raised almost &#036;8,000 Wednesday night for the newly-formed Community Workers Fund and another fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Gardner's Super Value. The grocery store is providing the food and Norwalk Furniture employees are volunteering their time to prepare and serve ribeye steak sandwiches and drinks.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
Zenobia Toad will be closed between U.S. 250 and Old State Road beginning Monday for three weeks for construction. The Huron County Highway department is replacing an old culvert on Zenobia Road and is setting up a detour on U.S. 250. Weather permitting, the project should be completed by Aug. 22.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A Willard man is accused of being violent and under the influence of drugs and alcohol while being arrested Wednesday morning. He later was transported to the hospital because of his condition. Norwalk Police Sgt. Mike Conney said Thomas M. Campbell, 27, of 302 Anita Drive, "appeared to be under the influence of an illicit substance other than alcohol" at 7:42 a.m. Conney, in his report, said he suspected Campbell was on drugs because he was sweating profusely, had "incoherent speech, random unintelligible verbal outbursts and his inability to process incoming information and remain physically still." The incident happened when Conney and Chief Kevin Cashen went to the Willard Police Department to take custody of Campbell on two contempt of court warrants. Cashen said Willard police had charged him earlier Wednesday with disorderly conduct in connection with "not being able to care for himself."