8:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Fred Deering spent more than half of his life as a public servant. Deering, 86, of Monroeville, died Monday after a brief illness.
8:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
Telephone deregulation legislation passed in Ohio House Bill 276 by the House of Representatives will leave thousands of residential customers with bundled telephone services with few consumer protections. One consumer protection possibly in limbo is the protection from major annual cost increases for those with local basic exchange service. The bill also incudes free voicemail for the homeless.
8:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY (MCT) - Cedar Fair LP's largest shareholder yesterday told the company it is not seeking a higher purchase price from Apollo Global Management and would rather that the company focus on restructuring its massive debt. In other words, it asked the Sandusky amusement park firm to get to work on reducing its $1.7 billion debt and forget more talks with Apollo. It was the first statement from the shareholder since the scheduled shareholder vote this week on the takeover was postponed until April 8.
8:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
My son looks at rat brains. He takes neuroscience classes at college, and is majoring in that subject. That means he is very interested in how the brain works not just what we feel and how we think, but what, physically, makes us feel and think that way. It means actually looking at the chemicals and other things in the brain. And since it's not very nice to kill humans in order to use their brains, he studies rats. Notice I said "other things" in the brain. I'm not sure exactly what's in there, and I don't need to know. I'm just glad my brain works; I don't need to see it. I'm not that eager to stick electrodes in a rat to discover the parts of its brain. That's what leads me to my theory: some people are "innards" people, and some people aren't.
8:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man charged with rape and kidnapping said he doesn't remember anything from the night of Sept. 25. Authorities have accused Michael C. Miller, 41, of 3051 S. Ohio 61, of sexually violating a 15-year-old boy on the League Elementary property. Norwalk police have said the intoxicated suspect found the teenager fiddling with a knife on a Franklin Street porch and Miller threatened the boy with the weapon after he dropped it.
8:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
LUCASVILLE (MCT) - Lawrence Reynolds Jr. is finally dead. If the condemned inmate had his way, his death would have come nine days ago in his death row cell with a suicidal overdose.
8:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
The wife of a West Washington Street man who left his last will and testament at home earlier this month said "he's on the road to recovery.' The 54-year-old Norwalk resident currently is receiving undisclosed treatment at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.
8:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
One of Norwalk High School's own will be the next director of student activities. Computer technology instructor Ray Scheid was chosen out of 15 applicants. The Norwalk City Schools board of education made it official Tuesday by accepting his employment on a two-year contract starting Aug. 1. His last day as a teacher will be July 31.
8:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
The pedestrian-vehicle accident Monday morning in front of Berry's Restaurant remains under investigation. Norwalk Police Chief Dave Light said this morning it's unlikely the driver, Nicole G. Arnold, 35, of 33 State St., will be charged. Thomas Jordan, 71, of 737 Edwards Road, North Fairfield, was walking south across West Main Street outside of a crosswalk and not at an intersection when he was hit by the front left side of a black 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix, Capt. Jack O'Neil wrote in his report.
8:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - A spokesman for the Ohio Auditor of State's office confirmed Tuesday the department is in the middle of conducting its annual financial audit for Willard City Schools. However, Chris Abbruzzese said he can't reveal any details other than to say the audit is in progress.
8:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man pleaded guilty to three charges stemming from a business break-in. Joseph C. Chaffee, 19, of 156 E. Main St., pleaded guilty Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court to breaking and entering, theft of checks and an amended count of attempted tampering with evidence. He will be sentenced May 4.
8:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) Should America Ferrera ever decided to stop acting, she'd make a great politician. The star is the picture of perfect tact when asked about the end of her TV series "Ugly Betty." After being moved around the schedule, ABC has canceled the series after a four-year run. The finale will be broadcast in April. Ferrera pauses to carefully pick her words when asked whether ABC was wrong to cancel the show. "I think that our audience will miss us. We have a devoted and loving group of people who watch our show and who our show has been very important to their lives and it's really changed people's lives in certain ways and been inspiring," Ferrera says. "I'm not a network executive. It's not about wrong or right for me. It is what it is and you just do the best you can with the time they give you and be grateful for it and move on."
8:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Clerk of Courts, Susan Hazel, announced the clerk's office and Senior Enrichment Center will be cooperatively recognizing "Passport Day in the USA." The U.S. Department of State is promoting a national passport outreach program to remind U.S. citizens of all ages that they must have a passport book or passport card to enter any of the U.S. land and sea borders. The last Saturday of March has been designated as "Passport Day." Hazel is getting a jump on accepting applications by scheduling an after-hours event from 5 to 7 p.m. March 25. The passport clinic will be held at the Senior Enrichment Center, 130 Shady Lane, Norwalk. People of all ages who are interested in processing a passport application need to call Yvonne at (419) 668-6245, ext. 21, to schedule an appointment.
8:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
"Faster than springtime, come thought on thought," quoth the Bard, and Monday evening, March 8, afforded the Shakespeare Club an opportunity to "think" about a vital service which exists within our community, but few know of its existence, when the group met in the Successful Relationships, Inc. building, located at 124 Cleveland Road. Tom McLaughlin presided over a brief business meeting and then called upon Sandy White to introduce Brad Mason, president and founder, in 2003, of Successful Relationships, Inc., recognized as a 501c3 charitable, faith-based organization by the IRS. Mason prefaced his remarks by stating he felt it was like "old home week" for him, because he was in the presence of former high school friends, fellow church-goers, his attorney, his children's orthodontist, his retired insurance man and former teachers, as well as two retired school superintendents from his days spent attending Norwalk schools. The speaker, a former youth pastor for the Norwalk Alliance Church, a clinical pastoral counselor and marriage educator for 29 years, with more than 30,000 hours of work with couples and individuals, was pleased to introduce his wife, Carol, to whom he has been married for 27 years, along with his older daughter, Kimberly currently a music major at Ashland University following in the footsteps of her mother who has been a music educator in the Norwalk school system for 25 years.
8:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
The office of U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) will host an informational meeting regarding the United States Military Service Academy nomination and appointment process for the 2011 academic year. The informational meeting will take place at 7 p.m. today at the Bettsville High School library, 118 Washington St., Bettsville. At the meeting, potential candidates will be advised of the congressional nomination process and have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs and the Merchant Marine Academy. Potential candidates may also obtain an application for a military service academy nomination at the meeting. Completed applications will be due Sept. 30. For questions, contact Congressman Latta's office at (419) 668-0206.
8:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
Military academies information BETTSVILLE The office of U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) will host an informational meeting regarding the United States Military Service Academy nomination and appointment process for the 2011 academic year. The informational meeting will take place at 7 p.m. today at the Bettsville High School library, 118 Washington St., Bettsville. At the meeting, potential candidates will be advised of the congressional nomination process and have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs and the Merchant Marine Academy. Potential candidates may also obtain an application for a military service academy nomination at the meeting.
8:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk High School senior Jordan Burke earned first-team honors this season on the All-Northern Ohio League basketball team. Willard senior Jenna Bauerle also earned first-team honors for the girls. Here is the entire team: Girls
8:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
Our area in northern Ohio must have been upbeat 180 years ago at this time. A new newspaper, the Reflector, had issued its first edition on Feb. 2, 1830, and appeared to be a success. Of course, we know that it was; it is still publishing, and you're reading it at this moment. Owners of the new project were Samuel Preston and George Buckingham. The latter gentleman had been a co-owner of Norwalk's very first newspaper, the Reporter. The Reporter ceased to exist in 1830. The Firelands Historical Society preserves an original file, which has also been microfilmed and is available at the public library. The first Reflector office was in the second story of a mercantile building at 9 W. Main St. Samuel Preston's daughter, Lucy, married Frederick Wickham in January of 1835. Samuel soon bought the lot at 38 W. Main St. (next to the present public library), and in the summer of 1835 began building a building there. This building was completed and occupied in 1836, and since being moved in 1954, houses the museum of the Firelands Historical Society. It was planned that the Prestons and Wickhams would occupy the first floor and basement, with the newspaper office on the second floor. There are marks in the flooring said to have been made by the Stanbury press used in the earliest time. A year or so into the venture, the editor announced that the paper being used was "homemade" in Norwalk by the Norwalk Manufacturing Company.
8:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS In what would be a major economic boost for Ohio's family dairy farmers - and a new protection for consumers across the country - U.S. Senate candidate Lee Fisher has called for dairy products to include a label with their country of origin. Ohio dairy products would proudly wear the "Made in the USA" label a sign that they meet the highest standards and regulations. Fisher's call comes after China recently recalled 170 tons of milk powder tainted with melamine - after it killed six and poisoned 300,000 Chinese. Over the last 5 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that the United States has imported about $2.7 billion of dairy products. Under a recent law, certain non-processed food products must have a "Country of Origin" label. For instance, meat from Ohio must be labeled as a product from the United States. However, because many dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and butter are processed before being distributed, they were excluded from this labeling requirement. An estimated 87 million Americans are sickened each year by contaminated food, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And just last week, a food safety organization released a report estimating that food-borne illness costs the United States about $152 billion a year in health care and other expenses.
8:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
STRONGSVILLE (MCT) - Seeking to build public pressure, President Barack Obama traveled Monday to Ohio, where he urged Congress to act courageously and quickly pass his health care overhaul plan. Speaking at a rally before about 1,450 people, Obama perked up when someone in the audience interrupted his health care speech with a shout of "We need courage!'
8:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
EL PASO, Texas (MCT) - The deaths of three people with ties to the U.S. consulate over the weekend is making Juarez the focal point for the deadly violence that has gripped Mexico for the past two years. As the pressure mounts to solve the slayings, the United States and Mexico have sent top investigators to work hand in hand to find the killers.