12:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Company president Jim Gerken told more than 200 Norwalk Furniture employees they can buy COBRA insurance for the month of September, but shouldn't count on health insurance through the company after that. "I'm deeply sorry for the regrettable situation we all find ourselves in and the reason for our meeting today,' Gerken said this morning.
12:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Gas prices have been all over the board the last week. In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, Ohio gasoline prices were again knocking on the door of $4 a gallon and in many cases more than.
12:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLLINS - Western Reserve Treasurer Brett Robson said the school district will lose $75,000 a year in property and income taxes if Norwalk Furniture is shut down for good. Norwalk Furniture is located on Ohio 18 in Western Reserve's school district.
12:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com There will be plenty "Trick Hoopz and Alley Oops" beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Monroeville Elementary Gym. Get ready, Eagles: It's soon showtime. The Harlem Wizards will perform/play basketball in Monroeville to raise money for the elementary school's PTO.
12:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
The boil advisory for Northern Ohio Rural Water customers in Lyme, Sherman and Ridgefield Townships has been lifted. Customers in those areas no longer need to boil water used for consumption. For answers to any questions, contact NORW at (419) 668-7213.
12:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Youngsters who wish to shimmy, shake and show off any other dance moves can do so as part of the Cleveland Cavaliers organization. The team is holding a workshop-audition for the Cavs Kids from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena. The youthful squad, made up of talented dancers and performers aged 5 to 13, has quickly became a crowd favorite. Due to their popularity in their first two seasons, last year the Cavs Kids performed in eight regular season games and were called on to perform in a pivotal playoff game.
12:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN Wakeman Eagles Past President Rick Rivera anticipates more than 1,000 people will attend the fifth annual Super Gun Raffle at 10 a.m. Sept. 27 at 35 E. Main St. He hopes his prediction will be on target. The majority of the proceeds goes to a Red Caps Charity Fund, used to distribute money locally and nationally to charitable causes. Doors open at 7 a.m. for breakfast and the last drawing will be held at 6 p.m.
12:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - When New London Elementary third-grader Jonathan Kistler died unexpectedly in April, his classmates wanted to do something in his memory and the result is now a permanent part of the exterior of New London Elementary. The students, not only Kistler's class, but the entire third grade, created a rock garden, with the centerpiece a stone bench with the inscription, "In Loving Memory of Jonathan Kistler."
12:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
In recent months I have grown increasingly dismayed with some of the changes made at the Norwalk Reflector. In particular, I am disappointed to see the development of the blogs for each article. On the one hand I appreciate the ability for readers to be able to comment freely on individual articles, but on the other hand the paper has chosen to make it possible for bloggers to comment without using their name publicly. Most do not. The Reflector's own policy for a letter to the editor requires each letter be signed and must additionally include the writer's street address and phone number for verification. If this is a wise policy for this portion of the paper, why allow such lax rules for the online edition? To compound the matter, the paper has recently taken to reprinting some of the on-line blogs on the opinion page. Again, these are rarely signed with actual names. The likelihood of responsible discourse increases when you require that people assume ownership for comments by signing their name. Vile insults and misinformation are often the result of allowing readers to comment anonymously. In a time when our community needs honest and constructive input from its citizens more than ever, why does the Reflector allow such an irresponsible policy? I feel this is a poor policy which will make re-consider by next subscription. Shane L. Penrose
12:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Most of the talk on the political front the past few days has been about lies. Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin have been the targets of most of the allegations from hysterical Democrats and even some independent fact checking organizations.
12:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
REPUBLIC - A Seneca East High School student was killed this morning after the car he was driving rear-ended a school bus. The school bus was stopped, picking up a student, in the eastbound lane of Ohio 162 near Township Road 81 in Seneca County's Reed Township when the accident occurred at 7:25 a.m., troopers with the state Highway Patrol said.
12:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
The phrase "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" is a familiar one and it is what's happening in a section of Monroeville A group of residents living near Jim "Hoss" Adams have organized a benefit dinner and night of entertainment for the 43-year-old, who was seriously injured in a car accident.
12:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk reached the .500 mark Tuesday wtih a 25-13, 25-20, 25-22 win over Galion in Northern Ohio League volleyball action. The Ladies in Blue, 7-7 overall and 5-2 in the league, are scheduled to play Thursday at Willard.
12:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohio Edison crews still are busy restoring power after Sunday's wind storm left thousands across the state without electricity. "We're down to about 15 customers in Huron and Erie counties without power,' Gary Mortus, area manager for Ohio Edison, said this morning. "It might be tonight until everyone is restored.'
12:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk Teachers' Association (NTA) and Norwalk City Schools board of education have reached a tentative agreement, but terms of the deal have not been released. Board members Scott Truxell and John Lendrum confirmed the sides reached an agreement late Tuesday night. They referred further questions to Superintendent Wayne Babcanec, who said the "multi-year contract" happened after abut 6 1/2 hours of negotiations in the presence of the federal mediator.
12:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
I am responding to the article about the political sign in the window of an area restaurant supporting a particular presidential candidate. In earlier times I would have agreed with the store's proprietors in their response to the negative comments of some of their customers. I would have defended the owner's right to display their political support in their business. However, today when the division of political parties goes far beyond discussion of topics such as increased or decreased taxes, beyond concerns of domestic oil reserve and whether or not to drill for more, when we have more to debate than environmental issues that center on the "spotted owl" or "beached whales," when the urgency of such concerns are dwarfed by the radical policies of politicians which support the taking of the live babies yet to be born infants as defenseless as you and I once were then it is time to take a stand. The politician supported in this restaurant's political display is more than a "pro-choice" proponent. He has said he will support letting a child be nearly born and then killed in the infamous partial-birth abortion procedure. He has indicated that he will choose his high court appointees based on their support for abortion rights. As much as we have tended to be desensitized by the years of debate on this subject of abortion, we need to come to grips with the fact that this isn't your standard political issue, that this is not about immigration quotas or school vouchers, and is should not be treated as such anymore.
12:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Volunteers will help stock Huron County's food banks for this year's local Make a Difference Day project. Individuals who wish to help should meet at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 25 at St. Paul's Catholic Church kitchen. Participants should bring any freezable dishes, breads or any extra food items from their pantry. They should also bring the necessary ingredients and containers to make their favorite soup, which will be frozen to distribute. If you cook, that skill would be welcome as well. Project organizers also will send teams out to collect any food items, perishable and non-perishable, paper towels, toilet paper, etc. people might want to donate. The drivers will have coolers with them for frozen soups and/or casseroles. Hang a bag on your front door if you want a driver to stop.
12:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
The city will hold a household hazardous waste collection on from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday at the Huron County administration building at 180 Milan Avenue. Only household materials will be accepted and residents must show proof of residency. The following is a list of materials that will be accepted aerosol cans, paings, solvents, motor oil, pesticides/poisons, reactives, asbestos, PCBs, batteries, flourescent light tubes, paper, plastic, antifreeze, mercury, propane cylinders, acids and bases and ozidizers. Call the safety/service director at (419) 663-6700 with any questions about the program.
12:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
As a parent of children attending Maplehurst Elementary and Main Street School, I encourage all public school parents to support our fantastic and energetic teachers during this difficult contract negotiation time. Be thankful for the enthusiasm and preparedness Norwalk City School teachers bring to the table every day. Free of charge: To the citizens of Norwalk, our teachers attend, and prepare, presentations for parent-teacher conferences, orientations and open houses. Free of charge: They supply classroom extras, such as certificates, art supplies, snacks, and so much more.
12:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com The Piggyback Foundation, a local fund to help families facing serious illnesses, is holding a special "Cutting for the Cause" fundraiser at Christian Roberts Salon and Day Spa from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5. The money raised from all treatments hairstyling, massages, pedicures, manicures, facials and skin care will go directly to the foundation, said Lisa Hiler, board member, adding 28 employees have signed up to volunteer their time for the fundraiser. Bidding has already begun for more than 20 baskets displayed at the business at 17 W. Seminary St.
12:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Elaine S. Woudstra's former co-workers shared how her five-year embezzlement scheme destroyed the trust in their office. Dr. Timothy Mummert had a 16-year-working relationship with the defendant he said was "based on trust." He said he didn't just trust Woudstra with his business, but also to baby-sit his children.