5:43 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com If Sarah Contreras reads the books her parents read to her, the stories might transport her to her childhood. But there's another, more realistic way for Contreras to relive her childhood. She can simply show up for work.
5:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS - Two people were hospitalized after a single-vehicle crash on Ohio 2 just east of Ohio 61 in Berlin Township.
5:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
Brian Hurst has wanted to win a drag racing championship ever since the 45-year-old began racing 30 years ago. Hurst, of Milan, has finally reached his goal. He recently won the North Central Division Three of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) bracket finals in Indianapolis. He race lasted 1/8th of a mile, which he completed in 7.1 seconds at a speed of 95 m.p.h. "It's a major accomplishment," Hurst said.
5:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
HEAP is a federally funded program designed to help eligible low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of home energy bills. HEAP pays a one-time payment for the current winter heating season. Households with elderly or disabled members may qualify for larger amount of assistance. Applications for the 2009-2010 Energy Assistance Program will be available August 2009 through May 2010 depending on funding. Here is the total household income at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty guidelines Size of household 12-month income 1 up to $21,660
5:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
Get ready, for the dawn of a new age! Manny, Sid, Diego and Ellie are back for more pre-hysterical hijinks when "Ice Age 3 Dawn Of The Dinosaurs' stomps onto a three-disc combo pack (Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital Copy) on Oct. 27 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. In the coolest "Ice Age' adventure yet, Manny and the herd discover a lost world of ferociously funny dinosaurs, including a cranky T. rex who's got a score to settle with Sid. Meanwhile, Scrat goes nuts over the beautiful Scratte, but is she trying to win his heart - or steal his acorn?
5:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com A short story about a beloved white cat named Cosmo, written by Norwalk resident and owner Janet Freehling, has been published and is available for purchase. The story, which appears in "Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned From the Cat," isn't just about a much-loved house pet. Cosmo is a Delta Society-registered therapy cat who has comforted residents and patients in nursing homes and health-care settings. In the story, Freehling relates stories about patients, family members and friends whom Cosmo visited.
5:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
Fifteen-year-old Kristen Wells' brain remains swollen and the bleeding remains steady. She broke nine out of 12 vertebrae in her neck and has moderate brain damage.
5:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
jcenters@norwalkreflector.com The 1969 St. Paul High School state championship team will hold a 40-year reunion Oct. 30 and 31. A dinner and reception will be held at the St. Paul gathering space Oct. 30, then the team will be honored at Saturday night's football game against Monroeville at Whitney Field. Coach Mike Gottfried will be at the event along with members of his staff.
5:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com CLARKSFIELD TOWNSHIP The Huron County Sheriff's Office is investigating a break-in at the Ohio 60 home where Keith R. Rodvold was murdered Sept. 17. "Property was taken. ... We think some tools were taken," Sheriff Dane Howard said. The responding deputies were Capt. Bob McLaughlin and Cpl. Jeff Kerber, both of whom helped process the crime scene last week. Howard said the deputies responded to the report of forced entry and referred further questions to McLaughlin.
5:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County agricultural producers will have an opportunity to attend and participate in a free educational workshop to learn why farmland property values will increase in 2010. This workshop will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at EHOVE Career Center, building A, room 101 and is being held in cooperation with the Ohio Farm Bureau and Erie County Auditor Tom Paul, Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach said.
5:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ed and Harold Hammersmith stopped to visit their older brother, Ray, at his tidy and comfortable home on New State Road recently. They chatted for a couple of hours, and the conversation was fascinating.
5:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Willard man has been indicted on unlawful sexual conduct with a 13-year-old girl. Justin K. Loudy, 19, of 654 Holiday Lakes, currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail in connection with an incident at the beginning of June. The former Norwalk man, who has been in jail since Aug. 27, was one of nine people indicted Wednesday by a Huron County grand jury.
5:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
Bellevue resident Randel Hensinger said he is "without a doubt" grateful to know the Norwalk driver who fled after hitting his son and his friend will be facing justice. Coleman D. Flanigan, 28, of 91 1/2 N. Foster St., was arrested this morning at his home on a Seneca County Common Pleas Court warrant. He was charged with two counts each of vehicular assault and failing to stop after an accident.
5:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
If you spot a familiar face among the Cavalier Girls this year at Quicken Loans Arena, that's because she's from Norwalk. A 2006 Norwalk High School graduate named Cassandra has made the squad of dancers who entertain during home Cleveland Cavaliers games.
5:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
Many Huron County residents still are in disbelief after receiving their new property tax assessments in the past week. "I've had a variety of contacts,' Huron County Commissioner Gary Bauer said Thursday after the board meeting.
5:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
jcenters@norwalkreflector.com Maple City Rubber Co., Inc. and Tuf-Tex balloons will be featured on a new Discovery Channel series "Factory Made." Two episodes are scheduled to run at 8 and 8:30 p.m. Friday. The episode on balloons will be featured in one of the shows. Check local listings for additional times and dates of subsequent airings. Maple City Rubber marks its 94th year producing one product, quality latex balloons and "we do it better than anyone in the industry," the company said in a prepared statement.
5:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two-time runaway Calvin Riley admitted to four charges Wednesday in Huron County Juvenile Court. The 14-year-old Old State Road boy appeared before Judge Timothy Cardwell and admitted to violating his probation, theft, menacing and burglary as part of a plea deal. He was sentenced to an undetermined amount of time in the community-based corrections facility (CBCF) at the Erie County Juvenile Justice Center for the probation violation.
5:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
Maureen Youngblood has always had a love affair with the arts. She is a craftsman and now she wants to share her artistry with others. "Mo," as she is knows to her friends, has started an Internet business to sell her craftwork.
5:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
In 1971, the Five Man Electrical Band sang about there being signs everywhere. These days, Simply-U Tanning owner Frank Wechter is wondering is where his sign went. Wechter bought the 10 Stower Lane business about six years ago; the 3 feet-by-6 feet free-standing sign with a yellow face was there five years before that. The sign, valued at $437, went missing as of Monday morning.
5:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
I have written quite a few travel columns in the last few months Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, the Grand Canyon, California. ... But recently, I've discovered some awesome places to visit, all within an hour's drive of Norwalk. Have you ever been to the old Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield? It's where the movie "Shawshank Redemption" was filmed. The building is spooky-looking on the outside and is no longer used as a prison. I knew it was used as a haunted house at Halloween time, but I didn't know it was open year-round. It took my sister-in-law from Connecticut to urge us to visit that place. We went on a Saturday and it wasn't open, but I picked up a brochure and I'd like to return. It sounds bizarre a former prison has a gift shop and museum, but it does, and perhaps it's macabre to want to visit a place where people who committed crimes were locked up for years. Even more odd, according to the brochure, the "beautifully renovated historic central guard room" can be rented for wedding receptions and parties.
5:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
Doug Cheek, of Fremont, was the grand prize winner in this year's seventh annual Bauman Auto Group Charity Raffle. Fifteen area charities were the big winners. The charities involved were: Liberty Center of Fremont; Village House of Fremont; Hospice of Memorial Hospital Fremont; First Step of Fremont and Fostoria; Safe Harbor of Sandusky; NAMI of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties; NAMI of Huron County; Ruth Ann's House of Port Clinton; Riders Unlimited, Joyful Connections of Port Clinton; SCAT of Tiffin; Hospice of Tiffin; Easter Seals of Fremont; and Back to the Wild and United Fund of Norwalk, Wakeman and Monroeville. The Baumann Auto Group dealerships and the 15 charities sold $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win a new 2009 vehicle. All of the money from every ticket went to charity and 14,572 tickets were sold.