2:19 PM Aug 17, 2010
School starts Aug. 25 and administrators told the board of education Monday everything is ready to go. They said the buildings are clean and New London High School Principal Brad Romano called the work done by the maintenance staff, "amazing." New London Local Schools Superintendent Carol Girton said schools across the country will be getting money from the federal government to hire teachers, but no one knows how much will be allocated, where it will go or when it will arrive.
2:09 PM Aug 17, 2010
Retired Huron County Sheriff Richard Sutherland was charged with failure to maintain assured clear distance after hitting the rear of a slowing vehicle last week on Ohio 99. About 10 a.m. Thursday, Sutherland, 63, of 179 Park Ave., New London, was driving south in a posted construction zone near milepost 4 when he hit the rear of the 1999 Cadillac Deville driven by Mary H. Adams, 70, of 4830 Scottwood Road, Willard, said Sgt. Tony Myers, of the state Highway Patrol. Myers said Adams also was heading southbound, but had slowed for traffic.
1:47 PM Aug 16, 2010
By JOE CENTERS Reflector Managing Editor jcenters@norwalkreflector.com The Dan Periat era of Monroeville High School football made its debut Saturday morning as the Eagles took on Norwalk High School in a spirited scrimmage on a hot and humid day. For Periat, it was his first "official" outing as a head coach. Periat replaced Steve Ringholz, who coached the Eagles the past 32 years.
1:42 PM Aug 16, 2010
Got a tantalizing recipe worthy of a tasting? Kalahari Resort's newest world-away dining experience -- The Reserve Restaurant & Bar -- has launched its "Reserve Your Place on Kalahari's Menu" consumer contest, providing local cooking enthusiasts a chance to win a place for their favorite dish on The Reserve Restaurant menu and a culinary getaway at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky.
1:32 PM Aug 16, 2010
A story on this newspaper's Web site last Monday reminded us that Mercury is the latest of the classic American car brands to be discontinued. Plymouth a few years ago, Pontiac last year, and now Mercury. I get it. Last year just 92,000 vehicles with Mercury nameplates were sold, about five percent of Ford Motor Company's entire production. Not much, really. But it still made me a little sad to hear of the brand's demise. You see, when I was growing up, we were always a Mercury family (in every sense of the word, as you will see in a few paragraphs).
1:21 PM Aug 16, 2010
A New London man was killed late Saturday in a two-vehicle crash on Butler Road. Thomas J. Denes, 54, of New London, was driving a 2002 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic south on Butler Road, south of Ohio 303, at 10:59 p.m. when he drifted over the center line at a hill crest and collided head-on with a 1998 Dodge pickup truck driven by Billy J. Teter, 33, of Wellington, said troopers with the Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol.
1:15 PM Aug 16, 2010
The Huron County Fair is officially under way. And the Huron County commissioners could barely contain their excitement when talking about it Sunday. "I think the biggest single thing about the fair is the opportunity it provides our youth," Commissioner Gary Bauer said. "Between the FFA, 4-H, Scouts and school art departments, all compete and exhibit the work they do.
1:10 PM Aug 16, 2010
Norwalk High School's annual alumni reunion was a big success Sunday. "This was our fourth reunion and it was our best turn-out ever," said Bob Mitchell, first vice president of the Norwalk Public Schools Alumni Association. "We had 350 people registered today," Mitchell added. "Each year gets bigger and better. People commented how nice the crowd was. It was a very friendly and welcoming environment." Mitchell is a 1957 NHS graduate. The oldest person who attended Sunday was from the class of 1934, Mitchell said.
5:10 PM Aug 13, 2010
The quick work of two Erie County sheriff's deputies kept a trailer fire from moving to the load of plastic resin pellets. Just after 9 a.m. Wednesday, a tractor-trailer driver noticed a fire on his trailer as he was heading east on Ohio 113, Capt. Paul Sigsworth said. The driver, who realized there was a fire on the axle, stopped in a nearby berm. The man unhooked his tractor, pulled it away from the fire and called 9-1-1. Sigsworth and Lt. John Warner responded to the semi, which was west of U.S. 250.
4:56 PM Aug 13, 2010
"August is a special month on my calendar," pronounced the merchant. "Only two months begin with 'A." April is noted for its relationship to springtime and warm weather promise. However, I think there is a special energetic tingle in the air in mid-August. It is a time when there are a lot of things to look forward to. Awesome anticipation is everywhere. For one big example, school starts soon.
4:54 PM Aug 13, 2010
Norwalk's oldest church building is the former German Lutheran Church at 92 N. Prospect St. Construction began in 1852, and the structure was completed and dedicated in 1854. After the Lutherans disbanded there, it was purchased by the Calvary Baptist congregation and was last used for religious services by the Norwalk Church of God.
4:51 PM Aug 13, 2010
In partnership with Main Street Norwalk, Croghan Colonial Bank has extended their Small Business Reinvention Scholarship to seven Uptown Norwalk Historic District business owners, and they are: n Kim Arter, Amish Heirloom Furniture Co. n Garry Balduff, Balduff's Carpet Cleaning, Inc. n Doug Berry, Berry's Restaurant n Lynn Bolden-Moser, FSON, LLC Finance Service of Norwalk n Linda Sheppard, Lindale M'broidery, Book Express, Northcoast Sports Apparel n Sheri Thomas, Sher's Coffee House, LLC n Jennifer Saunders, The Bargain Bin
4:48 PM Aug 13, 2010
Norwalk city officials received a bit of a scare recently. City Councilman Dwight Tkach mentioned during Tuesday's council meeting that the recently-completed bridge on Shawmill Road north of Norwalk might need some more work. Tim Lloyd, assistant engineer at the Erie County engineer's office, clarified the situation. "We have a couple leaking joints," Lloyd said. "It needs corrected with some water-proofing. There is nothing structurally wrong."
4:44 PM Aug 13, 2010
It appears a new twist has been added to the Sofios Park settlement saga. The situation did set up like this. Kayleen and Mark Lee, of 6 Brian Lane, are attempting to claim a small portion of Sofios Park on the city's north side through adverse possession. The Lees have stated either themselves or prior property owners have maintained and constructed permanent structures on the property for at least 21 years.
4:32 PM Aug 13, 2010
The outside of attorney George Ford's private office has been vandalized again. The longtime defense attorney reported someone damaged the wooden slats, which he had built over a window, on the front of his business, 9 Whittlesey Ave. He reported the incident just before 2 p.m. Monday and told Norwalk Police Officer Jim Montana he suspected it happened overnight. "There are about five slats which are bent or pulled out in what appears to be an attempt at just removing the slats," Montana said in his report.
1:43 PM Aug 12, 2010
The Erie County Sheriff's Office suspects three area break-ins are related. There were two recent break-ins in Oxford Township, on Harris and Mason roads, and the third was on River Road in Milan Township. Capt. Paul Sigsworth estimates the offenses happened between about 11 p.m. Tuesday and 4 a.m. Wednesday, with all of them involving entries into barns or garages detached from the victims' homes. "All were similar," he said. "They certainly seem to be connected."
1:38 PM Aug 12, 2010
If you sit in the wooden bleachers across from the grandstand at the Huron County Fairgrounds next week, you might notice a new coat of paint. You can thank two inmates at the Huron County Jail for their hard work.
1:31 PM Aug 12, 2010
The Norwalk Parks and Recreation Department does not appear to be in favor of the proposed settlement agreement between the city and the Lee family involving a small strip of land near the Sofios soccer complex. In legislation that is currently before city council, the city is offering the Lees a stretch of land 210-foot long by 13-foot wide where the Lees already have a fence and shed located. In return, the Lees, of 6 Brian Lane, would pay the city $546 in settlement.
1:26 PM Aug 12, 2010
Some of you may remember the old-fashioned game called "telephone." You sat around in a circle, and one person started a "message" by whispering it into the ear of the person next to her. Then that person would whisper the "message" into the ear of the next person, and so on, until it got around to the last person, who would then say the "message" out loud. The point of the game was that the way the "message" ended up was rarely the way it started -- somehow, in the repetition, it got changed into something different and often humorous.
1:22 PM Aug 12, 2010
Bridge replacement work will begin on the bridge on U.S. 250 near the county line south of Milan in the next few weeks and is expected to affect both motorists and business owners. The construction, which is expected to begin shortly after Labor Day, will cut off the flow of traffic from Milan to the north side of Norwalk. Businesses in both Milan and Norwalk are bracing for the change in traffic flow but are doing so in different ways.
1:18 PM Aug 12, 2010
You know the economy has taken a turn for the worse. Men are selling their Playboys. In the Reflector's classified section you will find an area man selling nearly every issue of the adult magazine printed from 1994 to the present. "When you have every issue from the past 15 to 20 years they tend to take up a lot of space," said the Norwalk man, who didn't want to give his name.