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 $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.
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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.
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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."
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
Salmonellosis Outbreak - Questions & Answers for Consumers and Industry --Updated U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is updating its warning to consumers nationwide concerning the outbreak of Salmonella serotype Saintpaul.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
By EMILY ANDREWS Reflector Intern news@norwalkreflector.com The new parking lot located on Benedict Avenue across from the old Huron County Jail will be ready in about three weeks, but only tenants from the nearby apartment buildings will be using it right now, according to the owner Norb Smith.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
Where is John Force? The National Hot Nitro Funny Car Champion raced in Sonoma, Calif., outside San Francisco just three days ago. Right now he's racing 2,000 miles across the country to be here at Summit Motorsports Park Saturday for the 31st Annual ACDelco Night Under Fire presented by Amalie Motor Oil.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
An area couple has filed a $2 million suit in Huron County, saying their autistic son was abused in October 2003 by a special education teacher working for the North Point Educational Service Center. Daniel Mason, attorney for NPESC, said the suit was filed over an incident when the agency rented a room in the Assembly of God church in Norwalk for a special education classroom. Jason and Heide Fields say their son "suffered great pain of body and mind' under teacher Marsha Kowalski.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
For such a horrible event as the suspension of operations at Norwalk Furniture was last week, there's sure been a lot happening in which this community and those fighting to hang on to those jobs can take pride. The first, of course, is the workers themselves, who refused to take no for an answer. Comerica Bank (Boo! Hiss!) officials refused to even consider other options than total liquidation until a group of NF employees made the trek to Comerica's (Boo! Hiss!) Detroit offices to protest. Suddenly, bank officials had a change of heart. Of course there could have been other factors influencing the bank's decision to hear other proposals, but I think it's more than just coincidence that they happened to change their mind on the very day they were being picketed.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
The outpouring of community support for laid off Norwalk Furniture employees has generated a new way to help anyone in a similar situation - the newly created Community Workers Fund. The fund will be administered through the Norwalk Area United Fund and will provide help to any displaced worker, both union and non-union.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
All is quiet on the Democratic front. While Republican 58th district candidate Terry Boose continues to campaign, local and state Democrats have yet to name a ballot opponent in November's election.
11:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
HURON NASA's Plum Brook Station has hundreds of acres of meadows and oak savanna forests, many of which are being restored to ancient, natural conditions. Plum Brook Station environmental specialist John Blakeman will lead two Erie MetroParks field trips through Plum Brook Station in August. Participants will travel in a car pool through selected natural portions of the station, stopping at several prairie restoration sites and other nature features. Blakeman has discovered a number of very rare and beautiful prairie flowers at Plum Brook, and will explain how these plants are now being restored in new prairie restorations at NASA's giant facility. The field trips will move along 10.6 miles of Plum Brook roadways, noting extremely rare prairie grasses and wildflowers, numerous deer, and travel through a large oak forest area that resembles forests in pre-settlement times.
11:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
WILLARD - The Willard Board of Education passed a resolution of necessity Wednesday morning regarding a November ballot item on state funding for new schools. The measure, if approved by voters, would help fund the local share of the project. The state has officially approved funding for the Willard City Schools' plan to build new buildings.
11:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
JULY 31, 1973 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 35 years ago: 446 sign for vote on center A one-quarter percent increase in the city income tax to finance a community center will be put before Norwalk voters in November.
11:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
One stop on the Saturday's annual garden tour was a little different instead of flowers and vegetables for just one family, the Carriage House gardens are enjoyed every day by many. At Carriage House, all of the 50 residents are invited to help plant and maintain the flower and vegetable gardens that create a lovely patio garden offering both shade and sun. John Barron, 90, the acknowledged top gardener among the residents, said he and wife, Jeanne, who is now deceased, started the gardening program with the blessings of Carriage House and Fisher-Titus after they moved in five years ago.
11:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
MUNICIPALITIES Bellevue Corey M. Smith to Brent E. Smith, 112 Brinker St. and East Main Street, $63,500. Christopher R. Beier to Dineen E. Richards, 253 Gunther St., $89,360.
11:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
Incoming fifth graders and returning sixth graders for the 2008-09 school year are invited to attend Main Street School's annual orientation program, scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 19. The event will start at 1 p.m. and will be held in the school's auditorium. Parents are also invited and encouraged to attend. In addition to a presentation on school policies and procedures, students will also be afforded the opportunity to tour the building and get accustomed to where their classes will be during the upcoming year. Team and homeroom assignments will be posted for students to get a first look at who they will have as teachers for the upcoming year. Also, later that evening, parents of students who indicated an interest in taking band or orchestra as sixth graders are invited to attend an orientation program at 7p.m. in the school's cafeteria. Representatives from area music stores will be on hand to discuss instrument rental and purchase plans.