11:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
NORWALK The following were the results of health department inspections of Norwalk-area food establishments and schools in June: No violations Rich Oil; 183 Milan Ave., Norwalk; operator, Speedway SuperAmerica LLC (June 23, regular inspection) No violations. Willard Pool; 561 W. Laurel St., Willard; operator, Dennis Hammond, City of Willard (June 23, regular inspection) No violations.
11:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
Law enforcement officials were at the Casa Fiesta restaurant in Norwalk at lunchtime today, preventing patrons from entering. Immigrations Customs Enforcement officers were inside, while a pair of Norwalk police officers were in the parking lot, telling would-be diners to look elsewhere for a meal. At least two men were led away from the restaurant in handcuffs. Look for the full story in Thursday's Reflector.
11:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
Jim Gerken, chairman of Norwalk Furniture, remains confident the 106-year-old company founded by his great-grandfather will rebound from the current suspension of operations at the Norwalk, Tennessee and Mississippi plants. "We apologize for any temporary inconvenience that this issue may have caused,' Gerken said. "We are committed to restarting operations as quickly as possible so that we may continue to provide our customers with the quality furnishings they have come to expect from Norwalk Furniture for more than a century.'
11:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk Furniture employees are staging their own rally to coincide with the informationals meeting scheduled for 1 p.m. at Norwalk High School for employees to learn about filing for unemployment and other options in face of the company's suspension of operations. "We're banding together. Our worst fear is it will fall apart and we won't have our jobs anymore,' an employee helping organize the rally said. "We know we're not dead in the water yet, but I'm getting more information from the newspaper than I'm getting from my employer and my union.'
11:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
MILAN - Tenneco Automotive announced this morning it will be laying off 65 full-time employees starting next month. Steve Grilly, the regional plant manager, said the first 20 layoffs will be Sept. 22, with 20 more by December and the final 25 employees laid off by March 9. The layoffs, based on plant seniority, will affect a combination of hourly and salaried positions.
11:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
The suspension of operations for Norwalk Furniture is expected to be a discussion point at tonight's city council work session, but Mayor Sue Lesch said she cannot reveal many details of the efforts on the local, state and national level to help the company. "Everybody is just working feverishly on things," she said. "Now we need to focus on the positive side and on the progressive things that could happen." Norwalk took in $293,000 in withholding taxes from Norwalk Furniture employees in 2007, which works out to a taxable payroll of about $19.5 million.
11:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
The fallout continues from Friday night's announcement that Norwalk Furniture is "suspending operations" at its plants in Norwalk, Cookeville, Tenn. and Fulton, Miss. Everybody is scrambling. One Norwalk Furniture employee hopes the company has a future, but is upset with the way he found out he was out of a job, at least temporarily.
11:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Sandusky motorcyclist who died in a June 13 three-vehicle collision in Perkins Township had alcohol in his blood, state troopers said. The Lucas County Coroner's Office tested the blood of Paul C. Smith, 34, and determined his blood alcohol content was 0.09 just above the legal limit for drivers. Lt. Darryl Edge, the Sandusky post commander of the state Highway Patrol, said he believes Smith died from "massive trauma" on the way to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo or when he arrived.
11:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Great Depression lasted from 1929 to 1936 and was caused by excessive business and consumer debt, combined with de-regulation of the banking and investment industries and a rapidly growing wealth inequity. Sounds pretty familiar, doesn't it? It is exactly what Reagan started, and Bush No. 1 and Clinton continued. The Bush administration had done more damage than all three previous administrations as he jumped to the string-pulling demands of his wealthiest corporate sponsors. Yeah ... like "go shopping" is a rational suggestion to market woes, and the "industry will regulate itself" is a proven way to business restraint. All we need now is a massive inequity between the number of wealthy as compared to the 99 percent of other Americans. We now have that too, at a bigger amount than ever in American history, so the three main things that caused the Great Depression are in place. OK ... who gets hurt, who gets blamed, and who makes a profit. The investors, corporations and banks are "too big to fail" and will be bailed out by the government. The taxpayers will be the only ones to suffer from the mistakes of those whose arrogance kept them from learning from history. We, the taxpayers, as individuals are not too big to fail. We are the ones who will pay for the bailouts that will save the wealthy from their arrogant abuses of a system they insisted they could run without those pesky regulations that made America prosper from the end of the last time they were given free reign over the market. We are the suckers who are getting fleeced yet again by those of wealth and power, who could care less how they make their lives more comfortable at our expense. If you have a clue ... no amount of soap will wash you clean if you do nothing to change things.
11:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
AVERY The EHOVE Career Center school board hired staff members during its July 16 meeting. The board hired Jeffery Dawson of Huron as the part-time Spanish instructor and Karen Lehrer of Huron to fill the part-time secretarial position for the upcoming school year. The board also approved a personal services contract for lead mentor and consultant Joyce Leimbach for the 2008-09 school year. Others hired include: Kathryn Chudzinski of Fremont, David Degnan of Sandusky, Kimberly Go of Norwalk, and Wendilynn Osborn of Milan, all for adult education for this school year; and David Graves of Wakeman and Paul Hasenmeier III of Huron, both as substitute teachers for the school year.
11:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
JULY 23, 1926 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 82 years ago: Grand jury finds no evidence of graft in county "The State should give the money to the feeble minded and let them build their own homes; they could make as good a job of it as the state has done so far," declared a Huron County farmer who was a witness before the grand jury.
11:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
AVERY The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Clinic is sponsoring an afternoon of fun, relaxation, gifts and food to recognize breastfeeding mothers and their supporters. The event, which takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at EHOVE Career Center, also is intended to increase community awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding. Among the planned festivities are chair massages, gift bags, drawings for assorted gifts, car seat safety checks and mom's diaries. EHOVE is located at 316 W. Mason Road. For more information, call (419) 366-2493 or (419) 239-5160.
11:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
Huron County Job & Family Services is setting up a meeting, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, to help Norwalk Furniture employees apply for unemployment benefits while the local plant is closed. Bethany Dentler, Norwalk economic development director, said local and state officials are scrambling now to both find relief for the displaced workers and get the company back in business.
11:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS - The Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol is investigating an Ohio 113 crash involving two motorcycles Saturday evening. The two-vehicle crash happened at Bellamy Road in Berlin Township. <p><em>Read the rest of this story in <a href="http://activepaper.olivesoftware.com/Default/Skins/Norwalk/Client.asp?Skin=Norwalk&amp;Daily=NRWK&amp;AppName=1">Today's Reflector</a>...</em></p>
11:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
MILAN - Mmmm, mmmm good that was the consensus Saturday of local residents who sampled the gourmet fare offered by more than 30 nationally-acclaimed chefs at the 2008 Food & Wine Celebration in rural Milan. More than 1,200 people crowded in the tents set up at the Culinary Vegetable Institute on Ohio 13. The event was a fundraiser for Veggie U, the educational arm of The Chef's Garden, a farm run by Bob Jones, Sr., and his sons Lee and Bobby. The farm has established an international reputation for growing microherbs and specialty vegetables for gourmet restaurants without the use of pesticides and chemicals.
11:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
Angela Sergent said her husband, Matthew, could be laid off permanently any moment from his job as a press operator at Tenneco in Milan. The economic situation at the company is rough, the 31-year-old New London resident said. Therefore, she said she can identify with the Norwalk Furniture employees who do not have a job today after the company suspended operations indefinitely Friday.
11:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
The St. Paul football team has been busy this summer, preparing for the upcoming season. Youth camp for grades five to eight concluded Thursday.
11:27 PM Jul 25, 2010
NORWALK The following people were recently convicted of crimes in Norwalk Municipal Court, Judge John Ridge presiding: Donald Hart, 55, 1586 Snyder Road, Willard; persistent disorderly conduct; conviction date: July 1; fine, &#036;150; costs, &#036;68.52; jail, 10 days, 10 days suspended; defendant shall have two years probation; defendant shall have two years no convictions; defendant shall pay fine and cost within 60 days. Federico F. Flores, 31, 304 W. Pearl St., Willard; disorderly conduct and intoxication; conviction date: July 1; fine, &#036;100; costs, &#036;50. L. Michelle Moore, 41, 80 1/2 N. Foster St., Norwalk; disorderly conduct and intoxication; conviction date: July 1; fine, &#036;100; costs, &#036;50.
11:27 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Norwalk City Schools Alumni Association will hold its second annual reunion from 2 until 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at Norwalk High School. Special recognition will be given to the graduating classes of 1938, 1948, 1958, 1968, 1978, 1988 and 1988. On display will be group photographs from the school archives of many past graduating classes. Alumni who attend the reunion can purchase the photos. Admission is free and no reservations are required. The dress code is casual. Light refreshments will be available. "The reunion is open to all Norwalk High School alumni as well as anyone who attended Norwalk City Schools at any time. We also welcome former and present administrators, teachers, non-teaching staff and board of education members, past and present," said alumni association president Bob Mitchell.
11:27 PM Jul 25, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com It isn't pretty math. Summer weather + high gas prices = more motorcycles and scooters on roads = more accidents. Area safety officers said the increasing number of cycles combined with increased highway congestion and construction projects can mean disaster for individual riders. "There's no fault many times," said Lt. Jim Bryan, of the Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol, citing a 2007 motorcycle accident in Huron County when a deer ran into the driver's path. Cyclists and scooter riders are simply more vulnerable than motorists in cars, he said.
11:27 PM Jul 25, 2010
While most of the country was celebrating the Fourth of July, eight people were on the wagon. Eight friends traveled in covered wagons and made stops at eight different Amish homes in Wayne and Holmes counties.