Logan Cooke came away with top-finishes in Division D of the last two Lake Erie Junior Golf Association tournaments. The New London graduate won the Mohawk Open at Mohawk Golf & Country Club in Tiffin and finished second in Monday's Red Hawk Run Open at Findlay.
Huron County Sheriff's Deputy Andrew P. Montana has been on paid leave since June 24 on allegations he has been stalking a Norwalk Municipal Court employee with whom he had a relationship. Sheriff Richard Sutherland warned Montana, a deputy since January 2001, he would be disciplined if he didn't stop all communications with her including text messages, telephone calls and visits during and after working hours, according to documents in Montana's file. The victim, who declined to comment, filed a petition for a "civil stalking or sexually-oriented offense" protection order Thursday in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Major Greg Englund served Montana with a summons the next day for a July 10 hearing on the matter.
Norwalk celebrated Independence Day in fine fashion Friday with its 38th annual Lions Club parade. Mother Nature set the stage with a near-perfect, 70-degree morning and early afternoon.
Disc golf enthusiasts descended upon the Norwalk area today as part of the "Fire in the Sky" amateur and professional tournament. "We hope to have about 50 people show up," said Pat Brown of Norwalk, a local disc golf player.
MILAN - Food lovers and chefs, both professional and amateur, get ready. A special opportunity is coming up from 4 to 9 p.m. July 19 the chance to sample creations of more than 30 of the nation's top chefs at the 2008 Food & Wine Celebration. The event is an annual benefit featuring gourmet cuisine from chefs all over the country, wine from top vineyards nationwide, musical entertainment, a silent auction and cooking demos. It will be at The Culinary Vegetable Institute, 12304 Ohio 13 in Milan.
Largemouth bass fishing can be lots of fun. They're good fighters, high jumpers and sometimes come in sizes of five pounds or better weight that can put a respectable bend in your rod and send your adrenaline soaring. If there's a problem, it's that a lot of would-be bass hunters are intimidated by the fish and those who fish for them, decide that the sport is just too complicated and spend their time seeking crappies or pier yellow perch. Ever hear a gathering of bass anglers talk? They sprinkle in words like crankbaits and spinnerbaits, surface poppers, pig and jig combinations, structure, wood, and toss in statements like "I wormed that four-pounder out from under a shoreline stump." Definitely intimidating.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner CC Sabathia was traded today from the Cleveland Indians to the Milwaukee Brewers for four prospects. Sabathia, eligible for free agency after the season, went 19-7 with a 3.21 ERA last season and gives the Brewers another power pitcher to pair with Ben Sheets as Milwaukee tries to make the playoffs for the first time since 1982.
Home invasion victims Brandon Taft and April Spain hugged when the judge announced the verdict. Taft leaned over and gave his girlfriend a kiss on her forehead. A few minutes later, Spain hugged the primary investigator, Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Dane Howard. After a three-day trial and about 45 minutes of deliberation, a Huron County Common Pleas Court jury convicted defendant Eric D. Cover, 20, of Ashland, of seven felonies for a March 18, 2007 home invasion. He was found guilty of two counts of kidnapping plus one charge each of aggravated burglary, burglary, aggravated robbery, robbery and conspiracy. The jurors acquitted him of felonious assault.
akrause@norwalkreflector.com The 10-year-old boy known as "The Lil' Instigator" maintained a serious, business-like demeanor as he sat in a conference room while a reporter peppered him with questions. He uttered few words; perhaps he simply wanted to plop himself back behind his car, rev up his engine and speed down the track in excess of 70 mph. What goes through his mind as he sits behind the wheel of his junior dragster before a race?
Huron County Sheriff Richard Sutherland is waiting until after a mental health assessment Wednesday for Deputy Andrew P. Montana, who is accused of stalking a local woman, until deciding to take possible disciplinary measures. "He's looking at disciplinary action from the (sheriff's) office for the incident. We're going to wait until after the appointment to see how far to take it as far as disciplinary action," the sheriff said. On May 28, Sutherland spoke to Montana, a deputy since January 2001, and told him to have no association with the woman, a Norwalk Municipal Court employee. The couple broke up in August 2007 after a four-year long relationship, but she said they "maintained regular contact."
The annual Fourth of July Parade in Norwalk will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday. If you can't make it, you can watch the parade on the Norwalk Reflector's Main Street Cam at www.norwalkreflector.com.
WILLARD - Vicki Phenicie wants to return to her job of 23 years. The single woman, who works in the dietary department at Hillside Acres Nursing Home in Willard, said she's experiencing some financial hardships due to striking, but she feels not having crossed the picket line since May 16 has been worth it.
The Huron County Airport Authority is not giving in to the Federal Aviation Admission (FAA) Board members said at Tuesday's meeting they will meet with Summit Motorsports Park Owner Bill Bader Jr. to decide a course of action for the annual Night Under Fire event Aug. 2. Board members want to apply to either partially close the airport or get a temporary control tower to control air traffic during Night Under Fire.
Last week was not a good one for the newspaper industry, and this week appears to be full of bad news for automakers. Some 900 journalists lost their jobs through layoffs and buyouts at large and mid-sized newspapers throughout the U.S. This week, General Motors, Ford and even Toyota announced that June sales were off by more than 20 percent and consumers, faced with high gas prices and concerns about the overall health of the economy, chose not to spend. It would not surprise me a bit if between now and the end of next year, one or more major metropolitan daily newspapers shut their doors for good. The reasons are many: Lower readership and circulation revenue due to new media competition; lower advertising revenue due again to competition from new media coupled with a deteriorating economic situation; and, perhaps most importantly, having too much debt. Big companies simply overpaid for the newspapers they purchased in the past few years, and with the economic downturn they are finding themselves unable to generate the cash needed to meet those notes.
The Huron County Commissioners announced Tuesday the appointment of Teresa Alt as executive director of the Huron County Department of Job and Family Services, effective Jan. 1, 2009. Alt will be paid $78,000 per year.
By EMILY ANDREWS Reflector Intern news@norwalkreflector.com Smetzer Paint & Supply may be relocating, but Smetzer Kitchen & Appliance is staying put in the Smetzer Centre in Norwalk.
Final preparations are now being made for next week's open house festivities of the $11.3 million Snyder/White Heart and Vascular Center at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Members of LOF Graphics recently placed sign letters on the facility. The community is invited to a special ribbon cutting ceremony of the Snyder/White Heart and Vascular Center at Fisher-Titus from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Tours will follow from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the center, located on Fisher-Titus Parkway off Shady Lane Drive. The Snyder/White Heart & Vascular Center received its name during a special ceremony in May. Alice White Rau and Dudley A. White Jr. gave a $1 million gift to honor their grandparents Reginald C. and Alice Mack Snyder and their parents Dudley A. and Alice Snyder White. "The Snyder/White family has long history in the community, having owned and operated the Norwalk Reflector since 1913," FTMC President Patrick J. Martin said. "We are honored to be able to display such an important local family's name on our Heart & Vascular Center."
Norwalk city council members spent about an hour Tuesday evening discussing the proposed tax increment financing (TIF) for Norwalk Commons. The TIF, if approved by council and the Berlin-Milan school board, would capture property tax revenues on the improvements on four parcels of land in the Norwalk Commons development and ultimately pay for the new infrastructure needed in that area for development.
It's not often the governor's wife comes to your home town, but that's what happened this week as Ohio's first lady, Frances Strickland, paid the Maple City a visit. She met with representatives from family agencies and government officials Wednesday in a roundtable meeting to receive updates on the progress of the organizations. Strickland learned about the many positive things Huron County has to offer. They include a variety of organizations such as Help Me Grow, the Huron County Family & Children First Council and MultiSystemic Therapy, the Kinder Casa Spanish and English preschool program, Fisher-Titus Medical Center and the Ernsthausen Community Center. Huron County Commissioner Gary Bauer also complimented County Emergency Management Agency Director Bill Ommert. "We think Bill Ommert is the finest EMA director in the state," Bauer said. Ommert, when informed of the compliment, said he enjoys his job.
JULY 7, 1907 The top stories in the Evening Herald on this date 101 years ago: Train hits Mrs. Ruff Mrs. Frances R. Ruff, aged 73 years, lies at her home, No. 85 Wooster Street, with a broken leg and in a terribly bruised and scratched condition after a miraculous escape from death on the tracks of the L.S.&M.S. Railroad.
Insufficient evidence and three people not willing to change their minds resulted in two acquittals and a hung jury in last week's shaken baby case. Juror Robert April, of Norwalk, said he hopes another jury, presented with the involuntary manslaughter charge against Jeffrey A. Resor, will be open-minded enough to see that a guilty verdict can be reached even if doctors disagree.