2:35 PM Jul 26, 2010
Want the good news or the bad news first? The good news, and it's just barely good: Private employers added 83,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 9.5 percent, the lowest level in nearly a year. The bad news: Overall, propelled by a wave of U.S. Census worker layoffs, about 125,000 were lost, the most since last October.
2:31 PM Jul 26, 2010
Jillian Harris, last season's "The Bachelorette" and her final pick, fiance Ed Swiderski have broken up, according to US Weekly magazine. The most recent issue of the magazine is available today. Until recently, the couple shared an apartment in Chicago. So far, the split seems amicable.
2:31 PM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Police found multiple incriminating items in the Norwalk home of Michael L. Ghetto, who is accused of stealing more than $800 in cash from the local Aldi grocery store.
2:30 PM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has announced that because the U.S. Senate voted not to extend eligibility deadlines for the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, many Ohioans' benefits will soon be ending.
2:30 PM Jul 26, 2010
A teenager was charged with failure to maintain assured clear distance after causing a chain reaction of rear-end collisions Tuesday afternoon in front of the Norwalk Kmart. Cameron C. Deehr, 16, of Huron was going 30 mph while heading north on Milan Avenue when he hit the rear of the stopped 1999 Buick Century driven by Logan R. Fannin, 19, of 1562 S. Fitchville River Road, New London, Norwalk Police Capt. Mike Conney said. That collision caused two more, which ended up sending two people to the hospital.
2:30 PM Jul 26, 2010
MIAMI (MCT) - Was Fidel Castro reminding everyone that he still has power? Was he silently endorsing his brother's promise to free 52 political prisoners? Or was it simply a narcissist's grab for the limelight? Whatever the reason, Castro's flurry of five highly public appearances in nine days, after months in the shadows, generated renewed speculation on his lingering influence over Cuban affairs.
2:30 PM Jul 26, 2010
A Willard man is accused of threatening the sheriff's deputy who investigated and arrested him in connection with a March 3 break-in. Randy Ruff, 37, of 3233 Austin Drive, is charged with retaliation stemming from several threats of bodily harm he reportedly made about Huron County Sheriff's Lt. Annette McLaughlin. She investigated the Greenbush Road, Willard, break-in where the victim reported the theft of six firearms, some ammunition, a 32-inch flat-screen TV and five PlayStation games.
2:30 PM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - With home sales sliding, employers reluctant to hire and world stock markets gyrating wildly, the U.S. economy is in danger of stalling. Now one of its only reliable sources of fuel is running out: federal stimulus spending.
2:30 PM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate rejected a bill for the fourth time that would have extended jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed through November. Wednesday's 58-41 vote was just shy of the 60 required to break a GOP filibuster and pass the measure before Congress adjurned for a week-long Independence Day recess. The Senate won't return to action until 2 p.m. July 12. The Washington Post reported the bill likely would have passed had Democrats not lost the vote of Sen. Robert Byrd's, the West Virgina Democrat who died Monday.
2:23 PM Jul 26, 2010
So far, so good. That was the word Friday about the recent transition from Verizon to Frontier Communications. Frontier officially claimed ownership of all Verizon land-line services in Ohio and 13 other states July 1 in a deal totaling about $8.6 billion. Since that time, Frontier Communications Central Region President John Lass and Sr. Vice President Dave Davidson have been touring all of the Verizon stations in the state. Davidson provided an update via telephone Friday.
2:23 PM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com WILLARD The city has decided to spare residents the worry over seeing larger than normal water bills due to a glitch in finance department software. When the finance department returned to work following Independence Day, the staff discovered a problem with the computer that acts as the software server. "As the week went on, the problem became larger and we were unable to get the finance department fully operational until Monday, July 12," Willard City Manager Brian Humphress said.
2:23 PM Jul 26, 2010
A 20-year-old New London woman who was stabbed by a Wellington teenager was listed in good condition Sunday night at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. The stabbing happened about 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of New London Avenue, New London. Police Chief Michael Marko said the 16-year-old stabbing suspect alleged she was raped by the victim's boyfriend several weeks ago in the village. "That's an ongoing investigation also,' he said. "It's been an ongoing dispute between the two.'
2:23 PM Jul 26, 2010
Huron celebrates 200th birthday -Sandusky Register Toft's Dairy recalls Tin Roof Sundae ice cream -Sandusky Register
2:23 PM Jul 26, 2010
PARIS - There's nothing good one can say about appendicitis. But Monroeville French teacher Selena Maazaoui can say she got the condition at the best possible time and maybe the worst possible time. (Sick on Day One) Maazaoui was hit with appendicitis during a 13-day class trip in June to France and Spain on the first day in Paris. Maazaoui said she feels she was in the right place at the right time. She was in her hotel room, about 10 minutes away from a hospital.
2:23 PM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD The Willard Memorial Library will close the system's main building in Willard and its branches in Greenwich, North Fairfield and Wakeman from Aug. 15 through Aug. 21. This period includes a five-day staff furlough, mandatory time off without pay. The closing will save funds from salaries, benefits and utilities that is needed for the 2010 operating budget.
2:23 PM Jul 26, 2010
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2:23 PM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County Fairgrounds was again the home this weekend of the annual Firelands Area Restorers of Machines, Inc. (F.A.R.M.) Antique Tractor and Engine Show. With the wide range of ages and models of International Harvester (IH) tractors on display at the entrance to the grounds, it was evident IH was this year's featured make of equipment. Members of the Ohio Chapter 6 IH Collectors Club, many who brought their equipment to display, held their state show on the grounds during the weekend.
2:21 PM Jul 26, 2010
Officials are considering lowering the speed limit on three stretches of roads in Huron County. The Huron County engineer's office has conducted speed zone studies on three high priority sections of county roadways. They were Ridge Road from Norwalk city limits to New State Road; Ridge Road from New State Road to Hasbrock Road; and New State Road from Ridge to Hasbrock Road. In each zone studied, engineering and traffic investigations confirmed that a more reasonable and realistic speed limit would be 45 mph rather than the existing 55 miles per hour.
2:21 PM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com There's really no end to where the local budget crunch will hit. From schools to home to city offices, everyone is feeling the pinch. It's true, too, in highway departments nationwide. Many roads that were once completely black-topped are now being reduced to chip-and-seal or even simple gravel. "Gravel roads are an incredible step backward," said Carl Essex, Huron County highway department spokesman.
2:21 PM Jul 26, 2010
Another major past, another opportunity slips by for Tiger Woods. Tiger is now 0-for-3 in major championships in 2010 after this past weekend's British Open. After returning to competitive golf at The Masters in April, he has struggled to regain his familiar dominant form. Some people would say he's playing horribly. No, we just have such high expectations for him, it turns out that he's still doing fairly well.
2:21 PM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - At least 4,500 passports were issued to registered sex offenders in 2008, and five states accounted for about half the number, a report from the federal Government Accounting Office said Wednesday. Among those able to receive passports to travel abroad were an Ohio sex offender who was fleeing prosecution and later was arrested in the Philippines; a New York police officer accused of having sex with his foster son, and a postal carrier in Texas who, after being convicted of indecency involving a girl, still was delivering mail.