6:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. James Cameron's "Avatar" crushed the box-office competition this past weekend. "Avatar" brought in $73 million, easily out-distancing second-place "The Princess and the Frog," which made $12.2 million. 1. "Avatar" $73 million, $73 million total. 2. "The Princess and the Frog" $12.2 million, $44.7 million total.
6:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
(Ralphie is visiting Santa at the department store, only he can't remember what he wanted) Santa Claus: How about a nice football? Ralphie as Adult: (narrating) Football? Football? What's a football? With unconscious will my voice squeaked out 'football.' Santa Claus: OK, get him out of here.
6:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city hall offices will close at noon Thursday for the Christmas holiday and reopen at 8 a.m. Monday. Norwalk city hall offices will be closed Jan. 1 in celebration of the new year. Friday trash pickup these two weeks will be delayed and will be collected on Saturday and Jan. 2. Christmas trees will be picked up the week of Jan. 10. Residents should place the tree on their tree lawn on their regular trash collection day.
6:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
Cleveland Cavaliers star Shaquille O'Neal has the ability to become a Harlem Globetrotter "any day,' according to one former player on the squad. The compliment carries a lot of weight - it comes from not just any former Globetrotter, but legend Curly Neal, who played for the squad from 1963 to 1985.
6:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
A local official has been recognized at the state level. The County Commissioners Association of Ohio has named Huron County Commissioner Mike Adelman as CCAO second vice president.
6:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
Due to the holiday schedule, next Saturday's Norwalk Reflector will be delivered in the afternoon. Reflector employees are getting Christmas night off to spend with their families but will return early Saturday to put out the newspaper.
6:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
The distribution for the Coats for Kids program will be at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Huron County Department of Job and Family Services. Those interested should come to the front entrance. The coats will be distributed on a "first-come, first-served" basis.
6:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
Kimber Pesnell is interested in photography as a hobby. She also considers herself a good conversationalist. Despite having no interest in a journalism career, the 17-year-old St. Paul High School junior is taking Ben Kline's class.
6:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
Officers from the Norwalk police department responded to a burglar alarm at a North Pleasant Street business at 2:48 a.m. Sunday. A window was discovered broken where entry was gained, Sgt. Jim Fulton called for Det. Dave McDonough to process the scene. Officers James Montana and K-9 officer Tim Skinner along with K-9 Viper, tracked the suspects from the North Pleasant Street address through back yards on Newton, Baker, West League, Read, Ohio and Ford streets and then finally to a residence on State Street where two suspects were taken into custody.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS Berlin-Milan Middle School will hosted a career day Friday. More than 300 students grades six through eight had an opportunity to meet in small group sessions with more than 25 professionals from the local area and the greater Cleveland area. The opening session included comments from state Rep. Dennis Murray. Following the opening session, students participated in four breakout sessions and interacted with speakers from several professions . "We are interested in putting the professionals in our community with our students in this informal setting so that these middle school students have an first hand opportunity to learn about careers of which they may not be aware," BMMS Principal Matt Ehrhardt said.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
Historical figures such as Theodore Roosevelt, Betsy Ross, Thomas Jefferson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Paul Revere and Babe Ruth can now say they've all visited Norwalk, and more specifically, Maplehurst Elementary School. They all gathered in the school's gymnasium Wednesday for what was actually an historical wax museum, with third graders dressed up as individuals from history.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
A juvenile accomplice in an attempted Newton Street burglary was ordered to remain in the custody at the Erie County Juvenile Justice Center. The 16-year-old Norwalk boy was charged with disruption of public service, a fourth-degree felony if committed by an adult. Huron County Juvenile Court Administrator Chris Mushett said the defendant is accused of cutting the telephone wires belonging to a Newton Street man Monday.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
Statistics continue to paint a gloomy economic picture for Huron County. The amount of sales tax collected thus far is $596,963, or 7.9 percent, less than last year, Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach said Thursday. The means consumers spent about $40 million less than they did in 2008.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohio's unemployment rate was 10.6 percent in November, relatively unchanged from 10.5 percent in October, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 5,400 over the month, from 5,104,000 in October to 5,109,400 in November.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS (MCT) - Forget that latest income tax cut you've seen in your paychecks for the last 11 months. Lawmakers and Gov. Ted Strickland yesterday broke a long-awaited deal to patch an $851 million hole in the state's education budget by delaying for two years the final 4.2 percent installment of a total 21 percent cut set in motion in 2005.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch sat down this morning and tried to set the record straight on a number of issues regarding the proposed soccer complex slated for the city's north side. Just this week, several city residents, along with planning commission member Jim Loughton, have said the city administration wasn't forthcoming on how the property was to be purchased.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk Police Department and Capt. Eric Hipp's wife had some light-hearted fun at Hipp's expense Thursday. Just before Chief Dave Light announced Hipp as his executive officer, there was a picture projected on a screen showing Hipp wearing a bright, goofy headband with puffy, ball-like ears.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
Josh Querin impressed Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard the first time they met. Since starting as a deputy about three weeks ago, Querin has been spending most of his time as a dispatcher. He's also been working with Deputy Janet Lichoff while she's been investigating people wanted on child support warrants.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Thanks to the Huron County 9-1-1 Technical Advisory Committee, the sheriff's office will be able to hire two new dispatchers for 2010. The committee approved $115,000 Wednesday. Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard said the funding is essentially a one-year grant. "We were down to four dispatchers. ... This (money) will actually increase our full-time dispatchers from four to six," he said.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com CANTON A Dalton driver is a free man after he was acquitted Thursday in a 2008 head-on collision that killed a rural Monroeville man. Defendant Kevin M. Phillips, 53, hit the stationary 1996 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck driven by Donald J. Gravenhorst, 47, of 4390 Pontiac Section Line Road, about 8:05 p.m. Nov. 3, 2008. The collision happened on U.S. 30 in Tuscarawas Township inside the Stark County line near Wayne County. Phillips was charged with two felony counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Brenda Robertson feels she lost her daughter for many years. During that time, Anna Robertson hung out with the wrong crowd. Heroin and other drugs ravaged Anna's body and mind, turning her into a remorseless, selfish and numb being.