2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
A local veterinarian and the Huron County Humane Society's shelter operations manager told council Tuesday they're in favor of a vicious dogs ordinance Norwalk is considering. But, they brought up some concerns over the language of the legislation, which received its first reading Tuesday.
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County commissioners are mulling the idea of switching from two to one regular meeting each week to lighten the load on office staff.
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Driving to work this morning, I was struck by a sign in front of a home on Norwood Avenue. "Will work for beer," read the sign hanging from a mannequin on the front lawn. All I could think of was how important it is to keep one's perspective, and sense of humor, in times like these.
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man faces his sixth-ever driving under the influence (DUI) offense. Thomas R. Nickols, 55, of 48 Seminary St., Apt. 1F, refused to submit to a breathalyzer test during the March 1 traffic stop, Trooper Phillip Clemons, of the state Highway Patrol, said. The defendant is scheduled to appear for a second pretrial hearing Tuesday in Norwalk Municipal Court.
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS Hamilton and Sandusky counties had the most citations for aggressive speed of 20 plus miles-per-hour over the speed limit last year, states a report released Tuesday by the state Highway Patrol. Troopers issued 74,507 aggressive speed citations state wide last year. During 2008, troopers made 4,797 aggressive speed citations in Hamilton County and 3,111 in Sandusky County, According to the "Aggressive Driving: 20+ mph Over the Speed Limit" statistical recap from the Patrol's statistical analysis unit. Rounding out the top five were Franklin County with 2,838 citations, Erie County with 2,593 and Lorain County with 2,523. In addition, troopers on the Ohio Turnpike cited 13,198 motorists, accounting for 18 percent of all the aggressive speed citations state wide.
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk's East Main Street will be home to the Norwalk Great American Treasure Hunt May 23. Formerly known as the Trash to Treasure, this event will feature a garage sale format where residents and non-residents may rent a 12 foot by 12 foot space for $15 to sell their wares. Sponsored by the Main Street Norwalk program, last year's event, which took place in September, drew more than 1,000 people to the business district to search for treasures of all kinds. Registration is currently open for the vendor spaces. "This is a great event for anyone that loves the thrill of the hunt for unique items. We hope to have close to 100 vendors on East Main Street," said Kristie Wert, program manager for Main Street Norwalk. "Our promotion committee has put in many hours planning this year's event and it looks to be more popular than last year. We have already had several people register for spaces."
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
The parents of a former Monroeville High School student appeared on television this morning, discussing their claim about their son being allowed to die so his organs could be harvested. Michael and Teresa Jacobs, of Bellevue, were interviewed this morning on CBS's "The Early Show.'
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Could you imagine going to or from school without a textbook? Thanks to advances in technology - and more publishers supplying computer discs that include downloadable textbooks - Norwalk City Schools officials believe it's possible. Some day. Curriculum director Sue Goodsite said the innovation depends on people having more computers and how comfortable students get with the online versions. The new kindergarten through fifth-grade language arts books are on disc, so she said children won't have to take their books home if they have a computer at home.
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
The good news is Huron County was among the 26 counties that saw a decrease in foreclosure filings last year.
2:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON The executive director of the Norwalk-Huron County Chamber of Commerce, Melissa James, was the speaker at Tuesday's New London Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) meeting. James said the chamber wants to reach out to all parts of the county and offer help to businesses, other chambers and organizations such as the CIC. She outlined some of the services of the chamber and detailed some Small Business Administration (SBA) guidelines that have been eased to help businesses. Also, she said since Huron County is labeled a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone, businesses who register on line will have an advantage over others when federal agencies go out for bid on projects. Go to the SBA Web site for information.
2:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Ohio Agricultural Council is seeking nominations for the 2009 Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame. This honor is Ohio's highest recognition of an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the agricultural industry. Each year, four prominent agricultural leaders are honored and inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame for their superior service, dedication, leadership and plentiful contributions to agriculture. Persons wishing to nominate an individual should secure a nomination form by writing to the Ohio Agricultural Council, 5950 Sharon Woods Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43229, by calling (614) 794-8970 or via e-mail at info@ohioagcouncil.org. Nominations must be submitted by April 15 in order to be eligible for consideration in 2009.
2:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Shelby man was indicted Friday on an allegation he robbed a Willard cash-advance store at gunpoint of more than $1,000. Ron E. Morrison, 34, pleaded not guilty Monday to aggravated robbery in connection with the Dec. 4, 2007 incident. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway set his bond at $25,000.
2:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Robert Sitterly normally lives in Arizona during the winter.
2:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
A lawsuit filed by a former employee of the Huron County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, alleging unlawful termination, recently was dismissed in total by Judge Judith A. Cross. Cross, sitting by assignment in the Huron County Court of Common Pleas, found the claims of former employee Lysa Cook against the agency and Superintendent Dee Zeffiro-Krenisky to be without merit.
2:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County's 18.3 percent jobless rate is one of the worst in the country. But that is not our area's only notoriety.
2:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
AVERY - Fourteen students from EHOVE Career Center will be competing at the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas May 5 to 10, having earned top scores at recent state contests. Business Professionals of America is a national organization for high school, college and middle school students preparing for careers in business and information technology occupations.
2:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
To each his own. I just spent a week with two of my daughters in Florida. They both will graduate in May and this was their last vacation before joining the real world.
2:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County Clerk of Courts Office and Senior Enrichment Center will be cooperatively recognizing "Passport Day." The U.S. Department of State is promoting a national passport outreach program to remind U.S. citizens of all ages that they must have a passport book or passport card by June 1 of 2009 to enter any of the U.S. land and sea borders. The last Saturday of March has been designated as "Passport Day." However, Huron County Clerk of Courts Susan Hazel is getting a jump on accepting applications by scheduling an after-hours event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26 at the Senior Enrichment Center at 130 Shady Lane in Norwalk.
2:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - At Monday's board of education meeting middle school teachers Josh Montgomery, Mary Ann Wilson, Bobbi Hudberg and Brandon Risner shared some of the ideas they brought back from a recent conference. They, along with the rest of the teachers, attended the Ohio Middle School Association Conference Feb. 19 and 20 at Kalahari, and they thanked the board for the opportunity to learn and interact with other middle school teachers from around the state.
2:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Last week, I told you the harrowing story of William McDaniel, a 32-year-old customer service manager at Norwalk Furniture Corp. who became locked out on his second-floor condo balcony at midnight during the March 2008 blizzard. Clad in only pajama bottoms, sneakers with no socks, and a light winter jacket, William yelled for help for about an hour before jumping from the balcony. He landed on an ice sheet, shattering his ankle.
2:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
The second in a series of forums to help unemployed Huron County residents deal with their situation is set for 11 a.m. Thursday at the Depot in Willard. The forum is sponsored by the Huron County Workforce Response Team, a group put together by Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch that includes representatives of local social agencies, educational institutions and business and government. Lesch was prompted to form the group late last year after a series of shutdowns and lay offs drove the local unemployment rate to new heights. In January the unemployment rate in Huron County hit 18.3 percent, the highest of any county in Ohio.