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cashby@norwalkreflector.com The Maple City ranks 21st on CNNMoney.com's list of "residents who live in these 25 growing towns see their incomes go the furthest." Norwalk Area-Huron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Melissa James is pleased. "Of course it's going to raise awareness. Of course it's going to be a good thing," she said.
4:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
GREENWICH - Superintendent Ben Chaffee told South Central board members at Monday night's meeting that the repair and resurfacing of the parking lot will run $10,000 to $11,000 more than the original bid.
4:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk resident Jim Ewell isn't wasting any time when it comes to the Huron County Courthouse clock tower project. Just last week, Ewell told the Huron County commissioners he'd put together a committee to raise funds to restore the clock, which hasn't worked in several months.
4:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Cleveland Browns officially commence its 2009 training camp on Saturday, August 1 at the Browns Training Facility in Berea, Ohio. Training camp practices that are open to the public are free of charge. Training camp will be open to the public through the week beginning Monday, August 24. Due to ongoing construction in the Berea area, fan parking has yet to be determined. All fans should enter the training facility at the Beech Street entrance. Handicap parking is available on Front Street at the Berea Recreation Center. An accessible shuttle will transport those in need of assistance to the drop off point, located near the fan entrance. Please be mindful of the construction surrounding the training facility. For the best access to the facility, fans should use Interstate 71 to the Bagley Road exit. Please note that there is a maximum capacity at the Berea Training Facility during training camp. Once that capacity is reached, fans will no longer be admitted for the remainder of that practice. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
4:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
This is the first in a series of articles marking the first anniversary of the closing of Norwalk Furniture Corporation in 2008. Today Bill Gerken, whose family started the company in 1902 and who was Vice Chairman and co-owner of Norwalk Furniture when it suspended operations July 18, 2008, answers questions about the company's demise. His partner and Chairman of the company at that time, Jim Gerken, declined the invitation to be interviewed. What happened to Norwalk Furniture Corporation?
4:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch told council Tuesday night the city is interested in a wind assessment study. Former Huron County commissioner Ralph Fegley is spearheading the project with several local businesses.
4:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
As the days count down for Wayne Babcanec, he said he can look back with pride with what he did as Norwalk City Schools superintendent. Babcanec will retire following his last day of work July 31.
4:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Businesses in the Uptown Norwalk Historic District will be celebrating "Christmas in July" on Friday and Saturday. Activities will include sidewalk sales, window decorations and even Santa will be on hand.
4:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third in a series of articles marking the first anniversary of the closing of Norwalk Furniture last summer. With the nationwide surge in unemployment, there has been a corresponding rise in the number of people doing volunteer work in their communities.
4:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) is presenting a cover crops workshop on Sept. 15. It will feature technical presentations and hands-on activities by Dr. John Cardina, Alan Sundermeier and Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program educator Andy Clark. "Cover crops can help to improve farm profitability by lowering fertilizer costs, protect our environment by reducing the need for herbicides and protecting water quality, and strengthen the future of Ohio's farms by improving soil health," OEFFA Executive Director Dr. Carol Goland said. "Cover crops are a cost-effective way to promote a sustainable and healthful food and farming system in Ohio." The workshop will cover: The benefits of cover crops
4:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
JULY 23, 1922 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 87 years ago: Children are laid side by side in grave Norwalk's heart was touched by the sad drowning last week of little Anna Gregory and Margaret Nagy and the outpouring at their double funeral Sunday afternoon was tremendous.
4:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Despite the shaky economy, people seeking help from the Huron County Department of Job and Family Services (HCDJFS) can expect to receive assistance, the agency's executive director said. Teresa Alt said the agency has not yet received its latest allocation figures from the state based on the state budget. In the meantime, agency officials are shuffling duties and not filling vacated positions to maintain service levels, Alt said. HCDJFS receives 67 percent of its funding from the Federal government, 25 percent from the state and 8 percent local.
4:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
Three suspects accused of bringing heroin to Norwalk from Columbus are awaiting Norwalk Municipal Court bond hearings today in the Huron County Jail. Norwalk residents Rachelle V. Holmes, 26, and Andrew S. Missler, 22, both of 2429 S. U.S. 250 and Aaron J. Rospert, 31, of 134 Friedley Ave., Bellevue, were arrested after a traffic stop about 10:20 p.m. Saturday. Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Bob McLaughlin said the Columbus Police Department gave authorities a tip about 1 1/2 hours before the U.S. 250 incident north of Jennings Road.
4:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - City council approved placing a one-half mill replacement levy on November's ballot for the operation of the parks department. City Manager Brian Humphress said a 1 mill property tax currently on the books raises about $39,000 annually for the park. However, Humphress said the city is operating the park on the same amount of money generated in the 1980s, necessitating the change because of rising costs. If voters approve the measure, it would raise the levy's effective rate from .35 to .5, Humphress said.
4:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
OBERLIN The Lorain County JVS School Board hired Wakeman resident John Nolan as its new superintendent at a recent meeting. "I look forward to leading this district as it prepares students to succeed in today's global economy," he said. Nolan will assume the duties of superintendent immediately. Nolan has served as JVS assistant superintendent since August 2007. Before coming to the JVS, Nolan was the Assistant Superintendent of Bellevue City Schools (2006-2007) and the Superintendent of New Riegel Schools (2004-2006).
4:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second in a series of articles on the first anniversary of the closing of Norwalk Furniture last summer. In 2002, a 100th anniversary video telling the history of Norwalk Furniture was produced. It ended with photos of all the current employees who had worked at the company for more than 25 years. There were 131 of them. That meant that approximately 20 percent of the work force at that time had been employed at Norwalk Furniture for more than a quarter century.
4:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
The bad news is that Huron County's unemployment rate remains high at 15 percent. That is well above the national average of 9.5 percent and the state average of 11.1 percent. That figure also is significantly higher than the county's 8.1 percent rate a year ago.
4:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will travel to the Cleveland area on Thursday, and area residents are invited to register for an opportunity to attend the event. Obama will hold a town hall meeting on health reform at the Shaker Heights High School after touring the Cleveland Clinic.
4:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE The Belleuve Recreation Department is offering different activities this summer. Here is a short round-up of some of the offerings. Swim Lessons The Bellevue Recreation Department will offer the last session of swim lessons for the summer beginning July 27th. Classes will be held July 27 to 31 and August 3 to 5. Morning and evening classes are available. Classes are $20 for pool members and $28 for non-members. The schedule is as follows: 10 to 10:40 a.m. Level 3 & 4
4:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN Nicki Smith, 21, of Milan Township, was involved in a one-car accident Thursday on River Road near her home. Smith said she was forced off the road by another car that went left of center. The silver car left the scene. If anybody has any information about the car, contact the Erie County Sheriff's Office at (419) 625-7951 or Donny at (419) 681-1761. There is a cash reward for anybody who has information that leads to an arrest.
4:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com NEW LONDON The visitors' side of the football field should soon have a new set of bleachers, thanks to action by the New London school board Monday. The present bleachers have been determined to be unsafe, so Athletic Director Randy Hord got several bids for new ones. After discussion, the board voted to contract with Dave York Sports from Louisville, Ky. to provide bleachers to seat 186 people at a cost of $27,000. The motion was passed pending clarification of an item in the contract, but the bleachers should be in place by the first home football game, Aug. 28.