1:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
A judge has allowed a Lorain man to withdraw his guilty plea on an allegation he presented counterfeit money to a Norwalk fast-food restaurant. In May, a grand jury indicted Brent R. Willis, 31, on possession of criminal tools and forgery, in connection with an April 19 incident. The defendant pleaded guilty Aug. 18 to the possession of criminal tools charge, but his attorney, Kenneth Ortner, filed a motion Oct. 30 to withdraw that plea.
1:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
I want to make one more pitch for the Reflector Forums. You can get to these on the home page of norwalkreflector.com. Just look at the navigation bar and click on forums. I think participating in forums is about the most fun you can have online. There is no better way to waste precious work time than by discussing and arguing various matters with members of a like-minded community. One I belong to and reference almost daily has to do with West Virginia University football. It's fun to give opinions and read those of others on the play calling (which stinks), coaches (who are in over their heads), fans (who are mostly of the fair-weather variety), and players, (who also stink). The Reflector's forums are about Norwalk and Huron County. If you have anything on your mind about your hometown, the Reflector Forums are the place to air it out.
1:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Buckeye Construction was given the Tradition of Service Award from the Firelands Catholic Education Development Office (FCEDO) this morning. At FCEDO's annual Business and Professional Breakfast, Buckeye Construction owners Keith Moffit, Jeff Nickoli and Dave Nickoli were honored for their contributions to both the parish and the school. Moffit and Jeff Nickoli are 1987 graduates of St. Paul High School.
1:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
With expenses growing and tax revenue shrinking, both Huron County and Norwalk face budget challenges for 2009. Auditor Roland Tkach is predicting about 8 percent less for the county's general fund next year, from $15.15 million to $13.98 million. Since the county must by law provide for certain services, that means individual departments face cuts from 14 to 15 percent.
1:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Kent Korom can't attend school with his classmates because of his cancer treatments, but they certainly haven't forgotten him. Western Reserve students have raised almost $1,000 in support of Korom. Students from the middle and high school recently held an assembly to support him and then headed out to walk around the school track to raise money. The Western FCCLA sponsored the event. Korom couldn't attend because of his treatments, but his mother spoke to the students to thank them for their support and let them know how much it means to her son.
1:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
FREMONT - It was inevitable. Arguably, the two most successful programs in the region, Hopewell-Loudon (12-0) and St. Paul (12-0), will meet for the fourth straight year in the Region 21 finals Friday at Don Paul Stadium in Fremont.
1:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Stan Anderson went from being a college agronomy student to the lead navigator for the 490th Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force in his four years of World War II service. As he looks back on his wartime experience, he said it helped define the man he became. Anderson said he enlisted because of patriotism and was rewarded for his service with the thanks of all Americans when he returned. "When we came back, we were welcomed," he said.
1:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
EHINGEN, Germany - Nick Dials wants to be a coach after his playing days are over. Little did he know that his early days in Europe would be spent tutoring teenagers.
1:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County veterans have a long and honorable history and Charles Stacey, now buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, played his part during the Civil War. He volunteered on Sept. 13, 1861for Company D in the 55th Ohio Infantry. At the battle of Gettysburg, Private Stacey was sent out as a lone shartshooter to draw enemy fire away from the main body of troops. According to records of the battle, the Confederates thought a whole company was in the field where Stacey lay hidden by himself.
1:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - The railroad crossing on West Main Street in this village will be improved this month.
1:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
LORAIN - A Milan woman was sentenced Monday to six months in the Lorain County Jail for embezzling about $250,000 from a Lorain doctor. Kay D. Wilczak, 36, of 9411 Huron-Avery Road, worked for Dr. John Gray, of Community Health Partners, from 2003 through Jan. 1, 2007. She oversaw billing, accounts payable and accounts receivable.
1:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Without Marilyn Beckman and her volunteer crew of knitters and crocheters, little Jason Velasquez of Norwalk might not have had a hat to keep him warm this winter. Beckman, of Sandusky, heads up a program called "Hats for Love," which she's expanding into Huron County. Beckman, a retired nurse, has about 75 volunteers who make hats and other clothing items for people in need.
1:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON Ohio 162, just west of Ohio 60 in the village, will close Monday for railroad crossing repairs. The road will reopen Dec. 1. The detour route for westbound motorists is Ohio 162 to south on Ohio 60. Then go west on U.S. 224 and west on U.S. 250 to Ohio 162.
1:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
A recent letter writer referred to "the separation of church and state." This phrase is used as though it is in the Constitution. However, it is not contained there. It is a misinterpretation of the first amendment which states: "Congress shall make no law respecting on establishment of religion, on prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." Our forefathers came to this country looking for religious freedom. They did not want a "state church" so they put the "establishment" clause into the Bill of Rights. They believed in God and established this country on godly principles, but desired the citizens to be able to choose how to worship or even not to worship if they desired. The phrase "separation of church and state" was used in a letter by Thomas Jefferson discussing the establishment clause and the free exercise clause. But is has been taken out of context for generations as a weapon in the fight against religion and God. The intent of the actual clause in the Bill of Rights is reinterpreted to attack and attempt to remove any appearance of Christianity in the public square. It has shown itself recently with the decision to remove public displays of the Ten Commandments as well as attacks on nativity scenes at Christmas. I hope this helps to clear up the misunderstanding.
1:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Laurie Jones said God has a plan for her and Abigail Pregnancy Services. The plan now calls for her to step down as executive director after four years, she said. Jones' last day is Dec. 31 and Abigail's board has begun seeking her successor.
1:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND The third annual Fabulous Food Show takes place this weekend. Enjoy a mix of new ingredients including the key ones: Paula Deen, who returns to the show, this time accompanied by her son Bobby and husband Michael; Cleveland's own Michael Symon, who will emcee the first-ever Sub-Zero/Wolf Cleveland's Best Sous-Chef Competition; Food Network's Guy Fieri of "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" fame; and Curtis Stone of the hit series "Take Home Chef" on TLC. The show, presented by Time Warner Cable, takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the I-X Center in Cleveland. "Tickets for the Fabulous Food Show, the largest show of its kind in the Midwest, are on sale now through Ticketmaster," said Eric German, executive show director. "The Fabulous Food Show has something for everyone and continues to serve up the hottest chefs in the nation, including Paula Deen who is back for a second time, to an audience of more than 30,000 foodies in just one weekend."
1:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Building assets in youth is everyone's responsibility. Positive change in our community begins with each of us acting individually in our own lives. The power of one is a good beginning to make positive changes, but the power of many creates a momentum that will really make a difference in Huron County. Each month will bring new tips for individuals to use to help our youth build assets.
1:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
NOV. 12, 1987 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 21 years ago: Levy passage ends 'pay to play'
1:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - Norwalk resident Todd Livengood received his first model train set when he was about 4. At 2 1/2, Landon Ward of Monroeville has already received his third.
1:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
About three months ago one of the oldest Milan houses was razed. From the exterior it appeared to have been badly neglected and perhaps beyond repair. Still, though, I always regret to see an old landmark disappear. The house under discussion stood at 31 W. Church St. and had been built in 1837 by Henry Lockwood, according to the tax records. I suppose this was the Lockwood family home for at least 10 years. Henry sold the house in 1847 to William A. White of New York City. You might wonder why someone from New York City would be buying a house in Milan, but we must remember that 1847 was a palmy year in Milan. The canal era was at its height, and in February of that year the village acquired immortality as the birthplace of Thomas Alva Edison.
1:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Troopers with the Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol suspect alcohol played a factor in a one-vehicle crash early Sunday morning that killed a Monroeville teenager. The deceased, Zachary J. Norman, 19, of 121 S. Ridge St., was the passenger in the vehicle driven by Nathan A. Taylor, 18, of 62 Monroe St., Monroeville. The accident happened just after 1 a.m. on Settlement Road near Johnson Road about five miles southeast of the village.