11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO - President Barack Obama used his weekly address Saturday to take aim at Republicans' filibuster of legislation that would provide an extension of unemployment benefits. "I was disappointed this week to see a dreary and familiar politics get in the way of our ability to move forward on a series of critical issues that have a direct impact on peoples' lives," Obama said.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Willard City Schools teacher Shannon Wyckoff admits she's overweight and out of shape. She never thought she'd run 50 miles in a month, let alone a week.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk City Schools approved the hiring of four brand-new teachers during its board meeting Tuesday at Norwalk High School (NHS). Norwalk resident Elizabeth Lindenberger will work as a fifth- and sixth-grade tutor at Norwalk Catholic School using money paid through auxiliary funds. Lyndsey Liebfritz, of Mansfield, will teach sixth-grade math at Main Street School. Amanda McConnell, of Bloomville, will be teaching fourth-graders at League Elementary. Sarah Metzo, of Castalia, will be a fourth-grade teacher at Pleasant Elementary. All their one-year contracts will start Aug. 23.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
They are our neighbors and our kids' schoolteachers. They are the people who in better times built our houses and highways, manufactured the goods we use and stocked the shelves in our stores. Meet the long-term unemployed. There but for some fortunate breaks go many of us. So why are they being vilified?
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
MIAMI (MCT) - It stopped. Finally, perhaps only temporarily, BP on Thursday managed to corral a raging gusher that for 85 days pumped a monstrous, shifting stain of crude across the Gulf of Mexico, cost coastal communities in four states tens of billions of dollars and left a trail of sick and dead wildlife that scientists predict will only widen in coming years.
11:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
They say that what goes up must come down. But in the U.S., some trends seem to go in only one direction. For instance, the number of Americans who are overweight or obese just keeps growing. As the population ages, so does the number of older people suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Could there be a connection?
11:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - Howard Kornblum has been watching every penny for the past 15 months, and it's about to get worse. After being laid off from his job as a consulting director in Michigan, he took advantage in March 2009 of a federal subsidy to help pay for health insurance. With the government picking up 65 percent of the tab, Kornblum's share of the premiums was $236 a month.
11:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Area officials remain optimistic about the eventual development of a runway at the NASA Plum Brook location in Erie County. Erie County, which was denied a Tiger grant several months ago which would have aided in the runway construction, is trying again.
11:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
The husband and I were watching a Reds and Mets ball game, flipping channels at commercials, and found ourselves pulled into the "first ever sit-down interview" since last season's Bachelor and his fiance broke up in the tabloids. Watching Jake and Vienna, the bachelor and his intended, was like watching a melee break out on the ball field. And in this case, the verbal sparring may have been among the most instructional half hour on television.
11:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - The Senate is expected today to break its deadlock over extending jobless benefits to millions of people when it votes on whether to end a lengthy standoff over how to pay for the program. The vote will come a day after President Barack Obama escalated his attacks on Republicans, blasting them for opposing an extension of unemployment benefits while pushing tax cuts for the wealthy.
11:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - An intoxicated Wakeman father and son were arrested in connection with fleeing from Wakeman Police Officer Briana Keegan this weekend. The father and passenger, Robert M. Tite, 58, of 2785 Chenango Road, was released from the Huron County Jail at 9:20 a.m. Monday after posting an $800 bond. He was charged with menacing, resisting arrest and persistent disorderly conduct.
11:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Several North West Street residents are not pleased with the city's sidewalk replacement program. None of the residents who attended Tuesday night's city council meeting were against sidewalks, but they had issues with suggested placement of the sidewalks and the timing of the whole program, considering the economic times.
11:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
In just one week and in just one state last week in Missouri more than 8,300 people fell through the unemployment insurance safety net. Actually, their nets were removed, like thousands of people across the country.
11:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Willard City Schools teacher Shannon Wyckoff admits she's overweight and out of shape. She never thought she'd run 50 miles in a month, let alone a week. But she said she feels if pedestrians in Anchorage, Alaska total strangers to a family she knows well risked their lives to save those family members in a plane crash, the least she can do is walk to raise money for their medical needs.
11:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com WILLARD City residents could soon face stricter rules about tall grass. Council heard the first reading of an ordinance Monday that would change the maximum height allowed to 6 inches from the current 8. If the ordinance passes, residents would get four days notice before the city cites them or city workers mow the grass at the property owner's expense. Council member Greg Davidson has said there are properties in the city's first ward, which he covers, that have knee-high grass.
11:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com A Willard man pleaded "not guilty" Monday to driving under the influence (DUI) in connection with a two-vehicle injury accident Saturday on U.S. 224. Robert D. Rogers, 54, of 2948 Neal Zick Road, has a pre-trial hearing scheduled for 11 a.m. Aug. 3 in Norwalk Municipal Court. About 9:10 p.m. Saturday, Rogers was heading westbound on U.S. 224 in a 2004 Chevy Silverado.
11:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Sorry McCafe Real Fruit Smoothie lovers. McDonald's has announced it will not offer free samples of the recently-introduced smoothies, because sales have been robust.
11:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - The new Mercy Willard Hospital is one step closer to reality. A groundbreaking ceremony for the $40.5 million two-story, 101,000 square-foot replacement hospital was held Friday. Ground preparation for construction began following the ceremony. The anticipated project completion is spring 2012.
11:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
As Linda Bersche closes the books on 2010, she's looking ahead to next year. The executive director of the Norwalk Area United Fund said a day doesn't go by that she doesn't get at least one call for help. That's why she said every penny that comes in goes to a good cause.
11:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
The fact that a peaceful protest has been planned for Tuesday at the Huron County Fairgrounds doesn't surprise circus personnel at all. Norwalk resident Sherri Rodriguez told the county commissioners Thursday she and a group of mostly children are going to protest the Carson and Barnes circus, which is slated to perform at the fairgrounds for a pair of shows Tuesday.
11:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of robbing Aldi of an undisclosed amount of money. He was apprehended at 35 Willard Ave. and taken into custody.