6:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
A limousine to McDonald's? That was the double treat a select number of Main Street School students received Thursday.
6:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com A limousine to McDonald's? That was the double treat a select number of Main Street School students received Thursday. The fifth- and sixth-graders were asked to sell "Fun Cards" to raise money for the school's PTO. The money helps pay for the cost of educational speakers and supplies.
6:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Lots of hard work and sacrifice went into preparing Norwalk's 2010 budget. Mayor Sue Lesch, along with finance director Diane Eschen presented that budget to city council Tuesday. Council needs to pass it or pass some form of it by Dec. 1. "It's extraordinary what she and her staff have done," Lesch said about all the time Eschen and staff put into the budget.
6:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE The Harlem Wizards will perform at the Monroeville Elementary at 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets will be $12 at the door. The Harlem Wizards' history dates back to 1962. Unlike most basketball teams, the Harlem Wizards are not primarily focused on winning matches instead, their aim is to entertain the crowd using a variety of basketball tricks and alley-oops.
6:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com For a luncheon program with the theme "celebrating area business the fabric of our community," Norwalk Custom Order Furniture was the perfect setting. Norwalk Economic Development Corp. (NEDC) Director Ellen Heinz said NCOF is the "perfect example" of something extraordinary happening in Norwalk in the midst of a struggling economy. NCOF opened Oct. 27, 2008 out of the ashes of the defunct Norwalk Furniture Corp. with 83 production and office employees. One year later, NCOF has 117 employees and 350 active accounts. "They turned potential tragedy into triumph," Heinz said.
6:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Local Republicans hailed State Rep. Terry Boose on Thursday as someone who can fix Ohio and blamed the economic doldrums on Gov. Ted Strickland and the Obama administration. The Republicans gathered for the 95th annual Huron County McKinley Club Banquet, in honor of William McKinley 25th president of the United States and former Ohio Governor. Rep. William Batchelder, the Ohio House Minority Leader and Thursday's keynote speaker, said Boose, a Norwalk resident, has "backbone and courage."
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
A North Olmsted man was sentenced Tuesday to up to six months in a community-based corrections facility for breaking into two businesses in the spring. As part of his three years of probation, Daniel J. Campbell, 19, was fined $250 and ordered to pay about $952 in restitution to C Stop Inc. and pay back $450 to Pine House Pizza Ltd. The two April 26 break-ins happened just under four hours apart.
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Authorities discovered and impounded three vehicles Tuesday associated with the former Sandusky resident accused of kidnapping and murdering his ex-live-in girlfriend. However, David "Jody" L. Kromer, 56, remains at large. Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth said Kromer is considered armed and dangerous. The suspect possibly is carrying a firearm, which Sigsworth said isn't believed to have been used in the murder of Carla P. Westhofen, 58.
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) submitted an order for 434,800 doses of H1N1 swine flu vaccine to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Friday afternoon. The vaccine will be shipped directly to 315 local health departments and hospitals in all 88 Ohio counties, including Huron County. The order includes 67,800 doses of nasal-spray vaccine and 367,000 shots of H1N1 flu vaccine.
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON - The body of accused killer David "Jody' L. Kromer was found this afternoon inside a cottage near this city. Kromer, 56, apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, authorities said. Kromer was being sought in the kidnapping and murder of his ex-live-in girlfriend, Carla P. Westhofen, 58, formerly of Huron. About 12:40 p.m. today, the manager at Wildwaves Motel on Cleveland Road East called Erie County's sheriff's deputies to report a strong odor of natural gas coming from a motel room at the Firefly Beach Resort. Upon arrival, deputies found Kromer dead inside a cottage he had rented.
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - If there's a gadget that can track a ghost, 20-year-old Edison High School graduate Ben Smith can make it work. Smith will be appearing on TV tonight.
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
PLYMOUTH - Bruce Tanner is an unusual businessman. One was not enough for Tanner, who plans to open two new businesses on the square in downtown Plymouth. He started by asking the community of Plymouth to help by answering a survey of what type of business was needed. He has answered them with a gym and a bakery. The bakery is tentatively scheduled to open on Dec. 1.
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Out-of-work Huron County residents, whose unemployment compensation was about to run out, can breath easier - at least for four more months. On Friday, President Obama signed a law extending unemployment compensation benefits so that eligible jobless Ohioans may receive up to an additional 20 weeks of benefits.
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Berlin and Milan Elementary students sang and played patriotic songs this morning in honor of Veterans Day. "The Star Spangled Banner," "My Flag," "Put Your Hand on Your Heart," "In the Heart of America" and "We the People" were among the singing selections. Meanwhile, the fifth-grade students played "Yankee Doodle" with their flute-o-phones and pre-schoolers performed patriotic music on hand bells. Student council members as well as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts presented flags. The guest speaker and presents was Michael Peacock of the Warrant Officer Training Division from Ft. Eustis, Va.
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Tuesday's Huron County commissioners' meeting was action-packed. First, the board voted 2-1 to supplement the jail budget with funds that were originally earmarked for the health insurance appropriation, but due to the insurance holiday in October, able to be transferred to the jail. Commissioner Larry Silcox voted "no."
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
The search continues for former Sandusky resident David "Jody" L. Kromer, 56, in connection with the kidnapping and murder of his ex-live-in girlfriend. The body of Carla P. Westhofen, 58, was found in a rolled-up carpet Saturday in Fairview Township in rural Erie, Pa. The wooded area is just across the Ohio- Pennsylvania state line. Erie County, Pa. Coroner Lyell Cook has ruled the Huron Township woman died of blunt trauma and/or penetrating trauma to the head.
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY Recipient of nearly two dozen Big E Awards for excellence in live entertainment, Cedar Point is searching for talented entertainers and technicians to fill more than 100 positions in the park's Live Entertainment Division for the 2010 summer season. Representatives from the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort will be holding open auditions and interviews in Bowling Green from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 in Room 400 on the Fourth Floor of University Hall at Bowling Green State University. Positions that are available include: performers (singers, dancers, singers/dancers and singers/musicians), musicians (electric guitars, bass guitars, keyboards and drummer/percussionists), technicians (stage managers, sound and light technicians, stage crews, ushers, costume shop personnel and dressers), Peanuts characters (costumed characters and escorts) and karaoke hosts and DJs. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by May 2010 to audition. Each audition piece should be limited to 16 to 32 bars. Applicants should select music that is upbeat and illustrates their personality and ability to interact with audience members. A CD player and piano will be available, but other instruments and amplifiers will not be provided. Interested applicants should bring a one-page resume with references to the audition. Reporting dates run from late April to early September.
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Things became a tad contentious at this morning's Huron County Commissioners' meeting.
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE The Monroeville Elementary PTO will hold it's monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. today in the school library. The PTO bylaws will be reviewed and voted on at this meeting.
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
SHILOH "Wings, Rings and Things" will be on the menu at American Legion Post 503, Shiloh from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday. The meal is open to the public and is being sponsored by Sons of the American Legion Squadron 503.
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com GREENWICH It's not often that someone has a book published and selected for the Buckeye Book Fair, but Greenwich resident Connie Oney can boast just that. Oney's "Cultivation of a Lifestyle," which showcases a farm family at work, is available for purchase in bookstores and from the publisher. "It tells the story of the farm lifestyle but it could be the lifestyle of any small business and how they're trying to survive in these times," said Oney, who lives on a farm and whose husband, Gerald, is a farmer.