9:38 PM Jul 25, 2010
A woman has been charged after authorities found a slew of dead and neglected animals at her rural New London home. There were 25 dogs outside and 17 inside, along with numerous cats, hamsters and birds when three Huron County Humane Society investigators and two deputy dog wardens went to the home at 1056 Ohio 60 on Feb. 19.
9:38 PM Jul 25, 2010
Kindergarteners can be a tough audience, but a Norwalk dentist and his assistant managed to teach a good lesson, talk with the children and pass out goody bags in just about 15 minutes recently. The success of the visit was due to both the work of Dr. Adam Sommers and dental assistant Cindy Hahn and that of Donnelle Orzech, a kindergarten teacher at Pleasant Elementary for four years.
9:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
It's a message students repeatedly hear from educators academics come before athletics, not the other way around. Pleasant Elementary School students recently heard it from student athletes themselves. Principal Janice Smith invited Norwalk High School basketball players to encourage students to stay in school and put academics first.
9:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
Technology created a temporary blip, but students from Maplehurst Elementary School shared a long-distance learning lesson with students from West Memorial Elementary in Katy, Texas on Monday. As part of Read Across the Planet, Wilma Jean Lang's and Emily Stoll's fourth grade class waited expectantly to be connected to the Texas class. The Norwalk students were all wearing Maplehurst Elementary T-shirts, thanks to the parent-teacher organization.
9:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
St. Paul High School students (from left) Melissa Kijowski, Michael Kaple and Jolynn Thomas, rehearse for the upcoming musical, "Crazy For You'. Performances will be at the Convocation Center March 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and March 9 at 3:30 p.m. Limited tickets are still available.
9:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
HIGHWAY PATROL n Kenneth D. Smith, 57, of Tucson, Ariz., was charged with failure to control Monday after he went off the right side of U.S. 224 and hit a utility pole and ditch. The tractor-trailer overturned onto its right side. Smith wasn't injured.
9:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
This week is Ohio 4-H Week (March 3 to 9). In celebration of the week, we would like to acknowledge all of the people who support 4-H and the youth of Huron County. There are 1,040 4-H members in Huron County. 4-H's motto is "to make the best better.' We feel that is just what 4-H does . . . making the youth of Huron County better! Our county extension office offers a wonderful opportunity for the youth of our county to learn, grow, and succeed. 4-H helps children learn leadership, citizenship, and life skills. 4-H is a balance among 4-H project work, involvement in the 4-H club, participation in county 4-H activities and events, and most importantly working towards one's personal growth.
9:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
The sport of basketball was hardly a decade old when it made its appearance in Norwalk in 1900. Just three years later it was part of the athletic program at Norwalk High and has continued thus for more than an century. NHS had had a good football team in the 1916 season, and several people were inspired to have as good a basketball team. There was no faculty member designated to coach the team, so John H. Coxe volunteered. He had played college basketball in Connecticut and was remembered as "a strict disciplinarian and a good coach.' His volunteering carried over into the 1917 season and we'll soon learn the results.
9:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
When Tilmon "Tim" Brown walked into an office at New Horizons Baking Company in Norwalk, he thought he was entering a product scoring session. He didn't expect to find Moondog, the Cleveland Cavaliers' mascot, throwing confetti...or the Cavalier Girls holding a sign proclaiming him a winner. But, that's what Brown discovered as he entered an office recently at New Horizons. Brown, the company's president and chief executive officer, won a trip for two to a Cavaliers away game on the team airplane. Brown won through an online ticket season renewal contest that began Feb. 11 and runs through March 21. Season ticket holders who renew by the weekly deadline become eligible to be entered into that week's drawing.
9:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
Huron counties roads were in pretty good shape this morning, said Engineer Joe Kovach, thanks to a 24-hour plowing schedule in his office. "We've got our day shift out and the night shift worked all night," Kovach said. "Right now it's more plowing than salting," which helps out with a diminishing supply of road salt, he added.
9:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk native Chris Smith has taken both the values and the construction skills he learned growing up in Norwalk to three states to help others by building homes through Habitat For Humanity. Smith, 22 and a 2003 graduate of St. Paul High School, is the son of Mark and Ellen Smith, owners of Premiere Construction in Norwalk. The younger Smith, now a senior at The Ohio State University, learned carpentry and construction at his father's side and he's also chosen construction for his career. When friends at college suggested he try out the university's alternative breaks program, which sends students to several states and also other countries for humanitarian efforts for many programs over school breaks, Smith decided to try the program.
9:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
The "Beauty and the Beast" pancake breakfast scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday has been postponed due to the weather. The breakfast, during which people can meet the characters, is now set for 9 to 11:30 a.m. March 15 in the Norwalk High School cafeteria.
9:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
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9:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
COLLINS - Mark Gagyi was officially hired as interim superintendent at Western Reserve Wednesday in a special board of education meeting. Gagyi replaces Doug Solet, who was suspended without pay and benefits last week because of sexual harassment allegations. Gagyi will receive $286 a day.
9:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
Kids and kids at heart are invited to meet their favorite characters from "Beauty and the Beast" at the Norwalk High School cafeteria. Norwalk High School students will hold a pancake breakfast with all the characters present from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The event's purpose is to raise money for the school's upcoming stage production of "Beauty and the Beast."
9:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
Huron County hasn't issued snow emergency level warnings in about 17 years, but did for five years before that. Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Bill Ommert said authorities stopped the practice because "employees and employers used it against the county." He elaborated, saying people couldn't get to work if the county issued a level three warning and they would need documentation or telephone call saying that.
9:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
SHELBY - Voters in eight counties rejected a 1-mill permanent improvement levy by a resounding margin Tuesday for the Pioneer Career and Technology Center. The levy failed by more than 1,000 votes in Richland County and 750 in Morrow County, according to information in the Mansfield News Journal. The unofficial results in Huron County had the levy losing 1,212 to 1,026.
9:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
Anita Shrewsbury doesn't know how much longer her Sugar will live. So she wanted to create a nice memory by securing a victory for the black and white cat in the Huron County Cutest Pet Photo Contest. The top 10 winners will be featured in the 2009 Huron County Humane Society calendar available in the fall.
9:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
Larry Silcox credits both his previous experience as county commissioner and the active role he's played in the area for 20 years as reasons for his primary victory Tuesday. Silcox earned 1,725 votes in the Republican primary for the commissioner seat now held by Ralph Fegley, who chose not to run for re-election. Silcox will face Democrat Sharon Ward in November. Chuck Furey received 1,349 votes Tuesday and Jim Ewell garnered 1,017 votes in the primary. This was the first time either man had run for a county office and voters may see one of those names again.
9:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk native Chris Smith has taken both the values and construction skills he learned growing up in Norwalk to three states to help others by building homes through Habitat For Humanity. Smith, 22, and a 2003 graduate of St. Paul High School, is the son of Mark and Ellen Smith, owners of Premiere Construction in Norwalk. The younger Smith, now a senior at The Ohio State University, learned carpentry and construction at his father's side and he's also chosen construction business for his career.
9:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
The weather caused a few problems Tuesday night, but returns from 13,293 county voters made it to the board of elections by 10:30 p.m. Polls closed at 7:30 p.m., but poll workers outside of the city had trouble getting results to Norwalk because of the sleet that made roads icy and had collected on cars sitting since 5:30 a.m. when the workers started at the polls. "This is nuts," Sharon Locke, director of the board, said in the midst of sending out teams to collect polling data about 9 p.m. Tuesday. She had to send out teams of one Republican and one Democrat to meet poll workers from outlying precincts to relay the data into the office to be counted.