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.
11:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
"I must admit, the sight of fairground fireworks blasting rainbows into our night sky gave me my usual patriotic thrill," expounded the historian. "Conditions were excellent. They brought back memories of nighttime brilliant flashes and loud blasts from the 8-inch howitzers I served with in the Land of the Morning Calm." "As far as I could tell, violations of our apparently unenforced town fireworks laws may have taken out only one garage. There were no stories about civilian injuries. Some violators are not hard to locate. You can see where they came from by their fiery aerial trail," argued McBeanne.
11:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
When I'm researching a topic, I frequently find interesting (to me, anyway) little stories which can't be stretched to make an entire column. They're too good to ignore, so I'll throw a few of them together this week in a potpourri of vignettes. It has always been considered that Ralph Cole and Paul Wilber were the pioneer aviators in Huron County in that they each built and flew an airplane about 1912. What a surprise when I spotted a newspaper headline from August of 1910 proclaiming that Howard Markt and William Erb had made several successful flights at the "Milan Street base ball grounds". This is the area where the VFW folks now maintain ball diamonds.
11:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man was sentenced Thursday to one year in prison for trafficking in oxycodone. Eugene F. Wilson, 43, of 46 Glover Ave., pleaded guilty May 20 to the controlled drug purchase. In exchange, the state agreed to dismiss two similar counts. "Oxycodone is pretty powerful. A lot of time it's used for pain medication ... and cancer patients," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said.
11:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
"Railroad iron is a magician's rod, in its power to evoke the sleeping energies of land and water." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson A story related to me many years ago told of speculation about safety in the early days of rail travel. The experts at the time cautioned that passengers could not withstand speeds in excess of 35 mph and that their hearts would stop beating when the train reached those excessive speeds.
11:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD Willard City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday in council chambers in city hall.
11:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
When a child tells Gina Detate he or she enjoyed a book she suggested and requests another title, she said it feels good it makes her feel like she's done something important. Detate, the new Norwalk Public Library full-time children's librarian, has been suggesting books for young people for about four years. During that time, she worked at 14 of the 15 branches of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Detate, 27, has served as a clerk, children's librarian and teen librarian.
11:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
MIAMI (MCT) - A 14-year-old girl on a shore stop during a weeklong Carnival cruise was shot to death Monday in the U.S. Virgin Islands as she toured St. Thomas in a tour bus with her family, authorities said. Police and island tourism officials on Tuesday afternoon announced an arrest in the shooting and said the incident was isolated and the islands remain a safe destination for tourists.
11:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
An 18-year-old Willard burglar was credited with serving 75 days in jail when he was sentenced Tuesday. Sean M. Picklesimer, of 208 Rae Court, Apt. 19, was fined $250 and ordered to pay about $930 in restitution to the rural Willard victim. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway also prohibited him from having any contact with his two co-defendants, the male victim and from entering or being on the man's premises.
11:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two Norwalk men are accused of brutally assaulting a 34-year-old local man early Thursday morning. One suspect, Corey T. Foster, 25, of 63 Cline St., reported the victim tried to kick in his door, Norwalk Law Director Stuart O'Hara said. The victim was led away by some of his friends. Foster and the second suspect, Concepcion Hernandez Jr., 21, of 230 Plymouth St., Plymouth, came out of Foster's residence respectively armed with a baseball bat and an undisclosed weapon and are accused of assaulting the victim, O'Hara said.
11:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
Drug trafficking defendant Shane A. Signs said he wasn't making any excuses for what he did. "I know I made a mistake. ... It won't happen again," he said during Tuesday's sentencing hearing.
11:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's good to be home. We spent a long weekend in Chicago and a night in Indiana for a little R&R to celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary.
11:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
As the days turn into weeks and the weeks into months, still no agreement has been reached between the city of Norwalk and Huron County regarding solid waste. Norwalk, being the largest municipality in the county, needs to sign off on the agreement before it can be ratified. Norwalk officials have said they want lower tipping fees at the county transfer station and have also questioned how air-tight the county's position on flow control really is. Flow control means all garbage within the county is processed at the county transfer station.
11:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
The seventh annual Norwalk area Garden Tour will be held on Saturday, July 24. The event is being co-sponsored by the Huron County Master Gardeners and the Firelands Historical Society, with the proceeds benefiting the Firelands Historical Society. This self-guided tour features six gardens, all unique and inviting.
11:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
By Rick Armon- The Akron Beacon Journal (MCT) When Kimberly Wilson lost her job as a production worker this year, she found herself on the hunt for new employment at the worst possible time.