9:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - It was common knowledge to everyone inside the Heileman Building at New London Recreation Park that a celebrity broadcaster was present New London native Robin Meade, anchor of CNN's Headline News' Morning Show. A future HLN anchor might have been in the room as well 13-year-old Colton Hendrick, a sixth-grader at New London Middle School. Meade and Hendrick met each other during a book signing fundraiser held for Meade's cousin, Myrtie Anderson, who is battling cancer.
9:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
Heather Ravenstein tried to save Wal-Mart some money Friday by foiling a shoplifter's plan to steal a $600 computer, but it cost her her job. "I'm a single mom, and I don't know what I'm going to do," says Ravenstein, who is 30.
9:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
Vandals have struck in the city of Norwalk. Joe Lindenberger, city recreation director, said this morning he was called to Jaycee Park at about 8:30 p.m. Monday after the men's restroom was destroyed. Police reported the urinal and toilet were completely ripped from the wall and smashed, while a trash can was also turned over.
9:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Monday is Memorial Day and area communities have planned parades and services to honor those who have given their lives for the country. In Norwalk, a parade line up will begin at 9 a.m. on Woodlawn Avenue and Water Street. The parade will proceed at 9:30 a.m. along Woodlawn Avenue to Woodlawn Cemetery. The Memorial Day program will be held directly following the parade at the cemetery. City offices will be closed Monday in celebration of Memorial Day. Trash pickup will be delayed one day.
9:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city council plus several audience members gave Diane Eschen a round of applause at Tuesday's meeting after Eschen delivered a super-detailed explanation of the city funds. Eschen, who has been with the city for nearly 40 years, explained it all, from every fund to every revenue source and expense.
9:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLLINS - Western Reserve High School will send another group of seniors out into the world at its 2 p.m. graduation ceremony Sunday. Profiles of the top students appear in today's issue.
9:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Willard City Schools is considering what action, if any, to take in the Melodie Adelman case after today's roughly 10 minute Loudermill hearing, school board attorney Michael J. Loughman said. Adelman, district cafeteria supervisor, has been on paid administrative leave since March 9 after allegations that she misused district money.
9:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Deanie Berry of Senior Enrichment Services said several people have asked her if a summer concert series is scheduled this year. The answer is yes, and organizers said they're excited to kick off this year's event on June 9 with the band SPLITT. It will run through the week of the Huron County Fair. The series will take place at Shelter 4 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday at Shelter 4, Veterans Memorial Lake Park.
9:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Next month the Norwalk Reflector will begin printing on the presses of the Sandusky Register. The last issue printing in Norwalk will be June 12. The Monday, June 14 issue and all others moving forward will be printed in Sandusky.
9:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Fifty-nine seniors will say good-bye to St. Paul High School at the 2 p.m. Sunday graduation ceremony at the church. Leading the class of 2010 will be valedictorian Amber Welfle.
9:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
PLYMOUTH - Plymouth High School's class of 2010 will graduate at 8 p.m. Friday and five top students will lead the way. Profiles of each of those five students appear in today's Reflector.
9:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Tragedy hit a rural Norwalk family when their 6-year-old daughter died suddenly Saturday morning. Katrina Cleavenger died of natural causes, Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood said. The coroner didn't have a cause of death as of press time and estimated it wouldn't be available for about a month.
9:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
This weekend we commemorate Memorial Day once again the time set aside after the Civil War to especially honor deceased veterans - those who fell on active duty, and those who returned from military service and have since passed away. We seldom give a thought, though, for those who kept the home fires burning. It was very naturally both necessary and patriotic to enlist in 1861 after President Lincoln declared war. However, the farms in those days needed much "manpower" to keep up with the work and produce crops for market and for home consumption. My grandmother often mentioned a Collins resident who didn't serve in the Union Army. Instead, he stayed home and ran his widowed mother's farm. His thought was this: "Why don't they do something for those of us who stayed home and kept things going?"
9:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
I read with sadness in Tuesday's Reflector that this newspaper will no longer be printed in Norwalk. Mind you, as the article points out, it won't really change the fact that this is our hometown Norwalk newspaper. It just means that the physical process of printing will be moved.
9:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Another reality TV star bit the dust on "Dancing With the Stars.' Jake Pavelka of "Bachelor' fame was booted from ABC's hit dance show Tuesday night, one week after Kate Gosselin's exit. After learning his fate, a teary-eyed Pavelka thanked fans for keeping him in competition for six weeks. He also thanked pro dance partner Chelsie Hightower, crediting her for helping him improve his dance skills and for being kind to his fiancee, Vienna Girardi - the 23-year-old Sanford, Fla. native whom he met on the "Bachelor.'
9:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - A 12-year-old Norwalk boy currently is in custody in connection with writing a "hit list' in which police said the Milan Elementary School student mentioned 15 pupils he intended to "kill, injure or let go.' The boy was charged with delinquency by inducing panic, a first-degree misdemeanor if committed by an adult.
9:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com In 2005, Senior Enrichment Services developed the Senior Ambassador program, which has grown to a membership of more than 20 Huron County residents. While the program offers the members fun and fellowship it also provides them the opportunity to give back to the community. Bill Kelley, of Willard, and his wife Jean heard about the Senior Enrichment Services group from their friends Bill and Betty Buckingham.
9:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - This was supposed to be the season for women on "American Idol.' Now heading into the top five, there is only one female singer remaining in the competition, Crystal Bowersox, after Siobhan Magnus, a 20-year-old glass blower from Cape Cod, Mass., was eliminated Wednesday night.
9:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - On a night when every performance mattered to the three remaining American Idol contestants, one singer owned the stage and the show's judges, and it wasn't Crystal Bowersox. Lee DeWyze, a 23-year-old paint store clerk from Mount Prospect, Ill., was lauded for his performances of "Simple Man,' by Lynyrd Skynyrd, and "Hallelujah,' by Leonard Cohen.
9:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - Breathe deep, northwest Ohio, and let the Crystal Bowersox celebrations begin. After the delayed announcement of her fate on American Idol until near the end of last night's show no doubt to boost the drama and sagging ratings Bowersox learned she was safely into the Top 3, along with fellow contestants Casey James and Lee DeWyze.
9:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Crystal Bowersox received praise tonight during Hollywood week on "American Idol.' The 24-year-old Ottawa County resident sang her version of Kenny Loggins' "I'm Alright' from "Caddyshack.'