12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Dane Howard garnered nearly twice as many votes as his opponent, Jamey Bracken, in the race for Huron County sheriff, according to an unscientific online poll conducted by the Norwalk Reflector. The Reflector asked readers who gets their vote for sheriff, and 662 responded by choosing Howard, a Democrat and detective sergeant in the sheriff's office. Bracken, a Republican and captain in the sheriff's office, earned 328 votes. An additional 86 respondents selected the third option: "None I won't cast a vote in this race." While Howard may have prevailed in the online poll, the real winner in the race won't be declared until after the Nov. 4 general election.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
OCT. 7, 1933 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 75 years ago: G.H. Moehlman dance license heard today The controversy over the question of issuing a dance hall permit to G.H. Moehlman, proprietor of The Mansion, received a thorough airing when an action of mandamus filed by Moehlman came up before Judge Irving Carpenter in common pleas court this morning.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Here is a transcript of what Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said to defendant George E. Bivens during his sentence hearing Wednesday for trafficking in heroin: In looking at the factors considered in felony cases, the court finds that there are no factors that make this case either more or less serious than others similarly situated. As far as recidivism being more likely, the court would note that the defendant does have an extensive juvenile and adult criminal history. The defendant has not responded favorable to sanctions previously imposed as indicated by the numerous probation violations that he has had.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Clyde Hartley ignited Western Reserve's second-half comeback, rejuvenated the comeback, and then climaxed it with a conversion run for the winning points in a 29-28 win over Monroeville. The win was the second one-point victory in a row for the Roughriders, and one of many come-from-behind wins this season.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Dennis Stieber told fellow Democrats Thursday the Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton primary rivalry was good for the party. "I think if anything, it brought our party together," said Stieber, who served as master of ceremonies Thursday at the party's fall banquet at the Eagles Hall. "It shows our diversity and broad depth. I don't think it divided us. I think it brought us together."
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com While area residents are waiting to see what happens at Norwalk Custom Order Furniture, customers across the nation are waiting for deliveries. Barbara McNeil, of Las Vegas, Nev., ordered two 84-inch sofas on July 4 and gave her son her old couch because she expected delivery in the first part of August. She's still waiting. McNeil ordered the sofas through a Norwalk The Furniture Idea store in Las Vegas. She's been getting the run-around from her local store since Norwalk Furniture first suspended operations in July and finally started reading the Norwalk Reflector on-line to get information about the company.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
How safe are school children in Huron County with 98 registered sex offenders, many specifically convicted of crimes against children, living in the county? A concerned reader called the Reflector to report that at least one bus from Norwalk City Schools with elementary-aged children lets children off very close to a sex offender's house each day. "Parents should be told," the reader said.
12:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
There's little question that Lake Erie is the Walleye Capital of the World. And I'd bet that if anybody did some careful checking, it might rank high in the U.S. for perch, smallmouth bass, channel cats, white bass and other hard fighting fish. But largemouth bass? Not likely. Largemouth bass belong in farm ponds and lakes from Charles Mill to Pymatuning and Delaware, not Lake Erie. Which is why so many anglers have been surprised to pick up occasional largemouths while seeking other species.
12:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com A former commissioner faces off against a financial planner in one county commissioner race and both agree the budget will be their main concern. Larry Silcox, 62, and Sharon Ward, 67, both know they will have to trim the county budget if they win the seat. Silcox served part of one term as county commissioner before resigning to help care for his son, who was facing a serious illness at the time. He said that experience makes him the best fit for the job. "I have the experience in dealing with other counties, townships and cities on issues the commissioners have handled in the past," he said.
12:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Joyce Garcia is perplexed. She doesn't understand why her 37-year-old son, George E. Bivens, received an 11-month prison sentence Wednesday for trafficking in heroin when he had been in a rehabilitation center to treat his addiction. Garcia said her son has received certificates complimenting him on his success and was advising youngsters not to take drugs.
12:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS - Kim Gerbracht's job has gone to the dogs and that's just the way she likes it. Gerbracht opened Big Dog Kennel in rural Berlin Heights four years ago after years of planning for her dream business. "Twenty years ago I lost my job due to a corporate merger and then worked in a boarding kennel for several years," she said. "I loved it and my goal became to some day own my own kennel."
12:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY Are you man coping with a cancer diagnosis and need some support? Cancer Services Executive Director Peg Miller said Men Against Cancer (M.A.C.) "isn't going to be like another support group." "It's going to be so much fun that men will find it hard to wait till the next meeting," Miller said. "This group is an opportunity for men coping with a cancer diagnosis, their family and friends to come together." M.A.C., which starts meeting Tuesday, will provide information and ideas how to cope with a cancer diagnosis.
12:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Students in advanced woodworking classes at Norwalk High School are making their own contribution to soldiers by hand-crafting wooden pens.
12:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
"Let's get back to work.' Jeff Todd summed up the attitude of many people filling out applications this morning for Norwalk Custom Order Furniture at Norwalk High School.
12:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
SHELBY - Norwalk picked up a big 25-13, 25-21, 25-13 Northern Ohio League win Thursday at Shelby. The Ladies in Blue improved to 12-8 overall, 10-2 in the league and are a match behind NOL-leading Tiffin Columbian.
12:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Willard Police Chief Joe Daniel doesn't believe any community "where drugs seem to find their presence" should be labeled a "drug town." He said it's just as unfair to call Columbus "the drug capital just because this seems to be the place where drug users find their supply." "It seems that nearly every community is experiencing drug abuse concerns. The Willard community is not unique in this area," the chief said.
12:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two highly-successful golf programs Norwalk St. Paul and Edison are trying to add to their success stories today when they play in district tournaments. St. Paul is at the Division III Stone Ridge in Bowling Green, while Edison works at Sycamore Springs in Arlington in D-II play.
12:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
Incumbent Huron County Commissioner Gary Bauer, a Republican, is facing an independent challenge from Jim Sitterly, who decided to run after for commissioner after a successful campaign to stop an increase in taxes voted on by the current commissioners. Sitterly's campaign foiled the proposed increase of the real estate conveyance fee and he said he will continue to fight against tax increases if elected.
12:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk teenager was sentenced Wednesday to up to six months in a form of prison focusing on education and substance abuse treatment for breaking into the former Huron County administration building. Nicholas L. Wright, 18, of 1 Manahan Ave., also was fined $500 as part of his five years of probation for the May 30 incident at 90 Benedict Ave. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker said the Norwalk Police Department had the abandoned building under surveillance for about three hours before arresting Wright and his accomplice, Jeremiah M. Meacham, when they surrendered on the roof.
12:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
We often forget that we live close to a legend in the academic world Oberlin College. Some people would answer that statement by pointing out everything "wrong" with that venerable institution, but when you study the history of any such institution you find some "bad" along with a great deal of "good." I didn't plan to write this because Oberlin College is 175-years-old this year, but so it is. Thirty-four students attended the first day of classes on Dec. 3, 1833. There were four departments preparatory, collegiate, theological and manual labor. It must also be remembered that the original 1832 discussions described a school open to both men and women an idea almost revolutionary in the early 19th century. I was both surprised and pleased several years ago when I found that one of my great-grandmothers had attended there for two terms in the 1860s before certifying as an elementary teacher.
12:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
NORTH FAIRFIELD The North Fairfield Volunteer Fire Dept. will hold its annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at American Legion Hall on Ohio 162 East. Price is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under 6.