11:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
INDEPENDENCE - Pezamania 20 will invade the Holiday Inn in Independence on the weekend of July 15 to 17. And if you're at all familiar with American pop culture, chances are you've at least heard of Pez candy and dispensers.
11:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com MONROEVILLE Monroeville High School graduate Brad Fuller's 6-year-old daughter, Maggie, gets excited whenever she sees the board game "Pressure Point" in a store. Her father invented the game. Fuller, a 1997 Monroeville and EHOVE graduate, thought up the idea for the game, which is available from various Web sites, including the publisher's, in less than a day. It is intended for ages 13 and up and retails for $19.95.
11:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
By simply buying yourself and your family dinner Saturday, you have the chance to help subsidize someone's participation in an addiction program. The Huron County based Starfish Project, which raises money for such a purpose, will hold a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Norwalk Eagles, 151 Cline St.
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohioans want Thomas A. Edison to join the state's existing statue of President James Garfield in the National Statuary Hall in Washington D.C. Representatives from The Ohio Historical Society said today that Edison was the top vote-getter in a campaign to replace the statue of the late Gov. William Allen. Lawmakers felt Allen's racial views don't represent Ohio well.
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County commissioners were all smiles Thursday when talking about the Department of Job and Family Services. The board officially approved a new three-year contract with the bargaining employees and also approved some changes with the non-bargaining units. Some of the contract highlights include a wage freeze for the first year, with the chance to re-open that issue after a year.
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
GREENWICH - A truck driver was injured after causing a 10-vehicle accident in a work zone Thursday morning. A tractor-trailer heading north on Ohio 13 failed to stop for nine vehicles stopped for a road-paving construction zone and hit the rear of the last car, said troopers with the Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol. The accident happened about 11:50 a.m. south of U.S. 224 just north of the Huron-Richland county line.
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
As the saying goes, there are two things people don't like to watch being made: laws and sausage. Ohio voters will be spared both this year, as a national animal rights group and the Ohio Farm Bureau reached an agreement Wednesday that will avoid a face-off and keep a ballot issue on livestock care off the November ballot.
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
NORTH FAIRFIELD - Jim Obermiller wants his 17-year-old daughter home so bad he can taste it. However, the North Fairfield man also said he isn't "too disappointed" that Abbi will remain in detention "for the lesson learned."
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
I've been monitoring television news programs a little more closely than usual. Recently I read an article by Jay Rosen, a famous journalism professor/critic at NYU, who gave examples of how the TV newsfolk determine what is acceptable opinion by excluding opposing opinions from televised discussions. A couple of good examples were the run-up to the war in Iraq and the more recent healthcare debate. Someone, it seems, in late 2002 and early 2003 had made the determination that an invasion and occupation of Iraq was the right policy for America. Almost immediately, any dissenting opinions were marginalized, kept off the air, and ridiculed by pundits, if they were mentioned at all. This despite the fact that a sizable portion of the population had doubts about the "evidence" of Iraq having weapons of mass destruction. The rare few who gave air time to people holding such opinions like Phil Donahue, in short order found themselves looking for work. And this wasn't just right-leaning Fox News, but all the networks liberal-leaning MSNBC included. Newspaper and magazine columnists who supported the invasion wholeheartedly like Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, Jeffrey Goldberg of The New Republic (then of the New Yorker), and Jonathan Alter of Newsweek, have seen their careers and influence flourish while those who expressed doubts (and were proved right), like Robert Scheer, of the Los Angeles Times, had their employment terminated and were basically ignored in the debate.
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
The hours are lousy. The conditions usually aren't much better. And the pay? Forget about it. The life of a volunteer firefighter isn't very glamorous. But the satisfaction of a job well done is what it is all about. And for members of the Wakeman Fire District, the satisfaction level went through the roof last week.
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
The 74th edition of the Carson & Barnes Circus is coming to the Huron County Fairgrounds on July 20. Show times will be 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. with ticket prices at $7 for both adults and children. Penelope was in town Friday morning to meet with Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch and invite her to participate in the circus.
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the Senate prepares to vote on the American Jobs Act, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) discussed provisions that will help small businesses expand and hire workers. The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010 (Extenders Bill) would provide critical tax cuts and support for American workers through the end of this year.
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - Even as employers have resumed slowly hiring this year, a disturbing trend pulls in the opposite direction, as the number of Americans who've been jobless for half a year or more continues to reach new records. Throughout last year, when unemployment averaged 9.3 percent, the long-term jobless averaged 31.5 percent as a percentage of all unemployed.
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
A fire destroyed a garage and a boat early Saturday evening in Norwalk. (NOTE - To see more photos of the fire, click here.)
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - When Congress returns Monday from a 10-day break, it will struggle to try to meet an impatient public's demands for it to fund, among other things, an extension of unemployment benefits that have expired, summer jobs for at-risk youth and fair fees for doctors who treat Medicare patients. The list of things that desperately need fresh funding also includes the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and help for strapped state budgets.
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has begun notifying Ohioans whose unemployment compensation benefits may be ending soon because of recent federal eligibility deadlines. Without a federal extension, Ohioans who exhaust their regular state benefits after May 22, will not be eligible for Extended Unemployment Compensation (EUC). Any individual who exhausts his or her current tier of EUC after May 29 will not be eligible for the next tier.
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Following days of he-said-she-said about their breakup, Jake Pavelka and ex-fiancee Vienna Girardi of the most recent edition of "The Bachelor" met Thursday for the first time after their volatile breakup, to tape a segment for the July 5 premiere of ABC's sister show "The Bachelorette" and the two angrily erupted at each other. After arriving separately at an undisclosed location, Us magazine reports, Girardi would not let Pavelka speak, continually cutting him off to a point that he stood up to demand, "Will you just let me finish?"
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
VENICE, La. (MCT) - Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill was reported for the first time on the beaches of Texas as high seas and stormy weather on Monday plagued new cleanup plans in the Gulf of Mexico, including the test deployment of a 1,100-foot "super-skimmer" ship. The weather prevented skimming operations for the eighth consecutive day off the coasts of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Along the Louisiana coast, a storm system made landfall Monday afternoon, bringing thunderstorms and grounding skimmers operating close to shore.
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOLEDO (MCT) - The Toledo Zoo's elephant manager remained hospitalized overnight with broken ribs and an injured wrist suffered in an attack Thursday afternoon by Louie, the zoo's 7-year-old African elephant who had been cared for all his life by manager Don Redfox. Redfox, 53, who lives in Swanton Township, was in the University of Toledo Medical Center, formerly the Medical College of Ohio, where he was taken by ambulance. The hospital confirmed his presence but did not release his condition. The zoo's deputy director, Ron Fricke, said Redfox was stable and his injuries were not life-threatening.
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - More than a year after Congress passed the economic stimulus package, President Barack Obama announced that $795 million of that money will go toward expanding Internet access across the country to provide jobs and improve communication. Obama's plan, announced Friday, will allocate more than $1 billion for installing broadband Internet across the country.
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County commissioners entertained a number of special guests at their meeting Thursday, including Sheriff Dane Howard, who is requesting a digital portable radio system. Howard said the current portable radio equipment the deputies use puts them in danger in the southern half of the county due to dead zones and other low-reception areas. "This could cause delays in support, which is dangerous," Howard said. "Our portables are old and not effective. It's time for change for the safety of these men and women."