12:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
I must be the most popular guy in the world. Don't believe me? Just look at my mailbox every day when I get home. I get mail from everybody these days. It used to be the credit card companies who loved me. But with the little trouble our bankers have been having lately, they have cooled down a bit.
12:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
The financing is in place and furniture is coming off the line. Norwalk Custom Order Furniture is in business. Company spokesman Tom Bleile was in Columbus Monday to finalize details for a $1.875 million loan from the state. The city of Norwalk has kicked in money from the revolving loan fund for equipment purchases. A new company has been launched.
12:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Marblehead man was charged Monday in connection with assaulting attorney George Ford during an Oct. 20 incident outside of the Huron County Courthouse. Robert L. Boyer, 65, faces a disorderly conduct charge, punishable by a $250 maximum fine. The defendant is accused of fighting or threatening to harm Ford, the public defender, by "violent or turbulent behavior," according to the complaint.
12:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND - The Wiggles brought their zany, high-energy act to Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center on Thursday, and I was among those in attendance. The Wiggles. Fruit salad. Yummy, yummy.
12:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND - The Wiggles brought their zany, high-energy act to Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center on Thursday, and I was among those in attendance. The Wiggles. Fruit salad. Yummy, yummy.
12:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
No bids were offered this morning for the old Norwalk Foundry, which sat vacant since the early 1990s before it was finally cleaned up. Owners of the property owe $88,400 in back taxes. The minimum bid for the property was $88,592 to include the taxes and court costs.
12:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Chris Kiley never thought of herself as a writer, but she's now a published author with a short story she wrote based on a personal experience with her grandmother. Her story is included in "A Cup of Comfort for Families Touched by Alzheimer's: Inspiring Stories of Unconditional Love and Support.'
12:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
The St. Paul football team has advanced to the postseason for the 12th time since 1995, including six straight. The Flyers, who wrapped up a 10-0 regular season Friday with a 56-14 win over Monroeville, grabbed the second seed in Division VI, Region 21 and will host East Canton at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Whitney Field.
12:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Even without big expenses, every homeowner can cut energy costs in many ways, according to two experts. Christopher Verich, outreach and education specialist for the Ohio Consumers' Council, and Chris Kozak, communications and community relations manager for Columbia Gas, both spoke at a recent meeting organized by Dale Sheppard, safety/service director for Norwalk.
12:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ed and Roxanne Walker were sound asleep at 1:30 a.m. on a recent Tuesday when a noise in or around their home made Ed sit up and exclaim: "What was that?" You or I would probably do that in response to even the tiniest noise on any night we might spend there because the Walkers share their residence with their business, Walker Funeral Home.
12:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com The old Norwalk Foundry, which sat vacant since the early 1990s before it was finally cleaned up, will be sold Monday at a sheriff's auction. "We are so excited," said Kathleen Schaffer, Huron County treasurer. "The delinquencies started shortly after it was closed and it just progressed from there." Owners of the property owe $88,400 in back taxes. The minimum bid for the property will be $88,592 to include the taxes and court costs. If the property sells for more than the minimum price, the overage will go to repay two liens against the property.
12:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
A management team from Norwalk Custom Order Furniture is now at a large show in High Pointe, N.C., as officials try to get their products back into stores. Dennis Camp, a local businessman who helped broker the deal for the company, said they have been taking orders for three weeks and permanent workers will be brought back as soon as they can get the equipment they need from the failed furniture company.
12:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - The theft case involving the president of the defunct Monroeville Parent Council accused of misappropriating funds remains up in the air. Tamera A. Kamann, 39, of 3120 Fern Road, Willard, is accused of writing several checks worth $500 to $800 on a $2,500 council loan and then using them for a vacation.
12:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
There's no prettier time of year than the next two weeks. Foliage is reaching full color with crisp nights and sunny days and soft, fluffy cumulus clouds floating across a blue sky. It's a good time to make a little trip, maybe combine fishing with some sightseeing and enjoy a new place far different from where you live. It would have to be close, just a modest drive away, and fairly inexpensive. Is there a place that would fill such a bill? Sure, the Bass Islands.
12:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
In doing research for these columns, I'm amazed at how much times and customs have changed and yet in some ways how things are much the same. A 1931 incident near Norwalk shows both sides of that statement. First, I will say that we are now accustomed to traveling on Lais Road between Plank Road and Shaw Mill Road north of Norwalk. However, 50 years ago that was an almost impassable, unpaved road with a bridge that could hardly be traversed on foot, let alone with a motor vehicle. There were just two buildings on the road the district school at the corner of Plank Road, and the farm at 961 Lais Road.
12:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man pleaded guilty Friday to felonious assault for unexpectedly stabbing a Vermilion man during a Casa Fiesta employees' meeting. Victor M. Macias-Aguirre, 40, formerly of 66 Cline St., immediately was sentenced to two years in prison. In exchange for the guilty plea, the state dismissed charges of attempted murder and felonious assault. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ordered Macias-Aguirre to pay $56,000 in restitution for the victim's medical bills.
12:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
Northern Ohio League Willard 28, Norwalk 13
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A Norwalk man pleaded guilty Friday to helping steal a plasma TV during a burglary this summer. Zachary J. Mesenburg, 25, of 95 Woodlawn Ave., will be sentenced Dec. 9 in Huron County Common Pleas Court. One of his accomplices, Kyle E. Smetzer Jr., 22, of 265 E. Main St., was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for his part in the crime. Smetzer helped a female move out of her rural Wakeman house and then returned June 25 with two accomplices, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said. The defendants opened the back window, he said, and stole a 50-inch plasma television set, which Smetzer "traded for crack cocaine."
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A Wakeman man is spending up to six months in a community-based corrections facility after a March 25 botched theft that caused two fires. William C. Stentz Jr., 29, of 2305 Ohio 60, was ordered to pay a total of $6,000 in restitution during Wednesday's hearing in Huron County Common Pleas Court. That includes nearly $1,600 for an arson investigation. "He was stealing gas and lit himself on fire," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
A 16-year-old Willard girl admitted to stealing her foster parents' car Friday in Huron County Juvenile Court. Judge Timothy Cardwell sentenced the girl to the Department of Youth Services for a sentence that could be for a minimum of six months or until her 21st birthday. The girl was convicted of theft of a motor vehicle for the Sept. 18 incident. She was arrested one week later in Kentucky and brought back to Huron County. The defendant remained in the Erie County Juvenile Detention Center until Friday's hearing.
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
I don't think anyone knows what it feels like to be a candidate for political office until you try it. You can imagine what it's like, but you don't really know.