5:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLARKSFIELD - James Leighty is not a city planner, but he might as well be. The number of cities the Clarksfield man has drawn are enough to fill a large state or a small to mid-size country. Leighty's canvass: newspaper.
5:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County commissioners decided today to close county offices each week at noon Friday, effectively changing the work week from 40 to 36 hours. This change will begin on Sept. 4.
5:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
jcenters@norwalkreflector.com COLUMBUS If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Cleveland Indians fans have been complaining (what's new?) lately because of the team on the field. After the front office's trading frenzy earlier this year, the team on the field looks more like a Triple A club. So why pay Major League prices to see a Triple A team?
5:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
We approached the pay booth at the South Rim entrance to the Grand Canyon with a moderate degree of enthusiasm. Yes, we wanted to go there we'd never seen it before. But it was one more stop on a 2,000-plus-mile, arduous drive from Norwalk to Los Angeles. Years ago, I wrote about our family's road trip from Norwalk to Oregon with four little ones at that time, my youngest celebrated his fifth birthday in Portland and my oldest was 11.
5:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Preschoolers are starting classes for the first time, ninth graders are beginning high school and college freshmen are launching a new chapter in their lives. This is also a time of change for Jack Jump, director of the environmental division for the Huron County General Health District. But while many students are marking a beginning, Friday will mark an end for Jump.
5:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) has returned to Norwalk. The program offers grants to residents who qualify for a variety of home issues, such as repairs, rehabilitation and emergency housing assistance. It is administered through WSOS. Those interested in applying should contact city hall at (419) 663-6700.
5:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
A couple of new additions to Reflector online that warrant your attention: The first is Reflector Roundtable. Joe Centers, Don Hohler, Mike Greco, Matt Roche and Scott Seitz, spend about 25 minutes sitting around the table in my office (the only round table we have), talking about high school football.
5:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County commissioners decided today to close county offices each week at noon Friday, effectively changing the work week from 40 to 36 hours. Read more here.
5:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
League Elementary teacher Robyn Rogers stopped into new principal Corey Ream's office Tuesday, the first day of school. Her password to log in to a computer system had expired and she needed Ream's help.
5:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County continues its slide, and that's a good thing. For the first time this year, Huron County's unemployment rate dipped below 15 percent.
5:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - Four American soldiers have been charged with cruelty and maltreatment of an 19-year-old soldier from Plymouth, Ohio, who committed suicide after being in Iraq for 10 days, the U.S. military told NBC News today. The four Multi-National Division-South soldiers are accused of hazing Private Keiffer P. Wilhelm of Plymouth. They abused Wilhelm with excessive physical fitness, said Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, a military spokesman.
5:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
A special prosecutor has been assigned to pursue the domestic violence case against Willard Police Officer Joshua M. Dorsey. R. Lee Shepherd, of Shelby, will represent the state after Willard Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel filed a motion Tuesday in Norwalk Municipal Court. The defendant, Dorsey, 27, of 127 Crestwood Drive, is represented by defense attorney Richard Hauser.
5:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk City Schools didn't just get named an "excellent' school district; the state gave the school system marks for being "excellent with distinction.' (The link to dowload the report appears below.) Superintendent Dennis Doughty, who took over Aug. 1, called today "a very proud day in the district.'
5:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
It appears Norwalk city council has got its hands full with this one. Residents were out in full-force at Tuesday night's work session, expressing their opinions on proposed soccer fields on the city's north side. The fields would be located on 22 acres in the Old State Road/Gallup Avenue area. The actual ingress-egress would be on to Old State Road.
5:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
The 9-12 Project (Norwalk group) has secured a bus to transport participants to the tea party March Sept. 12 in Washington DC. More info about the march itself can be found at http://912dc.org/ Cost of the trip is $80 per person and must be paid by Friday. The bus leaves from Norwalk High School at 10:30 p.m. Sept. 11 and will return after the Saturday event. For more information, contact Bill Lund at (419) 668-6393 to reserve your spot.
5:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Thieves and break-in culprits are at it again. On Tuesday morning, Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Annette McLaughlin interviewed a Peru Center Road victim who lives north of Stueben. She's also investigated a lawnmower theft from a locked garage between North Fairfield and Greenwich.
5:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County's elected officials received a good dose of budget reality Tuesday morning. Elected officials gathered at the administration building to brainstorm about the budget.
5:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Goodguys 8th DuPont Blue Suede Cruise takes fans back in time this weekend as nostalgia takes center stage at Summit Motorsports Park. The racetrack will be transformed into an automobile lover's paradise, with two events in one. A giant car show featuring 2,000 hot rods, customs and classic cars through 1972 vintage will fill the west side of the park while hundreds of vintage drag racers will fill the east side pits. Event features include a giant car show, a full scale vintage drag race with eleven eliminator classes, an automotive swap meet, vendor midway and a special match race between Rich Guasco's "Pure Hell" and Dave Hough's "Nanook" two of history's most famous Fuel Altereds! The Blue Suede Cruise is the 14th of 22 annual hot rod and custom car events promoted and produced by the northern California based Goodguys Rod & Custom Association. The event runs Friday through Sunday. It wraps up Sunday with the event awards ceremony as well as the final drag strip elimination runs. Final eliminations begin at 10 a.m. in all classes. The car show awards ceremony takes place on the drag strip starting line at 2:22 p.m.
5:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ten volunteers trained Monday to be a part of the Huron County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), which is seeking local volunteers to help during emergencies. Formed locally in 2006, the MRC is funded by a capacity building award grant through the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Naccho.org describes MRC as "a community-based, civilian volunteer program that helps build the public health infrastructure of communities nationwide."
5:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS The state Highway Patrol released statistics today that illustrate during 2006 to 2008 speed was a factor in 58 percent of the crashes that were caused by juvenile drivers. During this three-year period, juvenile drivers were at fault in 61,784 traffic crashes, resulting in 27,838 injuries and 212 deaths on Ohio roadways. Troopers issued 34,921 citations to juvenile drivers over the three-year period. Of these citations, 1,199 were in Clermont County and 1,144 in Stark County. Rounding out the top five counties were Portage with 887 citations, Fairfield with 879 and Scioto with 874. Through July of this year, there were 8,018 crashes caused by juvenile drivers, resulting in 2,315 injuries and 16 deaths. During this time troopers have issued 5,133 citations to teen drivers, with 18 percent being for driving 20 mph or more over the posted speed limit.
5:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Gibbs Road between Sand Road and Laylin Road, will be closed Friday so workers can replace a culvert. The section of road will re-open at 5 p.m. Friday.