7:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's greenhouse time at Pleasant Elementary. Principal Janice Smith and fourth-grade science teacher Tricia Selka shared their excitement about receiving a $3,700 science grant through Fisher-Titus Medical Center with the school board Wednesday. Smith said there will be Earth Day activities April 22 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the two greenhouses, purchased through eco-gardening.com, that day at 1:30 p.m.
7:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOKYO (MCT) - Honda Motor Co. said today in Asia that it is further expanding a massive recall of 2001 and 2002 models to include more than 900,000 vehicles worldwide, due to lingering concerns about malfunctioning airbags. Over a year ago, Honda announced a plan to recall fewer than 4,000 Accord and Civic models from model year 2001 in the U.S. to replace the driver's side airbag inflator. At the time, the company cited four instances where airbag deployments had ruptured airbag inflators.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's time to fight back. It's time for the American car companies to get up off the mat and get back on their feet. They've taken a number of punches and were almost down for the count. Now it's Toyota that's down. It's time for The Big 3 Chrysler, Ford and General Motors to take advantage of the situation. In January 2009, the government used $24.9 billion of the $700 billion bailout fund for the Big 3 auto companies:
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN The 49th Annual Milan Chamber of Commerce Appreciation Dinner and Awards Program took place on Tuesday. The program purpose was to celebrate the continued progress and success of the Milan community and to recognize those businesses and individuals that contribute toward making Milan a great place to live, raise your family and conduct business. This year, the chamber presented four major achievement awards for Outstanding Youth Service, Business of the Year, Organization of the Year and Citizen of the Year in recognition of their Outstanding Community Service. The Youth Service Award went to Edison High School graduate Zachary Rospert, 19. The award is intended to recognize an individual who demonstrates outstanding involvement in activities benefiting the youth in our community.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
By SHARI ROAN Los Angeles Times (MCT) After years of research, professional infighting and maneuvering from various interest groups, the nation's psychiatrists on Tuesday unveiled proposed changes to the manual used to diagnose and treat mental disorders around the world. The draft document, released by the American Psychiatric Association, for the first time calls for binge eating and gambling to be considered disorders, opening the way for insurance coverage of these problems. But it refrains from suggesting a formal diagnosis for obesity, Internet addiction or sex addiction, as some professionals had proposed.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
2009 was a financially stressful year for Huron County citizens and for our county offices. The area's high unemployment and poor economic conditions placed huge burdens on the families of our county. Foreclosures represented a record high, 34 percent, of the total new cases filed in the Common Pleas Court. Action on tax liens and garnishments also multiplied. Due to emergent county fiscal concerns, on September 1, 2009, the Court of Common Pleas and the Clerk of Courts office joined many other Huron County offices in closing at noon on Fridays. The Clerk of Courts, Susan Hazel, joined her staff in taking a voluntary reduction in salary. The conservative actions helped allow the county to finish 2009 with a better-than-expected year-end balance. As a cost-saving measure, the title staffing was again reduced at the end of August by not replacing a retiring employee. (A 30% reduction in staff within 3 years.) Despite cuts, the Title office continued to serve the public Monday through Friday 8:00 to 4:30 and 8:00 to noon on Saturdays. In order to improve efficiency, the Willard branch hours were shifted to Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-11 / noon to 4:30. Unchanged since 1993, legislated title fee adjustments went into effect the first of July. In a nation-wide comparison, ohio's same-day title service continues to provide outstanding service at an affordable cost. The needed fee adjustments enabled each of ohio's 88 counties to continue to have a self-sufficient title office.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard has downgraded the snow emergency to a Level 1. A Level 1 means that roadways (townships and county, mainly secondary) are hazardous with the possibility of blowing and drifting snow. Roads are icy, and drivers should use caution, if they chose to drive in these conditions, Howard said.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
At 2:45 p.m. today, Sheriff Dane Howard issued a Level 2 snow emergency for all of Huron County until further notice. He had issued a Level 1 around 10 a.m. today.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Bellevue man was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for his role in assaulting a 21-year-old mentally disabled man. Joseph M. Hebert, 19, of 120 Orchard St., and his accused accomplice, Andrew R. Ohler, 26, of 349 N. Buckeye St., Bellevue, reportedly beat the male victim who sustained a brain contusion, facial swelling and deep bruising, authorities said.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
NASHVILLE (MCT) - The National Tea Party Convention may go down as a seminal event in the tea party movement ... or maybe just a seminal event in former Alaska governor's Sarah Palin political future. Palin left Nashville the Belle of the Ball (if you missed her speech, it's on YouTube) at the National Tea Party Convention.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
Applause rang out at New Horizons Baking Company in Norwalk Monday and a humility-filled company CEO Tim Brown said he was "bubbling." The occasion: Gov. Ted Strickland had just announced the company will receive $1 million to install new efficient bake ovens expected to increase energy efficiency at the company by 25 percent and help to retain the 161 existing jobs.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man has been arrested in connection with having sexual conduct with a 13-year-old girl. Colonel G. Willis Jr., 49, of 55 State St., currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail on a charge of sexual battery. The third-degree felony is punishable by one to five years in prison and a $10,000 maximum fine.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
Weather permitting, Norwalk city council will consider new legislation regarding adult arcades at tonight's meeting. This new ordinance, sponsored by Councilman Tom Stoll, would place these skill-based amusement machine businesses in the B-4 zoning district.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County remains under a Level 2 snow emergency. Sheriff Dane Howard upgraded the level at 2:45 p.m. until further notice.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
We took our first ocean cruise in 1984 on a Royal Caribbean ship called Song of America. We were blown away. By the ship, the service, the entire experience.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Former Huron County Commissioner Ralph Fegley is far from retired. Lately, Fegley spends a great deal of his time investigating wind energy sources for northern Ohio, which includes developing alternative sources of energy. "This is fun," Fegley said. "Helping people make this happen.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Just where is the local and national economy headed? Some think manufacturing has come to an end while others say it will rebound. "I think we'll remain strong in the construction and manufacturing industries," said Ellen Heinz, Norwalk economic development director.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Huron County Commissioner Mike Adelman has been keeping a close eye on the proposed runway slated for the NASA-Plumbrook property in Perkins Township. Months back, local officials were excited at the prospect of that area being developed into a sort of airport, which would bring with it all kinds of commerce and ultimately jobs. Area officials have applied for a Tiger grant to help build the runway.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE No one was in a 2008 BMW when the Bellevue Fire Department responded to a car fire Friday. Firefighters found the engine compartment fully involved when responding the call made at 11:15 a.m. at the Bellevue Care Center, 1 Audrich Square. While the report doesn't list a damage estimate or the cause, the fire started in the driver's side of the engine compartment. "The owner (Matthew Mitchell of Nova) stated he had had mechanical problems with the vehicle," Lt. Tony Schaffer said. Firefighters disconnected the car battery and used an absorbent to clean up vehicle fluids.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com With the economy in a tailspin and people searching for answers, many still say education is the key. "Education is critical," said Ellen Heinz, Norwalk economic development director. "It's very important to find the right educational entity or group that is right for you," she added.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com If anything's for certain, it's that Ohio's future is uncertain. "Well, we passed the budget," said Terry Boose (R-Norwalk), 58th district representative. The 58th district covers Huron County and portions of Lorain and Seneca counties.