12:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
PLYMOUTH - "The Oprah Winfrey Show' and "Nightline' filmed segments in Richland County that aired Monday. Unfortunately, the footage had to do with the area's heroin problem and included interviews with a pregnant Plymouth woman who continues to use the drug.
12:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOLEDO Columbia Gas of Ohio announced the company will reduce the budget payment amount for most residential customers by about $30 per month, or by approximately 22 percent, effective with October bills. For the average residential customer who purchases their gas from Columbia, the monthly budget payment amount will drop from about $133 to about $103. This is the first time Columbia has adjusted budget payment amounts prior to the heating season. "People are concerned about the unsettled economy and worried about winter heating bills," Columbia President Jack Partridge said. "Anything we can do right now to provide some relief and stability is absolutely the right thing to do." Normally, a review of the budget payment amounts is done each March. But with the current economy and the fact that higher natural gas prices that existed last July, when the original budget amounts were set, have fallen dramatically since then, the company decided the pre-winter review was prudent. With the reduction, the average residential budget payment amount will be only about a dollar higher than it was last year. A small number of budget payment customers who do not purchase their gas from Columbia may not get a reduction, depending on their contract with their marketer. Customers will be notified about their budget adjustments through a message on their October bills.
12:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
ARLINGTON - The Edison girls' golf team is on a roll, one that has them headed for the state tournament Oct. 10 and 11 at The Ohio State University's Gray Golf Course in Columbus. Lisa Kelble's squad won the 15-team Division II district event Tuesday at Sycamore Springs Golf Club with a 369, becoming the first Lady Charger girls golf team to appear in a state tournament.
12:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
There is "Great Food For All" at Victory Baptist Church in Norwalk with no income requirements. However, there's a cost of between $15 to $30, depending on which box of food you want. From every box sale, $2 goes toward the church's food pantry. Church volunteers sell the food through Great Food For All, a faith-based, non-denominational company that provides food to anybody, without limits. The company distributes food through local distribution host sites monthly. In Victory Baptist's case, it is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. the third Saturday of each month. The "Basic Food Box" anchors the program. It is filled with enough food to help feed a family of four for about a week, or a single person for almost a month.
12:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Custom Order Furniture received a 55 percent, six-year state tax credit Monday for the 260 jobs the new company plans to keep in Huron County.
12:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
Upper Sandusky High School's football stadium will have a different look Friday night when the Rams host Norwalk in Northern Ohio League play. The Upper Sandusky school board, Rams Boosters and school athletic department combined forces and renovated the visitor and home bleaches, replacing the old wooden ones with aluminum and added "kickboards" leaving no more than a 4-inch gap.
12:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com The candidates for county treasurer come from opposite backgrounds Kathleen Schaffer has spent her working career in county government and Bill Alford has spent his in private banking. Schaffer, the current Huron County treasurer, said her 15 years of working for three different county offices make her want to continue her career serving her neighbors. "I was offered a job from Connie Hipp when she was the recorder, then moved to the board of elections," Schaffer said.
12:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk teenager pleaded guilty Monday to a scuffle with Whittlesey Avenue business employee after a shoplifting incident last month. Kenneth Langford, 18, of 22 State St., will be on house arrest until Oct. 6 when he is scheduled to report to the Huron County Jail to serve a 17-day sentence. Cardwell suspended 150 days of a 180-day sentence for attempted robbery and theft and credited him with serving 13 days in the Sandusky County Juvenile Detention Center.
12:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
ADAMS TOWNSHIP - A Bellevue man was killed in a two-vehicle accident that occurred Monday night at the intersection of County Road 21 and County Road 34 in Seneca County's Adams Township. Michael W. Black, 42, of Bellevue, was westbound on County Road 34 in a 1990 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight at 7:45 p.m. when he came to a stop at the stop sign at County Road 21. He then proceeded to enter the intersection and entered the path of a northbound 994 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 driven by Matthew H. Holmer, 21, of Republic, troopers with the Fremont post the state Highway Patrol said.
12:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
Absentee balloting began Tuesday and the Huron County board of elections is expecting a record number of absentee votes. "We already have close to 2,000 applications," said Sharon Locke, director of the Huron County board of elections. "That's even before we get started with people walking in the office and wanting to vote."
12:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's the kind of comeback story they write books and make movies about. It started with a headline and a story in the July 19 Norwalk Reflector: "Norwalk Furniture suspends operations." After a 2 1/2-month emotional roller coaster ride, it ended with this headline and story in the Sept. 27 Norwalk Reflector: "New company a reality." It would be a story documenting the demise of a 106-year-old company. A once-proud company that just ran out of gas. Was it the bad economy? Was it bad management decisions? Was it just bad luck? That part of the story we may never know.
12:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com When Shad Ireland was about 21, hope seemed about as elusive as a handicapped kid's dream of playing in the Major Leagues. His kidney transplants didn't work, doctors gave him six months to live and he was weak. He lay on the couch and stared at the television set.
12:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
After shaking off a sluggish first half, the St. Paul Flyers rolled to a 56-0 win over Mapleton in Firelands Conference action Saturday night at Whitney Field. The state-ranked Flyers moved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the FC, while the Mounties are now 0-6 and 0-3.
12:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk Law Director's office filed a vehicular manslaughter charge this morning against a Wakeman driver in connection with the Aug. 16 death of defense attorney Greg Shell. If convicted of the second-degree misdemeanor, defendant Otto J. Czumbil, 76, of 3084 Butler Road, could face up to 90 days in the Huron County Jail and a $750 maximum fine. Law Director Stuart O'Hara said a conviction would also result in a mandatory three-year driver's license suspension.
12:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
To: The new owners of Norwalk Furniture From: Former employee, Jim Busek
12:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
The question of a union at the new Norwalk Custom Order Furniture is being debated, but Tom Bleile said that is a question for lawyers. He's ready to get the factory humming again with employees building furniture. "It may be that we are obligated under the former bargaining agreement. If we are obligated under it . . . from our perspective I would anticipate that is the least of our worries. What we need to do now is get our people in the building.
12:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Catholic School students scored well on all areas of the Ohio Graduation Test taken by sophomores this past May. The OGT is a five-part exam that all students must pass in order to graduate. Students are tested in reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. Ninety-five percent of St. Paul High School students passed the OGT in all five areas. All students passed the reading and writing portions of the exam, 95 percent of the students passed the math portion, 97 percent the science portion and 98 percent the social studies portion. "We are very proud of our students and how hard they work to pass their OGT tests," St. Paul High School guidance counselor Betsy Pertner said.
12:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
NORWALK The following were the results of health department inspections of Norwalk-area food establishments and schools in August: FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS No violations Will-Ply-New Post 3430 VFW; 19 Woodland Ave., Willard; operator, VFW Quarter Master (Aug. 1, regular inspection) No violations. Inspector's comments: Facility neat and clean.
12:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Sept. 27 marks the opener of the 2008 Ohio deer archery season and by all indications it'll be a good year. The Buckeye deer herd is big and plentiful and chances of taking a fine buck or several fat does are good. But a lot of local archers don't get too serious in October. They'll go out a time or two, get familiar with their favorite hunting territory again, maybe build a tree stand or so and enjoy a nice autumn day, which is fine. But they're waiting for the November rut to make a real effort that time when they can set up over a major scrape and maybe take a 10 pointer or even better. And again, that's fine.
12:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk City Schools board of education approved the three-year contract for the Norwalk Teachers' Association (NTA) during a special meeting late Friday afternoon. Board member Janet Broz abstained from voting because her husband is a Norwalk High School (NHS) interventionist, but otherwise the vote was unanimous without discussion. The settlement - good effective July 1 through June 30, 2011 - includes a 3.5-percent yearly raise, 35 concessions dealing with insurance and language requiring teachers to attend school open houses.
12:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
A 62-year-old Norwalk man is being held in the Huron County Jail in connection with raping a 3-year-old girl. "He was baby-sitting for a couple of hours. He was caught in the middle of this," Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton said, describing the victim as a neighbor who lives "fairly close."