2:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - The Senate today approved President Barack Obama's giant economic stimulus measure, part of a string of powerful government steps that could marshal close to $3 trillion in taxpayer and private money to revive the collapsing national economy. The 61-37 vote by the Senate was a key victory for the president but sets up difficult negotiations with the House, which passed a slightly different version than the $838 billion bill approved a week ago today.
2:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Due to a personnel shortage, the four members of the Norwalk Police Department detective bureau were assigned to road patrol "on an infrequent and limited basis," according to the police annual report. The detectives also were assigned to work Monday arraignments in Norwalk Municipal Court.
2:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
First redesigned one-cent coin in 50 years to be launched at Lincoln's birthplace HODGENVILLE, Ky. The U.S. Mint on Thursday with introduce the first redesigned penny in 50 years at the National Park Service's Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site here in Hodgenville. The event held on the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth includes a coin exchange in which the public can exchange their currency for pennies bearing the new design. The United States Mint is mandated by Title III of Public Law 109-145 the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 to put into circulation a series of four different pennies in recognition of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth and the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln cent.
2:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Severe ice storms hit south-eastern portions of Ohio and northern Kentucky on Jan. 30, causing widespread power outages across the region. Two local utility workers assisted with the clean-up. Ice-laden trees and breaking limbs from the winter storm created a nightmare for electric utility crews working to restore power to consumers.
2:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Who deserves ‘Citizen of the Year' honors? The Norwalk Reflector again is naming a "Citizen of the Year' in the Firelands Area. Nominations will be taken through Feb. 13. Your letter of recommendation should be no more than 500 words and everyone nominated - along with the winner - will be featured in the Feb. 23 edition of Firelands Insight 2008. The Reflector will make a donation to a charity of the winner's choice. This will be the third "Citizen of the Year' honored by the Reflector. The first two winners were Scott Ford in 2007 and Reta Stark in 2008. E-mail your nominations to news@norwalkreflector.com, or send them to 61 E. Monroe St., Norwalk, Ohio 44857. For more information, contact managing editor Joe Centers at (419) 668-3771, ext. 234.
2:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND - Introducing Abby Cadabby! The newest Muppet on Sesame Street joins Elmo, Zoe, Rosita and all of her furry and feathered friends in asking, "What do you want to be when you grow up?' as they prepare for a pageant on Sesame Street. Get ready to sing cowboy songs, ride the rails and more when Sesame Street Live "When Elmo Grows Up' performs at PlayhouseSquare's State Theatre from Thursday, Feb. 19 through Sunday, Feb. 22.
2:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Could the music industry hear the return of The Thin White Duke? Legendary British rocker David Bowie, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 13 years ago, seems to have told his fans he's working on a new album through Twitter.com. As of Thursday, the singer had 2,937 followers on the networking Web site.
2:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Edison and Plymouth were the top seeds at their respective sectionals as the boys' draw took place Sunday. The Chargers, 12-2 overall, await the Woodmore-Western Reserve winner at 6:15 p.m. March 6 for a Division III sectional title at the Norwalk site. Woodmore and Western are scheduled to play at 7 p.m. March 3.
2:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
The City of Norwalk this afternoon issued a floor advisory for Norwalk Creek within city limits. According to the National Weather Service, water from melting snow has caused river levels to rise across the area. Also, some movement of ice on the rivers may occur, causing minor ice jam flooding today and tonight on some streams and rivers.
2:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
The week before my father died, he and I had a conversation about what a brief visit we are all allowed on this earth. He was granted just 74 years.
2:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Bonnie Rippon doesn't measure anything when she works in the kitchen. "It's called seat-of-your-pants cooking," the Norwalk woman said. "My husband will ask, 'What's this?' (I'll say), 'Um, supper?'"
2:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
With job losses soaring nationwide, Senate Democrats reached agreement with a small group of Republicans Friday night on an economic stimulus measure at the heart of President Barack Obama's plan for combatting the worst recession in decades. Democratic leaders expressed confidence that the concessions they had made to Republicans and moderate Democrats to trim the measure had cleared the way for its passage. No final vote was expected before Monday.
2:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
A 12-year-old Willard boy entered a denial Friday to hitting his school bus driver in the face with a snowball. The Quail Creek Drive youth was charged with a fifth-degree felony assault instead of a misdemeanor because the victim was a school official. Huron County Assistant Public Defender James Sitterly said the Jan. 8 incident happened "after my client got off the bus ... at my client's bus stop."
2:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
GALION - You will rarely see better defensive results than the Norwalk Lady Truckers put up in the second half of their game with Galion Friday night. Trailing 17-16 at the intermission, Norwalk limited the Lady Tigers to just two points in each of the final two periods while adding 24 of their own to post a 40-21 league win.
2:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Friday was the 100th day of school at Maplehurst Elementary. In celebration, many students and teachers dressed up as if they were 100 years old, and did other projects related to the number 100. At the end of the day, there was a special assembly. More than 500 students gathered in the gymnasium to count up the pennies that they had been collecting for the past several weeks, and found out which class had collected the most money.
2:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
What are you doing? That's the question people throughout the country are answering on Twitter, a real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices.
2:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Seventeen young women will be competing for the title of Miss Maple City 2009. The Miss Maple City 2009 Scholarship Program, sponsored by The Maple City Ice Co. of Norwalk will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center at Norwalk High School.
2:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Miss Maple City contestant Ashleigh Lemon sang "Wishing You were Somehow Here Again" from "The Phantom of the Opera" Saturday night. In the song, one of the characters longs for her father to be alive again. Lemon, a Muskingum College student and Caldwell resident, might as well have been singing about her late grandfather the only father the 23-year-old has ever known. If he were alive Saturday, he would have seen Lemon crowned Miss Maple City 2009, beating out 15 other young women. Each competed in four on-stage categories swimsuit, on-stage question, evening wear and talent along with a private interview in front of the seven judges.
2:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
When he works at Walmart, 35-year-old Steve Machock serenades customers with songs. His boss, Lori Graham, is singing his praises.
2:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's been a great winter for many snow enthusiasts. Skiers have had a field day, as have tubers, snowboarders, and others, but the sport has been less active for snowmobilers. Why? Because there are hardly any out there.
2:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com The Huron County Sheriff's Office is busy with budget-cutting moves. Sheriff Dane Howard said the multiple changes were done "to best protect and serve the citizens of this county in spite of the difficult financial times." He expects the moves to save "taxpayers as much money as possible." The sheriff said he is taking a goal-oriented, straightforward approach to the budget. Howard explained if something didn't show a "direct impact" for the county, it was cut.