11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk Furniture suspends operations July 19, 2008 Local, state officials scrambling
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
The city of Norwalk will continue the Cline Street reconstruction project from approximately Spring Street to Union Street beginning Monday. The proposed project will improve traffic safety on Cline Street through better access management and stormwater drainage. The project includes full depth pavement reconstruction, curb and gutter, waterline replacement, drainage improvements, sidewalk in specific areas and traffic control. The project is being funded utilizing the city of Norwalk capital improvement funds and with a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission. Cline Street through the project area will be closed to through traffic during construction. Local traffic and access to businesses will be maintained during construction. Citizens are advised to use caution in the Cline Street area during construction of the roadway improvements and utilize alternate routes such as Milan Avenue or Whittlesey Avenue whenever possible. The initial phase of construction will include the installation of a new waterline and the storm sewers that will be incorporated with the new pavement. During the initial phase, Cline Street local traffic will be maintained through the project area in both directions (northbound/southbound) during the installation of waterlines and storm sewers. Short term lane closures using mobile temporary traffic signals or flaggers will be utilized in the area of the construction activity during the contractors working hours. Cline Street traffic should expect travel delays during the construction of the waterline and storm sewer improvements.
11:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com "Can I skate now?" eager skateboarder Ben Love wanted to know Monday after a few formalities involving the ribbon cutting of the Norwalk Skatepark on St. Mary's Street. Nobody was going to object or try to stop him. Love, a Main Street School sixth-grader and fellow skateboarders have had their own skatepark for a couple weeks now. It officially opened Monday, as a group of youngsters slid down to a yellow ribbon and sliced it.
11:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
BELLEVUE - Three Bellevue men were scheduled to appear this morning for separate preliminary hearings in Bellevue Municipal Court on allegations they stole a safe from U.S. 20 business and dumped it in a reservoir. The Huron County Sheriff's Office received the report of a July 24 burglary from a business in the 6200 block of U.S 20, where the suspects stole a safe after breaking in. The accomplices stole an undisclosed amount of money. "In the course of our investigation, we were able to track down leads," Maj. Greg Englund said.
11:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk Furniture officials have no update on negotiations with Comerica Bank regarding the future of the furniture company, Norwalk's second largest employer. Executives involved with the negotiations said they were optimistic, but couldn't release any details about the talks. They said they hoped for good news within days.
11:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
After years in the planning stage, the farm service agencies of Erie and Huron counties are now one entity. The new agency is called the Huron-Erie Farm Service Agency and it is housed at 8 Fair Road in Norwalk. "We got the call from the state office in Columbus at 10 a.m. Friday with the OK to move," said Diana Strouse, county executive director. "We closed the doors in Erie County at 4:30 Friday and started to move. By 6 p.m. on Saturday, the move was complete."
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BERLIN HEIGHTS - "Renee Dellisanti is our festival. She is one of those who has been with it since its inception. No one is more deserving of our Citizen of the Year Award," Those were the comments of an appreciative Berlin Heights mayor, Kelly Moon, in talking about Saturday morning's award recipient. <p><em>Read the rest of this story in <a href="http://activepaper.olivesoftware.com/Default/Skins/Norwalk/Client.asp?Skin=Norwalk&amp;Daily=NRWK&amp;AppName=1">Today's Reflector</a>...</em></p>
11:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Fremont and Sandusky posts of the state Highway Patrol are investigating separate motorcycle crashes Sunday that resulted in serious injuries. In Fremont, Jared D. Alloway, 22, of Green Springs, was heading west on Euclid Street when he drove off the right side and hit a tree and mailbox before his Honda CRV1000 overturned, troopers said. Alloway, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected from the bike.
11:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk Furniture is back in business. With loans from Ohio and Mississippi, IRG Capital Group and Blackbird Capital funded the takeover of the 106-year-old furniture company founded in Norwalk.
11:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
Veggie U, the nutrition/science program designed by the Jones family farm near Huron, will be featured in the Aug. 10-16 Midwest edition of the American Profile tab which appears in newspapers across the country.
11:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
Huron resident Jason Freeman believes he would have been a "goner' if the Vermilion man who came to his home with a shotgun had seen him instead of someone else.
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The rising cost of fuel prices and a sluggish economy is prompting more and more people to think about camping as a good vacation alternative. "I think people are going away from hotels to camp sites and RVs to still enjoy their family vacations, but save money," said Paul Hebner, owner of Lazy J RV resort, on U.S. 20 in Bellevue. "National stats are showing an increase in campers. We've seen a 20 to 25 percent increase in just seasonal sites where they can park their RV and camp all summer." Camping can be as primitive or luxurious as one wants to put into it. People can go for a primitive site with nothing but a spot to put up a tent to a cabin with a private bathroom and Internet access.
11:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
Nick Horner and Brent Ratliff were talking and throwing the football on the front porch of Horner's 11 N. Pleasant St. home when they heard the motorcycle racing by.
11:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
This is the summer I started smoking again. And I'm loving it.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
"The welcome mat is out,' said Randy Sommers, governor of Moose Lodge 1248. With a new leadership team, the local fraternal lodge with both men's and women's groups is hoping to attract new members and also invites the public to enjoy their expanded meal service.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com St. Paul parishioner Andy Andino and his band Who Do You Say I Am will perform locally for the first time at 7 p.m. today for the parish festival. "I'm excited," Andino said. "It will be great to perform here. People will realize we're part of the community." He said the festival organizers contacted the band through e-mail, not realizing the leader of the band lives in Norwalk.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
At least for the next six days Polly Akers doesn't have to worry about more trash and junk accumulating on the lawn of the house that sits next to her property on Christie Avenue. Bill Hood, who has received numerous citations from the police, started a seven-day jail sentence today for violating probation. He has received several citations for the condition of his property over the years.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
Four area festivals will be offering parades, food and entertainment this weekend - Berlin Heights Basket Festival, North Fairfield Peach Festival, both the Fireman's Festival and the Silver King Festival in Plymouth and the St. Paul Parish Festival in Norwalk. Festivities kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday in Berlin Heights and the parade will be held at 1:30 p.m.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Norwalk Teachers Association and Norwalk City Schools remain deadlocked in the ongoing contract negotiations. "We're still negotiating," NTA President Matt Lark said.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
This column is rated R - I'm warning you. The R rating means for mature audiences. It means there is content in this column which you might want to avoid.
11:37 PM Jul 25, 2010
The official start of the fall prep season started this morning as football teams took to the field. Others will follow later today. The rest of the sports volleyball, golf, tennis, cross country and boys' and girls' soccer begin Monday. Teams have been going through camps and offseason programs in an attempt to improve themselves and/or their team for the upcoming school year.