9:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Surviving the scare of being in the bottom two, Crystal Bowersox has advanced to the top three on "American Idol.' Michael "Big Mike' Lynche was voted off the show tonight, leaving Bowersox, Lee DeWyze and Casey James as the finalists on this season of Fox's hit talent show.
9:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Seventeen citizens were excused Tuesday as potential jurors in the murder case against defendant Steven J. Rodvold. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler and Ohio Assistant Public Defender William Mooney were expected to finish their individual interviews with the remaining pool of 33 potential jurors this morning. The group interview, known as "general voir dire," was supposed to start in the afternoon.
9:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - The oil shale fire, which is located near River Road in Ridgefield Township, remains active. "We go out there and take readings on a regular basis," said Carl Essex, highway department spokesman. "It's still 400 or 500 degrees at the vent point. And if you use a shovel point and knock away the vent coals, the further in you do, the hotter it remains."
9:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
KENT (MCT) - One week after hundreds gathered at Kent State to mark the 40th anniversary of the May 4, 1970, shooting, one of those wounded returned to the campus Tuesday to call for a new investigation. Citing a new analysis of a May 4 recording in which a voice can be heard ordering the Guardsmen to shoot, Alan Canfora, wants a new probe into who gave the order. Four students were killed and nine others, including Canfora, were injured.
9:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND (MCT) - Every day for nearly three decades, Ray Towler stood in a lineup with the other inmates as prison guards accounted for everyone in the cellblock. Last night, the wrongly convicted man was back in another lineup, but this time he was standing next to Shaquille O'Neal, LeBron James and the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers as the national anthem blared through the frenzied basketball arena.
9:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLYDE (MCT) - A tornado north of Clyde knocked an unoccupied mobile home off its foundation Tuesday, Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer said. Another twister, he said, knocked down power lines and trees and did moderate damage to an A-frame house near Finnefrock Road and County Road 198 in the eastern part of the county.
9:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Scott Sparks said his late son, Jason, would be "truly honored" to know that a baseball field in the village will be named after him. Sparks also said Jason would think it's "about time" that Clark Park, where the field will be named, is completed. Greg Schafer, project manager at Underground Utilities, thinks it's about time as well.
9:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Bargain Bin's move from Main Street to the Mid-town Plaza will "most likely" create a need for more employees, owner Jennifer Saunders said. She said she's not sure how many jobs the move will create. Saunders was also unsure Monday about the opening date. The store sells small appliances, home decor and other such items.
9:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
The weather is a chronic topic, and one which is fairly safe to discuss without an argument. One difference between now and 150 years ago is that there were fewer floods or extreme high-water periods. When the countryside was wooded and there was no farm tiling or ditching, water ran off the land more slowly. Thus, the streams ran at about the same level most of the year as the water drained slowly from the woods, and they could better support water-powered mills. On April 10, 1860, there was a heavy rainstorm (called a freshet in those days) which caused major flooding in central and northern Ohio. It was said that almost every mill dam on the Huron River was damaged. This must have also applied to the Vermilion River, as witnessed by a Clarksfield incident which created one of the many flood stories for Clarksfield Hollow. Two young men, Augustus Morris and Orlando Starr, tried to traverse the road to the bridge (I presume the main bridge site on Ohio 60 North) with horses and a wagon. The road was covered with water and the team and wagon were soon washed into the river. Morris and Starr managed to grab onto a small tree. A rope was quickly floated out to them from the bridge and Morris began pulling himself to safety. He was underwater much of the time, but did reach dry land. It was thought too dangerous for Starr to try this same method as he was already chilled and not as alert. One Mr. Livermore went out in a small boat and reached the tree, but decided the boat was too small for both of them and Starr was nearly exhausted.
9:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
County officials have issued a written response to Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch after the mayor took the county to task regarding the pending solid waste agreement in a Reflector story Monday. The mayor said Monday the city of Norwalk should not be penalized so the county can have flow control.
9:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
Lowell Etzler's car sometimes got stuck in heavy snow before dawn. Etzler had no choice but to drive in such conditions at such a time: He was the superintendent of the South Central School District and - like all school superintendents in this area - had to make sure the roads were safe for school bus transportation.
9:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - Mad River Harley-Davidson has announced the opening date for its Sandusky dealership. Mad River Harley-Davidson, located at the former Roeder dealership at 5316 Milan Road in Sandusky, will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 26.
9:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Can you identify from these clues the celebrity guest scheduled to attend the May 22 benefit for life-long New Londoner and cancer patient Myrtie Anderson? She's an anchor of a morning show at CNN's Headline News. She's from New London She graduated from New London in 1987, the same year as Anderson's daughter, New London resident Missy Seidel She is Anderson's first cousin. She was Miss Ohio 1993. She was grand marshall of New London's Labor Day parade a few years ago.
9:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Several outstanding New London Junior High students were honored at an assembly recently, including seventh grader Neely Parsons, who is this year's Zaner-Bloser Grand National handwriting champion for her grade level.
9:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
OAK HARBOR - Crystal Bowersox's hometown of Elliston would like to invite fans to come hear Crystal perform at "Bowerstock" this Friday at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds in Oak Harbor. This event is free and open to the public thanks to the generous donations of Ottawa County businesses and residents.
9:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
I am very frustrated. I have just spent more time than I'd like to admit, trying to prove that I am entitled to my health insurance.
9:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
Prom night and graduation are two of the most exciting events in a teenager's life. But beyond the glamour and anticipation, the unfortunate reality is that teen deaths as a result of drinking and driving escalate significantly near both prom and graduation. The Community Prevention Partners urge parents to be aware of the increased likelihood of drugs and alcohol related incidents during this season. There are ways to help keep your child safe. Know where your teenager will be throughout the evening. Set firm guidelines and a reasonable curfew and make sure your teenager is aware of the consequences of violating these rules. Speak to school officials and fellow parents about planned events for the evening. Make sure no alcoholic beverages will be served. Talk to your teenager about the serious dangers and consequences of underage drinking and driving. Let your child know they can always call you if they need a ride home. * Three of four high school students have admitted to consuming alcohol. * Over half of teenage drinkers consume five or more drinks in one hour, also known as binge drinking.
9:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOLEDO (MCT) -- The Mud Hens want to get the word out: There are plenty of tickets available for Friday's game at which Crystal Bowersox, one of four finalists on American Idol, could be back in Toledo to sing The Star Spangled Banner. Because of a miscommunication, it was reported that only 500 tickets were available for the 7 p.m. game between the Hens and the Indianapolis Indians at Fifth Third Field.
9:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk school board honored 14 retiring or retired employees who have 412 total years of experience at its meeting Tuesday. Those people who have retired or will retire at the end of this school year are: Stanley Nickoli (in September as a Norwalk High School custodian, 19 years), Julia Gullett (NHS guidance counselor, 21), Janet Herner (Maplehurst Elementary educational aide, 22), Mary Wilkinson (League Elementary educational aide, 22), Wilma Jean Lang (Maplehurst special education teacher, 24), Linda (Busco) Carino (elementary librarian, 29), Patricia Reda (League fourth-grade teacher, 31), Ann Marett (NHS business teacher, 32), Gilbert King (NHS guidance counselor, 33), Nancy Opper (Main Street Intermediate School math and language arts fifth-grade teacher, 34), Deborah Seaman (Maplehurst second-grade teacher, 35) Bernie Pleunik (Main Street computer teacher, 36), Dave Rehnborg (NHS director of student activities, 36) and Cythia Hooker (League third-grade teacher, 38).
9:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Not even a tornado warning could stop Norwalk city council from meeting Tuesday night. And the topic for the majority of the meeting was the pending solid waste agreement between Norwalk and Huron County. After all was said and done Tuesday, council recommended that Mayor Sue Lesch send a letter to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency stating the city would not sign off on the plan as currently presented.
9:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk councilman Dwight Tkach stopped by to talk trash Tuesday morning with the Huron County commissioners. "Where are we on all this?" Tkach asked the board about the pending solid waste agreement between the city and the county. Commissioner Mike Adelman told Tkach that Pete Welch, solid waste district coordinator, currently was putting together a summary of where the county stands regarding all solid waste costs and issues. Welch's report should be ready today.