6:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
Budget was the main topic at Norwalk city council's work session Tuesday night. Mayor Sue Lesch reminded council members about certain budget cuts that will affect city employees next year, including a wage freeze (which includes her), 10 days off without pay throughout the year, hold on longevity pay and adjustments to healthcare. Cost-cuts within municipal court also will take place.
6:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Plymouth driver who reportedly gave a ride to two suspects who are accused of stealing a $3,800 all-terrain vehicle is in custody. Alex M. Hall, 21, of 7935 Ohio 103, was arrested by Willard Police Officer Jeremy Draper on a complicity to grand theft of a motor vehicle warrant about 4 a.m. Saturday, Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Bob McLaughlin said. Hall currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail awaiting a Norwalk Municipal Court bond hearing.
6:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - The U.S. government ran a deficit of $1.4 trillion in fiscal 2009, the Treasury and the White House said Friday, smaller than predicted in August but more than triple the $455 billion shortfall recorded in 2008. The Obama administration's efforts to rescue U.S. banks and its stimulus package made up nearly a quarter of the total deficit for 2009, said Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and White House Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag in a joint statement.
6:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
Christie Lane's school chief is a finalist for a similar position in another county. An advisory committee has recommended two finalists for the job of superintendent of the Stark County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, the Canton Repository reported.
6:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch announced earlier this week the elimination of spring and fall trash pickup in 2010. The service is made possible through the sanitation fund, which earns money from a quarter-percent income tax.
6:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) reminds residential electric and natural gas customers that the annual winter heating season reconnection program begins today. Issued for 25 years by the PUCO, the winter reconnect order allows residential customers who have had their home heating service disconnected or have received a disconnection notice an opportunity to pay a designated amount to have their home heating service restored or maintained.
6:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com MONROEVILLE The state fire marshal's office has ruled Wednesday's fire at 224 Monroe St. was accidental. "Investigators say the most likely cause is related to a portable space heater in a small multi-purpose room in the home. Investigators were unable to determine whether the space heater ignited combustibles or if the device malfunctioned," spokesman Shane Cartmill said. Huron River Joint Fire Chief Ronald Stang said Friday there also was a receptacle "right next to the heater, not far from it" that had faulty wiring. At scene, Stang said the blaze, which gutted the house, started in what apparently was the middle living room.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
OCT. 20, 1934 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 75 year ago: D.E. Bittner makes large telescope Donald E. Bittner of 5 E. League Street, has contructed a truley remarkable telescope of the reflecting type. It has a mirror lens 11 inches in diameter. The focal length is 93 inches.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
AVERY EHOVE Career Center students "Hit a Home Run for Childhood Nutrition" on Friday during lunch hours. The baseball-themed event was designed to educate students about the importance of good nutrition with the help of the Sandusky Bay Area Chefs Association, Toft's Dairy, Schmidt Farms and Myers' Cider Mill and Orchard. Cash donations were also accepted for a local food bank. During the campus lunch hours, students visited four "bases," each designed to educate while entertaining. First base was a vote on a pumpkin carving competition hosted by SKILLS USA and Schmidt farms to recognize the Farm to School Program. Students and visiting parents were able to pick up nutritional pumpkin recipes at this base. Parent visitors were also able to vote on their favorite pumpkin during the special event "Pastries for Parents."
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
One look at TV trainer and author Tracey Mallett's flat abs and rock-hard thighs is probably enough to send most postpartum women into a depressive tailspin. But Mallett wants those women to know that she's been there.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Experience, knowledge and fresh ideas. That's what the four candidates bring to the table in the race for the three Norwalk school board positions. Incumbents Janet Broz and Rob Ludwig face Steve Linder and DeAnn McKillips in the Nov. 3 election. Broz, 51, of 10 Quail Hollow, said she has enjoyed being a school board member for the past 12 years, something she considers an honor and commitment. Her future goals include the district maintaining its "excellent with distinction" state report card rating, voting "at all times in the best interest of all 3,000-plus students" in the district and continuing to represent Norwalk City Schools "with honesty, professionalism and integrity."
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - An early musical memory for Elisabeth von Trapp, who is in town this week performing and leading workshops, is singing at age 4 or 5. She and her siblings were at church for Christmas services. As their father strummed his guitar to "Silent Night," all sang in German. It was a scene similar to one found in "The Sound of Music," when the von Trapp children sing "Edelweiss" as their father plays the guitar.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
A New London man currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail in connection with stealing copper wire. William W. Osterland, 46, of 2940 Ohio 162, is accused of helping steal a spool of cooper wire from an Ontario Street business Aug. 15, Norwalk Assistant Law Director T. Douglas Clifford said. "I think the wire may have been outside," he added. The value of wire is between $500 and less than $5,000.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Excitement was in the air as observers and participants took part in the Norwalk rail spur project's ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday morning. In June, Huron County's Norwalk Rail Spur Development Project was awarded $220,000 in grant funds and financial assistance from the Ohio Department of Development's Industrial Site Improvement Fund and the Ohio Rail Development Commission. Norwalk Economic Development Corp. Director Ellen Heinz said these funds will enable New Horizons Baking Co. Inc. to have one of its largest commodities transported in via rail. The grant and loan dollars complement the substantial financial match already committed to the project by New Horizons. During the ceremony, New Horizons Owner and CEO Tim Brown announced the award and the efforts by state and local economic development agencies helped the company make a very important decision.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Like the Boy Scouts, the Ohio Department of Transportation wants to be prepared as the winter season approaches. Last week the ODOT District 3 held its annual winter "Operational readiness Events" in Ashland, Crawford, Erie, Huron, Lorain, Medina, Richland and Wayne counties.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com ATLANTA My wife and I made the trip last week to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. We've always wanted to go there since it opened in 2005. We were heading to Atlanta anyway for the U2 concert at the Georgia Dome so figured we could make a day of it. (See the review on this page.)
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
AVERY What's better than a free pastry and a hot cup of coffee? That's what awaits parents of EHOVE Career Center students who drop by campus Friday to take a look at their son or daughter's program as part of the "Pastries for Parents" event. EHOVE is hosting "Pastries for Parents" from 9 to 11 a.m. as a way to acquaint parents with their child's vocational lab and learning experiences. This informal occasion offers parents and relatives an opportunity to observe projects created in the lab and learn about future projects. Parents can also meet their child's teachers and friends. If parents cannot attend, the invitation is extended to aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, grandparents or neighbors.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
To his students, Matthew Kean is much more than a guitar teacher. He is a guitar philosopher, a master of countless styles, a virtuoso capable of learning a song by ear in seconds and imparting his guitar wisdom to his students with ease.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Every so often, there is a food scare, but it passes. Remember when someone slipped poison into Tylenol? That company survived the bad publicity, and for years now, I have taken Tylenol for aches and pains without thinking about the "Tylenol killer." At one point, there was something tainted about Girl Scout cookies, but that faded into the past and I buy Girl Scout cookies without hesitation. Then spinach got some bad press for a while it was pulled off the grocery shelves but now it's OK again and I fearlessly buy packaged spinach.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com SHELBY All Bill Staton wants is for Vietnam veterans to get the respect he feels they deserve. The Shelby resident plans to show his appreciation for their service by organizing a "Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Parade" set for 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at Grand Boulevard in Shelby. Staton began planning the event in September and has a commitment from officials in 17 of Ohio's 88 counties to publicize the event. Those counties are Huron, Seneca, Wyandot, Crawford, Richland, Ashland, Wayne, Morrow, Knox, Holmes, Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, Morgan, Fayette, Highland and Morgan.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Mayor Sue Lesch said this morning the 2010 budget is not pretty. "Where we are sitting, we're looking at cutting $800,000 from the general fund budget," she said. "We've already been cutting for several years and have made all the easy cuts. Now, it's time for the tough cuts."