1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Cline street in Norwalk has had a real makeover in the past several months. It has long been a busy street, but without curbs and gutters. A century ago the ditches on either side carried storm water and sewage downhill to the north end of town to drain into the creek near the present Sewage Treatment Plant. The lower end of Cline Street was nicknamed "The Gas Ditch" because of the odors it created. Before 1850, the main road to Milan was what is now Milan Avenue and Plank Road. The two connected at that time; now they are not. In 1850 these two roads were "paved" with plank to make a toll road used by the teams and wagons hauling grain to be shipped on the Milan Canal. What is Rte. 250 north from Gallup Avenue was the Lockwood Road, not usually by Milan traffic due to the steep hill at the south edge of Milan. In 1850, Cline Street was opened from the Lockwood Road south to East League. The land along it was mostly farm land, and the north end near Gallup Avenue was a half mile or more from the north edge of Norwalk. In hopes of having a town grow at the crossroads (where Gallup now intersects) a village of 25 lots was platted on either side of Lockwood Road, and named Clarksburg. Some people did build homes and live in that suburban setting, but I can't find that any individual lots ever were sold. Likewise, I didn't find a notation of when that village plat was abandoned. It was named for Lester Clark of Norwalk, one of the owners. The other owners were the Ralph Lockwood estate, George Lockwood and Esther Saunders of Milan; and John Huffman, Asher Palmeter, and Park Brewster. I don't believe that any of them became wealthy through their Clarksburg project.
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Dick Martin's Outdoor Column It might seem that hunting is essentially over for the year. Nearly all of the deer seasons have gone, fall wild turkey is only a memory and some other hunts have passed into history. But there's one season that area hunters can still enjoy, a season that will see you in the woods alone or nearly so, and that's early-winter squirrel hunting. Ohio's 2006 bushytail season began Sept. 1 and will end Jan. 31 with a six-animal limit, but the last weeks draw few hunters. Why chase these lively critters now? Because they're much more of a challenge than when sought with leaves on the trees, and because any time they're legal, squirrel is one of the finest eating of all wild game. Such notable early long hunters as Daniel Boone and Lou Wetzel often said that the only game better than squirrel was cougar, and they should know. So, it's no surprise that growing up in the hills of southern Ohio, my idea of the finest meal to be had was fried squirrel, squirrel gravy, boiled potatoes hand mashed with butter, kale or collard greens, and hot biscuits slathered with honey. That's a meal fit for a king.
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - A masked man brandished a semi-automatic pistol at a clerk during a robbery early Tuesday morning at Strawberry Hill Farm Market. "It looks like he walked in and demanded money," Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth said. "The clerk was ordered to the ground. ... Nobody was injured."
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Wellington teen was sentenced Friday to three months in jail for his role in stealing four handguns from a rural Wakeman home. Eric R. Tamburin, 19, said he "was sorry for not taking responsibility ... by telling" his accomplice, Eric W. Resor, "this was not a good idea." The two defendants stole the weapons, one bottle of Darvocet and two bottles of Vicodin during the April 30 incident on Butler Road, Wakeman.
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
For John Batchelor and his buddies, mornings just won't be the same. The Invention Family Restaurant was a regular meeting place for people in Milan. Lookin' for a cup of Joe? They's got one waiting for you at the Invention. At least they did. The business closed last week. The Invention regularly opened at 5:30 a.m., giving village residents a chance for that early-morning breakfast. The restaurant, owned by Keith and LeeAnne Prindle. was geared toward the breakfast and lunch crowds.
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
City Council agreed Tuesday night to first readings of an ordinance proposing the city buy the Norwalk Foundry property and renovate it for future sale. Since no one bid on Norwalk Foundry in two sheriff's sales, Mayor Sue Lesch proposed the city take advantage of a recent change in Ohio Revised Code to take the property by forfeit at no cost.
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
The idea of Upper Sandusky leaving the Northern Ohio League has been discussed for years. But that idea may become a reality in the near future, according to a story Tuesday in the Upper Sandusky Daily Chief-Union. The Upper Sandusky board of education said Monday night it had instructed athletic director Brad Ehrman to explore the option of joining the North Central Conference.
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Most city workers will not get raises next year, it was announced at Tuesday's Norwalk City Council meeting. The ordinances regarding raises for non-management, management and part-time employees covers the next three years. None of those employees will get a raise in 2009 and they will get 3 percent raises each year in 2010 and 2011.
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Schools in Norwalk and many around the area were delayed today because of the ice and snow. Norwalk used its One Call Now system for the first time today.
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - The public will welcome home a Sandusky-based unit of the Ohio Army National Guard at 12:30 p.m. Friday in Perkins High School auditorium. Members of Delta Co. 1-148 Infantry will speak at the ceremony about their accomplishments during their roughly 11 months in Iraq. The ceremony, which local and state officials will attend, will also feature music.
1:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
With less than a month before the end of the tax year, you may want to set aside a moment during the busy holiday season to consider some quick IRS tips that may give you the gift of time and money saved next year. 1. Gather Your Records With the current tax year winding down, taxpayers should begin to gather and organize their tax records now to reduce stress at tax time. Start organizing records such as those relating to a home purchase or sale, stock transactions, IRAs and business or rental property. Also, go back and gather records confirming any donations made to charitable organization. To deduct a charitable donation, a taxpayer must have a bank record or a written communication from the qualifying charity showing the name of the charity and the date and amount of the contribution. A bank record includes canceled checks, bank or credit union statements and credit card statements. 2. Estimate your 2008 tax bill Go to IRS.gov for the IRS Withholding Calculator. This online application will help taxpayers ensure that they don't have too much or too little income tax withheld from their paychecks. 3. Find out if you're eligible for First-time Homebuyer Credit This new tax credit applies to home purchases after April 8, 2008, and before July 1, 2009. It reduces a taxpayer's tax bill or increases their refund. It is also fully refundable, which means the credit will be paid out to eligible taxpayers even if they owe no tax or the credit is more than the taxes owed. Operating much like a credit-free loan, the credit must be repaid over a 15-year period.
1:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
It can be a difficult decision every year - four kids and a mom picking out just one Christmas tree. For Tracy Holt and her children, the cold weather might have helped lead to a quicker decision. All four youngsters had staked out a different tree in a recent trip to Kramer's Market on Whittlesey Road. Holt lost the one she'd picked out as she checked out the children's choices.
1:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker has been hospitalized with an undisclosed illness after being taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center on Monday morning. Hunker was relieving reserve Officer James Leggins at the police station when Leggins "recognized there was something wrong and contacted the ambulance," Sgt. Josh Milchen said. Citizens Ambulance then took to Hunker, of Lorain, to the hospital at 6:15 a.m.
1:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - The city will receive $400,000 from the state to revitalize its downtown. Most of the state grant funds will be used to improve the exterior of buildings and make code-related improvements to business properties.
1:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two Norwalk men were arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with selling crack cocaine at two Cline Street businesses. Anthony S. Daniels, 29, of 25 W. Willard Ave., and Dwight L. Druckemiller, 36, of 28 Glover Ave., currently are in custody at the Huron County Jail on one count each of trafficking in crack cocaine. As of press time, they were awaiting bond hearings in Norwalk Municipal Court.
1:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's something every parent dreads losing a child. And what followed has made it even worse for Brooke Poe. After a night on the town with her boyfriend, Poe laid down with her 4-year-old son.
1:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
ASHLAND - At its meeting on Friday, the Ashland University Executive Committee of the board of trustees voted unanimously to approve construction of the football stadium portion of the athletic complex. The committee approved the project in phases, which means the University will begin with the immediate construction of the 5,500-seat football stadium. The synthetic turf stadium, located along the north side of Broad Street, will feature concession and merchandise areas and press box and is expected to be completed by the start of the 2009 football season.
1:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - The purpose of the annual Safety Forces Banquet is to honor the firefighters, police officers, EMTs and ambulance drivers who put their lives on the line to keep residents safe. Saturday's event also was a tribute to Dick Sutherland, a village resident and retiring Huron County Sheriff. Sutherland was the recipient of several gifts, including a jacket proclaiming him an honorary member of the fire department and a plaque from Firelands Ambulance Service.
1:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
The renowned gardens of Kingwood Center in Mansfield stand cold and colorless through the winter, but the mansion built in 1926 reverberates with Christmas cheer with displays to delight both children and adults. The Grinch enjoying a Christmas dinner of roast beast with Cindy Lou Who after his conversion and another featuring Santa, Mrs. Claus and an elf as Christmas trees highlight two of the larger rooms in the mansion. Visitors can tour the displays at no cost.
1:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
It is about a month until the presidential inauguration. At that time, Barack Obama will give a speech in which he lays out his vision for what will be accomplished during his administration.
1:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Furniture may be gone, but the employees still take care of each other.