7:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - Acknowledging Americans' frustration with the slow pace of the nation's economic recovery, President Barack Obama dedicated more than half of his first State of the Union address Wednesday night to pocketbook themes, from jobs to tax breaks to taming the national debt. Throughout the 70-minute speech, the president strained to signal that he understands how angry, disappointed and even cynical the American people are over their economic insecurity and Washington's failure to deliver change they can believe in.
7:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS State Reps. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk Township) and Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster) have introduced House Bill 428 that, when enacted, will remove the $20 late fee for Ohio drivers who do not renew their vehicle registration or driver license prior to expiration. Right now, drivers are hit with the fee unless they renew their license within seven calendar days after it expires.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - The Mars rover Spirit might have lost its mobility, but NASA researchers won't pull the plug on its incredible mission. The plucky robot that set down on Mars in January 2004 has been stuck in powdery sand since April. NASA announced this afternoon that it's officially halting attempts to dislodge it. Researchers said they will instead try to position it so that it will survive a harsh martian winter.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO (MCT) - Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs unveiled his company's iPad tablet-style multi-touch device today. Jobs called 1.5-pound tablet computer "way better than a laptop, way better than a phone,' according to www.appleinsider.com. "Everything is one chip and it screams,' he added.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
EDITOR'S NOTE: Three local high school students give their synopsis of President Obama's State of the Union address Wednesday night: Alexis Van Giesen, senior, Norwalk High School - The State of the Union address' main topic was the issue that is on top of every American's list: the troubled economy. President Obama said that the stimulus, the bailouts and the extended unemployment pay has brought our economy back from the brink; however, he admits that the "devastation" that the poor economy created remains.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
Several people with information about Sunday's robbery of the Norwalk Hy-Miler have been interviewed. Huron County Sheriff's Maj. Greg Englund said the investigator, Capt. Bob McLaughlin, interviewed several tipsters Tuesday and continues to receive more calls.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Sheriff's Deputy Andrew Montana was relieved of his duties this morning in connection with violating a "last chance agreement' with the sheriff and Montana's union. Sheriff Dane Howard said the decision was effective as of 9 a.m. today and was the result of violating a "last chance agreement we had with him.' The Nov. 11 agreement was with Montana, Howard and the union representing Montana, the Ohio Patrolman's Benevolent Association.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
Several people with information about Sunday's robbery of the Norwalk Hy-Miler have been interviewed. Huron County Sheriff's Maj. Greg Englund said the investigator, Capt. Bob McLaughlin, interviewed several tipsters Tuesday and continues to receive more calls.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - An Elyria drug suspect accused of selling marijuana to undercover officers is out on bond. Undercover officers with the Wakeman Police Department reportedly bought marijuana from Alex M. Duelley, 20, on three different occasions, Chief Tim Hunker said. The transactions were part of a nearly month-long joint investigation involving Wakeman, METRICH, a 10-county drug task force, and the Huron County Sheriff's Office.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
Fisher-Titus Medical Center and Port Clinton's Magruder Hospital patients will soon know detailed information about a medical professional who enters their room - without even asking the person. Health care providers at the hospitals will know information such as a patient's allergies before entering his room - without looking at any papers or talking to the patient or anyone else.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
MARGARETTA TWP. - A woman walking along U.S. 6 was struck and killed by a passing car Tuesday night after allegedly celebrating lottery winnings at a nearby tavern. Deborah McDonald, 47, of Crystal Rock, was pronounced dead at the scene, which was near the intersection of Ohio 269 in this Erie County township, said troopers with state Highway Patrol's Sandusky post. McDonald was suspected of consuming alcohol prior to the 9:46 p.m. accident, troopers said. Her body was taken to Ransom Funeral Home.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
More than 200 Norwalk Catholic School students wanted to show solidarity with the people of Haiti. So on Wednesday, the students didn't have breakfast, lunch or dinner just bread and water. "We chose to do it one day," sophomore Kelsey Barna said. "They have to (fast) all the time."
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com In a continuing effort to save money, the village will not be mailing out income tax forms this year, according to village administrator Jonna Rowland. Rowland told council Monday residents will receive postcards informing them of this and letting them know forms are available at the village hall, the library and on line atwww.newlondonohio.com. For more information, contact Melissa Wilson at (419) 929-4461 or Rowland at (419) 929-4091. Police Chief Mike Marko told council he wants to continue as chief and council agreed not to accept the resignation he submitted at the last meeting. He thanked members for their support.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk Reflector's family of Web sites has a new sibling. The paper and its sister paper, the Sandusky Register, have launched Firelands411.com, a directory designed to help customers find local businesses.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - The Ohio House of Representatives this afternoon approved a resolution that will allow voters across Ohio to change the location for the Columbus casino. Voters last fall approved an Ohio Constitutional amendment that allows casinos to be built in four cities in the state including Columbus, but objections to the designated Arena District site led to an effort to find a different location. The resolution authorizes a Columbus casino on the site of the former Delphi plant on the west side.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
Calling it a "contained situation," Huron County Health Commissioner Tim Hollinger said parents should not panic over a bacterial meningitis case at Norwalk Catholic School Early Childhood Center. A pre-school/kindergarten aide at the school has been in Firelands Hospital since Sunday night with what is believed to be bacterial meningitis.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE - A fuel line leak from a sport utility vehicle is being blamed for the fire that destroyed the garage Tuesday at 1856 Ohio 269. Homeowner Gene Muehling started storing a 1997 Oldsmobile Bravada in the 24-foot by 48-foot building Sunday.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Sheriff's Maj. Greg Englund's response to a head-on collision about 20 years ago says a lot about what kind of officer Englund is. The Peru Center Road crash ripped the engine off one car, throwing it into a nearby ditch.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com In her first book, Milan resident Mary Strayer teaches you how to be a frugal gardener. In her most recently published book, "Ohio's Gardens Wonderland," she wants you to go out, enjoy, relax and perhaps experience some spiritual fulfillment. The 81-page, full color-book features pictures of "every public garden and park I could locate in Ohio." It includes descriptions and directors to each garden, with information about picnicking and walks.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
JAN. 30, 1929 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 81 years ago: Banquet speakers hold crowd enthralled Never in the whole 26 years of its history has the Huron County McKinley Club enjoyed a finer banquet or better speeches than they did last night, when more than 400 gathered in the high school auditorium.
7:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk City Council is currently hashing out three pieces of legislation dealing with skill-based machine businesses. Two are ordinances involving zoning, while the third is a resolution that would put a one-year moratorium on these businesses from entering the city until council establishes zoning for the adult arcades.