1:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Gena Williams, who had miscarried twice, lifted the "beautiful, brown-eyed baby,' at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The infant rested its head on her shoulder. As much as Williams, of Greenwich, desired a child, the baby in her arms desperately needed a family. Her biological parents, due perhaps to economic hardships, could not care for her.
1:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
"What do I do when bad weather is approaching?" As we head into winter weather, Dale Sheppard, the Safety Service Director of the City of Norwalk, reminds everyone how to interpret the city warnings and where to go to get information: The tornado sirens The severe weather sirens are only activated when the city receives word from the National Weather Service that a tornado has been sighted in Huron County of a firefighter or a police officer spots a tornado or funnel cloud. The sirens are activated to inform people who are outside of the impending bad weather. The sirens are not designed to be heard indoors, where they typically could be drowned out by the sound of your television or your radio. When you hear the sirens, you should take all necessary precautions. Don't go or stay outside to see what is going on. Seek shelter immediately. There is no "all clear" signal. The sirens are tested monthly at noon on the first Wednesday. Time Warner Cable provides an Emergency Alert System that provides information relating to all types of emergencies including severe weather. Past problems with the system appear to have been corrected. There should be visual as well as audible information about the current emergency situation coming directly from the City's Police Department. Please note the "County of Huron, Ohio" would be us.
1:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
As everybody's well aware, our nation's economy is not exactly surging. More and more businesses are shutting their doors and laying off workers. Poverty I mean the real cold and hungry kind is on the rise. And with the holidays upon us, aside from a little bit of schadenfruede over the plight of Wall Street banksters who are responsible for things being the way there are, there is really little about which to feel cheerful this year.
1:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County's unemployment rate remains high, and the top official at the Norwalk-Huron County Chamber of Commerce said it might not get better soon. "Traditionally our rate is high," said Melissa James, chamber director. "I'm sure the situation is exacerbated by the overall condition of the country."
1:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Black Friday, the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season, is considered by many to be a harbinger of sales for the year. For shoppers willing to face the frenzy to get deals on Black Friday, http://money.aol.com gives five tips create a game plan, forego sleep, use the Internet, compare prices and protect personal identities.
1:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Several area people said they won't be part of the shopping crowds on Black Friday, the unofficial start of the holiday shopping frenzy, because of both the economy and the crowds expected. "I'm not going anywhere near a shopping center," said Frank Peterson, a Tiffin resident who was in Norwalk for business Tuesday. "From my perspective, that's the worst day of the year to shop." Instead, he'll be watching football.
1:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Former Village Administrator Josh Eggleston said he is happy with his tenure in Monroeville, but has found another job with fewer hours and less stress. Eggleston's last day was Nov. 21. He has accepted a position with the Rural Community Assistance Program.
1:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
With four state champions returning, little wonder the Greater Mid-Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association have Scott Bauer's Monroeville team ranked No. 1 in its pre-season poll. The surprise, however, is Edison, a team that had just 12 wrestlers on its varsity squad last year, is ranked-No. 3 behind Lexington.
1:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - A Monroeville woman was arrested after she and her teenage brother smoked marijuana as she drove him to school. Katherine R. Schaffer, 20, of 5321 Ohio 99 N., was charged with corrupting a juvenile with drugs, a fourth-degree felony punishable by a prison term of six to 18 months.
1:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
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1:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Pleasant Elementary teachers could have been mistaken for pilgrims and the youngsters for Indians on Tuesday. The youngsters participated in pumpkin trivia, made bread, Native American crafts, butter and turtle shells and even had a feast of popcorn, grapes and pumpkin pie. But if you wanted to know the real meaning of Thanksgiving, all you had to do was ask the children. They expressed themselves with the maturity of someone who has been through tough times and understands the important things in life.
1:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
A blind woman entered The Sanctuary of the North Coast in Norwalk for a recent Miracle Healing Crusade. A preacher took off her eyeglasses, touched her eyes and said, "Receive thy sight."
1:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk's budget has already been slashed by nine percent and Mayor Sue Lesch hopes that will be enough for 2009. The city's budget for next year is a little more than $21 million. Anticipated revenues will be down about $350,000, according to Finance Director Diane Eschen.
1:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
We always like to connect ourselves or our town to some well-known event or situation. Thus, we can pat ourselves on the back that a Norwalk man built the first railroad sleeping car (later called a Pullman car) for use in the United States. We're talking about William Orlando Smith, who lived many years in a house at 59 Whittlesey Ave. and died there in 1915. Prior to his innovative work, anyone riding a train sat upright and perhaps slept fitfully in some fashion, but there were no berths or general sleeping area available. The story starts in 1858 at the shops of the Hudson River Railroad in New York City. Mr. Smith was employed as a mechanic for the Hudson River line, when the idea was promulgated of making over some passenger cars into sleeping compartments. Each car had a center aisle with two rows of berths down each side. A heating stove at each end of the car furnished some heat and there was special ventilation installed. Light was provided by candles in "fireproof" brackets. These were a far cry from the Pullman cars of later years, but they did provide a place for a person to rest on a long train trip. They may have been a bit more secure, too, in that dozing passengers in a day coach were often robbed while they were asleep in their seat. No doubt you could hide your valuables better in a sleeping berth.
1:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
OCT. 16, 1940 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 68 years ago: Renewal of tax levy is urged by NHS alumnus The three mill tax levy, in force for the past few years, has provided most vital funds for the maintenance of our school system. The temporary term of the levy expires this year and comes up for revoting at the imminent November elections. Without this levy the school funds will be reduced to such an extent that operations of the schools as in the past, will have become a thing of the past.
1:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Gena Williams, who had miscarried twice, lifted the "beautiful, brown-eyed baby," at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The infant rested its head on her shoulder. As much as Williams, of Greenwich, desired a child, the baby in her arms desperately needed a family. Her biological parents, due perhaps to economic hardships, could not care for her. The infant, named Lauren, had been approved for adoption by the Williams' and just arrived at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport from Guatemala. She was ready to start a new life the only one she would ever know as the newly adopted daughter of Williams and her husband, Joe.
1:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Rev. Bruce Rzengota, of Norwalk Alliance Church, will take the pulpit at St. Paul Catholic Church at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for the annual ecumenical Thanksgiving service of the Norwalk Ministerial Association. Rzengota, who has been lead pastor at Norwalk Alliance for four years, said the service is open to everyone and is important for the community.
1:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
It was just another rainy Monday at the Norwalk Reflector. Scott Seitz and Mike Greco were first on the scene about 5:30 a.m. Seitz had a weekend's worth of cop news to pick up, while Greco had to come up with something to say about Sunday's debacle on the Cleveland lakefront. Everybody thinks being a sportswriter is a great job free admission, free food and a great place to watch the game. But did you see that crap Sunday afternoon?
1:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
NHRA has released the 2009 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series schedule. The Series, which is headlined by the powerful Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car classes, features 44 races across the country throughout NHRA's seven geographic regions. Competitors in eight classes in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series vie for divisional and national championships and a share of the year-end purse worth more than $560,000. Norwalk is part of the series in the North Central Division and scheduled for May 15 to 17 at Summit Motorsports Park. There is also races slated for Mid-Michigan Motorplex in Stanton, Mich. July 11 and 12 and National Trail Raceway in Columbus July 24 to 26.
1:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON - The two men who wore ski masks and branished guns Tuesday morning while robbing the Erie Community Federal Credit Union remain on the loose. One shot was fired, but nobody was injured in the heist.
1:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com MILAN Lili Grant is about the size of many of her first-grade classmates. But for a chipmunk, she's a towering figure. The Milan Elementary student pretended to be a chipmunk Monday and was sent back into the wild, as part of a Center of Science and Industry (COSI) traveling exhibit called "What's Wild."