6:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
A dark cloud hung over Tuesday night's Norwalk city council meeting. Unless things change between now and Jan. 1, Mayor Sue Lesch told council three police officers and two firefighters will be laid off as of the first of the year. "We're still in discussions," Lesch said after the meeting about trying the renegotiate the union contracts for police and fire."
6:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Quite a bit of positive economic news has filled our pages and those of other newspapers in recent days. Fed chairman Ben Bernanke announced the recession is over; Huron County unemployment rate is improving down from its high of 18.3 percent in January to the current 12.8 percent; and the Dow Jones Industrial Average exceeded the 10,000 mark that's up nearly 50 percent from the low reached in March.
6:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
The New Mexico man who threw a nylon bag containing about 20 pounds of marijuana from a plane in June was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison. Greg J. Baca 47, of Albuquerque, also was fined $5,000 for possession of marijuana and tampering with evidence. He had his driver's license suspended for six months.
6:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County's employment picture continues to improve, if ever so slightly. For the eighth straight month, Huron County's unemployment rate decreased.
6:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County Department of Job and Family Services wants to get to the bottom of the unemployment figures. The state said Tuesday Huron County's unemployment rate is 12.8 percent, down from 13.9 percent last month. "That looks good, with the numbers decreasing," said Chris Robertson, JFS workforce development supervisor. "But the word around the state is that is a false positive."
6:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com WILLARD City Manager Brian Humphress provided council Monday with a list of streets that will have limited parking beginning Oct. 26. "This proposal came about due to growing concerns that our safety forces would have difficulty traveling down some of these streets when parking is allowed on both sides," Humphress said. Another factor was the difficulty snow plows have operating on the streets as well as other safety concerns, he added. Council voted to grant the city an easement on Fort Ball Road. As part of Phase III of the U.S. 224 improvements project, the realignment of the Fort Ball Road intersection will require some of the land where the fire department is located.
6:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
A 15-year-old boy is accused of starting a 77 Woodlawn Ave. garage fire by lighting a mattress and a bale of straw Tuesday. Six Norwalk firefighters had the blaze under control in about five minutes and extinguished several hot spots. Capt. Don Helton said the vacant building, already "in poor condition" before the incident, was "fully involved in fire" upon arrival at 5 p.m.
6:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Willard woman who stole about $7,450 from an elderly relative will be spending up to six months in a community-based corrections facility which focuses on education and substance abuse treatment. Susanna M. Feltner, 24, of 713 Wessor Ave., was ordered to pay the entire amount of restitution as part of her three years of probation. She also was fined $250 and ordered to pay $100 to the victim's insurance company.
6:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - The Board of Education honored retiring bus driver Judy Ux Monday for her 24 years of service to the schools. Board President Ken Hale presented her with a plaque of appreciation for her "outstanding dedication to the New London School System."
6:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
HAVANNA - Three fire departments battled a Sherman Township field fire for about 45 minutes Monday before getting the blaze under control. The Sherman Norwich Road incident was reported about 4 p.m. and burned 30 to 40 acres of a harvested soy bean field belonging to Robert Bumb. He lives down the road from the field.
6:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
The report of a bag containing body parts ended up being just that just not human ones. Huron County Sheriff's Maj. Greg Englund responded to the Lovers Lane Road complaint near the bridge about 2 p.m. Monday. He said two Fremont girls found the bag of internal organs while doing a geography tracking project.
6:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Denise "Dee" M. Zeffiro-Krenisky said they called, and she's listening. Christie Lane's school chief is a finalist for a similar position in another county. An advisory committee has recommended her and Fred Williams of Powell for the job of superintendent of the Stark County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.
6:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com The parents of the 18-year-old Monroeville High School senior who died in a March 2007 school ski trip have settled their lawsuit. Snowboarder Greg Jacobs, of Bellevue, died March 8, 2007 from blunt force trauma to the head after a trip to a New York ski resort. Erie County (Pa.) Coroner Lyell Cook, in mid-March 2007, said nothing about the Peek 'n Peak Resort & Conference Center incident suggests "it was anything more than an accident." The student's parents, Michael and Teresa Jacobs, recently reached a confidential agreement, defense attorney Alicia Roshong told the Sandusky Register.
6:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Would legalized casino gambling be good for Ohio? We've been asked that question many times. And the answer each time, according to the voters, has been a resounding "No." Ohio voters will get another shot at it with Issue 3 on the Nov. 3 ballot. We may be going through some tough times, but you would never know it by walking down the Las Vegas Strip. Our family spent a long weekend in Sin City and we weren't alone. We didn't see Clark Griswold or Cousin Eddie, but there were people everywhere. And the casinos were packed with gamblers who were more than happy to spend their money.
6:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the next installment in a series of stories provided by Norwalk Economic Development Corp. Director Ellen Heinz, along with Main Street Program Manager Kristie Wert. It is no secret that Uptown Norwalk boasts two antique shops. One is the Northern Ohio Antique Mall, 22 E. Main St.. "I was a carpenter by trade," said Tom Jarrett, owner of Northern Ohio Antique Mall. "I always loved working with wood and the antiques just fell into place. I have been in the antique business now for 20 years." Jarrett started in the antique business with Chatfield Country Antiques and booths in several different antique malls. When Huron County offered the space on East Main for rent, Jarrett opened the mall, using the best ideas from the malls where he had previously displayed his antiques and added some of his own ideas to make it the shop you visit today.
6:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Cinda Bretz Wallace has witnessed a number of close calls at the intersection of Myrtle and Emerald. Therefore, she is hoping council reinstates the stoplight the city had to take down about 10 weeks ago for downtown revitalization work. The light, which had gotten in the way of handicapped ramps and curbs, had to be removed.
6:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
The question came from a Maplehurst Elementary third grader: Solar panels cost a lot of money, so how can people afford it with the state of the economy? David Miller, president of Edison Solar & Wind, provided an answer: As manufacturers improve the efficiency and quality of the products, the price will decrease.
6:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach talked about the new sales tax numbers this morning. And those figures were not pretty.
6:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Nebraska man who came to the Norwalk fire station requesting medical attention early Sunday morning later was determined to be the driver who abandoned a vehicle after a crash. Anthony P. Stockfelth, 20, of Omaha, came to the firehouse at 3:02 a.m. with cuts on his face and hands and reported being "jumped at Charlie's Bar," Norwalk Fire Lt. John Soisson said in his report. Soisson said police later notified firefighters that Stockfelth had fled the scene of one-vehicle rollover crash at 3 1/2 Marshall St.
6:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
Packing for a business trip has certainly changed. Not so long ago, all you had to do was decide what clothing to take, fold it carefully and arrange it thoughtfully in your bag. These days, the clothing is almost an afterthought.
6:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
For the past 15 years, Angel Food Ministries has been helping people save money on their food bill and not by giving handouts. Instead, it buys healthy food items in bulk and make them available to people for a reduced price up to 50 percent. Each Signature Box contains numerous meat items, vegetables, main dish entrees and staples such as peanut butter, milk, eggs and rice. Each month the offerings are different. Food is distributed once a month and Norwalk has two sites Calvary Baptist Church and First United Methodist Church. You can order online using a credit card. You can also visit the host site and pay with cash, money order and even food stamps.