4:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
A honking complaint turned into a short police pursuit. The Norwalk Police Department received a complaint at 8:23 a.m. Tuesday of a vehicle stopped in the road with the driver honking her horn, Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton said in his report. The driver, Susan Weakland, 46, of 110 Concord Court, was stopped in front of houses on Cedar and Corwin streets, where Fulton said she was accused of yelling and honking the horn.
4:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk City Councilman Tom Stoll remembered Judge Phillip M. White Jr. always had problems with the copier. It seemed to always happen when the Huron County Common Pleas judge was in a hurry.
4:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Lifetime Norwalk resident Jim Loughton is ready to take the next step. Always interested in city government, Loughton has thrown his hat into the ring in the Norwalk city council first-ward race. He will face Republican incumbent Scott Krichbaum.
4:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
"We like the health insurance we have and don't want the government messing with it." That's the refrain one hears frequently these days on TV newscasts of people some of whom have Medicare or veterans' health insurance, if you can believe that shouting down congressmen at town hall meetings.
4:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Amidst a rash of reports of vehicle entries, the Norwalk Police Department is reminding residents to secure their vehicles and not leave their valuables inside. "Culprits are stealing loose change, electronic items and anything of value out of unlocked vehicles," Capt. Dave Light said. "Most of the entries are taking place during the night in neighborhoods in every area of the city. Some thefts are occurring in shopping center parking lots."
4:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com The North Coast Inland Trail has come a long way. With the help of a load of volunteers, working under the umbrella of Firelands Rails to Trails, the group has cleared several miles of trails from Norwalk to Monroeville to Bellevue and another small stretch in the Collins area. And now's no time to slow down.
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Chris MacFarland loves a challenge. Don't tell him he can't win as a football coach at Norwalk High School. Losing, he said, is not an option.
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE - The city's school district has received a state and federal stimulus package that essentially provides $21 million to build new school facilities. "The economic impact in Bellevue in terms of jobs, local investment, protecting property values and retail activity is huge," said school board president Dr. Ted Clark. "What we can do for our children with this money is overwhelming."
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Cleveland Browns today announced the training camp schedule for August 17-23. The Browns will announce the practice schedule each Wednesday for the following week. Gates open one hour prior to the start of each practice session. Training camp will be open to the public through the week beginning Monday, August 24.
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Northeast Ohio gas prices took a sharp jump upward this week. The average price for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline increased 12.8 cents per gallon to $2.614 at the pump. According to the AAA Fuel Gauge, oil prices held steady most of the day to open the week's trading down a little more than 30 cents closing at $70.60 Monday on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Monday's steady opening stands in stark contrast to last week's mini-price rollercoaster which saw market oil reach a five week high near $73 per barrel during trading before settling closer to $70 at the close.
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
EDITOR'S NOTE: Today begins a 10-part series on the Norwalk city council races, both contested and uncontested. Scott Krichbaum is wrapping up his first term as a Norwalk city councilman.
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Village council authorized Administrator Shawn Tappel Monday to submit an application for an Issue 2 grant to help pay for the Prospect Street bridge project. The move came during Monday's council meeting.
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - An informational meeting discussing the USDA program ACRE will take place at 6:30 p.m. today in the Farm Service Agency tent by the heritage barn at the Erie County Fair. The deadline to sign up for the ACRE program is Friday.
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Dale Shepard was devastated after he knocked down a post while operating a tractor in front of his home. His wife would kill him.
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
The spectacular Perseid meteor shower is lighting up the night's sky this week. Tonight is the peak, so around midnight Huron County residents should begin looking to the northeast portion of the sky. The meteors are predicted to be falling at a rate of between 60 and 100 per hour though keep in mind that that's an average, so you'll likely see four or five in quick succession, then a minute or two with none at all, followed by a few more and so on. The waxing gibbous moon will provide some interference, but after it sets, the morning hours should provide additional viewing opportunities.
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Former Norwalk runaway Calvin Riley was ordered today to do 75 hours of volunteer work and ordered to have no association with Norwalk Catholic School (NCS) staff or employees. Huron County Juvenile Court Judge Timothy Cardwell further ordered Riley's parents to continue securing their vehicle keys and weapons. The judge credited the 14-year-old boy with serving 15 days of detention. The boy could face more time in detention or the Department of Youth Services if he violates the court orders.
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - New Willard City Schools superintendent David Danhoff struck a positive tone during his first school board meeting. Danhoff, who is succeeding Dennis Doughty, said the last couple of weeks have been "eye opening to say the least." He added he's been "extremely impressed" with his administrative team and it seems to him employees take pride in the appearance of the buildings.
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - A Painesville man has been charged in connection with providing police with a false Social Security number and fleeing after an Aug. 1 traffic stop. Charles Jones, 27, is accused of escaping the custody of the Wakeman Police Department and fleeing into Riverview Mobile Home Park, 5571 U.S. 20, Chief Tim Hunker said.
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Incoming fifth-graders and returning sixth-graders for the 2009-10 school year are invited to attend Main Street School's annual orientation program, scheduled for Tuesday. The event will start at 1 p.m. in the school's auditorium. Parents are also invited and encouraged to attend. In addition to a presentation on school policies and procedures, students also will be afforded the opportunity to tour the building and get accustomed to where their classes will be. Team and homeroom assignments will be posted for students to get a first look at who they will have as teachers for the upcoming year. Also, later that evening, parents of students who indicated an interest in taking band or orchestra as sixth-graders are invited to attend an orientation program at 7 p.m. in the school's cafeteria. Representatives from area music stores will be on hand to discuss instrument rental and purchase plans. Band teacher Sandy Bennett and orchestra teacher Mark Parish will also be on hand to answer questions and explain policies and procedures for the sixth-grade elective music programs.
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Every fisherman who's ever sat on the bank or in a boat has wondered what's going on out there under the waves. Are there fish below? What are they doing? Is there a better place? All good questions, and there are answers if you become a scuba or skin diver. Then you can go down and look. I've looked myself a number of times, and that world below the waves can be an eye opener. Like the time I was going to OSU's Stone Lab on South Bass Island and took some time out to do a little smallmouth bass fishing along Peach Point. I knew it was a good spot, but I couldn't buy a bite and the question was "Is anything down there?" I had a face mask and snorkel lying in the bottom of the boat, so I anchored and went down to see. It was amazing! There must have been dozens of bass in various sizes lying along the little reef, and one of at least four pounds came right up to me and goggled into my face plate. I could hardly wait to get back up to the boat, grab my rod and start fishing again. I still couldn't buy a bite. A friend of mine who loves his Lake Erie fishing and is a veteran scuba diver told me of a day when he was fishing among a pack of boats around Gull Reef and catching very little. So, he gave it up, motored over to Kelleys Island and put on his gear in a long bay, then went over the side to look for anchors or anything else of interest. "Dick, you wouldn't believe what I found down there in about 15 feet of water." he said. "There were smallmouth bass and walleyes just stacked up on the bottom. I swam back up to the boat, grabbed a rod and limited out on both species. There wasn't another boat in sight."
4:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Longtime readers of this column know the importance of homegrown tomatoes in my life. I have run contests in this newspaper, rewarding individuals who were able to show a ripe tomato in their gardens before I had one in mine. I have celebrated the tomato for its colorful and tasty role in assembling a BLT. And I have mocked so-called gourmet tomatoes grown in California because well I didn't grow them myself.