12:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
SEPT. 15, 1910 The top stories in The Daily Reflector on this date 98 years ago: Twenty-two new members taken in At the first regular monthly meeting of the Huron County Automobile Club, which was held Wednesday evening in the Chamber of Commerce rooms in the Gardiner block, 22 new members were taken into the club, and an official club pennant was adopted.
12:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Ohio Department of Transportation has restricted traffic to one-way for separate projects on U.S. 20 heading toward Lorain County and Ohio 103 in the Willard area. U.S. 20, between the eastern corporation limit of Norwalk and the Lorain County line, is restricted to one lane of two-way traffic as part of a resurfacing project. One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times with flaggers. The project is expected to be completed Oct. 31. One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times with a signal for Ohio 103 between Holtz and Holt Farms South roads as part of a bridge repair project. That change will begin Monday and run through Oct. 6.
12:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
Former Huron County Commissioner Terry Boose believes the first piece of campaign literature by Terry Traster his Republican opponent in the race to replace State Rep. Thomas Heydinger is deceiving. Traster handed out a card during the Lorain County Fair which shows a photo of the Amherst City council member with Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher. In the card, Fisher is quoted as saying: "By working together we were able to save Norwalk Furniture, and with Terry Traster's help we will make Ohio stronger." "I think it's misleading," Boose told The (Elyria) Chronicle-Telegram. "The first time reading it certainly makes it look like he was involved in saving Norwalk Furniture." Traster told the Chronicle-Telegram he wasn't involved in the efforts to keep the company open, but approved the literature, which was designed and printed by the Ohio House Democratic Caucus.
12:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com The Ralph and Alice Walcher Rehabilitation Center is now up and running at Fisher-Titus Memorial Center. Ralph Walcher, a retired farmer from North Fairfield, donated more than $500,000 to the hospital so the rehab center was named in honor of him and his late wife. "I wanted to make sure people realize how important Alice was to our family's success," Walcher said. "And this is a great way for me to recognize her for all her years of support."
12:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com What is it about pigs that makes them such a target for insults? You can take a pig and put lipstick on it, but its still a pig. You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. You're stuck like a pig in a poke. You eat like a pig. You sweat like a pig. When a cop goes by, it smells likes bacon. You're a porker.
12:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - Keith and LeeAnne Prindle are proud to wear their political views on their sleeve, so to speak, with a sign supporting Barack Obama in the front window of the Invention Restaurant. They don't understand why they've now gotten two incidents of customers so upset over the sign they say they won't return.
12:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
NORWALK The following people recently were convicted of drunken driving in Norwalk Municipal Court: Keith M. Lambert, 34, 18 Maple St., Norwalk. Violation date: June 14. Conviction date: Aug. 8. Sentence: $700 fine, $60 costs, six-month license suspension and three days in jail; credited with $250 and three days in jail time upon completion of alcohol intervention program (AIP); defendant shall have limited driving only on proof of insurance and occupation from Aug. 8 to Dec. 14 not valid on operation of any commercial vehicle. Alex M. Theisen, 23, 15 Sycamore Dr., Apt. G, Norwalk. Violation date: July 18. Conviction date: Aug. 12. Sentence: $700 fine, $60 costs, six-month license suspension and 30 days in jail; defendant shall have 27 days suspended; credited with $250 and three days in jail time upon completion of AIP; defendant shall have limited driving only on proof of insurance and occupation from Aug. 12 to Jan. 1, 2009; defendant shall have two years probation; defendant shall have two years no convictions; defendant shall show proof of six months alcohol counseling by Mar. 12, 2009; defendant shall show proof of restitution to the court within 90 days. Forrest J. Osborne, 19, 12 W. Howard St., Willard. Violation date: July 19. Conviction date: Aug. 12. Sentence: $700 fine, $60 costs, six-month license suspension and three days in jail; credited with $250 and three days in jail time upon completion of AIP; defendant shall have limited driving only on proof of insurance and occupation from Aug. 12 to Jan. 19, 2009.
12:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS An increasing deer population, resulting in extensive damage to plant communities, has led the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Natural Areas and Preserves to coordinate special youth deer hunts at four state nature preserves-Desonier (Athens County), Goll Woods (Fulton County), Johnson Woods (Wayne County) and Lawrence Woods (Hardin County). A random drawing will be held to select participants for all four hunts. The hunts will take place on Nov. 22 during the regular youth deer gun hunting season. At each site, successful applicants must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult partner. This hunt is coordinated with ODNR's Division of Wildlife so antlerless permits are allowed if purchased prior to the hunt. This will allow each hunter to harvest a total of two deer utilizing the regular deer permit and one antlerless deer permit or two antlerless deer permits. Youth hunters aged 17 years and younger are eligible. All Ohio hunting rules and regulations will apply. Interested applicants should submit a 3 by 5 card with their printed name, complete address and daytime telephone number along with the preserve hunt title (i.e. "Desonier Woods Youth Deer Hunt") and a $5 processing fee (check or money order) for each entry to ODNR, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, 2045 Morse Road, Bldg. F-1, Ohio 43229. Applicants may apply for more than one hunt and permits are transferable.
12:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
NORWALK The following people were recently convicted of crimes in Norwalk Municipal Court, Judge John Ridge presiding: Ryan M. McWilliams, 23, 39 W. Hooker St., New London; theft; conviction date: Aug. 5; fine, $100; costs, $60; jail, 30 days, 30 days suspended; defendant shall have two years probation; defendant shall have two years no convictions; defendant shall show proof of six months substance abuse counseling by Mar. 5, 2009; defendant shall pay fine and cost within 60 days. Aaron M. Carmen, 30, 1310 Greenfield Dr., Willard; registration violation; conviction date: Aug. 5; fine, $100; costs, $50; defendant shall pay fine and cost within 30 days. Jerry N. Woodard, 63, 56 Sand Trail, Willard; insufficient public display of firearms; conviction date: Aug. 5; fine, $100; costs, $50; defendant shall pay fine and cost within 30 days.
12:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk teenager has a preliminary hearing today in Norwalk Municipal Court in connection with stealing about $200 from a neighbor who earlier let him borrow some money. If Kyle V. Osborn, 19, of 4941 N. Old State Road, waives the hearing, his case could be transferred to Huron County Common Pleas Court for a possible grand jury indictment. Milan Police Sgt. Bob Meister arrested Osborn after he came to the station Friday at Meister's request and was interviewed. Chief Jim Ward said the victim earlier let the suspect borrow about $20. He said Osborn apparently noticed where the man kept the money, so he returned to the home when nobody was home and stole the $200. "He entered through a back door of the home," Ward said. "He went into a neighbor's house, which is across the road and is actually in the village (of Milan)."
12:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Furniture has convinced Comerica Bank for "minimal funds" to let dealers know if they have finished orders sitting in the almost-empty plant. "The bank released just a minimal amount of funds," said Mary Geretz, receptionist and long-time employee. "We had furniture that was already through the production process it was ready, inspected, wrapped and ready to go out."
12:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Teachers Association (NTA) President Matt Lark recently congratulated the NTA members on "their awesome support" in obtaining a new, fair contract by boycotting all the open houses. "Our negotiating team ... looks forward to being able to proclaim that our association has 100 percent participation in our efforts to achieve a fair contract. Remember, your participation in the crisis team's recommended activities will accelerate the negotiations process so that we can all get back to business as usual," Lark wrote in a letter to NTA members.
12:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
GALION - Galion Tiger head football coach Chris Hawkins can see the light at the end of the tunnel. After six-straight seasons of suffering, the Tigers are off to a 2-1 start. Galion hosts Norwalk (0-3) Friday in the Northern Ohio League opener for each team.
12:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
With little foreign or domestic policy success over the past eight years to trumpet at their convention last week, the Republican Party instead tried to shift the focus of the campaign to the personalities of those involved. The plan obviously was to show to the nation that Sen. John McCain and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, unlike Democrat Sen. Barack Obama, were not latte-sipping, Volvo-driving, arugula-eating lawyer eggheads, but were more Schlitz-drinking, snowmobile driving, moose-burger eating regular guy (and gal) types, just like you and me. No easy task when one considers the senator's seven or eight homes (not even one of which is in foreclosure), those $520 Ferragamo loafers he's fond of wearing, and the $3,000 dress with $297,000 in accessories his wife, Cindy, was wearing on the convention's opening night when she was encouraging the rest of us not to be stingy and cough up some money for hurricane victims.
12:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON - Authorities shut down Ohio 13 between Scheid Road and Ohio 2 for about six hours after a sedan collided with a tractor-trailer Tuesday morning. The state Highway Patrol and Erie County Sheriff's Office detoured traffic as crews cleaned up the crash site.
12:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - A large crowd gathered Wednesday night at the New London Grange Hall for a potluck dinner and an opportunity to meet candidates running for office in the November election. The event was sponsored by the Huron County Pomona Grange and Roland Tkach, master of both the Wakeman and Pomona granges, welcomed the audience and outlined some of the services Huron County granges provide to their communities.
12:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Furniture President Jim Gerken sent an update to employees today saying he hopes a new company can step in and take over. "Norwalk Furniture is pursuing a plan to resume production through the lease or sale of the assets located in Norwalk, Ohio. This would enable a new company to complete the work in process and fill the orders in the backlog as well as to continue production on an ongoing basis.
12:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - Colonel Tom Moe knows firsthand about John McCain's resiliency. He's seen, through the peephole he drilled through his cell wall, signs of McCain's mental toughness.
12:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk school board authorized district treasurer Kenneth France to advertise for bids to replace the Main Street School auditorium/gymnasium roofs during Tuesday night's regular meeting. The cost will be about $50,000. Dustin Brown, the director of support services, said there have been some leaks which have been repaired, but there could be "future issues" in the winter. He wants to "move forward and not wait until next year."
12:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
"It still burns" the pain and shock of watching almost 3,000 people die as thousands more struggled to help and make sense of the world on Sept. 11, 2001. That's the feeling of Sgt. Jody Passeno, a recruiter assistant for the Norwalk Army/National Guard office. He had retired from active duty, but was completing physical therapy to be able to join the National Guard when he heard on the radio that a plane had hit the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8:45 a.m.
12:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
The white shirt brigade was out in full force Tuesday night. A majority of the Norwalk Teachers Association (NTA) about 175 people all stood up when Norwalk school board president Rob Ludwig asked if anyone wanted to speak during public participation.