6:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
If anyone has had enough, it's Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard. Howard said he has remained silent recently as Huron County Commissioners Gary Bauer and Larry Silcox have nitpicked his budget.
6:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
Enough is enough. That's the message two of the Huron County commissioners sent at their meeting Thursday.
6:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
In these tough economic times, certain parts of the budget are going to take a hit. It's no different with the city of Norwalk, as money for training and maintenance isn't as plentiful as it used to be.
6:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com People joked with Norwalk city councilman Dwight Tkach on Nov. 10 when he arrived to the council meeting about 25 minutes late. Tkach, who rarely misses a meeting and is always punctual, didn't say much to these jokesters, which included his fellow council buddies. What they didn't know at the time was Tkach, who owns Nobil's Sports and Trophies and Kenilee Lanes in Uptown Norwalk, was dealing with an emergency at his business.
6:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk burglary suspect accused of selling stolen items for heroin was indicted Wednesday by a Huron County grand jury. Channing W. Waggoner, 23, of 23 Westwind Drive, has been in custody at the Huron County Jail since Oct. 24. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said the defendant called his grandmother after the burglaries for a ride and had her stop at several places on the way home so Waggoner reportedly could trade the stolen items, including video games, for heroin. "I don't think he was successful at those instances," Leffler added. Waggoner is accused of stealing Oxycontin from a Monroeville relative Sept. 12, he said. The suspect was charged with theft of drugs stemming from that incident and indicted on three counts of burglary in connection with incidents on Oct. 22 and 24.
6:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
RAVENNA - A fired ultrasound technician was arraigned Monday in connection with taking and compiling nude photos of patients. Jamie Aguirre, 43, of 68 Sandy Trail, Willard, faces 11 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented materials. Court records show a Portage County grand jury indicted the Willard defendant Friday, the same day his case in Kent Municipal Court was dismissed.
6:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
After nearly a year of on-site preparation, Greenwich Milan Townline Road in rural Huron County stands ready to be the first county roadway in Ohio to receive funding under the Federal Highway Administration's High Risk Rural Roads Program. The $1.2 million safety project is designed to improve a portion of Greenwich Milan Town Line Road between Zenobia and Court roads just southeast of Norwalk. At this time, it appears that a Level 1 Categorical Exclusion environmental document will be appropriate. The Level 1 Categorical Exclusion recognition is a major milestone. "This indicates ODOT's environmental office is ready to begin aiding the Engineer's with accomplishing the few remaining tasks," Huron County Engineer Joe Kovach said. "The CE 1 status permits the project to be finalized before the end of 2009 and commence construction in 2010."
6:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
IMO the dancing was MUCH improved, the performances better across the board and judges more consistent - and in line with my thinking - than previous weeks on "Dancing With the Stars' this season. I LOVED the group hustle. Made me want to be out there with them. Glad to see just two individual dances: the paso doble and Argentine tango.
6:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
Edison High School graduate Gina Risner doesn't need a reminder to feel thankful. She knows the havoc four typhoons have caused in the Philippines. "We're going to have turkey and all the side dishes (on Thanksgiving) and they can't even get a glass of water," said Risner, a BGSU Firelands student. "People there would just be happy to eat a can of beans."
6:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com When Pleasant Elementary School children heard the winner of a drawing contest was from Sarah Albright's class, some put their hands on their mouths in anticipation. Others crossed their fingers. They broke out into a scream and cheers when they learned the winner was Samantha Bauer. And afterwards, the children crowded around her and hugged her.
6:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
When is the last time you wrote a letter? I don't mean an e-mail. I don't mean an obligatory thank-you note with a few sentences about how much you liked the gift, whether you really liked it or not. I don't mean a birthday card or a condolence card with a few lines added. I mean a real letter, containing news about your life and questions about someone else's life, that you folded up, put in an envelope, sealed, stamped, and put in a mailbox. I mean a letter that took a day or two to arrive.
6:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
At the time, it seemed like a simple act of kindness: Carol Mason had agreed last spring to serve as accompanist at Norwalk First United Methodist Church during the summer, when the organist was gone. Today, Mason, who is not a member of the congregation, believes the church's need for a fill-in accompanist was a sign from God.
6:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County General Health District, with assistance from Fisher-Titus Medical Center, will hold three upcoming H1N1 vaccine clinics this week. The Erie County Health Department will be having a clinic at EHOVE Career Center on Friday.
6:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - A two-day drug enforcement detail last week involving more than 100 traffic stops netted multiple citations and two drug-related arrests. Between 2 p.m. Nov. 12 and 10 p.m. Friday, the state Highway Patrol and Willard Police Department ran a drug interdiction detail in the Willard area including New Haven and Richmond Townships. The criminal patrol unit from the patrol's Bucyrus District, Huron County Sheriff's Office and Adult Parole Authority also were involved.
6:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
PLYMOUTH - A Plymouth man was charged with felony fleeing and eluding after he and two passengers ran from a vehicle that crashed after a high-speed pursuit Tuesday night. Brandon M. Kennard, 29, of 397 Plymouth St., and two other suspects fled a Pontiac Grand Prix after the accident in a Huron County soybean field, Plymouth Police Officer Reggie Ganzhorn told the Mansfield News Journal. Kennard was not in custody at the Huron County Jail as of press time.
6:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOLEDO High School sophomores across the state took the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT) in March and the results rank Toledo's diocesan Catholic schools among the best in the state. According to the 2009 diocesan Catholic schools annual report, diocesan schools average nearly 96 percent of all students passing the OGT compared to the state average of 84 percent of public school students passing. With these numbers in mind, Diocesan educators continue to raise the bar for their students. Norwalk Catholic School President Walt Klimaski said 93 percent of the 10th graders who took the OGT test last spring passed all five parts the fist time. The average for Huron County show 70.4 percent of the students pass it the first time.
6:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com COLLINS Cafeteria matters and technology are improving at Western Reserve, and Board of Education members heard some encouraging words about these areas Wednesday. Treasurer Brett Robson said the food service financial situation is looking up, and Superintendent Rodge Wilson remarked on the quality of lunches. He praised the cafeteria workers for their "attention to detail and pride in their work." One of the audience members agreed and said in the elementary cafeteria, "Kids are eating and they are enjoying it." Michael McGill said when he was hired as technology director five months ago, "Things were in a very bad stage," but since that time conditions have gotten better. He said new infrastructure has improved communications and Internet access.
6:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Northcoast Jobs Connection Job Stores and Seneca One Stop has announced its December schedule. Seminars are free and open to anyone in the community. The seminars are also available to be customized for employers and delivered on site. There are a variety of classes and events being offered in December at the Huron County Job Store, 185 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk. n Get a Job or a Better Job, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 21 and 28. Learn how to prepare for and conduct a successful job search. This session includes a review of state employment and unemployment features. n Goal Setting and Time Management, from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 2.
6:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
To address the economic crisis locally, the Main Street Norwalk Program, Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce and the Norwalk Economic Development Corp. have joined efforts to promote shopping local. The groups are launching the first phase of their shop local campaign, "Shop Local First, The Buck Stays Here!" The first phase will educate local consumers on the importance of shopping local and ask them to "Take the Shop Local Challenge." The campaign is partially funded by a grant from the Fund for Huron County which was awarded to Main Street Norwalk. Local shoppers are being asked to shop 10 different local, independently owned shops between now and Dec. 14.
6:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County commissioners welcomed visitors from the north at Tuesday's meeting. Erie County Commissioner Pat Shenigo along with Jack R. Meyers, sanitary engineer, were in Norwalk on Tuesday to talk trash.
6:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON - No foul play is suspected in the death Saturday night of a 26-year-old Norwalk man. William T. "Bill' Nelson finished a set with his band, The Paper Street Soap Company, at 1 a.m. at i-5's in Huron Saturday. He went to the bathroom a few minutes later but did not return. Bar patrons called 9-1-1 at about 1:30 after finding him unconscious and not breathing.