2:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
When that fire alarm rings, everyone's favorite hero next door, Fireman Sam and his trusted fire brigade, are ready to race to the rescue. "Fireman Sam: Saves the Day!,' which arrived on DVD last week from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment, is the newest title featuring five amazing adventures demonstrating the bravery and courage needed to get the job done.
2:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
Soup Kitchen. The words can conjure images of seemingly never-ending lines moving at a snail's pace toward a vat of soup.
2:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Lynn Detterman has been named president & CEO for Mercy Hospital of Willard, effective Sunday. Her selection was the result of a CHP wide internal search lead by a CEO search committee appointed by the Mercy Hospital of Willard Board of Trustees. Detterman has served as interim president and CEO for Mercy Willard since November 2008, following Bob Gospodarek's transition to chief operating officer of St. Charles Mercy Hospital.
2:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Greenwich man was sentenced Wednesday to 11 months in prison for driving a stolen car from the village to Norwalk. Corey T. Foster, 23, of 6 Pierce St., also will serve an additional 81 days for an unrelated post-release control violation. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker said Foster didn't pay his restitution or report to his parole officer after being released from prison on an escape conviction. Shenker said the defendant fled a community-based corrections facility, where he was sentenced for a receiving stolen property conviction.
2:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County officials are trying to remain positive while dealing with the tightest budget in years. A group of elected officials met Thursday to hash out the 2009 budget.
2:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
Introducing the new Ohio EPPICard! If you receive monthly cash benefits through Ohio Works First (OWF), disability financial assistance and/or refugee cash assistance, you can sign up for the debit MasterCard starting Sunday. Currently you can receive your cash benefits direct deposited or as a paper check in the mail. Effective Aug. 1, 2009, the electronic payment program is mandatory throughout the state of Ohio. The electronic payments program means you will get your cash benefits electronically instead of through a paper check. You can choose to either receive your payments through direct deposit into your own checking or savings account or your payments will be placed on the pre-paid Ohio EPPICard Debit MasterCard. This card allows you to make purchases anywhere debit MasterCard is accepted, which may include grocery stores, restaurants, department stores, gas stations and pharmacies. You may get cash back at no charge when making purchases or from a MasterCard member bank teller window.
2:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
FEB. 2, 1981 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 28 years ago: 'Economy in worst mess in 50 years' WASHINGTON White House Chief of Staff James Baker says the economy is in the worst mess in 50 years and that President Reagan will begin explaining what he intends to do about it this week.
2:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
Recent comments indicate there are normal folks who smile when advised that February is just around the corner. Cheap Coffee Club members are no exception. When questioned about a choice of continued chills and ice and snow, a couple of answers stood out. Mr. Cynic responded, "Because it means, at last, it isn't January anymore." A couple other heads nodded their approval when CCC's historian commented, "It means that spring training is just around the corner. Pitchers and catchers report in a few days. In a couple more days, everyone shows up and, walla-walla (That's a French word); preseason games start. We can begin to determine who performs and who reads too many hype-writing sports columnists. Fans rejoice."
2:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
On Sept. 10, Frederick and Dianna Gantt of Hedgesville, Berkeley County, W.Va., hitched a trailer to their motor home and headed west to bring home the last known example of Martinsburg's automotive heritage a 1914 Norwalk Underslung Six touring car. The Norwalk Motor Car Company built cars and trucks in Martinsburg's once-thriving woolen mill district from 1912 to 1922. They were the longest-made and most successful motor vehicles ever manufactured in West Virginia. (See "The Norwalk: Martinsburg's Motor Car," by Daniel J. Friend; Summer 2003.) With Vic and Shelly McFillan following in a separate motor home, the two couples made the 3,400 mile, 10-day trek to return the bright yellow vehicle with a burgundy top from Longmont, Colo., to Berkeley County. The journey was the culmination of six years of careful negotiations with the former owner by members of the Norwalk Antique Car Club, who formed the Friends of Norwalk Foundation, Inc., a non-profit group that will raise funds to pay off a $280,000 bank loan that brought the historic car home. The total cost of the car was $300,000. Owner Shirley Hoffman informed car club member Christopher Breeze last spring she was planning to sell it, most likely on the Internet through eBay.
2:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Norwalk resident Kristie Wert has taken over as Main Street Norwalk program manager. Wert, whose first official day was Jan. 21, might be the first program manager who actually lives on "Main Street." She and her husband Chris and their three children live on West Main Street. Her time on the job has been a whirlwind so far.
2:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
The unfolding weather pattern will yield several major snowstorms in the East over the next four- to six-week period, said AccuWeather.com meteorologist Joe Bastardi. These storms could boost snowfall for the year above normal in areas that have received little snow thus far. The bigger storms would translate to more pronounced temperature swings in much of the nation, rather than persistent cold or warmth, he added. The first storm in the series, Monday (Groundhog Day) into Tuesday, is likely to bring a major snowfall to parts of the East. While there are still multiple scenarios with the "Groundhog Day Storm," computer models are trending away from a track west of the Appalachians and are beginning to favor a track near the Atlantic coast. While model "waffling" can be expected at this point, it is the overall trend that AccuWeather.com meteorologists are focusing on.
2:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
An open letter to our customers, shareholders, and community With more than 38,000 customers, 360 employees, and approximately 2,700 local shareholders, First Citizens Banc Corp is very much a part of our communities. Operating as Citizens Bank in Northern Ohio and Champaign Bank in Central Ohio, we reflect the strong mid-western values of the communities we serve. As a result, we have avoided many of the issues plaguing the financial world. We did not participate in the exotic lending products or the exotic investment products which appear to have triggered the financial downturn. Because of the widespread concerns over the banking industry, we want to tell you about us and our approach to the current economic problems. Our Results In spite of the impact of this recession, in 2008 we did have cash earnings and we did pay dividends. Many banks in Ohio and across the nation will be unable to say this. Our fourth quarter earnings before a non-cash goodwill adjustment were approximately $.22 per share. Our 2008 earnings were approximately $.56 per share before a non-cash goodwill adjustment. First Citizens Banc Corp paid a dividend for each quarter of 2008 and, on Feb. 1, 2009, will pay a dividend on its common stock of $.15 per share.
2:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
This is my birthday and instead of doing an excess of thinking and scholarliness, I'm going to comment on something which both amuses ad bemuses me. I realize that it's easy to speak of this since I've lived all of my life (so far, anyway) in the Norwalk area. I've never had to acclimate to a new community and learn whether a thoroughfare is a street or an avenue, and to also learn the correct usage of the thoroughfare's name. I speak of how many people (for instance) call Case a street when it is an avenue. It's easy error, though. Opposite it on West Main is Church, which is a street. The dictionary is no help; it says an avenue is a wide street. Is Church wider than Case? I think not. A street is defined as a public road in a town with houses on one or both sides. If that is literal, then most of the avenues are just streets such as Norwood, Linwood, and Woodlawn. My best guess is that when streets and building lots were being laid out in the 19th century the name of "avenue" was much more euphonious to the potential buyer than the blunt "street" used for the thoroughfares on the north side of town. Even Milan Avenue was called Milan Street until a century ago, and in the early days Whittlesey Avenue was Mechanic Street or the road to Enterprise.
2:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
Amber Miller was having no problems with her 2001 Ford Focus SE when she drove away from her friend's house Wednesday. The Cleveland Road woman said there were "no whistles, no alarms" until she turned into her driveway. That was when smoke started pouring out of her car.
2:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
Everybody loves a parade ... that's not the issue. Finances are. So the city of Norwalk is looking for ways to modify parade routes this year to save money by reducing police coverage.
2:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
Chances are you've heard of the Grammy awards, which honor superior achievement in music. But have you heard of the Grammy and Grampy awards?
2:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
Illegal parking uptown generated some heat at Tuesday's Norwalk City Council meeting. Council member Dwight Tkach broached the topic.
2:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
"Sometimes it's not good to be No. 1." That's what Melissa James, the executive director for the Norwalk Area-Huron County Chamber of Commerce, had to say about Huron County's 13.5 percent unemployment rate in December. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (JFS) announced Tuesday the figure topped the list among the state's 88 counties.
2:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
This is one list where you don't want to be on top. Huron County posted a whopping 13.5 percent unemployment rate in December, putting it at the top of the list among the state's 88 counties, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (JFS) said today.
2:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
We hear from people quite often about our Blast from the Past feature we carry in the paper each day. The first was a letter from a lady, a former Norwalk resident, from Bowling Green. She said an item from the 1930s had featured her sister who had wrecked on her bicycle. She said the sister died young in the 1950s and it was nice to read about her.
2:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
Old Man Winter continues to slap around the Firelands area. With 6 new inches of snow on the ground and 3 to 5 more expected today, local officials are telling area residents to stay indoors unless it's an absolute emergency.