2:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
City council got a look at proposed legislation to buy a portion of the city's water from Northern Ohio Rural Water for the next 40 years at Tuesday's work session. Council will consider the proposal at the next regular meeting on April 7. "Louis Frey in heaven is smiling down on me," said Mayor Sue Lesch, referring to the former mayor's long campaign to provide an alternative source of water for the city. "He was always adamant that this was one of the things we should do."
2:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County isn't alone with sky-high unemployment rates. Officials in Allendale County, South Carolina and Elkhart County, Indiana also are facing high unemployment and scrambling for ways to get people back to work.
2:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
Federal stimulus incentives aren't just for corporations teetering on the brink of collapse, but homebuyers and homeowners who make their homes more energy efficient can qualify for thousands in tax credits. "It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Gary Kalizewski, owner of Grande Maison Construction, with low interest rates, low material prices and tax credits. "There are so many people who don't now about it."
2:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
New State Road resident Tony Scott stood in his front yard with his arms across his chest or put hands in his pockets. He calmly watched while the Norwalk Fire Department handled a field fire across the road from his home that seemed to creep closer. Scott was inside cleaning his floors when the blaze started between 1:30 and 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. The flames, in a matter of moments, went from being nearly extinguished to flaring red.
2:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
Kingwood Center is hosting several events, including training for hosts, workshops for Easter decorations and a sunrise service for Easter Sunday. Hosts and hostesses welcome visitors and answer questions for the many shows and special events held at the Mansfield attraction each year. After attending the training from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on April 9, hosts/hostesses will be scheduled in advance. They are usually needed on Saturdays or Sundays for two to three hours. A history of Kingwood Hall and a tour of the mansion will be covered during the training. Registration is open for a children's Easter bunny topiary workshop and story time from 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 10. The cost of the workshop is $7, or $6 for members, and must accompany registration. Ages 5 and up are welcome.
2:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
Five women were honored earlier this month for 50 years of service as Firebelles for the Township Township Volunteer Fire Department. Mary Ruth Patrick, Emily Liles, Dot Fannin, Marie Fugel and Esther Rowland started the Firebelles as a support group for the fire department, where all of their husbands volunteered as firefighters. Vicki Lakner, a newer member of the Firebelles, said the women started the group to both help with fundraising for the department and to provide support when their husbands were called to the scene of fires. They help with the departments fish fry events and bring food and drinks if the men are on the scene of emergencies for long periods of time. Lakner said the department appreciates the ongoing support of the Firebelles and thanks the original members for organizing the group. Caption The original Firebelles honored for starting the support group for the Townsend Township Fire Department are (from left): Dot Fannin, Emily Liles, Esther Rowland and Marie Fugel. Mary Ruth Patrick is not pictured.
2:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
MARCH 26, 1940 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 76 years ago Newton Patrick loses his case against B&O On Monday afternoon, Newton Patrick lost his personal injury case when the court directed a verdict for the B&O Railway. Patrick was hurt in a crossing accident north of Newman's Corners Sept. 27, 1937.
2:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
Good news and bad news for Huron County unemployment is down for February, but still is the highest in the state at 18 percent. January's rate for Huron County was 18.3 percent.
2:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
He's like the gentle giant. Checking in about 6-foot-7 and weighing about 280 pounds, Nick Hamilton stands tall among his peers for more than just the obvious reason.
2:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - Michael Gravelle, the former Clarksfield Township man convicted in the "children in cages" case, will be sentenced May 7 in Sandusky Municipal Court for a driving under the influence (DUI) conviction. Gravelle, 60, now of Sandusky, pleaded no contest last week to DUI and an unspecified equipment violation, both in connection with a June 28 traffic stop by the state Highway Patrol. Court records further show the defendant entered a similar plea to disorderly conduct stemming from a March 10, 2008 domestic incident and was found guilty of all three charges.
2:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Administrator Shawn Tappel told council Monday the village might be eligible for an additional full-time police officer funded for a three-year period by economic stimulus money. He said the village would have to commit to paying the officer for a fourth year, and he emphasized no decisions have been made about exactly how the funds will be spent.
2:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
The area's parochial and private schools will have to wait a while longer to find out how they will fare in this year's state budget allocations. On Monday, 58th District Representative Terry Boose (R) met with teachers and administrative personnel from parochial and private schools in Huron, Erie and Lorain counties to discuss Gov. Ted Strickland's proposed education budget, but information was limited.
2:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man remains hospitalized in a Toledo hospital after a one-vehicle crash Monday on South Norwalk Road. Richard Hammer-Huber, 39, of 2055 Ridge Road, was listed in fair condition in "constant care" at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center this morning, a hospital spokeswoman said . She explained that "constant care" is similar to a vascular intensive care unit.
2:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - A former Norwalk woman was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for driving the car that killed a Sandusky man in February 2008. Marisa A. Roberts, 20, now of Huron, will be serving two years behind bars because of a plea deal with the state. She earlier pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and no contest to four counts of aggravated vehicular assault.
2:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County's most recent unemployment rate has dropped slightly but remains the highest in the state. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (JFS) released the county-by-county labor statistics this morning. Huron County saw its rate decrease from 18.3 percent for January to 18.0 for February.
2:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com MILAN Saturday morning was a tough one for a Wikel Road mother. The woman discovered her 7-month-old son was unresponsive at 6:18 a.m., Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth said. The woman awakened about midnight, gave her son a bottle and he went back to sleep. "She was very distraught when (a deputy) arrived," Sigsworth said.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com For almost a year now Faces of Hope has helped people deal with mental health issues and also opened the door of friendships for area residents. The support group will celebrate its first anniversary at 10 a.m. April 1 at St. Paul's Gathering Space. The public is invited.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Candice Lopez, of Huron, hopes many people will take a few strokes to help fight diabetes at the Swim for Diabetes fundraiser from 1 to 5 p.m. April 5 at the Ernsthausen Rec Center. Her daughter, Sara Ruckman, 9, has lived with diabetes for four years. "It feels like helping out gives us some control and some power," Lopez said.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Rumors have been circulating for months and Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch confirmed it this week - Applebee's is not coming to Norwalk in 2009. But Lesch still holds out hope that the restaurant chain will come to the community once the economy picks up.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Spring officially arrived on the calendar last Friday. But wasn't it nice to get a foretaste of it with the 60-degree weather on Tuesday and Wednesday; to walk out the door and find that you did not need your gloves or hat; to actually feel the warmth of the sunshine and south breeze?
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
A victim who lives where one shot was fired March 7 said the residents of Rustic Hills Mobile Home Park will be relieved to hear about Friday afternoon's arrest. Justin Richmond, 19, of 5144 N. U.S. 250, Lot 71, was arrested by the Huron County Sheriff's Office without incident at his home about 12:45 p.m. He was charged with discharging a firearm on or near a prohibited premises. If convicted of the third-degree felony, Richmond faces one to five years in prison.