6:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city council revisited an old topic at Tuesday night's work session. That topic was adult gaming devices. The proposed legislation doesn't prohibit these establishments that have a main function of providing customers with gaming machines, it just outlines the areas of the city they can locate.
6:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - In less than a week's time, three people have expressed an interest in filling that many vacant seats on village council. The interest came after the Reflector ran a story about the seats, which became open after nobody ran for them in this month's election.
6:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
With apologies to Henry Timman for encroaching a little on his gig, I couldn't resist doing a little research on an item that turned up in Saturday's Blast from the Past that piqued my interest. The year in question was 1921 and it was a report from a meeting of the Firelands Historical Society in which one member reported on a free love colony that had been established in Berlin Heights "about half-a-century earlier." Berlin Heights? She of the beautiful, stately white homes and well-manicured lawns along the scenic, maple-lined Ohio 61? You've got to be kidding. One hundred and fifty years ago men and women were living together in sin, cavorting naked amongst the fruit orchards, flouting the conventions and institutions of decent society? No way.
6:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com A New Moon was shining in Norwalk over the weekend, resulting in the highest grossing opening weekend at Premiere Theatre. Theater manager Cindy Livengood said she couldn't release specific figures, but it's obvious they were sky high. "New Moon," the newest movie in the "Twilight" series, sold out all day Friday and Saturday, Livengood said.
6:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com And just like that, more than $30,000 has been raised to fix the Huron County Courthouse clock. Jim Ewell, the Fix the Clock Committee chairman, delivered the good news to the county commissioners Tuesday. Talk of repairing the clock, which has been out of commission for several months, began this past summer.
6:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
Thanksgiving almost always conjures up images of huge feasts, football games on television and Black Friday. However, some senior citizens recall a time when the menu might have been the same, but the celebration was simpler.
6:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Donny takes trophy; what's next for DWTS?
6:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Thanksgiving is a holiday set aside for gratitude and being thankful. For law enforcement officials, it's more often than not another day at work.
6:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County's unemployment rate rose slightly in October, snapping a string of eight straight months in which it had decreased. The most current jobless rate of 13.4 percent was among the statistics released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). That rate was up from the 12.8 percent mark for September but still lower than the 13.9 percent figure for August.
6:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Village council unanimously approved bids Tuesday night for the Gerber Lee Substation addition and electrical distribution work as an extension of the Broad Street electrical distribution project. Council approved a bid of $408,652 from Vaughn Electric Industries, which submitted the second lowest bid. However, village consultant Thomas P. Herbert said Vaughn has a "great track record with municipalities and substations."
6:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com The state of Ohio recently delivered an early Christmas present to Huron County. It may as well be a lump of coal! The county commissioners, riding high after making the final bond payment for the landfill, were quickly brought back to Earth by the state.
6:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
GREENWICH Ohio 13, 0.3 mile north of Alpha Road in Greenwich Township, is now open. The road was closed previously for railroad crossing repairs.
6:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A Mansfield drug defendant is wanted on a failure to appear warrant. Jeremy S. Robinett, 28, was supposed to be in Huron County Common Pleas Court for his sentencing hearing Tuesday morning on possession of heroin. Court records indicate the same hearing originally was scheduled for Nov. 3, but was rescheduled twice within 13 days. "Mr. Robinett didn't grace the court with his presence (Tuesday)," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.
6:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
jcenters@norwalkreflector.com AVERY "No room in the silos for all of that corn." If you are driving through Avery and see a huge pile of field corn in the parking lot of the old Wolohan Lumber Co., don't be surprised Jeff Finchum said it has to go somewhere. Finchum, owner of Central Erie Supply on Mason Road, has been dumping all of his dried corn in the parking lot for safe keeping.
6:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com This holiday season, many people are thinking of others. That's true at E's Glow Tanning Salon in Norwalk. Monday marks the beginning of the Tans for Cans program.
6:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Milan man with a suspected mental illness has been ordered to stay away from his parents after he reportedly threatened them with a samurai sword. Kenneth J. Kubeck, 43, of 2113 Seminary Road, is accused of threatening to cut his mother and father with a samurai sword Monday morning, Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth said. "This was going on throughout the night," he said. "I believe (the complaint) was a 9-1-1 call from Mom. ... (Kubeck) was found to be intoxicated," Sigsworth said.
6:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Members of the Norwalk Lions Club are anxiously awaiting eyecare equipment to clear customs in Nicaragua. Soon after that happens, an eyecare clinic in Esteli, Nicaragua that they helped to find can open there. The Norwalk Lions have been working with Volunteer Optometric Services for Humanity (VOSH), Geotrack, the Portsmouth, Ohio Lions Club and the club in Esteli. The city is located a little more than 90 miles from Managua, the country's capital.
6:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
I don't believe there is anyone in the village of Wakeman who does not feel that we need to have an income for the village council to appropriate money to keep our village in working condition. Anyone of us who is running a household or renting knows that there has to be some kind of income to pay the electric, gas, water, etc. There are always maintenance issues, whether you own or you rent, the same in the village. Last year the village voted at a general election not to renew the village income tax. Some say they were confused by the school tax. The mayor rushed to impose the tax that was just voted down because the village needs an income in order to exist. Yes, there is some money coming in from other sources but the Local Government Tax reimbursement from the state is declining as well as other sources of income. The county is scraping the bottom of the barrel. They imposed this tax that was voted down and the referendum started. Once the mayor and council got wind that this was happening, they took a step back. They said they will put the tax on hold for just one year and come back to the voters.
6:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com The teenage stabbing victim didn't want his attacker to be put behind bars. On the other hand, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said he takes stabbings seriously and "asked for some prison time." Trent M. Elmer, 21, of 26A Summit St., could have faced up to 18 months in prison for stabbing a 14-year-old Norwalk boy during a July altercation near the victim's Ohio 18 home. Instead, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway sentenced Elmer to up to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF), a prison which focuses on education and substance abuse treatment.
6:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com By the end of the day Friday, Schild's IGA Supervisor Wendy Gregory thought the store's "Giving Tree" yielded at least 40 meals. But that was before a story about the tree appeared Saturday in the Reflector. By Monday, Gregory had a record 57 meals to dish out to families in need. Gregory said that's the most meals in the seven years Schild's IGA has erected the Giving Tree. Each leaf represents a food item usually included in a Thanksgiving meal. Patrons pick a leaf, buy the item and leave in at the store for distribution to families in need.
6:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Middle School students participated in the Annual Canned Food Drive last week. This year the teachers turned the canned food drive into a competition among the four academic teams. Team Rockies (7th grade) brought in the most cans with 3,035. All four teams contributed a total of 8,079 cans which beat the 2008 total of 6,456 cans and the 2007 total of 7,832 cans. Teachers stressed to the students the importance of helping out in their community during these tough economic times and almost 100-percent student participation in the charitable event. "We thank all the students, parents, and community members who helped make the 2009 Norwalk Middle School Canned Food Drive a success," Dean of Students Frank Maire said.