12:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com When Shad Ireland was about 21, hope seemed about as elusive as a handicapped kid's dream of playing in the Major Leagues. His kidney transplants didn't work, doctors gave him six months to live and he was weak. He lay on the couch and stared at the television set.
12:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
After shaking off a sluggish first half, the St. Paul Flyers rolled to a 56-0 win over Mapleton in Firelands Conference action Saturday night at Whitney Field. The state-ranked Flyers moved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the FC, while the Mounties are now 0-6 and 0-3.
12:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk Law Director's office filed a vehicular manslaughter charge this morning against a Wakeman driver in connection with the Aug. 16 death of defense attorney Greg Shell. If convicted of the second-degree misdemeanor, defendant Otto J. Czumbil, 76, of 3084 Butler Road, could face up to 90 days in the Huron County Jail and a $750 maximum fine. Law Director Stuart O'Hara said a conviction would also result in a mandatory three-year driver's license suspension.
12:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
The question of a union at the new Norwalk Custom Order Furniture is being debated, but Tom Bleile said that is a question for lawyers. He's ready to get the factory humming again with employees building furniture. "It may be that we are obligated under the former bargaining agreement. If we are obligated under it . . . from our perspective I would anticipate that is the least of our worries. What we need to do now is get our people in the building.
12:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
To: The new owners of Norwalk Furniture From: Former employee, Jim Busek
12:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Catholic School students scored well on all areas of the Ohio Graduation Test taken by sophomores this past May. The OGT is a five-part exam that all students must pass in order to graduate. Students are tested in reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. Ninety-five percent of St. Paul High School students passed the OGT in all five areas. All students passed the reading and writing portions of the exam, 95 percent of the students passed the math portion, 97 percent the science portion and 98 percent the social studies portion. "We are very proud of our students and how hard they work to pass their OGT tests," St. Paul High School guidance counselor Betsy Pertner said.
12:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
NORWALK The following were the results of health department inspections of Norwalk-area food establishments and schools in August: FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS No violations Will-Ply-New Post 3430 VFW; 19 Woodland Ave., Willard; operator, VFW Quarter Master (Aug. 1, regular inspection) No violations. Inspector's comments: Facility neat and clean.
12:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Sept. 27 marks the opener of the 2008 Ohio deer archery season and by all indications it'll be a good year. The Buckeye deer herd is big and plentiful and chances of taking a fine buck or several fat does are good. But a lot of local archers don't get too serious in October. They'll go out a time or two, get familiar with their favorite hunting territory again, maybe build a tree stand or so and enjoy a nice autumn day, which is fine. But they're waiting for the November rut to make a real effort that time when they can set up over a major scrape and maybe take a 10 pointer or even better. And again, that's fine.
12:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk City Schools board of education approved the three-year contract for the Norwalk Teachers' Association (NTA) during a special meeting late Friday afternoon. Board member Janet Broz abstained from voting because her husband is a Norwalk High School (NHS) interventionist, but otherwise the vote was unanimous without discussion. The settlement - good effective July 1 through June 30, 2011 - includes a 3.5-percent yearly raise, 35 concessions dealing with insurance and language requiring teachers to attend school open houses.
12:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
A 62-year-old Norwalk man is being held in the Huron County Jail in connection with raping a 3-year-old girl. "He was baby-sitting for a couple of hours. He was caught in the middle of this," Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton said, describing the victim as a neighbor who lives "fairly close."
12:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's official - Norwalk is once again home to a custom furniture company. Norwalk Custom Order Furniture has risen from the ashes of Norwalk Furniture, which originally announced a temporary shutdown on July 18 and went through two call-backs before finally closing down on Sept. 16.
12:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two long-time law enforcement officers are vying to be elected to be the top dog. Welcome to the race to be the next Huron County sheriff.
12:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Engineer Joe Kovach will officially open a new era for bridge construction in the state at 10 a.m. Friday at a ribbon cutting for a Fairfield Township bridge made of plastic. There are no steel reinforcing rods, no prestressed concrete box beams; instead, fiber reinforced polymers (FRPs) make up the 17-foot long, 24-foot wide span on Ridge Road south of Ohio 162. The FRPs are made up of polyester resins, vinyl ester resins and glass fibers.
12:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County General Health District will offer several ways for residents to receive their seasonal influenza vaccine this year. There will be five "drive-thru" clinics for adults scheduled throughout the month of October. Appointments for adult's and children's flu shots can also be scheduled at the health district clinic sites in Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Greenwich or New London. Pneumonia vaccine will also be available at the "drive-thru" clinics, or by appointment at a Health District clinic sites.
12:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
AVERY - Mike Laser's students don't have to take notes. The teacher can give all his students their own printouts.
12:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com The Norwalk City Schools board of education approved the three-year contract for the Norwalk Teachers' Association (NTA) during a special meeting late Friday afternoon. Board member Janet Broz abstained from voting because her husband is a Norwalk High School (NHS) interventionist, but otherwise the vote was unanimous without discussion. The settlement good effective July 1 through June 30, 2011 includes a 3.5-percent yearly raise, 35 concessions dealing with insurance and language requiring teachers to attend school open houses. During the same meeting, the board also approved three-year labor agreements with the Middle Management Association, which covers the administrators and school principals. Superintendent Wayne Babcanec said the contract, covering the same time frame as the teachers' also with a 3.5-percent yearly raise, has "the same insurance plan the teachers have accepted."
12:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
A group of local Norwalk-area investors has asked for the continued patience of the community as it works diligently in an attempt to purchase the Norwalk assets of Norwalk Furniture Corp. Bethany Dentler of the Norwalk Economic Development Corporation said that this investor group hopes to restart manufacturing operations in Norwalk and hire many of the former employees of Norwalk Furniture as soon as feasible. "This will not happen overnight, since any restart will likely be done in phases, over several weeks,' she said.
12:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Pro-Life advocate and family law attorney Rebecca Kiessling, who lives in Michigan, was the keynote speaker this week at Abigail Pregnancy Services' fund-raiser banquet at the Colonnade Banquet Facility in Avery. Abigail provides free and confidential pregnancy-related services for the women of North Central Ohio and surrounding communities. Abigail's phone number is (419) 668-9500. Kiessling would not be alive today if her biological mother wasn't raped while on her way to a grocery store.
12:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
The year 1812 was not the most propitious for people living here in northern Ohio. A number of brave souls had ventured west to open new farms, only to have their work interrupted by the advent of the War of 1812. Because the Indians allied themselves with the British, most people left the Firelands area for safer regions. At that time the west line of the Firelands was literally the American Frontier. Even before the War officially started, the local Indians were emboldened and became "cheeky" with the Americans. On April 3, 1812, two Chippewas named John Omic and Semo arrived at the Cabin of Michael Gibbs, who lived in what is now the southeast quadrant of Sandusky, on Milan Road. It is said that a Chippewa youth accompanied them but he was never named in the story which followed.
12:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com It's official Norwalk is once again home to a custom furniture company. Norwalk Custom Order Furniture has risen from the ashes of Norwalk Furniture, which originally announced a temporary shutdown on July 18 and went through two call-backs before finally closing down on Sept. 16. Tom Bleile, a local businessman who is serving as spokesman for the investors, announced late this afternoon that all the papers were signed and the deal was final. He said the new company "purchased all of the assets in Norwalk land, buildings, equipment, inventory, goods in process, intangibles."
12:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - The state Highway Patrol is investigating a single-vehicle crash that injured a Norwalk man Thursday evening on Ohio 13.