5:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
First-ward councilman Scott Krichbaum was coasting along in his first term on council, learning the ropes and getting used to how the city operates. Now, just a few weeks before the Nov. 3 election where he is facing Jim Loughton, just about every first-ward resident has their eyes on Krichbaum and his vote Tuesday on legislation that would authorize the city to purchase 22 acres of north-side property slated for a soccer complex.
5:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Beginning this weekend and continuing throughout the weekends of October you will be seeing people walking the streets of Norwalk/Milan two by two and visiting homes. Approximately 150 parishioners of St. Paul and St. Mary Parishes in Norwalk and St. Anthony in Milan have volunteered to be home visitors. They will be reaching out in friendship and hospitality to people, especially to those Catholics who have become inactive and people who have no church affiliation. The visits are designed to be relatively brief as parishioners will share a packet of information on the teachings of the Catholic church and current programs and events in the three local Catholic parishes. These three Catholic parishes are part of the approximately 75 parishes of the diocese of Toledo who are participating in this special effort to share the good news of Jesus Christ. The parish-based home visitation program in October is entitled: "The Spirit of Jesus Alive Today: Pentecost in Our Time." This evangelization effort is intended to share the gift of faith with those who may be seeking spiritual fulfillment or struggling with everyday life. The home visitation program builds on research that says the most effective way of communication is face-to-face.
5:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
If you've ever been in the Norwalk post office, you know the clerks there are friendly and very customer-oriented. The problem is, often there aren't enough of them, so you end up in a line, sometimes with a lengthy wait. Bureaucratic procedures can make things even worse. Moreover, postal fees increase regularly and there are rumblings the postal service may eliminate a delivery day to cut operating costs. What you experience at the Norwalk post office lines, delays, red tape, inconvenience, etc. is what we're facing in American health care if Barack Obama and left-wing Congressional Democrats like Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown succeed in taking us down the path toward socialized medicine. Even worse, nationalized health care will bankrupt our country, which already has a national debt approaching $12 trillion and unfunded liabilities reportedly at least three times that amount. Consider this. According to professor and writer Walter Williams, Medicare cost $3 billion in 1966 and was projected to cost an "inflation-adjusted $12 billion by 1990." However, the actual cost in 1990 exceeded $107 billion. Today, we shell out $420 billion for the program. And to think, Obama says his health plan won't add to the federal deficit. That promise is as empty as his pledge to go through the federal budget with a fine-tooth comb and eliminate all pork-barrel spending.
5:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Several times recently I've mentioned the fact that this year can be considered the "bicentennial" of the Firelands area and of several of its townships. Almon Ruggles completed this survey of the townships in present-day Huron and Erie counties in late 1808 and the land was allocated to the owners by township. Thus, actual settlers could come to northern Ohio in the Spring of 1809 ... and many of them did. One of the cities celebrating its 200th birthday this year is Huron. There is often a problem determining the true age of settlement due to interpretation of written history and Huron is a good example. The original town of Huron was the original county seat on the Huron River about three miles south of present-day Huron. What we now know as Huron was called "Mouth of Huron" until about 1830. There were settlers at the Mouth of the Huron before 1809. We know there were French trappers and traders there earlier perhaps as early as 1749, if we believe what we read. Jared Ward settled in Huron Township in 1808. Ruggles and Jabez Wright both came to Huron in 1808, but the settlement along the lake shore really took shape in 1809 when perhaps 10 families arrived. Most of these people didn't own land; instead, they built on the property of some absentee landowner by arrangement or by squatter's rights.
5:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ed and Harold Hammersmith stopped to visit their older brother, Ray, at his tidy and comfortable home on New State Road recently. They chatted for a couple of hours, and the conversation was fascinating. There are many reasons for this. For starters, they have been brothers for a very long time. Ray is 97, Ed is 95 and Harold is 92.
5:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Larry Silcox said after Tuesday's meeting that being a Huron County commissioner is not a popularity contest. In recent weeks, with the 2010 budget looming, Silcox has brought the "no" vote with him to the meetings. "Watching every dime," Silcox said.
5:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Maybe it was because the meeting was approaching three hours in length or it might have been because he was tired of hearing audience members talk about how important the city's budget was to them. One thing's for sure, Norwalk city council president Steve Euton called out those in attendance Tuesday night who were trying to use the city's budget situation as a reason they didn't want the proposed soccer complex located on the city's north side.
5:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Steven J. Rodvold faces one charge each of murder and aggravated murder in connection with shooting his 51-year-old father to death Sept. 17 after being indicted today. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said there is some evidence the shooting at the Rodvolds' Clarksfield Township home was an "instantaneous decision,' but said he couldn't get into the details.
5:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - A Willard motorcyclist died in a two-vehicle collision Tuesday night at the intersection of Ohio 103/East Tiffin Street and Ohio 99/Conwell Avenue. Brock L. Barnett, 23, of 538 Quail Creek Drive, died after the collision with the Oldsmobile Intrigue driven by Richard D. Metcalf, 21, of 3265 Neal Zick Road, Lot 65, Willard, police said. The crash happened about 10:50 p.m.
5:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND (MCT) - The Gay Games are coming to Cleveland and Akron. The Federation of Gay Games announced Tuesday that Northeast Ohio would be the 2014 site for the worldwide sporting and cultural event. The Gay Games, an Olympics-style competition, could bring up to 65,000 athletes and visitors to the region, and provide more than a $50 million economic impact, organizers say.
5:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk woman has been transferred from Fisher-Titus Medical Center after she hit a utility pole early Tuesday morning. The one-vehicle crash involving Laura J. Vogt, 43, of 139 N. West St., Apt. B, happened at 5:50 a.m. at 144 N. West St.
5:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - Low-income families can stay connected to local resources and emergency services through telephone assistance programs, state officials have announced. Lifeline-eligible customers receive a discount on their monthly basic telephone service rate. They also receive a waiver of all charges for telephone service connection and are not required to pay a deposit or any up-front charges for establishing telephone services. Additional features include free toll blocking and 900 or 976 blocking.
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced that Ohio will receive more than $10 million in federal funds to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across the state. The funding was made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) in competitive grants, which Brown worked to secure in the 2008 FARM bill. "These funds will help Ohio's small towns and rural communities make strides in energy efficiency and energy innovation," Brown said. "Across the state, these are projects that work to reduce our dependence on foreign energy and are key to our future economic development and prosperity." REAP loan guarantees and grants can be used for renewable energy systems, energy efficiency improvements, feasibility studies and energy audits. The list of local Ohio REAP recipients includes:
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
GREENWICH The South Central Board of Education met in special session Tuesday with three items on the agenda. The first was for an advance of $500 from the general fund to the South Central Endowment Fund. The Endowment Fund will return the advance within one calendar year. The board also approved changing its meetings to the third Tuesday of the month for the following months: Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 22 and Jan. 12. An executive session followed to consider the investigation of charges against a student, with no action taken.
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND (PA SPORTSTICKER) - The Cleveland Indians fired manager Eric Wedge in the final days of a terrible season. Wedge guided the Indians to one playoff appearance in seven seasons, and this year the club fell out of contention early and is currently one game out of last place in the AL Central.
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
Victoria Naji isn't asking for much. She'd just like to get her son's four-wheel bike back that was taken from their Parkside Apartments residence.
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - The fence in front of the Grove Street Cemetery needs to be repaired or replaced, and replacement quotes range between $16,000 and $21,000. New London Administrator Shawn Tappel told council Monday there is a possibility of selling the old fence to help pay for a new one, but he knows many residents would like to see the old one repaired, if possible.
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk driver Todd C. Jordan sent a text message six minutes before he was in a fatal Shaw Mill Road crash, authorities said. Sgt. Mike Knoll, of the state Highway Patrol's Sandusky post, said Jordan last sent a text message at 9:47 p.m. Sept. 8. The patrol received a call about the crash at 9:53 p.m. While troopers don't know exactly when the accident happened, Knoll said the patrol has estimated it happened three minutes earlier.
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
Reinvesting in the community and its facility has been the focus for Gardner's SuperValu over the years. Although Gardner's SuperValu grocery store has always been a strong supporter of local programs since it opened in Norwalk in 1979, this year it is reinvesting again in its own appearance inside and out. When the local A & P store closed, it created an opportunity for an independent owner to purchase the business. SuperValu is the main supplier for Gardner's. It is the largest wholesaler of food in the United States that serves independent grocers. In recent months, the store has taken on a new look. A total remodeling of the interior of the store was done early in 2009; wider aisles, improved produce containers and lighting have improved the overall atmosphere of the store. The interior remodeling project was designed by Hill's Interiors of Norwalk. The next project on tap for the grocery store is a remodeling project for the exterior of the building. The project is slated to begin sometime this year.
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
GREENWICH - The student body of South Central High School was evacuated from the building for about 2 1/2 hours after a bomb threat this morning. Huron County Sheriff's Maj. Greg Englund said dispatchers received a call at 9:32 a.m. about a handwritten note left on the floor of a student restroom which said "a bomb was going to go off at 11:45."
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Gibsonburg man has been released from MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland after a LifeFlight helicopter transported him from a U.S. 20 crash site today. Aron M. Burmeister, 18, was charged with failure to control after his 2001 Chevrolet "straight truck' went off the right side of the road, said troopers with the state Highway Patrol.