8:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
Today marks the beginning of the seventh annual Norwalk Area Business Appreciation Week which runs through May 3. The event has traditionally been a week-long visitation program, but this year has added a sixth day to meet capacity. The 2010 program will meet with over 110 businesses in just a week's time, the largest number ever.
8:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
Diamonds are a traveler's best friend when they're searching for impeccable lodging with impressive opulent decor and excellent service. The Georgian Manor Inn, located at 123 West Main Street, Norwalk, has earned the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award for the 10th consecutive year. The Four Diamond Award signifies Georgian Manor Inn has a variety of luxury facilities and premium services. The guest rooms are well-designed and well-decorated, with superior furnishings and personal amenities. The retreat also has an impressive array of guest services well executed by experienced, professional personnel. "We are proud to add the 10th AAA Four Diamond award to our collection," owner Gene Denney said. "Our wonderful hospitality in an elegant, yet warm and comfortable environment is the key to the Inn's success."
8:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOLEDO The self-proclaimed "Hottest Littlest Band in the World" will be the headline entertainment to open the third annual Columbia Gas Smoke on the Water Ribs for the Red Cross. Mini KISS, a tribute band of little people created in 1996, will play July 30 for Smoke on the Water Ribs, which takes place from July 30 though Aug. 1 at Promenade Park in downtown Toledo. Admission is $5, with children 12 and under free. "Our entertainment committee has done a tremendous job in securing Mini KISS to perform in Toledo. We know the legions of the 'Kiss Army' will be out in full force enjoying the music, enjoying ribs and supporting our local chapter of the American Red Cross," Smoke on the Water committee chairman Chris Kozak said. Performing in full KISS makeup and costumes, Mini KISS was featured during the Super Bowl in a Dr. Pepper television ad and has performed all over the world earning a cult following.
8:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
"It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to sit in the front row and watch it happen." That was how Bellevue Senior High School student Cody Rine summed up observing the Ohio Supreme Court hear a case Wednesday morning in Huron County Common Pleas Court. The education-based program, which the court has done since 1987, involved 470 to 500 high-school students from Norwalk, Monroeville, St. Paul, Willard, Bellevue and EHOVE Career Center.
8:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
Bacterial meningitis is serious and can be life threatening, but can be prevented with safe and effective vaccines, said an infectious disease expert from Baylor College of Medicine. "We have a vaccine against all three types of bacterial meningitis," said Dr. Carol Baker, professor of pediatrics and molecular virology and microbiology at BCM. "Since the vaccines for infants have been introduced, the number of meningitis cases has reduced by 99 percent."
8:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (MCT) - Today is the Fourth of July of weed. At places such as Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Porter Meadow at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Redwood Park in Arcata, Calif., thousands will light up in celebratory smoke-ins.
8:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
All that was missing from Tuesday night's Norwalk city council meeting was a group hug. Even council members Harry Brady and Dwight Tkach, who are basically the only outspoken members of the body, took part in Tuesday's love fest. The meeting started with Mayor Sue Lesch walking those in attendance through the history of sanitation.
8:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
BEREA (MCT) - The Browns' final selection in the 2010 draft enters the NFL not lacking in confidence. Clifton Geathers proclaimed himself a "freaky guy' and said he could be the "best person probably in the league' if he fulfills the potential that intrigued the Browns into investing a sixth-round pick in the 6-foot-7, 302-pound defensive end from South Carolina.
8:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
LUCASVILLE (MCT) - The tense silence in the Death House was broken by the sounds of a mother grieving for a daughter lost 22 years ago. Although Norma Godsey suffers from acute bronchitis and needs oxygen to breathe, she felt strongly that she had to be at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility yesterday to watch the execution of Darryl Durr, the man who murdered her only child, Angel Vincent, 16, of Elyria.
8:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
An 84-year-old Norwalk woman knew better and she's hoping others will do what she did with the phony announcement. The woman, who wished not to be identified, received a letter from "The United States Award Claim Department" saying she had won a lottery.
8:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
A pair of local fire agencies have received Assistance to Firefighters grants (AFG) through the eleventh round of stimulus money from the federal government. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the grants April 16. The two local recipients were the Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department and Huron River Joint Fire District.
8:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - For years, Ted Robinson kept his prized ironwood cane hidden under his bed. Today, it became a historical artifact when the 91-year-old Robinson donated it to the Smithsonian Institution. The cane belonged to one of Robinson's Navy colleagues, John F. Kennedy, who used it while he was recovering from a back injury he suffered in a military accident in August 1943.
8:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Huron County man is accused of trading property taken from a New Haven Township burglary for crack cocaine with Mansfield drug dealers. Jeremy L. Prelipp, 23, of 524 Pleasant St., Willard, has been in custody at the Huron County Jail since Saturday on a burglary charge. If convicted, he faces six to 18 months behind bars and a maximum fine of $5,000.
8:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOLEDO (MCT) - Brian Bixler's dream for this season was to have a big game while playing a hour away from his Sandusky home. Last night Bixler saw that dream come true. Well, sort of.
8:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
LINDEN, Wis. - Billions of years before April 14, two asteroids collided somewhere in outer space, sending a rock on a path that ultimately led to Kevin Wasley's farm field. It took much less time to nudge the orbits of meteorite hunters careening to southwestern Wisconsin where their zeal for tiny black rocks from outer space has created quite a sensation and boosted business in nearby communities.
8:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
He is gone, but his legacy will be remembered. The Ohio Supreme Court honored the late Chief Justice Thomas Moyer before the six judges heard four cases Tuesday in Norwalk. The justices at random times while interacting with students, attorneys and educators during the off-site program Moyer created talked about the Sandusky native. Moyer initiated the education-based program when he first took the bench in 1987.
8:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - Before the two best-actor Oscars, the hit movies and other distinguished projects that catapulted him into Hollywood's elite ranks, Tom Hanks was an un-pretty woman. In 1980, Hanks got one of his first breaks with "Bosom Buddies,' an ABC show in which he and Peter Scolari played bachelor ad men who move into an all-female apartment house after their building is condemned. The actors donned wigs, bras, pantyhose and skirts as they hung out with their neighbors, including a blond bombshell (Donna Dixon) who was the object of Hanks' affections.
8:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
MANSFIELD - A Willard man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for abducting a 63-year-old woman and taking her to Florida in mid-November. Denver Taylor Jr., 49, of 404 W. Main St., pleaded guilty Wednesday in Richland County Common Pleas Court to aggravated burglary, kidnapping and aggravated robbery, all third-degree felonies. In a plea deal, the state dropped charges of tampering with evidence, gross sexual imposition, theft, possession of criminal tools and robbery. He was sentenced Monday.
8:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
I have been a KISS fan since 1980. That was when, at age 8, I first saw KISS on a children's show called "Kids Are People Too." It was on that day KISS introduced its new drummer, Eric Carr, the Fox.
8:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
In the period between about 1900 and 1930, many rural school districts in our nation provided "busing" for their students, even though buses as we know them didn't yet exist. The transportation provided was by literal horsepower pulling running gears with a box or cabin built on it. This was called a Kid Wagon, and perhaps a few people reading this still recall riding in these unheated, horse-drawn conveyances to and from school. Kid Wagons don't sound too pleasant, but they must have been much better than walking on the mud roads, and they were almost imperative after the rural districts began consolidating from seven or eight one-room schools in a township to just three or four. My mother rode the Kid Wagon during her school years in Townsend, and apparently enjoyed every minute. Of course, there was the time they were tossing around the driver's hat inside, and someone missed catching it. It sailed out the front and one of the mules stepped in it! Some of the entries in her autograph album show jumpy writing, created while the writer was riding with her on the Kid Wagon. On the negative side, one day the driver used the Kid Wagon during the day to haul manure from his barn, and my mother soiled her coat on some residue that afternoon. This brought forth a long lecture from Grandma about carelessness and the expense of dry cleaning.
8:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
They call it the "Human Bomb." It is one of the most impressive parts of the Mickey Mart Reward Season Opener presented by Donald Graham and Associates.