5:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two-time runaway Calvin Riley admitted to four charges Wednesday in Huron County Juvenile Court. The 14-year-old Old State Road boy appeared before Judge Timothy Cardwell and admitted to violating his probation, theft, menacing and burglary as part of a plea deal. He was sentenced to an undetermined amount of time in the community-based corrections facility (CBCF) at the Erie County Juvenile Justice Center for the probation violation.
5:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
Maureen Youngblood has always had a love affair with the arts. She is a craftsman and now she wants to share her artistry with others. "Mo," as she is knows to her friends, has started an Internet business to sell her craftwork.
5:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
In 1971, the Five Man Electrical Band sang about there being signs everywhere. These days, Simply-U Tanning owner Frank Wechter is wondering is where his sign went. Wechter bought the 10 Stower Lane business about six years ago; the 3 feet-by-6 feet free-standing sign with a yellow face was there five years before that. The sign, valued at $437, went missing as of Monday morning.
5:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
I have written quite a few travel columns in the last few months Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, the Grand Canyon, California. ... But recently, I've discovered some awesome places to visit, all within an hour's drive of Norwalk. Have you ever been to the old Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield? It's where the movie "Shawshank Redemption" was filmed. The building is spooky-looking on the outside and is no longer used as a prison. I knew it was used as a haunted house at Halloween time, but I didn't know it was open year-round. It took my sister-in-law from Connecticut to urge us to visit that place. We went on a Saturday and it wasn't open, but I picked up a brochure and I'd like to return. It sounds bizarre a former prison has a gift shop and museum, but it does, and perhaps it's macabre to want to visit a place where people who committed crimes were locked up for years. Even more odd, according to the brochure, the "beautifully renovated historic central guard room" can be rented for wedding receptions and parties.
5:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
Doug Cheek, of Fremont, was the grand prize winner in this year's seventh annual Bauman Auto Group Charity Raffle. Fifteen area charities were the big winners. The charities involved were: Liberty Center of Fremont; Village House of Fremont; Hospice of Memorial Hospital Fremont; First Step of Fremont and Fostoria; Safe Harbor of Sandusky; NAMI of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties; NAMI of Huron County; Ruth Ann's House of Port Clinton; Riders Unlimited, Joyful Connections of Port Clinton; SCAT of Tiffin; Hospice of Tiffin; Easter Seals of Fremont; and Back to the Wild and United Fund of Norwalk, Wakeman and Monroeville. The Baumann Auto Group dealerships and the 15 charities sold $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win a new 2009 vehicle. All of the money from every ticket went to charity and 14,572 tickets were sold.
5:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
Representatives from Frontier Communications were in Norwalk Wednesday to discuss the proposed purchase of services from Verizon. If the deal is approved in the upcoming months, Frontier will take over Verizon's land lines and Internet services in Ohio and other states.
5:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND The 2009-2010 Cavalier Girls Calendar is almost ready to hit the stands, but before this 16-page pictorial goes to print, there's one more shot that needs to be chosen. Fans can visit cavs.com now through Oct. to vote for Katie, Cassandra or Toni as their pick to be the cover girl that will be the face of one of the hottest selling items in the Cavaliers Team Shop. Cassandra is a 2006 Norwalk High School graduate. Fans who vote will automatically be registered to win a grand prize that includes tickets to a Cavaliers game and a meet and greet with the Cavalier Girls. Every fan who votes will automatically be entered to win:
5:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Many Huron County residents still are in disbelief after receiving their new property tax assessments in the past week. "I've had a variety of contacts," Huron County Commissioner Gary Bauer said Thursday after the board meeting. "I've had some calls and talked to some people on the street," Bauer added. "People are frustrated because their appraisals have gone up."
5:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
OCT. 5, 1917 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 92 years ago: Found dead in rear of home Mrs. Rachael M. Shedd, well-known and highly respected resident of Bronson Township, was found dead in the yard at the rear of her home yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock by her neighbor, Sarah Collinwood. Coroner Bell was called and he pronounced death as having been due to heart trouble.
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.