7:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ten young women will compete for the title of Miss Maple City 2010 on Saturday. The Miss Maple City 2010 Scholarship Program, sponsored by The Maple City Ice Co. of Norwalk, will be held at 7 p.m. at The Main Street School in Norwalk. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 each, which includes a reception for Miss Maple City 2010 after the pageant.
7:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - No way. No how. School administrator Michael Lillo said racially baiting someone is "totally against every fabric of my being.' In a federal lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court in Toledo, the former Willard High School athletic director is accused of baiting "a certain black basketball player for Fostoria High School' after a Jan. 30, 2009 basketball game.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's to be hoped that Norwalk will have a new fire station in the foreseeable future. Not that the present one has served a long time, but it does still have evidence of the stables for horses. This goes back almost a century to when this building was built in 1912. Norwalk's fire department has its origins in the bucket brigade of pioneer times. One of the first village ordinances in 1828 ordered every householder to keep one or two leather buckets near their front door for use in case of a fire. Men, women and children would line up to pass full buckets from a well or cistern to the fire, and then return the empties for another round.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
Sheriff's deputies are meeting with Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer DeLand about a female subject who sent an inappropriate sexual message to a male subject. Capt. Ted Patrick said the recipients were a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old male suspect, but the order of who received it first is unclear.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
One thing is for certain, there won't be a moratorium placed on skill-based amusement machine businesses anytime soon. Norwalk city council saw to that Tuesday night as council members voted 6-1 against the moratorium, which would have stopped people from applying to open an arcade for a year while officials sorted out zoning issues.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
AMHERST - An Arkansas man is facing felony drug charges after state Highway Patrol troopers seized 90 pounds of marijuana, valued at more than $200,000, during a traffic stop Tuesday in Lorain County. Adam Liebling, 53, of Leslie, Ark., was charged with possession of marijuana, a second-degree felony.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
They call themselves "NERD Nation." Their goal is to get a robot to play a soccer-like game. And the clock is ticking down to their deadline. On Feb. 22, these Norwalk High School students must ship their robot to the competition sight.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
A district circulation manager for the (Lorain) Morning Journal was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday in the 1200 block of Ohio 61. Michael J. Montgomery, 42, of 863 Peru Olena Road, was listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit of Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center this morning, a hospital spokeswoman said. A LifeFlight helicopter transported him to the Toledo hospital after the accident at 10:35 a.m. east of Gibbs Road and north of Wells Road.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
You never know who might stop by a Huron County commissioners meeting. That was certainly the case Tuesday as retired sheriff Richard Sutherland paid the board a visit. Afterward, he was more than happy to let folks know what he's been up to during the first year of his retirement.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
More than 100 local children will receive free dental services from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday during the eighth annual "Give Kids a Smile Day." Volunteer dentists and other dental professionals will provide free dental screenings and/or examinations and, where indicated, cleanings, preventive care, oral hygiene instruction and referral for follow up care to local dentists. Give Kids a Smile Day is a national event. In Ohio, nearly 16,000 children will receive such services and information about the importance of oral hygiene, according to a press release from the Ohio Dental Association. Give Kids a Smile patients come primarily from children's clubs, HeadStart programs, schools in low-income areas and social service agencies.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - An accused heroin dealer from New Washington has been arrested. Johnnie Stephens, 28, was stopped last Thursday by state Highway Patrol troopers as he left the Polaris Mall area on the north side of Columbus.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
It started out as a simple discussion about a bookmark. My niece in New Jersey sent me a nice metal bookmark which lists "50 books to read before you die." I don't know why we love lists, but we do. Shopping lists, to-do lists, "50 places to visit before you die...." Anyway, since I'm an English teacher, she bought me this bookmark. I like it because it has an interesting list of books on it, from "classics" to contemporary works. Mark Twain once wrote that a "classic" is a book everybody praises but nobody actually reads. However, the classics on this list are good, readable ones. I was pleased that many of the literary works on the bookmark are ones we teach at Norwalk High School, from "Canterbury Tales" to "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" to "To Kill A Mockingbird." Recently, someone at my house came across this bookmark, and she was wondering about the book listed there called "The Outsider by Albert Camus." This book was originally written in French, and the title can also be translated as "The Stranger."
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Council for Christie Lane will host a Hot Cakes Night at McDonald's, 249 Benedict Ave., Norwalk, from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday. Tickets to the dinner are $5. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the Council for Christie Lane, a support group for various activities at the Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and the agency's recreation program. Individuals with disabilities ranging from infants to senior citizens receive services from the Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Former Huron River Joint Fire District Chief Ronald Stang once told Wes Brewer if he ever was named firefighter of the year, he'd resign. Stang retired Sunday. And coincidentally, guess who is Huron River's firefighter of the year? "Wes is a very generous person. He's always doing stuff for the school. ... He's involved in Little League," Stang said.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Mercy Willard Hospital is planning to build a $40.5 million, two-story facility, with groundbreaking scheduled for July. Marsha Danhoff, rural division senior director, said the current 80,000 square-foot hospital is landlocked on 1.6 aces at 110 E. Howard St.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County dog warden Bill Duncan will resign his post to take another job within the county. This announcement was made at Tuesday's commissioners meeting. Duncan's last day as dog warden will be Feb. 12. He will then take over as one of the newly-hired dispatchers at the sheriff's office.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Mansfield man remains behind bars in connection with stealing two laptop computers from a West Walton Avenue, Willard, business. Michael K. Schaus, 45, must post a $10,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail on a fifth-degree felony theft charge. Willard Police Sgt. Rick Sexton arrested the suspect Jan. 14 on an allegation he stole Toshiba and Acer laptop computers worth about $1,100.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - Milan's most famous son and the world's greatest inventor is bringing a gold statue home. Thomas Alva Edison received a Special Merit Award from The Recording Academy Saturday at the 2010 Technical Grammy Awards Ceremony. Area decedents traveled to Los Angeles to accept the award. Among his thousands of inventions, Edison patented his phonograph, the device that allowed people to record and play sounds.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth recovered a stolen convertible Monday morning on Lovers Lane Road. A Benedict Avenue woman reported her two-door 1992 Pontiac Sunbird with a black top was missing from the back of her driveway as of 7:38 am., Norwalk Police Chief Dave Light said. The car was there as of 10 p.m. Sunday. "She did not give anyone permission (to take it)," Light said, noting the woman usually keeps an extra set of keys in her car. "It had no license plate."
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY (MCT) - Chances to complete the $2.4 billion sale of Cedar Fair LP to Apollo Global Management LLC have grown dimmer, given the delay in scheduling a shareholder vote and with two big stockholders now opposing the deal. "I think the market is showing that the deal is not going to go through at this point," said Robert Routh, a Denver equity analyst with Wedge Partners Corp. One possibility, he said, is for the New York private equity firm Apollo to offer a higher bid to entice stockholders to favor the transaction.
7:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
I learned long ago in this business that stuff that I like to read should have absolutely no bearing on what goes in the newspaper. I learned this the hard way. Early in my career my paper had a weekly TV guide that included both a nightly grid and a rolling log of programs for each day. I was an avid user of the guide. I loved the rolling logs and never looked at the grids. When a loss of advertising forced us to cut down on the size of the book, the choice for me was easy: "Let's cut out those grids," I said. "Nobody looks at them." You can guess what happened. Within about an hour of our next issue hitting the street we were bombarded by calls from readers who used those grids religiously. Most of them were angry and our receptionist was more than happy to patch them through directly to the decision maker. That was in about 1992 and was the last time I let my personal taste dictate what we put in the newspaper. If anything, I've found that generally the more disinterested I am in something the better chances are it will be a hit with readers.