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By ERIC SCHWARTZBERG JournalNews Staff Writer MASON The 38-year-old man who died this weekend following a ride on the Firehawk at Kings Island did not have prior health problems, according to family members. Homer Shields III, of Toledo, was at the park Saturday, Aug. 8, with his wife Tina, their two sons, Dylan, 9, and Derek, 12, plus three friends, according to Kris Schaffer, Tina's aunt.
4:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
The wrath of the state and federal budgets seemingly knows no bounds. The latest victim is Senior Enrichment Services. Senior Enrichment Services is funded by a local levy, state and federal dollars along with donations through user services. County dollars are not part of the funding, but the city of Norwalk does contribute for Saturday transportation. The United Fund also helps with contributions.
4:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
My research never fails to surprise me with the complicated life situations that I find. I suppose our lives could look as complicated to future generations, but our ancestors surely didn't have the tools to work with that we have available to us. A case in point is a Huron County man named James Oliver Patterson. He was born at Peru Hollow on March 1, 1840, the younger son of Oliver and Sarah Lombard Patterson. Mr. Patterson passed away a few months later and Sarah moved her little family to Norwalk, where she worked for many years as a milliner and seamstress. In 1846 she married a second time to Nehemiah Brown, and they were well-known citizens of the village for several decades. James was a typical boy of the era. He knew every merchant and craftsman, and with his friends wandered in every direction to become familiar with the surrounding territory. They also swam in the Huron River in the summer, and in winter skated miles and miles up and down the river from Norwalk. When the Civil War broke out James was living in Missouri and was forced (he claimed later) to serve in the Confederate Army. At the first opportunity he fled and returned to Norwalk with his wife. Soon after arriving here he was arrested for being a "secessionist" on the orders of Col. Lee, commander of the 55th Ohio Infantry training camp west of Norwalk. He was taken to Columbus and held without bond and under threat of being taken to Johnson's Island as a Confederate prisoner.
4:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
U.S. Rep. Bob Latta went to the store Saturday, stood in the same spot for 45 minutes and spoke to five of his constituents. The common denominator: All are concerned about President Obama's health care proposal. In fact, Latta told local Republicans this morning at Berry's Restaurant he could put a blindfold on, go any place and people share that concern.
4:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
They knew the city budget was tight, but this is borderline scary. That was the sentiment Wednesday afternoon when several city council members contemplated the news Finance Director Diane Eschen delivered at Tuesday night's meeting. Eschen said the city income tax revenue is down about $500,000 compared to last year at this time.
4:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
The son of late Norwalk attorney Greg Shell is suing the Wakeman driver convicted of killing his father. Shell's son, Toronto resident Jonas Shell, filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court against defendant Otto Czumbil, 76, of 3084 Butler Road, in which he is seeking more than $25,000. The lawsuit also indicates Jonas Shell, who declined to comment, is suing Margarit Picket, of Wakeman, in connection with "wrongfully entrusting' Czumbil to drive her 1994 Buick Regal.
4:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Long-time Norwalk High School principal's secretary Bonnie Morgan will be stepping down effective Sept. 7. But Norwalk City Schools won't be losing her. Morgan will be an assistant to treasurer Kenneth France because she said she's looking for "something different" and a "change of pace" until she is eligible to retire in seven years. She has been at NHS for 23 years.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fourth part of a 10-part series on the Norwalk city council races, both contested and uncontested. When it comes to an actual city council race, Tom Stoll is not the person to ask.
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A Norwalk man is accused of lunging toward his wife and their 2-year-old son with a knife Tuesday. Calvin R. Tuttle, 30, of 520 Milan Ave., Lot 73, is charged with felonious assault and, if convicted, could face two to eight years in prison and a maximum fine of $15,000.
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The Huron County Junior Fair Board has scheduled a candlelight ceremony to honor three late individuals who dedicated many years of service to Huron County youth and the fair. The ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. Sunday in the area between the turkey barn and the junior fair sale office. The event will honor Robert Hoffman, Walter Horn, Jr. and Janet Kennard, who have died since last year's fair. Hoffman was a Bellevue FFA advisor for at least 28 years, Horn was the Lyme Producers 4-H club advisor for 68 years and Kennard advised the Huron Valley Go-Getters for 27 years.
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sseitz@norwalkreflector.com EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third part of a 10-part series on the Norwalk city council races, both contested and uncontested. Bob Carleton is a veteran of Norwalk city council. This 66-year-old has served the city as an at-large, first-ward and now second-ward councilman.
4:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
The North Coast Inland Trail has come a long way. With the help of a load of volunteers, working under the umbrella of Firelands Rails to Trails, the group has cleared several miles of trails from Norwalk to Monroeville to Bellevue and another small stretch in the Collins area.
4:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
The local library union has filed two grievances against the library, alleging the body violated the contract. Union president Sue Mango said most union members feel management misinterpreted the contract by laying off employees according to seniority by department, as opposed to seniority in general.
4:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
Residents in Berlin and Florence townships have reported 10 unauthorized entries into unlocked vehicles since early Wednesday morning. Norwalk police also have notice an increase in vehicle break-ins, and they have issued a list of precautions area residents can take.
4:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
PARMA - Call it "My Fair Lady' in reverse. "Me and My Girl' shares enough similarities with Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loew's classic to make you "see' Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins, even though they're not on-stage. This time, the transformer/etiquette teacher is a woman and the target is a man.
4:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
There's been some discussion lately over whether Applebee's was ever coming to Norwalk. Mayor Sue Lesch tried to clear up some of this confusion at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
4:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
When I first read George Orwell's novel "1984," I was in high school and 1984 was a date in the future. Now it is past. Students still read that book, and we discuss which of Orwell's pessimistic predictions have come to pass. One thing that always bothered me about 1984 was not the fact that the government Big Brother controlled everything, but the fact that people had let it happen. I didn't think it was realistic that people would allow the government to install video equipment in every home, giving Big Brother access to their private lives. Why would people voluntarily do that? It didn't make sense, and so I thought it could never happen. And, so far, it hasn't. But now I know how it could. Big Brother didn't have to force people to allow the technology into their homes to permit the government to spy on them; people did it voluntarily. In fact, we are voluntarily doing it now, and it scares me. Not that Obama is using it to spy on us I don't believe so, at least not yet. But the miraculous gadgets that we purchase with glee are the conduits the government could easily use to monitor us and we've paid for them and installed them ourselves. For example, my daughter in the next room is on Skype, happily videochatting with her boyfriend in Ecuador. He sees her, because her laptop computer has a camera installed. And when she was in Ecuador, I was joyful whenever the Internet was working and I could see her and she could see me. But that videocam is a portal into the privacy of my home, and even though now I control who views me through that portal, the fact that it exists lays the groundwork for Big Brother.
4:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Edison High School Class of 1999 will hold a picnic and party to celebrate its 10-year reunion on Sept. 5. Event organizers are looking for the following class members: Amy Toth James Baker
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The Salvation Army Summer Youth Feeding program will end Aug. 21. The program averaged 100 children fed per day. The Army appreciates all of the volunteers who helped this summer and all of the businesses that donated to the program.
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Safety and peace of mind. That's what the Huron County Sheriff's Office is offering with "Kid Print" photo ID cards at the fair. It's the first time the department has coordinated the project there.
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Norwalk City Schools spent $7,764 per student in 2008. With comparable districts spending an average of $8,642 per pupil and the state average being $9,939, Superintendent Dennis Doughty considers Norwalk good stewards of the district's money. Doughty shared the information from an Ohio Department of Education (ODE) staffing analysis, which was completed July 24, with the school board during its meeting Tuesday.