4:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON TOWNSHIP - Two families visiting Kalahari Waterpark Resort say employees forced them to leave. One group claims race was the reason. Investigators say the same complainants were being belligerent.
4:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
A 17-year-old Norwalk driver was charged with driving under the influence, underage consumption and going left of center in connection with a Norwalk Township head-on collision Monday. Abigail M. Frank, of 41 S. Garden St., hit the 2000 Ford Explorer driven by Daryl J. Allison, 27, of Sandusky, head-on about 11:50 p.m. on U.S. 250. Frank sustained serious injuries and Allison had minor injuries.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAYNESVILLE - Caesar Creek State Park and the Miami Valley Astronomical Society are offering one of the region's best for venues for viewing shooting stars on Saturday during the annual Perseid meteor shower. Beginning at 7 p.m., Caesar Creek will host a meteor shower program at the main state park beach. The Miami Valley Astronomical Society will provide an educational program on outer space, featuring galaxies, planets, stars, moons and black holes. The Astronomical Society will also have telescopes and other equipment on hand for park visitors to view stars and planets.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ritz Theatre Executive Director Michael Strong wants to talk to your group about the theater's upcoming season. He is available to present a power point presentation for groups with 10 or more people to present the presentation Service clubs, church groups, managers meetings, etc. in Seneca, Hancock, Sandusky, Wyandot, Huron and Crawford Counties. Strong will travel beyond that if necessary. If your group would like to hear Strong's presentation, call Bruce Hannam, the theater's marketing director, at (419) 448-8544, ext. 11.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
SUBHEAD: Farm Futures magazine survey shows good yield prospects but lower corn acreage as unusual growing season continues DECATUR, Ill. Bumper corn and soybean crops are still possible in 2009, despite a very unusual growing season, according to the latest Farm Futures magazine survey of U.S. farmers. Corn production could reach 12.545 billion, the second biggest crop in history, with soybeans setting an all-time high at 3.275 billion. USDA reports 2009 production Aug. 12, in a widely anticipated release that features the agency's first estimates based on in-field surveys, not statistical guesses. The government also will update acreage for corn in seven states where planting delays made its June 30 estimates uncertain.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
After several weeks of chit-chat, Norwalk city council appointed Peg Baird as the citizen representative to the police chief selection board. The council vote was unanimous.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
You've got to hand it to Martin Haffey. Faced with massive losses of state funding, the director of the Norwalk Public Library handed in his resignation last week in order to save four or five other jobs from being eliminated.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON TOWNSHIP - The Erie County health department found no evidence of neglect on the part of Kalahari Resort following the drowning death of a 3-year-old Michigan boy. (EDITOR'S NOTE: To listen to the 9-1-1 call in the Kalahari drowning case, click here.)
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - There were smiles all around today in Monroeville. A 3.6-mill school renewal levy not only passed Tuesday, but it collected almost 73 percent of the votes in Huron County. The totals were 453 (72.95 percent) in favor and 168 against (27.05 percent). It was dead even in Erie County with 18 voting yes and 18 voting no.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Robert M. Tite will be taking his two drunk driving cases to trial. The rural Wakeman resident has an Aug. 26 trial scheduled in Norwalk Municipal Court on driving under the influence (DUI), resisting arrest and criminal damaging. The charges stem from a June 26 incident at his neighbor's property in which Tite, 57, of 2785 Chenango Road, Wakeman, reportedly drove a bulldozer while intoxicated.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
ELYRIA - German chemical company BASF will build a chemical processing plant in Elyria, Sen. Sue Morano (D-Lorain) announced today. The world's largest chemical company's new facility will produce a patented cathode material to be used in advanced Lithium-ion batteries that will power a new line of hybrid cars.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Longtime Norwalk golfer Tom Downer's ball went up, up, up, up ... all the way to the International Space Station. Really.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
If state lawmakers have their way, texting while driving will be a thing of the past. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk), 58th district representative, said Tuesday a bill was just introduced in Columbus and will likely head to committee in September that will outlaw texting while driving. "It is a Democratic bill that will prohibit texting while driving," Boose said. "I'm almost sure this bill will receive bi-partisan support.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Local schools and municipalities received a financial boost when FirstEnergy Corp. delivered a check totaling $430,053 to the Huron County Treasurer's Office for the company's second-half property taxes. FirstEnergy is one of Huron County's largest taxpayers. Local school districts will receive more than 70 percent of the nearly $225 million FirstEnergy companies will pay in property taxes this year to the 48 counties in Ohio where it owns property and facilities. The remainder is used to fund a variety of township, city and county services, such as police and fire protection, libraries, mental health institutions and parks and recreation facilities. About 14 percent of a customer's electric bill goes toward about two dozen local, state and federal taxes, which totaled more than $1.5 billion for FirstEnergy in 2008. FirstEnergy's operating electric utility companies in Ohio are Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison Company.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
AUG. 7, 1949 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 60 years ago: Children to tour local factories A visit to several different Norwalk industries on Thursday for children over six is being planned by Virginia Clayton, playground director. Children are asked to meet at the recreation center at 2 p.m. to leave in a body for the inspection tour.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE St. Joseph Catholic Church in Monroeville will host its 49th annual festival Saturday and Sunday. The festival will begin from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday with an "Adults Night Out" in the village park. Food and refreshments, games of chance and live entertainment will be featured. A corn hole tournament will begin at 7 p.m., weather permitting. Registration begins at 6 p.m. The entry fee is $10 and cash prizes will be awarded for first and second place and the winner of the consolation bracket. Bring the whole family on Sunday when the midway opens at 11 a.m. As always, the festival will feature Jerry's famous barbecue chicken, buttered noodles, green beans, coleslaw and pies. Barbecue rib dinners also will be served. Dinners will be available in the air-conditioned dining room or at the carryout from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bratwursts, hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade french fries, ice cream, homemade lemonade and much more will be provided on the midway.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
WOODVILLE - The state Highway Patrol's Fremont post is currently investigating a one-vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred on Ohio 51 just north of U.S. 20 in Sandusky County's Washington Township. The crash occurred at 2:30 a.m. today when the southbound 2000 Kia Spectra being driven by Lee Johnson, 20, of Toledo, went off the left side of the road and struck a cement culvert, troopers said. The vehicle continued off the left side and came to rest in a deep ditch. Lee told troopers he fell asleep while driving.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Nate Pettinga is one guy who doesn't mind rolling up his sleeves and getting dirty. He may be a teacher and principal at Celeryville Christian School, but don't be surprised to see him outside with a tool or paintbrush in his hands.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Kurtis J. DeWitt will be sentenced Sept. 15 for stealing OxyContin pills from Kaiser-Wells Pharmacy and then hiding them in his body. DeWitt, 24, of Norwalk, pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated robbery, possession of OxyContin, tampering with evidence and conveying contraband into a detention facility. His girlfriend, Megan R. Lillo, 21, faces a Sept. 1 trial on similar charges in connection with being DeWitt's accomplice and getaway driver.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
A state personnel board of review judge has ruled in favor of Huron County in a 2-year-old appeal involving employees of Job and Family Services. The county commissioners just received the news of the decision issued by Marcie M. Scholl, administrative law judge of the state personnel board of review.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Christi Moscicki isn't sure what she saw on the horse racing track that solidified her decision to become a jockey. But for the 19-year-old, the sight of the track served as a huge "Ah Ha!" moment, as she called it.