12:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
All former management and office staff for Norwalk Furniture, including retirees, can attend a meeting at 4:30 p.m. Friday regarding pensions. The meeting will be held in the Fisher-Titus learning center at Norwalk High School.
12:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Sheriff's Deputies Joe Leroux and Scott Plew will be able to bid for road patrol duty after being restricted to Huron County Courthouse security detail for more than three years. Justin Burnard, the attorney representing the sheriff's office union, said the decision was the result of the conciliator's report during contract negotiations. Burnard described a conciliator as someone who has the "final say" in any outstanding issues and is the "last step in the contract negotiations."
12:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's official - Norwalk is once again home to a custom furniture company. Norwalk Custom Order Furniture has risen from the ashes of Norwalk Furniture, which originally announced a temporary shutdown July 18 and went through two call-backs before finally closing down Sept. 16.
12:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
I spent some time last week going through our old family photos looking for pictures of my sister, Dianne. I needed these because she is being honored tonight in Washington, D.C., by the board and staff of the Institute for Conservation Leadership (www.icl.org) for her 20 years of service there. Knowing we could not attend the ceremonies, I had offered to provide photographs as a glimpse into the early life of my sister that her co-workers had not seen before.
12:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk Teachers' Association (NTA) approved a three-year contract Thursday night which includes a 3.5-percent yearly raise, 35 concessions dealing with insurance and language requiring teachers to attend school open houses. However, the deal isn't complete until the Norwalk school board approves it during a special meeting scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Friday at the board office, 134 Benedict Ave.
12:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Huron man was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison for selling a hallucinogenic drug near a State Street school. Philip R. Rorden, 46, of Huron, will serve a 17-month term for trafficking in Psilocyn (aka "magic mushrooms") at the same time he does two years. Last month, he pleaded guilty to incidents on Oct. 25 and Nov. 8, but had been indicted on two more suspected trafficking offenses stemming from Oct. 29 and Feb. 23.
12:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com The first buildings at Redwood Village Luxury Suites will be complete next week and agents are already pre-leasing for the city's newest housing option. "They're like little houses," said Jeff Ondo, regional manager for Redwood Management Company. The gated community is part of the Pride One development of Norwalk Commons on the north side of Norwalk. Monica Ondo, his wife and a leasing specialist for the company, said the one-story units truly provide a neighborhood environment. "Once you walk through that door, you don't realize you're in an apartment," she said, adding the on-site management will handle requests immediately. "We're on call 24-7."
12:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
MUNICIPALITIES Bellevue John W. Chambers and Pamela J. Homan to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company as trustee, 123 Hobson St., $51,780. Joseph A. and Kathryn L. Hosang to Joseph C. Zimmerman, 171 High St., $17,500.
12:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
SEPT. 26, 1979 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 29 years ago: Norwalk Teacher Association presents proposals as negotiations get started Norwalk teachers have opened contract negotiations here by proposing a pay hike of 15 percent in base teacher salary.
12:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Oct. 15 deadline to file a 2007 income tax return and receive an economic stimulus payment this year is fast approaching. This deadline is for the estimated 4.3 million retirees and disabled veterans nationwide who may be eligible to receive a stimulus payment but who normally don't file a tax return. It's also the deadline for the approximately 10 million people who earlier this year received extensions to file their 2007 income tax return. The IRS has accounted for nearly 80 percent of the Social Security and Veterans Affairs beneficiaries initially identified as potentially eligible. "While the majority of people eligible for a stimulus payment have filed a return, there are still about 165,000 seniors and veterans in Ohio and 34,000 in West Virginia who have not filed to claim their stimulus payment," IRS Spokesperson Eric Erickson said. The IRS sent two packages to this group which included a Form 1040A, a sample tax form and instructions for sending the tax return to the IRS. If these instructions have been misplaced, the fastest way for a taxpayer to obtain a Package 1040A-3 is to visit IRS.gov or their local IRS office. A return also can be prepared and submitted for free through Free File which is available at IRS.gov.
12:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - Ten-year-old Edward Morman was pleased when his family received a care basket Tuesday from Wakeman Police Officer Julianna Trunko. "We got this because of me," the autistic boy said.
12:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's been almost a year since the city passed a moratorium on any new outdoor furnaces in the city and the mayor wants it extended. Mike Hemenway, who sells the furnaces, wants the city to let the moratorium expire.
12:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County faces a small jump in the price of road salt, but the city of Norwalk will see an increase of 75 percent in salt costs this year. Diane Eschen, finance director, told council in a work session Tuesday the bid she received for road salt is more than $74 a ton, compared to $42 last year.
12:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
GALION - Four years into the program, the St. Paul girls' golf team advanced to the district tournament. The team co-coached by Nancy Tinker and Dave Weisenberger finished second to Sandusky Bay Conference champion Edison Tuesday at Valley View Golf Course in the Division II sectional.
12:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Despite Jim Gerken's assurance that COBRA insurance information was mailed last week, at least one former Norwalk Furniture employee hadn't received it as of Tuesday afternoon. In an e-mail to the Reflector, Gerken said the COBRA notices were mailed out Tuesday afternoon.
12:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
I was stricken early this week with a bout of flu. As such, at home recovering, I was able to watch Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testify before some powerful senators about the $700 billion they want to bail out their buddies on Wall Street. Two other guys, apparently co-conspirators of some sort, were also offering their opinion on why it was necessary to give Paulson the money with no strings attached to do with as he sees fit.
12:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. - Authorities found a convicted area sex offender in Florida after the Erie County Sheriff's Office entered the Bellevue's man personal information into a national search database. Wayne M. Schnee, 52, formerly of 293 1/2 Southwest St., was arrested over the weekend on two Erie County Common Pleas Court warrants. Capt. Paul Sigsworth said Schnee was charged with absconding the supervision of the Adult Parole Authority and failing to appear for an Aug. 28 sentencing for two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.
12:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
SEPT. 25, 1979 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 29 years ago: EHOVE teachers ratify pact AVERY Striking teachers at EHOVE Joint Vocational School ratified a proposed two-year contract Monday and are hoping the school board will approve it tonight so they can be back in the classroom Wednesday.
12:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular and Bill Miller, of Miller's Landscaping, is finishing up with the fourth outdoor kitchen he's installed in the area. In a 2005 survey taken by the Hearth, Patio & Barbeque Association, Americans spent nearly $150 billion on home remodeling and one-third of that went toward outdoor living areas. Miller likes the idea so much he installed a model for his business and another for his home. The model at the store features a gas grill, but he chose to go with charcoal for his house.
12:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Furniture has a new owner - if the deal is completed - and work could resume as early as this week. Local investors purchased the property and they are waiting for the paperwork to go through, said Jim McTevia, of McTevia and Associates, Management and Financial Consultants.
12:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
FREMONT - The state Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred at 6:18 p.m. Tuesday at Township Road 122 in Seneca County. Nathaniel A. Schroth, 21, of Tiffin, was westbound on 122 in a 1998 Ford Escort when he failed to stop at the posted stop sign on 18 and collided with a northbound 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass being driven by Evan Ebersole, 52, of Republic, said troopers with the Patrol's Fremont post.