6:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
I'm starting to get concerned about government. With tax revenues nose diving along with the economy, we are likely to see more and more things like police officers and firefighters being laid off, as happened recently in Norwalk. That, however, is not what concerns me. That's a reasonable response to an intractable problem. When revenues are down, cuts should be made, No, what concerns me is other ways our government is trying to deal with the revenue void. I recently paid a visit to the Department of Transportation to get new tags for my license plates. My tags had a big "10" on them so I thought that meant they were good through the tenth month, October, and I needed to get them renewed prior to the end of the month.
6:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Scott Krichbaum will remain as Norwalk's first-ward councilman. Krichbaum, a Republican, defeated Independent challenger Jim Loughton in Tuesday's election. The final vote tally was 588 to 468.
6:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County voters re-elected 28 of the 31 incumbent township trustees in Tuesday's general election. Twelve of the county's 19 townships had contested trustee races. Vote counts do not include absentee ballots, which did not affect the outcome of any race. All totals are unofficial until they are certified by the elections board.
6:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's a month of celebration at St. Paul Episcopal Church. It began last Thursday with a performance from the Ohio Northern University choir featuring Ryan Neal of Norwalk and culminates on Nov. 22 with a visit from the bishop.
6:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - It was a tough morning for Berlin-Milan Schools Superintendent David Snook. For that matter, it's been a tough year. Voters turned down a 1 percent tax on earned income Tuesday night collecting only 39.8 percent of the vote. The last time it gained 47.7 percent of the vote. The vote total was 2,012 against and 1,328 for the tax.
6:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk city council meeting that was supposed to be a marathon turned into a sprint Tuesday night. Council ended up tabling a major portion of the agenda for a couple of reasons, including not having enough members in attendance to legally deal with some ordinances. Council members Tom Stoll and Bob Carleton were both out sick.
6:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Eight people were running for three open school board spots in New London Local Schools. Incumbent Chris Pondy and newcomers William Given and Susan Porter were victorious. Porter received the most votes with 744 (or nearly 20 percent), followed by Given at 649 (17 percent) and Pondy with 535 (14 percent). In the South Central district, incumbents Steven Gray and Bryan Hamman defeated challenger Gary Miller in the two contested positions on the school board. Gray received about 41 percent of the votes (or 737 votes) and Hamman notched 34 percent (or 607 votes). Miller grabbed nearly 26 percent of the votes (or 464 votes).
6:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Nov. 5, 1959 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 50 years ago: Laundry has new owner The Norwalk Laundry Co., the oldest business in this city in continuous operation, was sold today by Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Oetzel who have operated it for the past 23 years.
6:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A Cuyahoga County man will be sentenced next month for buying the 1964 red and white prop plane that brought marijuana from New Mexico to Huron County. Frederick C. Patterson, 46, of Orange, pleaded guilty Oct. 27 in Medina County Common Pleas Court to possession of marijuana. He will be sentenced Dec. 17. Pilot Ryan C. Thomas, 48, and passenger Greg J. Baca 47, both of Albuquerque, are serving separate three-year prison terms for the June 17 incident. Baca threw a nylon bag containing about 20 pounds of marijuana from the plane when it was near Willard. Local authorities recovered the bag and drugs from a New Haven Township ravine near a U.S. 224 railroad crossing.
6:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Editor's note: This is the next installment in a series of stories provided by Norwalk Economic Development Corp. Director Ellen Heinz, along with Main Street Program Manager Kristie Wert. Americraft Carton, Inc., started its Norwalk business in 1984. Originally the company started out as Kerr Printing and the work evolved over time into printed paperboard packaging. Americraft purchased Kerr in 1999. Americraft Carton, Inc. is privately owned. Norwalk is one of six locations with sales totaling more than $140 million annually.
6:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Automobile prices, customer loyalty and car styles might have changed in the 41 years George Beatty was a car salesman. But at least one thing has remained constant for Beatty, who retired Friday from Baumann Auto Group in Norwalk: Beatty's "Golden Rule," which he has emblazoned on golden-colored rulers: "Putting Your Customer First."
6:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohio voters said yes to veterans, farm animals and gambling. The unofficial election results as provided by Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner's office shows all three state issues on today's ballot passed.
6:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
It won't be difficult to locate Norwalk city council members when the Election Day results start rolling in tonight. That's because they'll be meeting and meeting and meeting. The city braintrust has placed 18 pieces of legislation on tonight's agenda, which some council members thought might be a record.
6:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Board of Elections Director Sharon Locke estimated 30 to 35 percent of the county's voters will participate in today's election. Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. today and so far, things have been "a little busy but pretty good,' Huron County Board of Elections Director Sharon Locke said. She added there haven't been any problems.
6:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man remains hospitalized with serious injuries after hitting a Milan Avenue tree early Sunday morning. Brett T. Ziemke, 20, of 94 Old State Road, was in critical condition in the intensive care unit of St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said this morning. A LifeFlight helicopter transported him to the Toledo hospital from Fisher-Titus Medical Center after the crash reported at 12:57 a.m.
6:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
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6:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
This is a story about three coaches. And I don't even have to focus on a specific game, a season or score. These three mean much more than that. In terms of what they did for the people they worked with, they are bigger than life. Grace Hutchinson. Steve Ringholz. Mike Gottfried.
6:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Richmond Elementary School has joined Central Elementary School in the Willard Local Schools district as "Schools of Promise" for the 2008-2009 school year. In order for a school to be named a School of Promise, it must demonstrate a commitment to closing the achievement gap by helping all students achieve at higher levels in reading and math. Such schools must also have a free and reduced lunch count of 40-percent or more, maintain a 75-percent passage rate or higher in reading and math and meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
6:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Valu King Food Market officials aren't saying much about the renovation of the former Giant Eagle building located on Whittlesey Avenue. About the only new information a company spokesperson would release is the store might open in December, but that is unofficial.
6:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOLEDO (MCT) - A second Toledo police officer in as many weeks was drunk on the job and is now facing criminal charges, Chief Mike Navarre said Monday. Officer Donald Mitchell, who has been on the force since 1997, is accused of showing up intoxicated for work Saturday afternoon.
6:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Voters in the Monroeville Local School District said yes to the earned income tax issue on today's ballot. Passage of the 1.5 percent earned income tax means the Monroeville district will receive its first new source of funding in 11 years.