5:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
FITCHVILLE - While some local organizations are scrambling for new members, the membership of the Fitchville Conservation Club "just keeps getting larger,' according to club president Wayne Kiser. Kiser said the clubhouse, located at 2623 Jennings Road north of Fitchville, has been renovated inside and out, and lots of exciting programs and events are on the schedule.
5:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city council is considering purchasing 22 acres in the Gallup Avenue/Old State Road area (see maps) that will eventually be developed and used as soccer fields, primarily by the Huron County Youth Soccer Club. The park will also include a donated playground. The offer stands at $96,000 for the land, which is half the market price. Council members intend to discuss the issue at its meeting Tuesday and possibly hear a second reading and issue a final vote on Oct. 6.
5:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
Gov. Ted Strickland made a quick stop in Norwalk Thursday. Strickland, touring Ohio cities to talk about education, toured Norwalk Custom Order Furniture and then addressed a group of local dignitaries.
5:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
The defendant locked eyes with his victim, who sat between his mother and father Monday in Huron County Juvenile Court. "I'm sorry for the months of punishment I put you through. I'm truly sorry for what I put you and your family through,' the ex-wrestler told his former teammate.
5:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS Richland and Ross counties had the most illegal weapon arrests during the last 20 months according to new statistics released by the Patrol on Friday. Troopers made 447 illegal weapon arrests statewide from January 2008 through August 2009. During this 20-month period troopers made 24 illegal weapon arrests in each Richland and Ross counties, followed by Scioto County with 18 arrests, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol Illegal Weapon Arrests statistical recap from the Patrol's Statistical Analysis Unit. Rounding the top five are Mahoning and Stark counties with 17. Counties in the Patrol's Jackson District (southeast Ohio) accounted for 85 arrests, followed by the Patrol's Massillon District (northeast Ohio) with 59 of the illegal weapon arrests.
5:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohio's Booster Seat Law goes into effect Oct. 7. The law requires children ages 4 through 7 and shorter than 4 feet, 9 inches, to be in federally-approved booster seats in the back seat when traveling in a car.
5:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
In the past I have written about a one-time citizen of Milan, Zenas King. King's life is a long and interesting story. He was born in Vermont in 1818, and at age 21 came to Ohio, soon settling at Milan.
5:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
A police officer and hot-dog vendor have gone from the streets to the castle. Norwalk's annual Pet N Pup parade took place Saturday during the inaugural Autumn Leaves Festival. A 5-year-old Collins boy and 3-year-old Norwalk girl were crowned king and queen, each being awarded a new bicycle as part of the honor.
5:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Monroeville man who went from Columbus into the village with heroin was sentenced to 22 months in prison Tuesday. Nicholas A. Taylor, 22, of 62 Monroe St., also was fined $500 and had his driver's license suspended for six months. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ordered the defendant to pay $346 in restitution to the Huron County Sheriff's Office.
5:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
Grab your safari hat and get ready for a one-of-a-kind musical jungle adventure with Barney and his friends. The "Barney: Jungle Friends" DVD from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment hit store shelves Tuesday. In this all-new movie, Barney, BJ and Baby Bop laugh, dance and sing through an enchanted rainforest and learn about all of the amazing plants, animals and insects that call the rainforest their home. A targeted audience of children ages 2 to 5 can watch and learn as children play with monkeys, collect butterflies and search for the legendary Higgledy Piggledy Pear Tree in this super-dee-duper tale of friendship and fun. The feature run time is about 50 minutes.
5:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
When you get older, sometimes it's hard to adjust to new things, even if they are an improvement. Take, for example, the new knives I bought over the summer. One of my former students had a summer job selling knives and even though my old knives were OK, I decided to buy some new ones.
5:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County Department of Job and Family Services might be needed now more than ever. With the economy struggling and many people out of work, JFS provides sort of a "safety net" for county residents. To better assist Huron Countians, JFS is opening a "satellite" branch called "The Southern Connection" in Willard.
5:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
Gov. Ted Strickland made a quick stop in Norwalk this morning. Strickland, touring Ohio cities to talk about education, toured Norwalk Custom Order Furniture and then addressed a group of local dignitaries.
5:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
Steven J. Rodvold's preliminary hearing Thursday in Norwalk Municipal Court was done in less than a minute. "We waived it in return for discovery,' said Huron County Assistant Public Defender David Longo, who received evidence in the murder case from the state Thursday. "The case was going to be bound over anyway.'
5:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
Alison Lykins touched the arm of her newborn, Clayton, at Fisher-Titus Medical Center on Sept. 11. The roughly 7-pound infant didn't respond. Little Clayton had been born through an emergency C-section and couldn't breath on his own. Doctors got an artificial breathing machine, which kept him alive.
5:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Willard man is out on bond after police said they seized 13 individually wrapped doses of heroin during a traffic stop Monday. Justin Van Fleet, 25, of 9 Hayes St., was stopped in a red Ford pickup truck he was driving at 12:48 p.m., Willard Police Chief Joe Daniel said. After a detective obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and suspect, officers reported finding the suspect with the heroin and about $500 in cash.
5:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLARKSFIELD TOWNSHIP - The Huron County Sheriff's Office is investigating a break-in at the Ohio 60 home where Keith R. Rodvold was murdered Sept. 17.
5:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city council members received a good dose of budget reality at Tuesday night's work session. Diane Eschen, city finance director, told council in her PowerPoint presentation how the budget breaks down and also what the future holds.
5:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
Members of Norwalk High School's graduating class of 1969 will celebrate their 40th reunion over Homecoming weekend, Oct. 2, 3 and 4. A pre-game dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Berry's restaurant will kick off a series of five gatherings. Following dinner, the former classmates and their guests will gather at Whitney Field to watch the NHS Homecoming game against Willard. A post-game celebration will be held at the Shamrock Tavern on Hester Street. Reunion plans continue on Oct. 3 at the home of Joe and Jan Turnley, 1 Quail Hollow Road, in Norwalk.
5:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
Crystal clear skies have hosted each of the first two Saturdays of The Firelands 200, an eight-week, eight-marathon tribute to the bicentennial of the settling of The Firelands. Saturday, Ebinger begins the historic 26-mile run in Wakeman at 7:45 a.m. He will then follow a series of back roads through Clarksfield and Collins before making a brief stop at Summit Motorsports Park before the final push into Norwalk. He plans to finish at the Firelands Museum around 1 p.m. "These marathons truly showcase the Firelands," Ebinger said after finishing week two in Plymouth. "We have run past the Confederate Cemetery on Johnson's Island, the oldest operating lighthouse in Ohio in Marblehead, the rich soil of the muck in Celeryville and the now famous Niver property in Willard where the 12,000-year-old sloth was recently discovered. And that's just the first two weeks." Ebinger designed each marathon to showcase the history of each area. Historical clubs have hosted special "pit stops" for Ebinger as he runs through each community.
5:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com The Huron County commissioners unanimously voted Thursday to supplement the jail operations budget by $167,000. The jail budget, which was cut drastically to begin the year anyway, has suffered in 2009 from sluggish sales tax and around $50,000 worth of medical bills inherited from the prior administration. Some of those medical bills were late in 2008 and it's not uncommon for those to slip into the next year's budget. Other medical bills from early 2008 that had not yet been paid fell into the "mystery category."