3:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
City Engineer Josh Snyder said Tuesday the criteria used to award federal stimulus funds is flawed. "The scoring is wrong," Snyder said after the city council meeting. "They were rewarding people who didn't spend the money and let things go to pot." He was referring to six big water projects awarded to Put-in-Bay, while Norwalk's three water projects were rejected.
3:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
This morning was the beginning of a tough day at Norwalk High School. A 17-year-old junior died of an apparent suicide at her home Tuesday night. The Norwalk Police Department received the call at 11:03 p.m. Chief Kevin Cashen said there were no indications of alcohol or drug use. He declined to say if there was a suicide note.
3:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Monday released its annual Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Statistics Report. The report details the PUCO's role in highway-rail grade crossing safety and provides current and historical crossing data. There were three accidents involving trains last year in Huron County, including one fatality.
3:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
Uptown businesses and more than 80 vendors hope the predictions of balmy weather for Saturday prove true so the Treasure Hunt that attracted more than 1,000 people last year will be even more successful this time around. The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
3:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
Listen to the 9-1-1 call Calvin Riley made while surrendering to authorities in Tennessee by clicking this link. The tapes were provided by WTVC-TV, NewsChannel 9 in Chattanooga, Tenn.
3:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - The school district will save an estimated $250,000 through cuts for next year that have been enacted, Superintendent David Stubblebine said. The following are the cuts Stubblebine announced at Monday's school board meeting: Roughly 30 supplemental contracts will not be filled, new textbook purchases are postponed, new technology purchases are postponed, no field trips, department funds will be cut 50 percent and professional development will be reduced by two-thirds.
3:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com A new food pantry is open two days a week at 2 Seminary St. to help families in Norwalk and Monroeville. Mary Clark, of United Hearts Life Mission Center, said when the group learned of the county's 18 percent unemployment rate a couple of months ago they decided to start helping out in this area. They will be in Norwalk every Monday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a lunch break from 12:15 to 1 p.m. each day. Clark said they ask people to make appointments because they have a small waiting room. Appointments can be made by calling (419) 668-2596. When a client comes to pick up supplies, Clark said they can schedule their next month's visit at the same time.
3:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - Roeder Harley-Davidson's doors may be shut, but Ohio Bike Week events will still go on at the Perkins Township property and organizers hold out hope that the store's doors may be open for the event.
3:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
Northeast Ohio gas prices rose 1.1 cents this week. The average price for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline is currently $2.319 at the pump. According to the AAA Fuel Gauge, gasoline and oil prices resumed their climb on optimism for the economy and in advance of the summer driving season. Crude oil prices alone jumped over two and a half dollars to pass the $59 per barrel mark. At the close of trading on Monday oil prices stood at $59.02 per barrel.
3:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
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3:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
Mayor Sue Lesch told council members the city's request for stimulus funding for water projects have been turned down, but the city will submit more requests. "It would appear three stimulus projects one for water and two for wastewater did not make the first cut," Lesch said. "We will try again."
3:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
AVERY The John Birch Society will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Maw's Place in Avery.
3:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
They say that if you're trying to sell your home, when a potential buyer is coming to look at it, you should have a freshly-baked loaf of bread sitting on the kitchen counter. The smell of the bread alone will make people like your house and want to buy it. I don't know about that, but I've been thinking a lot about bread lately. Bread is a slang word meaning money. The word "dough" is also a slang word for money. And money makes the world go around ... just like bread. Bread is important. How do I know? Well, in just about every grocery store I've ever been to, there is an entire aisle devoted to bread. Breads of all kinds. Store brand and name brands. White, wheat, rye, oatmeal, 7 grain, 12 grain, 15 grain (what, exactly, is the difference, anyway?). Bread comes in many shapes and forms long, narrow loaves; circles; braided; and the traditional "loaf." And then there are rolls dinner rolls, hot dog rolls, hamburger rolls, Kaiser rolls, sweet rolls, knot rolls, pecan swirl rolls. ... And then there are the breads with special things in them, like cinnamon bread and raisin bread and cinnamon-raisin bread. And the bread-related items like English muffins, donuts, tortillas, bagels, croutons, pita bread ... and the breads of different nationalities, like French bread and Italian bread. A dizzying array of breads.
3:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
Work on culverts on Medusa Road, originally scheduled for this week, has been delayed so the road will not be closed until Tuesday. The road will be closed for about 15 days between Ohio 20 and Collins Road.
3:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
Some years ago an old friend retired and was given a fishing rod and box of tackle, instead of a watch. "I've always wanted to learn to fish," he said, "and now I've got the time." He made several visits to a local lake, caught nothing, and gave his equipment away. "I just didn't know what to do." he said. Lots of other people are in the same boat, old, young, in-between, would-be anglers who don't know what to do, and are simply confused by fishing jargon (crankbaits, pig and jig, working structure, etc.). So, here are the absolute nuts and bolts of learning to fish, the sport boiled down to its simplest terms. Cut this column out, hang it on the wall, pass it on to a relative or friend. If they follow these instructions, they will catch fish. At least most of the time. The first thing you'll need is basic gear, and the place to buy it is at a good sporting goods store or a department store that specializes in sport gear and has clerks that know their business. Getting it from a place where the salesperson can't tell a rod from a 12-gauge shotgun is pointless. You'll need a rod and reel first, and the best for beginners is a combo kit that has rod, reel, and line already in place. Get a closed face reel, because they're simple to cast. Just squeeze the lever and release it as you whip the rod forward. A clerk can demonstrate this. You'll need two kinds of very inexpensive gear, one set for float and a second for bottom fishing. The float should be one of the thin pencil types, not a round red and white one that offers resistance to biting fish. Buy a small packet of No. 6 hooks and a small packet of splitshot that are a little smaller than a dried pea. Tie the hook on line's end, clamp a splitshot about six inches above, and clip on the float about 3 to 3 1/2 feet above that. You're in business.
3:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two new DVDs featuring popular children's shows will be released May 19. The beloved animated children's series "Thomas & Friends" has a new look, new engine friends and a new live-action host, Mr. Arkwright, waiting with a warm smile and a tip of the hat to welcome you to the Island of Sodor. Teaching timeless life lessons such as friendship, cooperation and respect for others, Thomas & Friends invites children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. Children can enjoy thrilling new stories when "Thomas & Friends: Team Up With Thomas" steams onto DVD May 19 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.
3:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
GREENWICH - Eight people were arrested after a fight outside of Hunter's Brew, 27 Main St., early Saturday morning. "An officer was flagged down and 20 to 25 people were fighting on the sidewalk," Greenwich Police Chief Steve Dorsey said. "No one was injured."
3:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
They call it OJT on the job training. And for Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard, he got plenty of that OJT this past week. You all know the story. A 13-year-old Norwalk Catholic School seventh-grader steals a truck, a couple of guns, some ammunition and takes off. He leaves behind a list of names in his school locker and all of a sudden you have a crisis on your hands. Singularly, events like that happen quite often in this area. Children run away from home all of the time. Some of them steal vehicles. Some take guns. And some have "hate lists." Those don't make the headlines.
3:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
You can travel a lot of miles in 100 years. Mary Elizabeth Rogers Baqué, who is celebrating her 100th birthday today, has traveled all around the continental U.S., and now resides in Florida, but she's never forgotten what she loves about her home state.
3:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
Five residents will vie for four at large seats for Norwalk City Council and a political newcomer will run against a one-term councilman for the first ward seat next November. Skip Wilde did not file for re-election to an at-large seat, but Steve Euton, Dwight Tkach and Shane Penrose are hoping to retain their seats. Harry Brady and Jim Graves will be competing with those three current councilmen for the four seats available.
3:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
VIDEO - Calvin Riley will remain in custody at the Sandusky County Juvenile Detention Center until the results of a court-ordered psychological evaluation is available. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer DeLand requested the evaluation because she said the state wants to know the 13-year-old Norwalk boy's frame of mind when he fled the state in a white 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck with a stolen a .22 caliber rifle. Riley surrendered himself to Dayton, Tenn. police May 13.