7:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - The Wakeman Police Department is seeing an ongoing problem with the distribution of prescription medication in the Riverview Mobile Lodge. "People (who) you wouldn't normally suspect are selling their meds to cope with a crippling economy and of course, even giving your meds to someone is illegal," Chief Tim Hunker said.
7:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
jcenters@norwalkreflector.com The Ohio Department of Health launched the Ohio Hospital Compare Web site, giving people a chance to compare hospitals around the state from heart surgery to surgical care. The site atwww.odh.ohio.gov, launched Monday, compares state hospitals on more than 100 different performance measures. The patient satisfaction portion of the site is based on the results of patient surveys, of which at least 300 were completed at each hospital. Patients were asked questions about communication with doctors and nurses, pain management, responsiveness of hospital staff and cleanliness and quietness of the hospital environment.
7:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk Parks and Recreation Department is hosting Skate Night at the community center for youngsters age 6 to 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday nights. The event features music, games, glow lighting, pop and pizza. Admission is $3 each week but bring a couple extra dollars for pop and pizza.
7:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
Are you ready to do some spring house cleaning and want to get rid of some things you no longer need or use? You don't have to haul it away. Call us. We will pick it up for you. The Bismark Senior and Community Center, 5582 Bismark Road, Bellevue will pick up good used furniture, household items, shop tools, good used clothing, etc. We will bring it back to our center, sort and separate everything. Sometime this summer, we will have a rummage sale to raise funds for our center. If you would like to donate your good used items you no longer need, call Jerry Phillips at (419) 935-0337, Howard Smith at (419) 465-2167 or Joan Schaffer at (419) 935-1934.
7:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Norwalk resident Roger Knight believes in the system at the roughly 350-student Butler Elementary School. Knight, the school's principal, said he feels the system he put in place at Butler, part of the Clear Fork Valley Local Schools, helped it win the National Blue Ribbon Award, the highest honor an American school can achieve. Knight said that out of 173,000 public and private schools in the U.S., about 320 schools earned the designation, including 19 in Ohio. "It's like winning the national championship," Knight said.
7:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
SHENANDOAH - Smoke inhalation caused four deaths in a trailer fire Saturday at Pin Oaks Estates, Richland County Coroner Stewart Ryckman reported his preliminary findings Monday. (NOTE - To see additional pictures related to this story, click here. To watch related video, click here.)
7:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city council members debated a number of issues at Tuesday night's meeting. The biggest topic was adult gaming devices and those sort of establishments. Specifically, the kind of businesses that house skilled games of chance. Council is trying to figure out what type of zoning best suits these businesses.
7:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
It was a tough year for many in 2009. Plant closings and a lousy economy forced many people to either lose their jobs or take a cut in hours. And it doesn't appear the end is in sight. But through it all, people in this area again stepped up and did their part to make life better for others.
7:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - Two Huron County high school students have been nominated to U.S. military academies. If accepted, South Central High School student Kyle Hall, of Greenwich, will attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., while Willard High School student Anderson Showman, of Willard, will go to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in West Point, N.Y.
7:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk High School's athletic schedules will take a very different look starting with the 2011-12 school year. With Galion, Fostoria and Upper Sandusky leaving the Northern Ohio League after next year and Sandusky coming in, things are about to change.
7:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
When Norwalk City Schools educator Sue Goodsite traveled to China recently, she brought letters from Pleasant Elementary third-grade students and teachers. It was one step Goodsite took to help foster communication between Chinese and American students and educators.
7:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - Ohio Department of Insurance Director Mary Jo Hudson issued an order Tuesday to immediately suspend the business of Chesapeake Life Insurance Company (Chesapeake) in Ohio for failure to file premium rates and forms for open enrollment coverage in accordance with and within the time period required by Ohio law.
7:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
JAN. 7, 1968 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 42 years ago: Ex-patrolman here injured Ray Ackerman, former Norwalk patrolman who moved to Michigan a few years ago, suffered a serious leg injury last week in a fall and is confined to War Memorial Hospital, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., it was learned today.
7:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - It's official. After much speculation, Monroeville head football coach Steve Ringholz said Tuesday afternoon he is retiring at the end of the school year. By retiring, he means no more teaching or coaching.
7:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
Year after year, James Hong's science students at South Central High School ask him where he gets his hands-on instructional equipment. Fisher-Titus Medical Center funds it, he tells them.
7:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN- Scott J. Fridge's lighter may have resembled a gun more than a lighter, put police said Mickey Mart customers felt threatened enough to call authorities. "It looked a like a small caliber gun," Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker said, explaining that the "lighter gun" shoots out a red laser when the user pulls the "trigger."
7:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
The White House announced today that President Obama will travel to Lorain County in Ohio on Friday, Jan. 22 for the next stop on the White House to Main Street Tour. During the visit, President Obama will meet with Ohio workers, local CEOs, small business owners, and local leaders about ideas for continuing to grow the economy and put Americans back to work. President Obama will spend the day in the Lorain County area speaking to Ohioans about the challenges they are facing and listening to their ideas for how we will continue to work together to turn the economy around.
7:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - An AWOL soldier was arrested without incident this morning at 1832 Hanville Corners Road. Ronald E. Smith, 27, was arrested at 8:36 a.m. by Huron County Sheriff's Maj. Greg Englund, Capt. Ted Patrick and Deputy Steve Shupp. Englund said the sheriff's office used three officers because the military warrants often include an indication AWOL soldiers who are arrested may be a flight or escape risk.
7:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
Now that Jessica Dietrich and her newborn son have survived an emergency C-section and a life-threatening situation, the Norwalk woman can think happier thoughts. The 21-year-old Norwalk woman can muse, for example, about the fact that Ramsey William Koebel, her first child, is this year's first New Year's baby at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. He was born at 12:45 p.m. Friday just about 10 minutes after the emergency C-section to save his and his mother's life. Ramsey, who weighed five pounds and 14 ounces, wasn't due until Jan. 27. But Dietrich said she had high blood pressure and was at risk for toxemia. The condition, if left undiagnosed and untreated, can lead to deadly complications for mother and baby.
7:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city council welcomed aboard new member Harry Brady at Monday's reorganizational meeting. Brady, who was elected in November, had attended meetings for nearly a year and not been afraid to voice his opinion or ask questions from the audience.
7:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
A suspected Willard heroin dealer who was arrested last week during a heroin-related traffic stop is no longer in custody. Todd L. Picklesimer, 40, of 312 S. Main St., Willard, was released from the Huron County at 12:20 p.m. Saturday due to undisclosed medical issues, a corrections officer said. While jail records indicate the suspect was behind bars on a probation violation, a Norwalk Law Director's office spokeswoman said at press time prosecutors haven't filed any formal charges in Norwalk Municipal Court because they haven't received any reports in connection with Thursday's incident.