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JUNE 11, 1923 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 87 years ago: Sixty-six young people graduate from Norwalk High School With inspiring and impressive exercises and before a large audience, the 66 members of the 1923 Norwalk High School senior class were graduated last night.
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akrause@norwalkreflector.com Monroeville High School graduate, author, third-grade teacher and Tennessee resident Jen Stephens once again wants to include you in her novel writing process. Stephens, who graduated high school in 1994, held a contest about two years ago while writing "The Heart's Journey Home," the first book in her Harvest Bay Series. Through the Reflector, she sought the names of important individuals in the lives of the paper's readers. She asked readers to explain to her how those friends or relatives influenced them and received names of 10 men and 10 women. Stephens randomly chose one of each and based a minor character in her novel on those individuals. The people Stephens randomly chose were Jon Olien, a New London man who died of cancer at age 37 and Cassandra Ground, a 19-year-old Monroeville resident who was killed in a car accident. "The Heart's Journey Home" centers on a widow whose husband died in a car accident. She decides to move back with her children to her hometown in Ohio to start over. The fictional town, Harvest Bay, is based on Monroeville and Castalia, where Stephens' parents are from.
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MILLBURY, Ohio (MCT) - Residents Sunday began recovering from the "almost unbelievable' damage caused by a tornado that blasted through northern Wood County late Saturday, taking seven lives and wrecking more than 100 buildings. The dead included a 4-year-old boy and his mother, and the father of the Lake High School valedictorian, who was to speak at a graduation set for yesterday afternoon that was postponed because the school was destroyed hours earlier.
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MONROEVILLE - Sixty-three seniors said their good-byes to Monroeville High School at the graduation ceremony Sunday afternoon. (NOTE - To see pictures of Monroeville's graduation ceremony and celebration, click here.)
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cashby@norwalkreflector.com PITTSBURGH Norwalk resident Thomas Newyear is determined to walk again. He hasn't been able to walk since an April 29 crash on Interstate 80 near the Clearfield, Penn. exit. "My legs and feet are completely numb," Newyear said from his room at the University of PIttsburgh Medical Center.
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A drug suspect is out on bond after a trooper with the Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol found about 12 pounds of marijuana in his 2004 Jeep Cherokee. Fairview resident Sean D. Kennerly, whose age was unavailable, was stopped at 11:51 p.m. Friday while heading east on U.S. 20 near Oberlin for going 66 mph in a 55 mph zone, Trooper Thomas Halko said.
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Bike Week is under way in Ohio. To view photos of the event, click this link.
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WILLARD ­- "One bite at a time" -- that's how Willard High School's 121 graduating seniors were encouraged to take the many opportunities that await them. During the school's commencement ceremony Sunday, valedictorian Nicole Fluharty borrowed a metaphor used by legendary Willard coach Bob Haas to exhort her classmates to prepare and persevere, no matter what life brings.
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Avid bicyclist Michael Schwieterman faces a long recovery, but his wife said he's going to be OK. Schwieterman, 50, of 123 E. Ohio 61, sustained a broken orbit around his eye socket, collar bone, hip and rib after Thursday's collision with a sport utility vehicle (SUV) in the 4700 block of Ohio 601. Chriss Schwieterman said her husband had to detour to Ohio 601 because of road work instead of coming home on Laylin Road as he usually does when he goes biking two to five times a week.
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Called the "most pristine wetlands you can find," Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch said the city has hit a jackpot. "We have been given another great opportunity with our soccer park," Lesch said. "We got the park thanks to the generosity of the Sofios sisters."
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Mitch McGuckin and Jacob Cannon might have been speaking for the entire 2010 Norwalk High School graduating class when they said they were "really excited" and "pumped" moments before the 150th commencement started. (NOTE: To see pictures of Norwalk's graduation ceremony and celebration, click here.)
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A Collins man is fighting for his life following a motorcycle accident that took place during the weekend. Jamie L. White, 27, of Collins, was driving a 1987 Honda CBR600 south on Kelley Road in Oxford Township at 7:05 p.m. Saturday when he failed to negotiate a curve, drove off the right side of the road and overturned, troopers with the Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol reported. White was then ejected from the motorcycle, and both the driver and the motorcycle came to rest on the west side of the road in a yard, troopers said.
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TOLEDO (MCT) -- Two waves of storms slammed northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan late Saturday and early Sunday, spawning at least two tornadoes, killing seven people, including a child, and canceling two high school graduations. One of the people who was killed was Ted Kranz, 46, of Millbury, the father of Katie Kranz, the high school valedictorian at Lake High School. The school was heavily damaged during the storms and had to postpone its graduation from Sunday.
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TOLEDO (MCT) While the Toledo area gets far fewer tornadoes than, say, Tornado Alley in the southern Plains states, such storms have not been strangers to northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, and occasionally they have been deadly. Most notorious in Toledo's twister history is the Palm Sunday tornado of April 11, 1965, which swept across 10 miles of West Toledo and Point Place, killing 15 people, injuring 208, and leaving 310 families homeless.
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MILAN - What did a a mayonnaise jar filled with golf balls, a box of pebbles and a box of sand have to do with Edison High School's graduation ceremony Sunday? Edison graduate and Addison Spriggs alluded to each of these objects. Each represent people and objects in life, according to their level of importance.
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WASHINGTON (MCT) McDonald's will recall about 12 million "Shrek" drinking glasses because federal regulators found they contain the toxic metal cadmium, which can pose health risks. The glasses have been sold for $2 apiece at McDonald's restaurants across the country as a promotional tie-in with the popular movie. Purchasers will be advised to keep them away from children and to return them to McDonald's for a refund. The recall, officially announced Friday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, was set in motion by an anonymous tip last week that came to U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif. Speier alerted the consumer commission, which in turn tested the glasses on an accelerated basis, confirming the presence of cadmium. Speier's office said that McDonald's, at the urging of the commission, voluntarily agreed to recall the glasses.
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NEW LONDON - "Carpe Diem" seize the day was the theme of New London Valedictorian Caitlyn Byron's speech during Sunday's graduation. (NOTE - To see pictures of New London's graduation ceremony, click here.)
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The question is really this: do you want to have lots of tomatoes or just something to talk about? If you just want something to talk about, then jump on the upside down tomato bandwagon.
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cashby@norwalkreflector.com A Plymouth man who led village police on a high-speed chase pleaded guilty Monday to an amended charge of obstructing official business. Brandon M. Kennard, 29, of 390 Plymouth St., faces six to 12 months behind bars and a maximum fine of $2,500 when he is sentenced July 29. In March, a Huron County grand jury indicted him on failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer. The five-minute Nov. 17 chase covered 6.6 miles and ended with Kennard losing control at the intersection of Plymouth East and New State roads before he crashed in a soybean field. Police searched for Kennard and his two passengers in the days following the incident.
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The Age Exchange Program, by definition, is bringing senior citizen volunteers together with elementary students selected by their schools to help them accomplish educational and socialization goals. But much more blossoms from the once a week meetings taking place during the school year. Many lasting friendships have been made throughout the years thanks to the intergenerational program that involves students from Norwalk and Willard. Strong bonds are formed as the senior volunteers mentor their young students with school work, craft projects, story time and field trips. The program also features a "sharing circle" that provides time for the students to share whatever is on their minds that week. If you are interested in being a part of this rewarding program, call Senior Enrichment Services in Norwalk at (419) 668-6245 or in Willard at (419) 933-4701. Age Exchange is funded by a grant from the Huron County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services, the United Fund and is administered through Senior Enrichment Services.
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Troopers with the Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol charged two drivers with separate felony drug charges within about 12 hours. The first traffic stop happened at 2:23 a.m. Friday on Strub Road in Erie County. Initially stopping driver Terrell D. Skye, 28, of Fairborn, for a moving violation, Trooper Steven Drew smelled alcohol on the suspect and asked him to leave the vehicle, Sgt. Mary Mack said.