11:57 PM Jul 25, 2010
SANDUSKY - Although their journey will begin in dozens of cities scattered throughout the nation, Roseville, Minn., Crozet, Va., and Fairfield, Calif., to name a few, they all have a common destination: a peninsula jutting into Lake Erie in Sandusky. Nearly 600 people, and growing every day, will be taking to the airways or the highways during Labor Day Weekend to attend the first "Back to the Point," a four-day reunion for employees who worked seasonally or full-time at the Cedar Point amusement park/resort. Families of employees also are invited to attend.
11:57 PM Jul 25, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com First, the film was "cursed." Now, the locally filmed horror movie, "Curse of the Flesh," is an award winner.
11:57 PM Jul 25, 2010
Students in Norwalk and in many school districts around the area reported for the first day of classes this morning. So far, so good.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
HIGHWAY PATROL No citation was immediately issued Friday after Shawn D. Randall Sr., 48, of 14 Greenwich East Townline Road, New London, swerved to avoid a cow while heading north on Fitchville River Road. He went off the right and left sides of the road and hit a utility pole and telephone box, when his pickup truck overturned. Randall reported minor injuries, but no further information was available. Aarron P. Tuttle, 24, of 116 Hayes St., Willard, was charged with failure to control and driving under the influence Sunday after he went off the right side of Whittlesey Road and hit a mailbox and tree stump. Tuttle and one of his two passengers, Corey E. Danhoff, 19, of 111 Hayes St., Willard, reported minor injuries, but weren't transported. NORWALK FIRE
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
Here is the result of Saturday's local high school game: St. Paul 51, St. Mary Central Catholic 7. Look for a story about this game in Monday's Reflector. Share observations with fellow fans at www.fandy.com.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
Ohio's 2008 squirrel season will begin on Sept. 1, but it won't make much difference to most hunters, because not many seek the wary little bushytails these days. It wasn't like that when I was a kid in the hills of southern Ohio. In those days, the late 40's and 50's, there was little to hunt in the state other than rabbits, squirrels, the occasional grouse, and a few coveys of quail, so squirrel season was eagerly awaited by almost everybody. I have great memories of those early hunts made as a young boy, and one memory is typical of many. The season opened on Sept. 15 then, and on this hunt my mother allowed me to overnight with uncle Ernie at his home in Sciotoville so we could get an early start. I didn't sleep much that night on my couch and blankets. I remember being up at least three times to check my bolt action 20 gauge, oil it some more, look over my ammunition and make sure my boots and hunting coat were handy.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com MILAN Police are encouraging residents to lock their vehicles and be more diligent after a rash of car break-ins in Milan and Berlin Township.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
Voters in the county will decide on both tax increases and decreases in November with 25 issues slated for the ballot. Lyme Township, New London and Willard and the school districts of Bellevue, Berlin-Milan, Wellington and Willard are all going to the voters requesting new taxes. Voters in the Western Reserve district, on the other hand, will decide on two initiatives to repeal both a .75 percent and a .5 percent income tax. The two taxes make up the entire 1.25 percent the district uses for current expenses, totaling about $1.7 million in 2007. Other issues such as charter changes for Norwalk and Sunday sale of liquor in Willard are also on the ballot.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Baines Party in the Park will run Friday through Sunday. The event is sponsored by the Norwalk Parks and Recreation Department. The three days will feature a softball skills challenge, cornhole tournament, softball tournament, 5-K run and fun run, kids zone and games for all ages, festival foods, dunk tank, pony rides, karaoke with DNA Entertainment at 7 p.m. Saturday and a live band from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
Here are the scores of Friday's local high school games. Look for stories about these games in Saturday's Reflector. Share observations with fellow fans at www.fandy.com. Edison 37, Norwalk 36
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
A deal is back in the works to save Norwalk Furniture. Investment firms IRG Capital Group and Blackbird Capital Partners signed a revised letter of intent to buy the assets of Norwalk Furniture on Thursday, as first reported on this Web site Thursday afternoon.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
We are bombarded these days with reports of global warming. These rumors are refuted regularly by reports of decreasing global temperatures. I'm not smart enough to decide what is what, but I know that there have been similar weather oddities through the years. When the first settlers came to the Firelands 200 years ago, one of their major reasons for migrating was the milder winters in Ohio as compared to New York and New England. There were times that farmers could plow in January, and winter followed for a couple of months until Spring. This changed as the land was cleared. Winter began appearing earlier and earlier. An exception to all of this was Jan. 1, 1876, when the temperature was 70 degrees. Farmers were plowing their fields and a steamboat went from Sandusky to Put-In-Bay on a pleasure trip. There was another New Year's in that same decade when temperatures were abnormally warm.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
MARION - Convicted sex offender Robert J. Flynn was released Wednesday from the Marion Correctional Institution after serving a 12-year prison term for molesting two boys. Flynn, now 60, formerly of North Fairfield, pleaded no contest Oct. 3, 1997 to two counts of gross sexual imposition and one charge of attempted rape. He accepted a plea bargain just as testimony was about to begin in his Huron County Common Pleas Court trial on 42 charges including rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
Teachers with Norwalk City Schools report for their first day of contractual work Friday. The problem is they'll be working under a contract that expired June 30. "I'm hopeful the negotiations can be resolved quickly,' Superintendent Wayne Babcanec said this morning. When asked to be more specific, he said: "We're closer now than when we started the process.'
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Goodguys 7th Blue Suede Cruise is two events in one. More than 2,000 1972 and earlier hot rods, customs and classics will sprawl throughout the grounds of Summit Motorsports Park making up the "Show & Shine" car show while the dragstrip will feature a full scale vintage drag race including 250-mph front-engined Top Fuel dragsters, 230-mph nitro burning Nostalgia Funny Cars, Gassers, vintage Super Stockers and hundreds of vintage drag race machines competing in 12 classes of competition.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
Voters will decide between candidates in four contested races at the county level in November, along with three at the state level and one federal Congressional seat. Both county commissioner seats up for grabs have two candidates. Other contested races in the county are for treasurer and sheriff.
11:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
Home Savings & Loan customers who recently received a letter about a cease and desist order might have been concerned, given the general state of the banking industry. Bank officials, however, assure their customers the matter involves a change in business practices that will make the institution stronger. It won't have an impact on day-to-day business of the bank, nor will it affect anyone's deposits or hinder the average person seeking a loan to buy or build a home.
11:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
I know this is a bit late to write a column about the Huron County Fair, but I'm going to do it anyway. You see, I almost didn't go to the fair this year, and when I did go, it was on Friday, the next-to-the-last day of the fair, which is the day after my column appears. So this is the first chance I have to tell you about it, even though for many of you, the fair is a distant memory. So why did I almost not go to the fair this year, after having gone every year since we came to Norwalk?
11:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
Preschool teacher Jane Swigart is eager to start school. Swigart, who has been teaching at the Elizabeth Gerken Early Childhood Center for the last 15 years, has "high hopes' the ongoing contract negotiations with Norwalk City Schools will be resolved quickly.
11:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
DANBURY TOWNSHIP - The Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol is currently investigating a serious injury crash involving a motorcycle and a car that occurred at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday at the Ohio 269 and Ohio 2 interchange commonly know as the "spur" in this Ottawa County township. Danielle C. Bearre, 24, of Fife Lake, Mich., was northbound in a four-door 2000 Saturn LS on 269 when she attempted to make an improper U-turn in the roadway to travel back south, troopers said. Steven W. Wetzel, 42, of Sandusky, also was northbound in a 2004 Yamaha Road Star and could not stop in the roadway in time to prevent a collision, striking Bearre's vehicle in the driver's side door, troopers said.
11:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
Members of the Norwalk Teachers Association (NTA) met in the Norwalk High School parking lot this morning to discuss plans for their first work day. This happened before the district convocation to open the new school year. The NTA crisis committee, through a statement by chairwoman Mary Kay Cillo, announced that NTA members "have not volunteered their time to participate in open houses and orientation programs' Tuesday at Main Street and Norwalk Middle schools. The teachers also plan on skipping the scheduled open house today at Pleasant Elementary School.