1:50 PM Aug 6, 2010
After nearly a year of planning, the clock on the Huron County Courthouse was working Thursday. Huron County Commissioner Larry Silcox sounded thrilled when he described the sound of the bell. "I got two calls already saying it's working," he said. "And it absolutely has the right time on all four faces." Commissioner Gary Bauer hasn't gotten a chance to hear the bell yet. He got into town and out of his truck just a few moments too late.
1:45 PM Aug 6, 2010
After a five-month wait, Expressions Gentlemen's Club has officially received its liquor license. Co-owner Donna Harris said Thursday night was the first evening the club could sell alcohol. "We can sell beer, low-mix and wine," she said Thursday. "We first applied for the license five months ago and then had the hearing in June," Harris said. "Then Tuesday was the last day of the 30 days and five mailing days to appeal time. So after that, the legal department of the division (of state liquor control) printed it out."
1:36 PM Aug 6, 2010
Jeff Pean said he is running out of options. Pean and his wife Bonnie are the owners of Pean's Pizza, Subs and Sudz in Monroeville. For the past five years, he said he and the village have gone 'round and 'round about paving the stone lot he uses for customer parking. That issue has now come to the boiling point.
10:21 PM Aug 4, 2010
The Expo Building at the fairgrounds is available to rent for weddings, company parties, craft shows, award banquets, bingo and any special occasion. There is a serving kitchen and separate bar. The building, equipped with heat and air-conditioning, can accommodate more than 400. Camping spaces with full hookups are available in-season for overnight guests. The campgrounds with pavilion are available for rallies or family reunions. For more information, call (419) 744-2225 or visit www.huroncountyfair.com.
10:13 PM Aug 4, 2010
The Firelands chapter of Habitat for Humanity has a busy schedule this fall as volunteers will work on their 73rd, 74th, and 75th homes. Home No. 73, located at 36 W. Willard St., Norwalk, is completed. A short dedication service will be held Sept. 19 at the house with fellowship to follow. This house was Disciple Built through the efforts of local churches and businesses. Habitat for Humanity also is putting the finishing touches on its 74th house, located in Norwalk. A dedication service will be held for this house as well later in the fall.
10:11 PM Aug 4, 2010
Huron County fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders graduated from the Junior Master Gardeners program Wednesday in Norwalk. The program, which is organized by the Huron County Master Gardeners Association, allows children to learn the basics of horticulture and work with others their age to complete environmental activities. Nearly 20 children participated in this year's class and attended eight sessions throughout the summer.
9:58 PM Aug 4, 2010
The 20-year-old victim in a New London stabbing is back in the hospital. "She's been back in the hospital since Saturday," her mother said. Her daughter has developed an infection around the area she was stabbed and where doctors "cut her open to stop the bleeding," the mother said. The daughter is now at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. "She's in good condition right now. They're not sure when they're going to let her out," her mother said Wednesday afternoon. "She's been in a lot of pain," the mother added.
9:56 PM Aug 4, 2010
It sounds like Tyler C. Jones has a long road to recovery. The 16-year-old Greenwich boy was seriously injured after a Sunday morning crash on Alpha Road. He sustained a broken neck, broken back, cracked pelvis, lacerated liver, bleeding on the brain and a broken right ankle, relatives said. Jones is in the intensive care unit at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. "All I know is today (Wednesday) is better than yesterday and he's getting better every day. We'll take any prayers," said Jones' mother, Diana.
9:35 PM Aug 4, 2010
Erie Metroparks reopened Edison Woods Erie Metroparks, 10204 Ohio 61, on Wednesday after a state wildlife officer was unable to find one of two coyotes that approached a Norwalk woman and her 7-year-old son Monday. Erie County sheriff's deputies shot and killed one of the two coyotes that ran directly toward them Monday afternoon, Capt. Paul Sigsworth said. "They did fire at both animals as they got close. One was killed. One may have been hit, but escaped,' he said.
3:50 PM Aug 4, 2010
Norwalk residents are being asked to "stuff the bus" with school supplies for needy children. From 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 13, a school bus will be parked at the Norwalk City Schools central office on Benedict Avenue.
6:22 PM Aug 3, 2010
Melanie Boose is a lucky woman. She lived in the upstairs apartment in the Uptown Norwalk building that housed the Shamrock Tavern, Cameo Pizza and Pat's Barber Shop that burned Sunday night. Firefighters said the North Hester Street structure is a total loss with about $140,000 in property damage and another $100,000 for the contents. Boose was taking a shower when the fire was reported at 6:43 p.m.
6:19 PM Aug 3, 2010
Abbi Obermiller, who made national headlines in June after she ran away from her grandparents home in Norwalk, was released to the custody of her parents Monday. Obermiller, 17, had been placed in the temporary custody of her brother Andy Obermiller of Plymouth since July 9. Obermiller, of North Fairfield, was in Huron County Juvenile Court on Monday for a hearing. After a discussion, Obermiller admitted to the charge of obstructing official business in exchange for the charge of unruliness being dismissed.
1:06 PM Aug 3, 2010
The Fund for Huron County is accepting applications for grants. Applications are due by Sept. 1. The Fund makes grants to Huron County non-profit agencies.
12:57 PM Aug 3, 2010
Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch called it an institution. One of Norwalk's landmarks took an awful beating Sunday night when fire broke out in an apartment above the Shamrock Tavern on Hester Street.
5:05 PM Aug 2, 2010
Two local teens suffered serious injuries in an alcohol-related car crash Sunday morning on Alpha Road about 500 feet west of Ohio 13 in Greenwich Township. Tyler C. Jones, 16, of Greenwich, was driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand AM west on Alpha Road at 6:56 a.m. Sunday when the vehicle went off the right side and struck a ditch, troopers with the Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol said. The vehicle continued by overturning and striking a house before coming to rest on its side.
5:03 PM Aug 2, 2010
Erma Beebe was all smiles when she was surprised by her co-workers Friday morning as they presented her with a birthday party at the Norwalk office of Goodwill Industries of Erie, Huron, Ottawa and Sandusky Counties Inc. Beebe, who has worked at Goodwill for four years, turned 86 on Friday. "Its marvelous, I can't believe anyone would do this for me. The people I work with are just wonderful,' Beebe said. Tracy Nason, manager of the Norwalk location, said Beebe works 25 hours a week and is one of her hardest workers.
5:00 PM Aug 2, 2010
A group of onlookers could not hold back their tears as they watched firefighters at work. The Uptown Norwalk building that houses the Shamrock Tavern, Cameo Pizza, Pat's Barber Shop and an upstairs apartment burned Sunday night. That building, located on Hester Street, might be damaged beyond repair, firefighters said. But thanks in large part to the efforts of a passerby and Cameo employees, the apartment tenant escaped without injury. "I was over at the library dropping off DVDs and smelled smoke,' Norwalk resident Eric Klypchak said.
2:27 PM Aug 2, 2010
It's full-steam ahead for Willard resident Gregory Scott Davidson. Davidson, 42, and a Democrat, is facing Republican incumbent Terry Boose and Libertarian challenger Bob Williams in the race to represent Ohio Statehouse's 58th district, which consists of Huron County and portions of Lorain and Seneca counties. Davidson's campaign recently stopped at the Reflector. "It's going great,' he said of the campaign. "I've had a very good response.'
2:20 PM Aug 2, 2010
For almost a year now, many Huron County offices have been operating on a shortened work week. But as sales tax collection starts to pick up and income tax revenue shows some life for the first time in years, could it be time to extend those work weeks back to 40 hours, making many offices open again after noon on Fridays? "I've been saying since May this is a top priority, getting the employees back to 40 hours,' County Commissioner Larry Silcox said. "But it just did not happen because of finances,' he added.
1:49 PM Aug 2, 2010
Allstate Insurance Company has recognized Allstate exclusive agency owner Tonia Maxwell with the Inner Circle Conference award for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and profitable business growth. The Dilger-Maxwell Insurance Agency is among only 2 percent of insurance agencies and personal financial representatives for Allstate nationally to reach this level of achievement, based on sales for auto, property, commercial, power sports insurance and financial services.
1:47 PM Aug 2, 2010
Croghan Colonial Bank is sponsoring the Small Business Reinvention Scholarship Program for uptown businesses to attend Jon Schallert's Destination Business Bootcamp in Colorado in September. The boot camp teaches business owners new methods of bringing more customers and tourists to their stores and to the community. Croghan Colonial Bank's scholarship provides the tuition for business owners to attend the learning experience, while each business owner pays for their travel expenses.