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A driver's two passengers were hospitalized after a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of U.S. 20 and Hanford Road. Driver Cody E. Hamilton, 18, of 484 Fitchville River Road, New London was charged with failure to control in connection with the crash that happened at 2:12 p.m. Saturday. He reported minor injuries, but wasn't transported from the scene.
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The Fitzgeralds made the Kings of the Nighttime World concert a family affair. In fact, Saturday's show was a birthday present for now 12-year-old Taylor. And not many people can say they've had "Happy Birthday" sung to them by a crowd at Norwalk Main Street Theatre and the "hottest tribute band in the Midwest."
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akrause@norwalkreflector.com Ohio hospitals would experience $150 million in relief from a $718 million tax on total hospital costs under a bill unveiled by State Rep. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk) and colleague Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville). The bill would reduce the rate of the Hospital Tax from 1.61 percent of costs to 1.5 percent. It also would subtract the costs of Medicare and uncompensated care from the tax base. The state's two-year budget for the current fiscal year created $1.1 billion per year in new state agency fees, including fees on hospitals.
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Country trio Lady Antebellum marched over the 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, winning five of the seven categories for which it was nominated, and Carrie Underwood won her second Entertainer of the Year award in a row - the first woman to win the honor twice. Miranda Lambert also won three awards, including Top Female Vocalist, to help leave Taylor Swift winless for the first awards show in a year.
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Dancer-singer-actress Jennifer Lopez hadn't danced, sung or acted much since taking time off to have kids - though since People reportedly paid her and husband Marc Anthony $4 million to $6 million in 2008 to parade them on a magazine cover, it's ironically the most successful thing she's done in years. Before her hiatus, she had a string of flop movies, a single that didn't crack the Billboard Top 10, and an American Music Award downshift from favorite pop/rock female artist in 2003 to the more niche favorite Latin artist in 2007. Oh, and her record label just dropped her. Now the 40-year-old star is calibrating a comeback that has included guest appearances on "How I Met Your Mother,' "Saturday Night Live' and reportedly an upcoming episode of "Glee,' all to support her romantic comedy "The Back-Up Plan,' opening Friday.
8:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
Carlos Fuentes was not going to let the opportunity pass by. The Akron man hungered to snag a homebuyer tax credit of up to $8,000 before the program's April 30 deadline. He put an offer on five homes.
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Any Norwalk residents interested in talking issues in a relaxed setting should head down to Sheri's Coffee House Saturday morning. City council members Harry Brady and Dwight Tkach have set up an informal gathering that's slated to begin at 8.
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April 17, 1974 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 36 years ago:
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By CHUCK HEATH Special to the Reflector How does a lady become the driver of one of the hottest Monster Trucks in the country? Absolute belief in herself and sheer determination. Shelley Kujat has those two qualities and she coupled them with a desire to show girls and women that they could accomplish anything they focused on.
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news@norwalkreflector.com NEW LONDON Superintendent Carol Girton told the board of education Monday the search for a new elementary principal has reached the interview stage.
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When two of Ohio's top statewide Democrats announced on the same day in February 2009 that they planned to run for the U.S. Senate this year, many observers expected an expensive, high-profile party fight. It hasn't played out that way.
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WASHINGTON (MCT) - Toyota said Friday it was recalling 600,000 Sienna minivans to inspect for rust in the cable that holds the spare tire, adding to the more than 6 million vehicles already under recall by the automaker this year. Ohio is among the states included in the recall. Toyota said it does not yet have a fix for the problem, which is likely confined to 20 cold-weather states that use road salt in winter. Owners in other states can have their vans inspected for the problem.
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WASHINGTON (MCT) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin continues to lag behind some other potential 2012 presidential contenders in fundraising for her political action committee, reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show. However, Palin also plans an aggressive fundraising campaign timed to help candidates she supports in the 2010 midterm elections, according to her political action committee's treasurer. In fact, her PAC on Wednesday launched a new campaign to raise money, timed to the April 15 federal income tax deadline.
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ORLANDO, Fla. (MCT) - Three years ago, Walt Disney World set out to revolutionize its bus system. In a project dubbed "Magic in Motion,' Disney installed GPS-equipped computers in each of its nearly 300 buses, ensuring the vehicles could be tracked as they crisscross the vast resort. The goal was to create a sophisticated system in which buses are rerouted in real time to handle the heaviest crowds, replacing a conventional model in which bus schedules were set in advance.
8:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Cleveland Browns will open the 2010 regular season by visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 12, the first time the Browns have opened on the road since the franchise's rebirth in 1999. The NFL announced the 2010 regular-season schedule at 7 p.m. today.
8:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A Wadsworth motorcyclist was hospitalized after his bike overturned Thursday in the 5100 block of Lovers Lane Road. William G. Ward, 43, was listed in serious condition Friday morning in the intensive care unit of Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. Trooper Jeremy Clemons, of the state Highway Patrol, said Ward was heading south on Lovers Lane Road when he failed to negotiate a right-hand curve and his Honda S1100 bike overturned. Ward was ejected from the bike, but the trooper's report doesn't indicate if he was wearing a helmet. The accident happened about 3:15 p.m. north of Schaffer Road near the Huron and Erie county lines in Ridgefield Township.
8:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Natural-gas prices have continued to be one silver lining in the recession, if you can call it that. Prices that were low last year remained low through the winter with a slight blip up in January in the wholesale segment.
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cashby@norwalkreflector.com Venice Schmidt has her dog, a boxer-labrador mix, for security reasons. She considers Jethro to be friendly and playful. "The dog warden came up to him and he was all over him so beautiful," Schmidt said. The dog bit a 7-year-old neighbor on the back of her leg about 6:40 p.m. Wednesday. While Norwalk Police Officer Melissa McNally said in her report the injury left a "golf ball-sized bite," Schmidt said "it looked like a nip" when she saw the injury in a photograph.
8:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
When Ben Meleca heard the state was offering rebates for new energy-efficient appliances, he decided it was time to replace a leaky 22-year-old dishwasher. The Northwest Side resident and his wife, Jeanne, didn't stop there.
8:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
First there was the Ogan Road bridge in Wakeman Township, North Street in Plymouth, then Gibbs Road bridge in Norwalk Township. Now, Huron County Engineer, Joe Kovach, announces yet another of Huron County's more than 400 bridges is scheduled to be replaced. The project begins Monday in Bronson Township. South of Norwalk, the site is located on Peru Olena Road, west of U.S. 250, and east of Edwards Road. Peru Olena Road is one of the county's busier east-west roadways as it connects much traveled U.S. 250 with Old State and New State roads and the project has taken months to design and coordinate.
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Two Ohio men pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in federal court for their roles in a massive mortgage scam. U.S. Prosecutors say that Nicholas Myles, 39, of Mayfield Village, and David Pirichy, 39, of Burton, are two of many people who helped a Beachwood man obtain fraudulent loans in a multimillion-dollar mortgage scam.