6:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Cinda Bretz Wallace has witnessed a number of close calls at the intersection of Myrtle and Emerald. Therefore, she is hoping council reinstates the stoplight the city had to take down about 10 weeks ago for downtown revitalization work. The light, which had gotten in the way of handicapped ramps and curbs, had to be removed.
6:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
The question came from a Maplehurst Elementary third grader: Solar panels cost a lot of money, so how can people afford it with the state of the economy? David Miller, president of Edison Solar & Wind, provided an answer: As manufacturers improve the efficiency and quality of the products, the price will decrease.
6:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach talked about the new sales tax numbers this morning. And those figures were not pretty.
6:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Nebraska man who came to the Norwalk fire station requesting medical attention early Sunday morning later was determined to be the driver who abandoned a vehicle after a crash. Anthony P. Stockfelth, 20, of Omaha, came to the firehouse at 3:02 a.m. with cuts on his face and hands and reported being "jumped at Charlie's Bar," Norwalk Fire Lt. John Soisson said in his report. Soisson said police later notified firefighters that Stockfelth had fled the scene of one-vehicle rollover crash at 3 1/2 Marshall St.
6:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
Packing for a business trip has certainly changed. Not so long ago, all you had to do was decide what clothing to take, fold it carefully and arrange it thoughtfully in your bag. These days, the clothing is almost an afterthought.
6:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
For the past 15 years, Angel Food Ministries has been helping people save money on their food bill and not by giving handouts. Instead, it buys healthy food items in bulk and make them available to people for a reduced price up to 50 percent. Each Signature Box contains numerous meat items, vegetables, main dish entrees and staples such as peanut butter, milk, eggs and rice. Each month the offerings are different. Food is distributed once a month and Norwalk has two sites Calvary Baptist Church and First United Methodist Church. You can order online using a credit card. You can also visit the host site and pay with cash, money order and even food stamps.
6:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
There will be a benefit for Brad Long prior to the St. Paul-Monroeville football game. Brad Long, 26, has Burketts Lymphoma, a rare cancer and has been getting chemo since July at Cleveland clinic. It is the same cancer that killed Jason Poths 18 years ago. Long is a former St. Paul football player. Poths is a former Monroeville football player. Long is married to Angie and has a 2-year-old daughter, Maddie.
6:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
DAYTON (MCT) - Restaurants, bars, carryouts and other vendors licensed to peddle wine and spirits on Sundays will be able to hawk them two hours earlier thanks to a change in Ohio law that took effect Sunday. The change allows vendors holding D-6 liquor permits to begin selling wine and spirits at 11 a.m. rather than 1 p.m., state officials said. The law was included in the state's 2009-2010 budget.
6:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
Beginning Oct. 31, the Norwalk Parks and Recreation Department will host Skate Night at the Ernsthausen Community Center for youngsters age 7 to 14. The event, which will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., will feature music, games, glow lighting nad more. Skates will be provided. Admission for Skate Night will be $4 each week. Participants can wear their costume for half off admission on Halloween night. Pop and pizza will be available.
6:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
Budget was the main topic at Norwalk city council's work session Tuesday night. Mayor Sue Lesch reminded council members about certain budget cuts that will affect city employees next year, including a wage freeze (which includes her), 10 days off without pay throughout the year, hold on longevity pay and adjustments to healthcare. Cost-cuts within municipal court also will take place.
6:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Plymouth driver who reportedly gave a ride to two suspects who are accused of stealing a $3,800 all-terrain vehicle is in custody. Alex M. Hall, 21, of 7935 Ohio 103, was arrested by Willard Police Officer Jeremy Draper on a complicity to grand theft of a motor vehicle warrant about 4 a.m. Saturday, Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Bob McLaughlin said. Hall currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail awaiting a Norwalk Municipal Court bond hearing.
6:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - The U.S. government ran a deficit of $1.4 trillion in fiscal 2009, the Treasury and the White House said Friday, smaller than predicted in August but more than triple the $455 billion shortfall recorded in 2008. The Obama administration's efforts to rescue U.S. banks and its stimulus package made up nearly a quarter of the total deficit for 2009, said Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and White House Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag in a joint statement.
6:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
Christie Lane's school chief is a finalist for a similar position in another county. An advisory committee has recommended two finalists for the job of superintendent of the Stark County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, the Canton Repository reported.
6:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch announced earlier this week the elimination of spring and fall trash pickup in 2010. The service is made possible through the sanitation fund, which earns money from a quarter-percent income tax.
6:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) reminds residential electric and natural gas customers that the annual winter heating season reconnection program begins today. Issued for 25 years by the PUCO, the winter reconnect order allows residential customers who have had their home heating service disconnected or have received a disconnection notice an opportunity to pay a designated amount to have their home heating service restored or maintained.
6:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com MONROEVILLE The state fire marshal's office has ruled Wednesday's fire at 224 Monroe St. was accidental. "Investigators say the most likely cause is related to a portable space heater in a small multi-purpose room in the home. Investigators were unable to determine whether the space heater ignited combustibles or if the device malfunctioned," spokesman Shane Cartmill said. Huron River Joint Fire Chief Ronald Stang said Friday there also was a receptacle "right next to the heater, not far from it" that had faulty wiring. At scene, Stang said the blaze, which gutted the house, started in what apparently was the middle living room.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
OCT. 20, 1934 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 75 year ago: D.E. Bittner makes large telescope Donald E. Bittner of 5 E. League Street, has contructed a truley remarkable telescope of the reflecting type. It has a mirror lens 11 inches in diameter. The focal length is 93 inches.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
AVERY EHOVE Career Center students "Hit a Home Run for Childhood Nutrition" on Friday during lunch hours. The baseball-themed event was designed to educate students about the importance of good nutrition with the help of the Sandusky Bay Area Chefs Association, Toft's Dairy, Schmidt Farms and Myers' Cider Mill and Orchard. Cash donations were also accepted for a local food bank. During the campus lunch hours, students visited four "bases," each designed to educate while entertaining. First base was a vote on a pumpkin carving competition hosted by SKILLS USA and Schmidt farms to recognize the Farm to School Program. Students and visiting parents were able to pick up nutritional pumpkin recipes at this base. Parent visitors were also able to vote on their favorite pumpkin during the special event "Pastries for Parents."
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
One look at TV trainer and author Tracey Mallett's flat abs and rock-hard thighs is probably enough to send most postpartum women into a depressive tailspin. But Mallett wants those women to know that she's been there.
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Experience, knowledge and fresh ideas. That's what the four candidates bring to the table in the race for the three Norwalk school board positions. Incumbents Janet Broz and Rob Ludwig face Steve Linder and DeAnn McKillips in the Nov. 3 election. Broz, 51, of 10 Quail Hollow, said she has enjoyed being a school board member for the past 12 years, something she considers an honor and commitment. Her future goals include the district maintaining its "excellent with distinction" state report card rating, voting "at all times in the best interest of all 3,000-plus students" in the district and continuing to represent Norwalk City Schools "with honesty, professionalism and integrity."
6:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - An early musical memory for Elisabeth von Trapp, who is in town this week performing and leading workshops, is singing at age 4 or 5. She and her siblings were at church for Christmas services. As their father strummed his guitar to "Silent Night," all sang in German. It was a scene similar to one found in "The Sound of Music," when the von Trapp children sing "Edelweiss" as their father plays the guitar.