12:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
Three-year-old Jon Olien never knew his father, Dan. The elder Olien died in 2006 at age 37 of a brain tumor.
12:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Kelly Snay is at her wit's end her husband is out of a job and, even though insurance costs were deducted from his last paychecks from the failed Norwalk Furniture Corp., claims from June through August have been denied by Medical Mutual.
12:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
Oberlin is one of 10 semifinalists in the 2009 "Great American Main Street Awards" (GAMSA) competition. A national jury composed of former award winners, community development professionals, representatives from government and foundations, and journalists who are active in community economic development and historic preservation, will evaluate the semifinalists and select five winners.
12:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk boys' soccer team moved into the next round of the Division II sectional tournament Thursday with a 3-0 decision over Edison at the Norwalk Soccer Complex. The Truckers, 12-2-3, will meet Port Clinton at 7 p.m. Monday after posting a 3-0 win over the Chargers.
12:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A New London man was indicted Friday in connection with stealing about $200 after brandishing a knife at a pizza delivery person. Billy J. Craft, 20, of 1696 Murray Road, is charged with aggravated robbery stemming from the Sept. 2 incident on Newton Street. He has been in custody at the Huron County Jail since his North Hester Street arrest about an hour after the offense. "We think he was the one who called (the pizza) in," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said.
12:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Three months after opening, the Mill Street Bistro is holding a full week of special activities beginning on Monday to celebrate it's grand opening. "It is all coming together now," owner Joe Nagy said. "Its only been three months, but we feel like it is a part of us like its been part of our lives for years. We must be having fun." The new restaurant owner said he wanted time to get the business up and running and make some revisions on the menu before holding the grand opening. Now not only is the restaurant busy, but he's successfully launched Bistro Catering, (419) 663-FOOD (3663).
12:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
Bethany Dentler, economic development director for Norwalk, is leaving to take charge of economic development for Medina County. Medina County has about 170,000 residents, as opposed to Huron County's 60,000. Dentler said she will also be working with economic development directors from three cities in Medina County.
12:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - Running a relative's pickup truck into an Avery motel room netted the driver 10 years in prison last week in Erie County Common Pleas Court. Joel DeLeon, 33, of 5144 U.S. 250, Lot 27, was sentenced to serve five years each on two counts of felonious assault for the Feb. 2 incident. Erie County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Mary Ann Barylski said the victims requested a 10- to 16-year prison term.
12:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
NELSONVILLE - Paul Efaw, convicted of stabbing his foster daughter to death, is being released today from Hocking Correctional Facility. The Monroeville man spent three years in prison for voluntary manslaughter for the Oct. 18, 2004 altercation. "It was one of the most horrible cases with an 11-year-old (girl) with a knife sticking out of her chest in a barn," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said this morning.
12:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
Cleveland Browns cornerback Eric Wright was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week. Wright had three solo tackles, two passes defensed and one interception returned for a touchdown in Monday Night's 35-14 win over the New York Giants. In the contest, Wright's fourth quarter interception sealed the victory as his 94-yard interception return for a touchdown turned a 13 point advantage into the 35-14 final. The interception return also was the fourth longest in club history.
12:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
By ELLEN SIMMONS
12:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLLINS The new rail-trail is now open in Collins. The tree-lined path runs 1.3 miles on the corridor of the former Penn Central railroad between Hartland Center Road and DeRussey Road. The trail is perfect for biking, walking, jogging, riding a horse, and in the winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. A grand opening celebration will introduce the trail to residents from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hartland Center Road trailhead in Collins. Refreshments will be available.
12:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk school board showed its support for the EHOVE Career Center by declaring the school's importance to the district and its students during the board meeting Tuesday night. The proclamation was in response to the one-half mill levy EHOVE is placing on the Nov. 4 ballot. The school is seeking a five-year renewal to cover operating expenses. Passing the levy wouldn't be a new tax.
12:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Custom Order Furniture has a management team in place and now the new investors, 12 area families, want to carve their own niche in the fine furniture market. "In many ways, we are better off than many companies because we don't need credit," said Dan White, an investor who is also serving as interim president for the new company. "We have a radically different balance sheet than our predecessor, are well capitalized with virtually no debt and are already back in production with sufficient assets to offer assured delivery of previous Norwalk product lines."
12:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
ATTICA The Oak Ridge Festival returns this weekend for its annual two-day fall run in Attica. The outdoor family festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There is free parking and shuttle rides. The event features more than 170 quality vendors, along with food, live entertainment, kids' activities, living history and antique farm equipment displays and demos. The event is located off Ohio 4 just north of Attica. For more information call (419) 426-0611 or log onto orf97@yahoo.com.
12:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
Get out those Ouija boards, disguises and brush up on your best moaning and howling sounds: Halloween is fast approaching and for many costume-clad youngsters, that means it's Trick or Treat time. Here is the Trick or Treat schedule for area communities: BERLIN HEIGHTS Trick or Treat is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. A canned food drive will be going on at that time. People can drop off items at the Citizens Bank parking lot.
12:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) In the comics, Batman usually manages to stay a few steps ahead of disapproving police officers, but Tampa's own Caped Crusader wasn't so lucky. Far from Gotham City's crime-infested alleys, 21-year-old Walsh Ian Nichols frequently patrols the nightclubs of Ybor City dressed as the Dark Knight. But Tampa police arrested Nichols on Friday (Oct. 10) in connection with violating a state law that forbids wearing a mask on a public right-of-way. A police spokeswoman acknowledged the law is rarely enforced, but said Nichols had been warned several weeks earlier about wearing the mask. Nichols was released a few hours after his arrest on $500 bail. Undeterred by police keeping his mask as evidence, Nichols told the St. Petersburg Times he has a spare.
12:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com SANDUSKY As Halloween approaches, the ghouls and scares at Ghostly Manor in Sandusky just keep getting bigger. Jayme Criscione, who has created the attraction with her husband Bill, is proud that their haunted house has been voted the fourth best in the nation. But they're not just open for one season. "We have a haunted house. We have a 3-D motion theater. We have a gift store with Halloween items and we specialize in birthday parties for roller skating," Criscione said. "Ghostly Manor is up all year, but our main season is from May to November."
12:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Thanks to some innovative thinking, crews from the engineer's office in Huron County are installing rumble strips to make intersections safer at half the cost of what they used to pay. "Our mechanics fabricated a way for the grinding head on our skid steer to be modified to create the grooves needed for rumble strips," Huron County Engineer Joe Kovach said. The effort ended up saving the county money over the past three years. "Usually a set of rumble strips cost $1,500 to $2,000 at each intersection, but using the 'Baumer method,' named after the mechanic coming up with the idea, we can install rumble strips for less than half that amount," Kovach said.
12:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
A federal judge in Toledo ruled equipment and machinery formerly owned by the failed Norwalk Furniture Corp. at the Norwalk plant could be seized to satisfy a lawsuit filed by the United Steelworkers Union. The union has filed another action to force the new Norwalk Custom Order Furniture to follow the contract the union had with the failed company.
12:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Steel Workers union is ready to take the new Norwalk Custom Order Furniture to court, but a union spokesman said he hope the company succeeds. Milt Cassara, who represents the Steelworkers union, said the new company must follow the same contract the union negotiated with the failed Norwalk Furniture. "What we're saying is the new regime is selling Norwalk Furniture under their new name," Cassara said. "It is still Norwalk Furniture."