5:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com COLLINS Two incumbents and one new candidate are running for two seats on the Western Reserve Board of Education. The current board president, Wendy Pickett, is finishing her first term on the board. She said the four years have been a learning experience and she would like to use this experience to continue to serve the school. She said managing the budget is probably one of the greatest challenges facing the board. She added she wants to help the district move forward and continue to give students a quality education.
5:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
As I type this, Minnesota and Detroit are playing each other for the chance to advance to the division series. The score is tied in the ninth inning. My husband is glued to the TV. I don't really care who wins. What is wrong with me? Same thing happened Sunday. I was driving home and heard on the radio that the Browns and Cincinnati were tied in overtime. I knew my husband would be very tense, hoping the Browns would win. I just changed the radio to another station. Again, what is wrong with me? Sports competition among professional and college teams doesn't interest me. The only sports I watch and care about are sports in which I know the players that means local school sports where my students are playing, or when my own kids were playing. Even then, I don't understand why they enjoy the competition. In any sporting event, there is a winner who is happy, and a loser who is upset. What is the point? Half the people end up losing. Why do they play? Just to prove they might be better than the other team?
5:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS (MCT) - The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio told FirstEnergy Wednesday to postpone a program to distribute compact fluorescent light bulbs and charge its customers. The move came after intense criticism from customers and lawmakers and a call from Gov. Ted Strickland to delay the program. The utility responded by saying it would discuss the plan with the commission, but was not necessarily postponing it. It is set to begin Monday.
5:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
Trick or Treat will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in Norwalk. Residents should leave their front porch light on if they are participating in the celebration.
5:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
Motorists are reminded that when a traffic light starts flashing, city and state law says the light should be treated as a four-way stop. Norwalk Police Capt. Jack O'Neil said many drivers were running the lights at the intersection of West Main and North West streets when the power was out. The light returned to normal operation as of 7:30 a.m. today.
5:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
TIFFIN - Accused hit-and-run Norwalk driver Coleman D. Flanigan must post a $100,000 bond before being released from the Seneca County Jail. Flanigan, 28, is charged with two counts each of vehicular assault and failing to stop after an accident. Authorities have accused the former Bellevue man of failing to maintain an assured clear distance, hitting two bicyclists and fleeing the scene of a Sept. 11 collision on County Road 62. The Thompson Township incident happened near the Sandusky-Seneca county lines.
5:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
There are six contested school board races in the Nov. 3 general election. The two biggest fields are in Bellevue and New London. For New London Local Schools, eight people are seeking three slots: William Given, Mary Harris, Sharon McGrail, Kathie Overy, Mick Parsons, Chris Pondy, Susan Porter and Don Race.
5:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
PLYMOUTH - The four soldiers accused of harassing U.S. Army Pvt. Keiffer P. Wilhelm before he committed suicide Aug. 4 will be court-martialed. Staff Sgts. Enoch Chatman, 30, of Eastland, Texas, and Bob Clements, 29, of West Covine, Calif., "are going through a full court-martial," Maj. Myles Caggins, of Iraq, said via e-mail Monday. Caggins further said the pair faces "more serious charges" than Sgt. Jarrett Taylor, 23, of Edmund, Okla., and Specialist Daniel Weber, 24, of Frankenmuth, Mich., both of whom are tank crewmen.
5:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Frontier Communications Corp. said it will increase the availability of broadband service if Ohio allows the company to buy Verizon Communications Inc.'s land-line telephone operations, which mostly serve rural parts of the state. Consumers have a chance to comment on the proposed telephone-operations transaction at a Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Ernsthausen Community Center.
5:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Stan Obrenovich said the city needs to eliminate a parking space on Whittlesey Avenue so trucks can unload their goods to uptown businesses. "It's a safety issue," said Obrenovich, who owns the corner building that houses the Diamond Collection, Uptown Cafe and Quadax Corp.
5:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Jason Roblin is the new Huron County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) chief, replacing Bill Ommert, who retired earlier this year. Roblin has been Ommert's assistant since July 2006.
5:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
There are a number of council races coming up in the Nov. 3 general election. The biggest field will be in Norwalk where there are a pair of races. Five people incumbents Dwight Tkach, Shane Penrose and Steve Euton along with newcomers Harry Brady and Jim Graves, are vying for four at-large seats. The other race will be in Ward 1 where incumbent Scott Krichbaum will face Jim Loughton.
5:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
FINDLAY Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services is receiving a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation for shelter operations as part of Mary Kay's annual $3 million national domestic violence grant program. "This grant is such a blessing to Open Arms. It couldn't have come at a better time," executive director Beth Meeks said in a prepared statement. Open Arms is one of 150 domestic violence organizations participating in the Mary Kay program and has applied for similar grants in the past. While Open Arms predicted in the fall being about $60,00 in the hole, that amount doubled in the middle of 2009 because of uncollectable client fees and state cuts. "We had already lost two full-time positions, cut the hours of 38 percent of our staff and renegotiated everything from utility costs to health insurance. After all that, we still had a gap," Meeks said.
5:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
Toledo quarterback Aaron Opelt connected with receiver Stephen Williams for a 51-yard touchdown connection with 27 seconds left in regulation to complete a dramatic come-from-behind victory in a 37-30 road win at Ball State. With the victory, Toledo has won consecutive road games for the first time since 2002 and improved to 3-2 on the year.
5:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
Editor's note: This is the next installment of a series of stories provided by Norwalk Economic Development Corporation Director Ellen Heinz, along with Main Street Program Manager Kristie Wert. Staying in the area after graduation to be near family and friends seemed like a sensible choice to Matt Raymond and Kyle Lisy, owners of New Look Upholstery and Embroidery. The two started their business in February 2005. Located at 623 Ohio 18 in Norwalk, they upholster modern, office and antique furniture, make pillows, cushions and corn hole bags, repair work clothes and even install patches on varsity jackets. They also do embroidery, silk screening and heat transfers for numerous applications. In addition to their upholstery and embroidery business, they also operate Simply, Business Cards LTD providing business cards, flyers and brochures.
5:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
A LifeFlight helicopter transported a New London driver to a Toledo hospital after a one-vehicle crash on Ohio 162 Monday afternoon. David A. Thomas, 19, of 166 New London Ave., went off the right side of the road while heading east about 2:10 p.m., said Trooper Matthew Gramlich, of the state Highway Patrol. After hitting a culvert, the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier went airborne and overturned, stopping on its tires.
5:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
Across the state, Ohio's State Teachers Retirement System paid out more than $741 million in pension benefits last school year. The money was spread out among 15,857 faculty and staff members who were still working for school systems and building up a second retirement plan, according to a recent story in the Columbus Dispatch. That's an average of almost $46,800 in annual pension payments per retired-rehired worker more than Ohio's median household income in 2007, Bill Bush of the Dispatch reported in his story. Almost 1,100 employees statewide were receiving an average pension payment last school year of $67,100 while simultaneously earning from $70,000 to more than $100,000 working for a school district. Of that group, 299 went back to work earning more than $100,000 a year while earning pensions averaging $80,500, according to the system's records.
5:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
A burglary suspect and his getaway driver currently are in custody at the Huron County Jail awaiting their bond hearings. Stephen V. Hamman, 36, of 335 Austin Drive, Willard, is charged with burglary while Dustin Blackburn, 18, of 3076 Hanville Corners Road, Monroeville, is charged with complicity to burglary. Norwalk Law Director Stuart O'Hara said the resident in the 3400 block of Hanville Corners Road was there when Hamman broke in and stole some jewelry and prescription drugs Saturday.
5:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
ADAMS TOWNSHIP - Paramedics transported nine people to two area hospitals after a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Ohio 18 and Seneca County Road 21 Sunday. Edwin H. Willis, 72, of Clyde, was charged with failure to yield while turning left.
5:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - City Council agreed by consent Monday to hear legislation at its next meeting that would increase utility rates for the upcoming year. The next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in council chambers at city hall. The legislation will be introduced at that meeting and the public hearing and vote will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2.
5:44 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE - An accused armed robber was arrested without incident Monday morning at his girlfriend's rural Ohio 4, Bellevue, home in connection with an incident Saturday at Strawberry Hill Farm Market. Dustin J. Lewis, 22, of Huron, is being held without bond until his arraignment Friday in Erie County Municipal Court. Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth credited the superb quality of the video recording system at Strawberry Hill and the subsequent work of several tipsters in identifying the suspect.