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Western Reserve Land Conservancy has permanently protected two more properties totaling 66 acres in Lorain County. They include a tract originally owned by Amherst's first settler and a farm adjacent to where a fossilized mastodon skeleton was unearthed in the 19th century. In Amherst, the Historic Shupe Homestead, owned by William, Diane and Matthew Nahorn, was permanently preserved through the donation of a conservation easement, according to Andrew McDowell, director of the Land Conservancy's Firelands field office. The 15-acre property can trace its history back to 1816, when the first settler in Amherst, Jacob Shupe, purchased property on the banks of Beaver Creek. Designated as a Lorain County historical landmark and listed on the Ohio History Inventory of Historical Properties, the property contains critical floodplain forest and older growth forest. It plays an important role in maintaining the water quality of Beaver Creek. The Schupe house, constructed in 1810 in Greek Revival style, is still used as a residence. It is the oldest frame house in Amherst and an Amherst historical landmark.
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mroche@norwalkreflector.com NEWPORT, Ky. Sharks swimming above your head. Alligators trolling under your feet. Birds eating out of your hand. These are some of the experiences in store for visitors at the Newport Aquarium. My wife Jodie and I recently took our three daughters to this place, which bills itself as "a million gallons of fun." Facing Cincinnati on the opposite side of the Ohio River, the aquarium is located in Newport on the Levee a bustling and sophisticated shopping/dining complex. The aquarium is divided into themed sections that are connected by tunnels, some of which are underwater, allowing visitors to watch fish and other aquatic life swimming about.
12:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
Nick Ezzone may no longer be affiliated with the North Coast Concert Band, but special times from his 24 years with the band linger in his memory. Performing patriotic music on the Toledo riverfront just before dark, with thousands listening and applauding.
12:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - Fittingly, there should be a "sterile cockpit" meaning there's no talking when a LifeFlight helicopter takes off and lands so the pilot can concentrate. "I think it's common sense. Landing and taking off are the two most dangerous parts of flying," said flight paramedic Rick Shields, also the North Central EMS operations manager.
12:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Maple Heights man accused of stealing a laptop computer from a Cleveland Road business waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday. That means Norwalk Municipal Judge John Ridge transferred the case against defendant Willie J. McCall Jr., 40, to Huron County Common Pleas Court for a possible grand jury indictment. He is charged with one count each of theft and breaking and entering in connection with a Sept. 4 incident.
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A Willard woman accused of hitting her 3-year-old son Tuesday will have supervised visits with the toddler two hours each day. The son of Apryl A. Kilgore, 20, of 3233 Austin Drive, Apt. 3, has been released to the custody of his paternal grandmother. Her other son, who is 16 months old, is in the custody of his maternal aunt.
12:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
With no suspects or motives and no idea how many people are involved, one could say detectives' leads into the vandalism discovered Friday at Woodlawn Cemetery are dead. That's why the Norwalk Police Department is seeking the public's assistance. Anyone with information is encouraged to call (419) 668-3311 or 663-6780.
12:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
A big Northern Ohio League volleyball battle between Norwalk and Tiffin Columbian went five games Tuesday at Norwalk High School. In the end, the visitors escaped with a 25-20, 17-25, 25-20, 20-25, 15-13 to win the league title.
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Aug. 13, 1945 - Oct. 8, 2008 GREENWICH - Mary Grace Cruey, age 63, of Greenwich, died Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at her home after a brief illness.
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LORAIN - A former reserve Wakeman police officer was sentenced Monday to one year of probation and fined $100 for a racially-motivated attack in the spring. On April 18, William C. Hodge, 35, of Lorain, threw his police badge at his ex-girlfriend and grabbed the shirt of a 26-year-old Lorain man sitting in the driver's seat of a Chevrolet Astrovan, Lorain County Sheriff's Deputy Byron Herndon wrote in his report. Herndon said Hodge jumped into the passenger side and tried to punch the man, reportedly telling him, "You're dead, n----r.'
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WILLARD - A Willard woman is behind bars after allegedly hitting her 3-year-old son. Apryl A. Kilgore, 20, of 3233 Austin Drive, Apt. 3, was arrested and charged with domestic violence after being interviewed by Huron County sheriff's deputies and Huron County Children Services.
12:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk council's first look at a 2009 budget wasn't positive. Officials have already cut $450,000 in potential costs, but still face a potential $1.1 million deficit. "Unfortunately, the issue is decreasing revenues,' said Diane Eschen, finance director. Lower income tax revenues and lower interest rates put the city in a bind, she said.
12:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - The Air Force may have saved Andrew Metz's life. The 18-year-old's stepmother, Vanessa, is sure of it. Metz thinks so, too.
12:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
As of September, about 350,000 Ohio parents and caretakers were receiving child support payments through e-QuickPay, a debit MasterCard card that transfers child support to families electronically. Just more than half of all recipients receive their child support this way. Now, these parents and caretakers have the option to be notified when funds are credited to their accounts. By signing up for this free service, they can receive either a telephone call or an e-mail when their account balances increase. To register, they can simply call (800) 503-1283 and speak with a customer service representative. Or, they can log into their account atwww.e-quickpay.com and sign up there. "Parents have reported a desire to be notified when a child support payment has been credited to their e-QuickPay accounts, and these new options for a phone call or e-mail are efficient ways to answer that request for customer service," said Doug Thompson, deputy director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services' Office of Child Support. The notification calls and e-mails will be made between the hours of 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.
12:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Lots of readers like to hunt, lots like to fish and lots like to camp. But few indeed ever combine all three sports or even two and such are missing some good opportunities. You can drive to a lake or hunting area, then return home using plenty of gasoline in process or you can camp at your favorite spot, be ready to roll at first crack of dawn and hunt or fish for several days at little cost.
12:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Services For Aging, Inc. has been serving the seniors of Huron County for more than 35 years and is asking voters to help them continue those services for five more years. In order to do so, the levy renewal they have placed on the ballot this Nov. 4 will need to pass. "Because of the current economic situation, the board of trustees made the decision to place the levy on the ballot as a renewal and not ask for a replacement," said executive director Lucinda Smith. "They hope that with no additional taxes involved, the citizens of Huron County will vote to help us continue to provide the much needed services for an additional five years." Services for Aging's current levy will expire at the end of 2009, making the renewal effective beginning 2010. Since the current levy came into effect in 2005, the agency has served more than 231,500 meals and provided more than 95,000 rides to seniors in the county. In addition, they have expanded their services to include everything from prescription assistance to art instruction. These services and more are offered at both the agency's Norwalk and Willard centers. "Levy dollars make up about 44 percent of our budget. With declining state and federal funding, rising operating costs, and an increasing senior population using our services, the levy is an import part of our operating budget," Smith said.
12:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County Republican Party will hold its 94th annual McKinley dinner on Oct. 16, with a candidates' reception at 6:30 p.m.. and buffet dinner at 7 at the Norwalk Eagles Club, 151 Cline St. Special guest will be Ohio Republican Party Deputy Chairman, Kevin DeWine, who is in his fourth term as Ohio General Assembly (District 70, Greene County) Representative where he currently serves as Speaker Pro Tempore for the Republican Caucus. DeWine has been instrumental in tax reform and efforts to improve Ohio's economy. He resides in Fairborn with his wife and four children. Huron County candidates Bill Alford, Gary Bauer, Terry Boose, Jamey Bracken, Susan Hazel, Dr. Jeffrey Harwood, Judge Timothy Cardwell, and Larry Silcox will be on hand to answer questions and distribute literature and signs, which are also available at Republican headquarters on Benedict Avenue just north of the railroad crossing, open daily at 10 A.M. Reservations are required and requested by Friday. Donations of $25 per person may be made payable and sent to HCRP, Box 316, Norwalk, OH 44857, or phone reservations may be made by calling Karen Justice at (419) 483-0776, Linda Stower at (419) 668-5548 evenings or Julie Murdock at (440) 839-9926.
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MILAN - The village of Milan has figured out a creative way to beat the giant in its David vs. Goliath fight against the Ohio Department of Transportation. The village will give away some land. A bridge over Rattlesnake Creek on the edge of the village needs repairs that could cost $100,000. Even though U.S. 250 is a federal highway, state regulations make the village responsible for all repairs. When village officials discovered a problem almost a year ago, they reported it to ODOT and asked for help with repairs. ODOT told village officials they would fix it, but Milan would have to pay the entire bill.
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TIFFIN - Although Andy Fries and Shawn Shriver played high school football within 10 miles of each other, the Norwalk and Western Reserve graduates, respectively, went against each other for the first Saturday night in an Ohio Athletic Conference game at Frost-Kalnow Stadium. Both, Fries, the left offensive tackle for Otterbein College, and Shriver, a safety for Heidelberg, faced off within 30 yards of each other all night as Otterbein captured a 52-14 win.
12:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Good thing congress and the treasury handed out all these Wall Street bailouts in recent weeks. Otherwise, the stock market might have gone down and AIG executives might not have been able to go on their retreat. That's right, you, me and everyone who pays taxes to the U.S. government last weekend paid the expenses for AIG executives to enjoy a more than $400,000 week-long retreat at one of California's swankiest resorts. This was just a week after we bailed them out with $85 billion in taxpayer money.
12:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
A company formed by Industrial Realty Group to buy the old Norwalk Furniture company has filed a lawsuit against Comerica Bank over the failed transaction. The lawsuit, filed in behalf of NFC Acquisition LLC, alleges that "certain insiders of Norwalk had engaged in a series of transactions and transfers of funds" that were wrong. Comerica Bank "knew or should have known" that those transactions were in violation of the loan documents between the furniture company and the bank, the suit reads.