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news@norwalkreflector.com GREENWICH The South Central school board met Tuesday evening to discuss making changes in the present drug policy for the 2010-2011 school year. The present policy tests a full team before each season and random drug testing during the year for athletes, extra curricular activity students and the students who drive to school. The policy was discussed at length at the November meeting as to whether nicotine and alcohol testing should have a lesser discipline than the illicit drugs.
6:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Despite the fact that the Internet has made connecting with people infinitely easier, there will still be millions of lonely souls around the globe this holiday season. But if you were one of the Christmas-forlorn, would you consider buying friends to ease the pain? If this sounds funny, it may interest you to know that people online are already buying friends in their thousands. Social media traders uSocial.net have been selling fans and friends on Facebook for some time now, and despite the fact the service is aimed at businesses who use social media in order to market their products and services to potential clients, they say it will definitely be used by others this holiday season. "We intended our services for businesses though to our surprise it wasn't just business who took advantage of them," uSocial CEO Leon Hill said. "We found that a fair percentage of clients were simply people who wanted to look that much more important in the world of social media."
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MONROEVILLE - During a 15-minute council meeting Tuesday, councilman Bob Simon revisited the proposed new administration building. "If we don't do something that's $100,000 down the drain," Simon said, adding that's how much the village spent on the project so far.
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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's call Tuesday to spend much of the $200 billion in "extra' bank bailout funds on job creation efforts embodies Democrats' strategy to make a second economic stimulus more palatable to wary taxpayers. In a speech at the center-left Brookings Institution, Obama put no price tag on a combination of small business, infrastructure and clean energy spending he proposed as mechanisms to replace lost jobs in an era of 10 percent unemployment.
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Last summer my nephew came and spent a few weeks with us. He's about 12 and was easily bored sitting around with me watching golf on TV and the History Channel. I decided to take him golfing with me. He had never been before and while hardly exciting for most 12-year-olds, it was at least something to do.
6:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Glover Avenue house fire took the life of a Norwalk man early this morning. James H. Harkness, 80, of 72 Glover Ave., was found dead inside the residence from injuries sustained in the fire.
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Norwalk city council members talked longevity at the Tuesday night work session. The proposed legislation involving bonuses for city workers, which died a week ago due to no one seconding the motion, was resurrected Tuesday by Councilman Bob Carleton. Carleton sponsored a new ordinance that deals with the suspension of longevity pay for 2010, a measure that would save the city $40,000.
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The reported rape of a 12-year-old Greenwich girl remains under investigation. Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Annette McLaughlin met with a family member to discuss the matter about 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the 500 block of Milan Avenue.
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The first checks from a recent extension of unemployment benefits have started going out to some Ohioans, but thousands of others will have to wait until at least Christmas week before getting any money. The delay has left many scrambling to pay their bills during the holiday season, and frustrated callers are jamming unemployment telephone lines.
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Norwalk Catholic School Elementary Principal Valerie French wants to climb on a piece of playground equipment called an accelerator. It will be one of the new features of the school's soon to be completed playground. It was apparent from the enthusiasm in her voice as she indicated her desire that French is anxiously awaiting completion of the new playground.
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Norwalk city council is expected to discuss longevity pay at tonight's work session. The issue is back on the front burner after legislation dealing with this topic died a week ago due to a lack of a second after Councilman Chris Mushett made a motion to adopt the ordinance.
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WILLARD - There's a Secret Santa in town the city itself. City Manager Brian Humphress told council Monday a resident recently approached city officials, wanting to help a local family in need. The person wanted to remain anonymous, but asked if the city could act as a third party by assisting the family and the city did so.
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With all of the "Tiger" news the past couple of weeks, one important story was lost in the shuffle. Cleveland's own Grady Sizemore made his brief entry onto the front pages of the news when his photos popped up on the Internet. The photos were shot in a mirror by Sizemore of Sizemore standing in his bathroom. They were supposedly sent by Sizemore to his girlfriend, Brittany Binger. Binger, who is from Bellevue, was Miss June 2007 in Playboy magazine. The photos aren't the kind Sizemore's mother will cut out and put in a scrapbook. They are, however, probably on the desktop of computers all around the country. Sizemore is the heartthrob of many females from young girls to older women who follow baseball. In fact, Sizemore is about the only thing the Cleveland Indians have they can market after last year's dismal season.
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An Ohio appellate court has ruled in favor of a New London High School student who had violent drawings and lyrics about teachers in notebooks. The Sixth District Court of Appeals ruled Friday the testimony by New London High School Principal Brad Romano was inadmissible. Defense attorney Jim Sitterly said the ruling means it was inappropriate for Huron County Juvenile Court Judge Timothy Cardwell to allow the administrator's testimony on the boy's junior high school disciplinary records because it was considered hearsay and the state needed to have more witnesses to testify about documents that are "accusatory in nature."
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PLYMOUTH - A U.S. military court has demoted an Oklahoma soldier to the rank of private and jailed him for mistreating troops in Iraq, behavior discovered during the investigation of Pvt. Keiffer Wilhelm, 19. Former Sgt. Jarrett Taylor, 23, of Edmond, was convicted at a special court-martial at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, that ended on Friday. Wilhelm's father, Shane, his wife Shelly, both of Plymouth, and Shane's older brother Shawn, were there for the court proceedings.
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Editor's Note: This is the latest installment in a series of articles provided by Norwalk Economic Development Corp. Director Ellen Heinz, along with Main Street Program Manager Kristie Wert. Berry's Restaurant is located in the heart of Norwalk on West Main Street, on a block that once housed the St. Charles hotel. This historic restaurant is known for its rich atmosphere and provides a place for guests to enjoy their meal in a cozy space surrounded by nostalgic illustrations of the Norwalk area. Berry's is one of the oldest businesses in Norwalk and provides many services for its guests. From hosting rehearsal dinners and special occasions to casual lunches with friends, family and colleagues, people come from a multi-state area to enjoy Berry's.
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MASSILLON - Saturday's Division VI state championship for the St. Paul Flyers culminated with a wild celebration at Whitney Field. The Flyers, 24-21 winners over Delphos St. John's, were greeted by hundreds of well-wishers as the team buses pulled into the Whitney Field parking lot.
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Hundreds of fans packed the St. Paul Convocation Center Tuesday night to honor the St. Paul Flyers Division VI state football champions. (NOTE - Pictures of this event appear in a ReflectorCam 2.0 gallery titled St. Paul Night of Champions. To see hundreds of pictures related to the St. Paul title game, click on these ReflectorCam 2.0 links: State football finals, State football finals 2 and State football finals 3. Also, if you missed the live pregame St. Paul show, click here to watch it.)
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St. Paul rallied to defeat Delphos St. John's 24-21 today to claim the school's first state title in football. Flyers senior quarterback Eric Schwieterman's third touchdown run with five seconds remaining in the game capped a 98-yard drive in the Div. VI championship game at Paul E. Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon.
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My first assignments as a correspondent for this newspaper more than 40 years ago were coverage of meetings and sports. The meetings were awful: interminable gatherings of village councils, school boards, township trustees and the like conducted in rooms literally blue with cigarette smoke.
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Last summer my nephew came and spent a few weeks with us. He's about 12 and was easily bored sitting around with me watching golf on TV and the History Channel. I decided to take him golfing with me. He had never been before and while hardly exciting for most 12-year-olds, it was at least something to do. First I took him to the practice putting green at Willard Golf Course to try to teach him a little about the most important part of the game very little, actually, since I've never learned to do it well in more than 35 years of trying. After a couple sessions there I took him to the practice tee to try to show him some swing fundamentals and hit a few bags of balls.