8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONTCOAL, W.Va. (MCT) - As the sun rose over coal country here today and the magnitude of a mine explosion a day earlier became clear, emergency officials and anxious family members were forced to wait for up to 12 hours for any potential rescue of four missing miners. State officials announced just before dawn that 25 people had been killed by a methane explosion Monday afternoon at the Upper Big Branch mine. It was the worst mining disaster in the U.S. since 1984.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE The Bismark Senior and Community Center, 5582 Bismark Road, Bellevue, will hold its monthly breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday. The menu will include waffles, French toast, sausage, ham, scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, fruit and coffee cakes.
8:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD St. Xavier Elementary School will present a Broadway Review Saturday as a benefit for the school. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the show, performed by parishioners, community members and students, to begin at 7:30 p.m. The show will feature Broadway's popular hits. Tickets are $25. Call (419) 935-4744 to make reservations.
8:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - The Rev. Rodney Hollen is looking for forgiveness and reconciliation, not punishment, for the three juveniles who vandalized his church. "The church has no qualms with the family," said the pastor of Milan Baptist Church.
8:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
A lawsuit filed by a group of Elm Street residents against the city of Norwalk has been dismissed in Huron County Common Pleas Court. "Basically, a group of Elm Street property owners sued the city alleging the city was responsible for the flooding in 2006," Norwalk Law Director Stuart O'Hara said.
8:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
State Highway Patrol troopers are investigating a one-vehicle fatal crash that occured in Seneca County. Howard Bartlett, 75, of Green Springs was driving a 2001 Ford Windstar east on County Road 34 just west of Township Road 169 in Seneca County's Pleasant Township at 1:58 p.m. Saturday when he drove off the left side of the road, sideswiped a utility pole and then vaulted over Green Creek and struck an embankmet, said troopers with the Fremont post. Bartlett, who had been wearing a seatbelt, was transported from the scene to Bellevue Hospital, where he later died as a result of the crash. Green Springs EMS, Green Springs Fire Department, Old Fort Fire Department and the Seneca County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene. The vehicle sustained severe damage and was towed from the scene by John's Towing.
8:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Take a 3 Musketeers bar and cut it into eight pieces. That's all the chocolate you may have each day if you want to lower your risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke by 39 percent, one study indicates. German researchers have produced a study that builds on evidence that chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can aid the cardiovascular system if taken in small - probably maddeningly small - amounts.
8:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - The city did not make the final cut in its bid to receive funding through the Pepsi Refresh Project for its planned soccer complex. The good news is that while the soccer complex didn't score in the top 10 for March, the project is back in the running for April. If a project falls within the top 100, as the soccer complex has, it carries over to the next month without the applicant having to reapply.
8:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - Cedar Point's parent company and Apollo Global Management have mutually agreed to call off their merger. Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, today announced that it and affiliates of Apollo Global Management, a leading global alternative asset manager, have mutually agreed to terminate the previously announced definitive merger agreement.
8:24 AM Jul 26, 2010
Working at home always sounded like such a desirable thing: no office phone interruptions, no cubicle visitor interruptions, no untimely and overlong business meetings. Just sit down in the home office and crank out the work. Right.
8:24 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk residents will soon join those from around the world in celebration of World Tai Chi Day at a 10 a.m. ceremony on April 24 at Veterans Memorial Lake Park Pavilion 1. Leading up to the celebration, local Tai chi and Qigong instructor Tom Lesniewski will offer two free Qigong classes for beginners. Qigong, a basic form of tai chi, "is a complete form that, "when practiced regularly, will bring improvements in overall health, mental focus and feeling of well being," Lesniewski said. Tai chi is often described as "meditation in motion, but might well be called medication in motion," according to Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School. "There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems."
8:24 AM Jul 26, 2010
There will be a full agenda tonight after a week off as Norwalk city council will hear the first reading of legislation dealing with the city's contract for emergency medical services. At the work session two weeks ago, council heard from representatives from North Central EMS and Fisher-Titus Medical Center regarding the proposed nine-year contract renewal.
8:24 AM Jul 26, 2010
Benefit breakfast NORTH FAIRFIELD A benefit breakfast for Royal and Kathy Chisholm is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Sunday at the North Fairfield American Legion hall on Ohio 162. Planetarium show SANDUSKY The last planetarium show for Sidney Frohman Planetarium for this season is called, "Planet Patrol - Solar System Stakeout." It runs from April 11 through May 16.
8:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
Amid an atmosphere of carefully cultivated euphoria, Apple fans across the country waited in lines Saturday morning, excited to get their hands on the first of Apple Inc.'s new iPad tablet computers. "It's a new member of the family,' said Pat Fallis, a Burbank producer who, along with his wife and a friend, had been waiting at the Grove in Los Angeles since 2 a.m.
8:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
The national movement known as the Tea Party will get a good workout this year in Ohio's 9th Congressional District where two Republicans are hoping to ride Tea Party anger into the Capitol in Washington. But some on the Democratic side don't believe the Tea Party label poses a serious political threat to Marcy Kaptur, despite her support for the health-care reform bill backed by President Obama. Rich Iott, 58, of Monclova Township, a former grocery chain executive and now science fiction movie producer, faces Jack Smith, 61, of Springfield Township, a Marine Corps veteran and former Toledo police chief. Voting has already begun in the primary that ends May 4 and that will decide both parties' nominees for the 9th Congressional District, as well as the Democratic nominees for an open U.S. Senate seat.
8:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
About 600 Norwalk residents were without power for a bit Saturday afternoon after straight-line winds whipped through the Firelands area. (NOTE - Click here to see pictures of some of the damage on St. Mary's Street in Norwalk.)
8:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
Jay LaSalle plays KISS frontman Paul Stanley even when he's not doing gigs with Kings of the Nighttime World. The 46-year-old man's two sons, 9 and 11, are avid KISS fans. Since LaSalle's older son plays lead, rhythm and bass guitars and the younger son plays drums and piano, the trio often jam to KISS tunes in their Darien, Ill. basement.
8:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
Saturday was a busy one for the Norwalk Fire Department. Firefighters responded to five area field fires, an Ohio 18 mulch fire and a small burning pile that ignited several tree stumps on Laylin Road. Chief Doug Coletta, who recommended residents not to burn when it's windy, said most of the fires were started by camp fires or open burns.
8:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) An estimated 7.2-magnitude earthquake centered in Baja California, Mexico, shook buildings as far north as Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon. Seismologists said the quake hit about 108 miles east of the border city of Tijuana. Early reports from Mexico indicated damage in Mexicali, a border city north of the epicenter. Cesar Garcia, an editor at Channel 12 television in Tijuana, said a two-story parking garage next to the Mexicali government headquarters collapsed, causing several injuries. No deaths had been reported. The government building was also damaged in the city of 653,000, he said. The local general hospital was evacuated, with patients transferred to other facilities, according to Garcia. He said the news station had not been able to reach anyone in Guadalupe de Victoria, a town closer to the epicenter where wineries are the main industry.
8:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS (MCT) - Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer, the longest serving chief justice in the United States, died unexpectedly Friday just as he was marking his final year on the bench. He was 70. The Sandusky native and former aide to Republican Gov. Jim Rhodes heard arguments in cases on the court as usual this week, even though he was obviously in ill health. In a statement, however, the court said his health problems were not thought to be life-threatening.
8:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
Winds that blew through the area on Saturday caused damage throughout Huron County, including field fires, power outages, downed trees and various property damage. Click here to see pictures of some of the damage on St. Mary's Street in Norwalk. Click here to see pictures of a fire on Seminary Road near McIntyre Road and here to see pictures of a fire in Berlinville. Look for the full story in Monday's Norwalk Reflector.