9:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
You half expected there to be a hole in the marine layer covering the Raiders' compound Wednesday. Brilliant sunlight shining through on the capitol building of Raider Nation. A new day. A new era. JaMarcus Russell is gone. Cut. Sent packing after collecting some $30 million of Al Davis' money.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
SPRINGFIELD Ohio Master Gardener volunteers love plants and teaching others about gardening so much so that they spent more than 151,000 hours last year leading beautification projects, giving horticultural presentations and raising gardening awareness. Their volunteer efforts resulted in $3.3 million worth of community service contributions throughout Ohio. The contributions of Master Gardener volunteers are being celebrated this week, which is Master Gardener Volunteer Program Week. This year's theme is "Master Gardener Volunteers Give Back," and activities and programs will be held throughout Ohio's counties emphasizing that theme. "The purpose of Master Gardener Volunteer Program Week is to recognize the outstanding MGV programs in the state and the work that our volunteers are doing in their communities," said Pam Bennett, Ohio State University Extension statewide Master Gardener Volunteer coordinator. "Each county will celebrate the week by selecting a program, new or ongoing, that best emphasizes this year's theme." Master Gardener Volunteer Program Week, which began in 2008, honors the hard work and dedication of master gardener volunteers throughout Ohio and recognizes OSU Extension's efforts in promoting the Master Gardener volunteer program. The program provides leadership and educational development to individuals interested in gardening and giving back to their communities. "The grassroots efforts taking place in the counties are deserving of the Master Gardener Volunteer Program Week recognition. Volunteers are quietly making a difference in their communities focusing on community gardens, beautification projects, best management practices in the landscape, and many more activities," Bennett said. "Volunteers often do their projects with little or no funding; therefore, partnerships are a large component of each program in each county." Master Gardener Volunteer Program Week, which began in 2008, honors the hard work and dedication of master gardener volunteers throughout Ohio and recognizes OSU Extension's efforts in promoting the Master Gardener volunteer program. The program provides leadership and educational development to individuals interested in gardening and giving back to their communities. "The grassroots efforts taking place in the counties are deserving of the Master Gardener Volunteer Program Week recognition. Volunteers are quietly making a difference in their communities focusing on community gardens, beautification projects, best management practices in the landscape, and many more activities," Bennett said. "Volunteers often do their projects with little or no funding; therefore, partnerships are a large component of each program in each county."
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
Three Huron County township roadway improvement projects have been awarded almost $1 million from Ohio's Small Government Commission, according to County Engineer Joe Kovach. "Grant applications from New Haven, Ripley and Wakeman townships bested more than 90 other applicants from across the state" Kovach said. "This is really good news for our townships." The Huron County's township projects initially qualified for funding in October when the township grant applications were selected as three of only five Ohio Public Works Commission's District 9 applications to be sent to Columbus. "Huron County's township projects are the only township projects to receive funding in all of OPWC District 9," Lyme Township trustee Mike Nottke said.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Erie County Sheriff's Office has joined "Click It or Ticket 2010" to reduce crash deaths. Motorists will see stepped up seat belt enforcement efforts from May 24 to June 6. In 2008, 12,671 passenger vehicle occupants died in motor vehicle crashes nationwide between the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nearly two-thirds of those who died were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crashes, compared to less than half of the passenger vehicle occupants killed during the daytime hours of 6 a.m. to 5:59 p.m. Nighttime drivers and passengers continue to be among those least likely to wear seat belts. Consequently, they are also among those most likely to die in motor vehicle crashes. The Erie County Sheriff's Office is joining with hundreds of law enforcement agencies, highway safety representatives, and safety advocates nationwide who have vowed support of the annual "Click It or Ticket" mobilization. Particular attention this year will be given to nighttime enforcement efforts.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
As graduation season approaches, the Norwalk Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit would like to remind parents that it is illegal to host or allow underage drinking parties in your home. As a parent, you cannot give alcohol to your teen's friends under the age of 21, under any circumstance, even in your own home, even with their parents' permission, according to a spokesman from the unit. You cannot knowingly allow a person under 21, other than your own child, to remain in your home or on your property while consuming or possessing alcohol. If you break the law, you can face a maximum sentence of six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Norwalk City Schools Superintendent Dennis Doughty appeals to parents and students to be smart. "Graduation is a time of great concern for all school districts. It seems that young people and even parents forget 'common sense' and attempt to celebrate their commencement in an inappropriate way. Accidents, injuries, and even death can be the result of the misuse of alcohol especially by our young people. I urge parents and our young people to make good decisions and celebrate graduation without alcohol." Walt Klimaski, Norwalk Catholic School President, recalls a personal experience with underage drinking.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com A jury found Steven J. Rodvold guilty late Wednesday afternoon of murder with a gun specification in the death of his father, Keith. The jury deliberated for a little more than two hours before returning the verdict. Wednesday was the fourth day of testimony.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com The Norwalk Dance Center has expanded and one of the benefits for area residents is another place to book birthday parties. The center, located at 461 Milan Ave., Suite 1, will host birthday parties from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays as well as 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays. The cost is $199 for two hours. Sara Wilson, the center's new assistant director and preschool events manager, said she knows what it's like to search for new places to hold birthday parties.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS (MCT) - Too few Ohioans are making it into a federal program that helps homeowners avoid foreclosure, according to counselors who guide people through red tape to modify their loans. The federal Home Affordable Modification Program has resulted in modifications to 16.6 percent of loans that are 90 days or more past due in Ohio. That places the state's rate of loan modifications nearly last among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
OAK HARBOR (MCT) - Make no mistake: Ottawa County has found its idol. Crystal Bowersox, a virtual unknown just five months ago, arrived back on her native turf Friday to throngs of cheering fans and official fanfare.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE St. Joseph School will be in session Wednesday despite the planned power outage in the village. Kindergarten through fourth-graders will have class in Trinity Lutheran Church classrooms while fifth through eighth graders will study in St. Alphonsus classrooms. The public school will not be affected by the outage. The purpose of the power outage is to perform an equipment upgrade at the Gerber Lee substation. The power outage is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. but an exact time frame is impossible to predict, according to village officials.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze and Casey James will perform tonight as the top three remaining finalists of this season's Fox reality show "American Idol.' Each will sing a song of his or her choice and a judge's choice song.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - Since its inception in 1991, the largest and longest-running study of American child care has generated plenty of controversial - and to many working parents, infuriating - conclusions about the effects on kids of early care outside the family. The latest findings of the federally funded Early Child Care Research Network are certain to be no exception. At age 15, according to a study being published Friday in the journal Child Development, children who spent long hours in day care as preschoolers are more impulsive and more prone to take risks than are teens whose toddler years were spent largely at home.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - The pre-termination hearing for the school district cafeteria supervisor accused of misusing funds and other allegations has been postponed until 10 a.m. May 26. The Loudermill pre-termination hearing, which is not open to the media, will take place in the board office.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
Finally, some good economic news for Huron County. The sales tax report released by Auditor Roland Tkach today showed sales tax collected up about $87,000 for the month compared to 2009. The amount collected in the May report was $612,153. That's way up from the $525,243 at the same time last year.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
AVERY - A lucky EHOVE Career Center studentwon a car thanks to her perfect attendance. Sonnie Lang, a Vermilion junior enrolled in the health tech program at EHOVE, has had perfect attendance for the entire school year.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - City council voted to accept several donations toward the future soccer complex. The donations bring the total to about $185,600, which is about $5,400 short of the amended goal and about $5,200 from meeting a matching grant requirement.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
An area teen was killed in a motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon. Trisha A. Smith, 24, of Green Springs, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban SUV west on County Road 62 in Sandusky County's York Township at 3:48 p.m. when she stopped at the Township Road intersection and then continued west, entering into the path of a southbound 2006 Suzuki motorcycle being driven by Chad A. Basil,19, of Bellevue, troopers with the Fremont post of the Highway Patrol said.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
Let's try this again. The Norwalk skate park was re-opened to the public on Friday after being locked up for two months. The most recent lock-up was the third in three years.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - It's rare that you see teenagers investing in the stock market. It's also not often that you see teenagers at city council meetings and perhaps even more unusual to see enthusiastic youngsters attending such a meeting.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (PA SPORTSTICKER) - The Clevelands Indians lost the game and their shortstop Monday night. Asdrubal Cabrera broke his left forearm diving for a groundball Monday night against Tampa Bay and is headed for the disabled list.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
Kids may start drinking much younger than parents anticipate, so it's important to start conversations about alcohol early and to look for signs of potential abuse. That's advice from an adolescent medicine specialist at Baylor College of Medicine.