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
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.
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.
9:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
In 1969, I bought a Yashica twin lens reflex camera. It used 120mm film, and I could take 12 pictures with each roll. I used it to shoot pictures for this newspaper. It was a good camera. (NOTE - To watch video related to this column, click here.)
9:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
Summer officially is here in Norwalk. It came Saturday with a bang. It's not the cars and buses rolling through town to Cedar Point or Kalahari. And it's not the trucks hauling boats to Lake Erie.
9:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
The city of Norwalk is currently reviewing its emergency weather warning systems. Safety-Service Director Linda Hebert is concerned about residents receiving necessary information when bad weather is approaching. "Given the number of severe weather incidents of recent weeks and the accidental triggering of the sirens on one occasion, it is necessary to make sure that our systems are working properly and can provide the most accurate and current information possible to residents," she said. Norwalk's emergency warning system currently consists of a series of 10 tornado sirens placed throughout the city, emergency weather alerts broadcast on Time Warner, and television and radio weather broadcasts.
9:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Huron County grand jury indicted six people Wednesday, including the teen accused of setting an April 14 fire at Willard High School. Brandon J. Lewis, 19, of 515 W. Emerald St., Willard, was indicted on charges of aggravated arson and vandalism. He was arrested April 15, the day after a fire was set intentionally in a second-floor boy's bathroom in the 200 wing of the high school. The fire caused extensive soot and smoke damage.
9:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - Authorities were called to a Wakeman home after being told a suicidal armed man was holding his girlfriend hostage Following 1 1/2 hours of negotiation, Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard was able to get the man to peacefully end the hostage situation, which took place Friday night.
9:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
It might be surprising to hear someone say she feels "blessed' to have faced disappointments in her life. But Miss Maple City 2010 Marisa Buchheit views rejection and setbacks as opportunities - chances to learn and grow. Buchheit imparted this and other wisdom to Norwalk Catholic School elementary students Friday.