4:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Are Norwalk city officials harassing Clyde Wilson, or simply requiring that he follow zoning requirements in connection with a shed that he built? It depends on whom you ask. At issue is a storage shed that Wilson, of 45 Amber Way, built to house a lawnmower.
4:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
Main Street School's new principal is a familiar face in the district: Ken Moore. "Ken has had an exemplary career with Norwalk City Schools, both as a teacher and principal. He is a caring and knowledgeable administrator. He is looking forward to working with the Main Street School staff and students to continue making the positive strides that have (been) made under the direction of Mr. (Kirk) Pavelich," Superintendent Wayne Babcanec said.
4:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Monroeville man had to be re-sentenced Monday on a burglary conviction because he wasn't accepted into a prison which focuses on education and substance abuse treatment. James L. Harmon, 20, pleaded guilty April 2 to burglary. During his January arraignment, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway prohibited the defendant from entering the premises of homes on Hamilton Street and Horseshoe Drive in Monroeville.
4:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - The school board will hold a work session on Aug. 5 to decide on a measure for the November ballot. The work session will come one day after district residents vote on an emergency levy renewal, which will not seek new money. The existing property tax raises $291,000 annually for district operations, Superintendent David Stubblebine said.
4:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
By The Reflector Staff While home sales activity throughout Ohio continues to lag the levels posted a year ago, there are some indications that the market is beginning to exhibit positive signs of a turnaround, reports the Ohio Association of Realtors. "Ohio's housing marketplace has undoubtedly mirrored the sluggishness of the nation's economic downturn, with few buyers and lower prices prevalent throughout the Buckeye state during the first five months of the year," OAR President Jonathan M. Hall said. "Despite the challenges that exist, our membership is hopeful that a number of positives that have begun to emerge are indicators of a turnaround in the near term." Notably, the percentage of homes sold month to month (April to May) of this year increased by 14.6 percent, surpassing the 11.7 increase that the market posted during the same period a year ago.
4:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk City Council took the first step Tuesday to place a .8-mill renewal levy on the November ballot for the Parks and Recreation Department. The measure, which would not result in new taxes, raises about $140,000 annually, city finance director Diane Eschen said. She said she's not sure how long the measure has been on the books, but it has been a "long time."
4:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
School officials are in the second round of interviews to replace Norwalk High School Assistant Principal Brian Garverick. "They've brought in three (people) for the second round of interviews," Norwalk City Schools Assistant Superintendent Michael Gordon said.
4:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
According to a study released recently by an outfit called Feeding America, one in six children live on the brink of hunger in 26 states in the U.S. The rate of food insecurity (I don't know what that means exactly, but it doesn't sound good) in young children is 33 percent higher than in U.S. adults, where one in eight live at risk of hunger. That's 3.5 million children ages 5 and under who may or may not get enough to eat today.
4:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
Eighteen individuals from Norwalk or with Norwalk connections took a special trip to Germany last Month in search of their European relatives and heritage. Norwalk resident John Schumm organized the tour and arranged for all transportation as well as a local guide.
4:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLLINS - Western Reserve honored retirees Carol Manfull and Mark Gagyi Wednesday with a reception prior to the board of education meeting. Manfull, a Western Reserve graduate with 40 years as an educator and 23 of those at Western, is retiring as a third-grade teacher. She called her years at Western "a good run and a ton of fun." She said, "The 23 years I had here were the best ever," and she praised her fellow teachers, the kids and everyone else she worked with.
4:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Casey Higgins showed up at the Norwalk/Huron County Chamber of Commerce in jeans and a T-shirt with his long hair in a ponytail that reached past his waist. He left less than three hours later in a suit and tie with a stylish haircut suitable for any office. His business makeover was thanks to the Chamber of Commerce and Christian Roberts Salon & Spa in preparation for starting an internship with the Erie County Auditor's office.
4:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
Sandy and Steve Woosley came to Norwalk to celebrate their anniversary and a tradition riding hundreds of miles across Ohio roads as part of GOBA, the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure. The couple met at the first GOBA 21 years ago and hit the road again every year to celebrate. They now live in Elyria and, as part of the Lorain County Silver Wheels bike club, also have biked to Norwalk to eat at Berry's Restaurant.
4:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Note to Jared from Subway: Don't aim any advertisements at Monroeville resident Joshua Mark. The 2009 Monroeville High School graduate has had enough of Subway to last him three months. Oh, and he probably doesn't want his share of the $100 in Subway cash cards his team won at Saturday's sub eating contest, which made its debut at this year's festival.
4:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Barry Kaufman was chosen Monday to fill the council seat vacated by the recent death of Larry Hall, and he will be sworn in at the July 13 meeting. Kaufman is a former principal and teacher in the New London school system and currently works as a paraprofessional in the Amherst school system. He and his wife Chris, who works at the New London Library, have three sons.
4:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
MANSFIELD - Twenty-three contestants from across the state spent the last week in Mansfield striving to claim the title of Miss Ohio 2009, but only one would finally walk away with the crown. When the fog cleared the stage, Erica Gelhaus, Miss Clayland, was the choice of the six-member judges panel. Miss Maple City 2009, Ashleigh Lemon, was recognized with a $400 scholarship as a non-semifinalist talent winner and a $500 Paul Herlihy Spirit Award, which was selected by the hostesses and chaperones of the contestants.
4:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
Jessica Heydinger, a 2009 Norwalk High graduate, is well on her way to a career in civil engineering thanks to classes at EHOVE, BGSU Firelands and an internship at the Huron County engineer's office. Heydinger said her internship is the culminating step in the training she has received by taking post-secondary classes and the tech-prep program. She already has 50 college credit hours on her résumé.
4:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
The percentage rate and ranking continue to drop, and the labor force has increased. That is what the latest unemployment statistics reveal for Huron County.
4:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
I learned long ago from my first boss to be very careful when you write first, last, worst or best. Jack Brown, who hired me 30 years ago last week, questioned me after I wrote a story about the 1979 Norwalk High School volleyball team.
4:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
Fathers of the world, take note: whether you know it or not, your children are busy remembering almost every thing about you. And long after you have turned your children out of the nest, maybe even years after you have passed from this earth, on Father's Day they will be recalling the darndest things about you.
4:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com GREENWICH Cory Herman has known about his trip this summer since about the end of his sophomore year. It still has not sunk in. The South Central/EHOVE senior will be playing with the Ohio Ambassadors of Music Honor Band and Chorus in seven European countries over 16 days.
4:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - An 15-year-old Edison High School student is awaiting a disposition hearing after pleading guilty to one count of sexual battery Thursday. His victim is "trying to put her life back together,' Erie County Assistant Prosecutor Cheryl Goodrum said.