4:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk resident Mark E. Sanders ordered a steak dish at the local Mexican restaurant Casa Fiesta about April 25, 2008. In a personal injury lawsuit filed June 23 in Huron County Common Pleas Court, Sanders alleges he got sick with salmonella muenchen for about eight days after eating the entree and is asking the court for at least $25,000. The suit, which is against Jasinto Inc., includes a demand for a jury trial.
4:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch expects the search to replace retiring Norwalk Police Chief Kevin Cashen to take three or four months. As part of the city ordinance, Norwalk City Council President Steve Euton will be forming a search committee. The other required members will be Norwalk Safety-Service Director Dale Sheppard and George Elmer, the chairman of the Civil Service commission. Those members will chose two more people: a Norwalk citizen and an expert in law enforcement.
4:19 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON - How do you solve a problem like Maria? The question does not have to apply, as it does in "The Sound of Music," to a young headache of a woman who cannot decide if the orderly life of a nun is for her. As the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical revue "A Grand Night for Singing" proves, "Maria" can be any woman who frustrates and puzzles her date.
4:19 AM Jul 26, 2010
People picnicking at the Veterans Memorial Lake Park will benefit from more space, thanks to 17-year-old Rich Rauscher. The Norwalk High School senior and member of Boy Scout Troop 208 is planning his Eagle Scout project. He will make two single-family picnic areas. Each will have a 16 by 10 cement slab, a picnic bench, a grill and a garbage can.
4:19 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - What started out as a simple Reflector police blotter item has garnered national headlines. Rural Wakeman resident Robert M. Tite, 57, of 2785 Chenango Road, faces multiple criminal charges in connection with damaging his neighbor's property while driving intoxicated on a bulldozer. First published in the Reflector's blotter Monday, the story later was covered by area newspapers and even ended up on the conservative Web site, the Drudge Report.
4:19 AM Jul 26, 2010
Lakrechia Gibson (left), 13, and Breanna Holden, 11, take a fast amusement ride Wednesday evening at Willard's Festival in the Park. The event runs through Saturday.
4:19 AM Jul 26, 2010
In addition to Norwalk's Fourth of July Parade and fireworks at dusk, three area communities have planned holiday festivities. Norwalk's celebration will begin at 10:30 a.m. July 4 with a parade that will start at Main Street School and end up at the Huron County Fairgrounds. A fireworks show will take place at dusk at the fairgrounds.
4:19 AM Jul 26, 2010
Warrant suspect Ryan Rang proved you can hide, but you can't hide from authorities for long. Huron County Sheriff's Maj. Greg Englund said he found the 25-year-old Norwalk man hiding in a large plastic Sterilite container in a closet when he searched a mobile home. Englund said he and three other deputies didn't find Rang at first, but Englund decided to open the tub when he walked by it during a second sweep of the residence.
4:19 AM Jul 26, 2010
As Norwalk area residents anticipate the July 20 opening of a brand new Bob Evans Restaurant on U.S. 250 North, three of the restaurant's current workers will have a bit more to celebrate. When the doors to the new restaurant open at 6 p.m. July 20, servers Garnett Hoag and Julie Movey and hostess Evelyn Ott might have a sense of dj-vu and with good reason. All three were original employees when the current Bob Evans restaurant opened for the first time 15 years ago.
4:19 AM Jul 26, 2010
I was going to write my second Ecuador column about the differences between Ecucadorian life and American life, but I just received my daughter's photos from the Galpagos Islands and I can't wait to tell you about that part of our adventure! (By then, my own small disposable camera had run out of film). Her Galpagos photos reminded me of what an incredible journey that was. I hope I can do it justice with words. It is not my intent to make you jealous with a tone of "Look here Look what I saw and you didn't see!" Rather, I am trying my best to take you there with me.
4:19 AM Jul 26, 2010
Casey Higgins showed up at the Norwalk-Huron County Chamber of Commerce in jeans and a T-shirt with his long hair neatly pulled back 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 under the direction of the Norwalk-Huron County Chamber of Commerce and Christian Roberts Salon & Spa, in preparation for starting an internship with the Erie County Auditor's office. Higgins, 27, is in his last quarter at Ohio Business College in Sandusky. The internship is part of his coursework to earn his associate's degree in accounting and finance.
4:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - David Danhoff attended Willard City Schools as a student, graduating in 1973. On Aug. 1, he will walk into the Superintendent's office as the district's new chief.
4:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
Staging homes many have watched it HGTV television shows and with the slump in the economic market sellers in this area are starting to use it. Anita Cundari, a Realtor with RE/MAX, said she has several instances of people just making a few changes to follow her advice and then their homes sell. Kelleah Oddo, owner of Limelight Home Staging, started her business last fall and works with sellers, Realtors and builders to help sell homes faster and at the highest price possible.
4:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
At a time when business retention and expansion efforts are more important than ever, and state grants and financing are not easy to come by, Huron County, the city of Norwalk and New Horizons Baking Company were big winners recently in the Ohio Department of Development's Industrial Site Improvement Fund award announcements. Sheena Metzger of the Ohio Department of Development contacted the community on Friday and stated that Huron County's Norwalk Rail Spur Development Project was awarded $220,000 in grant funds and financing assistance from the state of Ohio and the Ohio Rail Development Commission. The Norwalk Economic Development Corp. and Huron County Development Council worked together to secure this grant and financial assistance on behalf of Huron County, the Norwalk Rail Spur Development Project and New Horizons Baking Company.
4:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk will not be spraying for mosquitos this year and probably won't next year, said Richard Moore, Street Department Superintendent. He said eliminating spraying as a budget cut was probably one of the harder decisions the department had to make.
4:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
As David Leake eyed the large blimp that had lifted off prematurely, his mind briefly wandered to his childhood. One day, young David had lost his helium balloon that had a smiley face and read "Have a Nice Day.
4:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
Uptown business owner Ric Hills is letting all know his political views. A sign in front of his West Main Street store, Maple City Cabinetry, seeks signatures for his personal effort to have President Obama impeached.
4:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk City Council members will consider legislation containing a funding plan for a new fire station at next week's meeting. At Tuesday's work session, Mayor Sue Lesch said the city plans to submit a request for about $5 million for federal grant money. Lesch suggested the city's share could amount to $500,000, or 10-percent of the eligible costs.
4:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
The next time you're at the Huron County Courthouse, there most likely will be some familiar faces handling security. The Huron County Sheriff's Office has hired part-time deputies exclusively to cover courthouse security. Each officer will be limited to working 16 hours a week at $12 an hour.
4:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
I find myself thinking a lot about Michael Jackson these days more so in the past week since his shocking death than in the previous 25 years of his life. I had just finished a round of golf, if being chased off the course by lightning after six holes can be called "finished," at Willard Country Club and was sitting in the clubhouse hoping it would blow over when I heard the news of the King of Pop's death.
4:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com The night sky over Norwalk will explode with bangs and color at dusk July Fourth, thanks to donations that have been pouring in. The Norwalk VFW has been collecting money that will go toward a fireworks show. Fundraising for this year's show got off to a slow start. In May, Norwalk VFW Post 2743 and the city agreed to pay $6,000 toward the cost of fireworks, but needed another $9,000. Eventually, donations started trickling in.