10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
It's a whole new world out there and we've found a whole new way to get into trouble. Four disturbing stories have popped up recently. What people are doing is nothing new. How they are getting caught is another story.
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
Rep. Matthew Barrett, whose computer displayed an image of a topless woman during a presentation to a Norwalk High School social studies class, has resigned. The image was projected after Barrett, a Democrat from Amherst, inserted a data memory stick into the computer for an Oct. 2 lecture on how a bill becomes a law. He was speaking to a U.S. government class of about 20 seniors at NHS.
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
A Norwalk man was charged with felonious assault early this morning in connection with stabbing his girlfriend. Sheriff's deputies arrested Randall R. Fearing, 31, of 117A N. West St., at an Ohio 162, Willard, home about 1:05 a.m. without incident. He also was arrested on four Norwalk Municipal Court contempt of court warrants on the original charges of aggravated menacing, carrying a concealed weapon and persistent disorderly conduct.
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
GREENWICH - Police found nine marijuana plants and various drug paraphernalia when using a search warrant last Tuesday at a Kniffin Street apartment. On April 21, officers looked through discarded trash on the curb for stolen property near the home when they found suspected marijuana plants, Greenwich Police Chief Steve Dorsey said. The chief said police suspect someone from the same apartment complex stole a woman's purse the previous day.
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
The state and local Democratic party members are working day and night to find a replacement for Matt Barrett. Barrett, a Democrat from Amherst, was the 58th district state representative until last Thursday when he admitted a photo shown to a Norwalk High School civics class last October was of a woman he knew in the district. Barrett had told authorities in October the picture shown to the class during the PowerPoint presentation was placed on the computer by his son.
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
A Willard man has been convicted of selling cocaine and now faces a prison term of up to 18 months and a $5,000 maximum fine. The Huron County Common Pleas Court jury returned its verdict this afternoon in the trial for Martin Garcia, 37, formerly of 185 W. Main St., Norwalk but now of Willard.
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
The community will gather at 6:30 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church for the annual National Day of Prayer. The event will begin with breakfast at 6:30 in the fellowship hall, followed by a 7 a.m. prayer service, making it possible for everyone to be at work at 8. The guest speaker will be Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch.
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
Life has been a little slow this year for local mushroom hunters. It's been unusually cold with few warm spells, and extremely wet, more so than normal. I've heard of one or two people finding a few black morels, which is a feat anytime since they're small and hard to see, and by now surely someone has stumbled over a few gray ones. But the big yellows are likely a week or two in the future, and those are the ones we hurry out to seek each year. Large, dark gold, succulent fungi that taste better than anything I've yet found in a supermarket, and given a warm rain and a couple of following warm days, they'll soon be popping up in woodlots all over the area. There have been plenty of articles written about how to find morels, and I've written a few myself. But what do you do after than onion sack is filled with tasty morels? Lots of things. When you get the fungi home, the first step is to slice them lengthwise and soak the lot in light salt water for half an hour or so to dislodge any tiny insects that have made a home inside. Then rinse them well, set some aside for immediate use, and freeze the others. One top way to freeze mushrooms is to fill a half gallon milk carton with them, add water and freeze. "There's no freezer burn this way." I was told by one old timer. "I've kept them for two years in cartons and had them taste fresh when I thawed them out."
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
Area residents have varied plans for spending their tax incentives saving, spending on upcoming bills and helping others. Dale Bristol, 66, of Norwalk, said he's semi-retired. "Mine will just go into savings," he said. His wife, Anna, 60, plans on giving her payment to her sister, who didn't qualify for a tax rebate because she is considered low-income.
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
Both Norwalk Furniture and the city of Norwalk are looking for ways to both keep and expand jobs here. Norwalk Furniture announced in a press release that it is streamlining operations and will shift jobs from North Carolina to Norwalk and company plants in Livingston, Tenn. and Fulton, Miss.
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
If someone needed to contact Lori Carpenter, even if it was at an odd hour, they had permission to call her cell phone. Even on her days off, she would come in to do her work, which involved helping youngsters explore career options and succeed in life. Carpenter, 39, who died early Saturday, was "full of energy, spunk, friendly, outgoing and everybody was her friend," said Sandy Meinen, who worked with Carpenter since 2000.
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
APRIL 28, 1943 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 65 years ago: Terrific tornado almost wipes out Hartland Center Swinging down from a bank of fast moving black clouds, a grayish tornado funnel last evening hit Hartland Center with such terrific force that the following buildings were destroyed: community house, Squire's general store, the Methodist church and three school houses. All were frame buildings.
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
SANDUSKY Hermes Vineyards in Sandusky has announced its entertainment lineup for May and June. The following is the schedule of acts at the winery, which is devoted to growing exclusively vinifera varieties: Friday, May 2 Dan & John Saturday, May 3 Moon Dogs
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Norwalk Catholic School Elementary Principal Valerie French spent an interesting hour Friday she was on the roof of the building waving to students entering and leaving the cafeteria. Lauren Ott, 10, the daughter of Jeanette and Jude Ott, joined French on the roof because she earned the honor of principal of the day for earning 1,000 points in the Accelerated Reading program. The two were "banished" to the roof because the students at the elementary school surpassed French's challenge to read 1,000 books in two weeks.
10:21 PM Jul 25, 2010
HIGHWAY PATROL No citation was issued Wednesday after Leroy E. Seigfreid, 73, of 1327 Holiday Island Trail, Willard, hit a concrete block in the road while heading west on U.S. 224.
10:20 PM Jul 25, 2010
Roast former State Rep. Matt Barrett, who resigned Thursday. Barrett, whose computer displayed an image of a topless woman during a presentation to a Norwalk High School social studies class, quit about three-quarters into his first two-year term. It originally was blamed on Barrett's teenage son and called a family matter. Last week, however, it was revealed Barrett knew the woman in the picture. That in itself is bad enough, but to blame your son is shameful. Toast President Bush and Gov. Ted Strickland for declaring 17 counties in Ohio eligible for emergency funds for costs related to snow removal during the "Blizzard of '08," The money will help counties, townships and municipalities that expended far more than the usual budgeted amounts during this past winter for snowplowing, equipment use and hauling snow away and will help get those salt piles restocked for (dare we say it) NEXT winter.
10:20 PM Jul 25, 2010
Lila Lewis, Ike Ferres' daughter, came up to me in the supermarket with tears in her eyes the other day. "I just wondered if you knew," she said. "Ike's really bad."
10:20 PM Jul 25, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Denise Romell is proud that the company she works for, Creative Memories, has donated $10,000 of scrapbooking materials to a family featured on the ABC show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." In her own little corner of the world in Milan, she also tries to help out others when she can. Romell is an independent consultant for Creative Memories, a company that sells photo-safe albums and accessories, tools for creating traditional and digital memory books, photo organizers and home dcor items such as wall displays and frames.
10:20 PM Jul 25, 2010
May is stacking up to be a busy one for the chamber and we invite you to take part in as much as possible. Ladies will be heading to Eagle Creek for lessons every Tuesday evening, the Employer's Practices Committee will sponsor a seminar on Job Site Analysis and Hiring Practices on the 8th, our spring fling at Green Hills is May 14th, U.S. Rep. Robert Latta will pay us a visit for a Legislative Round Table on the 16th and our Member Appreciation Breakfast is on the 22nd. All of the times and locations are on the Web calendar,www.norwalkareachamber.com, or contact the office for more details. On April 15th, lots of chamber members made their way to ACC for our 4th annual Tax Day Business After Hours. Thanks to ACC for their hospitality and door prizes, Mid-Ohio Wines for their ever popular wine tasting and to Shipley's Office Supplies for their door prizes. If you are a chamber member and have not taken advantage of our After Hours events, you really should check them out. These are relaxed, casual events designed to allow members the opportunity to introduce themselves to one another, and do a little networking without the pressure. These can be real business builders and we invite you to join in. We're planning another one for mid-summer so watch the newsletter for details.
10:20 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Monroeville Police Department, in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, will again present "Hooked on Fishing - Not On Drugs." The event will be held beginning at 9 a.m. May 3 at Marsh Field in Monroeville. The rain date is May 4. This is a Monroeville Community event and residents of the area are invited to participate. There will be prizes awarded for different categories, including the smallest fish, largest fish and most fish caught. Monroeville Police and village officials will be grilling hot dogs and burgers for all participants, as well as assisting youngsters with baiting hooks and "reeling in the big ones."
10:20 PM Jul 25, 2010
COLUMBUS Democrats in the Ohio House of Representatives stood united in voting for an agreement on energy legislation that protects consumers from skyrocketing prices and positions Ohio for prosperity in the future. "I invested a lot of time and effort to make sure this was the right bill for my district," said State Rep. Matt Barrett (D-Amherst). "Avoiding rate spikes for consumers is a huge key. In the 58th House District, we also have an incredible opportunity to build the renewable energy industry. Lorain County is well-situated to manufacture wind turbines, and the western portion of the district is a prime location for installing them to harvest the wind and create energy. It is a winner all across the district." House Democrats partnered with Gov. Ted Strickland to forge legislation that does the following: * Protects consumers and potential business investors from electric rate spikes by prohibiting utilities from collecting "excessive earnings."