6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Eleven-year-old Spencer Lacy wants to be a professional drag racer. It doesn't hurt that he just added a championship to his accomplishments as a junior dragster. Lacy, a New London Middle School sixth-grader, recently became champion of the junior Superstock class of Dragway 42 in West Salem.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Did you know? Have you heard? Angel Food Ministries helps you save money on groceries! For the past 15 years, Angel Food has been helping people save money on their food bill and not by giving handouts. Instead, they buy healthy food items in bulk and make them available to people for a reduced price up to 50 percent.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
PLYMOUTH - One of the four soldiers charged with harassing U.S. Army Pvt. Keiffer P. Wilhelm before he committed suicide will be testifying against two higher-ranking officers. Specialist Daniel Weber, 24, of Frankenmuth, Mich. "has opted and was granted a administrative chapter 10. He will have to testify against (Enoch) Chatman and (Bob) Clements to receive a less-than-honorable discharge," said Wilhelm's father, Shane.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Catholic School will hold its annual Spirit Day Wednesday. Students in grades kindergarten through 12, along with parents and friends, will begin the annual celebration at 9:15 a.m. with Mass in the Father Harvey Keller gymnasium in the St. Paul Convocation Center. Mass will be followed by the Spirit Day Assembly featuring guest speaker, the Rev. Eric Schild. Finally, parents and friends are invited to stay and join their children for lunch. This year, elementary students will eat lunch at Whitney Field as they will participate in the PTO sponsored Walk-a-Thon during the afternoon. Schild is a 1998 SPH alumni. He was ordained a priest in 2007 and currently is serving as associate pastor at St. Wendelin parish in Fremont. Schild said he is excited about returning to his alma mater and speaking to the students. He is a powerful spokesperson for Catholic education, saying, "Since kindergarten, my thoughts, feelings and actions have been shaped by Catholic education. "In choosing to send me to St. Paul and making the sacrifices that they did, my parents passed on the gift of our Catholic faith which has led me to the priesthood."
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Temple and Central Michigan sit atop the Mid-American Conference's East and West divisions with a 3-0 conference mark respectfully. (NOTE - To download a release featuring standings, facts and figures related to MAC football, click here.)
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Difficult economic times did not stop organizers and volunteers from putting on the 13th annual Fall Fun Fest. And their efforts were well received. The event, which took place Saturday amid favorable weather at the Huron County Fairgrounds, drew a sizable crowd, including scores of children under age 10.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - The state's top education official has recognized Central Elementary School as a "School of Promise" for the 2008-09 school year. It is one of 134 schools in the state to receive recognition from State Superintendent Deborah DeLisle. Meanwhile, Willard High School received a certificate for achieving an "Excellent" rating two of the past three years.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com All four of the candidates seeking the three positions on the Norwalk City Schools board of education cite finances as one of the top concerns facing the district. Steve Linder and DeAnn McKillips are challenging incumbents Janet Broz and Rob Ludwig. Broz has been on the school board for 12 years while Ludwig joined five years ago. "I believe the most important issues facing the Norwalk City Schools are balancing our finances and not compromising our educational success. In recent years, we have done an excellent job of managing our finances, but there are new challenges we must face with the recent passing of House Bill 1 as well as the current economic conditions of our community and state," Broz said.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Compare it to a storm that keeps gaining strength. "People have kept talking to me about it up until the last five minutes," Huron County Commissioner Gary Bauer said Thursday. What Bauer is referring to are the recent property value assessments mailed out by the Huron County auditor's office.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOUISVILLE Lauren Ott and Macie Ott, both of Norwalk, have entered market lambs in the Sheep Market Lamb division of the 36th annual North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE). Caleigh Ott, also of Norwalk, has entered a market steer in the Beef division. The NAILE is recognized as the world's largest purebred livestock show with more than 22,000 entries and nearly $700,000 in prizes and awards. Scheduled for Nov. 7 to 20, the event takes place at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Jason Sparks will be forever remembered as a hero in the Monroeville community. This rings true especially this week as many Eagles from across the area and nation will converge on the village for homecoming. Sparks, the son of Scott and Lisa Sparks, was killed in Iraq in 2004 while serving in the U.S. Army.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
NORTH FAIRFIELD - Don't ask Jody Chaffee to make homemade lasagna. "As an Italian, I should be able to make lasagna, but I fail every time. … I'm terrible,' said the homemaker whose great-grandparents moved to the United States from Italy between 1900 and 1910.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - The churches of Huron County are joining forces to benefit Habitat for Humanity. The fundraiser, which will be hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church, 121 Broad St., Monroeville, will take place from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
OCT. 19, 1934 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 75 years ago: Death calls M.T. Doane at age of 60 When death came to Manny T. Doane, 60, at his home in Hartland last night, the county was deprived of one of its most cherished citizens and many lost a beloved and highly-prized friend.
6:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Editor's note: This is the next installment in a series of stories provided by Norwalk Economic Development Corporation Director Ellen Heinz, along with Main Street Program Manager Kristie Wert. Maple City Rubber was founded in 1915 as the "Red Cross Rubber Company" by Claude Martin Sr. and Charles H. Switzer at its present location. At the outset of World War I, the company was asked to change its name and hence became "Maple City Rubber Company." The two owners worked in the factory as well as the office as they built the company. During "The Great Depression" the company struggled, but was able to stay open even as many other factories were closing. After the start of World War II, balloon manufacturing at the Maple City Rubber Company ceased and all production was directed to the war effort by manufacturing football bladders, battery covers, gun gussets and other necessary items.
6:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com WAKEMAN Leroy Stober is challenging four incumbents for one of four seats on Wakeman Council. Stober is a former six-year council member and has served 20 years on the county Board of Elections. He has also been on the Veterans Service Commission for almost 10 years. Stober said he feels the village needs to be more financially conservative. He also wants village officials to get more involved with groups such as the Huron County Development Council to promote the area.
6:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
Steven J. Rodvold faces one charge each of murder and aggravated murder in connection with shooting his 51-year-old father to death Sept. 17 after being indicted Wednesday. Speaking in general terms, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said the difference between the two charges is aggravated murder, as defined by the Ohio Revised Code, "requires prior calculation and design." Woodruff said it's similar to the concept of premeditated murder.
6:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
GROTON TOWNSHIP A two-vehicle injury crash in this township remains under investigation by the Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol. The two drivers, Gus Secor, 48, of Willard, and Roy Gardner, 56, of Huron, reported being injured, but both men refused treatment at the scene of the Thursday evening crash at the intersection of Ohio 99 and Harris Road. A LifeFlight helicopter transported Secor's passenger, Rich Elmlinger, 70, of Willard, to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo with serious injuries. A hospital spokeswoman said Elmlinger was in fair condition Friday night, an upgrade from when the patrol determined he was in stable condition Thursday. Gardner, who was eastbound on Harris Road, failed to yield from the Ohio 99 stop sign and was hit by Secor, who was heading south on Ohio 99, troopers said. Both vehicles stopped off the southwest corner of the intersection.
6:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
new@norwalkreflector.com NEW LONDON Voters will select four council members Nov. 3 from among seven candidates. Four of these, Stuart Cooke, Laura Davidson, John Martin and Janice Myers are incumbents finishing their first term. Cooke has been in business for himself for more than 30 years. He said with a background in the construction industry, he feels he has the experience and knowledge necessary to be a useful council member. Cooke said he believes the next four years are going to be even tougher than the past four because costs are going up for every village department. He said he wants to see the Prospect Street bridge project completed, as well as storm sewer improvements.
6:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Miss Flame. The title might conjure up the image of a fire-breathing villianess out to spread the choking fumes of smoke, engulfing structures and lungs. But Miss Flame's task is heroic and it isn't a job that requires the abilities of someone with superpowers. The Willard Fire Department named Ashley Chandler its 2009 Miss Flame after a brief ceremony Wednesday honoring National Fire Prevention Week.
6:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND The 2009-2010 Cavalier Girls Calendar is almost ready to hit the stands, but before this 16-page pictorial goes to print, there's one more shot that needs to be chosen. Fans can visit cavs.com now through Oct. to vote for Katie, Cassandra or Toni as their pick to be the cover girl that will be the face of one of the hottest selling items in the Cavaliers Team Shop. Cassandra is a 2006 Norwalk High School graduate. Fans who vote will automatically be registered to win a grand prize that includes tickets to a Cavaliers game and a meet and greet with the Cavalier Girls. Every fan who votes will automatically be entered to win: