6:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
We have always been proud that John Magnuson is godfather to our Beth. So we were all disappointed when he could not make it to her wedding to Ken Scheid last July. Disappointed, but not completely surprised. You see, John Magnuson has multiple sclerosis, a disease which inflicts unpredictable health upon its host. On wedding day, he wasn't feeling well enough to attend.
6:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
There are, in my opinion, many reasons to vote against Ohio's Issue 3, the Casino Gambling proposal. Here is one. The social costs will probably negate any tax income hoped for by the state. A study co-authored by Keith Schwer of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and casino gambling expert Bill Thompson states that "Problem gambling among Southern Nevadans has a social cost (for the state of Nevada) conservatively pegged at between $300 million to $450 million a year." And these estimates, the authors point out, include only Southern Nevadans, not the compulsive gamblers visiting from the other parts of the state. The costs to a state's social programs include such things as divorces and subsequent welfare payments, children's services and all social aspects and costs of a broken home. Also there is the effect on the workforce in missed work hours/days. Then there is the increased load on the criminal justice system: Thefts, drugs, robberies, prostitution, alcohol abuses and increased violence, including spousal and child abuse; this increased the need for larger police forces, fire departments and EMT personnel.
6:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
We encourage Norwalk School District voters to return Janet Broz to the Board on Election Day. Janet has 12 years experience in helping lead this outstanding district. She has served with distinction, all the while maintaining her enthusiasm and passion for the position. We are fortunate to have her commitment and urge voters to reward her with another term. Jeanne and Ken Leber Norwalk
6:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
I am writing to ask the citizens of the first ward to re-elect Scott Krichbaum to Norwalk City Council. During his first term as our first ward councilman, Scott has been very busy. In addition to attending the council meetings, he has addressed the various concerns of our first ward. People have called Scott to discuss a variety of issues. Scott has made neighborhood visits and has worked closely with the necessary departments at city hall to help resolve these concerns that have been brought to his attention. Scott has also served as a member of three council committees. Scott enjoys serving the city and first ward as our councilman. He is a good listener and will take the time to research and find answers to concerns that the citizens may have. Recently, Scott spent many hours researching various soccer complexes and speaking with employees from park & recreation departments around the area. Scott spent time canvassing the neighborhoods in the area of the proposed site to gather input from the residents. He spent that time so that he could cast an informed vote. Scott is willing to take the time to listen to the residents of the first ward. Amy Krichbaum
6:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
We would like to express our support for DeAnn McKillips in her bid for a seat on the Norwalk City School Board of Education. We believe that DeAnn is the sound choice on Election Day. She will bring a much needed new voice and a fresh perspective to the Board of Education. DeAnn offers us an opportunity to choose someone who has no personal agenda other than to promote the positive learning outcomes for the students in our school district. Her decisions will be based on fact and community input to ensure the best long-range success of our schools and of our children. We believe DeAnn McKillips will serve all citizens of The Norwalk City School District with dedication, honor, and distinction. Mary Kay and Stephen A. Cillo
6:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
The rating the Norwalk City Schools recently received is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of so many people. We have the best teachers, staff and school board members. One such member is Janet Broz. She has proven to be a strong board member with a positive attitude and a deep concern for the students. She is dedicated and has always been committed to do what is best for everyone to make sure that our school system continues to be "Excellent with Distinction." There are many reasons to be proud to live in this community, but at the top of our list of reasons is our excellent schools. We urge you to re-elect Janet Broz as a school board member so that Norwalk City Schools can continue that distinction. Don and Debi Helton Norwalk
6:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
I would like to encourage voters to re-elect Janet Broz to the Norwalk City School Board. Mrs. Broz has been a very successful board member during her 12 years on the school board. She takes accountability very seriously and dedicates herself to being a responsible steward of tax payer's dollars and a leader in public education. Janet has a vision of the high achievement and growth for all students. She has a record of voting at all times in the best interest of the children of the school district. Mrs. Broz is honest, informed, knowledgeable, and professional. These qualities are keys for any effective elected official. Throughout recent years the Norwalk City Schools have been in solid financial standing and have risen academically to this years State report card rating of "Excellent with Distinction." Janet Broz will continue to work to keep our finances in the line without compromising the educational success of our students. Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Tkach Norwalk
6:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
As the election season approaches, one of the matters Norwalk residents should consider is the so called "progressive" action council and the administration took regarding pit bulls (mix). Prior to this action there were multiple strictures on pit bulls and owners due to action by the state of Ohio general assembly and successive administrations. These strictures included: Confinement, liability insurance, warning signs, owner criminal sanctions and breed (mix) labeling. Despite these fine categories of restraint, pit bulls still managed to equal bite rate statistics of others breeds. Council cited this statistical equality as an indication that pit bulls are just another family dog for toddlers to play with.
6:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
In response to Dr. Secor on Dr. Prack on the health care Issue. This isn't a liberal issue any more than me being a conservative Republican and wanting health care to be as efficient and affordable as possible, for everyone. And it is going to make a Medicare public option type plan in competition with the health insurance industry to keep them honest. We know some of Congress is morally, financially and politically bankrupt and you think Congress and all these lobbyists are going to be for a health care or financial system that is in the best interests of Americans? These people make the Mafia look like pikers. The Mafia use to be in the insurance (protection) business. All you have to do is look at the financial meltdown/recession caused by corrupt financial institutions/credit default swaps/credit reporting agencies, etc. How come thousands of these people are not under indictment? Or has Congress decided this is OK to do business this way in this country? If it is, we are allowing super-capitalism to predator this country. There was a reason for anti-trust laws and the justice department. This country pays twice as much for health care with half the coverage as most major industrialized countries. This is terrible. Evidently Mr. Secor paid 60K to save his life. Glad you could afford it. A lot of people can't. Remember the lady screaming about not wanting public option, but don't touch my Medicare. Guess what. Paying FICA tax/Medicare, in your pay check is probably not any worse than paying house, car, or any other insurance. This is spreading the risk out as insurance companies do. Health care is the same dollar and cents/sense problem, if we can get the high administrative costs out of the system and deliver efficient health care by having competition. Thank you Dr. Prack for your personal knowledge of health care in other countries and what you believe is wrong with our current health care system.
6:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
Monroeville Local Schools' Superintendent David Stubblebine and Treasurer Elise Gray will be available from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday to answer taxpayer questions about the upcoming levy via phone. Citizens can call (419) 465-2610 and dial extension 502 during these hours. Questions can also be sent via Twitter to username mville_eagles, or via e-mail to dstubblebine@monroeville.k12.oh.us or egray@monroeville.k12.oh.us.
6:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
I am writing to strongly urge the citizens of Norwalk Township to not re-elect John Riley to the position of trustee. On July 9, at about 9 a.m., I heard something sounding like hail battering my house. Through the window I saw Riley operating a vehicle with a large mower deck on a moveable arm. He was cutting down my privacy hedges just feet from my house, so I rushed outside. By then he had butchered 200 feet of privets, to within inches of the ground. (They had been bout 12 feet high). He had also cut two small trees in half vertically. When I confronted him as to why he was doing this, he was rude, discourteous and threatened to come back later and cut down more. Through his reckless actions he caused $1,000 damage to my automobile and over $2,600 damage to my home and property. The flying debris created a hazard to my family and property and even broke a second-story window. This is in violation of the Ohio Revised Code, Section 5547.03, which requires five days notice must be given a property owner before any such actions can be taken. Besides violating the law, someone could have been severely injured; pointed branches and other debris covered our property and even our roof. Large pointed sticks were thrown over 45 fee from the road's edge. He left our property looking like a disaster area, as if a tornado had hit.
6:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County Sheriff's Office has forwarded its reports about the September bomb threat at South Central High School to Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler's office. Maj. Greg Englund said a 16-year-old Greenwich boy had been the primary suspect from the beginning of the investigation, which wrapped up earlier this week. He said investigators identified the suspect through obtained information, but declined to elaborate.
6:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com A connector road between Williams and Gallup avenues might never become a reality. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. "This is something that started a couple years ago," Mayor Sue Lesch said. "It was a project to help eliminate and ease safety concerns on 250 Milan Avenue."
6:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
Denise "Dee" M. Zeffiro-Krenisky is staying put. The Christie Lane's school chief was a finalist for a similar position in Stark County and had a second interview Wednesday. She pulled out of the race Friday.
6:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
It should be no surprise that Ace Frehley, nicknamed 'Space Ace' during his days with KISS, is a science fiction fan and a self-proclaimed 'computer guy.'
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
Jury selection was a slow process for half of the infamous "Dr. Phil couple" Tuesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Former Bank Street resident Megan R. Lillo, 22, is accused of being the getaway driver in the April 15 armed robbery at Kaiser Wells Pharmacy. Nine days later, a grand jury indicted her on complicity to aggravated robbery, complicity to robbery, possession of oxycodone, complicity to theft of drugs and conveying contraband into a detention facility.
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
"Fire in the hole!" Ashland County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Hillier yelled the phrase three times before the Ashland County Bomb Squad detonated a homemade pipe bomb Wednesday outside the Huron County Sheriff's Office.
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk woman was charged with driving under the influence after a rollover crash Wednesday on Whittlesey Road. Mimi L. Lee, 32, of 18 Cline St., also was charged with failure to control in the crash that happened at 4:08 p.m. in the 4800 block of Whittlesey Road. Trooper Joe Glascox, of the state Highway Patrol, said Lee was heading south when she went off the right and left sides of the road.
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Police Officer Janet Lichoff will be changing uniforms soon. Lichoff, 40, will be sworn in as a Huron County sheriff's deputy Monday. While she will be handling road patrol duties and responding to criminal complaints, her primary responsibility will be tracking down long-time deadbeat parents who are fugitives of justice.
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLARKSFIELD - The Blizzard of 1977 had just passed and people were stuck in their homes. If you didn't have basic items, such as milk, you had to do without unless Carl Gibson delivered some milk to your home. Gibson, of Clarksfield, got on his snowmobile and delivered milk to several area homes.
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
RIPLEY TWP. - A Willard driver was killed Thursday night after he failed to stop for an Old State Road stop sign at the Boughtonville Road intersection. Dustin York, 20, of 142 U.S. 224, was heading south on Old State Road before the collision with the 2000 GMC Sierra driven by Kyle Griffin, 23, of 314 Crestwood Drive, No. 32, Willard.