12:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - The village of Milan has figured out a creative way to beat the giant in its David vs. Goliath fight against the Ohio Department of Transportation. The village will give away some land. A bridge over Rattlesnake Creek on the edge of the village needs repairs that could cost $100,000. Even though U.S. 250 is a federal highway, state regulations make the village responsible for all repairs. When village officials discovered a problem almost a year ago, they reported it to ODOT and asked for help with repairs. ODOT told village officials they would fix it, but Milan would have to pay the entire bill.
12:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
TIFFIN - Although Andy Fries and Shawn Shriver played high school football within 10 miles of each other, the Norwalk and Western Reserve graduates, respectively, went against each other for the first Saturday night in an Ohio Athletic Conference game at Frost-Kalnow Stadium. Both, Fries, the left offensive tackle for Otterbein College, and Shriver, a safety for Heidelberg, faced off within 30 yards of each other all night as Otterbein captured a 52-14 win.
12:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
A company formed by Industrial Realty Group to buy the old Norwalk Furniture company has filed a lawsuit against Comerica Bank over the failed transaction. The lawsuit, filed in behalf of NFC Acquisition LLC, alleges that "certain insiders of Norwalk had engaged in a series of transactions and transfers of funds" that were wrong. Comerica Bank "knew or should have known" that those transactions were in violation of the loan documents between the furniture company and the bank, the suit reads.
12:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Good thing congress and the treasury handed out all these Wall Street bailouts in recent weeks. Otherwise, the stock market might have gone down and AIG executives might not have been able to go on their retreat. That's right, you, me and everyone who pays taxes to the U.S. government last weekend paid the expenses for AIG executives to enjoy a more than $400,000 week-long retreat at one of California's swankiest resorts. This was just a week after we bailed them out with $85 billion in taxpayer money.
12:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
More than 1,000 absentee ballots have already been mailed out from the Huron County elections board and the director said more than 1,500 others are waiting to be processed. Sharon Locke said 166 people have already cast ballots in the office at 180 Milan Ave. "Applications for absentee balloting are still coming in at the rate of about 200 a day. If they want it by mail, it has to be here by noon on Saturday, Nov. 1," she said. "We're predicting 5,000 (will vote absentee), but it may go higher."
12:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher returned to Norwalk on Monday to open the Transition Center, an extension of Huron County Job & Family Services at 28 E. Main St. to help displaced workers. The store, next to Flickinger Insurance in the uptown district, will be open for at least one year, said Mayor Sue Lesch. It is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday now and special events on evenings or weekends will be scheduled as needed.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Leaders from across the county met Friday afternoon to promote a new program to prevent substance abuse by young people - building assets. "Heroin is present in our county. I believe this program will help our younger people and prevent them from getting into heroin,' said Norwalk Police Chief Kevin Cashen. "(It will) help our children learn to make good decisions prior to getting into that culture.'
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - The hearing starting Wednesday morning between embattled Western Reserve Local Schools Superintendent Doug Solet and the school board will now be closed to the public. Both sides will present their information at 9 a.m. at the Wakeman St. Mary's parish hall. The hearing will be overseen by Mansfield attorney Victor Kademenos, who was appointed by the Ohio Department of Education.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk and St. Paul were the top seeds in their respective sectional tournaments as the volleyball draw took place Sunday. The Ladies in Blue, 12-8 overall, are the top seed at the Division II Norwalk site.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - Three Sandusky teens face alcohol and drug-related charges after an early morning traffic stop Saturday on U.S. 250. Milan Police Sgt. Bob Meister stopped the car after he noticed a license infraction from a 30-day tag in the window that fell and couldn't be seen about 1:45 a.m. Chief Jim Ward said the officer noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the 1996 Ford Contour that was heading north on U.S. 250 before the traffic stop.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
I have been smack in the middle of my comfort zone working at Norwalk Furniture these past many years. That's because I had such a great job: Director of Training. I would work with individuals who had purchased a Norwalk retail franchise and show them how to operate it. As they hired people to work in their stores, I would train them, too.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Senior Enrichment Services has invited all four candidates seeking the office of Huron County commissioner on the Nov. 4 general election ballot to participate in our public "Meet the Candidates Night" Oct. 21, at Senior Enrichment Services, 130 Shady Lane, Norwalk. All four candidates have responded positively to the invitation and will be present for the event.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
HIGHWAY PATROL Jason H. Loolen, 27, of 79 Pin Oaks Drive, Milan, was charged with failure to control Thursday after he lost control on a curve while heading north on Lovers Lane Road. His vehicle went off the right side, hit a guardrail and stopped in a ditch. Tara O. Horvath, 19, of 5810 U.S. 20, Lot, 30, Wakeman, was charged with failure to maintain assured clear distance Friday after she hit the rear of the stopped vehicle driven by Devin A. Stang, 37, of Sara Drive, on U.S. 20. That collision caused Stang's vehicle to push into the rear of the stopped vehicle driven by Suzanna M. Sidell, 43, of 6693 Zenobia Road, Wakeman, which went into the stopped vehicle driven by Cosmin C. Cozma, 19, of 11110 Gore Orphanage Road, Wakeman. Randy K. Baker, 37, of Shelby, was charged with failure to maintain assured clear distance Friday after he swerved to miss a vehicle ahead of him on Ohio 61 near the Ohio 598 intersection. His vehicle went off the right side and hit a utility pole.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Across the great state of Ohio efforts are being made on both sides of the political isle to ensure the future of our drinking water, protect our wildlife habitat and to create jobs to improve the quality of life for the citizens of our great state. This November, as voters, we have the opportunity to make sure that this legacy of preservation lives on. By voting YES on Issue 2 this November, we will renew the Clean Ohio Fund which will continue to protect Ohio's greatest natural resources. Adopted by voters in 2000, the Clean Ohio Fund has been instrumental in the conservation, preservation, and revitalization effort critical to protecting our future and vital to the new jobs stimulus package. Renewing the Clean Ohio Fund will not raise taxes; instead this initiative will be funded through the sale of bonds and existing state revenue. If passed, Issue 2 will provide $200 million for the revitalization of brownfield sites and help stimulate economic development so desperately needed in many of our local communities throughout the state of Ohio. Since 2000, the Clean Ohio program has funded the clean up of 173 industrial areas and have leveraged nearly $2.6 billion in private investment, while creating more than 14,750 new jobs.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
The City of Norwalk's Street Department will once again provide leaf collection services to residents this fall. In order to make this operation a success and to keep city crews on schedule, there are a few simple guidelines for residents to follow, which will ensure the safety of the public and city staff.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Dane Howard garnered nearly twice as many votes as his opponent, Jamey Bracken, in the race for Huron County sheriff, according to an unscientific online poll conducted by the Norwalk Reflector. The Reflector asked readers who gets their vote for sheriff, and 662 responded by choosing Howard, a Democrat and detective sergeant in the sheriff's office. Bracken, a Republican and captain in the sheriff's office, earned 328 votes. An additional 86 respondents selected the third option: "None I won't cast a vote in this race." While Howard may have prevailed in the online poll, the real winner in the race won't be declared until after the Nov. 4 general election.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
OCT. 7, 1933 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 75 years ago: G.H. Moehlman dance license heard today The controversy over the question of issuing a dance hall permit to G.H. Moehlman, proprietor of The Mansion, received a thorough airing when an action of mandamus filed by Moehlman came up before Judge Irving Carpenter in common pleas court this morning.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Here is a transcript of what Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said to defendant George E. Bivens during his sentence hearing Wednesday for trafficking in heroin: In looking at the factors considered in felony cases, the court finds that there are no factors that make this case either more or less serious than others similarly situated. As far as recidivism being more likely, the court would note that the defendant does have an extensive juvenile and adult criminal history. The defendant has not responded favorable to sanctions previously imposed as indicated by the numerous probation violations that he has had.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Clyde Hartley ignited Western Reserve's second-half comeback, rejuvenated the comeback, and then climaxed it with a conversion run for the winning points in a 29-28 win over Monroeville. The win was the second one-point victory in a row for the Roughriders, and one of many come-from-behind wins this season.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Dennis Stieber told fellow Democrats Thursday the Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton primary rivalry was good for the party. "I think if anything, it brought our party together," said Stieber, who served as master of ceremonies Thursday at the party's fall banquet at the Eagles Hall. "It shows our diversity and broad depth. I don't think it divided us. I think it brought us together."
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
How safe are school children in Huron County with 98 registered sex offenders, many specifically convicted of crimes against children, living in the county? A concerned reader called the Reflector to report that at least one bus from Norwalk City Schools with elementary-aged children lets children off very close to a sex offender's house each day. "Parents should be told," the reader said.