9:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Not even a tornado warning could stop Norwalk city council from meeting Tuesday night. And the topic for the majority of the meeting was the pending solid waste agreement between Norwalk and Huron County. After all was said and done Tuesday, council recommended that Mayor Sue Lesch send a letter to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency stating the city would not sign off on the plan as currently presented.
9:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk councilman Dwight Tkach stopped by to talk trash Tuesday morning with the Huron County commissioners. "Where are we on all this?" Tkach asked the board about the pending solid waste agreement between the city and the county. Commissioner Mike Adelman told Tkach that Pete Welch, solid waste district coordinator, currently was putting together a summary of where the county stands regarding all solid waste costs and issues. Welch's report should be ready today.
9:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Much has been said and written the last month or so about the elimination of spring and fall trash pickups in Norwalk. That's what I love about this town. Thankfully, we don't have a lot of crime or corruption. Turn on the Cleveland news and all you get is one bad guy after another heading into court. Bad guys. Bad politicians. And if the Cavs don't pick it up starting tonight, more bad sports. In Norwalk, we spend most of our time worrying about parking, courthouse clocks, outdoor furnaces, stray cats, new sidewalks, shoveling sidewalks and adult arcades, just to name a few. That's why I like Norwalk. That's why I chose to stay here and raise my family.
9:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
By TERRY BOOSE As your state representative, I have received countless phone calls, e-mails and letters from our neighbors in the 58th Ohio House District expressing concern over Ohio's economy and the legislature's efforts to improve it. I assure you that I share your deep concern about our state's long-term viability as more and more jobs hemorrhage from our borders and I continue to seek solutions to the issues that matter most to you and your family. In April 2009, Ohio's unemployment rate jumped to 10.2 percent, the highest unemployment rate our state has seen since 1985. Now one year later, unemployment is at 11 percent and remains consistently higher than the national average. The families in our community cannot afford another 12 months of double-digit unemployment and as lawmakers we have an obligation to work to improve the quality of life in Ohio. However, House Democrats seem to continue their trail of broken promises. They have used temporary fixes such as raising taxes and relying on federal stimulus money in response to deepening problems, which has created an $8 billion deficit in the next budget.
9:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - A letter from Willard City Schools Superintendent Dave Danhoff placed in Melonie Adelman's file accuses the district cafeteria supervisor of "unethical and illegal actions" Danhoff, in the letter, further states Adelman "acted in a manner that can only be defined as gross inefficiency, dishonesty, incompetency, neglect of duty, misfeasance, malfeasance and nonfeasance' as the food service supervisor.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - Agents with the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) arrested 51 individuals during Palmer Fest, a street festival in Athens, home to Ohio University. These arrests, which took place Saturday, are in addition to arrests by the City of Athens Police.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
While Huron County was lucky in avoiding the wrath of Mother Nature this weekend, Erie County didn't fare nearly as well. There were multiple downed trees on Ohio 101 in Margaretta Township between Ohio 2 and the Sandusky city limits. Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth called it the "biggest problem area" in the unincorporated area of the county.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - The recent passage of a renewal levy isn't the only cause for celebration within the Willard City Schools. Penmanship is another. Greenfield Elementary fifth-grader Raeanna Ramos won her grade level's national award in the Zaner-Bloser handwriting contest while Central Elementary second- grader Juan Olvera captured the county and state awards among his peers. Ramos won $250 for her feat while Olvera received a letter of congratulations from State Rep. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk).
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said he expects jury selection in the murder case against defendant Steven Rodvold to last "at least more than one day." Huron County Common Pleas Court Administrator Linda Stower said about 60 total potential jurors will be interviewed privately by Leffler and Ohio Assistant Public Defender William Mooney today. Half of the group will show up this morning and the second is set up for this afternoon.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
It wasn't mother's intuition that told Rosalie Gottwald her son was dead. A telephone call she received in November 2008 did it.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
A benefit pasta dinner for a local 8-year-old boy suffering from a condition that delays motor and language skills is scheduled for 2 p.m. May 29 at 11 S. Prospect Ave. Jason Laughlin Jr., a second-grader at Maplehurst Elementary School, gets around in his power wheelchair and uses a Vanguard talker to communicate. Laughlin was diagnosed with polymicrogyria at 8 months old. He is receiving therapy at United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland (UCP). Laughlin is in need of a surgical procedure called "percutaneous lengthening," which will allow him to stand and possibly walk, skills that he has lost due to tightening and irregular growth of his legs.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Federal investigators continue to look for the original source of contaminated lettuce sold by an Ohio company and linked to the outbreak of E. coli 0145 that has sickened at least 20 people in Columbus, Michigan and New York. Freshway Foods of Sidney issued a recall of products containing romaine lettuce yesterday. The recall does not apply to bagged or unpackaged lettuce sold in grocery stores, according to the company, which sells a variety of pre-cut fruits and vegetables and salad mixes.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
A man imprisioned for a drug crime in Willard might be freed, thanks to an appeals court. The 6th District Court of Appeals ruled Huron County prosecutors committed hearsay violations during the trial for Damone L. Kirk, 27, of Akron, in January. He was convicted of possessing crack cocaine.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON - It's all in the timing. And as far as Lesley Ruszkowski is concerned, the timing Friday night was just about perfect. It could have been better, she said, but it could have been much worse. Just moments after the graduation ceremony at Bowling Green State University Firelands wrapped up, the season's first big Spring storm rolled through the area.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Lena Horne, the silky-voiced singing legend who shattered Hollywood stereotypes of African Americans on screen in the 1940s as a symbol of glamour whose signature song was "Stormy Weather," died Sunday. She was 92 Horne died at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, a spokeswoman said. No cause of death was given.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk City Schools could be going back to the voters in November. The school board authorized treasurer Kenneth France to contact the district's law firm to write up ballot language for a renewal permanent improvement levy. The 3-mill tax generates $442,650 per year and expires Dec. 31, 2011. "It's no new taxes. ... So far, the board hasn't decided to put it on the November ballot," Superintendent Dennis Doughty said after Monday's meeting. "People don't want new taxes; we know that."
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city council members are expected to continue the solid waste agreement discussion at tonight's work session. Presently, the city of Norwalk and Huron County are trying to hammer out a new five-year solid waste agreement.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Huron County grand jury today indicted six people, including the teen accused of setting a fire at Willard High School. Brandon Lewis, 19, of 515 W. Emerald St., Willard, was indicted on charges of aggravated arson and vandalism. He was arrested April 15, the day after a fire was set intentionally in a second-floor boy's bathroom in the 200 wing of the high school. The fire caused extensive soot and smoke damage.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Her childhood wasn't so much stolen as it was sold. And in a courtroom Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo., a young woman who, beginning at age 12, was trained and used as a sexual dominatrix gave an impassioned accounting of her torment.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
It appears Huron County escaped Mother Nature's wrath again Tuesday. Though tornado sirens were blaring twice within the city of Norwalk Tuesday evening, no real reports of any major damage have surfaced within Norwalk or around the county.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch has drawn a line in the sand when it comes to the solid waste agreement currently being hashed out between the city and Huron County. The agreement, which ultimately needs presented to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, requires Norwalk's approval since it is the largest municipality in the county.