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By ASHLEY BETHARD ashley@funcoast.com SANDUSKY Forget the Oscars. Why fixate on the unrealistic world of Hollywood when you've got some of the best food, drinks and businesses in our own backyard? Who decides? You do! For Funcoast, knowing where to grab the juiciest hamburger, down the best margarita or dig into the best breakfast in town is a little more important than knowing who went home with a statuette.
7:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland trip to New Horizons Baking Company in Norwalk to announce Ohio Department of Development's Targeting Energy Efficiency grant award recipients was a special stop. Strickland announced that the New Horizons Baking Company's Targeting Industry Efficiency grant application was awarded $1 million one of the largest awards received by any Ohio company.
7:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
"At Last" was one of the songs featured at the Miss Maple City 2010 Scholarship pageant Saturday night. While Marisa Buchheit wasn't the young lady who sang it, she can now proudly proclaim the two words of the song's title: The 20-year-old Cleveland Institute of Music student was crowned Miss Maple City Saturday night the third year in a row that she has competed in the local scholarship pageant.
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Mother Nature put the brakes on Tuesday night's Norwalk city council meeting. Another 4 inches of snow fell on the Norwalk area Tuesday, canceling schools and bringing just about everything to a halt.
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WILLARD - A rural Willard man was released on bond Sunday from the Huron County Jail in connection with breaking into cars in the city. Willard Police Officer Chris Williamson and Detective Adam Strong were patrolling the 500 block of Dale Avenue about 3:15 a.m. when they found John W. Hargrove, 18, of 4319 Willard West Road, breaking into various vehicles, Chief Joe Daniel said.
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WILLARD - A Willard man with previous drug convictions is out on bond after being caught with about a quarter pound of marijuana Friday. Marion Lindsey Jr., 25, of 2805 Ohio 162, was released late Monday afternoon from the Huron County Jail after posting 10 percent of a $5,000 bond on trafficking in marijuana. He was arrested after a Neal Zick Road incident about 9:45 p.m. Friday when Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard and Special Deputy John Harris were checking the road conditions in New Haven Township.
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It has been called "One of the most life-changing school programs in America" and it is coming to Norwalk High School on Thursday. The program's basis is the kindness and compassion and material in the six diaries of 17-year-old Columbine High School student Rachel Scott, the first person killed at the school on April 20, 1999.
7:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
Tell the world how you feel when you print your Valentine's Day greeting in the special Love Lines edition of the Reflector classifieds on Feb. 13. The cost is only $1.50 per line, with a minimum of two lines. Isn't your Sweetie worth at least $3?
7:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
Who will be the next Firelands Idols? There are 21 individuals left in Towne and Country Players' Firelands Idol competition.
7:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's greenhouse time at Pleasant Elementary. Principal Janice Smith and fourth-grade science teacher Tricia Selka shared their excitement about receiving a $3,700 science grant through Fisher-Titus Medical Center with the school board Wednesday. Smith said there will be Earth Day activities April 22 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the two greenhouses, purchased through eco-gardening.com, that day at 1:30 p.m.
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TOKYO (MCT) - Honda Motor Co. said today in Asia that it is further expanding a massive recall of 2001 and 2002 models to include more than 900,000 vehicles worldwide, due to lingering concerns about malfunctioning airbags. Over a year ago, Honda announced a plan to recall fewer than 4,000 Accord and Civic models from model year 2001 in the U.S. to replace the driver's side airbag inflator. At the time, the company cited four instances where airbag deployments had ruptured airbag inflators.
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It's time to fight back. It's time for the American car companies to get up off the mat and get back on their feet. They've taken a number of punches and were almost down for the count. Now it's Toyota that's down. It's time for The Big 3 Chrysler, Ford and General Motors to take advantage of the situation. In January 2009, the government used $24.9 billion of the $700 billion bailout fund for the Big 3 auto companies:
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MILAN The 49th Annual Milan Chamber of Commerce Appreciation Dinner and Awards Program took place on Tuesday. The program purpose was to celebrate the continued progress and success of the Milan community and to recognize those businesses and individuals that contribute toward making Milan a great place to live, raise your family and conduct business. This year, the chamber presented four major achievement awards for Outstanding Youth Service, Business of the Year, Organization of the Year and Citizen of the Year in recognition of their Outstanding Community Service. The Youth Service Award went to Edison High School graduate Zachary Rospert, 19. The award is intended to recognize an individual who demonstrates outstanding involvement in activities benefiting the youth in our community.
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2009 was a financially stressful year for Huron County citizens and for our county offices. The area's high unemployment and poor economic conditions placed huge burdens on the families of our county. Foreclosures represented a record high, 34 percent, of the total new cases filed in the Common Pleas Court. Action on tax liens and garnishments also multiplied. Due to emergent county fiscal concerns, on September 1, 2009, the Court of Common Pleas and the Clerk of Courts office joined many other Huron County offices in closing at noon on Fridays. The Clerk of Courts, Susan Hazel, joined her staff in taking a voluntary reduction in salary. The conservative actions helped allow the county to finish 2009 with a better-than-expected year-end balance. As a cost-saving measure, the title staffing was again reduced at the end of August by not replacing a retiring employee. (A 30% reduction in staff within 3 years.) Despite cuts, the Title office continued to serve the public Monday through Friday 8:00 to 4:30 and 8:00 to noon on Saturdays. In order to improve efficiency, the Willard branch hours were shifted to Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-11 / noon to 4:30. Unchanged since 1993, legislated title fee adjustments went into effect the first of July. In a nation-wide comparison, ohio's same-day title service continues to provide outstanding service at an affordable cost. The needed fee adjustments enabled each of ohio's 88 counties to continue to have a self-sufficient title office.
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By SHARI ROAN Los Angeles Times (MCT) After years of research, professional infighting and maneuvering from various interest groups, the nation's psychiatrists on Tuesday unveiled proposed changes to the manual used to diagnose and treat mental disorders around the world. The draft document, released by the American Psychiatric Association, for the first time calls for binge eating and gambling to be considered disorders, opening the way for insurance coverage of these problems. But it refrains from suggesting a formal diagnosis for obesity, Internet addiction or sex addiction, as some professionals had proposed.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard has downgraded the snow emergency to a Level 1. A Level 1 means that roadways (townships and county, mainly secondary) are hazardous with the possibility of blowing and drifting snow. Roads are icy, and drivers should use caution, if they chose to drive in these conditions, Howard said.
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At 2:45 p.m. today, Sheriff Dane Howard issued a Level 2 snow emergency for all of Huron County until further notice. He had issued a Level 1 around 10 a.m. today.
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A Bellevue man was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for his role in assaulting a 21-year-old mentally disabled man. Joseph M. Hebert, 19, of 120 Orchard St., and his accused accomplice, Andrew R. Ohler, 26, of 349 N. Buckeye St., Bellevue, reportedly beat the male victim who sustained a brain contusion, facial swelling and deep bruising, authorities said.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
NASHVILLE (MCT) - The National Tea Party Convention may go down as a seminal event in the tea party movement ... or maybe just a seminal event in former Alaska governor's Sarah Palin political future. Palin left Nashville the Belle of the Ball (if you missed her speech, it's on YouTube) at the National Tea Party Convention.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
Applause rang out at New Horizons Baking Company in Norwalk Monday and a humility-filled company CEO Tim Brown said he was "bubbling." The occasion: Gov. Ted Strickland had just announced the company will receive $1 million to install new efficient bake ovens expected to increase energy efficiency at the company by 25 percent and help to retain the 161 existing jobs.
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A Norwalk man has been arrested in connection with having sexual conduct with a 13-year-old girl. Colonel G. Willis Jr., 49, of 55 State St., currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail on a charge of sexual battery. The third-degree felony is punishable by one to five years in prison and a $10,000 maximum fine.