6:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
By many standards (at least mine), David Stubblebine is just a kid. But even at 38, the Monroeville Local Schools superintendent knows times are a changin'. It's been a good month for the Monroeville schools. Earlier, voters passed an income tax levy that will help fund the school and keep it competitive with other districts. Last week elementary teachers Robin Sweet and Brandi Goodwin showed off the new interactive whiteboards at the school, made possible by a $10,000 gift from the PTO. The elementary schools are "wired," and Stubblebine said everybody is buying into the changes.
6:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - It's going to take a lot of hard work, but the Monroeville community is sure of one thing the Jason Sparks Memorial Field at Clark Park will become a reality. Sparks, the son of Scott and Lori Sparks of Monroeville, was killed in Iraq in 2004 while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
6:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
A class of Main Street School fifth-graders impressed local accountant Phil Chester. "Boy, you guys have studied your words," he told them Monday.
6:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Advanced Computer Connections (ACC) has re-enrolled as a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. That means the company has demonstrated its expertise with Microsoft Technologies. ACC also has proven its ability to satisfy the needs of its customers. As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, ACC represents the highest level of competence and expertise with Microsoft technologies. Gold Partners have the closest working relationship with Microsoft. "I would like to thank our staff for their dedication and our clients who have endorsed us for this certification," said Denao Ruttino, CEO of Advanced Computer Connections. "In addition to demonstrating technical competence, this Gold Partner Certification requires customer references and a high level of customer satisfaction based on surveys.
6:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE The Monroeville Football Alumni Association will hold a Black Friday Texas Hold 'Em Tournament at noon Friday at the Monroeville American Legion. There will be 10 prize pay outs, with a grand prize for $1,200. The event will feature food and refreshments, side games and raffles. Only 125 seats are available. A $50 pre-registration is required. There will be a one time $25 buy back or extra chips in the first hour.
6:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
PLYMOUTH - Police continue to search for a Plymouth driver and his two passengers who ran from a high-speed pursuit-related crash Tuesday night. Brandon M. Kennard, 29, of 397 Plymouth St., is accused of being the driver who sped away from the oncoming cruiser driven by Plymouth Police Officer Reggie Ganzhorn on Portner Street. The chase covered 6.6 miles and ended with Kennard losing control at the intersection of Plymouth East and New State roads before he crashed in a Huron County soybean field.
6:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Village police are interviewing suspects about a burglary in which the culprits stole "a significant amount of money,' New London Police Chief Michael Marko said. "The people were out of town. They were out of town since Thursday,' the chief said. "There actually was a safe missing from the house.'
6:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Sarah Camp and Kay Kropp have a special friendship. But neither of them knew exactly what to do when the other was faced with a serious life challenge.
6:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Shop local. That's the theme heading into Black Friday. "Really, a lot of our stores started Black Friday two weeks ago, which was smart on their part," said Melissa James, executive director of the Norwalk-Huron County Chamber of Commerce.
6:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON - Monroeville won the 25th annual BGSU Firelands Academic Tournament Saturday morning. It was Monroeville's first win in the annual one-day event. Monroeville finished first based on its 194 total points. St. Paul was second with 185 points and Perkins was third with 171 points.
6:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
RAVENNA - A fired Willard ultrasound technician accused of taking and compiling nude photos of patients has a jury trial set for Jan. 26. Jamie Aguirre, 43, of 68 Sandy Trail, waived his right to a speedy trial Thursday in Portage County Common Pleas Court. Earlier this month, a grand jury indicted him on 11 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented materials in connection with an Oct. 25 traffic stop on Ohio 43 at I-76.
6:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Uptown Norwalk Historic District will usher in the 2009 Holiday Season with festivities on Nov. 28, during the Deck the District at Light Up Norwalk event, set for 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. "This holiday event is going to be something that Norwalk has never seen before; merging the traditional Light Up Norwalk activities with some really fun new ideas for Deck the District," said Kristie Wert, Main Street Norwalk Program Manager.
6:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
A former Willard man who was caught breaking into a Myrtle Avenue insurance company was sentenced Thursday to four months in the Huron County Jail. Esequiel M. Zuniga, 37, of 5328 Ohio 113, Bellevue, also was ordered to pay $340 in restitution during his three years of probation. Willard Police Chief Joe Daniel has said a neighbor saw a front door window broken out and called police who found Zuniga inside the business about 1:40 a.m. July 20.
6:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - Governor Ted Strickland and Ohio Department of Development Director Lisa Patt-McDaniel announced $28 million in Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund grants to 16 brownfield clean-up projects throughout the state. The funding, approved at a Clean Ohio Council Round Seven award meeting, will allow for the reuse of idle commercial and industrial properties and is expected to assist in the creation and retention of more than 1,400 jobs. Included in that list is money to clean up the old Norwalk Foundry.
6:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
There was a time when I considered myself a Republican but that time is long past. The Republican Party has become Wall Streets personnel Bordello. That would make John Boehner the Madam. I was rather amused last week when he had the gall to stand in front of a camera and ask where the jobs are. He knows perfectly well where the jobs went, he and the rest of his Congressional felons voted to send them to places such as Mexico and China! I would love to take him on a Congressional fact finding mission to Detroit, Saginaw, Toledo or Cleveland. That way they could see the damage they have done to our country first hand. If he and his free trader pals in Congress had a mission statement it would be Me Me Me What's In It For Me.
6:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach on Friday discussed the recently-released sales tax totals for the county. The numbers were down $49,000 for the month and about $569,000 in total compared to 2008.
6:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - Trooper Rick Anderson has been named the Trooper of the Year by his peers at the state Highway Patrol's Milan post. Anderson, 31, joined the patrol in September 2003 and was commissioned as a trooper in March 2004. He has been stationed at the Milan post since he joined the patrol.
6:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
ASHLAND - In a game that lived up to the hype, the St. Paul Flyers defeated the Wynford Royals 28-21 Saturday night at Ashland Community Stadium. St. Paul captured the Division VI, Region 21 championship with the victory and move on to play Grove City Christian (12-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday back at Ashland in a state semifinal.
6:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
AKRON - Akron Children's Hospital Medical Center is growing again - this time in its own backyard.
6:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
How do you create environmentally friendly outdoor jobs in today's ailing economy? Christie Lane Industries (CLI) staff and clients hope it's as easy as "Three Guys Named Mow" or "Six Guys Named Rake."
6:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
DES MOINES, Iowa Wellington farmer Bob Jackson has been awarded a $2,500 certificate from Firestone Farm Tires for having the Idea of the Month in Successful Farming magazine's "All Around The Farm" monthly feature. No sooner had he sold his big track hoe with a thumb did Jackson and his son, Dale, begin work on a new thumb attachment for Bob's backhoe. What they ended up with was an upgrade, especially in ease of use. "The old thumb was rigid and had to be pinned in position," says Dale, who lives in Wakeman. Bob estimated he spent about $900 on the project. Dale ordered many of the parts online from a hydraulic surplus store. When not in use, the thumb is about 90-percent open and out of the way.