2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
AVERY - The Homestead Inn on U.S. 250, including the Rathskeller in the basement, plans to reopen Saturday under new management. Brandon Shepherd, of the Cleveland area, and Enzo Sberna, of Bellevue, head up the team of investors behind the re-opening. Shepherd said they are leasing the building from the Henry family and starting up both the restaurant and an on-site and off-site catering business.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - Starting next academic year, Berlin-Milan Local Schools will be cutting 10 positions and making other moves to cut about $365,000 from its budget. Superintendent David Snook said the "level 1 cuts' are "coupled with the need to pass a levy' in May and would be effective July 1. One of the levies - a 3.9-mill renewal - would bring the district $875,000. The other is a 1 percent earned income tax, the same one which was defeated in November.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
I am singing to myself as I type this. Not out loud, but inside my head. I don't think I'm insane. The music is making me happy. Sometimes, I find myself singing the song "Hello, Dolly" for which the musical is named. Only now I know more than just the first two words.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - The Willard Fire Department and state investigators responded to a suspicious fire in a vacant Ohio 99 house early Wednesday morning. Authorities suspect the blaze was set to divert them from a nearby crime scene.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
The annual Huron County Spelling Bee took place recently at the Huron County administration building in Norwalk. Public and parochial students in grades four through eight vied for the position of No. 1 Huron County speller at their grade level. Madyson Risner of South Central, daughter of Tammy Smith and Michael Risner, won the fourth-grade spelling bee. Risner beat out Monroeville's Avery Rogers on the word "accused." Risner's championship word was "combined." Western Reserve's Nick Church, son of Douglas Church and Anna Govorkova, was the fifth-grade spelling bee winner. His final opponent was Gabe Alge of Norwalk Catholic School. Alge went down on "agitated." Church's winning word was "exceptional." At the end of the spelling bee. Church asked if he could speak to the audience. He went to the microphone and told the hundred-plus observers that he was wearing the shirt his brother, Doug, wore when he won the fourth-grade spelling bee two years ago.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Another one bites the dust. American Coating Specialists is closing its doors today for the last time. The three plants for the business employed about 110 employees just last year, but laid off 57 recently when the business lost a major contract.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND - According to figures released this week by the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers' Association (GCADA), year-to-date sales of new cars and trucks were down 37 percent for February. The recent passage of the Auto Ownership Tax Assistance Amendment, along with all-time high incentives and Auto Show specials are expected to jump start consumer spending. Used vehicle sales are faring much better than new, down 7.8 percent year to date.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
MANSFIELD - What do rubber duckies, trash can lids and cookie jars have in common? They can also be musical instruments. Join Elmo, Zoe, Big Bird and all their Sesame Street friends as they take the stage for a musical adventure in Sesame Street Live "Elmo Makes Music' at Renaissance Theatre.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Dr. Seth Ruggles, originally from Monroeville, is moving his family practice to the Smetzer Center on the north side of Norwalk this summer. Ruggles is on the medical staff of Firelands Regional Medical Center and is part of the North Coast Professional Corp. Practice Group. He opened a practice in Milan in September of 2007.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
The beaches of Mexico and Florida still beckon, as does the Caribbean. It is Spring Break time and despite the sluggish economy, people are still seeking haven from the cold.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Aggressive speeding is considered going more than 20 mph over the speed limit. In Huron County, there were 367 such citations in 2008. Statistics from the state Highway Patrol show that number is significantly less than four of the six surrounding counties and the next to lowest of all the neighboring counties.
2:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Thirty percent of the 1,317 new cases filed last year in Huron County were foreclosures. That means there were 392 foreclosures in 2008. Five years ago, there were 224. In 1995, the Huron County Clerk of Courts had only 30 foreclosure cases, representing 3 percent of the total cases. "Foreclosures continue to go up," clerk of courts Susan Hazel said, citing the tough economic times and "lending practices in this area."
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Elizabeth Garcia lost her job last August and, despite applying to at least two businesses a week since then, she still hasn't found another one. "Most of them say, 'We aren't hiring right now,'" she said. "I've put in applications everywhere." Garcia believes the fact that she's a senior citizen may be working against her in a job market with so many people looking for work.
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Spring officially arrived on the calendar last Friday. But wasn't it nice to get a foretaste of it with the 60-degree weather on Tuesday and Wednesday; to walk out the door and find that you did not need your gloves or hat; to actually feel the warmth of the sunshine and south breeze? Yes, it was discouraging when the inevitable cold front passed, dashing to smithereens the shirtsleeve weather with chilly winds and a cold rain. But sunshine and tolerable temperatures followed close behind. Such alternating weather patterns sometimes confuse the casual observer as to whether it is truly springtime in Norwalk or not.
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's become traditional for some Huron County folk to head south for the winter or at least a couple of weeks, but this year the snowbirds were flying south in coveys and flocks. Unremitting cold, rain and snow and generally miserable days made the south look unusually good. But actually, there's a better time to go or to make a second trip, especially if you're a fisherman, and that time is right now. For several good reasons. One is that the weather is close to perfect. Not too hot during the days, not too cool at night, and the likelihood of cold fronts putting the fishing off is almost non-existent. Two, you'll probably get off-season rates, since winter is srime time, and three, that aforementioned salt water fishing can be very good. As a veteran guide once told me: "The two worst months of the year are January and February. March is better, April action is good, and May and June when the tarpon and snook really start to hit are excellent."
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
A local veterinarian and the Huron County Humane Society's shelter operations manager told council Tuesday they're in favor of a vicious dogs ordinance Norwalk is considering. But, they brought up some concerns over the language of the legislation, which received its first reading Tuesday.
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County commissioners are mulling the idea of switching from two to one regular meeting each week to lighten the load on office staff.
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Driving to work this morning, I was struck by a sign in front of a home on Norwood Avenue. "Will work for beer," read the sign hanging from a mannequin on the front lawn. All I could think of was how important it is to keep one's perspective, and sense of humor, in times like these.
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man faces his sixth-ever driving under the influence (DUI) offense. Thomas R. Nickols, 55, of 48 Seminary St., Apt. 1F, refused to submit to a breathalyzer test during the March 1 traffic stop, Trooper Phillip Clemons, of the state Highway Patrol, said. The defendant is scheduled to appear for a second pretrial hearing Tuesday in Norwalk Municipal Court.
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS Hamilton and Sandusky counties had the most citations for aggressive speed of 20 plus miles-per-hour over the speed limit last year, states a report released Tuesday by the state Highway Patrol. Troopers issued 74,507 aggressive speed citations state wide last year. During 2008, troopers made 4,797 aggressive speed citations in Hamilton County and 3,111 in Sandusky County, According to the "Aggressive Driving: 20+ mph Over the Speed Limit" statistical recap from the Patrol's statistical analysis unit. Rounding out the top five were Franklin County with 2,838 citations, Erie County with 2,593 and Lorain County with 2,523. In addition, troopers on the Ohio Turnpike cited 13,198 motorists, accounting for 18 percent of all the aggressive speed citations state wide.
2:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk's East Main Street will be home to the Norwalk Great American Treasure Hunt May 23. Formerly known as the Trash to Treasure, this event will feature a garage sale format where residents and non-residents may rent a 12 foot by 12 foot space for $15 to sell their wares. Sponsored by the Main Street Norwalk program, last year's event, which took place in September, drew more than 1,000 people to the business district to search for treasures of all kinds. Registration is currently open for the vendor spaces. "This is a great event for anyone that loves the thrill of the hunt for unique items. We hope to have close to 100 vendors on East Main Street," said Kristie Wert, program manager for Main Street Norwalk. "Our promotion committee has put in many hours planning this year's event and it looks to be more popular than last year. We have already had several people register for spaces."