4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - There were smiles all around today in Monroeville. A 3.6-mill school renewal levy not only passed Tuesday, but it collected almost 73 percent of the votes in Huron County. The totals were 453 (72.95 percent) in favor and 168 against (27.05 percent). It was dead even in Erie County with 18 voting yes and 18 voting no.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Robert M. Tite will be taking his two drunk driving cases to trial. The rural Wakeman resident has an Aug. 26 trial scheduled in Norwalk Municipal Court on driving under the influence (DUI), resisting arrest and criminal damaging. The charges stem from a June 26 incident at his neighbor's property in which Tite, 57, of 2785 Chenango Road, Wakeman, reportedly drove a bulldozer while intoxicated.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
ELYRIA - German chemical company BASF will build a chemical processing plant in Elyria, Sen. Sue Morano (D-Lorain) announced today. The world's largest chemical company's new facility will produce a patented cathode material to be used in advanced Lithium-ion batteries that will power a new line of hybrid cars.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Longtime Norwalk golfer Tom Downer's ball went up, up, up, up ... all the way to the International Space Station. Really.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
If state lawmakers have their way, texting while driving will be a thing of the past. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk), 58th district representative, said Tuesday a bill was just introduced in Columbus and will likely head to committee in September that will outlaw texting while driving. "It is a Democratic bill that will prohibit texting while driving," Boose said. "I'm almost sure this bill will receive bi-partisan support.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Local schools and municipalities received a financial boost when FirstEnergy Corp. delivered a check totaling $430,053 to the Huron County Treasurer's Office for the company's second-half property taxes. FirstEnergy is one of Huron County's largest taxpayers. Local school districts will receive more than 70 percent of the nearly $225 million FirstEnergy companies will pay in property taxes this year to the 48 counties in Ohio where it owns property and facilities. The remainder is used to fund a variety of township, city and county services, such as police and fire protection, libraries, mental health institutions and parks and recreation facilities. About 14 percent of a customer's electric bill goes toward about two dozen local, state and federal taxes, which totaled more than $1.5 billion for FirstEnergy in 2008. FirstEnergy's operating electric utility companies in Ohio are Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison Company.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
AUG. 7, 1949 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 60 years ago: Children to tour local factories A visit to several different Norwalk industries on Thursday for children over six is being planned by Virginia Clayton, playground director. Children are asked to meet at the recreation center at 2 p.m. to leave in a body for the inspection tour.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE St. Joseph Catholic Church in Monroeville will host its 49th annual festival Saturday and Sunday. The festival will begin from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday with an "Adults Night Out" in the village park. Food and refreshments, games of chance and live entertainment will be featured. A corn hole tournament will begin at 7 p.m., weather permitting. Registration begins at 6 p.m. The entry fee is $10 and cash prizes will be awarded for first and second place and the winner of the consolation bracket. Bring the whole family on Sunday when the midway opens at 11 a.m. As always, the festival will feature Jerry's famous barbecue chicken, buttered noodles, green beans, coleslaw and pies. Barbecue rib dinners also will be served. Dinners will be available in the air-conditioned dining room or at the carryout from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bratwursts, hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade french fries, ice cream, homemade lemonade and much more will be provided on the midway.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
WOODVILLE - The state Highway Patrol's Fremont post is currently investigating a one-vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred on Ohio 51 just north of U.S. 20 in Sandusky County's Washington Township. The crash occurred at 2:30 a.m. today when the southbound 2000 Kia Spectra being driven by Lee Johnson, 20, of Toledo, went off the left side of the road and struck a cement culvert, troopers said. The vehicle continued off the left side and came to rest in a deep ditch. Lee told troopers he fell asleep while driving.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Nate Pettinga is one guy who doesn't mind rolling up his sleeves and getting dirty. He may be a teacher and principal at Celeryville Christian School, but don't be surprised to see him outside with a tool or paintbrush in his hands.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Kurtis J. DeWitt will be sentenced Sept. 15 for stealing OxyContin pills from Kaiser-Wells Pharmacy and then hiding them in his body. DeWitt, 24, of Norwalk, pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated robbery, possession of OxyContin, tampering with evidence and conveying contraband into a detention facility. His girlfriend, Megan R. Lillo, 21, faces a Sept. 1 trial on similar charges in connection with being DeWitt's accomplice and getaway driver.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
A state personnel board of review judge has ruled in favor of Huron County in a 2-year-old appeal involving employees of Job and Family Services. The county commissioners just received the news of the decision issued by Marcie M. Scholl, administrative law judge of the state personnel board of review.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Christi Moscicki isn't sure what she saw on the horse racing track that solidified her decision to become a jockey. But for the 19-year-old, the sight of the track served as a huge "Ah Ha!" moment, as she called it.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Mayor Sue Lesch is back from vacation and is ready to tackle a familiar issue: tax increment financing (TIF). She took the time Monday afternoon to clear some things up about the TIF that was passed by council in 2008 as an incentive for development of several parcels of the Norwalk Commons area.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Cleveland Browns today announced the training camp schedule for Aug. 10-16. The Browns will announce the practice schedule each Wednesday for the following Saturday through Friday. Gates open one hour prior to the start of each practice session. Training camp will be open to the public through the week beginning Monday, August 24. The following practice dates and times have been announced: Mon., Aug. 10.......... No Practice
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city officials will take another step toward finding a new police chief this evening. City council's safety committee, which consists of council members Chris Mushett, committee chairman Bob Carleton, Dwight Tkach and Shane Penrose, will meet prior to tonight's council meeting with the sole purpose of recommending a "regular citizen" to the police chief selection board. Council will then consider the recommendation and may give its approval.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE - The hairy Harry Houdini has been caught. However, Huron County Dog Warden Bill Duncan said the Yingling Road owner hadn't placed the roof on the kennel for his wolf hybrid as of Monday, when Duncan was at the man's house. The dog warden said the owner intends to do so, but will need assistance.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's not finished yet. Just after the Huron County commissioners had received notice that an appeal of three laid off employees from the Department of Job and Family Services had been denied by a state review board judge, an attorney for those employees has filed an objection to the decision.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - The drowning death of a 3-year-old boy at Kalahari Waterpark Resort on Sunday is being considered accidental. Hassan Itani, of Dearborn, Mich., was pronounced dead at Firelands Regional Medical Center after the incident that was reported to the Erie County Sheriff's Office at 3:12 p.m. The boy was found face-down in an outside, walk-in pool, Capt. Paul Sigsworth said.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, meeting privately with the leader of the nation's largest veterans service organization this morning, pledged to keep the medical care system administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs essentially as is quelling fears that VA healthcare would be absorbed into a national health care system. "(I) got his very strong assurance the VA as our veterans know it will continue to exist," said National Commander David K. Rehbein. "It will not be diluted or folded into some sort of national system and that the folks who go to the VA...that will be considered their insurance, so any insurance requirements (will be met) simply by being enrolled in the VA."
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - More than 20 animals and their owners entered Saturday's pet parade that kicked off the New London Community Club Farmer's Market/Flea Market in the parking lot across from the Post Office. Most of the animals in the parade were dogs, but a cat named Bootsy and a toad named Trouble rounded out the non-human participants.