5:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Rural Wakeman resident Robert M. Tite was acquitted by a jury Wednesday of an altercation with a sheriff's deputy after driving a bulldozer while reportedly intoxicated and damaging his neighbor's yard. The Norwalk Municipal Court jury found Tite, 57, of 2785 Chenango Road, not guilty of driving under the influence (DUI) and resisting arrest after a full day of testimony. Two other charges from the June 26 incident, criminal damaging and reckless operation, were dismissed before the trial started.
5:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Parents shouldn't be surprised if their children come home from school with a sickness. Huron County Health Commissioner Tim Hollinger said every parent should know students likely will return home from school with "something" they got from another pupil that will be passed to siblings and parents.
5:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Council learned Monday seven juveniles were responsible for the recent vandalism in the restrooms at the Recreation Park. Police Chief Mike Marko said he would prefer not to charge them with vandalism because it is a felony. Instead, he wants to give each one 20 hours of community service, if the parents agree.
5:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County is moving closer to fixing the courthouse clock. Kathleen Schaffer, county treasurer, said today $8,050 has been collected so far through donations to the Fix the Clock Committee.
5:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Plans are made to raise sufficient funds to repair and restore the "town clock" in the tower of the county Courthouse in Norwalk. It will be good to hear it strike again and to see each face working and showing the correct time. This concept of a "town clock" has a long and interesting history. The present clock was put in place in December 1914, and first struck the hour at noon on Dec. 22, 1914. It is a Seth Thomas clock and a crew from that company spent almost two weeks assembling and installing the clock parts and the striking assemble for the new bell.
5:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLARKSFIELD - James Leighty is not a city planner, but he might as well be. The number of cities the Clarksfield man has drawn are enough to fill a large state or a small to mid-size country. Leighty's canvass: newspaper.
5:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County commissioners decided today to close county offices each week at noon Friday, effectively changing the work week from 40 to 36 hours. This change will begin on Sept. 4.
5:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
jcenters@norwalkreflector.com COLUMBUS If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Cleveland Indians fans have been complaining (what's new?) lately because of the team on the field. After the front office's trading frenzy earlier this year, the team on the field looks more like a Triple A club. So why pay Major League prices to see a Triple A team?
5:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
We approached the pay booth at the South Rim entrance to the Grand Canyon with a moderate degree of enthusiasm. Yes, we wanted to go there we'd never seen it before. But it was one more stop on a 2,000-plus-mile, arduous drive from Norwalk to Los Angeles. Years ago, I wrote about our family's road trip from Norwalk to Oregon with four little ones at that time, my youngest celebrated his fifth birthday in Portland and my oldest was 11.
5:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) has returned to Norwalk. The program offers grants to residents who qualify for a variety of home issues, such as repairs, rehabilitation and emergency housing assistance. It is administered through WSOS. Those interested in applying should contact city hall at (419) 663-6700.
5:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Preschoolers are starting classes for the first time, ninth graders are beginning high school and college freshmen are launching a new chapter in their lives. This is also a time of change for Jack Jump, director of the environmental division for the Huron County General Health District. But while many students are marking a beginning, Friday will mark an end for Jump.
5:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
A couple of new additions to Reflector online that warrant your attention: The first is Reflector Roundtable. Joe Centers, Don Hohler, Mike Greco, Matt Roche and Scott Seitz, spend about 25 minutes sitting around the table in my office (the only round table we have), talking about high school football.
5:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County commissioners decided today to close county offices each week at noon Friday, effectively changing the work week from 40 to 36 hours. Read more here.
5:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
League Elementary teacher Robyn Rogers stopped into new principal Corey Ream's office Tuesday, the first day of school. Her password to log in to a computer system had expired and she needed Ream's help.
5:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County continues its slide, and that's a good thing. For the first time this year, Huron County's unemployment rate dipped below 15 percent.
5:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - Four American soldiers have been charged with cruelty and maltreatment of an 19-year-old soldier from Plymouth, Ohio, who committed suicide after being in Iraq for 10 days, the U.S. military told NBC News today. The four Multi-National Division-South soldiers are accused of hazing Private Keiffer P. Wilhelm of Plymouth. They abused Wilhelm with excessive physical fitness, said Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, a military spokesman.
5:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
A special prosecutor has been assigned to pursue the domestic violence case against Willard Police Officer Joshua M. Dorsey. R. Lee Shepherd, of Shelby, will represent the state after Willard Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel filed a motion Tuesday in Norwalk Municipal Court. The defendant, Dorsey, 27, of 127 Crestwood Drive, is represented by defense attorney Richard Hauser.
5:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk City Schools didn't just get named an "excellent' school district; the state gave the school system marks for being "excellent with distinction.' (The link to dowload the report appears below.) Superintendent Dennis Doughty, who took over Aug. 1, called today "a very proud day in the district.'
5:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
The 9-12 Project (Norwalk group) has secured a bus to transport participants to the tea party March Sept. 12 in Washington DC. More info about the march itself can be found at http://912dc.org/ Cost of the trip is $80 per person and must be paid by Friday. The bus leaves from Norwalk High School at 10:30 p.m. Sept. 11 and will return after the Saturday event. For more information, contact Bill Lund at (419) 668-6393 to reserve your spot.
5:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
It appears Norwalk city council has got its hands full with this one. Residents were out in full-force at Tuesday night's work session, expressing their opinions on proposed soccer fields on the city's north side. The fields would be located on 22 acres in the Old State Road/Gallup Avenue area. The actual ingress-egress would be on to Old State Road.
5:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Thieves and break-in culprits are at it again. On Tuesday morning, Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Annette McLaughlin interviewed a Peru Center Road victim who lives north of Stueben. She's also investigated a lawnmower theft from a locked garage between North Fairfield and Greenwich.