6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com GREENWICH It's not often that someone has a book published and selected for the Buckeye Book Fair, but Greenwich resident Connie Oney can boast just that. Oney's "Cultivation of a Lifestyle," which showcases a farm family at work, is available for purchase in bookstores and from the publisher. "It tells the story of the farm lifestyle but it could be the lifestyle of any small business and how they're trying to survive in these times," said Oney, who lives on a farm and whose husband, Gerald, is a farmer.
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - To save money on salaries, benefits and utilities for the 2010 operating budget, the Willard Memorial Library will close its Greenwich, North Fairfield and Wakeman branches from Dec. 26 through Jan. 9. The closings, voted on by the board of trustees during the October meeting, includes the regular holiday closings of Christmas Eve and Day, Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. The time frame includes a 10-day staff furlough, meaning it is mandatory time off without pay. The trustees also approved a change to the main library's hours.
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
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6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city council is keeping busy with lots of legislation on Tuesday night's agenda. Mayor Sue Lesch said Friday several of the ordinances deal with pay freezes for city employees, starting with the mayor and moving all the way down to even part-time employees.
6:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
The sun shined brightly Friday on the city of Norwalk. Not only did Mayor Sue Lesch swear in Dave Light as new police chief, she also said the city will avoid layoffs in the police and fire departments as a tentative agreement has been reached between the city and those departments' unions.
6:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Council introduced three ordinances at Monday's meeting, including appointing Steve Bond as solicitor for another year. Bond's compensation will remain $300 a month retainer to attend meetings and $95 for additional hours.
6:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Even though the economy is weak, Norwalk Salvation Army Capt. Mike Morales said he's confident this year's Christmas kettle campaign will bring in $30,000. He has a figure to back up his confidence: For last year's kettle season, area residents donated $28,708.94. This year's goal is at least $30,000.
6:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk driver who wrapped his car around a Milan Avenue tree early Sunday morning has been upgraded to serious condition. Brett T. Ziemke, 20, of 94 Old State Road, remains in the intensive care unit of St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said Thursday. A LifeFlight helicopter transported him from Fisher-Titus Medical Center to the Toledo hospital after the 12:57 a.m. crash at 48 Milan Ave.
6:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Changes are in store for the 2010 Huron County Fair. Among the changes are switching free day (until 3 p.m.) from Wednesday to Tuesday, and making Kids' Day on Tuesday as well.
6:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Megan Lillo was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison for being the getaway driver for the April 15 Kaiser-Wells Pharmacy robbery and smuggling the stolen Oxycontin pills into the jail inside of her body. Her accomplice, Kurtis J. DeWitt, is serving 15 years in prison for similar offenses. He entered the Benedict Avenue business wearing a mask fashioned out of Lillo's pajama pants with a knife in his pocket and left after the pharmacist gave him 499 Oxycontin pills.
6:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County General Health District will be offering H1N1 swine flu vaccinations from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Norwalk Catholic School Early Childhood Center, 77 State St. The free, first-come, first-served clinic will be available to pregnant woman and all children up to the age of 18. The vaccinations also will be available to the parents, caregivers, grandparents and siblings of children younger than 6 months old.
6:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
St. Paul is pre-selling tickets for its Division VI, Region 21 regional semifinal football game. Tickets are on sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the athletic office and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the high school office.
6:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk driver was charged with failure to yield from a private driveway after his Jeep collided with a motorcycle Friday near the entrance to Rustic Hills Mobile Park. The driver of the 1997 Jeep Cherokee, Tass E. Love, 32, of 11 W. Chestnut St., was wearing his seat belt and not injured. However, a LifeFlight helicopter transported the biker, Christopher L. Slyker, 39, of 107 S. Linwood Ave., who was wearing a helmet, to a Toledo hospital with serious injuries; no further information was available on his condition as of press time.
6:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - With the passage of the earned income tax on Tuesday, Monroeville school officials took the first step in fulfilling campaign promises. Wednesday, school treasurer Elise Gray sent a request to the auditor's office to stop collection of a $250,000 emergency levy beginning Jan. 1.
6:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's time to get serious about the Huron County Courthouse clock. "Due to the generosity of the citizens of this great community, we are over $20,000,' said Jim Ewell, Fix the Clock Committee chairman.
6:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
CASTALIA - A suspected drunk driver caused two separate crashes Thursday afternoon, resulting in a trip to the hospital for him and the loss of power from some Erie County residents. James H. Fields, 41, of Sandusky, was southbound on Ohio 101 just past Ohio 2 in Margaretta Township about 3:30 p.m. when he ran into the back of a 1997 Buick LeSabre driven by Ernest Erdman, 84, of Norwalk, said troopers with the state Highway Patrol. After the collision, Fields passed Erdman's car by driving off the right side of the road, through a ditch and then hitting a mailbox before fleeing the scene, troopers said.
6:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
RIDGEFIELD TOWNSHIP - Local, state and federal officials are dealing with an extremely rare problem. The oil shale, located near River Road, north of Monroeville in Ridgefield Township, has actually caught on fire. Just under the surface, the shale on the cliff is "red-hot."
6:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Police are investigating a break-in at Chef's Market & Deli in which the culprits stole a safe sometime between Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. Norwalk Police Sgt. Dave Smith said investigators first assumed the suspects entered through a door. However, police later determined the suspects climbed the roof of the restaurant/catering business at 50 N. Prospect St. and entered through an exhaust fan opening.
6:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Dave Light was sworn in as the new Norwalk police chief at a ceremony Friday afternoon at Norwalk Municipal Court. Light was sworn in by Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch in front of a packed house and was the recipient of several rounds of applause.
6:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
The date of St. Paul's football game has been changed. The Flyers were originally scheduled to play Mogadore at 7 p.m. Saturday at Medina Ken Dukes Stadium in a Division VI, Region 21 semifinal game. But this morning, it was announced that the game will be moved to 7:30 p.m. Friday. St. Paul's volleyball team is playing in the state tournament.
6:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON - Erie County sheriff's detectives and state crime scene investigators used two search warrants Sunday to examine two homes related to the suspected murder of a Huron woman. Carla Westhofen, 58, "was last seen Thursday at about 9:15 p.m. by some friends in a bar in Perkins Township,' Capt. Paul Sigsworth said.