5:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city officials continue to look into reducing energy costs. With that in mind, Mayor Sue Lesch along with former county commissioner Ralph Fegley and Dr. Bernie Kasten, managing director at PIPO, updated city council Tuesday night on wind power. "We are struggling with high energy costs and have been investigating alternative energy," Kasten said. PIPO currently pays between $600,000 and $700,000 per year in electric costs.
5:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
This school year is the first time Norwalk City Schools has been in deficit spending for at least nine years. Treasurer Kenneth France shared a gloomy financial picture during the school board meeting Tuesday. As part of the five-year forecast, which was approved by the board, France expects the district to continue being in the red for the 2010-2011 school year to the tune of about $2,171,000.
5:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch spoke at length this morning about the controversy surrounding the proposed soccer fields on the city's north side. Lesch said the situation can be broken down to two sides " a dream come true" or "this is a nightmare."
5:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County commissioners said Tuesday, in reality, there is no land available for soccer fields at the Shady Lane Drive area. There has been much discussion lately in the city of Norwalk about proposed soccer fields for the city's north side. Many have suggested Shady Lane is better suited to handle those fields, a suggestion the commissioners put to rest Tuesday.
5:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - A Norwalk driver died Tuesday after failing to negotiate a Shaw Mill Road curve. Todd C. Jordan, 19, of 19 Valley Park Drive, died at Fisher-Titus Medical Center after North Central EMS transported him there from the crash site. The accident happened at 9:50 p.m. on Shaw Mill Road west of Plank Road.
5:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County Board of Elections is reminding Huron County citizens that they must register to vote or change their name or address by Oct. 5 in order to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 3 general election. You are qualified to register to vote in Ohio if you meet all the following requirements: You are a citizen of the United States. You are 18 years old, or will be on or before the day of the election.
5:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - A Norwalk driver died after failing to negotiate a Shaw Mill Road curve Tuesday. Todd C. Jordan, 19, of 19 Valley Park Drive, died at Fisher-Titus Medical Center after North Central EMS transported him there from the crash site. The accident happened at 9:50 p.m. on Shaw Mill Road west of Plank Road.
5:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Seventeen-year-old Johan Both has never played American football before, much less scored a touchdown. Does he know what he'll do after he scores his first touchdown for the Monroeville Eagles?
5:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
He's spent his entire adult life working with children. He just couldn't stay away. After less than three months as a retiree, Jim Sellers is back at it as interim principal at Maplehurst Elementary in Norwalk.
5:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com The Huron County commissioners once again have asked the sheriff's office cut its budget, now by another $27,000. Sheriff Dane Howard said his office should be able to absorb the cut through a $20,000 manpower grant obtained through the state attorney general's and by cutting several line items. "The big question is whether we can transfer that (grant) money for that purpose," he said.
5:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - Milan Melon Festival patrons saved lives this weekend. (NOTE - Pictures of the Melon Festival can be viewed in a gallery titled "Milan Melon Festival 2009" in ReflectorCam 2.0 on this web site. Click here to view them.)
5:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
Talk of proposed soccer fields is not supposed to highlight tonight's Norwalk city council work session, though one never knows. "No, it's been referred to planning and zoning and to the park board," Councilman Chris Mushett said this morning. "So I guess unless someone has something specific to discuss, it won't be discussed tonight. But if people want to speak out they still have the opportunity," Mushett said.
5:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
President Barack Obama told the nation's schoolchildren today he expects "great things from each of you." "We can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world, and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities," Obama said, according to a transcript posted today on the White House Web site.
5:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLLINS - "We are going to look at all of the options." The Western Reserve school board is looking to regroup following an arbitrator's recent ruling in its case against fired Superintendent Doug Solet.
5:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Until Monday about 6 p.m., New Londoners could not have asked for better weather for the 101st Firelands Labor Day Festival, a weekend filled with games, contests, tournaments, food and plenty of fun. (NOTE - Pictures of the Firelands Labor Day Festival can be viewed in a gallery titled "New London Festival" in ReflectorCam 2.0 on this web site. Click here to view them.) More than 160 runners participated in Saturday's 5-K race, with Jordan Lang posting the fastest time of 17:04, and later in the day 120 entries marched in the traditional Rotary-sponsored parade.
5:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
Fuel prices dropped seven cents in the past week, according to fuelgaugereport.com. The prices were all over the board, however, depending where you shopped. On Monday, prices were $2.27 for regular unleaded in Avery and Sandusky, but $2.46 in Norwalk.
5:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
GREENVILLE, Texas (MCT) - Officials in at least two Texas school districts will not allow its students to see the live broadcast of President Barack Obama's national address to students on the importance of education. The national address is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8. Nationally, the planned address has created controversy as some parents and organizations have stated that the content of the speech is intended to promote President Obama's political agenda. Others have hinted that racism is playing a part in the opposition.
5:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - Milan Melon Festival patrons saved lives this weekend. In just about five hours, they saved up to eight lives, said Pam Wendell, a phlebotomist with LifeShare Community Blood Services. Representatives from the nonprofit organization were on-hand at the festival to help maintain an adequate blood supply in Northeast Ohio. Collected blood goes to area hospitals.
5:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com NORTH FAIRFIELD Don't tell 13-year-old Orion DeYoe that you can catch more bees with honey than you can with vinegar. Judging from his recent honors, the rural North Fairfield homeschooled student probably knows this and many more facts about bees. DeYoe recently earned two blue ribbons and a red one at the Lorain County Fair in the area of beekeeping.
5:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
Mid-American Conference (MAC) football continues this weekend with eight games against schools from BCS Automatic Qualifier Conferences. (NOTE - To download the weekly MAC roundup press release with preview information, stats and figures, click here.)
5:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - Milan Melon Festival Queen Heather Johnson, 18, will be changing things up a bit at her farewell luncheon on Sunday. Instead of the usual bag of gifts for her guests, she will pass out Livestrong bracelets, as a token of a charitable donation she has made instead.