12:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - The Air Force may have saved Andrew Metz's life. The 18-year-old's stepmother, Vanessa, is sure of it. Metz thinks so, too.
12:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
As of September, about 350,000 Ohio parents and caretakers were receiving child support payments through e-QuickPay, a debit MasterCard card that transfers child support to families electronically. Just more than half of all recipients receive their child support this way. Now, these parents and caretakers have the option to be notified when funds are credited to their accounts. By signing up for this free service, they can receive either a telephone call or an e-mail when their account balances increase. To register, they can simply call (800) 503-1283 and speak with a customer service representative. Or, they can log into their account atwww.e-quickpay.com and sign up there. "Parents have reported a desire to be notified when a child support payment has been credited to their e-QuickPay accounts, and these new options for a phone call or e-mail are efficient ways to answer that request for customer service," said Doug Thompson, deputy director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services' Office of Child Support. The notification calls and e-mails will be made between the hours of 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.
12:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Lots of readers like to hunt, lots like to fish and lots like to camp. But few indeed ever combine all three sports or even two and such are missing some good opportunities. You can drive to a lake or hunting area, then return home using plenty of gasoline in process or you can camp at your favorite spot, be ready to roll at first crack of dawn and hunt or fish for several days at little cost.
12:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Services For Aging, Inc. has been serving the seniors of Huron County for more than 35 years and is asking voters to help them continue those services for five more years. In order to do so, the levy renewal they have placed on the ballot this Nov. 4 will need to pass. "Because of the current economic situation, the board of trustees made the decision to place the levy on the ballot as a renewal and not ask for a replacement," said executive director Lucinda Smith. "They hope that with no additional taxes involved, the citizens of Huron County will vote to help us continue to provide the much needed services for an additional five years." Services for Aging's current levy will expire at the end of 2009, making the renewal effective beginning 2010. Since the current levy came into effect in 2005, the agency has served more than 231,500 meals and provided more than 95,000 rides to seniors in the county. In addition, they have expanded their services to include everything from prescription assistance to art instruction. These services and more are offered at both the agency's Norwalk and Willard centers. "Levy dollars make up about 44 percent of our budget. With declining state and federal funding, rising operating costs, and an increasing senior population using our services, the levy is an import part of our operating budget," Smith said.
12:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County Republican Party will hold its 94th annual McKinley dinner on Oct. 16, with a candidates' reception at 6:30 p.m.. and buffet dinner at 7 at the Norwalk Eagles Club, 151 Cline St. Special guest will be Ohio Republican Party Deputy Chairman, Kevin DeWine, who is in his fourth term as Ohio General Assembly (District 70, Greene County) Representative where he currently serves as Speaker Pro Tempore for the Republican Caucus. DeWine has been instrumental in tax reform and efforts to improve Ohio's economy. He resides in Fairborn with his wife and four children. Huron County candidates Bill Alford, Gary Bauer, Terry Boose, Jamey Bracken, Susan Hazel, Dr. Jeffrey Harwood, Judge Timothy Cardwell, and Larry Silcox will be on hand to answer questions and distribute literature and signs, which are also available at Republican headquarters on Benedict Avenue just north of the railroad crossing, open daily at 10 A.M. Reservations are required and requested by Friday. Donations of $25 per person may be made payable and sent to HCRP, Box 316, Norwalk, OH 44857, or phone reservations may be made by calling Karen Justice at (419) 483-0776, Linda Stower at (419) 668-5548 evenings or Julie Murdock at (440) 839-9926.
12:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - The village of Milan has figured out a creative way to beat the giant in its David vs. Goliath fight against the Ohio Department of Transportation. The village will give away some land. A bridge over Rattlesnake Creek on the edge of the village needs repairs that could cost $100,000. Even though U.S. 250 is a federal highway, state regulations make the village responsible for all repairs. When village officials discovered a problem almost a year ago, they reported it to ODOT and asked for help with repairs. ODOT told village officials they would fix it, but Milan would have to pay the entire bill.
12:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
TIFFIN - Although Andy Fries and Shawn Shriver played high school football within 10 miles of each other, the Norwalk and Western Reserve graduates, respectively, went against each other for the first Saturday night in an Ohio Athletic Conference game at Frost-Kalnow Stadium. Both, Fries, the left offensive tackle for Otterbein College, and Shriver, a safety for Heidelberg, faced off within 30 yards of each other all night as Otterbein captured a 52-14 win.
12:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
A company formed by Industrial Realty Group to buy the old Norwalk Furniture company has filed a lawsuit against Comerica Bank over the failed transaction. The lawsuit, filed in behalf of NFC Acquisition LLC, alleges that "certain insiders of Norwalk had engaged in a series of transactions and transfers of funds" that were wrong. Comerica Bank "knew or should have known" that those transactions were in violation of the loan documents between the furniture company and the bank, the suit reads.
12:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Good thing congress and the treasury handed out all these Wall Street bailouts in recent weeks. Otherwise, the stock market might have gone down and AIG executives might not have been able to go on their retreat. That's right, you, me and everyone who pays taxes to the U.S. government last weekend paid the expenses for AIG executives to enjoy a more than $400,000 week-long retreat at one of California's swankiest resorts. This was just a week after we bailed them out with $85 billion in taxpayer money.
12:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
More than 1,000 absentee ballots have already been mailed out from the Huron County elections board and the director said more than 1,500 others are waiting to be processed. Sharon Locke said 166 people have already cast ballots in the office at 180 Milan Ave. "Applications for absentee balloting are still coming in at the rate of about 200 a day. If they want it by mail, it has to be here by noon on Saturday, Nov. 1," she said. "We're predicting 5,000 (will vote absentee), but it may go higher."
12:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher returned to Norwalk on Monday to open the Transition Center, an extension of Huron County Job & Family Services at 28 E. Main St. to help displaced workers. The store, next to Flickinger Insurance in the uptown district, will be open for at least one year, said Mayor Sue Lesch. It is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday now and special events on evenings or weekends will be scheduled as needed.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Leaders from across the county met Friday afternoon to promote a new program to prevent substance abuse by young people - building assets. "Heroin is present in our county. I believe this program will help our younger people and prevent them from getting into heroin,' said Norwalk Police Chief Kevin Cashen. "(It will) help our children learn to make good decisions prior to getting into that culture.'
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - The hearing starting Wednesday morning between embattled Western Reserve Local Schools Superintendent Doug Solet and the school board will now be closed to the public. Both sides will present their information at 9 a.m. at the Wakeman St. Mary's parish hall. The hearing will be overseen by Mansfield attorney Victor Kademenos, who was appointed by the Ohio Department of Education.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk and St. Paul were the top seeds in their respective sectional tournaments as the volleyball draw took place Sunday. The Ladies in Blue, 12-8 overall, are the top seed at the Division II Norwalk site.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - Three Sandusky teens face alcohol and drug-related charges after an early morning traffic stop Saturday on U.S. 250. Milan Police Sgt. Bob Meister stopped the car after he noticed a license infraction from a 30-day tag in the window that fell and couldn't be seen about 1:45 a.m. Chief Jim Ward said the officer noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the 1996 Ford Contour that was heading north on U.S. 250 before the traffic stop.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
I have been smack in the middle of my comfort zone working at Norwalk Furniture these past many years. That's because I had such a great job: Director of Training. I would work with individuals who had purchased a Norwalk retail franchise and show them how to operate it. As they hired people to work in their stores, I would train them, too.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Senior Enrichment Services has invited all four candidates seeking the office of Huron County commissioner on the Nov. 4 general election ballot to participate in our public "Meet the Candidates Night" Oct. 21, at Senior Enrichment Services, 130 Shady Lane, Norwalk. All four candidates have responded positively to the invitation and will be present for the event.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
HIGHWAY PATROL Jason H. Loolen, 27, of 79 Pin Oaks Drive, Milan, was charged with failure to control Thursday after he lost control on a curve while heading north on Lovers Lane Road. His vehicle went off the right side, hit a guardrail and stopped in a ditch. Tara O. Horvath, 19, of 5810 U.S. 20, Lot, 30, Wakeman, was charged with failure to maintain assured clear distance Friday after she hit the rear of the stopped vehicle driven by Devin A. Stang, 37, of Sara Drive, on U.S. 20. That collision caused Stang's vehicle to push into the rear of the stopped vehicle driven by Suzanna M. Sidell, 43, of 6693 Zenobia Road, Wakeman, which went into the stopped vehicle driven by Cosmin C. Cozma, 19, of 11110 Gore Orphanage Road, Wakeman. Randy K. Baker, 37, of Shelby, was charged with failure to maintain assured clear distance Friday after he swerved to miss a vehicle ahead of him on Ohio 61 near the Ohio 598 intersection. His vehicle went off the right side and hit a utility pole.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Across the great state of Ohio efforts are being made on both sides of the political isle to ensure the future of our drinking water, protect our wildlife habitat and to create jobs to improve the quality of life for the citizens of our great state. This November, as voters, we have the opportunity to make sure that this legacy of preservation lives on. By voting YES on Issue 2 this November, we will renew the Clean Ohio Fund which will continue to protect Ohio's greatest natural resources. Adopted by voters in 2000, the Clean Ohio Fund has been instrumental in the conservation, preservation, and revitalization effort critical to protecting our future and vital to the new jobs stimulus package. Renewing the Clean Ohio Fund will not raise taxes; instead this initiative will be funded through the sale of bonds and existing state revenue. If passed, Issue 2 will provide $200 million for the revitalization of brownfield sites and help stimulate economic development so desperately needed in many of our local communities throughout the state of Ohio. Since 2000, the Clean Ohio program has funded the clean up of 173 industrial areas and have leveraged nearly $2.6 billion in private investment, while creating more than 14,750 new jobs.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
The City of Norwalk's Street Department will once again provide leaf collection services to residents this fall. In order to make this operation a success and to keep city crews on schedule, there are a few simple guidelines for residents to follow, which will ensure the safety of the public and city staff.
12:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Dane Howard garnered nearly twice as many votes as his opponent, Jamey Bracken, in the race for Huron County sheriff, according to an unscientific online poll conducted by the Norwalk Reflector. The Reflector asked readers who gets their vote for sheriff, and 662 responded by choosing Howard, a Democrat and detective sergeant in the sheriff's office. Bracken, a Republican and captain in the sheriff's office, earned 328 votes. An additional 86 respondents selected the third option: "None I won't cast a vote in this race." While Howard may have prevailed in the online poll, the real winner in the race won't be declared until after the Nov. 4 general election.