4:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Last summer Norwalk Furniture Norwalk's second largest employer declared bankruptcy. At the time, it was one of the worst business disasters any of us could imagine: a 106-year-old, fourth-generation family business with the name of our city on the side of the factory going under. Unthinkable.
4:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
The defendant's father was upset when he learned he couldn't embrace his daughter before she left court Friday. "C'mon, man. I can't give my daughter a hug," he told the corrections officer and scowled at him.
4:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLLINS - Tiffany Pleska is the queen who will reign over Wakeman's Homecoming Firemen's Festival Sunday and Sadie Hartman will be the princess. The two were selected by judges Tom and Dorthea Miller and Louise Haden in the contest held Saturday evening at Western Reserve High School.
4:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch praised Gov. Ted Strickland's budget, vision and leadership Thursday. However, the mayor isn't happy that money from slot machines will help balance the budget, but said Strickland did what he had to do.
4:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
The face of Huron County will change next month. Bill Ommert, emergency management agency coordinator for the past 18 years, will retire at the age of 69. "I'm turning 70 on Sept. 13 and that's part of it," Ommert said. "I want to spend more time fishing, hunting and spoiling the grandchildren."
4:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Ohio Senate's refusal to take action on the state's budget is a dangerous course for Ohio's seniors. By not incorporating the revenue raised in Gov. Strickland's proposal for video lottery terminals, the Ohio Senate is asking that Ohioans bear the brunt of further cuts to vital services in a time of increasing need to the tune of $1 billion. For Ohio seniors, in addition to the cuts already forecasted, that translates to an additional 10.5 percent cut in Senior Community Services and drastic cuts to PASSPORT, the program that provides older Ohioans crucial community-based long-term care services. In other words, the additional cuts mean that more than 11,000 seniors will not be served over the next two years through at-home care services that save Ohio tax dollars. Instead, taxpayers will spend an additional estimated $142 million in increased nursing home expenses. Furthermore, because of cuts to the Assisted Living program, 1,600 people would not be served over the next two years, costing Ohio taxpayers another estimated $19 million in increased nursing home costs. Another important aid for seniors in the state budget is the Senior Community Services line item. These funds go to support vital services such as home-delivered meals, transportation to medical appointments, adult day services and other home care services as well as help to draw down additional federal dollars. Already slated for a 30 percent cut, if these funds are cut an additional 10 percent, Ohio jeopardizes $14 million in federal money and leaves over 62,000 older Ohioans without services. Ohio cannot afford to desert our elderly and leave nursing facility placement as their only supported option.
4:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
JULY 22, 1922 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 87 years ago: Drowned girls were on picnic at the reservoir Little Anna Gregory and her little guest from Cleveland, Margaret Nagy, lie dead at the Laible & Brady Morgue.
4:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - A former Bellevue woman was arrested Wednesday after being released from Firelands Regional Medical Center in connection with the Nov. 2 death of an elderly Green Springs man. A Seneca County grand jury filed charges Wednesday against Erica R. Rowe, 22, on charges of complicity to murder, complicity to felonious assault, complicity to aggravated robbery and complicity to aggravated robbery. She currently is in custody at the Seneca County Jail awaiting a bond hearing today in Seneca County Common Pleas Court.
4:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
A former Norwalk man accused of traveling out-of-state to get methamphetamine was indicted Friday. Ryan L. Rang, 25, of Oberlin, is accused of going to another state where the drug was being cooked, Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Todd Temple said. The investigator declined to identify the state.
4:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
The reported demise of the popularity of the psychedelic drug LSD in the area has been greatly exaggerated. On Tuesday, Jeffrey R. Adkins Jr., 24, of 900 N. Thomas Road, Monroeville, was sentenced up to six months in a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on education and substance abuse treatment, for two counts of trafficking in LSD. The state dropped two similar charges when he pleaded guilty May 22.
4:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
When John Evans was a youngster, he had nightmares that roused him from sleep. Who and where were his five siblings? Why was he removed from his home? Who were his parents and where were they?
4:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Discussing Norwalk's centennial last week reminded me that Milan had a similar celebration the next year in 1910. Like so many communities before World War I, Milan's committee labeled theirs Milan Home Coming and Normal School Reunion. Most of these community homecomings ended with World War I and the advent of the auto and improved roads, but Wakeman (for example) continued holding an informal homecoming and community picnic for many years after the war. Milan's celebration produced a fine souvenir booklet which acknowledges the first American settlement of Milan Township in 1809 by Jared Ward. The village of Milan was platted in 1816 by Ebenezer Merry. It is sometimes difficult to say exactly when a community was founded, since there were Moravian missionaries working in Milan Township as early as 1787. They created a village called New Salem or New Jerusalem in the north part of the township on the east side of the river. In 1804 they returned to a new town on the very site of Milan Village, which they called Petquotting (or some spelling variation thereof). Several of these gentle people and their missionary leader were still living there in 1809 when the first Americans arrived. Returning to 1910, we find that some 4,000 former residents and interested persons crowded Milan for the two-day celebration on Aug. 17 and 18. The 17th featured music by Ackley's Orchestra from Sandusky and an afternoon of picnicking and orations at the site of the old Huron Institute/Normal School which stood very near the present cemetery entrance at the end of Broad Street. That evening there was an open house/reception in the opera house for all interested persons. Thursday featured a number of events such as a barrel race, wheelbarrow race, and a fire department water fight on North Main. There were also baseball games and more band concerts to entertain the crowds.
4:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's natural to associate the Fourth of July with fireworks. An Independence Day fireworks complaint on Fairwood Avenue nearly got a state trooper, who is a district supervisor with the Bucyrus post, in hot water.
4:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
Hospitals just want their dollar back. The problem is the state isn't giving it to them. Fisher-Titus Medical Center President Pat Martin said the state, in attempting to access federal stimulus money, created a "franchise fee," which would bring $711 million in revenue over the next two years.
4:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A Willard woman was sentenced Monday to two years in prison after pleading guilty to two heroin charges. Misty N. Hartschuh, 30, of 425 N. Main St., pleaded guilty to possession of heroin and trafficking in heroin. In exchange, the state agreed to dismiss one tampering with evidence charge and three counts of trafficking in heroin. "The judge may let her out at a CBCF (community-based corrections facility) after a year," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.
4:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
The United Fund announced last week it received $10,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to help residents of northern Huron County pay their utilities bills and rent. So far, the non-profit has received more than 70 calls asking for help.
4:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
This is the 40th anniversary of two big events the first man on the moon and Woodstock. What are your memories? Let us know and we'll print some of the best responses we get. The anniversary of the first moon walk is Monday.
4:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - The parishes of St. Joseph's Church in Monroeville and St. Alphonsus Church in Peru are getting more than a new priest. They're getting a movie star. The Rev. Bill Pifher, formerly of Sacred Heart Parish in Fremont, will be trading places with the Rev. Ken Lill on July 25. He brings with him 15 years of experience and a resume that includes an eight-second appearance in the movie Rudy.
4:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk officials are moving forward on the search for a new police chief. City council decided Tuesday night to give citizens a chance to participate on the search committee. Current chief Kevin Cashen is retiring in August. Capt. Eric Hipp will fill in as chief until a new chief is selected.
4:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
GREENWICH - A trucker driver said he is 'lucky to be alive' after a train smashed his rig, splitting it in half. The accident occurred just after 6 p.m. Tuesday at the train tracks at New State Road in Ripley Township.
4:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County engineer's office and highway department already have plans for the nearly $700,000 of federal stimulus money it will be receiving. On Monday, workers will start construction of the nearly $220,000 in bridge work on Ogan Road in Wakeman Township. The other two projects are on Gibbs Road in Norwalk Township (a $300,000 project) and North Street in Plymouth (estimated at $225,000).