7:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two girls who were stranded on very thin ice at the Norwalk reservoir on Friday are "very lucky," to be uninjured, Norwalk Fire Lt. John Soisson said. When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found the girls, 11 and 13, about 75 feet from the shore, standing on thin ice. Two firefighters used an inflatable boat to wade through the ice to get near the girls. Firefighters then threw a rope to them to put around their waist and they were able to walk to the boat. The boat was pulled to shore by a tag line through the broken ice.
7:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Trauma Scene Services, LLC, in Norwalk, offers restoration and cleaning services on any level from the smallest mishap to cleanup of crime scenes. It is the only company in northern Ohio to have TES, Thermal Energy System for drying out water damaged buildings, owner Rich Ross said. TES is the world's fastest drying system. The company also had a Mobile Desiccant Trailer Mounted System, a first in the Firelands Area.
7:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Not only does the dream live on, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has inspired others to dream people like St. Francis Xavier sixth-grader Alicia Gamboa, Willard Middle School seventh-grader Carson Ebert and the Willard Area MInisterial Association. Black people and white people came together Sunday to hear those dreams, clap together to gospel music and dine together during a diversity celebration at Willard High School. The celebration featured winning essays by area students and music by the First Baptist Church of Willard's choir.
7:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Willard area farmer Steve Bauer said his corn yield for 2009 of about 175 bushels was his best ever. His success mirrors the feat farmers throughout Ohio achieved this past year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) 2009 Crop Summary Report states the average corn yields in Ohio were 174 bushels per acre. Previous USDA figures indicated smaller yields at 165 bushels per acre.
7:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
BERLIN TOWNSHIP - A Berlin Heights driver was injured early today in what authorities believe was an alcohol-related crash. Zachary R. Klaiber, 21, of 8003 Main Road, Berlin Heights, was southbound in a 2002 Ford Explorer on Humm Road at 2:32 today when he traveled of the left side of Humm south of Mason Road, said troopers with the Sandusky Post of the state Highway Patrol.
7:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Sheriff's Deputy Chuck Summers, who was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday, has been released from the hospital. Sheriff Dane Howard visited Summers at his home Friday after his release from Mercy Willard Hospital. "He's not in any danger at this time. He's expected to be off work for quite some time for follow-up treatment," Howard said.
7:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
They marched in silence, except for the noise their feet made when they hit the pavement almost all at the same time. They were walking in unison and had a common purpose: Commemorate "the 37th Anniversary of The American Holocaust," as the front cover of the Huron County Right to Life pamphlets read. Jan. 22, 1973 marks the 37th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. The decision has prompted national debate that continues today about issues such as whether or to what extent abortion should be legal and who should decide the legality.
7:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND - The Sandusky area will be featured along with Put-in-Bay and Vermilion as one of Lake Erie's "Greatest Destinations" at Cleveland's Mid-America Boat & Fishing Show, starting this weekend and running for 10 days at the I-X Center. Destination Sandusky Bay is a unique cooperative partnership between many local attractions hoping to attract boat show visitors. An innovative exhibit welcoming people to Sandusky Bay has been created by Cedar Point's Planning & Design department. In addition to large, colorful photo banners and a welcome arch, the expansive display area, located near the I-X Center's famous Ferris wheel, also includes Sandusky's trademark florals and a "Boy with the Boot" replica fountain.
7:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 55 million Americans became sick with H1N1 swine flu between April and mid-December 2009 and roughly 11,000 people died of the disease. These numbers, which are included in figures released Friday in the CDC's "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report," represent a middle range in estimates. The actual number of swine flu cases during that nine-month period, according to government officials, could be as low as 39 million and as high as 80 million cases.
7:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
ATHENS - A trial date has not been established for a Willard man accused of supplying drugs to a fellow Ohio University (OU) student who died in a fall. James T. Wagers, 20, most recently of 702 Spangler St., is charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated trafficking in drugs in connection with the April 28 death of Eric Hansen. The OU sophomore was from the Cleveland suburb of Seven Hills.
7:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
Briarfield of Milan MILAN The new year is off and running here at Briarfield! Our Thursday Bible study teacher, Pastor Ethan, is back from his holiday vacation and residents were anxious to continue their study of the book of Mark. Residents also appreciate their Tuesday Bible study teacher, Pastor John, and the churches that faithfully come in each Sunday to do services. Thanks go out to River of Life that came last week. With his usual flair, Jerry Simmerer kicked off the week with a bang! Cracking jokes and taking song requests put everyone in a great mood. Two outings allowed many residents to enjoy getting away for awhile. Bowling at Star Lanes, along with pizza was good exercise and fun! Later in the week several people took advantage of going to lunch at Bob Evans. Residents played many games, including horse shoes, Catch Phrase, Wii bowling and golf. Those who played loved being cheered on by the other residents! Sheila Prophet was pleasantly surprised to find herself the top golfer! Pat Highland once again amazed everyone with her fabulous piano skills. She plays it all, including requests, without any sheet music! She is an incredible talent! Nothing was hotter than Bingo! There were multiple winners, including Rachel Hemmer, Barb Keller, Dewey Miller, Faith Meyers, Shirley Rister, Richard Haryu, Bobby Hicks, Barb Fox, Teola Dunn, Pete Kedrow, Margaret Owens, Susan Shrock, Astrid Maynard, Carl Perkins, Brenda Siniard and Ray Housal.
7:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
JAN. 19, 1927 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 83 years ago: Fisher Bros. to build $35 million edifice in Detroit The six Fisher brothers, the lads who went forth from Norwalk about a score of years ago and revolutionized the motor industry of the world, are to erect a magnificent $35 million building in Detroit, the initial unit to be started this spring. It will cover seven acres, be 10 stories high, and have a central tower 25 stories high, and will be called the Fisher Building.
7:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
JAN. 20, 1958 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 51 years ago: Police chief now at home Police Chief Ray Chapin, who suffered a heart attack Dec. 22, was released from the Fisher-Titus Memorial Hospital yesterday and returned to his home, 237 E. Main, to continue his convalescence under the care of his wife, Irene, a registered nurse.
7:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
BERLIN TOWNSHIP - Erie County sheriff's deputies determined a convicted Norwalk sex offender wasn't living at the address he had provided. Charles K. Case, 30, now of 520 Milan Ave., Lot 35, was arrested on a failure to register a change of address warrant Tuesday. He was released from the Erie County Jail at 8:55 p.m. after posting a $5,000 surety bond. Erie County Municipal Court had issued the fourth-degree felony warrant that morning.
7:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (MCT) For Julie Strange, helping the victims of a devastating earthquake in Haiti was just a text message away. The 27-year-old Towson, Md., librarian read on Twitter of an American Red Cross campaign to raise money for disaster relief in the shattered country through text messaging. Within a few minutes, she made a $10 donation by texting the word "HAITI" to a five-digit number an act of mobile giving that she's done for other charities for a couple of years now.
7:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk Hallmark Store, which is set to close Feb. 24, is a casualty of the economic crisis, said Julie Brookings, the company's strategic communications manager. Brookings said officials made the decision last year to close the store. After operating for a number of years at its current location in Norwalk Korners Plaza, the Hallmark store closed in late 2003. However, it re-opened in 2004 under the current ownership.
7:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Fire Chief Doug Coletta confirmed today an earlier assertion by state authorities that Thursday's 89 Whittlesey Ave. fire isn't suspicious. "The investigation is complete. We're just waiting for a report from the state fire marshal's office,' said Coletta, who expects the report to arrive sometime between today and Monday.
7:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOLEDO (MCT) - The oldest sons adopted into the Frisch family of Toledo huddled around a computer screen for news from their native Haiti Wednesday, and remained uncertain of the fate of their biological relatives the day after a devastating earthquake there. Thousands are presumed dead after a massive, magnitude-7 earthquake Tuesday that left the capital Port-au-Prince in ruins, toppled schools and hospitals, and crumbled roadways in the island nation.
7:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County has earned another dubious title. This county ranked No. 1 among Ohio's 88 in terms foreclosure filings in 2009, statistics reveal.
7:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Toledo father and son currently are in custody at the Huron County Jail in connection with bringing 22 pounds of marijuana worth as much as $35,200 into the county Tuesday. Rene Cuellar, 53, and his son, Fidel, 27, were heading to Toledo in a 2004 Ford pickup truck that had a 500-pound wooden crate in the bed, Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Bob McLaughlin said. The crate contained a children's all-terrain vehicle (ATV), he said, and under the ATV was a "false floor' holding a "tightly-wrapped package of marijuana.'
7:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Maplehurst Elementary will be losing a highly-regarded veteran tutor to retirement. Wilma J. Lang's last day as a learning disabilities tutor will be May 31. The Norwalk school board approved her retirement at Tuesday's meeting.