11:50 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk police detectives are seeking James A. Stewart Jr., 21, to interview him about information on a "strong-armed robbery" last week at Mickey Mart, 123 Whittlesey Ave. Detective Sgt. Todd Temple considers Stewart "a person of interest" in connection with the incident that happened about 11 p.m. Aug. 7. However, the detective said he is not naming the man as a suspect at this time.
11:50 PM Jul 25, 2010
Local majorette group the Red Marauders are the newly-crowned international champion in the senior parade corps division. This competition took place recently in Canton. The Red Marauders were also the recipient of the high point trophy because they were the highest-scoring parade corps in all age divisions. This is the third consecutive year they won the award.
11:50 PM Jul 25, 2010
Government of the people, by the people and for the people was front and center Wednesday when the Huron County commissioners held a meeting at the Huron County Fair. "It is important to get out where the public can attend if they want," commissioner Gary Bauer said, adding the board likes to give fairgoers the chance to see government in action.
11:50 PM Jul 25, 2010
A Greenwich man is out on bond after being arrested Monday in connection with growing marijuana in his mobile home. Jeremy L. Duposky, 28, of 3764 U.S. 224, Lot 32, was released Tuesday from the Huron County Jail after posting 10 percent of a $2,000 bond. He was charged with cultivation of marijuana and trafficking in marijuana. The cultivation charge is punishable by two to eight years in prison and a $15,000 maximum fine. The Tri-Community Fire District responded to a fire in the bathroom at Duposky's mobile home at 5:39 p.m. Monday in Woodland Acres Mobile Home Park. After the blaze was under control, firefighters discovered a marijuana plant in a closet doorway of the laundry room.
11:47 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk, Ohio a century ago was a center for interurban, or electric railway, lines. Public roads were still quite primitive, as automobiles were not yet common. Railroads were numerous, but couldn't connect easily with a majority of the towns. The public was always looking for clean and easy transportation. The Lake Shore Electric ran from Toledo to Cleveland with a northern division through Sandusky and a southern division through Norwalk. The Cleveland, Southwestern and Columbus line terminated in Norwalk, while the Sandusky, Norwalk and Mansfield ran from Mansfield through Norwalk to Sandusky.
11:47 PM Jul 25, 2010
MARION The latest USDA production numbers show that Ohio's corn crop is doing well despite setbacks due to a soggy spring planting season. The government figures show 3.35 million acres of corn in production in Ohio, down slightly from last year but still the second highest harvest on record. "The numbers show that corn growers are resilient," said Mark Drewes, president of the Ohio Corn Growers Assocation (OCGA). Corn growers in Ohio have increased yields from 150 bushels per acre to a projected 160 bushels per acre. The average crop yield in the U.S. is projected at 155 bushels per acre. Higher yields make it possible to plant more corn on fewer acres. Across the nation, USDA's first survey-based forecast for 2008 corn production is 12.3 billion bushels, up 573 million from last month's projection with higher forecast yields and increased harvested area.
11:47 PM Jul 25, 2010
A TIF tax increment financing deal allowing taxes paid to be spent on specific projects benefiting both a developer and the city and a tiff about sidewalks were both discussed at Tuesday's city council work session. Both issues might soon be decided. Council will probably consider legislation regarding the TIF for four parcels in the Norwalk Commons development on the city's north side at next week's meeting. Property owners Shelley Smetzer and Dan Shupe, who both own property slated for mandatory sidewalks in that area, were advised to file an appeal to the city's zoning board.
11:47 PM Jul 25, 2010
Willard Healthcare resident Esther Cook and Twilight Gardens resident Ray Kramer reign as the 2008 Huron County Fair Senior Royalty Contest winners. Each year, contestants from area nursing homes compete for the crown by answering questions about their life, values and other topics. Judges consider poise, personality and other criteria during the contest to determine who should be crowned.
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Norwalk resident Patrick Saunders feels like a man without a country. For more than 35 years, Saunders has dedicated himself to the Democratic Party - both locally and nationally.
11:47 PM Jul 25, 2010
MONROEVILLE - The Monroeville football program has taken a hard hit before the regular season has kicked off. Senior captain Marcus Brotzki, a three-time letter-winner and starter at split end and defensive back, was lost for the season after he broke his ankle at a recent practice.
11:47 PM Jul 25, 2010
Suspended Western Reserve Superintendent Doug Solet pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct Tuesday. He faces a 30-day suspended jail sentence during two years of probation. Norwalk Municipal Judge John Ridge ordered Solet, 40, of Elyria, to have no direct or indirect association or communication with the woman in a related sexual harassment case for the next two years. Solet was fined $200 and ordered to pay $93 in court costs, which he is supposed to pay within 60 days.
11:47 PM Jul 25, 2010
Richard Sutherland normally doesn't answer questions at the Huron County Senior Royalty Contest. For the past 21 years, the Huron County Sheriff has asked the questions. His eyes have lit up like a puppy and he has flashed a wide smile as the jolly, robust sheriff questioned the senior citizens; not as a law enforcement officer might demand answers from a defiant suspect seated in an interview room, but in a casual, engaging, enthusiastic and humorous manner as though he and the contestants were long-time friends or even family members.
11:47 PM Jul 25, 2010
We've had more than a few callers this week asking why we don't have our usual booth at the Huron County Fair. More than one fairgoer posed the question to Joe Centers and I as we strolled the fairgrounds Tuesday morning. There's a reason we don't. In a nutshell, I was displeased with our representation at last year's fair and decided if we couldn't do better, we'd do nothing. As time for the fair approached, we had no ideas for anything different, which, in hindsight, I suppose was my fault for not focusing on it. When it came time to decide whether to have a booth, I decided I'd rather throw that money in the street than have another shoddy representation. Maybe that was a mistake. Maybe something, no matter how lame, is better than nothing. Here's a sample of the emails we've received this week:
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By EMILY ANDREWS Reflector Intern news@norwalkreflector.com While the first day back to school is always nerve-wracking for the student and for the parent the first day of kindergarten or preschool is even more stressful.
11:46 PM Jul 25, 2010
WILLARD The school bond levy on the November ballot is for 7.3 mills, while the district would cease to collect the 1 mill permanent improvement levy and another bond levy is going off the books. Thus the combined impact of these two reductions in collected millage would have the net impact of a 5.5 mill levy.
11:46 PM Jul 25, 2010
Payday lending allows people the useful option of being able to meet expenses, like medical bills or buying school clothes for their kids, without having to not pay other bills or bounce a check. It is a short term loan that only costs about $15 for every $100 borrowed. For years people have used this service at my company and others like it to take care of the little things that come up in life. With the passing of H.B. 545, however, they may no longer be able to. That legislation puts my job, and those of 6,000 other like me, at risk by imposing unfair and unjustified restrictions on the industry. It imposes government where it shouldn't be, the individuals private financial choices. Don't let government destroy another industry in these rough times. Support my job and the thousands of others at risk by opposing H.B. 545. Nichole Baker
11:46 PM Jul 25, 2010
God's Little Critters of Huron County recently visited the Willard Migrant School and presented a program to discuss wildlife rehabilitation of injured or orphaned wild animals. Maribeth Taylor, director of this non-profit organization, brought in several animals to show the students including a red-tailed hawk and a turkey vulture. She explained the importance of leaving wild animals alone. She also emphasized to the students that they need to remember all animals can bite and carry diseases. God's Little Critters is committed to educating and informing the public on the care and protection of wildlife. We are glad Maribeth came into our program to educate our students. The students enjoyed learning about wildlife. We hope God's Little Critters can present their program again next year.
11:46 PM Jul 25, 2010
Perfect weather. The roar of amusement rides. Food venders at every turn. Youngsters milling around with their projects and animals. The sweet smell of the barns. Especially the sweet smell of the barns. It must be Huron County Fair time.
11:46 PM Jul 25, 2010
WILLARD - Residents in the Willard City Schools district will decide in November on whether to approve a 28-year combined income tax increase and bond issue to fund the building of new schools. The school board unanimously voted Monday to proceed with placing the issues on the ballot.
11:46 PM Jul 25, 2010
Haley Bergman and her love for horses will always be remembered at the Huron County Fair with the dedication Monday of a pavilion in her name beside the horse show ring where she loved to compete. There were tears as the crowd of family and friends gathered to remember the 15-year-old Willard girl, who died May 31 after battling cancer for more than three years. But there were also smiles and precious memories of the teenager who loved her horses with a passion.
11:46 PM Jul 25, 2010
This story had a happy ending fortunately. Time Warner Cable's alert system experienced a partial failure Monday afternoon when Norwalk police were attempting to use that system to locate the parents of a child. "There was a system failure on the digital tier," Norwalk Police Chief Kevin Cashen said this morning. "The analog tier worked fine."