7:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city council might start reviewing the city's business incentives at Tuesday night's work session. "We may be having an economic development discussion and waste management discussion depending on the administration," Council President Steve Euton said this morning.
7:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - President Barack Obama offered his much-anticipated new health care plan Monday in an eleventh-hour bid to rally Democrats behind sweeping legislation that would expand coverage, tighten regulation of the insurance industry and make the nation's medical system more efficient. (NOTE - To read a Q&A on President Obama's health care plan, read on toward the end of this story.)
7:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County's economy remains sluggish. "Sales tax was down," County Auditor Roland Tkach said this morning. "For the month it was $574,464, which is down compared to last year when it was at $623,676," Tkach added. "That's 2.5 percent down."
7:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County Sheriff's Office is now on Facebook. "Its a way to disseminate information," Sheriff Dane Howard said.
7:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - While the economy is still ailing, Cedar Point might be just the antidote for people out of work and looking for at least short-term stability. The amusement park will hold open interviews for more than 4,500 seasonal jobs from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the park's Breakers Express Hotel, 1201 Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky.
7:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - At least for the time being, village residents will not see an increase in the shut-off and re-connect fees for electric utilities. That's because a proposal to hike the fees died during Tuesday's council meeting for lack of a second. The shut-off fee is currently $10 and the reconnect fee $40. The proposal on the floor was to increase the costs to $50 for each as a way to deter the need for shut-offs.
7:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
If you have been watching the Winter Olympics and are getting the impression that Vancouver, British Columbia is a pretty great place, you're right. I have been there enough times to have some excellent memories of what is often called "the most livable city in the world."
7:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
The new trial for the involuntary manslaughter charge against shaken baby suspect Jeffrey Resor will start Oct. 18. After Friday's hearing, Resor, 28, now of 72 Townsend Ave., was released on his own recognizance. Retired Lucas County Common Pleas Judge J. Ronald Bowman ordered him to stay away from the family of the deceased child.
7:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (PA SPORTSTICKER) - Happy anniversary, U.S. Olympic hockey team. The goaltending couldn't haven't been better in the U.S. defeat of much-hyped Canada. The timing couldn't be more perfect, either.
7:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - Allegations that Fox's shelved game show "Our Little Genius" might have been rigged has prompted an inquiry by the Federal Communications Commission into possible violations of federal rules that govern quiz shows. Revelations of the FCC probe follows the News Corp.-owned network's decision last month to yank the highly promoted program from its schedule only a week before it was supposed to premiere. Fox took the unusual step after reality-show titan Mark Burnett, who was producing the program, informed the network that there was a problem with how the young contestants had been coached for the competition.
7:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - A federal law taking effect today may alter the standard checklist for many Americans as they pack to visit their national parks: insect repellent, snacks, hiking boots . . . double-barreled shotgun. Visitors now can pack heat in any national park from Gates of the Arctic to Everglades provided they comply with the firearms laws of the park's home state, according to the new law that was passed as an amendment to credit card legislation.
7:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
The first thing that assaults your nostrils when you enter the upstairs apartment is the smell of cigarette smoke. Peruse the apartment some (if you can navigate your way through the mounds of garbage) and you'll find cigarette butts on the floor.
7:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - Bellevue resident Dave Scagnetti leapt off the Edison High School stage Sunday and knelt at the feet of Twilight Gardens resident Florence Silcox. He also leapt into the hearts of audience members at Sunday's finals competition of "Firelands Idol."
7:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
Average retail gasoline prices in Ohio have risen 10.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.535 per gallon today. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.65, according to gasoline price Web site OhioGasPrices.com.
7:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohio taxpayers have paid more than $2 million to rid bars, restaurants and workplaces of tobacco smoke since the statewide smoking ban took effect in 2007, a sum that opponents say could be better used elsewhere. The state has spent $3.2 million so far to identify businesses that are violating the smoking ban, to look for infractions and to process them through the court system, according to information released by the Ohio Department of Health to state Sen. Bill Seitz, a critic of the smoking ban.
7:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
A 17-year-old Western Reserve student has been prohibited from entering the property of Norwalk Catholic School (NCS) for his role in vandalizing the wooden sign celebrating the St. Paul football team's state championship. The boy, from rural Norwalk, must also perform 40 hours of volunteer service as approved by his probation officer. Huron County Juvenile Court Judge Timothy Cardwell also ordered the Western Reserve High School student to write a 1,000-word essay about appreciating others' accomplishments and write letters of apology to NCS and Western Reserve.
7:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
The people who are paying for the privilege of getting their income-tax returns a little quicker are the people who can least afford it. A study found 51 percent of the 33,435 taxpayers getting refund-anticipation loans and checks in Summit County in 2007 had incomes low enough to get an Earned Income Tax Credit.
7:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
Finally, credit card reform has arrived. Big chunks of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act (CARD Act) of 2009 become effective today. We got a taste of some of the changes in August, but the meatier portions were put on a back burner to give issuers time to adjust to the new environment.
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FEB. 23, 1917 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 93 years ago: Charge Isele sold drink to blacklist man In Mayor Anderson's court this afternoon, Luis Isele, bartender for Emil Lieber, waived examination and asked to be bound over to await charge that he had furnished liquor to Charles Ross, of this city, whose name appears on the city blacklist. Isele was represented by Don. J. Young, while Solicitor Wickham appeared for the city.
7:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ice cream social It might still be winter but that's not stopping the cast and crew of Norwalk High School's production of "The Music Man" from hosting an ice cream social. Organizers promise brownie or pie a'la mode and all the fixings in addition to musical entertainment. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Norwalk High School Cafeteria. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children younger than 12.
7:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - More often than not, people live lives of quiet desperation in jobs they hate. But not Bob Newhart.