12:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two highly-successful golf programs Norwalk St. Paul and Edison are trying to add to their success stories today when they play in district tournaments. St. Paul is at the Division III Stone Ridge in Bowling Green, while Edison works at Sycamore Springs in Arlington in D-II play.
12:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
Incumbent Huron County Commissioner Gary Bauer, a Republican, is facing an independent challenge from Jim Sitterly, who decided to run after for commissioner after a successful campaign to stop an increase in taxes voted on by the current commissioners. Sitterly's campaign foiled the proposed increase of the real estate conveyance fee and he said he will continue to fight against tax increases if elected.
12:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk teenager was sentenced Wednesday to up to six months in a form of prison focusing on education and substance abuse treatment for breaking into the former Huron County administration building. Nicholas L. Wright, 18, of 1 Manahan Ave., also was fined $500 as part of his five years of probation for the May 30 incident at 90 Benedict Ave. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker said the Norwalk Police Department had the abandoned building under surveillance for about three hours before arresting Wright and his accomplice, Jeremiah M. Meacham, when they surrendered on the roof.
12:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
We often forget that we live close to a legend in the academic world Oberlin College. Some people would answer that statement by pointing out everything "wrong" with that venerable institution, but when you study the history of any such institution you find some "bad" along with a great deal of "good." I didn't plan to write this because Oberlin College is 175-years-old this year, but so it is. Thirty-four students attended the first day of classes on Dec. 3, 1833. There were four departments preparatory, collegiate, theological and manual labor. It must also be remembered that the original 1832 discussions described a school open to both men and women an idea almost revolutionary in the early 19th century. I was both surprised and pleased several years ago when I found that one of my great-grandmothers had attended there for two terms in the 1860s before certifying as an elementary teacher.
12:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
NORTH FAIRFIELD The North Fairfield Volunteer Fire Dept. will hold its annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at American Legion Hall on Ohio 162 East. Price is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under 6.
12:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON The New London board of education met Wednesday and unanimously approved a three-year contract with the teachers that calls for a 2.75 percent raise the first year and 3 percent raises each of the final two years. According to Superintendent Carol Girton, "The teachers made significant insurance concessions that will save the district $360,000 over the life of the contract." The teachers approved the agreement Sept. 25. Girton said negotiations with the non-certified employees continue.
12:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com It's time to stop talking and start doing. That's the theme of the statehouse's 58th district race. In one corner is Republican Terry Boose (R-Norwalk). Boose has been in the race from the beginning.
12:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
While it seems like they used to be more frequent than they now are, anybody who has used e-mail over the past few years has likely seen this scam. Someone typically from an obscure African nation, sends you an e-mail telling some sob story in broken English about his inability for whatever reason to transfer a large sum of money to the U.S. and he needs your help. Usually his evil, repressive government is doing something to stop him. He will reward you handsomely if you simply turn over your banking information.
12:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
"I'm not making any excuses," convicted heroin dealer Stephanie L. Broz said before she was sentenced to three years in prison this morning in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Tears came freely down the 22-year-old Norwalk woman's face and her voice cracked several times as she addressed Judge Jim Conway.
12:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
There are people who speak up for the rights of minorities. There are organizations that defend the rights of racial, ethnic, and religious groups. There are groups that oppose discrimination against women, or against people with disabilities. I hope no one would insult someone who is blind, or deaf, or of a different skin color, or from a different country. We should not make judgments about a person's intelligence based on his or her accent or heritage. Randy Newman wrote a humorous song about discrimination against short people. Height and weight are certainly not evidence of intelligence or lack of it.
12:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
Robert E. Latta and George F. Mays say their experience qualifies them to represent the Fifth U.S. Congressional District. Latta, the Republican incumbent, is pointing to his political experience while Mays, the Democratic challenger, is heralding his work with charities.
12:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Milan Avenue man is listed in good condition in Cleveland hospital after being stabbed multiple times by his brother Monday night. The victim, Jason A. Albietz, 32, was treated at Fisher-Titus Medical Center and then transferred by LifeFlight helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center. His older brother, William S. Albietz, 37, of 520 Milan Ave., Lot 71, currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail on a felonious assault charge.
12:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
The new owners of Norwalk Custom Order Furniture paid $2.5 million for the entire former Norwalk Furniture Corp. complex (six parcels). Friday's sale includes just the buildings and land - not the contents. The buildings and land were appraised for $4,643,700 in 2006, said Annie Saunders from the Huron County Auditor's Office.
12:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
PLYMOUTH - "The Oprah Winfrey Show' and "Nightline' filmed segments in Richland County that aired Monday. Unfortunately, the footage had to do with the area's heroin problem and included interviews with a pregnant Plymouth woman who continues to use the drug.
12:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOLEDO Columbia Gas of Ohio announced the company will reduce the budget payment amount for most residential customers by about $30 per month, or by approximately 22 percent, effective with October bills. For the average residential customer who purchases their gas from Columbia, the monthly budget payment amount will drop from about $133 to about $103. This is the first time Columbia has adjusted budget payment amounts prior to the heating season. "People are concerned about the unsettled economy and worried about winter heating bills," Columbia President Jack Partridge said. "Anything we can do right now to provide some relief and stability is absolutely the right thing to do." Normally, a review of the budget payment amounts is done each March. But with the current economy and the fact that higher natural gas prices that existed last July, when the original budget amounts were set, have fallen dramatically since then, the company decided the pre-winter review was prudent. With the reduction, the average residential budget payment amount will be only about a dollar higher than it was last year. A small number of budget payment customers who do not purchase their gas from Columbia may not get a reduction, depending on their contract with their marketer. Customers will be notified about their budget adjustments through a message on their October bills.
12:30 AM Jul 26, 2010
ARLINGTON - The Edison girls' golf team is on a roll, one that has them headed for the state tournament Oct. 10 and 11 at The Ohio State University's Gray Golf Course in Columbus. Lisa Kelble's squad won the 15-team Division II district event Tuesday at Sycamore Springs Golf Club with a 369, becoming the first Lady Charger girls golf team to appear in a state tournament.
12:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
There is "Great Food For All" at Victory Baptist Church in Norwalk with no income requirements. However, there's a cost of between $15 to $30, depending on which box of food you want. From every box sale, $2 goes toward the church's food pantry. Church volunteers sell the food through Great Food For All, a faith-based, non-denominational company that provides food to anybody, without limits. The company distributes food through local distribution host sites monthly. In Victory Baptist's case, it is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. the third Saturday of each month. The "Basic Food Box" anchors the program. It is filled with enough food to help feed a family of four for about a week, or a single person for almost a month.
12:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Custom Order Furniture received a 55 percent, six-year state tax credit Monday for the 260 jobs the new company plans to keep in Huron County.
12:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
Upper Sandusky High School's football stadium will have a different look Friday night when the Rams host Norwalk in Northern Ohio League play. The Upper Sandusky school board, Rams Boosters and school athletic department combined forces and renovated the visitor and home bleaches, replacing the old wooden ones with aluminum and added "kickboards" leaving no more than a 4-inch gap.
12:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com The candidates for county treasurer come from opposite backgrounds Kathleen Schaffer has spent her working career in county government and Bill Alford has spent his in private banking. Schaffer, the current Huron County treasurer, said her 15 years of working for three different county offices make her want to continue her career serving her neighbors. "I was offered a job from Connie Hipp when she was the recorder, then moved to the board of elections," Schaffer said.
12:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk teenager pleaded guilty Monday to a scuffle with Whittlesey Avenue business employee after a shoplifting incident last month. Kenneth Langford, 18, of 22 State St., will be on house arrest until Oct. 6 when he is scheduled to report to the Huron County Jail to serve a 17-day sentence. Cardwell suspended 150 days of a 180-day sentence for attempted robbery and theft and credited him with serving 13 days in the Sandusky County Juvenile Detention Center.