7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
At 2:45 p.m. today, Sheriff Dane Howard issued a Level 2 snow emergency for all of Huron County until further notice. He had issued a Level 1 around 10 a.m. today.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Bellevue man was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for his role in assaulting a 21-year-old mentally disabled man. Joseph M. Hebert, 19, of 120 Orchard St., and his accused accomplice, Andrew R. Ohler, 26, of 349 N. Buckeye St., Bellevue, reportedly beat the male victim who sustained a brain contusion, facial swelling and deep bruising, authorities said.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
NASHVILLE (MCT) - The National Tea Party Convention may go down as a seminal event in the tea party movement ... or maybe just a seminal event in former Alaska governor's Sarah Palin political future. Palin left Nashville the Belle of the Ball (if you missed her speech, it's on YouTube) at the National Tea Party Convention.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
Applause rang out at New Horizons Baking Company in Norwalk Monday and a humility-filled company CEO Tim Brown said he was "bubbling." The occasion: Gov. Ted Strickland had just announced the company will receive $1 million to install new efficient bake ovens expected to increase energy efficiency at the company by 25 percent and help to retain the 161 existing jobs.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man has been arrested in connection with having sexual conduct with a 13-year-old girl. Colonel G. Willis Jr., 49, of 55 State St., currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail on a charge of sexual battery. The third-degree felony is punishable by one to five years in prison and a $10,000 maximum fine.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
Weather permitting, Norwalk city council will consider new legislation regarding adult arcades at tonight's meeting. This new ordinance, sponsored by Councilman Tom Stoll, would place these skill-based amusement machine businesses in the B-4 zoning district.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County remains under a Level 2 snow emergency. Sheriff Dane Howard upgraded the level at 2:45 p.m. until further notice.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
We took our first ocean cruise in 1984 on a Royal Caribbean ship called Song of America. We were blown away. By the ship, the service, the entire experience.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Former Huron County Commissioner Ralph Fegley is far from retired. Lately, Fegley spends a great deal of his time investigating wind energy sources for northern Ohio, which includes developing alternative sources of energy. "This is fun," Fegley said. "Helping people make this happen.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Just where is the local and national economy headed? Some think manufacturing has come to an end while others say it will rebound. "I think we'll remain strong in the construction and manufacturing industries," said Ellen Heinz, Norwalk economic development director.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Huron County Commissioner Mike Adelman has been keeping a close eye on the proposed runway slated for the NASA-Plumbrook property in Perkins Township. Months back, local officials were excited at the prospect of that area being developed into a sort of airport, which would bring with it all kinds of commerce and ultimately jobs. Area officials have applied for a Tiger grant to help build the runway.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE No one was in a 2008 BMW when the Bellevue Fire Department responded to a car fire Friday. Firefighters found the engine compartment fully involved when responding the call made at 11:15 a.m. at the Bellevue Care Center, 1 Audrich Square. While the report doesn't list a damage estimate or the cause, the fire started in the driver's side of the engine compartment. "The owner (Matthew Mitchell of Nova) stated he had had mechanical problems with the vehicle," Lt. Tony Schaffer said. Firefighters disconnected the car battery and used an absorbent to clean up vehicle fluids.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com With the economy in a tailspin and people searching for answers, many still say education is the key. "Education is critical," said Ellen Heinz, Norwalk economic development director. "It's very important to find the right educational entity or group that is right for you," she added.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com If anything's for certain, it's that Ohio's future is uncertain. "Well, we passed the budget," said Terry Boose (R-Norwalk), 58th district representative. The 58th district covers Huron County and portions of Lorain and Seneca counties.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
The City of Norwalk has issued a parking ban for all public streets until further notice to allow for snow removal.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com With the local and global markets constantly changing and becoming more competitive, city of Norwalk officials are taking a look at business incentives. The recent announcements regarding Commercial Vehicle Group (CVG) closing its Norwalk plants and Mid-Ohio Wines possibly moving its 50 Norwalk employees to Lorain also motivated this second look at incentives. Norwalk City Councilman Dwight Tkach said at a recent council meeting that it's "industrial free agency out there.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
You might be snowed in with all the white stuff accumulating, but don't rush to hire the first guy you see with a plow attached to his truck. That's the advice from Angie's List, which collects consumer reviews on local contractors and doctors in more than 500 service categories. Hiring the wrong person could put you in an even worse situation, according to a press release. Here are some "Red Flags": Companies who offer a steep discount or insist on cash payment. A credit card will protect you.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Several Norwalk city council members took time recently to look to the future and predict what some aspects of life will be like in 50 years. What do you think life will be like in 50 years? Bob Carleton: I think the words "global economy" will be clear to everyone.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
FEB. 10, 1975 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 35 years ago: 9 below here Temperatures fell to 9 degrees below zero in Norwalk overnight the coldest reading of the winter.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS With fewer than 48 hours between major winter weather events which combined have brought as much as 18 to 24 inches of snow to some parts of the state the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has crews in every county working around-the-clock to keep Ohio's highways and bridges safe. The latest winter storm warning from the National Weather Service remains in effect through Wednesday afternoon/early evening. Some areas of Ohio may receive six to 12 more inches of snow accumulation. During this morning's rush hours, ODOT had more than 1,050 snowplows and trucks on state highways targeting parts of the state on the leading edge of this storm front. More crews are being added throughout the day, as the snow/ice mix moves into northern Ohio and covers the entire state. In addition, the threat remains for falling trees and power lines due to the weight of the snow and blowing winds.
7:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
GREENWICH On the first day of school, Local Schools Superintendent Ben Chaffee challenged the district to "take it to the next level." South Central Elementary School Principal Dennis Blanchard created an award to honor his students who brought up their grades in at least two classes while not going down in any others. Comparing all second-quarter grades to first-quarter grades, the following students were recognized Feb. 8 with a coupon for a free ice cream in the school's cafeteria (the students' grade levels are in parenthesis): Improving two grades: Zephaniah Howman (1).