8:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - For as long as village administrator Bruce Bowie can remember, Milan has had a 1/2 percent income tax. Only three towns in Ohio have one that low, Bowie said. Bowie said he and council members would like to keep it that way, but due to dwindling finances, they have little other choice than to try to increase the percentage. Village officials have proposed increasing the income tax by a half percentage point to bring the total to 1 percent.
8:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
As social-media sites like Twitter and Facebook have grown in popularity, they've also attracted hate groups in greater numbers, targeting everyone from immigrants and gays to Jews and people of color, a new report says. "The Internet is a powerful thing for hate groups,' said Mark Weitzman, director of government affairs with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which this week revealed results of its annual accounting of online hatred.
8:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohio's unemployment rate inched closer to 11 percent in February, state officials said Friday. The state's unemployment rate last month hit 10.9 percent, up slightly from 10.8 percent in January.
8:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
The North Fairfield pedestrian seriously injured in the vehicle accident Monday morning in front of Berry's Restaurant remains hospitalized, but shows signs of improvement. Thomas Jordan, 71, of 737 Edwards Road, was listed in serious condition Thursday afternoon at the University of Toledo Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Aimee Falk said. A LifeFlight helicopter transported Jordan to the Toledo facility after he first went to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. He has bleeding in the brain, according to police.
8:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - A spokesman for the Ohio Auditor of State's office confirmed the department is in the middle of conducting its annual financial audit for Willard City Schools. However, Chris Abbruzzese said he can't reveal any details other than to say the audit is in progress.
8:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) -- The biggest overhaul of the nation's health care system in more than four decades appeared headed for passage Sunday night after winning a crucial test vote, a victory spurred by last-minute assurances from President Barack Obama that federal policy on abortion wouldn't change. The 224 to 206 vote to formally debate the legislation signaled that by late Sunday, the final votes on the actual legislation are likely to be similar. All the "yea" votes on the rules came from Democrats, while 178 Republicans and 28 Democrats voted no.
8:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - The House of Representatives Sunday passed by a 219 to 212 vote the biggest overhaul of the nation's health care system in more than four decades, sweeping changes expected to make coverage easier and cheaper to obtain. The largely party-line vote - 219 Democrats voted "yea' while all 178 Republicans and 34 Democrats voted no - meant President Barack Obama's biggest domestic initiative neared the end of its yearlong political and legislative odyssey.
8:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
BOWLING GREEN - The Plymouth boys' basketball team saw its season end Saturday in the Division III regional final at Bowling Green State University's Anderson Arena. Lima Central Catholic outscored the Big Red 7-5 in overtime to post a 56-54 win and earn a spot in the state tournament.
8:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
Rape and kidnapping defendant Michael C. Miller had his bond revoked Wednesday for violating the terms of his house arrest. Miller, 41, of 3051 S. Ohio 61, will remain in custody at the Huron County Jail until his trial starts Tuesday. Corrections officers booked him into the jail at 2:39 p.m. Wednesday after he was arrested in the 100 block of Benedict Avenue while intoxicated. "He told the judge he was (there) doing a favor for a friend," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said. Leffler said he requested a cash bond, but Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway revoked Miller's bond because he deemed Miller was a flight risk. During Miller's Jan. 25 arraignment, Conway ordered Miller to be placed under electronically-monitored house arrest and prohibited him from having any association with anyone younger than the age of 18.
8:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - A community foundation presented Berlin-Milan Local Schools and other Erie County districts with a financial challenge. If there was a report card, Berlin-Milan probably would have received an A-plus.
8:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two area residents were sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison for separate crimes. Brian L. Yacob, 19, of 204 Spring St., Willard, pleaded guilty Feb. 1 to theft. In exchange, the state dismissed one charge of breaking and entering. Yacob was ordered to pay about $2,200 in restitution Wednesday. "He didn't have a very good attitude in court," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.
8:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
A nurse anesthetist accused of sexual misconduct by a patient at Mount Carmel East hospital was cleared of the charges Wednesday by a jury. Lawyers in the case said jurors told them after the verdicts were read that the prosecution had not proved how the DNA of Daniel Maldovan got on the breast of the 34-year-old woman. The jury of nine women and three men acquitted Maldovan, 46, of three counts of gross sexual imposition after a six-day trial before Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Pat Sheeran.
8:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
Our area in northern Ohio must have been upbeat 180 years ago at this time. A new newspaper, the Reflector, had issued its first edition on Feb. 2, 1830, and appeared to be a success. Of course, we know that it was; it is still publishing, and you're reading it at this moment. Owners of the new project were Samuel Preston and George Buckingham. The latter gentleman had been a co-owner of Norwalk's very first newspaper, the Reporter. The Reporter ceased to exist in 1830. The Firelands Historical Society preserves an original file, which has also been microfilmed and is available at the public library.
8:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
After more than three months of research and discussion, Norwalk city council put an end to the adult arcade debate Tuesday night. Council voted 6-0 to adopt legislation that places these businesses in M-2 zoning, but lowered the overall setback from places like similar businesses, churches, parks, and schools from 1,500 or 1,000, depending on what it is, to 300 feet across the board.
8:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Willard City Schools Superintendent David Danhoff said a school employee has been placed on paid administrative leave after state auditors found a discrepancy in an audit. Danhoff said he "doesn't have a whole lot of information" about how much money is involved because the auditors are tight-lipped.
8:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk area has reason to celebrate thanks to a recent announcement from an area manufacturer. "Genesis Baking Company, a division of New Horizons Acquisition Company, is pleased to announce an expansion at their manufacturing facility in Norwalk that will create about 25 new jobs over the next three years," President/CEO Tim Brown said. "The expansion will accommodate the installation of an English muffin line that will add 12 million additional dozens of varied muffin varieties to our capability. This product will be used to supply our customers in both the retail and food service sectors across the United States. The construction is planned to begin in the spring of 2010 and to be completed by January of 2011.
8:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
CHICAGO (MCT) We turn to cosmetics to look our very best, but sometimes all that lathering, slathering, powdering and painting can do more harm than good. Certain ingredients in personal care products can cause redness, itching, swelling, acne and other reactions in people who are sensitive to them. Preservatives, fragrances and dyes are common culprits. Some people are allergic to specific ingredients, but more commonly the problem is irritation, which can happen to anyone. Either way, it's wise to keep an eye on the ingredients you're smearing on your skin. "The bottom line is that if you get a rash, you just have to stop using that product, and when you go to the store to buy another lotion, compare the ingredients and make sure they're not exactly the same," said Dr. Ella L. Toombs, a Washington-based dermatologist and former office director for cosmetics and colors at the Food and Drug Administration. "Or go to a dermatologist to see what component might have been causative."
8:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
It doesn't appear the discussion over property tax valuations is finished. In a 2-1 vote Tuesday, the Huron County commissioners approved paying $1,750 to the Appraisal Research Corp. for the use of its computer program for the month.
8:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Fred Deering spent more than half of his life as a public servant. Deering, 86, of Monroeville, died Monday after a brief illness.
8:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
Telephone deregulation legislation passed in Ohio House Bill 276 by the House of Representatives will leave thousands of residential customers with bundled telephone services with few consumer protections. One consumer protection possibly in limbo is the protection from major annual cost increases for those with local basic exchange service. The bill also incudes free voicemail for the homeless.
8:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY (MCT) - Cedar Fair LP's largest shareholder yesterday told the company it is not seeking a higher purchase price from Apollo Global Management and would rather that the company focus on restructuring its massive debt. In other words, it asked the Sandusky amusement park firm to get to work on reducing its $1.7 billion debt and forget more talks with Apollo. It was the first statement from the shareholder since the scheduled shareholder vote this week on the takeover was postponed until April 8.