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mlboose@norwalkreflector.com After a $7.2-million expansion project last year, Summit Motorsports Park is concentrating on improving the racing surface and traffic patterns in 2008. Owner Bill Bader, Jr. said the track improvements won't be as noticeable to the fans, but he hopes the drivers will recognize it as the best in the nation. "It is a top-five surface right now, but we want to be first," he said.
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Melissa James, director of the Norwalk Area/Huron County Chamber of Commerce, said Norwalk Furniture's offer to make up any concessions employees agree to shows the company is committed to treating employees fairly. "The loss of the business would be monumental,' James said, "but it is a testament to the integrity of the Gerken family that if they do have to relocate that they would make up to those employees what they've asked them to concede.'
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A suspected drug dealer was arrested Wednesday night after police said they bought 32 doses of heroin from the suspect who ran from officers. Charles Thomas, 31, of Lorain, currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail and awaiting a Norwalk Municipal Court bond hearing. Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Todd Temple said the heroin has a street value of $900 and Thomas is accused of selling heroin and cocaine worth another $1,220. Thomas ran from officers after he pulled his vehicle into a Milan Avenue gas station. Temple said authorities believed the suspect might flee because of his past criminal history includes weapon violations and assault charges. "A couple of the (special response team) guys caught him a couple blocks away," the detective said. "We thought this guy would run, so we had Erie County and Milan PD be on the north end with stop sticks.
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Students explore outer space without ever leaving school grounds when COSI, Columbus' science center brings its traveling science program Launch Into Space to League Elementary on Friday. The innovative, interactive program helps stimulate the imaginations of the next generation of astronauts and aerospace engineers. The program is just one of six traveling demonstrations from COSI. The day begins with a 45-minute interactive assembly introducing the students to the basics of exploration into the final frontier. Students will take a roundtrip voyage to space, explore rocket launches, life in space, and the trip back to Earth. This fun, educational assembly is followed by hands-on activities during which the students will discover the chemical make up of stars, explore space food and launch cork rockets. COSI is a hands-on science center located in Columbus. Each year more than 350,000 students take part in one of the COSI on Wheels programs.
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APRIL 17, 1912 The top stories in The Daily Reflector on this date 96 years ago: 1,600 may have perished when Titanic dove to the bottom of Atlantic Ocean New York - At least 1,400 and possibly 1,600 persons perished when the giant liner Titanic dove to the bottom of the Atlantic, 500 miles off Cape Race at 2:20 o'clock on the morning of April 15.
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SANDUSKY Ohio Bike Week is back with 10 full days of action June 6 to 15. This annual event features daily live entertainment, vendors and many more terrific shows and attractions. Here is the schedule: Friday, June 6 Kick Start Party featuring Full Contact Musical Chairs with the Burning River Roller Derby Girls, live bands and bike builders at Roeder-Harley Davidson on U.S. 250 in Sandusky. Another attraction is the "Battle of the Bands" at the Erie County Fairgrounds' Broken Spoke Saloon.
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Norwalk residents filing their city taxes at the last minute Tuesday at around noon got a treat while they waited in line free Domino's pizza and a free Norwalk Reflector.
10:11 PM Jul 25, 2010
Robert Carleton got some advice he intends to take about his phone dilemma, but not from the phone company. "Some guy stopped me on the street in front of Berry's and told me about porting," Carleton said. Porting means he can have his cellular phone company change his cell number to the number he used for his land line (419) 668-0519.
10:11 PM Jul 25, 2010
Don't worry, they speak English. Someone might offer this assurance to a person traveling to vacation spots such as Cancun, Mexico or one of Cuba's resorts. But if you're planning a visit to Miami, let me be the first to assure you people DO speak English in this city one could mistake for a Hispanic country.
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More than 450 people attended the annual "A" Grade banquet Monday to celebrate the success of last year's 4-H programs. After special awards were given and many 4-Hers were recognized for exceptional performance at last year's county and state fairs, the guests were treated to a performance by The Ohio State University spring athletic band.
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APRIL 16, 1922 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 96 years ago:
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WILLARD The public school district has been honored by the Bureau of Worker's Compensation for its safety record. The bureau's Division of Safety and Hygiene recognized the district for operating without a lost-time accident from Dec. 19, 2005 through Dec. 31, 2007. That amounts to 698,529 hours employees worked without a lost-time accident. "We've made a concerted effort to make sure our buildings are safe," superintendent Dennis Doughty said. In other business at Monday's meeting:
10:11 PM Jul 25, 2010
Carol Starre-Kmiecik brings history alive as she portrays seven women from American history. In a recent performance for the Town and Country Garden Club, Strarre-Kmiecik appeared as Dorothy Fuldheim, a Cleveland journalist and the first woman in the nation to anchor a news program.
10:11 PM Jul 25, 2010
Lichtcsien earns certification Keith M. Lichtcsien, CFP, AEP is newly certified as an Accredited Estate Planner by the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils. He is a Sandusky native and founded Resource Strategies, Inc., located in Pepper Pike in 1985.
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MILAN Authorities were forced to close a 27-mile stretch of the Ohio Turnpike because of a passing storm Friday night. Two minor property damage crashes occurred from vehicles hitting storm debris on the road. The storm passed through the area about 9:30 p.m., damaging a large, high-voltage metal tower that supported power lines crossing the turnpike. Lt. John Maxey, the Milan post commander of the state Highway Patrol, said the lines supported by the tower dropped to an unsafe height over the turnpike and forced the roadway to be closed. The eastbound and westbound lanes were closed from gate 118 (U.S. 250 in Erie County) to gate 145 (Ohio 57 in Lorain County). After the lines dropped, troopers and turnpike maintenance workers responded to the scene and assisted motorists off the closed portion of the road by using exit ramps and access roads. Maxey said Ohio Edison crews worked through the night to repair the damaged structure and are continuing their work.
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NORWALK - The following people recently were convicted of drunken driving in Norwalk Municipal Court: Amanda L. Tansey, 33, 10 Depot St., Wakeman. Violation date: Dec. 29, 2007. Conviction date: Apr. 4. Defendant shall have dismissal due to plea on associated offense.
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MONROEVILLE - American Legion Post 547 of Monroeville is soliciting names for all who served in the armed forces from the Monroeville school district since 1982. A plaque in their honor will be mounted in the new building at Commons Park. Forms may be picked up at the American Legion location on Main Street in Monroeville; or by phoning the legion at (419) 465-2034.
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APRIL 18, 1912 The top stories in The Daily Reflector on this date 96 years ago: Loss of life when liner sinks may exceed all the former estimates New York Confirming the most liberal estimates of loss of life and exceeding in horror the worst catastrophe conceived by imagination, the elements of the great tragedy at sea the sinking of the $10,000,000 liner Titanic early on the morning of April 15 - are slowly coming to light.
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WAKEMAN A small plane made an emergency landing in an open field Sunday night. A retired military pilot landed the two-person plane in a Wakeman field near U.S. 20 and Lorain County Line Road 2 after having some mechanical issues, said Sgt. Anthony DeChoudens of the state Highway Patrol's Norwalk post. Pilot Larry Diemand guessed the problem had to do with the carburetor, DeChoudens said, but he is still trying to determine the exact difficulty. Neither Diemand, 60, of Chagrin Falls, nor his passenger, Victor Pawlak, 65, of Parma, were injured. They were flying from Greenwood, S.C. to the Lorain County Airport where the men keep the plane.
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SANDUSKY - A Wakeman man remains in the Erie County Jail on multiple sex-related charges. An Erie County grand jury indicted Brian C. Barnhill, 24, of 10519 Harrison Road, on four counts of rape and three charges of gross sexual imposition after the grand jurors convened April 2 through 4. Erie County Assistant Prosecutor Vicki Palmer said the Erie County man is accused of sexually abusing a child older than the age of 10 sometime between November and December.
10:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
Bob Carleton, second ward councilman, has decided to go strictly cellular, but is worried people will have trouble reaching him since cell phone numbers are not allowed in phone books. His cellular number is (419) 706-6853 and he has disconnected his land line.