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Most producers who have worked with the Farm Service Agency are aware that low interest loans are available on grain they harvest once it is stored in the bin or at an approved warehouse. These loans are for a nine month period and offer the producer an opportunity to use the funds disbursed under the loan for operating capital or other needed purposes. The current interest rate on loans is 5.125 percent. This will be the rate used for any loans disbursed in November. In January all outstanding loans will have the interest rate adjusted to whatever the rate is on Jan. 1. The process for obtaining a loan is very simple. You just stop into the FSA Office and fill out a CCC-666 to start the process. The form can be faxed to you if you wish and you can complete, sign, and fax it back to the office. Measurements are available but will cost a producer a minimum of $46, but the producer then has a guaranteed number of bushels in his bin. If a producer wishes to certify his loan he can do so and avoid measurement costs. When filling out the CCC-666 the producer will need to tell us the location of the bins. Is the grain stored at your home farm, someone else's farm, Huron County or another county. The loan rate will be the rate in the county where the grain is stored. Next we need the diameter of the bin and the height of the grain. The COC will calculate the grain in the bin and the producer can then decide if he wants to put all of the grain under loan or if he wishes to take a lesser amount. Keep in mind on a certified loan test weight and pack factors are not taken into consideration. If the test weight of the grain is low it could make a difference in the number of bushels you actually end up delivering to the elevator which would be considered an incorrect certification. Accuracy is important in making a loan request. Shortages result in loan violations that can become expensive. With a certified loan the county office should be able to issue your loan within three to five days. A measured loan will take additional time due to the necessity of the field reporter visiting your farm. Producers are required to maintain the quality and the quantity of the loan throughout the nine-month period. Prior to feeding grain the producer must pay off the amount of collateral he plans to feed prior to feeding. When the producer is ready to move grain to a buyer he needs to call the office and request an authorization to do so before he starts to haul. To move the grain without the authorization in place would be considered an unauthorized disposition. Again, this situation results in penalties and immediate repayments for the producer.
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NOV. 12, 1944 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 63 years ago:
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St. Paul Episcopal Sunday worship and church school are now at 8:30 a.m. The Re-newal study group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday. History of the local church will be the topic. Steuben UCC STEUBEN Sunday is the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost. The scripture lessons, based on the theme "Bless God's Holy Name," are Haggai 1:15b-2:9; Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17; and Luke 20:27-38. The Rev. Patricia E. Welch, pastor and teacher, will lead worship during the 11 a.m. service. Large print bulletins will be available.
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Week of Nov. 12 to Nov. 16 (All meals served with milk) Berlin-Milan Monday: Popcorn chicken, french fries, box of raisins, warm cherry crisp.
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This week, Norwalk Catholic School hosted more than 150 area business and professional personnel for breakfast. It is an honor and a privilege to treat these folks to breakfast. I wonder if we in education and our community as a whole truly appreciate what quality, successful businesses mean to a community. Norwalk's business people realize their responsibility to our world. They are not just making a profit.
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What is more pervasive these days than bad customer service? It is practically a given that if you are having a problem with something it is only going to get worse when you pick up the phone to get some help with that problem.
4:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
Toast all of the Veterans who have served our country over the years. Marking his fifth Veterans Day since the invasion of Iraq, President Bush honored U.S. troops past and present at a tearful ceremony Sunday for four Texans who died there. "In their sorrow, these families need to know and families all across our nation of the fallen need to know that your loved ones served a cause that is good and just and noble," Bush said. "And as their commander in chief, I make you this promise: Their sacrifice will not be in vain." Roast the Huron County Board of Elections for the recent snafu concerning Lynn Chapin.
4:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
This weekend I took the class and got the NRA certification I need to apply for my license to carry a concealed weapon. I'd been interested in doing something like this since I moved away from a great big city. After the controversy over the concealed carry permits in Sandusky, I renewed my resolve to do so. As a journalist, I see it as my job to get into things over which there's a public debate. And as a person, and an Independent (I wouldn't belong to any party that would have me as a member, thank you), I don't like to make up my mind about things unless I have a working, personal knowledge of both sides of an issue.
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cashby@norwalkreflector.com Jeremy Holmberg came to his sentencing hearing Friday with his right hand heavily wrapped in gauze. He had been discharged from Fisher-Titus Medical Center that morning after being treated for injuries he sustained in a Huron County Jail assault. "He assaulted another inmate during the (Oct. 30) church service," Sgt. Christopher Stanfield, a jail supervisor, said earlier. "He ended up with stitches in his hand from striking the victim. ... He is being treated for complications." The victim is an inmate who faces a charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in Huron County Common Pleas Court. He was sent to Fisher-Titus to get 17 stitches on his lip and for treatment of a facial abrasion.
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cashby@norwalkreflector.com An accused burglary getaway driver must post a $30,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail. Jacob Fritz, 18, of Attica, is charged with complicity to burglary and receiving stolen property in connection with stealing some "long guns" Monday, Norwalk Assistant Law Director T. Douglas Clifford said. Sheriff's deputies booked him into the jail at 2 p.m. Wednesday. His co-defendant, a 17-year-old Attica boy, entered denials to multiple charges Thursday in Huron County Juvenile Court. He faces a further hearing Dec. 5 on three counts of theft of a firearm. The boy also faces one charge each of burglary and theft of a firearm receiver.
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akrause@norwalkreflector.com If you can't get over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house, you can still get Thanksgiving dinner. For a decade or more, the Wildes and the Bleiles of Norwalk have been offering such a meal in the Norwalk Catholic School elementary cafeteria or through delivery. Skipe Wilde said he, his wife and the Bleiles serve meals to between 100 to 150 people each year.
4:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
Bicycles can be inexpensive even (gasp) free of charge. But, there's nothing cheap about learning fire safety techniques. Five local fourth-graders received free bicycles Thursday for writing out their household's fire escape plan. The project is part of the annual Fire Prevention Week, in which local firefighters talk to elementary students about techniques such as Stop, Drop and Roll.
4:30 PM Jul 25, 2010
More than 30 earthquakes have occurred in and around Ohio since 2002, spurring the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Geological Survey to publish an updated map that pinpoints the location and approximate magnitude of these recent seismic incidents. The revised map also includes new information about historic earthquakes in the region. More than 200 earthquakes with a magnitude of 2.0 or greater have occurred in the Ohio region since 1776. While it may seem like earthquakes are occurring more frequently in recent years, ODNR's Ohio Seismic Network attributes this perceived change to improved technology and communication among people who experience the earthquakes. The new map, which includes all of Ohio's recorded earthquakes, shows a concentration of earthquake epicenters in two areas of the state: western Ohio in the vicinity of Shelby County, and along the Lake Erie coast in Lake County at Painesville.
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NORWALK - The following people recently were convicted of drunken driving in Norwalk Municipal Court: Catherine A. Hart, 22, 1518 Settlement Road, Norwalk. Violation date: Oct. 12. Conviction date: Oct. 22. Sentence: $600 fine, $55 costs, six-month license suspension and three days in jail; credited with $250 and three days in jail time upon completion of alcohol intervention program (AIP) and payment of $350 fine and costs within 90 days; defendant shall have limited driving granted only on proof of insurance and occupation from Oct. 27 to April 12; limited driving to include educational purposes; defendant shall pay fine and costs within 90 days.
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BERLIN HEIGHTS - A Wakeman man faces a bond hearing Tuesday in connection with an assault at an East Ohio 113 business Saturday. A 34-year-old Berlin Heights woman accused David W. Gilbert Jr., 37, of 19 North St., of pulling her out of his truck while she was getting cigarettes, Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth said.
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Attention grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and other caregivers. Did the court award you custody of the child after July 1, 2005? There may be a program able to help you called Kinship Permanency Incentive. Eligible families will receive an initial payment of $1,000 per child to help defray the cost of initial placement. Families may receive $500 additional per child at each six-month interval to support the stability of the child in your home, up to a maximum of $3500.
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A Sandusky woman was sentenced Wednesday to 17 months in prison for selling ecstasy. Diana Pettis, 32, pleaded guilty in September to two counts of trafficking in drugs for the April 27 and May 2 incidents at a Norwalk business.
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cashby@norwalkreflector.com New London resident Jeremy Holmberg, 27, was sentenced Friday morning to 13 years in prison for masterminding a violent home invasion in March. Holmberg had walked away from a "halfway program" before the crime on Greenwich Milan Townline Road. He had told people he "wanted to do some big crimes ... before settling on this hair-brained scheme," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said. Three masked suspects entered the home and assaulted Brandon Taft, hitting him multiple times with a hammer. Testimony indicates they demanded to know where Taft, a suspected drug dealer, kept some money and marijuana.
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Eighteen St. Paul seniors recently got a taste of the local job market with a visit to the Job Store at Huron County's Job and Family Services. "It was very interesting," senior Alicia Hammersmith said. "It helped a lot. I've never had to go through an interview before." Read the rest of this story in Today's Reflector...<>/p>
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The Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol selected Brian Gockstetter as its 2007 trooper of the year and Scott Robenalt as its dispatcher of the year. Both 33-year-old Norwalk residents have won their respective awards multiple times. Gockstetter earned trooper of the year honors in 2002 and 2004. Three years ago, he was the Bucyrus district trooper of the year. Gockstetter earned the patrol's safe driving ribbon in 2000 and 2003 as well as the physical fitness award in 2000.
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NORWALK - The following people were recently convicted of crimes in Norwalk Municipal Court, Judge John Ridge presiding: Karl D. Lengyel, 30, 166 W. Broadway St., Plymouth; no dog license; conviction date: Oct. 22; fine, &#036;25; costs, &#036;70; defendant shall pay fine and cost within 30 days.