4:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
VERMILION - Huron County Magistrate Bradley E. Sales was convicted of a reduced criminal charge Thursday in Vermilion Municipal Court. Sales, 48, of Elyria, pleaded no contest to attempted trespassing and was found guilty of the minor misdemeanor. He originally was charged with trespassing, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, for a July 11 incident in a restricted area of a Vermilion-area rest stop.
4:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
One summer day when I was a boy, I remember my grandmother taking my little brother for a walk. He was probably 4-going-on-5, young enough to be holding her hand most of the time. My family and I were sitting on our front porch at 22 River St. in Wakeman, watching the charming scene of a grandparent and grandchild walking along when, as they got almost to the end of our neighbor's property, my brother shouted: "Let's run, grandma!"
4:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
FOSTORIA - The Northern Ohio League will shrink to six teams as Fostoria has accepted an invitation to join the newly-formed Northern Buckeye Conference. The Redmen will begin play in the NBC in the 2011-2012 school year.
4:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
There is nowhere to hide from the budget crunch. Local, state and national entities continue to do more with less.
4:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
Eight Norwalk firefighters extinguished a house fire caused by an improperly connected clothes dryer at 134 Hester St. on Saturday afternoon. Home owner Linda Ackerman was doing laundry at the time of the fire. She had just taken a load out of the dryer and started another. As she was putting away clean clothes, her husband and a friend, who were at the dining room table, noticed smoke was coming from the laundry room.
4:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
A memorial educational fund for the children of the man who died following a ride on a rollercoaster at King's Island has been established. Homer Shields III, 38, of Toledo, died Aug. 8, leaving behind his wife Tina, and two sons, ages 9 and 12.
4:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
School starts Aug. 25 at Western Reserve, and administrators told the board of education Wednesday last-minute details are being taken care of, and teachers and staff will be ready to begin. Interim Superintendent Rodge Wilson reported three new buses are being delivered this week, and he and is in the process of "tweaking" the bus routes.
4:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) met Thursday with five Erie County-area small business owners who benefited from recovery funding opportunities. Among the business owners were those from Renewable Energy Services, of Milan.
4:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County Fair in Norwalk opened this morning to warm weather and clear skies. However, rain began to fall just before 5 p.m. and continued at least an hour. The Reflector will be covered many of the events this week. Visit ReflectorCam 2.0 on this Web site to view hundreds of pictures from various events posted throughout the week. Video of selected events also will appear on this Web site.
4:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
DELAWARE - Farmers are set to produce a record-level abundance of corn for food, feed and fuel use, according to new reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA has increased its estimate of corn production and yield with the 2009 crop. If realized, the two numbers represent the second-largest harvest ever in the U.S. and the total corn supply will be the greatest on record.
4:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fifth story in a 10-part series on Norwalk city council races, both contested and uncontested. Norwalk city councilman Chris Mushett owns the fourth ward.
4:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
The group of grown men and women sat in a circle outside Gary Richards' boyhood home in Norwalk, heartily laughed and played a game. It was a scene similar to one of many that played out during the early 70s, when they were youngsters.
4:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
Several Norwalk city council members realize the importance of the emergency waterline project near Pleasant Elementary, but what scares them is the current one-lane traffic scenario located at the construction area. Josh Snyder, public works director, said via phone message Wednesday the city will install a new waterline on Pleasant because the "lines are in bad shape" and there have been "breaks over the years."
4:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
By ERIC SCHWARTZBERG JournalNews Staff Writer MASON The 38-year-old man who died this weekend following a ride on the Firehawk at Kings Island did not have prior health problems, according to family members. Homer Shields III, of Toledo, was at the park Saturday, Aug. 8, with his wife Tina, their two sons, Dylan, 9, and Derek, 12, plus three friends, according to Kris Schaffer, Tina's aunt.
4:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
The wrath of the state and federal budgets seemingly knows no bounds. The latest victim is Senior Enrichment Services. Senior Enrichment Services is funded by a local levy, state and federal dollars along with donations through user services. County dollars are not part of the funding, but the city of Norwalk does contribute for Saturday transportation. The United Fund also helps with contributions.
4:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
My research never fails to surprise me with the complicated life situations that I find. I suppose our lives could look as complicated to future generations, but our ancestors surely didn't have the tools to work with that we have available to us. A case in point is a Huron County man named James Oliver Patterson. He was born at Peru Hollow on March 1, 1840, the younger son of Oliver and Sarah Lombard Patterson. Mr. Patterson passed away a few months later and Sarah moved her little family to Norwalk, where she worked for many years as a milliner and seamstress. In 1846 she married a second time to Nehemiah Brown, and they were well-known citizens of the village for several decades. James was a typical boy of the era. He knew every merchant and craftsman, and with his friends wandered in every direction to become familiar with the surrounding territory. They also swam in the Huron River in the summer, and in winter skated miles and miles up and down the river from Norwalk. When the Civil War broke out James was living in Missouri and was forced (he claimed later) to serve in the Confederate Army. At the first opportunity he fled and returned to Norwalk with his wife. Soon after arriving here he was arrested for being a "secessionist" on the orders of Col. Lee, commander of the 55th Ohio Infantry training camp west of Norwalk. He was taken to Columbus and held without bond and under threat of being taken to Johnson's Island as a Confederate prisoner.
4:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
U.S. Rep. Bob Latta went to the store Saturday, stood in the same spot for 45 minutes and spoke to five of his constituents. The common denominator: All are concerned about President Obama's health care proposal. In fact, Latta told local Republicans this morning at Berry's Restaurant he could put a blindfold on, go any place and people share that concern.
4:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
They knew the city budget was tight, but this is borderline scary. That was the sentiment Wednesday afternoon when several city council members contemplated the news Finance Director Diane Eschen delivered at Tuesday night's meeting. Eschen said the city income tax revenue is down about $500,000 compared to last year at this time.
4:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
The son of late Norwalk attorney Greg Shell is suing the Wakeman driver convicted of killing his father. Shell's son, Toronto resident Jonas Shell, filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court against defendant Otto Czumbil, 76, of 3084 Butler Road, in which he is seeking more than $25,000. The lawsuit also indicates Jonas Shell, who declined to comment, is suing Margarit Picket, of Wakeman, in connection with "wrongfully entrusting' Czumbil to drive her 1994 Buick Regal.
4:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Long-time Norwalk High School principal's secretary Bonnie Morgan will be stepping down effective Sept. 7. But Norwalk City Schools won't be losing her. Morgan will be an assistant to treasurer Kenneth France because she said she's looking for "something different" and a "change of pace" until she is eligible to retire in seven years. She has been at NHS for 23 years.
4:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fourth part of a 10-part series on the Norwalk city council races, both contested and uncontested. When it comes to an actual city council race, Tom Stoll is not the person to ask.