10:05 PM Jul 25, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Eleven-year-old Asher Nikolajevs is blind, and therefore cannot see his dog, Gracie. But Nikolajevs, who has a terminal illness, can certainly feel the 2 1/2-year-old black Labrador golden retriever mix licking and kissing him. And when the blonde-haired Berlin Heights boy's parents tell him Gracie is nearby, he smiles and immediately reaches for her. The two sleep together, and Gracie doesn't mind him laying on top of her or hugging her. His family received Gracie about three weeks ago from Assistance Dogs of America. The Swanton-based organization helps children and adults with disabilities achieve greater independence by training and placing service and therapy dogs to assist with the individual's daily needs.
10:05 PM Jul 25, 2010
A Willard man was sentenced to six months in prison Tuesday for trying to spit on several Huron County Jail corrections officers. On Dec. 4, Robert J. Criss, 48, of 590 Emerald St., attempted to spit on corrections officers five different times within about 2 1/2 hours after being brought into the booking area. Sgt. Larry Coleman, who witnessed one incident by camera, has said the first one happened when Criss was being searched a standard jail procedure. The defendant's Jan. 4 indictment indicates he committed the offenses "with the knowledge that (he) is a carrier of a hepatitis virus."
10:05 PM Jul 25, 2010
Payday lending is cast in two lights. Detractors say it is a way to trap people struggling financially into a cycle of debt and supporters say it is a legitimate business offering temporary help when needed. Whichever is true, business is booming. Ohioans pay more than $318 million in payday loan fees annually and the average borrower in the state takes out 12.6 loans per year, according to the Ohio Coalition for Responsible Lending.
10:05 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Ohio Department of Transportation will spend more than $8 million to resurface U.S. 20 across Huron County in two separate projects, one which includes a new turn lane in front of Western Reserve High School. ODOT announced 2008 projects Monday and Huron County is featured in several. A $5.2-million project will resurface U.S. 20 from Norwalk to Ohio 58 in Lorain County. That project will include widening the road in front of Western Reserve to add a turn lane for school traffic.
10:04 PM Jul 25, 2010
April 10, 1979 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 29 years ago:
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APRIL 8, 1905 The top stories in The Daily Reflector on this date 103 years ago: The new Huron County Bank It is very gratifying to know that Norwalk products are appreciated abroad as well as at home. The contractor who has the building of the large and massive burglar and fireproof vault for the new and handsome Huron County Bank building, a building which will far outshine in architectural beauty any public structure in Norwalk, if not in northern Ohio, stipulates that he is to use Norwalk steel in its construction as he finds from careful investigation that this steel is harder and firmer and better in every respect than any steel now on the market.
10:04 PM Jul 25, 2010
APRIL 9, 1979 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 29 years ago:
10:04 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Sandusky Choral Society is preparing for its annual spring concerts. The first concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 428 Kilbourne St., Bellevue.
10:04 PM Jul 25, 2010
HIGHWAY PATROL n Linda S. Bibb, 53, of 42 1/2 Front St., Milan, was charged with going left of center in the U.S. 250 collision Tuesday with the vehicle driven by Joseph L. Bell, 66, of Beallsville.
10:03 PM Jul 25, 2010
ROCHESTER, Mass. Monroeville native Kathryn (Scheid) Phillips will turn 100 Friday and would welcome birthday cards. Phillips lives in Rochester, Mass. She was born in Monroeville to John and Gertrude (Schild) Scheid, the oldest of seven children and the last living member of the family. She married Howard Phillips and moved to Massachusetts. Phillips has two grandchildren, Howard (Angelique) and Elaine (Paul) Morris, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is still at home and active. If you wish to send a birthday card, mail it to: Kathryn Phillips, 209 Pierce St., Rochester, Mass. 02770-4025.
10:03 PM Jul 25, 2010
A videotape from a Wakeman police cruiser undercut the testimony of the officer in the drunken driving case of a volunteer firefighter. Officer Ken Gordon testified Wednesday in a Norwalk Municipal Court evidence suppression hearing. The defendant, William Hanko, 34, of West River Road, was charged with driving under the influence and failure to control in connection with the Dec. 22 incident. The driver also faces charges of going left of center, fleeing and eluding and a seatbelt violation.
10:03 PM Jul 25, 2010
Bridging the gap between the two sections of rail-trail in Huron County is a major goal of Firelands Rails to Trails. One of the first fundraisers toward this goal is the "Bridge the Gap" 5K run/walk at 9 am May 17. The race will begin at the trail's North West Street trail head in Norwalk, head 1.55 miles toward Monroeville and then return to North West Street.
10:03 PM Jul 25, 2010
Anyone interested in flying over the summer should book vacations as soon as possible because as gas prices rise, so do ticket prices. Jim Lehman, vice president of AAA East Central, said some people are choosing to fly rather than drive because of high gas prices. "We're hearing more and more families saying instead of driving to Disneyland this summer, they'll fly," he said, because flying allows them to shorten their vacations and the money for tickets is made up for with savings in gasoline and the costs for rooms and meals for the drive.
10:03 PM Jul 25, 2010
Calling all junkers! The Northern Ohio Fraternal Order of Leatherheads (FOOLS) a group of firefighters needs old vehicles for a training exercise for extrication and use of the JAWS of Life. Jamie Starcher, a Norwalk firefighter and member of FOOLS, said the group will have several training exercises including staged accidents with a semi-truck and trailer, a school bus and a motor home on May 3 at the Huron County Fairgrounds.
10:03 PM Jul 25, 2010
Lake Erie walleye fishing can be a fairly expensive business. Hire a 6 pack and you'll probably spend $400 to $600. A head boat can cost $30 to $40, and even if you go out on your own boat with friends gas costs can hit hard. Luckily, there's a couple of places you can fish right now, and it will cost you nothing, other than the toll to get there. That's working the spring walleye run in the Sandusky and Maumee rivers. The fish are in both rivers right now, mostly 18- to 22-inch males at the moment, which always arrive first, but with a sprinkling of big six- to 10-pound females, whose numbers will increase daily. And anglers on both rivers are catching fish, sometimes limits when water levels are down and turbidity fairly low. Catching fish at either place is a fairly simple business. On the Sandusky River at Fremont, most lure tossers work north or south of the State Street bridge, either wading out a bit in chest waders if the current isn't too strong, or standing along the rocky shores casting steadily. On the Maumee River, most will do their casting around Orleans Park, or the White Street Access through Fort Meigs. Then as the river goes down, some will move to territory near the Buttonwood Access and Jerome Road. Easy enough.
10:03 PM Jul 25, 2010
A rural Norwalk couple are accused of stealing between $50,000 and $60,000 from an elderly couple. Investigators said the defendants used the money to support their heroin habit.
10:03 PM Jul 25, 2010
MADISON TOWNSHIP - Gary Graham became acting superintendent of the Madison Local Schools on Wednesday. The Madison Board of Education approved hiring Graham, a consultant for the Mid Ohio Educational Service Center. Graham replaces interim superintendent Al Pease, the high school principal.
10:03 PM Jul 25, 2010
With April 15 the dreaded tax deadline looming less than a week away, it isn't too late to get help. Kim Montana, of Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, said she is seeing a steady stream of customers.
10:03 PM Jul 25, 2010
Several residents have asked the Norwalk school board to consider making bowling a varsity or junior varsity sport. Julie Cowin, of Peru Olena Road, said bowling is a non-contact sport that offers students the chance to participate in an activity without size, strength or gender limitations. She also mentioned that it gives students the prestige and importance of earning a varsity letter.
10:03 PM Jul 25, 2010
Governor Ted Strickland will be making his second visit to Norwalk since his election to meet with residents and raise funds for the Huron County Democratic Party. Mayor Sue Lesch said the governor's commitment to travel to communities and meet with local people is a huge asset for the community.
10:03 PM Jul 25, 2010
April 8, 1905 The top stories in The Daily Reflector on this date 103 years ago: